On This Day – Two Charlies and a Stargazer

04 Mar

A Sentence

A man offers a rose to a woman to mark International Women's Day in Belgrade, Serbia, March 8, 2010. REUTERS-Marko Djurica

March fourth ( i.e. March forth!) is the only date in the calendar year that constitutes a sentence.

A Proper Charlie

1790 The death of Flora Macdonald, the Scottish Jacobite heroine who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie (the Stuart claimant to the British throne) escape after the Battle of Culloden in 1746.


1824 The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI was formed) by Sir William Hillary. Initially known as the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, Hillary was inspired to form the charitable organization when he saw a fishing fleet destroyed by a storm off the Isle of Man.

The Forth Bridge

1890 The Forth Railway Bridge in Scotland was opened by the Prince of Wales, who later becomes King Edward VII. The bridge is more than one and a half miles long and took six years to build.

Break It To Make It

1912 Suffragettes, demanding votes for women, smashed every window they passed in Knightsbridge as a protest at government inaction.

Birth of a Stargazer

1923 Sir Patrick Moore, astronomer, was born.

Our Kenny

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1951 The birth of Scottish footballer and manager Kenny Dalgleish


1967 The first gas from the North Sea was piped ashore near Durham.

The Age of the Crays

1969 The Kray twins, Ronald and Reginald, were found guilty of murder.

Another Charley

1975 Charlie Chaplin was knighted after a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The Big Fix

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1997 In London, the match-fixing trial of footballers Bruce Grobbelar, John Fashanu and Hans Segers ended in deadlock, with the jury failing to reach verdicts.



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