13th March

Born on this Day 13th March
1733 Joseph Priestley
1764 Earl Grey
1855 Percival Lowell
1860 Hugo Wolf
1884 Sir Hugh Walpole
1933 Mike Stoller
1939 Neil Sedaka
1939 Terence Brady
1947 Lesley Collier
1952 Trevor Sorbie
1958 Linda Robson
1959 Kathy Hilton
1960 Adam Clayton
1981 Stephen Maguire

Died on this Day
1906 Susan Anthony
1934 Sir Francis Bell
1967 Sir Frank Worrell

Music

1965 The Beatles were at No.1 in America with ‘Eight days A Week’.

1976 Peter Frampton’s ‘Show Me The Way’ entered the US Top 40.


Sport

1983 British golfer Ken Brown won the Kenyan Open championships in Nairobi.

1983 Nelson Piquet won the Brazilian Grand Prix in the first round of the 1983 World Championship.

1983 Peter McNamara beat Ivan Lendl in a third set tie-break to win the Belgian indoor tournament in Brussels.

1988 Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros won the Majorca Open at Santa Ponsa.

People & Showbiz

1989 Film star Roger Moore announced he was quitting his lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspect Of Love during rehearsals after deciding that the musical stage was not for him.

1992 In Southampton, Margaret Thatcher went on her last walkabout as an MP.

General Events

1639 Harvard College is named for clergyman John Harvard.

1781 William Herschel discovers Uranus.

1906 Women’s Suffrage pioneer Susan Anthony died at the age of 86.

1930 Clyde Tombaugh announced the discovery of the planet Pluto.

1938 Nazi Germany invaded Austria.

1961 Black and white Bank of England £5 notes ceased to be legal tender.

1984 British businessman Keith Carmichael flew home after spending 2 and a half years in a Saudi Arabian jail. He was immediately taken to the Middlesex Hospital, London for treatment on a fractured spine.

1988 James Abra, the last British prisoner in a Libyan jail, was freed after serving 3 years of a life sentence for alleged spying.

1992 The United States sent the aircraft carrier USS America to the Gulf as a “clear signal” to Saddam Hussein that he would have to comply with UN demands.

1995 Mr George Jameson, a veteran of the First World War, aged 102, married 52 year old Julie Robinson at Honiton Register Office. The Queen Mother, patron of the Old Contemptibles Association, sent congratulations.

1995 The Government was discussing the possibility of a reduction in benefits payable to asylum seekers as part of their crackdown on illegal immigration.

2008 Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 an ounce for the first time.

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