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On This Day in History - 21st April

Birthdays

1782Friedrich Froebel, German educationalist
1913Richard Beeching, British Rail chairman
1915Anthony Quinn, American film actor
1923John Mortimer, Author & playwright
1926Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth
1932Angela Mortimer, Tennis player
1935Charles Grodin, American film actor

Events

1910Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), the US novelist of 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn', died
1964BBC2 began broadcasting for the first time
1972Apollo 17 (Ceran & Scmitt) landed on the Moon. This was the last Apollo mission
1975President Thieu resigned, as Saigon in Vietnam, was surrounded
1977Martial Law was imposed in several Pakistani cities
1983The pound coin came into circulation, replacing the paper pound note
1986It was announced that Libyan students were to be expelled from Britain
1989100,000 chinese students gathered in Tiananmen Square