On this day.
1876: The first carpet-sweeper was patented by Melville Bissell of Grand Rapids in Michigan. 1928: The first cartoon talking picture, Walt Disney''s Steamboat Willie, featuring Mickey Mouse, was shown in New York.
1945: Wartime traitor William Joyce - Lord Haw-Haw - was sentenced to be hanged after his trial at the Old Bailey which was broadcast by the BBC. 1985: More than 20,000 people died when an earthquake devastated large areas of Mexico City.
BIRTHDAYS: Adam West, actor, 84; David McCallum, actor, 79; Zandra Rhodes, fashion designer, 72; Kate Adie, TV reporter, 67; Jeremy Irons, actor, 64; Twiggy pictured, model/actress, 63; Daniel Lanois, singer and music producer, 61; Nile Rodgers, music producer, 60.