On this day:

2008: Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 9/11

1976: Generating a sonic boom as it travelled through the atmosphere at supersonic speed, the Concorde, a commercial aircraft built with funding from the British and French governments, began regular service.

1793: Louis XVI, the last Bourbon king of France, was executed by guillotine in Paris during the French Revolution.

Born on this day:

1905: Christian Dior: French fashion designer

Gone on this day:

1950: George Orwell: English author, known for writing iconic books like Animal Farm & 1984

1924: Vladimir Lenin: Russian politician, who led the Russian Revolution (1917) and later served as the first head (1917–24) of the Soviet state

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