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On This Day in History - 22nd March

Birthdays

1599Sir Anthony Van Dyck, Flemish artist
1910Nicholas Monsarrat, English author
1923Marcel Marceau, French Mime artist
1930Stephen Sondheim, American songwriter
1931Leslie Thomas, Writer of 'The Virgin Soldiers'
1931William Shatner, American actor (Captain Kirk of 'Star Trek')
1948Andrew Lloyd Webber, Composer of 'Phantom of the Opera' & 'Cats'
1949Jockey Wilson, Darts player

Events

1888The English Football League was founded
1896The writer of 'Tom Browns Schooldays', Thomas Hughes, died
1907Taxi metres were used for the very first time in London cabs
1945The Arab League was formed by seven Middle East countries
1946The country of Jordan became independent from British rule
1958Mike Todd US film producer, and creator of the Todd AO movie projection system, died
1983Belfast born Chaim Herzog was elected president of the State of Israel
1994Two films by Steven Speilberg won a total of ten Oscars