A French soldier, serving in the desert about 35 miles north of Alexandria on Napoleon Bonaparte's Egyptian campaign, stumbled over a black basalt slab protruding from the sand on July 19th, 1799.
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Today would have been the 86th birthday of actor Burt Kwouk OBE, who died in May.
People watched in open-mouthed fascination 30 years ago today as new close-up video tapes were released showing the wreck of the RMS Titanic lying 13,000 feet down on the ocean floor.
Can it really be 28 years since the hit film "Die Hard" made a movie star of Bruce Willis?
Following a stroke almost 25 years ago, Mr Woodhams of Bedford was left with disabilities which meant he was unable to get upstairs in his own home.