On this week in history

On this week in history (26th February to 4th March inclusive) as follows;

  • 1557 – The first Russian embassy in London opens
  • 1782 – The British parliament votes to abandon the American War of Independence
  • 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from his exile on the Isle of Elba
  • 1839 – The first Grand National steeplechase is run at Aintree, Liverpool
  • 1880 – The St Gotthard tunnel, providing a rail link between Switzerland and Italy, is completed
  • 1882 – The first electric trams in Britain run from Leytonstone in East London
  • 1935 – Radar is demonstrated for the first time at Daventry by Robert Watson-Watt
  • 1951 – The 22nd Amendment is passed limiting US presidents to two four-year terms in office
  • 1975 – 35 people are killed in London when an underground train accelerates into a dead-end tunnel at Moorgate station
  • 1961 – President Kennedy forms the Peace Corps of volunteers to work in Third World Countries
  • 1978 – Charlie Chaplin’s coffin is stolen from a Swiss cemetery
  • 1980 – Michael Jackson is awarded his first Grammy
  • 1990 – 3 weeks after his release from 27 years in jail, Nelson Mandela is elected deputy president of the African National Congress
  • 1995 – Barings Bank in London goes into receivership after the Nick Leeson scandal
  • 2010 – Chile is struck by one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded

And some notable birthdays include;

  • 1394 – Prince Henry the Navigator, Portuguese patron of explorers
  • 1678 – Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer best known for his work ‘The Four Seasons’
  • 1793 – Sam Houston, American soldier and first president of the Republic of Texas
  • 1810 – Frederic Chopin, Polish composer and pianist
  • 1847 – Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish inventor who emigrated to the USA and invented the telephone
  • 1904 – Glenn Miller, American band leader and composer
  • 1910 – David Niven, British film actor
  • 1911 – Jean Harlow, American film actress and platinum blonde sex symbol
  • 1942 – Brian Jones, British rock musician and founder member of the group The Rolling Stones
  • 1943 – George Benson, American singer and guitarist
  • 1944 – Lou Reed, American singer best known for his song ‘A walk on the wild side’
  • 1945 – Roger Daltry, British rock musician and lead singer with the group The Who
  • 1951 – Kenny Dalglish, Scottish footballer and manager
  • 1954 – Ron Howard, American film director and producer
  • 1961 – Fatima Whitbread, English Olympic javelin gold medallist