On this day: Glasgow whisky warehouse fire

Events, birthdays and anniversaries for 28 March
On this day in 1960, 19 firemen and salvage workers died in the  bonded whisky warehouse fire in Glasgows Cheapside StreetOn this day in 1960, 19 firemen and salvage workers died in the  bonded whisky warehouse fire in Glasgows Cheapside Street
On this day in 1960, 19 firemen and salvage workers died in the bonded whisky warehouse fire in Glasgows Cheapside Street

1642: The Scots Guards were commissioned.

1800: Act of Union with Britain passed in Ireland’s parliament.

1854: Britain declared (Crimean) war on Russia.

1910: The first seaplane, designed by Henri Fabre of France, had its maiden flight near Marseilles.

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1912: Women’s Enfranchisement Bill was defeated by 14 votes on its second reading.

1917: The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps was founded in Britain.

1930: Constantinople changed its name to Istanbul, and Angora to Ankara.

1939: Madrid’s surrender to General Francisco Franco ended Spanish Civil War.

1955: The lowest cricket Test score was recorded – 26 by New Zealand against England at Eden Park, Auckland.

1960: Nineteen Glasgow firemen and salvage workers died when walls of Cheapside whisky bond blew out soon after they started fighting a blaze which later spread to a tobacco warehouse, an ice cream factory and Harland & Wolff’s engine works.

1964: Radio Caroline began transmissions from a ship in the North Sea.

1977: Breakfast TV in Britain started as an experiment on Yorkshire TV.

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1979: Radiation leak at Three Mile Island nuclear station, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States.

1989: Syrian gunners and Christian army units duelled with artillery and rockets in and around Beirut.

1989: In the USSR’s first democratic party elections, many Communist candidates chosen by the government were ousted.

1990: Five people were arrested in British-American operation at Heathrow, to stop export of 40 nuclear trigger devices for Iraq.

1991: Patricia Scotland, 35, was appointed Britain’s first black woman Queen’s Counsel.

1995: Tom Hanks won Best Actor Oscar for Forrest Gump, thereby becoming the first actor since Spencer Tracy in 1937-38 to win in successive years.

2003: A British soldier was killed in a “friendly fire” incident in Iraq when the tank he was in was attacked by American jets.

2005: The 2005 Sumatran earthquake rocked Indonesia. At magnitude 8.7, it was the second strongest earthquake since 1965.


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Lady Gaga, singer/songwriter, 28; Rosemary Ashe, soprano, 61; Laurie Brett, Scottish actress, 45; Sir Richard Eyre CBE, theatre, film and television director, 71; John Fogerty, musician (Creedence Clearwater Revival), 69; Professor Peter Hennessy, historian, 67; Nasser Hussein, former England cricket captain, 46; Lord Kinnock, leader of the Labour Party 1983-92, 72; Mike Newell, film director, 72; Sir Michael Parkinson, broadcaster, 79; Julia Stiles, actress, 33; Richard Stilgoe OBE, entertainer and lyricist, 71; Lacey Turner, British soap actress (EastEnders), 26; Dianne Wiest, actress, 66.


Births: 1515 St Teresa of Avila; 1483 Raphael, painter; 1820 Sir William Howard Russell, war correspondent; 1868 Maxim Gorky, novelist; 1902 Dame Flora Robson, actress; 1921 Sir Dirk Bogarde, actor and author.

Deaths: 1881 Modest Mussorgsky, composer; 1941 Virginia Woolf, writer (suicide); 1943 Sergei Rakhmaninov, composer and piano virtuoso; 1969 Dwight D Eisenhower (Ike), army commander and 34th United States president; 1985 Marc Chagall, painter.