St. David’s Day
The National Day of Wales and the Feast Day of St. David. Tradition holds that he died On This Day in 589.
1711 First edition of London’s – “The Spectator”, founded by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele.
1812 The birth of the architect Augustus Pugin. He is best remembered for the Palace of Westminster and his churches such as St Giles’ Catholic Church in Cheadle, Staffordshire. It is known as Pugin’s Gem and is considered to be the finest of all his churches.
Pink Panther and Friends
1910 David Niven, the Scottish-born film actor whose films included The Pink Panther and The Guns of Navarone was born.
Gone With the Wind
1940 English actress Vivien Leigh won an Oscar for her performance as Scarlett O’Hara in the film Gone with the Wind.
You’ll Never Walk Alone
1963 Gerry and the Pacemakers released their first British single, How Do You Do It, a song the Beatles had rejected. Their biggest hit was ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, from the musical Carousel, which has been the adopted anthem of Liverpool Football Club for more than 30 years.
1966 James Callaghan, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, confirmed that Britain would change over to decimal currency in 1971.
One of Our Coffins is Missing
1978 Charlie Chaplin’s coffin was stolen from a Swiss cemetery.
Sands of the Maze
1981 Bobby Sands, IRA member, began his 65-day hunger strike in Maze Prison.
The Nightmare on Cromwell Street
1994 Fred West was charged with two further murders following more human remains found at his home. He had previously admitted murdering his 16 old daughter Heather.