On this day: MPs vote to ban hunting with dogs

On this day in 1950, Roger Bannister ran the mile in a record four minutes 1.48 seconds. Picture: Getty

On this day in 1950, Roger Bannister ran the mile in a record four minutes 1.48 seconds. Picture: Getty

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Events, birthdays and anniversaries on 18 March.

1291: Pope Gregory X issued a bull awarding clerical tithes of Scotland to Edward I of England for crusade.

On this day in 2002, MPs voted 386-175 to ban hunting with dogs in England and Wales. Picture: PA

On this day in 2002, MPs voted 386-175 to ban hunting with dogs in England and Wales. Picture: PA

1689: The Earl of Leven was commissioned to raise regiment of 800 in Border country to hold Edinburgh against Jacobites. It became The King’s Own Scottish Borderers.

1834: The Tolpuddle Martyrs, who set up society to stop decline of agricultural wages, were sentenced to seven years’ transportation to Tasmania. Public outcry had them released after two years.

1891: The opening of the London-Paris telephone system with communication between the Prince of Wales and President Carnot. The service did not become public until 1 April.

1922: Mahatma Gandhi was sentenced to six years in prison in India for civil disobedience.

1925: Madame Tussaud’s London wax museum burned down.

1930: The planet Pluto was discovered by the astronomer Clyde Tombaugh.

1931: World’s first electric razor was manufactured by American firm Schick Inc.

1958: The last debutantes were presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

1961: First episode of fantasy detective series The Avengers was shown on television.

1962: Ceasefire in Algerian War was signed by French and Algerian delegations in Evian-les-Bains, France.

1965: Aleksei Leonov left Soviet spacecraft to make first space walk, lasting ten minutes.

1967: The oil tanker Torrey Canyon was wrecked on Pollard Rock between Isles of Scilly and Land’s End, spilling 120,000 gallons of crude into the sea.

1970: Cambodia’s Prince Norodom Sihanouk was deposed as chief of state while on visit to Moscow.

1989: Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians in clashes with protesters in occupied Gaza Strip.

1992: Pat Clinton became the sixth Scot to hold a world boxing title when he dethroned the Mexican Isidro Perez for the World Boxing Organisation flyweight crown.

1994: Bosnia’s Muslim and Croat leaders signed accord to create a federation.

1995: England beat Scotland 24-12 at Twickenham to win rugby’s grand slam, Five Nations Championship and Calcutta Cup.

2002: MPs voted 386-175 to ban hunting with dogs in England and Wales. Alternative proposals to maintain the status quo and a licensing system were defeated.

2003: 139 Labour MPs rebelled in a Commons vote on war with Iraq and voted against the Labour government, the biggest act of defiance in British political history.

2003: Sign language was recognised as an official British language.

2009: Josef Fritzl, the Austrian accused of imprisoning his daughter and fathering seven children with her, changed his plea to guilty on all charges. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Births: 1858 Rudolf Diesel, inventor of engine that bears his name; 1860 Andrew Kirkaldy, golfer; 1869 Neville Chamberlain, Conservative prime minister 1937-1940; 1893 Wilfred Owen, war poet; 1924 Pat Eddery, champion jockey 11 times; .

Deaths: AD978 King Edward the Martyr (murdered); 1455 Fra Angelico, artist; 1584 Ivan the Terrible, first to assume title of Tsar; 1745 Sir Robert Walpole, Whig statesman; 2008 Sir Arthur C Clarke, science fiction writer; 2008 Anthony Minghella, scriptwriter and film director; 2009 Natasha Richardson, actress.

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