16th March

Born on this Day 16th March
1787 George Ohm
1906 Henny Youngman
1920 Leo McKern
1926 Jerry Lewis
1940 Bernado Bertolucci
1942 Jerry Jeff Walker
1954 Nancy Wilson
1954 Jimmy Nail
1960 Jennie Eclair

Died on this Day
1963 Lord (William) Beverage
1975 T Bone Walker

Music

1957 ‘I’m Walkin’ by Fats Domino reached the no. 1 spot in the R&B singles chart, replacing his own ‘Blue Monday’, which in turn replaced his own ‘Blackberry Hill’ at the top spot.

1974 Country music show ‘The Grand Ole Opry’ was broadcast from its new home in Opryland, Nashville.

1991 There were a record 7 female artists in the US Top 10.

1999 Sir Paul McCartney was inducted into America’s Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame for the second time, this time as a solo artist. He was already present as a member if the Beatles.

Sport

1872 The first English FA cup final took place at the Oval in London, with public school and university team Wanderers beating the Royal Engineers 1-0.

1991 England beat France at Twickenham 21-19 in the Five Nations Chamionship to win the Grand Slam and end the season undefeated.

People & Showbiz

1972 Lieutenant Mark Phillips denied there was any romance between himself and Princess Anne.

1992 Ireland celebrated the birthday of Bertha, at the age of 48, reputedly the oldest cow in the world.

General Events

1904 Books of stamps were issued in Britain by the GPO for the first time, containing 24 one penny stamps.

1973 The new London Bridge was opened by the Queen, the old one having been bought by an American oil tycoon for £1milion and rebuilt in the US .

1976 Harold Wilson resigned as British Prime Minister, having led the Labour Party for 13 years.

1988 British scientists reported the discovery of a new species of dinosaur in the southern Sahara desert.

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