On this week in history

On this week in history (9th to 15th April inclusive) as follows;

  • 1606 – The Union Jack becomes England’s official flag
  • 1633 – Bananas appear in British shops for the first time1849 – The safety pin is patented in the USA by Walter Hunt of New York
  • 1829 – The House of Commons passes the Catholic Emancipation Act
  • 1882 – The Anti-Semitic league is founded in Prussia
  • 1912 – The Royal Flying Corps, an armed service of the iar, is formed in Britain
  • 1913 – French aviator Gustave Hamel sets a record by flying the Channel from Dunkirk to Dover and back in just 90 minutes
  • 1940 – The Germans invade Norway and Denmark
  • 1956 – The first videotape is demonstrated in Chicago
  • 1960 – The US Senate passes the Civil Rights Bill
  • 1966 – Film producer Carlo Ponti marries Sophia Loren in Paris
  • 1981 – Nature magazine publishes a paper containing the longest ever scientific word which boasts 207,000 letters
  • 1989 – Nick Faldo becomes the first Briton to win the US Masters
  • 2003 – Paula Radcliffe breaks the world record in the London Marathon
  • 2004 – Cricketer Brian Lara achieves a score of 400 runs, the highest ever recorded in test match cricket
  • 2006 – Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces that Iran has joined the club of ‘nuclear countries’

And some notable birthdays include;

  • 1452 – Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor and architect
  • 1743 – Thomas Jefferson, American president responsible for drafting the Declaration of Independence
  • 1775 – James Parkinson, English physician who defined Parkinson’s disease
  • 1800 – Sir James Clark Ross, English explorer of the Antarctic
  • 1847 – joseph Pulitzer, American newspaper proprietor who founded the Pulitzer Prize for achievements in journalism and lierature
  • 1852 – Frank Winfield Woolworth, American chain store magnate
  • 1894 – Bessie Smith, American singer considered by many to be the finest female blues singer of all time
  • 1904 – Sir John Gielgud, British classical actor
  • 1925 – Rod Steiger, American film actor
  • 1932 – Omar Shariff, Egyptian film actor
  • 1932 – Carl Perkins, American pioneering rock ‘n’ roller who wrote ‘Blue Suede Shoes’
  • 1941 – Bobby Moore, English footballer who played for England 108 times and who lifted the world cup in 1966
  • 1949 – Alan Ayckbourn, British dramatist
  • 1950 – David Cassidy, American teeny-bopper idol
  • 1959 – Emma Thompson, English film and stage actress