It happened today – this day in history – March 28

193AD: Roman Emperor Pertinax is assassinated by Praetorian Guards, who then sell the throne in an auction to Didius Julianus.

845: Paris is sacked by Viking raiders.

1584: Death of Ivan The Terrible.

1772: Charles Edward Stuart “Bonnie Prince Charlie” marries by proxy Princess Louise of Stolberg-Gedern.

1797: Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents the washing machine.

1799: New York State abolishes slavery.

1809: Peninsular War: France defeats Spain in the Battle of Medelin.

1845: Mexico drops diplomatic relations with US.

1854: Britain and France declare war on Russia during the Crimean War.

1859: First performance of Johannes Brahms’ 1st Serenade for orchestra.

1881: Death of composer Modest Mussorsky aged 42.

1891: The first world weightlifting championship is won by Edward Lawrence in London.

1916: First performance of “Jerusalem” by George Parry set to words by William Blake.

1920: Actors Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford marry.

1930: Turkish cities Constantinople and Angora change their names to Istanbul and Ankara.

1939: The Spanish Civil War ends as Madrid falls to Franco’s forces.

1941: Writer Virginia Woolf commits suicide aged 59.

1942: British naval forces raid the Nazi occupied French port of St Nazaire.

1957: Singer Billie Holiday marries mafia enforcer Louis McKay.

1958: Death of blues composer W C Handy aged 84.

1965: Martin Luther King leads protestors to the steps of the state capital of Montgomery, Alabama.

1967: Working on the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, John Lennon records the lead vocal for his song Good Morning Good Morning. Paul McCartney adds a guitar solo to the track.

1969: Death of former US president Dwight D Eisenhower aged 78.


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1974: Blues singer Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup dies of a stroke at the age of 69.

1979: Radioactive steam leaks into the atmosphere at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania prompting fears for the safety of the plant’s 500 workers. On the same day, Prime Minister James Callaghan loses a parliamentary vote of confidence by just one – forcing him to call an early general election.

1982: David Crosby is arrested after crashing his car on the San Diego Highway. Police also find cocaine and a pistol in the car.

1983: Ian Macgregor, leader of the British Steel Corporation is named as the new chairman of the National Coal Board.

1985: French artist Marc Chagall dies aged 97.

1987: Death of actor Patrick Troughton aged 67.

1991: A jury returns a verdict of accidental death at the end of the inquest of 95 Liverpool football fans crushed to death at Hillsborough, Sheffield on April 15 1989 during the FA Cup semi final game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

1994: BBC Radio Five Live broadcasts for the first time.

1995: Film star Julia Roberts and country singer Lyle Lovett split up.

1996: Angelina Jolie marries actor Johnny Lee Miller.

1999: Singles chart:

  1. Flat Beat – Mr Oizo
  2. Witch Doctor – Cartoons
  3. Honey To The Bee – Billie
  4. Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
  5. You Get What You Give – The New Radicals
  6. When The Going Gets Tough – Boyzone
  7. No Scrubs – TLC
  8. We Like To Party (The Vengabus) – The Vengaboys
  9. Blame It On The Weatherman – B*witched
  10. You Gotta Be – Des’ree
1999: The Corrs – Talk On Corners

Album chart:

  1. 13 – Blur
  2. Talk On Corners – The Corrs
  3. Performance And Cocktails – Stereophonics
  4. I’ve Been Expecting You – Robbie Williams
  5. Forgiven, Not Forgotten – The Corrs
  6. Step One – Steps
  7. This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours – Manic Street Preachers
  8. Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
  9. The Miseducation Of – Lauryn Hill
  10. You’ve Come A Long Way Baby – Fatboy Slim

2003: In a “friendly fire” incident, two US A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the invasion of Iraq.

2004: Death of actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster Peter Ustinov aged 82.

2013: Justin Bieber runs into trouble at Munich airport when customs officials detain and quarantine his monkey. On the same day, actor Richard Griffiths dies aged 65.

2014: Tickets for all of Kate Bush’s first live shows in 35 years sell out in less than 15 minutes.

2017: Britain introduces the first new pound coin in 30 years with secret security feature inside to stop counterfeiting. On the same day, Donald Trump signs Energy Independence executive order undoing Obama climate-control measures.

2018: Captain Steve Smith and David Warner are suspended by Cricket Australia for 12 months, and Cameron Bancroft (9 months) for their part in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.

2019: The European parliament bans single-use plastics, including cutlery and straws by 2021.

2021: Record producer Malcolm Cecil dies aged 84.

2022: Will Smith issues an apology on Instagram to Chris Rock for slapping him at the Oscars.

2023: Comedian and TV presenter Paul O’Grady dies agd 67. On the same day, composer Ryuichi Sakomoto dies aged 71 from cancer.

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BIRTHDAYS: Neil Kinnock, former leader of the Labour Party, 82; Dianne Wiest, actress, 76; John Evan (Evans) keyboards (Jethro Tull) 76; Reba McEntire, country artist, 70; Chris Barrie, actor, 64; Steve Bull, footballer, 59; Nasser Hussain, cricketer, 56; Tim Lovejoy, broadcaster, 56; Vince Vaughn, actor, 54; Nick Frost, actor/writer, 52; Scott Mills, Radio 2 DJ, 50; Dave Keuning, guitarist (The Killers) 48; Julia Stiles, actress, 43; Nikki Sanderson, actress, 40; Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) singer-songwriter/actress, 38; Lacey Turner, actress, 36.