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1199: Richard I is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France, leads to his death on April 6.
1306: Robert The Bruce crowned Robert I, King of Scots.
1609: Henry Hudson embarks on an exploration for Dutch East India Company to find a passage to Asia.
1669: Mount Etna in Sicily erupts, destroying Nicolosi and killing 20,000.
1807: Parliament abolishes slave trade throughout the British Empire. On the same day, the first fare-paying, passenger railway service in the world is established on the Oystermouth Railway in Swansea.
1811: Percy Bysshe Shelley is expelled from the University of Oxford for his publication of the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism.
1881: Birth of composer Bela Bartok in Hungary.
1895: Italian troops invade Abyssinia.
1918: Death of composer Claude Debussy from cancer aged 55.
1938: 17 year-old jockey Bruce Hobbs wins the Grand National on 40/1 shot Battleship.
1946: First performance of Igor Stravinsky’s “Ebony Concerto”.
1949: The Soviet Union begins Operation Pribioi, the mass deportation of 90,000 Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians to inhospitable areas in the Soviet Union.
1954: “From Here To Eternity” wins the Oscar for best picture at the Academy Awards. It was just one of 8 awards it scooped on the night.
1955: East Germany granted full sovereignty by occupying power, USSR. On the same day, US Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” as obscene.
1957: The Treaty of Rome establishes the Common Market.
1958: Sugar Ray Robinson becomes the first boxer to become champion five times.
1961: Sputnik 10 carries a dog into orbit. On the same day, Bobby Beasley wins the Grand National on Nicolaus Silver, the first grey winner for 90 years and playwright Samuel Beckett marries Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil in a secret civil ceremony in England.
1964: The Beatles make their first appearance on Top of the Pops, performing “Can’t Buy Me Love”.
1965: Martin Luther King Jr leads 25,000 demonstrators to the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.
1966: At a photo session at Bob Whitaker’s studio in London, The Beatles posed in white coats using sides of meat with mutilated and butchered dolls for the cover of their next American album, Yesterday and Today.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono started their week long honeymoon ‘bed-in’ in the presidential suite at The Amsterdam Hilton hotel to promote world peace. On the same day, loyalists Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting are jailed for organising an illegal counter demonstration in Armagh on November 30, 1968.
1970: Concorde makes its first supersonic flight.
1975: King Faisal of Saudi Arabia is shot by his nephew.
1990: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was arrested for mooning at the audience during a gig in Augusta, Georgia. He was charged with indecent exposure.
2000: Former Bay City Rollers drummer Derek Longmuir was given 300 hours community service after being caught with a hoard of child pornography including 150 videos and 73 floppy disks.
2002: Legedary football commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme dies aged 81.
2005: Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon were forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a blaze broke out as they slept. On the same day, Jennifer Aniston filed for divorce from Brad Pitt.
2015: Zayn Malik leaves One Direction.
2018: Australian cricket captain Steve Smith is handed a one-match ban after admitting the team tampered with the ball in the third test against South Africa.
2019: Singer Scott Walker died aged 76. On the same day, NASA cancels a planned historic all-female spacewalk because it doesn’t have enough spacesuits to fit women and a British Airways flight from London mistakenly flies to Edinburgh instead of Düsseldorf.
BIRTHDAYS: Richard O’Brien (Smith) actor/writer, 78; Kim Woodburn, TV personality, 78; Paul Michael Glaser, actor/director, 77; Sir Elton John, singer-songwriter 73; Lynn Faulds Wood, TV presenter, 72; Bob Ezrin, music producer, 71; Steve Norman, musician (Spandau Ballet), 60; Sarah Jessica Parker, actress, 55; Cathy Dennis, singer-songwriter 51; Finley Quaye, musician, 46; Melanie Blatt, singer (All Saints) 45; Wladimir Klitschko, boxer, 44; Lee Pace, actor, 41.