Born on this Day 11th April
1819 Sir Charles Halle
1908 Dan Maskell
1930 Ronald Fraser
1913 Oleg Cassini
1931 Johnny Sheffield
1960 Jeremy Clarkson
1966 Lisa Stansfield
1969 Cerys Matthews
1987 Joss Stone
Died on this Day
1890 John Merrick
1980 Nicholas Phipps
2001 Sir Harry Secombe
1963 ‘How Do You Do It?’ by Gerry and The Pacemakers reached No.1 in the UK.
1970 Emerson, Lake and Palmer were formed, comprising Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer.
1972 Paul McCartney was fined for importing cannabis into Sweden.
1984 Kelly Johnson left Girlschool.
1986 Dave Clark’s musical production ‘Time’ opened in London starring Cliff Richard.
1983 Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros won the US Masters championship.
1997 Nick Faldo, the defending Masters champion, was knocked out of the tournament in the second round.
People & Showbiz
1988 Bernardo Bertolucci’s ‘The Last Emperor’ won 9 Oscars at the Academy Awards, the most since ‘West Side Story’.
1993 Professor Stephen Hawking whose book ‘A Brief History Of Time’ topped the best-sellers list for 200 weeks was named Brain Of The Year by the BrainsTrust.
1689 The coronation of William III and Mary II as joint sovereigns took place with the Archbishop of Canterbury refusing to officiate at the service.
1855 London’s first pillar boxes were installed and painted green.
1930 The Daily Express became the first newspaper to publish listings of television programmes.
1961 The trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann opened in Jerusalem. He was found guilty on 15th December of the same year and later hanged.
1968 The Civil Rights Bill was signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, making it illegal to refuse housing on the grounds of race.
1984 The Queen Victoria Medical Centre in Melbourne announced the birth of the first baby to be born from a frozen embryo. The baby was a 5lb 13 oz girl named Zoe.
1984 Australia’s Federal Cabinet announced that ‘Advance Australia Fair’ would be the country’s new national anthem, after two sexist lines were removed. ‘God Save The Queen’ would be used only for regal occasions.
1990 Constantine Mitsotakis was sworn in as Prime Minister of Greece.
1991 Civil servants turned down an appeal for a Government subsidy to save London Zoo from closure.
1995 The total number of recorded crimes in England and Wales fell by 5% in 1994 to 5,251,100. But offenses of violence against the person rose by 7%- the biggest annual increase for 5 years.