On this day in history 11th March

Born on this Day 11th March
1819 Sir Henry Tate
1885 Sir Malcolm Campbell
1916 Lord Harold Wilson
1931 Rupert Murdoch
1952 Douglas Adams
1932 Lord Nigel Lawson
1947 Alan Yentob
1964 Shane Richie
1965 Laurence Llewelyn –Bowen
1984 Tom James
1991 Jack Rodwell

Died on this Day
1955 Sir Alexander Fleming


1957 The World’s top rated Rock ‘n’ Roll group, The Platters, arrived in Britain for the first time.

1963 Manfred Mann made their first major public appearance, at London’s Marquee Club.

1965 Tom Jones reached No.1 with his first hit ‘It’s Not Unusual’; a song originally intended for Sandie Shaw, who turned it down

1989 It was announced that Marc Almond and Gene Pitney’s ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’ had sold over million copies worldwide.


1988 Britain secured victory over Australia in the Dunhill Golf Trophy in Dubai.

1988 Roger Fielding quit as chairman of Huddersfield Town Football Club.

1988 17 year old golfer Alison Johns from Lincolnshire became the youngest person to win the Roehampton Gold Cup.

1992 Manchester United beat Middlesborough by two goals to one to go through to the final of the Rumbelows Cup against Nottingham Forest.

People & Showbiz

1985 The Al-Fayed brothers won control of the House of Fraser group to become the owners of Harrods

1995 ITV announced that the final series of ‘Spitting Image’ would be broadcast in the autumn. The satirical puppet’s viewing figures had slumped from a peak of 15 million 11 years ago to 6.4 million.

General Events

1702 The Daily Courant, the first successful English newspaper was published by E. Mallett. It consisted of only one sheet, but managed to continue up to issue 6,002 in June 1735.

1966 3 men were convicted of the murder of Malcolm X

1984 Fossil footprints of a prehistoric foal known as the hipparion made 3.5 million years ago was found in Tanzania.

1985 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the Soviet Union’s leader.

1989 Homeless Paul Deiring was jailed for 5 days and fined £25 after becoming the first person to be found guilty of breaking new laws making smoking illegal on the London Underground.

1989 Joseph Gilbert from Troon, Cornwall, was jailed for 18 months after attacking his wife with a frying pan because her attempt at making a pasty was a disaster.

1990 Margaret Thatcher made a personal appeal to President Saddam Hussein to spare the life of Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft, sentenced to death for alleged espionage.

1990 Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet handed over power to the newly elected, Patricio Aylwin.

1995 Scientists conducting forensic tests on the hull of the sunken liner ‘Titanic’ suggested that the steel had become so brittle in the freezing waters that it had shattered when it hit the iceberg on the night of 14th April 1912.

2002 2 columns of light were pointed skyward from Ground Zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11th

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