On this day.
1694: The Bank of England was founded with government backing.
1866: The Great Eastern arrived at Heart's Content in Newfoundland in Canada, having successfully laid the transatlantic telegraph cable.
1890: Artist Vincent Van Gogh, pictured in a selfportrait above left, went to the spot where he had painted Cornfield with Flight of Birds and shot himself. He died two days later, aged 37.
1921: The first insulin was isolated by Canadians Sir Frederick Banting and his assistant Charles Best, providing an effective treatment for diabetes. 1949: The De Havilland Comet, the world's first jet airliner, made its maiden flight.
1953: The Korean armistice was signed at Panmunjom.
1964: Sir Winston Churchill, pictured above right, made his last appearance in the House of Commons.
1980: The deposed Shah of Iran died of cancer in Cairo.
1988: Mercury Communications opened its first non-British Telecom payphones at Waterloo Station in London.
1989: The Common Cold Research Centre in Salisbury closed after giving colds to 30,000 people over 43 years.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A Hawaiian surfer revealed film footage of himself riding a "oncein-a-lifetime" wave off the coast of Namibia for nearly a mile - lasting an incredible 120 seconds.
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|Publication:||The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)|
|Date:||Jul 27, 2019|
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