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On This Day in History - 1st March

Birthdays

1810Frederic Chopin, Polish composer
1904Glenn Miller, American bandleader
1910David Niven, Scottish born Hollywood film actor
1927Harry Belafonte, American singer
1940David Broome, Showjumper
1945Roger Daltrey, English singer with 'The Who'; actor
1954Ron Howard, US TV actor & film director; TV's 'Happy Days'

Events

1780Pennsylvania became the first American state to abolish slavery
1932The baby son of Charles Lindbergh, the American aviator, was kidnapped
1940Vivien Leigh won an Oscar for her part in 'Gone With The Wind'
1954The first American hydrogen bomb test took place on the island of Bikini
1966The first ever (crash) landing on Venus took place; by the soviet probe Venus 3
1978The coffin of Charles Chaplin was stolen, only months after being buried
1979A devolution vote in Scotland failed to reach the 40% requirement
1983British Leyland launced a new car, the Maestro