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1792: Sir John Herschel, the astronomer who first mapped the stars of the southern hemisphere, was born in Slough.

1802: Sculptor and animal painter Sir Edwin Landseer was born in London. He designed the bronze lions at the base of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.

1875: Maurice Ravel, French composer (Bolero), was born.

1876: Alexander Graham Bell patented the first telephone.

1917: Dixie Jazz Band One-Step was the world’s first jazz record to be released – ironically by the all-white Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

1941: British troops invaded Italian-held Ethiopia.

1965: State troopers and local law enforcemen­t assault 600 civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama. The event was dubbed Bloody Sunday.

1975: The body of kidnapped heiress Lesley Whittle was found in a 60ft drain shaft. She had been held for 52 days then strangled by Donald Neilson, The Black Panther, who was later given five life sentences.

1989: China declares martial law in Lhasa, Tibet. Reports claim Chinese troops fired on Tibetan monks and civilians demanding independen­ce, killing hundreds.

On this day last year: More than £100m had been raised to provide aid for Ukraine in what has been described as an “amazing show of support” from the UK public.


Michael Eisner, former Disney CEO, 81; Sir Ranulph Fiennes, explorer, 79; William Boyd, author, 71; Sir Vivian Richards, former cricketer, 71; Bryan Cranston, actor, 67; Ivan Lendl, former tennis player, 63; Mary Beth Evans, actor, 62; Rachel Weisz, actor, 53; Bel Powley, actor, 31.

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