This week in history

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1478 – George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV, was executed in private at the Tower of London.

1564 - Italian artist Michelangelo died in Rome, three weeks before his 89th birthday.

1678 - John Bunyan’s 
‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ was published.

1745 - Italian scientist and inventor of the electric battery Alessandro Volta was born in Como.

1876 - A direct telegraph link was set up between Britain and New Zealand.

1911 - The first official flight with air mail took place from Allahabad, United Provinces, British India (now India), when Henri Pequet, a 23-year-old pilot, delivered 6,500 letters to Naini, about 10 kilometres away.

1913 - Pedro Lascuráin became President of Mexico for 45 minutes; the shortest term to date of any person as president of any country.

1914 - British explorer Campbell Beazley announced the discovery of three ruined Inca cities in Peru.

1930 - While studying photographs taken in January, American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered the planet Pluto.

1965 - The Gambia became independent from the United Kingdom.

1969 - Singer Lulu married Bee Gee Maurice Gibb.

1978 - The first Ironman Triathlon competition took place on the Hawaiian island of Oahu; it was won by 27-year-old cab driver and fitness enthusiast Gordon Haller.

1979 - Snow fell in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.

1981 - Mrs Thatcher’s Government withdrew plans to close 23 pits following the threat of a miners strike.

1991 - The IRA exploded bombs in the early morning at London’s Paddington and Victoria stations.

1996 - World Health Organisation experts were sent to Gabon, where 10 people had died of the ebola virus.

1999 - The BBC axed ‘One Man and his Dog’.

2005 - Fox hunting with dogs became illegal in England and Wales.