On this day in history 29th March

Born on this Day 29th March
1668 Thomas Coram
1746 Carlo Buonaparte
1799 Edward Smith-Stanley
1902 Sir William Walton
1905 Philip Ahn
1935 Ruby Murrey
1927 Sir John Vane
1929 Sheila Kitzinger
1931 Lord (Norman) Tebbit
1925 James Moody
1943 Eric Idle
1943 John Major CH, MP
1944 John Suchet
1949 Keith Simpson
1949 Dave Greenfield
1955 Marina Sirtis
1956 Stephen Cole
1963 Elle Mac Pherson
1965 Jonathan L Davey
1986 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
1989 James Tomkins

Died on this Day
172 Lord(J Arthur) Rank
1992 Earl Spencer


1966 Martha and the Vandellas began their UK tour.

1978 Both Genesis and David Bowie began world tours in the US.

1980 Gary Numan’s ‘Cars’ entered the US Top 40.


1988 Lloyd Honeyghan knocked out Jorge Vaca of Mexico in the 3rd round of their welterweight contest at London’s Wembley arena, to become thefirst boxer to regain a world title since Ted Lewis 71 years before.

1992 Swedish player Anders Forsbrand won the Volvo Open in Florence.

People & Showbiz

1871 The Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria.

1995 Thousands lined the route of Ronnie Kray’s funeral cortege from the funeral parlour in Bethal Green to the family burial plot in Chingford Mount ceremony.

General Events

1461 Wars of the Roses: Battle of Towton – Edward of York defeats Queen Margaret to become King Edward IV of England.

1867 Queen Victoria gives Royal Assent to the British North America Act which establishes the Dominion of Canada on July 1.

1871 The Royal Albert Hall is opened by Queen Victoria.

1879 Anglo-Zulu War: Battle of Kambula: British forces defeat 20,000 Zulus.

1886 Dr. John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia.

1940 Metal strips were introduced into the Bank of England £1 notes for the first time, as an anti-forgery device.

1971 Charles Manson and 3 members of his ‘family’ were sentenced to the gas chamber for the murder of Sharon Tate and 6 others.

1989 At a hearing in Kingston, Surrey, Janet Mayes was named as the first person to die from an overdose of the drug Ecstasy.

1995 Accordingto statistics produced in the General Household Survey, since 1975-the number of people with A levels had risen from 4% to 12%, the number of people educated to degree level had risen from 4% to 9%, household burglaries had increased from 3.5% in 1991 to 4.6% in 1993. Twice as many households had central heating and a telephone and since the Health Education Authority began to warn of the dangers of AIDs, condom use among 18-19 year olds had increased from 6% to 22%

1999 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10,000 mark (10,006.78) for the first time ever, during the height of the internet boom.

2004 Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia join NATO as full members.

2004 The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.

2008 35 Countries & over 370 cities join Earth Hour for the first time.

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