Monday 14 December 1992
On this day: Mary acceded to the Scottish throne, 1542; Alabama became the 22nd of the United States, 1819; the St James's Theatre, London, opened as the Prince's Theatre, 1835; the first section of the London and Greenwich railway opened, 1836; HMS Bombay, 2,782 tons, was destroyed by fire near Montevideo, with the loss of 91 lives, 1864; Max Planck put forward his quantum theory, 1901; Germany put her first U- boat into service at Kiel, 1906; Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole, 1911; Crete was formally annexed to Greece, 1913; Constance, Countess Markievicz, became the first woman to be elected to the British Parliament, although she did not take her seat, 1914; by a large majority, the Danish people voted to sell the Danish West Indies to the US, 1916; women in Britain voted for the first time at the General Election, 1918; Puccini's opera Gianni Schicchi was first performed, Milan, 1918; in Turkey, women were granted the vote, 1934; the League of Nations condemned and expelled the Soviet Union for aggression against Finland, 1939; Archbishop Makarios became the first president of the Republic of Cyprus, 1959.
Today is the Feast Day of Saints Fingar or Gwinnear and Phiala, St John of the Cross, St Nicasius of Rheims, St Spiridion and St Venantius Fortunatus.
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