January 12 – On this day – 77 years since Arms ship disappeared

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The ship, with 13 men on board, had disappeared in gales sweeping the country. The development came after two men were washed ashore. 

47 years ago (1976) Crime writer Dame Agatha Christie died peacefully at her Oxfordshire home after suffering poor health for several years.

The St Martin’s Theatre, where Christie’s The Mousetrap continued its record-breaking run, and The Savoy dimmed their lights in her honour.

She wrote 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around brilliant fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

22 years ago (2001) Swedish manager Sven-Goran Eriksson became the first foreigner to coach the England football team.

Dubbed the “Iceman” for his calmness under pressure, Eriksson was tasked with turning around the team’s fortunes after a string of poor results under previous boss Kevin Keegan.

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