instagram envelope_alt facebook twitter search youtube_play whatsapp remove external_link loop2 arrow-down2

On this day: March 29

Today’s birthdays

Lord (Norman) Tebbit, former Cabinet minister, 88

Julie Goodyear, actress, 77

Eric Idle (pictured), comedian and actor, 76

John Major, former prime minister, 76

Vangelis, composer, 76

Terry Jacks, singer, 75

Christopher Lambert, actor, 62

Lucy Lawless, actress, 51

Jennifer Capriati, former tennis player, 43

It happened today…

1461:England’s bloodiest battle raged for 10 hours around the village of Towton in Yorkshire. More than 28,000 died as Henry VI’s Lancastrian forces were crushed and the throne was claimed by Edward IV.

1788: The death of evangelist Charles Wesley, writer of more than 5,500 hymns and co founder, with his brother John, of Methodism.

1871: The Royal Albert Hall, London, built in memory of Prince Albert, was opened by Queen Victoria.

1886: A new fizzy drink was launched by graduate chemist John S Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia. Described as an ‘Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage’, it is now better known as Coca-Cola.

1891:Georges Seurat, the French impressionist painter primarily responsible for the development of Pointillism, died.

1912: Captain Robert Falcon Scott died in Antarctica returning from his expedition to the South Pole.

1940:Metal strips were introduced into the Bank of England £1 notes, as an anti-forgery device.

1951: The first performance of The King And I (pictured) at St James’s Theatre, Broadway, with Yul Brynner as the king and Gertrude Lawrence as Anna.

1960: Prime minister Harold Macmillan and US president Dwight D Eisenhower agreed on new proposals for a nuclear test ban treaty.

1963: The right for any territory to secede from the Central African Federation was granted by Britain.

1971:Charles Manson and three members of his cult were sentenced to death in Los Angeles for the murders of seven people and one unborn child.

1974: The US spacecraft Mariner 10 took the first close-up pictures of Mercury.

1981: The first London marathon was won by Norwegian Inge Simonsen and American Dick Beardsley — crossing the tape hand in hand.

2004: The Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants.

2017: The letter signed by prime minister Theresa May announcing that the UK intended to leave the EU under Article 50 was handed to European Council president Donald Tusk in Brussels by UK permanent representative Sir Tim Barrow.

Quote of the day

‘I’m such a weirdo. I’m animal-mad, so my ideal date would probably be something involving going to see animals’ — Actress Sheridan Smith (pictured)

Thought for the day

‘Because I have known despair, I value hope. Because I have tasted frustration, I value fulfillment. Because I have been lonely, I value love’ — Late Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy