Born on this Day 22nd March
875 William I
1366 Thomas de Mowbray
1459 Maximilian I
1599 Sir Anthony Van Dyck
1712 Edward Moore
1891 Chico Marx
1910 Nicholas Montsarrat
1914 Karl Malden
1923 Marcel Marceau
1930 Stephen Sondheim
1931 William Shatner
1943 George Benson
1948 Lord (Andrew) Lloyd-Webber
1965 Emma Wray
1973 Beverley Knight
Died on this Day
1958 Mike Todd
2001 Anthony Steel
2001 William Hanna
1963 ‘Please Please Me’, The Beatles’ debut album was released in the UK.
1980 The Jam entered the British singles chart at No. 1 with ‘Going Underground’.
1992 A good day for British sport. England went through to the final of the Cricket World Cup after victory over South Africa, Irish golfer Ronan Rafferty won the Portuguese Open and Nigel Mansell won the Mexico Grand Prix.
People & Showbiz
1717 The first recorded Ballet was ‘The Loves of Mars and Venus’ presented at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane today, starring Louis Dupre.
1765 The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Stamp Act, which introduced a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies.
1907 The first taxi cabs fitted with meters began operating in London.
1942 The BBC began broadcasting messages in Morse Code to the French Resistance.
1983 Agnes Gerrath, the oldest person in West Germany, celebrated her 108th birthday, suggesting that any other young women who wanted to reach such a ripe old age should stay single.
1992 The country celebrated International Clear Your Desk Day.
1997 The Comet Hale-Bopp has its closest approach to earth.
2009 Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska began erupting after a prolonged period of unrest.