It happened today – this day in history – March 14

1689: Scotland dismisses William III and Mary Stuart as king and queen.

1757: On board his own flagship HMS Monarch, British Admiral John Byng is executed by firing squad for failing to come to aide of a besieged British garrison.

1800: Luigi Chiaramonti becomes Pope Pius VII.

1801: Henry Addington becomes prime minister when his friend William Pitt the Younger resigns after failing to persuade George III of the need for Catholic emancipation.

1804:Birth of composer Johann Strauss (the Elder) in Austria.

1847: Premiere of Guiseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Teatro della Pergola, Florence.

1864: Gioacchino Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle” premieres in Paris.

1874: Oxford University beat Royal Engineers, 2-0 in the FA Cup Final at Kennington Oval.

1879: Birth of Albert Einstein.

1883: Death of Karl Marx.

1885: Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera “The Mikado” premieres at the Savoy Theatre, London.

1899: Ferdinand von Zeppelin receives a US patent for a “navigable balloon”.

1901: The first performance of Anton Bruckner’s 6th Symphony in A. On the same day, Germany’s Chancellor von Bulow declares that the agreement Germany signed with Britain in October 1900, to restrain foreign aggression and maintain open trade, does not apply to Manchuria.

1913: The South African Supreme Court declares that marriages not celebrated according to Christian rites and/or not registered by the Registrar of Marriages, are invalid. All Muslim and Hindu marriages are therefore declared invalid.

1915: The German cruiser Dresden is scuttled off Más a Tierra, Chile, having been pursued by the Royal Navy after the Battle of the Falkland Islands.

1916: Germans capture Cumières-le-Mort-Homme and Chattancourt in France during the Battle of Verdun.

1923: President Warren G Harding becomes the first US president to pay taxes. On the same day, the German Supreme Court prohibits the Nazi Party (NSDAP).

1932: George Eastman, inventor of the Kodak camera, shoots himself in the heart aged 77.

1939: Nazi Germany dissolves the Republic of Czechoslovakia.

1955:Prince Mahemdra becomes king of Nepal.

1958: South Africa’s government prohibits the African National Congress.

1960: The radio telescope at Jodrell Bank sets a new space record making contact with the American Pioneer V satellite at a distance of 407,000 miles.


1963: Singles chart:

  1. Summer Holiday – Cliff Richard
  2. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  3. That’s What Love Will Do – Joe Brown
  4. Like I’ve Never Been Gone – Billy Fury
  5. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes – Bobby Vee
  6. Island Of Dreams – The Springfields
  7. Wayward Wind – Frank Ifield
  8. Hey Paula – Paul and Paula
  9. Foot Tapper – The Shadows
  10. Tell Him – Billie Davis

1964: Jack Ruby is sentenced to death for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.

1965: Israeli cabinet approves the opening of diplomatic relations with West Germany.

1971: The Rolling Stones move to France to avoid British taxes. On the same day, South Vietnamese troops flee Laos.

1972: Two IRA members are shot dead by British soldiers in the Bogside area of Derry.

1973: Liam Cosgrave is appointed president of Ireland. On the same day, future US senator John McCain is released after spending over five years in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp.

1981: Eric Clapton is hospitalised with bleeding ulcers causing a US tour to be cancelled.

1983: OPEC cuts oil prices for the first time in 23 years.

1984: Gunmen shoot and injure Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams, in Belfast.

1991: The Birmingham Six walk free from jail after their convictions for the murder of 21 people in two pubs in 1974 are quashed by the Court of Appeal. On the same day, songwriter Doc Pomus dies from lung cancer aged 65.

2005: Over a million march in the streets of Beirut to demonstrate against the Syrian military presence in Lebanon, and against the government, following the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

2010: Michael Buble – Crazy Love

2010: Album chart:

  1. Brother – Boyzone
  2. Plastic Beach – Gorillaz
  3. The Element Of Freedom – Alecia Keys
  4. A Curious Thing – Amy Macdonald
  5. The Fame – Lady Gaga
  6. Crazy Love – Michael Buble
  7. Sunny Side Up – Paolo Nutini
  8. Lungs – Florence and the Machine
  9. Glee The Music Season One: Vol 1 – Cast
  10. Andrew Lloyd Webber: Love Never Dies – Original Cast Recording

2013: Xi Jinping is named as the new President of the People’s Republic of China.

2014: Death of Labour politician Tony Benn aged 88.

2016: Russian president Vladimir Putin orders Russian troops out of Syria.

2018: Physicist Prof Stephen Hawking dies aged 76. On the same day, comedian and game show host, Jim Bowen, dies aged 80.

2019: The US Senate passes a resolution overturning President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration.

2020: Singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and performance artist Genesis P-Orridge (Neil Megson), of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, dies age 70 after battling leukaemia.

2021: Myanmar opposition leader Mahn Win Khaing Than calls for revolution. On the same day, Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens is charged with the murder of Sarah Everard.

2022: Dolly Parton removes herself from the ballot for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Sir Michael Caine

BIRTHDAYS: Frank Borman, astronaut, 95; Quincy Jones, producer/composer, 90; Sir Michael Caine (Maurice Mickelwhite) actor, 90; Rita Tushingham, actress, 81; Jasper Carrott (Robert Davis) comedian, 78; Jona Lewie, singer-songwriter, 76; Pam Ayres, poet, 76; Billy Crystal, actor, 75; Season (Susan) Hubley, actress, 72; Tessa Sanderson, athlete, 67; Prince Albert of Monaco, 65; Megan Follows, actress, 55; Corey Stoll, actor, 47; Chris (Frederick) Klein, actor, 44; Nicolas Anelka, French footballer, 44; Jamie (Andrew) Bell, actor, 37; Joe Allen, footballer, 33; Ansel Elgort, actor, 29; Simone Biles, US gymnast, 26.