On this week in history

On this week in history (19th  February to 25th February inclusive) as follows;

  • 1790 – French soldiers land in Britain at Fishguard but are quickly captured
  • 1811 – Austria declares itself bankrupt
  • 1836 – The Mexican army lays siege to the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1855 – Bread riots break out in the British city of Liverpool
  • 1886 – In London, The Times newspaper runs the first ever classified personal column
  • 1897 – Mrs Hoodless of Ontario Canada, founds the Women’s Institute
  • 1914 – British explorer Campbell Besley announces in New York his discovery of lost Inca cities
  • 1938 – British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigns over Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s decision to hold talks with Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini
  • 1960 – Castro nationalises all private businesses in Cuba
  • 1968 – Theatre censorship ends in Britain
  • 1969 – The US Patents Office grants a patent to King Hassan of Morocco for his device to monitor the function of the human heart
  • 1985 – Contraceptives go on sale in the Irish Republic for the first time
  • 1989 – 2 members of Winnie Mandela’s bodyguard are charged with the murder of 14 year old Stompie Mocketsi
  • 1989 – American world heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson defeats British champion Frank Bruno
  • 2001 – Foot and Mouth disease hits the UK for the first time in 20 years

And some notable birthdays include;

  • 1633 – Samual Pepys, English civil servant who wrote his famous diary
  • 1732 – George Washington, American statesman and general who became the first president of the USA in 1789
  • 1743 – Meyer Rothschild, German banker who founded a famous dynasty
  • 1786 – Wilhelm Grimm, German philologist who, together with his brother Jakob, compiled Grimm’s Fairytales
  • 1841 – Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French Impressionist painter
  • 1873 – Enrico Caruso, Italian operatic tenor considered to be the greatest of his time
  • 1932 – Edward Kennedy, US Senator and younger brother of John F Kennedy
  • 1934 – Nina Simone, American jazz singer and pianist
  • 1940 – Jimmy Greaves, British footballer and successful TV commentator
  • 1941 – David Puttnam, British film producer
  • 1943 – George Harrison, British pop musician and former Beatle
  • 1949 – Niki Lauda, Austrian motor racing champion
  • 1955 – Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc.
  • 1960 – Holly Johnson, lead singer of the pop group Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • 1975 – Drew Barrymore, American film actress