ON THIS DAY

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NA­TIONAL DAY OF MEX­ICO 1387: The fu­ture Henry V of Eng­land was born in Monmouth Cas­tle in Wales. “Bluff” Prince Hal be­came a ruth­less king who fought two bloody cam­paigns which came to a cli­max at Agin­court. In 1422 he died un­heroically of dysen­tery at the French Cas­tle of Vin­cennes. 1620: The 101 Pil­grim Fa­thers set sail from Ply­mouth in the Mayflower, cap­tained by Myles Stan­dish. 1847: The United Shake­speare Com­pany bought the house in which Shake­speare was born at Strat­fordupon-Avon in War­wick­shire for £3,000. It was the first build­ing in Bri­tain to be of­fi­cially pre­served. 1861: The Post Of­fice Sav­ings Bank was in­sti­tuted. 1908: The Amer­i­can car firms Buick and Oldsmo­bile merged to form Gen­eral Mo­tors. 1945: John McCor­mack, lyri­cal Ir­ish tenor, died in Dublin. “I have hung up my harp, all my songs are sung,” he is re­ported to have writ­ten just be­fore he died. 1946: Have A Go be­gan on the Light Pro­gramme, with Wil­fred Pick­les and his wife as Ma­bel at the ta­ble. Pick­les started each pro­gramme by say­ing, “How do, ‘Ow are yer?” The show ran for more than 20 years. 1963: Malaysia be­came in­de­pen­dent – and a mob cel­e­brated by burn­ing down the Bri­tish em­bassy. 1968: The “two-tier” postal sys­tem was in­tro­duced in Bri­tain - First and Sec­ond class. 1977: Opera singer Maria Cal­las was found dead in her Paris flat, aged 53. 1989: Clas­sic horse race, the St Leger at Don­caster, was aban­doned when of­fi­cials de­clared the course un­safe. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: The Duke of Cam­bridge spoke out about the pres­sures fac­ing young chil­dren – af­ter com­ing to the aid of a dig­ni­tary who fell flat on his back. BIRTH­DAYS: Micky Ste­wart, for­mer crick­eter, 85; Ge­orge Chakiris, ac­tor, 83; Russ Ab­bot, co­me­dian, 70; Ed Be­g­ley Jr, ac­tor, 68; Mickey Rourke, ac­tor, 65; David Cop­per­field, ma­gi­cian, 61; Neville Southall, for­mer foot­baller, 59; Richard Marx, singer/ song­writer, 54; Marc An­thony, mu­si­cian and ac­tor, 49; Tina Bar­rett, pop singer (for­mer mem­ber of S Club 7), 41.

Birth­days: Russ Ab­bot and Tina Bar­rett

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