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On This Day in History - 28th September

Birthdays

1573Michel Angelo Merisi Caraviggio, Italian artist
1803Prosper Merimee, French writer
1916Peter Finch, English film actor
1917Michael Soames, British dancer
1934Brigit Bardot, French born film actress
1946Peter Egan, Actor
1946Helen Shapiro, Singer

Events

1745The national anthem, God Save The King, was sung for the first time
1794Britain, Austria and Russia formed an alliance against France
1865The first female doctor in Britain became qualified
1885Simon Marks and Tom Spencer opened their first shop
1894The founders of Marks and Spencer opened their first shop in Manchester
1978Pope John Paul I died, after only being pope for 33 days
1985Rioting broke out in Brixton after a police shooting
1994The car ferry 'Estonia' sank in the Baltic, drowning over 900 people