It happened today – this day in history

1413: Henry V is crowned King of England.

1483: Edward V (age 12) succeeds his father Edward IV as King of England. He is never crowned, and disappears presumed murdered, after being incarcerated in the Tower of London with his younger brother Richard.

1553: Death of the French writer François Rabelais at the age of 49.

1626: Death of Francis Bacon, 65-year-old statesman and philosopher.

1747: Simon Fraser, 12th Jacobite Baron Lovat, is the last man to be beheaded in England.

1806: Birth of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in Portsmouth.

1838: The National Gallery reopens in its new dedicated building in Trafalgar Square.

1865: Confederate General Robert E Lee and 26,765 troops surrender at Appomattox Court House to U.S. Lieutenant General Ulysses S Grant.

1882: British poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti dies at the age of 53.

1894: First performance of the 5th Symphony in B flat by Anton Bruckner in Graz.

1896: Australian athlete Edwin Flack wins the middle distance double at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, winning the 800m final.

1917: Vimy Ridge in France is stormed by Canadian troops.

1918: Latvia proclaims its independence.

1928: Mae West makes her New York debut in a bold new play “Diamond Lil.”

1940: Nazi Germany invades Denmark and Norway. Denmark surrenders after a six-hour battle.

1942: Filipino-American forces are overwhelmed by the Japanese at Bataan.

1959: NASA names the first 7 American astronauts for Project Mercury. On the same day, architect Frank Lloyd Wright died at the age of 89.

1960: South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd survives an assassination attempt despite being shot twice in the face.

1962: Arnold Palmer wins the third of his 4 Masters titles in an 18-hole Monday playoff with Gary Player at Augusta. On the same day, “West Side Story” won eight Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars. Star Rita Moreno wins Best Supporting Actress.

1963: Winston Churchill becomes the first honorary citizen of the United States.

1964: Singles Chart:

  1. I Can’t Buy Love – The Beatles
  2. Little Kids – Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas
  3. I believe – Singles
  4. World Without Love – Peter and Gordon
  5. Just One Look – The Hollies
  6. Don’t Fade – The Rolling Stones
  7. I love you because – Jim Reeves
  8. This Girl Belongs To Yesterday – Gene Pitney
  9. Tell Me When – The Applejacks
  10. Bits and Pieces – The Five Dave Clarks

1966: Actress Sophia Loren marries director Carlo Ponti in Paris.

1967: The Monkeys

1967: Ranking of albums:

  1. The Sound of Music – Original Soundtrack
  2. The Monkeys – The Monkeys
  3. Best Of – Beach Boys
  4. No more monkeys – The monkeys
  5. Four Tops Live – The Four Tops
  6. Come the Day – The Seekers
  7. Trini Lopez in London – Trini Lopez
  8. Pictures – The Walker Brothers
  9. Between the Buttons – The Rolling Stones
  10. Going Places – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

1969: First flight of Concorde 002 at Filton, Bristol. On the same day, Sikh busmen in Wolverhampton were granted the right to wear turbans in service after a long campaign.

1976: Young Liberals chairman Peter Hain is acquitted of robbing a branch of Barclays Bank. That same day, singer-songwriter Phil Ochs hanged himself at his sister’s house in Queen’s, New York.

1978: Gary Player shoots a record 64 (-8) final round to win the Masters.

1979: The Deer Hunter wins the Best Picture Oscar.

1983: On TV (Saturday)

CHANNEL 4
2:15 p.m. Movie: Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
Fictional account by composer George Gershwin
4:30 p.m. spring collection
17.05 Brookside
6:00 p.m. News headlines and weather
19.00 American Bandstand 30th Anniversary Special
9:55 p.m. The Cheryl Ladd Special
22.55 Movie: The Undesirables (1944)
Ghost story with Ray Milland
LONDON WEEKEND
06.00 Dawn
07.00 Hello Brittany
08:40 data cycle
09.30 sesame street
10:30 a.m. The Saturday Show
12:15 p.m. sports world
17.05 ITN News
5:15 p.m. Greatest Hits – 1981
5:45 p.m. The fell guy
Lee Majors plays the role of a stuntman
6:45 p.m. punchlines
19.15 3-2-1
8:15 p.m. TJ Hooker
Crime drama series with William Shatner
9:15 p.m. Tales of the unexpected
9:45 p.m. ITN News
10:00 p.m. The big game
Highlights from Luton v Aston Villa, plus action from Newcastle v Blackburn and West Brom v Watford
11:00 p.m. London news headlines
BBC one
06.25 Open University
08:55 Mute is the word
09.15 get on
11.00 Movie: Apache Drums (1951)
12:15 p.m. Grandstand
including the Aintree Grand National
17.10 Cartoon
5:35 p.m. News
5:50 p.m. The Dukes of Hazard
6:40 p.m. Quick Quiz
Mike Read asks questions to David Grant (Lynx), Kevin Rowland, Stella Barker (Belle Stars), BA Robertson, Bill Nelson and Steve Askew (Kajagoogoo).
19.10 Movie: The Paper Hunt (1973)
Comedy-drama starring Timothy Bottoms, Lyndsey Wagner and John Houseman, which won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
9:00 p.m. News
9:15 p.m. Dynasty
22.05 Wogan
22.50 blood money
11:45 p.m. The Grand National
BBC TWO
06.25 Open University
3:20 p.m. Movie: Having a Wonderful Time (1938)
Romantic comedy with Ginger Rogers and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
4:25 p.m. Movie: Single Mother (1939)
Romantic comedy with Ginger Rogers and David Niven.
5:45 p.m. Grand Slam
18.10 states of mind
19.00 News
19.20 Alfred Brendel Masterclass
20.05 Movie: Beg for the Ring (1978)
An 18-year-old Cornish man, trained by his ambitious father for local wrestling championships, gets his call to fight in the First World War.
9:00 p.m. Roger no longer lives here
9:30 p.m. Dancers: Sheffield
10:25 p.m. News
10:30 p.m. Movie: Macbeth (1971)
Film by Roman Polanski with Jon Finch and Francesca Annis.

1984: About 100 pickets are arrested in violent clashes with police outside two working coal mines in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

1988: Dave Prater of soul duo Sam & Dave is killed when his car veers off the road and hits a tree in Syracuse, Georgia. On the same day, singer Brook Benton died at the age of 56.

1989: Nick Faldo wins the Masters for the first time.

1991: Record producer Martin Hannett, best known for his work with Joy Division, dies.

1992: John Major is elected Prime Minister after the Conservative Party wins the most votes in British electoral history.

1997: Singer-songwriter Mae Boren Axton dies aged 82 in her bath.

1999: Niger’s President Ibrahim Bare Mainassara is shot dead in a coup attempt.

2002: Over a million people line the streets for the Queen Mother’s funeral.

2003: American troops arrive in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, when the regime of Saddam Hussein is overthrown.

2005: The Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker-Bowles in a civil ceremony.

2006: Phil Mickelson wins his third US Masters.

2018: Fleetwood Mac announced that Lindsey Buckingham had been fired from the band and would be replaced on tour by Neil Finn of Crowded House and guitarist Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

2021: The Duke of Edinburgh dies aged 99.

BIRTHDAYS: Valerie Singleton, host, 85; Hannah Gordon, actress, 81; Steve Gadd, drummer, 73; Sorcha Cusack, actress, 73; Dennis Quaid, actor, 68; Iain Duncan Smith MP, politician, 68; Mark Kelly, keyboardist, (Marillion) 61; Marc Jacobs, fashion designer, 59; Joe (Charles) Scarborough, American television host/former politician, 59; Cynthia Nixon, actress, 56; Robbie Fowler, former footballer, 47; Gerard Way, singer-songwriter (My Chemical Romance) 45; Rachel Stevens, singer (S Club 7) 44; Albert Hammond Jr, guitarist (The Strokes) 42; Jay Baruchel, actor, 40; Leighton Meester, actress, 36; Kristen Stewart, actress, 32; Elle (Mary) Fanning, actress, 24 years old.

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