Friday 14 April 1995
Deaths: Godwin, Earl of the West Saxons, 1053; Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick ("the Kingmaker"), killed in battle 1471; James Hepburn, fourth Earl of Bothwell, husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, 1578; Thomas Otway, playwright, 1685; George Frederick Handel, composer, violinist and organist, 1759; Thomas Wright, ironfounder and prison philanthropist, 1875; James Clarke Hook, painter, 1907; Dr Ludovik Lazarus Zamenhof, creator of Esperanto, 1917; Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky, playwright and novelist, committed suicide 1930; Ernest Bevin, statesman and trade union leader, 1951; Fredric March (Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel), actor, 1975; Agnes Elisabeth Lutyens (Mrs Edward Clark), composer, 1983; Simone de Beauvoir, writer and feminist, 1986; Leslie Charteris, novelist and creator of "The Saint", 1993.
On this day: the Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians at the Battle of Barnet, 1471; two brothers of the Duke of Orange fell at the Battle of Mookerheide during the Netherlands War of Independence against the Spanish, 1574; the Battle of Millesimo ended when Napoleon defeated thethe Austrians, 1796; Noah Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language published, 1828; Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President, was shot by an assassin, John Wilkes Booth, 1865; Alexander Solovieff attempted to assassinate Tsar Alexander II of Russia, 1879; the Pan American Union was established, 1890; the first London production of the musical show Lady, Be Good! was presented, 1926; after Alfonso XIII, King of Spain, abdicated and fled the country, a revolutionary provisional republican government was set up, 1931; the first London production of the operetta The Dubarry was presented, 1932; the Stresa Conference between Britain, France and Italy ended, 1935; the first London production of the musical show Brigadoon was presented, 1949; the first quintuplets in Scotland were born to Mrs Linda Bostock, of Armadale, West Lothian, 1972.
Today is Good Friday and the Feast Day of Saints Antony, John and Eustace, St Ardalion, St Benezet, St Bernard of Tiron or Abbeville, St Caradoc, St John of Vilna, St Lambert of Lyons, Saints Tiburtius, Valerius and Maximus and The Martyrs of Lithuania; today is also the beginning of the Sikh New Year.
- 1 Arizona shooting: Gun instructor accidentally killed by nine-year-old girl with Uzi
- 2 Miley Cyrus' homeless MTV VMAs date, Jesse Helt, is wanted by the police
- 3 Paul Scholes: Manchester City were so good against Liverpool I felt like turning the television off
- 4 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 5 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
Kensington flat branded ‘uninhabitable’ by estate agent on sale for a bargain £600,000
Miley Cyrus' homeless MTV VMAs date, Jesse Helt, is wanted by the police
Arizona shooting: Gun instructor accidentally killed by nine-year-old girl with Uzi
Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
Enormous wasps' nest covering bed found in woman's spare room
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
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