Happy Birthday ME1989
Happy Birthday ME1989
Hope you had a great day.
On this day 23rd April
1016 Edmund Ironside succeeded his father Æthelred the Unready as king of England.
1348 The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III. It is the highest order of chivalry, or knighthood, existing in England. The order is dedicated to the image and arms of St. George as England's patron saint. Membership to the order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than twenty-four 'members, or companions.'
1564 The birth of poet & playwright William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He died on his 52nd birthday in 1616.
1661 Charles II was crowned King of England, completing the restoration of the monarchy. His father, Charles I, had been beheaded by Oliver Cromwell following the Civil War.
1775 J M W Turner, English painter was born. He was one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting.
1850 William Wordsworth, English poet, died. For almost 9 years he lived and wrote at Dove Cottage - Grasmere.
1879 The first Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford-upon-Avon, and in 1932 the New Shakespeare Memorial Theatre was opened by the Prince of Wales.
1942 World War II – German bombers hit Exeter, Bath and York in retaliation for the British raid on Lübeck.
1968 The first decimal coins appeared in Britain - the 5p and 10p pieces which replaced the 1 shilling and 2 shilling coins.
1979 A 33-year-old man died from head injuries after a battle broke out between police and demonstrators in Southall. The fighting began when thousands of protesters gathered to demonstrate against a National Front campaign meeting.
1980 The British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia was expelled from the country following the broadcast on British TV of the documentary 'Death of a Princess'. It depicted the life and execution of a Saudi Arabian Princess found guilty of committing adultery.
1983 Canadian snooker player Cliff Thorburn completed the first televised maximum break of 147 during the World Snooker Championships at the Crucible Theatre, in Sheffield.
1990 Charlie Wilson, the ‘silent man' of the Great Train Robbery (8th August 1963), was shot dead at his home near Marbella, Spain.
2011 The death of John Sullivan, the television scriptwriter responsible for several popular British sitcoms, including Only Fools and Horses, Citizen Smith and Just Good Friends.