On this Day: 27 October 1922 – Southern Rhodesia rejects joining the Union...

Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) rejected joining the South African Union in a referendum.  Voters had to choose between establishing self government, joining the Union...

On this Day: 16 January 1992 – Controversial Diana book published

A controversial new book about the Princess of Wales claims she attempted suicide on several occasions over the last decade, and portrays her as...

On this Day: 30 April 1952 – Anne Frank published in English

The moving diary of Anne Frank, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust, is now available in British book shops entitled The Diary of a...

On this Day: 08 April 1973 – Art master Picasso dies

The artist Pablo Picasso has died of a heart attack at his chateau near Cannes on the French Riviera. He suffered the fatal seizure at...

On this Day : 25 March 1975 – Saudi’s King Faisal assassinated

King Faisal of Saudi Arabia has died after a gun attack in Riyadh despite the efforts of doctors to save him. The king was rushed...

On this Day : 24 March 1981- Biggs rescued after kidnapping

Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs has been rescued by Barbados police following his kidnapping. The 52-year-old, on the run from UK police, was found on...

On this Day : 20 March 1974 – Kidnap attempt on Princess Anne

Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips have escaped an apparent kidnap attempt in which four people were wounded. The royal couple were returning...

On this Day : 15 March 1990 – Observer journalist executed in Iraq

Britain has strongly condemned the Iraqi authorities over the execution of The Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft in Baghdad. Mr Bazoft - who came to live...

On this Day : 12 March 1999 – Violinist Yehudi Menuhin dies

One of the 20th century's finest musicians Yehudi Menuhin has died, aged 82. Lord Menuhin was in Berlin, Germany, to conduct a concert when he...

On this Day : 11 March 1955 – Farewell to scientist who discovered penicillin

Sir Alexander Fleming - the man who first discovered the life-saving drug penicillin - has died of a heart attack. He was 73. Sir Alexander...

On this Day : 11 January 1998: 100 die in massacre in Algeria

The Algerian government has blamed Islamic extremists for the deaths of more than 100 people, who were killed when two villages were attacked. The latest...

On this Day : 10 March 1969: Martin Luther King’s killer gets life

James Earl Ray has been jailed for 99 years by a court in Memphis, Tennessee, after admitting he carried out the murder of the...

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