This week in history

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Damien Lewis EMN-150302-115527001

660 BC - Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by 
Emperor Jimmu.

1531 - Henry VIII was recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.

1826 - University College London was founded under the name University of London.

1852 - The first ladies’ public toilet in Britain opened in London’s Bedford Street.

1858 - Bernadette Soubirous’s claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary in Lourdes.

1878 - The first weekly weather report was published by the Met office.

1910 - The Labour Party conference demanded the abolition of the House of Lords.

1920 - The first meeting of the Council of the League of Nations took place.

1938 - BBC Television produced the world’s first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Čapek play R.U.R., that coined the term “robot”.

1962 - The ‘Twist’ world record was broken when an Essex schoolboy danced it non-stop for 33 hours.

1963 - The Beatles recorded their first album, ‘Please, Please Me’, in a day.

1970 - Prince Charles took his eat in the House of Lords.

1975 - Margaret Thatcher became Leader of the Conservative Party.

1976 - John Curry won the men’s figure skating gold medal at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics, becoming the first Briton to win a solo skating title.

1989 - The first woman bishop was consecrated in America.

1990 - After more than 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela walked to freedom from Victor Verster prison in South Africa.

1998 - 18-year-old Michael Owen became the youngest footballer to play for England since the 1880s.

2001 - Ellen MacArthur became the fastest woman and youngest person to sail a single-handed race around the world. The 24-year-old covered 25,000 miles in 94 days.

2013 - Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the papacy, the first pontiff to resign in more than half a millennium.