The Office of Addresses and Encounters, the world's first recorded dating service, was opened by one Henry Robinson in Threadneedle Street in 1650. The Metropolitan Police force was founded in 1829. The cornerstone for the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., was laid in 1907. The first of what would be seven victims of a mass murder via poison-laced Tylenol capsules was found in Chicago in 1982. The murders caused a national panic and forever changed the way over the counter medications are packaged in the US. The National Cathedral was completed in 1990.
Born today: Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), Enrico Fermi (1901-1954), Colin Dexter (1930), Silvio Berlusconi (1936), Jean-Luc Ponty (1942), Lech Walesa (1943), Sebastian Coe (1956) and Robert Webb (1972).