Happy Anniversary: Brighton breezy
Monday 08 August 1994
1834: Workhouses for the poor are introduced in Britain.
1963: pounds 2.6m is seized in the Great Train Robbery.
1974: Richard Nixon resigns.
1979: Britain's first nudist beach opens in Brighton.
1889: The screw-top bottle is patented by Dan Ryland of Barnsley, Yorkshire.
1965: The Queen cancels Kim Philby's OBE.
Feast day of St Clare, patron saint of television.
1711: Queen Anne attends the first Royal Ascot race meeting.
Deaths of William Blake (1827), Thomas Mann (1955) and Ian Fleming (1964).
1883: The last quagga dies in Amsterdam zoo.
1949: The clock of Big Ben runs 41 2 minutes slow owing to the weight of starlings on the minute hand.
1980: The first panda cub born in captivity emerges in Mexico.
1964: Peter Allen and John Walby become the last people to be hanged in Britain.
1893: France becomes the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration plates.
1908: The Pier Hippodrome, Folkestone, hosts the first international beauty contest.
1932: Death of Rin-Tin- Tin.
1941: The last execution, of a German spy, in the Tower of London.
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Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
- 5 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
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American Horror Story season 4, Fox - review: Silly, sensational but still sensitive
Breaking Bad season 6 hoax: Vince Gilligan has not confirmed a new series
Miranda Hart confirms her eponymous sitcom has come to an end as she bows out on a 'high'
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'