A Curse for a Nation
1806 Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Victorian poet and wife of Robert Browning, was born.
Titter Ye Not
1917 The birth of the comedian Frankie Howerd, famous for his risqué double entendres whose career spanned six decades. He hid his potentially career-destroying homosexuality from both his audience and his mother, as acts between consenting males was illegal in England and Wales until 1967 and illegal in Scotland until 1981. Howerd died on 19th April 1992, one day before fellow comedian Benny Hill.
Playing With Fire
1926 The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford upon Avon was destroyed by fire.
The King of Ukulele
1961 The death of Lancashire born entertainer George Formby, ‘king of the ukulele’.
1985 The Conservative MP Ivar Lawrence made the longest speech of the 20th century in the House of Commons. He spoke for 4 hours and 23 minutes on the subject of the fluoridation of drinking water.
1987 The British-owned cross-channel ferry the ‘Herald of Free Enterprise’ left Zeebrugge, Belgium, with its bow doors open. The ferry capsized killing 193 passengers.
The Michelangelo Strain
1992 Thousands of computers around the world were infected with a computer virus called Michelangelo. March 6th is the anniversary of Michelangelo’s birth.
Follow That Taxi
1997 A £650,000 Picasso was stolen from a London art gallery. The thief escaped in a taxi.
Home with the Queen
1998 With a break in tradition, it was decided that the Union Flag would be flown over Buckingham Palace when the monarch was not in residence, but would make way for the Royal Standard when she was there.