On This Day In History, 16 March


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World Events Today

  • The Royal Welch Fusiliers, a line infantry regiment of the British Army, was founded today in 1689
  • The German Luftwaffe attacked the British fleet at Scapa Flow in Scotland today in 1940, James Isbister, an Orkney resident, became the first British civilian to be killed in World War 2
  • A 15 foot long dead whale, discovered off the coast of the Philippines today in 2019, was found to have 88 pounds, 40 kilograms, of plastic inside its stomach

Entertainment Events Today

  • The first FA Cup Final was held at the Kennington Oval today in 1872, the Wanderers beat the Royal Engineers 1-0
  • The Old Testament of The New English Bible was published today in 1970, the New Testament had been published 9 years earlier
  • The American boxer, Mike Tyson, beat the British boxer, Frank Bruno, in 3 rounds today in 1996, it meant that he retained his World Heavyweight Boxing title

Family Events Today

  • The Italian director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci, whose movies include Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor, was born today in 1941 in Parma
  • James Michael Aloysius Bradford, better known as the English singer-songwriter and actor Jimmy Nail, was born today in 1954 in Newcastle, he’s best known for his role as Oz in the hit television show Auf Wiedersehen Pet
  • The English actor John Hewer, most famous for his role as Captain Birdseye in the Fish Finger advertisements on British television, died today in 2008 aged 86

Main Event Today

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Artichoke Hearts Day

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