28th April

Born on this Day 28th April
1442 King Edward IV
1774 Francis Baily
1878 Lionel Barrymore
1916 Ferrucio Lamborghini
1941 Ann-Margret
1942 Mike Brearley
1950 Jay Leno
1950 Steve Rider
1974 Penelope Cruz

Died on this Day
1944 Benito Mussolini
1992 Francis Bacon
2002 Ruth Handler


1962 The soundtrack album to the British pop film ‘Its Trad Dad’ entered the charts.

1968 The controversial rock musical ‘Hair’ opened in Broadway.

1976 The Rolling Stones began an 8 week European tour in Frankfurt.


1923 The first FA Cup Final to be staged at Wembley took place, with Bolto Wanderer’s beating West Ham United 2-0 in front of a capacity crowd of 126,000 and a further 75,000 who had scaled the walls.

1967 Muhammed Ali was stripped of his world heavyweight boxing title for refusing to serve in the US forces.

1991 Ayrton Senna won the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola.

People & Showbiz

1989 The actor John Nettles was given permission to live on Jersey. The Channel Island was featured on his BBC television programme ‘Bergerac’.

1995 According to People magazine, the Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart was one of the world’s 50 most beautiful people. So were actresses Elizabeth Hurley and Julia Ormond and the feminist Gloria Steinem.

General Events

1916 The British declared martial law throughout Ireland.

1955 28 eight year old former model Ruth Ellis was sent for trial at the Old Bailey, accused of killing her lover David Blakely. Blakely was shot twice in the back outside a pub in Hampstead, North London, on Easter Sunday.

1974 The last Americans were evacuated from Saigon.

1995 A bill which passed its third reading in the House of Commons would put new drivers on probation for 2 years after passing their test. Drivers who get 6 or more penalty points during that period will have their license downgraded to provisional and will be forced to take a new test.

1997 With the General Election only 3 days away and Labour leading in the polls, Tony Blair announced that, should he win, he would be moving into No. 10 Downing Street but there would be some restucturing of the building to make it suitable for a family.

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