On This Day – Ici Londres and the Gold Bullion

22 Mar

Baa Baa Black Sheep

1774 Mary Cooper published the first book of English nursery rhymes. Called Tommy Thumb’s Song Book, it included Baa Baa Black Sheep, whose ‘three bags full’ is thought to refer to a tax imposed on the wool trade in 1275.

National Gallery

Drawing of a three storied building, seen from the street. Women in long dresses date the picture.

1824 The British parliament purchased 38 paintings (cost £57,000) to establish a national collection now at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London.

The English Football League

1888 The English Football League was founded when 12 clubs met at a hotel in Fleet Street, London.

The First International

1906 The first rugby international between France and England in Paris ended with a 35-0 victory to England.

A Hard Day’s Night

1912 The birth of Wilfrid Brambell, Irish film and television actor best known for his role as Albert Steptoe in the television series Steptoe and Son. He also performed alongside The Beatles in their film A Hard Day’s Night, playing Paul McCartney’s fictional grandfather and played Ebenezer Scrooge in a musical version of A Christmas Carol.

Ici Londres! 

1942 The BBC began broadcasting in Morse code to the French Resistance.

The Phantom Lord

1948 Andrew Lloyd Webber, English composer of musicals, was born. Several of his 13 musicals have run for more than a decade, both in the West End and on Broadway. He was awarded a knighthood in 1992, followed by a peerage from the British Government.

Golden Bullion

1954 Closed since 1939, the London bullion market, a market for trading gold and silver, reopened.

The Minister and the Call Girl

Christine Keeler 1963, Lewis Morley (Australian, born 1925), Gelatin-silver print

1963 John Profumo (Secretary of State for War) denied any impropriety with the model Christine Keeler, or that he was in any way connected to her disappearance when she had been due to appear as a witness in a trial at the Old Bailey. On 5th June 1963 he resigned after admitting that he had lied about his relationship.

Close Enclounters

Comet Hale–Bopp, shortly after passing perihelion in April 1997.

1997 Comet Hale-Bopp made its closest approach to Earth in the skies over the northern hemisphere. The comet’s next pass is predicted for the year 4397.

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