The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

On this day

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1800: The Irish parliament passed the Act of Union with England.

1854: The Crimean War began after the United Kingdom and France declared war on Russia.

1868: The 7th Earl of Cardigan, who led the Charge of the Light Brigade to disaster at Balaclava in the Crimean War, died. He is now best remembered for the woollen garment named after him.

1890: Paul Whiteman, American jazz bandleader, was born in Denver, Colorado.

1920: Douglas Elton Ullman wed Gladys Smith in Hollywood. The couple were better known as screen stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, both pictured above arriving in Southampto­n, and their marriage was described as “Hollywood’s first royal wedding”.

1930: Turkey’s capital city Constantin­ople changed its name to Istanbul.

1939: Madrid surrendere­d to Franco to end the Spanish Civil War. 1942: British commandos destroyed the U-boat base at St Nazaire.

1964: The pirate station Radio Caroline began transmitti­ng from a ship in the North Sea.

1965: Nearly 25,000 people joined Dr Martin Luther King, pictured, on the steps of the state capital of Montgomery, Alabama, to highlight black grievances.

1979: There was a radiation leak alert at Three Mile Island nuclear station, Pennsylvan­ia, when the atomic core began to melt down.

1991: A jury returned a verdict of accidental death at the end of an inquest into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans who died in the Hillsborou­gh stadium disaster in Sheffield in 1989. In December 2012, the High Court quashed the original verdicts and ordered fresh inquests.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: A New York City councillor from Brooklyn was named the tallest politician in the world.

“To reiterate, I am deeply apologetic about the misunderst­andings of the last few days. We will learn from this and will try not to make the same mistakes in the future” -

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley, pictured, says sorry after he tried to claim the company was an essential operator for keeping the nation fit, before performing a U-turn and closing his stores

“Unfortunat­ely, the number of those infected is increasing. Jelena, I, my foundation, have decided to gather as much relevant informatio­n as possible this week to determine how best to donate our resources – knowledge, time, money – how it will affect the largest number of people across Serbia” - World tennis number one Novak Djokovic, pictured, and his wife Jelena announcing they will donate one million euros to buy ventilator­s and other medical equipment to fight Covid-19

“Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and loyalty across the years. This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interestin­g. Stay safe, stay observant and may God be with you” -

Bob Dylan surprises fans with a new 17-minute track about the assassinat­ion of John F Kennedy

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