Thursday 21 March 1996
Births: Johann Sebastian Bach, composer, 1685; Dorothea Beale, educationalist, 1831; Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, composer, 1839; Albert Chevalier, actor, entertainer and singer, 1861; Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, historian, 1865; Florenz Ziegfeld, stage producer, 1869; Bernard Cyril, first Baron Freyberg, Governor-General of New Zealand, 1889. Deaths: Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, burnt at the stake 1556; Robert Southey, poet, 1843; Philip Wilson Steer, painter, 1942; Harry H. Corbett, actor, 1982; Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave, actor, 1985. On this day: the coronation of King Henry V of England took place, 1413; a duel was fought by the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchelsea, 1829; the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh was opened, 1859; the last offensive by the Germans began on the Western front - the second Battle of the Somme, 1918; Waterloo Station, London, was opened, 1922; Dr Kwame Nkrumah became the first African prime minister south of the Sahara, 1952; the Sudan became independent, 1953; the London Planetarium opened, 1958; African demonstrators were shot at Sharpeville, South Africa, 1960; the musical Half a Sixpence was first produced, London 1963; Martin Luther King led a civil rights march, starting at Selma, Alabama, 1965; John Stonehouse, a former government minister, was arrested in Australia on an extradition warrant after allegations of fraud and theft, 1975; Namibia, formerly known as South West Africa, became independent, 1990; the Government decided to scrap the Poll Tax by 1993 to return to some kind of property tax, 1991. Today is the Feast Day of St Enda, St Fanchea and St Serapion of Thmuis.
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
Jihadi John': MI5 may have identified Isis militant who killed David Haines but options limited
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: Police will be on high alert on Friday whatever the result
David Haines beheading: David Cameron says Britain will hunt down Isis 'monsters' shown in video murdering aid worker
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
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