ON THIS DAY
1724: Highwayman Jack Sheppard (aka “Honest Jack”) was hanged in front of 200,000 people at Tyburn.
1896: Oswald Mosley, English fascist leader, was born.
1937: MPs voted in favour of air raid shelters being erected in towns and cities. Winston Churchill insisted they were
“indispensable”. Labour opposed this, fearing it would mean a big rise in rates.
1959: The Sound of Music, a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, opened on Broadway.
1960: Clark Gable, the “King of Hollywood” and Oscar winner, died after shooting the final scenes of The Misfits opposite Marilyn Monroe.
1989: A pillar of South African apartheid crumbled when beach access restrictions were removed by president FW de Klerk.
On this day last year: The Cambridge Dictionary revealed its word of the year for 2021 was “perseverance”, with editors crediting global interest in Nasa’s mission to Mars.
Willie Carson, former jockey, 80; Shigeru Miyamoto, video game designer, 70; Marg Helgenberger, actor, 64; Frank Bruno, former boxer, 61; Steve Bould, coach and former Arsenal footballer, 60; Diana Krall, singer and pianist, 58; Lisa Bonet, actor, 55; Paul Scholes, former footballer, 48; Danny Wallace, actor, filmmaker and writer, 46; Maggie Gyllenhaal, actor, 45; Janette Manrara, dancer and TV presenter, 39; Gemma Atkinson, actor, 38; Park Hyung-sik, singer, 31; Pete Davidson, comedian, 29.
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