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On this day in 1964 a legend was born.



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Darran wrote:
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On this day in 1964 a legend was born.

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Darran wrote:
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On this day in 1964 a legend was born.

She borrowed one of your jackets I see :lol:


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Looks like a bit of carpet from a working mens club :lol:


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Monty wrote:
04 Mar 2021 18:53
Darran wrote:
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On this day in 1964 a legend was born.

She borrowed one of your jackets I see :lol:
Prick. :lol:


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5th March
1850 The Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait between the Isle of Anglesey and the mainland of Wales is opened.
1924 Computing-Tabulating-Recording Corp becomes IBM.
1936 The British fighter plane Spitfire made its first test flight from Eastleigh, Southampton, powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.
1946 Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech in Fulton, Missouri, popularizes the term and draws attention to the division of Europe.
1949 Bradman plays his last innings in 1st-class cricket, gets 30.
1953 Joseph Stalin, dictator and leader of the Soviet Union (1922-53), dies of a stroke at 73.
1953 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf), dies at 61.
1963 The Beatles recorded what would be their third single 'From Me to You' just five days after John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song.
1963 Country singers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins were killed in a plane crash near Camden, Tennessee.
1971 "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones.
1977 The death (aged 27) of Thomas "Tom" Pryce, British racing driver and the only Welsh driver to have won a Formula One race.
2002 American reality TV program The Osbournes" featuring family of Ozzy Osbourne premieres on MTV.
2002 Prime Minister Tony Blair was urged by 39 MPs not to back military action in Iraq.
2006 Nature documentary "Planet Earth" narrated by David Attenborough premieres on the BBC.
2012 Philip Madoc, Welsh actor (The Life and Times of David Lloyd George), dies of cancer at 77.
2019 Second-ever person "cured" of HIV after stem cell transplant treatment in London, England results published in "Nature".
2019 Bugatti announces the most expensive new car ever made - the La Voiture Noire costing €16.7 million (almost $19 million), only one will be made.
2019 Major study into the MMR vaccine involving over 650,000 children in Denmark finds it does not increase the risk of autism.



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1475 Michelangelo, Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance (David, Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel), born in Caprese, Tuscany (d. 1564).
1836 Battle of the Alamo: After 13 days of fighting 1,500-3,000 Mexican soldiers overwhelm the Texan defenders, killing 182-257 Texans including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett.
1853 Giuseppe Verdi's Opera "La Traviata" premieres in Venice.
1899 "Aspirin" (acetylsalicylic acid) patented by Felix Hoffmann at German company Bayer.
1917 Frankie Howerd, English comedian died today (d. 1992).
1918 US naval boat "Cyclops" disappears in Bermuda Triangle. (Keep your eye open for it!).
1923 John "Wes" Montgomery, American musician and composer, considered one of the world's greatest jazz guitarists, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1968).
1946 David Gilmour, English rock guitarist, and vocalist (Pink Floyd - "Comfortably Numb"), born in Cambridge, England.
1951 Ivor Novello [David Ivor Davies], Welsh composer, writer and actor, dies at 58.
1961 1st London minicabs introduced.
1961 George Formby, British singer and comedian, dies at 56.
1964 Boxing legend Cassius Clay joins the Nation of Islam and changes his name to "Muhammad Ali", calling his former title a "slave name".
1971 Test Cricket debut of Indian cricket great Sunil Gavaskar versus West Indies at Port-of-Spain; 125 Tests, 10,122 runs @ 51.12; 34 Test centuries.
1974 British coal workers called off a four-week strike following a 35% pay offer from the new Labour government.
1976 Wales clinch their 7th Five Nations Rugby Championship title, 7th Grand Slam and 13th Triple Crown with a 19-13 win over France at the National Stadium, Cardiff.
1984 The National Coal Board announced a plan of massive job cuts & pit closures.
1987 The British-owned cross-channel ferry the 'Herald of Free Enterprise' left Zeebrugge, Belgium, with its bow doors open. The ferry capsized killing 193 passengers.
1992 Thousands of computers around the world were infected with a computer virus called Michelangelo. 6th March is the anniversary of Michelangelo's birth.
1994 Colin Jackson runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.30 sec).
2008 A UK charity warned that nine out of ten young people had experienced the first signs of hearing damage after listening to loud music.
2013 Alvin Lee, English rocker, dies in Spain from complications from surgery at 68.
2018 World's oldest message in a bottle found in Western Australia, thrown from German ship Paula 132 years ago (12 June 1886).
2021 Swans score a penalty in added on time to win two games in a week. 😁 and Neil Warnock is a little unhappy. 😂😂😂



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7th March
322 BC Aristotle, Greek philosopher and polymath (b. 384 BC) died today.
321 Roman Emperor Constantine I decrees that the dies Solis Invicti (sun-day) is the day of rest in the Empire.
1530 When King Henry VIII's divorce request was denied by the Pope, Henry declared himself (not the Pope) as the supreme head of the English church.
1671 Rob Roy, Scottish folk hero, baptized in Buchanan, Stirlingshire, Scotland (d. 1734).
1799 The Royal Institution of Great Britain founded; dedicated to scientific research and education.
1875 Maurice Ravel, French composer, pianist and conductor (Daphnis et Chloé; Boléro), born in Ciboure, France (d. 1937).
1876 The Scottish-born inventor, Alexander Graham Bell, patented the telephone.
1876 Born on this day in Rhossili, Gower, Edgar Evans, a member of Captain Robert Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole in 1911–1912. The group of five men selected for the final expedition push, which included Evans, reached the Pole on 17 January 1912. However, all five perished on their return journey to base camp.
1905 Arthur Conan Doyle publishes "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" collection in London after public pressure to revive his famous detective.
1926 The first transatlantic telephone call was made, from London to New York.
1936 Adolf Hitler breaks the Treaty of Versailles by sending troops into the Rhineland.
1946 Bikini Atoll islanders are evacuated by the US government to make way for a nuclear testing site.
1948 The Dodecanese islands officially become part of Greece again, ending Italian rule.
1952 Viv Richards, Antiguan cricketer and master blaster (West Indies), born in St. Johns, British Leeward Islands.
1956 Bryan Cranston, American actor (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle), born in Canoga Park, California.
1963 John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman recorded their self-titled album at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
1968 The BBC broadcasts the news for the first time in colour on television.
1985 Gerwyn Price, Welsh darts player (PDC World C'ship 2021; Grand Slam of Darts 2018, 19; World Grand Prix 2020), born in Cardiff, Wales.
1987 Gavaskar becomes 1st cricket batsman to score 10,000 Test runs.
1989 Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses".
1999 Stanley Kubrick, American film director (2001 A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange) dies at 70.
2013 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, dies of pneumonia at 82.
2020 Matthew Watkins, Welsh rugby union centre (18 caps; Newport, Llanelli Scarlets), dies from pelvic cancer at 41. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿



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1813 The London Royal Philharmonic Society staged its first concert.
1817 The New York Stock Exchange is founded.
1859 Kenneth Grahame, Scottish author (The Wind in the Willows), born in Edinburgh (d. 1932).
1887 Everett Horton, CT, patents fishing rod of telescoping steel tubes.
1908 The House of Commons turned down the women's suffrage bill, thus denying the right for women to vote.
1917 Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and inventor who founded the Zeppelin airship company, dies at 78.
1917 Russian "February Revolution" begins in earnest with protests celebrating International Woman's Day and riots in St Petersburg over food rations and conduct of the war.
1930 Mahatma Gandhi began the campaign of civil disobedience against British rule in India.
1934 Edwin Hubble photo shows as many galaxies as Milky Way has stars.
1963 The first Ford Anglia was produced at Halewood, LIverpool.
1965 First US combat forces arrive in Vietnam, on the beaches of Da Nang.
1969 Small Faces split up after singer Steve Marriott announced he was leaving the band to form Humble Pie.
1971 British postal workers returned to work after a strike lasting 7 weeks.
1971 Joe Frazier ends Muhammad Ali's 31-fight winning streak at Madison Square Garden, NYC; retains heavyweight boxing title by unanimous points decision over 15 rounds in the "Fight of the Century".
1971 Born this day in Basingstoke (Father was Welsh), Christopher 'Kit' Symons, former Wales soccer international.
1973 The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain, planting four car bombs in London; 10 members of PIRA are arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country.
1978 The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.
1981 Born this day in Abercraf, Adam Jones, a Wales and Lions rugby international: one of a small group of players to have won three grand slams. Affectionately known as one of the 'Hair Bears' along with his Osprey's teammate Duncan Jones because of their recognisable hairstyles.
2009 Ali Bongo [William Oliver Wallace], British comedy musician and magician (President of The Magic Circle - Shriek of Araby), dies at 79.
2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with 239 people loses contact and disappears, prompting the most expensive search effort in history and one of the most enduring aviation mysteries.
2014 The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (known as Clare's Law) came into effect across England and Wales.
2016 AC/DC postponed the rest of their current US tour after singer Brian Johnson was warned he was going deaf.
2016 English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician, Sir George Martin died aged 90. He worked as EMI records in-house record producer and became known as the so-called fifth Beatle.
2020 Italy announces it is locking down northern region of Lombardy, including Milan, with 16 million people, as COVID-19 cases reach 5,800 with 233 deaths.
2020 America registers 521 cases of COVID-19 with 21 deaths across 33 states.



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9th March
1562 Kissing in public banned in Naples (punishable by death). 🤭
1881 The birth, in Winsford, Somerset of Ernest Bevin, one of the founding leaders of the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU), which soon became Britain's largest trade union. He was Minister of Labour during the Second World War and created ‘Bevin Boys’; young men chosen by ballot to work down the mines as part of their war service.
1891 Great Blizzard of 1891 begins in UK and lasts until March 13; Kills 200 people and 6,000 animals.
1934 Yuri Gagarin, Russian cosmonaut and 1st man into space (aboard Vostok 1), born in Klushino, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 1968).
1942 Welsh singer, songwriter and record producer, John Cale who was a founding member of the American rock band Velvet Underground.
1946 33 fans were killed and hundreds injured when a barrier collapsed at the Bolton Wanderers' football ground. The dead and injured were taken from the stand, with those who had perished lain along the touchline and covered in coats. Incredibly, a little under half an hour after leaving the pitch, the game was restarted, with a new sawdust lined touchline separating the players from the bodies. It was the deadliest football stadium-related disaster in British history until the Ibrox Park disaster in 1971. 😳
1950 On this day, Timothy Evans was executed by hanging. He was later granted a posthumous pardon. The case is now acknowledged as a major miscarriage of justice and was instrumental in the abolition of capital punishment in the United Kingdom in 1965. Timothy John Evans from Merthyr was tried and convicted of murdering his wife and infant daughter at their residence in Notting Hill, London and sentenced to death by hanging. However, three years later John Christie, a downstairs neighbour, was found to be a serial killer who confessed to murdering Mrs. Evans and was subsequently found to have also murdered Evans's daughter.
1959 Barbie makes her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York. Over a billion have been sold worldwide since.
1964 1st Ford Mustang produced.
1970 Having recently changed their name from Earth to Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward made their concert debut at The Roundhouse, London.
1972 Four members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature explosion at a house in Clonard Street, Lower Falls, Belfast.
1973 Northern Ireland voted in favour (90:1) of staying in the United Kingdom.
1994 IRA terrorists launched a mortar attack on Heathrow Airport. All the missiles failed to explode.
2011 Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights.



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10th March
1801 First official census in Great Britain, revealing a population of approximately 10 million. A census has taken place every ten years since 1801, with the exception of the 1941 census, cancelled because of World War II.
1876 First telephone call; Alexander Graham Bell says "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you" to his assistant Thomas Watson.
1886 Cruft's Dog Show was held in London for the first time. Previously it had been held in Newcastle.
1891 Almon Strowger, an undertaker in Topeka, Kansas, patents the strowger switch, a device which led to the automation of telephone circuit switching. Being ex GPO I used to work on Strowger equipment. Not back in 1891 before anyone asks. 😁
1906 Baker Street & Waterloo Railway opens, constructed by the Underground Electric Railways Company of London. The contraction Bakerloo became the official name in July 1906.
1920 Home Rule Act passed by the British Parliament, dividing Ireland into two parts; it is rejected by the southern counties, where the Ango-Irish war continues for a year.
1922 Mahatma Gandhi was arrested by the British governors of India and sentenced to six years in prison.
1931 Oswald Mosley leaves British Labour party and founds the "New Party".
1945 On the night of 10th March 1945 seventy German prisoners made their escape by tunnelling from Island Farm Prisoner of War Camp on the outskirts of Bridgend. This was the biggest escape attempt made by German P.O.W.s in Great Britain during the Second World War.
1957 Osama bin Laden, Islamic militant and founder of al-Qaeda, born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (d. 2011).
1964 Simon and Garfunkel record the first version of "The Sound of Silence" at Columbia Studios in New York City.
1964 Prince Edward [Edward Anthony Richard Louis], Prince of Britain and son of Elizabeth II, born in Buckingham Palace, London.
1969 James Earl Ray pleads guilty to the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.
1982 Sygyzy: all 9 planets aligned on same side of Sun.
1986 Ray Milland, Welsh actor (The Lost Weekend-Academy Award 1945), dies at 81.
1998 Lloyd Bridges, American actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, Airplane!), dies of natural causes at 85.
2003 Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer, dies at 52 after a long battle against cancer.
2005 Dave Allen, Irish comedian (Dave Allen Show), dies at 68.
2010 Micky Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), dies of a brain tumour at 63.
2016 Keith Emerson, English rock musician (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), commits suicide at 71.
2020 Russian lower house of Parliament passes legislation to allow Vladimir Putin to hold office of President for life.



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11th March
537 Goths lay siege to Rome. 👀
1699 Mt Etna in Sicily erupts in its largest recorded eruption, killing 15,000.
1702 1st English daily newspaper "Daily Courant" publishes.
1744 English auction house Sotheby's holds its first ever auction (of books) in London.
1818 The publication of Mary's Shelley's book 'Frankenstein', frequently called the world’s first science fiction novel.
1819 The birth, at White Coppice in Lancashire, of Sir Henry Tate, English sugar producer & founder of London's Tate Gallery.
1851 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto" premieres in Venice.
1872 Construction of the Seven Sisters Colliery, South Wales, begins; located on one of the richest coal sources in Britain.
1885 Malcolm Campbell, British motor racer (world land and water speed record holder), born in London, England (d. 1948).
1916 Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1964-70, 1974-76), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 1995).
1918 US Army mess cook Private Albert Gitchell of Fort Riley, Kansas becomes the first documented case of Spanish flu; start of worldwide pandemic killing 50-100 million.
1931 Rupert Murdoch, Australian-born American media mogul (NY Post, News of the World, FOX-TV), born in Melbourne, Victoria.
1942 1st deportation train leaves Paris for Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
1952 Douglas Adams, English author (Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2001).
1955 Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist (invented penicillin), dies of a heart attack at 73.
1958 American B-47 accidentally drops nuclear bomb 15,000 ft on a family home in Mars Bluff, South Carolina; creates crater 75 ft across, bomb without its nuclear capsule.
1965 Tom Jones was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'It's Not Unusual.
1967 Pink Floyd releases 1st single "Arnold Layne".
1967 John Barrowman, Scottish-American actor, singer, presenter and writer, born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1972 Harry Nilsson was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of The Peter Ham and Tom Evans song 'Without You'.
1974 Mount Etna in Sicily erupted.
1975 The Original Soundtrack, the third album by 10cc was released.(I’m not in love)
1988 The Bank of England pound note, first introduced on 12th March 1797, ceased to be legal tender in Britain at midnight. When the deadline for returning old notes was reached, it was estimated that some 70 million were still outstanding.
1993 Jodie Comer, English actress (Killing Eve), born in Liverpool, England.
1997 Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry are launched into space.
1997 Beatle Paul McCartney knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
2003 The International Criminal Court holds its inaugural session in The Hague.
2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake strikes 130 km (80 miles) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people and causing the second worst nuclear accident in history at Fukushima nuclear plant.
2013 Falkland Islands’ sovereignty referendum: 99.8% choose to remain an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom.
2018 The death (aged 90) of the comedian Ken Dodd, just days after leaving hosital following a long term chest infection. He passed away in his home at Knotty Ash, Liverpool, the home that he was born in and had lived in for his entire life.



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12th March
1881 WRU founded today, originally called WFU (Welsh Football Union)
1881 Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world's first black international football player and captain.
1889 Start of South Africa's 1st Test, v England, Port Elizabeth.
1894 Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time in a candy store in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
1913 Born today in Clydach, Rhondda, Tommy Farr. Rated as one of the best heavyweights in British boxing.
1922 Jack Kerouac, American writer (On the Road, Mexico Blues), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1969).
1926 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway rider (world champion, 1950, 1952), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2013).
1930 Mahatma Gandhi begins his famous 200 mile (300km) protest march against the widely hated British salt tax.
1935 Britain imposed a 30 mph speed limit in built up areas.
1945 Anne Frank, Dutch Diarist and Jewish victim of the Nazi Holocaust (Diary of Anne Frank), dies of typhus in the Belsen concentration camp at 15. Not verified as today.
1946 Liza Minnelli, American singer/actress (Sterile Cuckoo, Cabaret), born in Hollywood, California.
1948 James Taylor, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Fire And Rain"; "You've Got A Friend"; "Shower The People"), born in Boston, Massachusetts.
1949 Mike Gibbins, Welsh musician and drummer (Badfinger - "No Matter What"), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2005).
1949 Ireland retains Five Nations Rugby Championship & Triple Crown with a 5-0 win over Wales at St. Helen's Ground, Swansea.
1950 The Llandow Air Disaster. 80 of the 83 people on board an Avro Tudor V aircraft were killed when it crashed at Llandow in Glamorgan. At the time, it was the world's worst air disaster. The aircraft had been privately hired to fly Welsh rugby supporters to and from an international game against Ireland in Belfast. The crash happened on the return flight in a field beside Park Farm, close to the small hamlet of Sigingstone. A court enquiry concluded that overloading was the probable cause of the accident and among those who lost their lives were three members of Abercarn RFC and six from Llanharan RFC, with both clubs honouring the memory of the victims with symbols on their club badges.
1951 Comic strip "Dennis the Menace," 1st appears in the British comic magazine The Beano.
1955 Charlie "Bird" Parker, American jazz saxophonist (Ornithology), dies of pneumonia and bleeding ulcer at 34 in NYC, also had an advanced case of cirrhosis and had suffered a heart attack.
1956 Steve Harris, bassist with English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, born today in Leytonstone Essex.
1958 British Empire Day is renamed "Commonwealth Day".
1968 The Rolling Stones started recording their next single 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' with new producer Jimmy Miller at Olympic studios in London.
1975 ABBA recorded 'Mamma Mia' at Metronome Studio in Stockholm, Sweden.
1983 Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler had her only UK No.1 single with a song written by Meat Loaf's producer, Jim Steinman, 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart'.
1984 By the end of 12th March more than half of the country's 187,000 mineworkers were on strike over job cuts.
1994 The Church of England ordained the first women priests (32 in total) at Bristol Cathedral.
1999 Yehudi Menuhin, American-British violinist, conductor and teacher (Bartok's Sonata), dies at 82.
2001 Robert Ludlum, American spy novelist (Bourne Identity), dies at 73.
2006 Former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his third solo album On An Island.
2011 A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan's earthquake.
2013 Clive Burr, drummer with Iron Maiden died in his sleep in London, four days after his 56th birthday, due to complications related to MS.
2015 Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 66.
2016 Iron Maiden's personal Boeing 747 was badly damaged after colliding with a tow truck while grounded at Santiago, Chile.
2018 British Prime Minister Theresa May says Russia was "highly likely" to have poisoned a Russian spy and his daughter on March 4 with nerve agent.
2020 UK PM Boris Johnson says the UK is facing the “worst public health crisis for a generation”, that up to 10,000 people may already be infected with COVID-19.



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13th March
1639 Cambridge College, Massachusetts, renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard.
1873 Eight clubs met to form the Scottish Football Association. They were Queen's Park, Clydesdale, Vale of Leven, Dumbreck, Third Lanark, Eastern, Granville and Kilmarnock.
1875 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Royal Engineers and Old Etonians draw 1-1; replay won by Engineers, 2-0.
1914 Tessie O'Shea, Welsh stage and screen entertainer, born in Cardiff (d. 1995).
1935 Voluntary driving tests were introduced in Britain and became compulsory in June of the same year.
1939 Neil Sedaka, American singer and songwriter ("Breaking Up is Hard to Do"), born in Brooklyn, New York.
1942 Geoffrey Hayes, British TV presenter and actor (Rainbow, Z-Cars), born in Stockport, England (d. 2018).
1961 Black and white Bank of England five pound notes ceased to be legal tender.
1965 British guitarist Eric Clapton quits the Yardbirds due to the band moving away from traditional blues; Jeff Beck becomes his replacement.
1965 The Beatles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Eight Days A Week'.
1966 Pink Floyd appeared for the first time at The The Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London, England.
1967 Sir Frank Worrell, West Indian cricket batsman and captain (51 Tests @ 49.48; 9 x 100s), dies from leukemia at 42.
1981 Born this day, in Newport, Ryan Jones, former Wales captain and Lions rugby international. Jones is one of a small group of Welsh players to have won three Grand Slams, being also captain of the 2008 Grand Slam side. As a player he showed resilience to both injury and being replaced as captain, returning to become one of Wales's most respected players.
1996 Thomas Hamilton, a lone gunman carrying 4 handguns killed 16 children and their teacher at a school in Dunblane, Scotland. The killer fired randomly around the school gym in an attack that lasted just three minutes, but caused carnage in the class of five and six year olds. He then turned the gun on himself.
2012 Encyclopaedia Britannica announces that it will no longer publish printed versions of its encyclopaedia.
2013 Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected the new pope, taking the papal name Pope Francis.
2019 US grounds all Boeing 737 Max aircraft after bans by others countries following the plane type's second crash in Ethiopia.
2019 British MPs vote to reject a no-deal Brexit, defeating Theresa May's government 321 votes to 278.
2020 Elite football in Britain, including England's Premier League, EFL, Women's Super League plus in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is suspended until at least 3 April because of COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 African American Breonna Taylor shot and killed by police officers executing a no-knock warrant on her flat with a battering ram in Louisville, Kentucky.
2021 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler, American boxer (undisputed World Middleweight champion 1980-87; second-longest unified C'ship reign in history), dies at 66.
2021 Murray Walker, F1 commentator died today aged 97. RIP.



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14th March
1592 "Ultimate Pi day": on this day at 6.53am is the largest correspondence between calendar dates and significant digits of pi, since the introduction of the Julian calendar (3.14159265358). 😳
1829 Charles Charlesworth, English boy who died of old age before he was 7 years old, born in Straffordshire, England.
1873 The Insurance Institute of Manchester was born, the first insurance institute in the world.
1879 Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate (theory of relativity), born in Ulm, German Empire (d. 1955).
1883 Karl Marx, German philosopher (Communist Manifesto), dies at 64.
1885 Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera "Mikado" premieres in London at the Savoy Theatre.
1913 South African Supreme Court declares that marriages not celebrated according to Christian rites and/or not registered by the Registrar of Marriages, are invalid; all Muslim and Hindu marriages are therefore declared invalid.
1930 A proposed tunnel linking England and France was approved by the Channel Tunnel Committee.
1933 Michael Caine [Maurice J. Micklewhite], English actor (Alfie), born in London, England.
1933 Quincy Jones (Jr.), American jazz trumpeter. composer, arranger, record producer, and film producer, born in Chicago.
1936 Wales beats Ireland, 3-0 in Cardiff to clinch the Home Nations Rugby Championship with a 2-1-0 record.
1960 The Government announced plans for a Thames Barrier to protect London from flooding.
1963 Cliff Richard and The Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Summer Holiday.'
1964 Dallas, Texas; Jack Ruby sentenced to death for Lee Harvey Oswald's murder.
1967 JFK's body moved from temporary grave to a permanent memorial.
1981 Ken Barrington, cricketer (82 Tests for England, 6806 runs), dies.
1981 Eric Clapton was hospitalised with bleeding ulcers causing a US tour to be cancelled. He was back in hospital five weeks later after being involved in a car crash.
1982 Metallica made their live debut when they appeared at Radio City in Anaheim, California.
1990 Born on this day in Carmarthen and raised in Narbeth,Joe Allen, Wales football international.
Allen began his professional career with 🦢 Swansea City in 2007 and was a regular member of the side that won promotion to the English Premier League in the 2010–11 season. Allen was a member of Wales' memorable Euro 16 campaign, in which they eventually lost in the semi-final to the eventual winners Portugal.
1996 Dewi Iorwerth Ellis Bebb, rugby international/journalist, dies at 57.
2014 Tony Benn, British politcian, Minister of Technology and President of the Stop the War Coalition, dies aged 88.
2017 World's oldest golf club Muirfield in Scotland, votes to admit women as members for 1st time in 273 years.
2018 UK announces it will expel 23 Russian diplomats after Russian-made nerve agent used on former spy in UK.
2018 The death, aged 76, of the world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. At the age of 22 Professor Hawking was given only a few years to live, after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease.
🥧 Every year Pi Day is celebrated on 14th March. Pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter (approximated as 3.14159). The earliest use of the Greek letter π to represent Pi was in 1706 by Welshman William Jones from Llanfihangel Tre'r Beirdd on Anglesey. The 14th of March was chosen because the first three digits of the pi calculation 3,1 and 4 equate to the American date format 3/14.
2021 Today is Mother’s Day, I hope everyone remembered to wish their mother a Happy Mother’s Day. 👏 😍



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