What happened this week in history

Actress Pauline Collins celebrates her 74th birthday this week EMN-140826-133956001
Actress Pauline Collins celebrates her 74th birthday this week EMN-140826-133956001
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1733 - Britain’s first lioness died in the Tower of London, where she had been looked after by the Keeper of the Lion Office.

1833 - Barney Flaherty answered an ad in The New York Sun and became the first paperboy, aged 10.

1846 - Queen Victoria and Prince Albert moved into Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight.

1888 - George Eastman patented the first roll-film camera.

1893 - Beatrix Potter told the Peter Rabbit story for the first time.

1909 - The first Boy Scout rally was held at London’s Crystal Palace.

1912 - The first collision on the London Underground; 22 people were injured.

1935 - Sir Malcolm Campbell reached a speed of 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, becoming the first person to drive an automobile over 300 mph.

1939 - France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia declared war on Germany after the invasion of Poland, forming the Allies.

1941 - The first gas chamber experiments were conducted at Auschwitz.

1950 - “Nino” Farina became the first Formula One Drivers’ champion after winning the Italian Grand Prix.

1955 - Kenneth Kendall 
became the first television newsreader to appear on screen.

1962 - The Beatles began their first ever recording session in Abbey Road studios.

1964 - The Forth Road Bridge opened.

1966 - Jack Brabham became the first man to win the World Drivers’ Championship in a car he built.

1972 - 22-year-old American swimmer Mark Spitz won his seventh Olympic gold 
medal at the Munich Games.

1985 - The wreck of The 
Titanic was photographed by remote control.

1991 - The Big Issue launched.

2000 - After 19 years, the final women protestors left Greenham Common.

2006 - ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin died from a stingray barb to the heart while filming for a television programme.