Thursday 31 March 1994
Deaths: Philip III, King of Spain, 1621; John Donne, poet, 1631; John Constable, painter, 1837; Charlotte Bronte, novelist, 1855; Sir John Stainer, organist and composer, 1901; John Pierpont Morgan, philanthropist, 1913; Jesse Owens (James Cleveland), athlete, 1980; Enid Bagnold (Lady Jones), novelist, 1981.
On this day: the first instalment of Charles Dickens's Pickwick Papers appeared as a monthly number, 1836; in Paris, the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated, 1889; Whitcomb Judson patented the first zip fastener, 1896; gold was discovered at Klondike in Canada, 1897; the Church in Wales was disestablished, 1920; British coal-miners went on strike, 1921; the US Congress passed the Marshall Aid plan, 1948; the Soviet Union offered to join Nato, 1954; the Dalai Lama was granted political asylum by India, 1959; a Mexican airliner on a flight to Los Angeles crashed into a mountain 80 miles from Mexico city, killing all in the aircraft, 1986; Hampton Court Palace was badly damaged by fire, 1986.
Today is Maundy Thursday and the Feast Day of St Acacius or Achatius, St Balbina, St Benjamin and St Guy of Pomposa.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
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