On this week in history

On this week in history (6th to 12th November inclusive) as follows;

• 1429 – Henry VI is crowned King of England
• 1901 – Gales sweep across Britain, killing 200 people and capsizing many ships
• 1913 – Battersea elects the first coloured mayor in Britain, John Archer
• 1917 – The Bolshevik revolution begins in Russia
• 1921 – The British Legion holds its first Poppy Day to raise money for the wounded of WWI
• 1922 – The SS is formed in Germany
• 1960 – In Moscow, missiles appear for the first time at the annual parade in Red Square
• 1960 – John F Kennedy becomes US president
• 1974 – In London, Covent Garden ceases to be the location of the city’s famous flower and vegetable market
• 1975 – The Sex Pistols play their first ever gig at London’s St Martin’s College of Art
• 1988 – In Sydney, West Indies cricket captain Viv Richards scores his 100th century
• 1989 – In Virginia, Douglas Wilder becomes the first black state governor in the US
• 1989 – The Berlin Wall was breached as a million East Germans poured into West Berlin
• 1992 – In Great Britain, the General Synod votes in favour of the ordination of women
• 2003 – Michael Howard becomes the new Conservative Party leader

And some notable birthdays include;

• 1483 – Martin Luther, German religious reformer who began the reformation
• 1656 – Edmund Halley, English astronomer and mathematician
• 1814 – Adolphe Sax, Belgian musical instrument maker and inventor of the saxaphone
• 1821 – Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist
• 1867 – Marie Curie, Polish born physicist
• 1892 – Sir John Alcock who in 1919 made the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic with Sir Arthur Whitten-Brown
• 1909 – Katherine Hepburn, American film actress
• 1922 – Christian Barnard, South African surgeon and heart transplant pioneer
• 1925 – Richard Burton, British stage and screen actor
• 1929 – Grace Kelly, American actress who went on to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco
• 1944 – Sir Tim Rice, English lyricist and author famed for his partnership with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber
• 1945 – Neil Young, Canadian singer-songwriter
• 1961 – Nadia Comaneci, Romanian gymnast who won 3 Olympic gold medals at the age of 14
• 1966 – Gordon Ramsay, fiery tempered Scottish chef and TV celebrity
• 1974 – Leonardo DiCaprio, American film actor