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John Cobb

On this day in 1952 John Cobb made an attempt at the world water-speed record on Loch Ness which ended in tragedy as the boat crashed and Cobb was killed.

Cobb was a racing driver who had broken the land speed record in 1938, 1939, and 1947, when he became the first man ever to attain a speed of 400 miles per hour on land. In 1952 he made an attempt on the water speed record. On his first run, he became the first person to break the 200 miles per hour barrier, but his boat crashed shortly afterwards and he was killed.

WIlliam McGonagall

On this day in 1902 William Topaz McGonagall, died. McGonagall has earned the title of "World's Worst Poet".

During the Dundee holiday week of 1877, he 'discovered' himself to be a poet and published his first book of verse in 1878, a collection which included his poem The Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay. He became well known in Scotland, giving readings and recitations, but he was often booked simply to amuse the audience at his expense. He was frequently the butt of jokes of students at the University of Edinburgh who encouraged him to take himself seriously. He remained convinced that he was a poetic genius and tried to seek success in both London and, in 1887, New York. He was unable to find work and eventually had to ask a friend to send him the return fare.

Today's recipe: a cute twist on a Dundee staple - glitter jam.

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