On this week in history

On this week in history (30th April to 6th May inclusive) as follows;

  • 1707 – The Union between England and Scotland is proclaimed
  • 1772 – The first dial weighing machine is patented by John Clais of London
  • 1788 – The first daily evening news, The Star and Evening Advertiser, is published in London
  • 1803 – The US purchases Louisiana and New Orleans from the French
  • 1851 – Queen Victoria opens the Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London
  • 1917 – The first US destroyers arrive in Britain to join the naval forces ranged against the Germans in WWI
  • 1941 – Orson Welles’ film Citizen Kane is premiered in New York
  • 1948 – The first Land Rover is exhibited at the Amsterdam Motor Show
  • 1957 – Egypt opens the Suez Canal to traffic
  • 1965 – The first satellite television programme links 9 countries and more than 300 million viewers
  • 1983 – Experts in Bonn announce that the Hitler Diaries discovered by a Stern reporter are fake
  • 1994 – The Channel Tunnel linking Britain with mainland Europe is officially opened by the Queen and President Mitterand
  • 1997 – Labour leader Tony Blair is elected UK Prime Minister
  • 2000 – The Love Bug virus wreaks havoc with computers all over the world
  • 2011 – President Obama announces that Osama Bin Laden has been killed by US troops in a Pakistan compound

And some notable birthdays include;

  • 1469 – Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian political theorist who argued that all means are permissible to achieve a stable state
  • 1758 – Maximilien Robespierre, French revolutionary who instituted the reign of terror
  • 1818 – Karl Marx, German philosopher, economist and revolutionary author of Das Kapital
  • 1827 – John Manning Speke, English explorer who was the first European to see Lake Victoria and who later identified the source of the Nile
  • 1856 – Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist and pioneer of psychoanalysis
  • 1892 – Baron Manfred von Richthofen, German air force officer who was nicknamed ‘The Red baron’
  • 1904 – Bing Crosby, American singer and actor
  • 1915 – Orson Welles, American actor, writer and film director
  • 1921 – Sugar Ray Robinson, American world middleweight and welterweight boxing champion
  • 1929 – Joseph Heller, American novelist best known for his novel Catch-22
  • 1933 – James Brown, American soul singer
  • 1942 – Tammy Wynette, American country and western singer
  • 1943 – Michael Palin, British actor, writer and comedian and founder member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus
  • 1953 – Tony Blair, Former British Prime Minister
  • 1975 – David Beckham, English footballer who won 115 international caps