ON THIS DAY
The Dalai Lama fled from Chinese-occupied Tibet.
John Prescott was investigating ways to hire out the Royal Train, to recoup some of its £1.7 million annual running costs.
A new study revealed that British women were spending less than half the time their mothers did on housework. It showed that they spent an average of 16 hours a week on household chores, down from 33 hours in 1961. Men did 10 hours a week on average, one more than in 1961.
In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million people took part in the first Earth Hour, when lights were switched off for one hour to take a stand against climate change.
The Beatles achieved the unique feat of having the top five singles in the American chart.
Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar on stage for the first time. He was taken to hospital with burns on his hands.
Ronan Keating, pictured, attacked programmes like Pop Idol and Popstars saying they were “glorified karaoke”.