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I have come to regard the law courts not as a cathedral but rather as a casino.
- Richard Ingrams, British editor, 1977.
Historical News on July 30
Singing in the rain
1991 Not even the golden tones of Luciano Pavarotti could bring a smile to the heavens over London’s Hyde Park last night and cajole the rain to stop.
Fortunately, the weather did not spoil the mammoth maestro’s free open-air concert to celebrate his 30th anniversary in opera.
More than 1,50,000 people turned up to hear Pavarotti’s personal thank you to London and to cheer him hoarsely.
Among the dripping VIPs was the polythene-clad Princess Diana, to whom the 20-stone singer gallantly dedicated the aria “Donna Non-Vidi Mai” (“I have never seen a lady like that”).
The concert was televised live to an estimated 400 million people in 33 countries.
Speke names Lake Victoria
1858 British explorer John Manning Speke, 31, named the great lake he found in the heart of Africa today after Queen Victoria.
He has until recently been exploring the region with Richard Burton, but after their joint discovery of Lake Tanganyika, the younger man decided to make the homeward journey by striking out northwards.
Speke’s claim that in Lake Victoria he has found the source of the Nile is unlikely to be accepted by Burton, nor by many others in the scientific community.
Speke developed an interest in exploration while serving with the British Army in India.
His chance to join a pukka expedition came three years ago when he became a member of Burton’s abortive attempt to explore Somaliland.
Speke was badly wounded in the attack by Somali natives that put paid to the expedition.
IRA murder top UK politician
1990 lan Gow, chairman of the Conservative backbench Northern Ireland committee and one of the most outspoken critics of IRA terrorism, was killed by a bomb concealed beneath the chassis of his car.
The 5 lb (2.25 kg) bomb exploded at 8.39 am as Mr. Gow prepared to drive out of the carport adjoining his East Sussex home.
Mr. Gow, 53, resigned from the Thatcher government over the Anglo-Irish agreement in 1985, remaining a Stout defender of other Conservative policies.
He knew his name was on an IRA hit list found last year.
England on top of the world
1966 England won the coveted Jules Rimet trophy, the World Cup of football, at Wembley Stadium this afternoon after an epic tussle with West Germany.
It looked as though England were home and dry with a 2-1 victory, but then West Germany snatched a last-minute equalizer.
Before the start of extra time, manager Alf Ramsey coolly told his exhausted players: “Well you’ve won it once.
Now you’ll just have to do it all over again, and you will.
The Germans are all knackered.”
They did do it again, thanks to two goals by striker Geoff Hurst.
At the final whistle, the stadium erupted in celebration of England’s 4-2 triumph.
1973 The families of victims of the drug Thalidomide have been awarded £20 million ($32 million) in compensation after an 11-year legal battle fought on their behalf by The Sunday Times newspaper.
The case began after it was discovered that the pill was associated with a high incidence of babies born with malformed limbs.
The case has highlighted the need for greater stringency in the testing of new drugs.