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1287: The Zuiderzee sea wall collapsed, causing more than 50,000 deaths, during St Lucia's Flood in north-west Netherlands - the fifth-largest recorded flood in history.

1542: Princess Mary Stuart ascended to the Scottish throne at just six days old, following the death of her father, James V, and became Mary I (Mary, Queen of Scots).

1656: Artificial pearls were first manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris. They were made from gypsum covered in fish scales. 1896: The opening of Glasgow District Subway's six-and-a-half mile system with 15 stations. 1911: Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer, became the first man to reach the South Pole - 35 days ahead of Captain Robert Falcon Scott. His party of five travelled by dog-sled, starting with 52 dogs and eating 36 of them en route.

1918: Women over 30 voted in a British general election for the first time; David Lloyd George's coalition won a clear majority; Sinn Fein won in 73 of 105 Irish constituencies but refused to take up any of their seats in parliament, instead meeting at a Dail Eireann in Dublin. 1920: Jack Dempsey retained his world heavyweight boxing title by knocking out Bill Brennan in round 12 of their bout at Madison Square Garden, New York.

1920: The first accident involving a scheduled airliner occurred when an aircraft bound for Paris crashed into a house in Golders Green, London, just after takeoff from Cricklewood Airport, killing the crew of two and two of the six passengers. …

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