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On This Day in History - 26th March

Birthdays

1859A.E Housman, English poet
1886Chico Marx, US Comedian of the famous 'Marx Brothers'
1911Tennessee Williams, American novelist and playwright
1925Pierre Boulez, French composer and conductor
1931Leonard Nimoy, US actor known as Mr Spock of 'Star Trek'
1940James Caan, American film actor; 'Rollerball' & 'Misery'
1944Diana Ross, American singer
1963Susanne Sulley, Of the Pop group 'Human League'

Events

1885The first cremation in Britain took place in Surrey, at the Woking Crematorium
1923A daily weather forecast was broadcast by the BBC for the first time
1934Driving tests were first introduced in Britain
1958Parking Tickets were first issued to motorists in London
1973The actor and playwright Sir Noel Coward died in Jamaica
1981The Social Democratic Party was launched by the 'Gang of Four'
1985Ben Kingsley won the best actor Academy Award, for his portrayal of Ghandi
1992Terry Waite announced his resignation as the Archbishop of Canterbury's special envoy