11th March 1955
Sir Alexander Fleming - the man who first discovered the life-saving drug penicillin - died of a heart attack. 95 years.
12th March 2015
Sir Terence David John Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works, dies aged 66. 5 years.
14th March 1885
The Mikado a light opera by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, had its first public performance in London. 65 years.
15th March 1990
Mikhail Gorbachev became president of Soviet Union. 30 years.
17th March 1905
Franklin Roosevelt married Eleanor Roosevelt. 115 years.
22nd March 1765
The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act that introduces a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies. 255 years.
25th March 1925
John Logie Baird, the inventor of the television, gives the first public demonstration, in Selfridges London. 95 years.
26th March 1925
The French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez was born. 95 years.
29th March 1945
World War II: Last day of V-1 flying bomb attacks on England. 75 years.
30th March 1945
English musician, singer and songwriter, Eric Clapton was born. 75 years.
2nd April 1840
The French writer Emile Zola was born in Paris. 180 years.
2nd April 1805
Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author, best known for his fairy tales, was born. 215 years.
5th April 1955
Winston Churchill resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health. 65 years.
6th April 1520
Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, known as Raphael, Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance, died. 500 years.
6th April 1820
Gaspard-Félix Tournachon known by the pseudonym Nadar, French photographer, is born. 200 years.
9th April 1830
Eadweard J. Muybridge, English photographer and inventor, was born. 190 years.
9th April 1865
The American Civil War, one of history's bloodiest wars, ended. 155 years.
12th April 1935
First flight of the Bristol Blenheim. 85 years.
12th April 1975
American-born French dancer, singer and actress, Josephine Baker died. 45 years.
12th April 1945
Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, died. 75 years.

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