On this day: Royal Albert Hall opened

Events, birthdays and anniversaries for 29 March
On this day in 1871, the Royal Hall was opened by Queen Victoria, ten years after the death of her husband. Picture: GettyOn this day in 1871, the Royal Hall was opened by Queen Victoria, ten years after the death of her husband. Picture: Getty
On this day in 1871, the Royal Hall was opened by Queen Victoria, ten years after the death of her husband. Picture: Getty

1461: England’s bloodiest battle raged for ten hours around the village of Towton in Yorkshire – it was fought in a blinding snowstorm, and 28,000 soldiers were killed.

1867: Independence of Canada began when parliament created the Dominion of Canada.

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1871: The Royal Albert Hall, London, built in memory of Prince Albert, was opened by Queen Victoria. One of the prince’s own compositions was played at the opening.

1886: First batch of Coca Cola was brewed in Atlanta, Georgia.

1928: The House of Commons overwhelmingly passed the Equal Franchise Bill, giving the vote to all women aged 21 or over.

1939: The Spanish Civil War was declared to have ended.

1967: France launched its first nuclear submarine.

1971: Lieutenant William Calley was found guilty by United States military tribunal of My Lai massacre during Vietnam War.

1973: Last American troops left South Vietnam, ending direct military role of United States in Vietnam war.

1981: The first London Marathon was run.

1986: World’s first test-tube quins were born in London.

1990: Prime minister Bob Hawke claimed victory in Australian election, becoming first Labour winner of four consecutive terms.

1990: Viscount Linley waived £30,000 of £35,000 libel damages against Today newspaper.

1993: The president of Hoover Europe was dismissed after a free-travel sales promotion, heavily over-subscribed, ended in chaos.

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1993: Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven won him his first Oscars – for Best Film and Best Director.

2004: The Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.

2004: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia joined Nato.

2010: Thirty-nine people were killed and more than 60 injured in two suicide bomb attacks on the Moscow Metro.

2012: Respect Party candidate George Galloway took Bradford West parliamentary seat from Labour, winning the by-election by 10,140 votes. Mr Gallowaysaid it was the “most sensational victory” in by-election history.


Elle Macpherson, model and entrepreneur, 50; Jennifer Capriati, tennis player, 38; Julie Goodyear MBE, actress, 72; Eric Idle, comic actor, 71; Terry Jacks, singer, 70; Christopher Lambert, actor, 57; Lucy Lawless, actress, 46; Sir John Major, MP 1979-2001, Conservative prime minister 1990-7, 71; Chapman Pincher, investigative journalist, 100; Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE, director-general, National Trust, 2001-2012, 56; John Suchet, Alloa-born television reporter, 70; Lord Tebbit of Chingford, MP 1970-1992, 83; Vangelis (Evangelos Papathanassiou), composer, 71.


Births: 1869 Sir Edwin Lutyens, architect; 1902 Sir William Walton, composer; 1913 RS Thomas, poet; 1913 Jack Jones MBE, trade unionist and pensioners’ champion; 1915 George Chisholm, jazz trombonist; 1935 Ruby Murray, singer.

Deaths: 1788 Charles Wesley, evangelist and hymn writer; 1822 Ewan MacLachlan, Gaelic poet, librarian at King’s College, Aberdeen, translator of Homer into Gaelic; 1891 Georges Seurat, artist; 1912 Captain Robert Falcon Scott, on return from South Pole.