1491. The siege of Granada, the last Moorish (i.e. Islamic) stronghold in Spain, begins. Note that this is only one year before Columbus's famous voyage. Before they are cast out, they will have been in the Iberian Peninsula for nearly 800 years.
1952. Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap opens in London, later to become the longest continuous running play in history.
1984. 36 top musicians gather to perform Band Aid's "Do they Know It's Christmas" to help raise money for famine relief in Ethopia.
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