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1497: Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama set sail from Lisbon in search of a sea route to India. 1822: Percy Bysshe Shelley, the English poet, was drowned in Italy while sailing his small schooner Ariel to his home on the Gulf of Spezia.

1882: Eccentric composer Percy Grainger was born in Melbourne.

1884: The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was founded.

1889: John L Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain in Mississippi after 75 rounds of boxing - the last bareknuckle heavyweight title contest.

1907: Ziegfeld's Follies of 1907 opened on Broadway, his first, and like the others that followed, contained 13 characters in the title for good luck.

1918: National Savings stamps went on sale in Britain.

1961: The first all-England women's singles final took place at Wimbledon between Christine Truman and Angela Mortimer, who won in three sets.

1965: Horse racing starting stalls were introduced in the Chesterfield Stakes at Newmarket. 1965: Ronald Biggs, one of the Great Train Robbers, scaled the wall of Wandsworth Prison with a rope ladder and escaped. He had served 15 months of his sentence. He eventually settled in Brazil.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in Amesbury, Wiltshire.


Dawn Sturgess died after from exposure to Novichok

Ronnie Biggs escaped from Wandsworth Prison

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:Jul 8, 2019
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