Born on this Day 28th March
1660 King George I
1868 Maxim Gorky
1902 Dame Flora Robson
1919 Tony Bartley
1921 Sir Dirk Bogarde
1935 Michael Parkinson
1942 Neil Kinnock
1943 Sir Robert Eyre
1943 Richard Stilgoe
1948 Matthew Corbett
1968 Nasser Hussain
Died on this Day
1941 Virginia Woolf
1943 Sergei Rachmaninov
1969 Dwight D. Eisenhower
1976 Genesis began their first tour in the US, minus Peter Gabriel.
1979 Eric Clapton married George Harrison’s ex-wife, actress Patti Boyd.
1981 Bucks Fizz entered the UK singles charts with their debut and future Eurovision Song entry track ‘Making Your Mind Up’.
1982 David Crosby of Crosby, Stills and Nash was arrested for driving under the influence of cocaine and carrying a gun.
1912 Both the Oxford and Cambridge boats sank during the University Boat Race.
1955 The lowest cricket Test score was recorded when New Zealand scored 26 runs against England at Eden Park in Auckland.
People & Showbiz
1977 ‘Rocky’ starring Sylvester Stallone won the Oscar award for best film.
1995 ‘Bob’s Birthday’, a cartoon about a dentist going through a mid-life crisis, took the Oscar for the best animation. It was the fourth time in five years that the award had gone to a British animator.
1917 Britain’s first women’s service unit the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, was formed.
1979 A radiation leak occurred at the three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania.
1983 The Royal Scots, Britain’s regular infantry regiment, celebrated the 350th anniversary of its formation.
1992 The Canadian affiliate of McDonalds obtained a court order blocking a sex shop from selling a range of contraceptives called McCondoms, claiming it was stealing their prefix for publicity purposes.
1995 Blizzards swept the country with almost 6 inches of snow recorded on high ground in Northumberland, Durham and the Midlands. However, the Met Office said that the temperature in the South East were set to rise to 59F in a few days.
1995 A survey of wills showed that Britain remains a nation of animal lovers. £582 million was left to the top 2000 charities and animal charities took the lion’s share. The RSPCA was left £20 million while Help the Aged received just £6.6 million.
1995 Plans to turn part of the M25 into a 14-lane superhighway were scrapped by the Government.
1995 Irish Prime Minister, John Bruton said he was ‘fairly confident’ that Sinn Fein and the British Government would soon agree to hold ministerial talks.