1875: Edgar Wallace, thriller writer and journalist, was born in London. In his career he wrote more than 170 books, along with plays and hundreds of short stories.
1918: The Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps merged to become the Royal Air Force.
1924: The first gramophone to change records automatically went on sale.
1965: Greater London came into being, comprising the City of London plus 32 metropolitan boroughs. 1973: Value Added Tax was introduced in Britain. 1974: Re-organisation of local government in England and Wales saw changes to many county names and boundaries. 1990: The longest prison riot in British history began at Strangeways, Manchester, and lasted until April 25.
ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Ed Miliband brushed off Labour's shock defeat in the Bradford West by-election, claiming the party was set for a return to power at the next general election.
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2013|
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