Anniversaries March 2 - 8

PUBLISHED: 11:53 02 March 2006 | UPDATED: 14:36 12 May 2010

THURSDAY MARCH 2 1958 West Indies captain Gary Sobers scored 365 not out against Pakistan. 1969 First test flight of the French-built Concorde. Birthdays: Mikhail Gorbachev, ex-Russian leader, 75; Tom Wolfe, author of Bonfire of the Vanities, 75; Lou Reed

THURSDAY MARCH 2 1958 West Indies captain Gary Sobers scored 365 not out against Pakistan. 1969 First test flight of the French-built Concorde. Birthdays: Mikhail Gorbachev, ex-Russian leader, 75; Tom Wolfe, author of Bonfire of the Vanities, 75; Lou Reed, singer-songwriter, 64; JPR Williams, Wales Rugby Union hero, 57; Jon Bon Jovi, rock singer, 44. FRIDAY MARCH 3 1931 The Star-Spangled Banner adopted as the American national anthem. 1933 First showing of the original King Kong. 1969 The US Apollo 9 spaceship was launched. Birthdays: Jennifer Warnes, singer, 59; Miranda Richardson, actress, 48; Ronan Keating, once with Boyzone, 29. SATURDAY MARCH 4 1861 Abraham Lincoln became the 16th US President. 1974 Edward Heath resigned as Prime Minister. 1999 The Millennium Dome went on sale for £1 billion. Birthdays: Patrick Moore, astronmer, 83; Harvey Goldsmith, concert promoter, 60. SUNDAY MARCH 5 1936 First test flights of the Spitfire. 2001 The soap opera Crossroads returned to the screens. Birthdays: Elaine Paige, musical actress, 54. MONDAY MARCH 6 1926 The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon burned down. 1987 Some 180 passengers killed when The Herald of Free Enterprise capsized as she left Zebrugge. 1998 SAS men shot dead three IRA members in Gibraltar. Birthdays: Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, author, 78; John Noakes, ex-Blue Peter presenter, 72; Dave Gilmour, of Pink Floyd, 62; Kiki Dee, singer, 58. TUESDAY MARCH 7 1946 The BMA set up a £1 million campaign to oppose the creation of the NHS. 1969 The Victoria Line opened on the London Underground. Birthdays: Lord Snowdon, 76; Viv Richards, West Indies Test cricket batsman, 54; Rik Mayall, comedian, 48; Rachel Weisz, actress, 35. WEDNESDAY MARCH 8 1950 Russia announced it had developed an atom bomb. 1999 Last broadcast of News at Ten. Birthdays: Michael Grade, television executive, 63; Lynn Redgrave, actress, 63; David Wilkie, ex-British Olympic swimmer, 52.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Royston Crow. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Royston Crow