4th March

Born on this Day 4th March
1678 Antonio Vivaldi
1936 Jim Clark
1923 Sir Patrick Moore
1928 Alan Sillitoe
1944 Bobby Womack
1947 Peter Skellern
1948 Shakin Stevens
1951 Kenny Dalglish
1968 Patsy Kensit

Died On This Day
1193 Saladin
1994 John Candy

Music

1967 The promotional film for Cream’s ‘Feel Free’ was banned from US TV by censors who were concerned that people might be offended by the band appearing dressed as monks.

1971 The Rolling Stones began a ten-day farewell tour of the UK to precede their move to France for tax reasons

1977 The Rolling Stones recorded their album ‘Love You Live’ in Toronto.

1978 The Bee Gee’s had produced and composed four of the American top 5 singles, the artists involved were Andy Gibb, Samantha Sang, and the Bee Gees themselves.

1985 Wham announced they were to visit China to play concerts in Peking and Canton.

1989 The U2 video of ‘Rattle and Hum’ shipped a record breaking 400,000 copies.

Sport

1967 Queen’s Park Rangers beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 in the League Cup to become the first Third Division football team to win a Wembley final.

1976 English ice skater John Curry won the men’s figure skating world championship in Stockholm following his gold at the Winter Olympics

People & Showbiz

1969 The Kray twins, Ronald and Reginald. along with four other gang members, were found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey.

1975 Charlie Chaplin was knighted by the Queen.

1986 The first issue of the Today newspaper, the first British newspaper to carry colour pictures, was published.

General Events

1461 Wars of the Roses in England: Lancastrian King Henry VI is deposed by his Yorkist cousin, who then becomes King Edward IV.

1789 The enforcement of the Constitution of the United States of America took place on this day.

1824 RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) was founded.

1991 A 13 year old cat called Blackie was left £50,000 by its owner Muriel Fletcher.

1991 Poll Tax protestors in London threatened to wake counsellors at 6am in mock bailiff raids.

1991 A ten year testing period of the drug tamoxifen, used to treat breast cancer in women, had reached the halfway stage to see whether the drug could prevent breast cancer was ‘producing the most promising evidence’.

1992 Walkways, a campaign to create safer walking conditions for pedestrians in England was launched.

2001 BBC bombing: a massive car bomb explodes in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, seriously injuring 11 people. The attack was attributed to the Real IRA.

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