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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Feature writer Derek James takes a look back at what was happening in the world on August 7 throughout history, including a major storm in north Norfolk.
On this day in Norfolk in 1935 - Violent storms caused major damage at Cromer. One-and-a-half inches of rain fell in 40 minutes tearing holes in cliffs and flooding shops to a depth of 4ft.
Elsewhere in the world
1834 - The Poor Law Amendment Act was passed, abandoning the system of outdoor relief by which parishes looked after their poor and replacing it with the workhouse.
1900 - The Davis Cup for tennis was contested for the first time at Brookline Massachusetts, and won by the USA.
1940 - The Battle of Britain began.
1958 - Colombia Records signed up a 17-year-old singer called Cliff Richard.
1963 - The Great Train Robbery took place when a gang of 15 men, including Ronnie Biggs, who ended up in Norwich Prison, stole more than £2.6m.
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