It happened today – this day in history – March 7

322BC: Death of Aristotle.

1274: Death of Italian theologian Thomas Aquinas.

1530: Henry VIII’s request to divorce Catherine of Aragon is denied by the Pope.

1671: Birth of Scottish folk hero Rob Roy McGreagor.

1774: George III charges colonists in Boston with attempting to injure British commerce, paving the way for the closing of the port to punish them for the Boston Tea Party.

1814: Napoleon wins the Battle of Craonne against the combined forces of Russia and Prussia.

1872: Birth of abstract painter Piet Mondrian in The Netherlands.

1875: Birth of composer Maurice Ravel in France.

1876: Alexander Graham Bell is awarded the patent for the telephone in the US.

1912: Roald Amundsen announces he has reached of the South Pole.

1926: The first transatlantic telephone call (London – New York).

1933: The game of Monopoly is invented.

1935: Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 276.71 mph driving Bluebird at Daytona Beach, Florida.

1936: Hitler breaks the Treaty of Versailles by sending troops to the Rhineland.

1941: 50,000 British soldiers land in Greece. On the same day, British troops invade Abyssinia.

1944: Japan begins offensive in Burma.

1945: The US 9th Armoured Division attacks Remagen Germany, and crosses the Rhine.

1946: Bikini Atoll islanders are evacuated by the US government to make way for a nuclear testing site.

1951: Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott in Round 15 for second time to win the NBA world heavyweight title.

1959: Kanyama Chiume, one of the leaders of the Nyasaland African Congress flees to London and goes into hiding after escaping arrest in his home country.


1963: Singles chart:

  1. Wayward Wind – Frank Ifield
  2. Summer Holiday – Cliff Richard
  3. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  4. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes – Bobby Vee
  5. That’s What Love Will Do – Joe Brown
  6. Lik I’ve Never Been Gone – Billy Fury
  7. Diamond – Jet Harris and Tony Meehan
  8. Loop-De-Loop – Frankie Vaughan
  9. Island Of Dreams – The Springfields
  10. Walk Right In – The Rooftop Singers

1965: State troopers assault scores of demonstrators demanding better voting rights for black people in the US as they attempt to march from Selma to Montgomery. On the same day, a golden eagle which escaped from Regent’s Park Zoo is still on the loose after outsmarting his keepers’ latest attempts to recapture him.

1966: Tina Turner records her vocal on the Phil Spector produced River Deep Mountain High. On the same day, Mike Millward guitarist from The Fourmost dies, aged 23 from leukaemia.

1967: Working on the Sgt Pepper album, The Beatles record additional overdubs for the Paul McCartney song Lovely Rita, including harmonies, effects, and the sound of a piece of toilet paper being blown through a comb.

1968: BBC2 news is broadcast in colour for the first time.

1969: Golda Meir is elected as the first female prime minister of Israel.

1973: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Awami League wins the election in Bangladesh.

1975: The body of Lesley Whittle, a 17-year-old heiress kidnapped from her Shropshire home 52 days earlier, is found at the bottom of a drain shaft.

1977: Ali Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party wins elections. On the same day, Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin meets US President Jimmy Carter.

1987: Mike Tyson beats James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith in 12 rounds for the WBA heavyweight boxing title.

1989: Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses”.

1994: Charles Taylor resigns as President of Liberia. On the same day, David Platt is appointed captain of the England football team.

1999: Death of director Stanley Kubrick aged 70.

2009: Neymar makes his professional football debut aged 17 for Santos in Brazil.

2010: Ellie Goulding – Lights

2010: Album chart:

  1. Lights – Ellie Goulding
  2. The Fame – Lady Gaga
  3. The Element Of Freedom – Alicia Keys
  4. Glee: The Music Season One Vol 1 – Glee Cast
  5. Lungs – Florence and the Machine
  6. Sunny Side Up – Paolo Nutini
  7. Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
  8. Jason Derulo – Jason Derulo
  9. Rated R – Rihanna
  10. Forever Vienna – Andre Rieu

2013: Death of guitarist Peter Banks (Brockbanks). “the architect of progressive music” aged 65. On the same day, jazz trumpeter Kenny Ball dies aged 82.

2019: Chinese telecommunications company Huawei sues the US government over a federal ban on its products.

2021: Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is broadcast in which the Duchess claims she was subjected to racist treatment by Buckingham Palace.

Mary Earps (Photo: James Boyes)

BIRTHDAYS: Chris White, bassist/songwriter (The Zombies) 79; Matthew Fisher, organist (Procol Harum), 78; Ernie Isley, guitarist (The Isley Brothers) 72; Viv Richards, cricketer, 72; Bryan Cranston, actor, 68; Ivan Lendl, tennis legend, 64; Taylor Dayne (Leslie Wundermann) singer, 62; E L James (Erika Leonard), author, 61; Wanda Sykes, comedian/actor, 60; Rachel Weisz (Craig), actress, 54; Ray Parlour, footballer, 51; Tobias Menzies, actor, 50; Jenna (Regina) Fischer, actress, 50; Mary Earps, goalkeeper, 31; Jordan Pickford, goalkeeper, 30; Josh Dewhurst, guitarist (Blossoms) 27.