ON THIS DAY

Publication Date13 September 2021
The Greeks defeated the Persians under Darius at the Battle of Marathon. Philippides had run 150 miles in two days in a futile attempt to ask the Spartans to assist the Greek army, but in the end their help was not required.

1759:

The British under General Wolfe won the Battle of Quebec - but Wolfe was shot and died in the fighting.

1788:

New York became federal capital of the new United States of America.

1874:

Composer Arnold Schoenberg was born in Vienna. As a triskaidekaphobe (someone afraid of the number 13), he predicted he would die on the 13th at the age of 76 (7+6=13). He did, on July 13, 1951 at 13 minutes to midnight. His last word was"harmony".

1909:

The first performance took place of Oscar Strauss's The Chocolate Soldier, the operetta based on Shaw's Arms And The Man. It introduced the famous song My Hero.

1915:

The process for making breakfast cereal flakes was patented by Frank Martin, as previously the combination of corn, oats and grain had proved indigestible for the public.

1957:

The Mousetrap, a murder-mystery...

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