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On This Day in History - 6th March

Birthdays

1475Michelangelo, Italian artist & sculptor
1619Cyrano de Bergerac, French novelist
1806Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet
1922Frankie Howerd, English comedian
1936John Noakes, Former 'Blue Peter' presenter
1937Valentina Tereshkova, Soviet astronaut
1944David Glimour, Of the group 'Pink Floyd'
1944Kiri Te Kanawa, New Zealand soprano
1945Rob Reiner, American film director

Events

1836The seige at the Alamo, Texas, ended after 12 days with only a handul of survivors
1899The drug 'aspirin' was patented by Felix Hoffman
1930The first ever frozen foods went on sale in the United States
1957Israel completed its withdrawl from Sinai, Middle East
1961George Formby, the English entertainer, died
1984The National Coal Board announced a plan of massive job cuts & pit closures
1987The ferry 'Herald of Free Enterprise' capsized outside Zeebrugge harbour