Week in history

On this week in history (12th to 18th March inclusive) as follows;

  • 1789 – The US Post Office is established
  • 1820 – Maine becomes the 23rd state of the union
  • 1872 – The Wanderers beat the Royal Engineers 1-0 in the first English Football Association final
  • 1891 – The first underwater telephone cable is laid on the bed of the English Channel by the submarine Monarch
  • 1894 – The first professional striptease takes place at the Davan Fayoneau Music Hall in Paris
  • 1912 – Juliette Gordon Low founds the Girl Guides (later called Scouts) in the US
  • 1915 – Britain’s Jockey Club decides that war is no reason to stop horse racing
  • 1937 – Bernard Faustus sets up America’s first blood bank
  • 1945 – Young Jewish diarist Anne Frank dies in a German concentration camp
  • 1961 – The New English Bible is published
  • 1966 – Welsh singer Tom Jones wins a Grammy for Best New Artist
  • 1969 – Beatle Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman
  • 1973 – British monarch Queen Elizabeth II opens the new London Bridge
  • 1974 – The Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris is opened
  • 1983 – British premier Margaret Thatcher is the target of a letter bomb campaign by the IRA

And some notable birthdays include;

  • 1751 – James Madison, fourth President of the USA
  • 1787 – Georg Simon Ohm, German physicist who in 1827 discovered the basic law of electric current, later known as Ohm’s law
  • 1834 – Gottlieb Daimler, pioneer German car maker and engineer
  • 1879 – Albert Einstein, German-born Swiss physicist and mathematician
  • 1917 – Nat ‘King’ Cole, American singer and pianist
  • 1920 – Leo McKern, Australian born actor of stage, film and television, noted for character roles
  • 1926 – Jerry Lewis, American film star famous for his zany roles and partnership with singer-actor Dean martin
  • 1933 – Michael Caine, English film actor
  • 1933 – Quincy Jones, American composer and producer
  • 1938 – Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer considered the greatest of all time
  • 1939 – Neil Sedaka, American singer and songwriter
  • 1941 – Mike Love, American singer and founder member of the group The Beach Boys
  • 1946 – Liza Minelli, American singer, dancer and film actress
  • 1957 – Tessa Sanderson, English athlete and Olympic gold medallist
  • 1961 – Terence Trent d’Arby, US pop singer and ex-boxer