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1728 - John Gay's The Beggar's Opera was first performed at Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre, London.

1820 - Britain's King George III died insane at Windsor Castle.

1845 - Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" was published for the first time in the "New York Evening Mirror."

1848 - Greenwich Mean Time was adopted by Scotland.

1856 - Britain's highest military decoration, the Victoria Cross, was founded by Queen Victoria.

1916 - In World War I, Paris was bombed by German zeppelins for the first time.

1924 - R. Taylor patented the ice cream cone rolling machine.

1963 - Britain was refused entry into the EEC.

1996 - French President Jacques Chirac announced the "definitive end" to nuclear testing.

1996 - La Fenice, the 204 year old opera house in Venice, was destroyed by fire. Arson was suspected. 

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