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On this day…

In 1606, the trial in London of Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators began, for their “Gunpowder Plot, the previous November 5th.

In 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born, in Salzburg, Austria.

In 1832, Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was born in Cheshire, England.

In 1880, Thomas Edison filed a patent for an electric incandescent lamp. Much as I love candles, I’m most grateful for this one!

In 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington DC.

In 1926, John Logie Baird demonstrated the first television broadcast, in Selfridges, in London.

In 1945, the Red Army liberated the Nazi camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau. In 2005, the UN declared January 27th as Holocaust Memorial Day.

In 1951, nuclear testing in Nevada began, with a 1 kiloton bomb, dropped on Frenchman Flats.

In 1967, the crew of Apollo I died, when it went on fire during a training exercise.

In 1973, the Vietnam War officially ended.

In 1985, I was born, on a Sunday afternoon, in Manchester.

And in 2006, Western Union ceased their telegraph service :(

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