On This Day In History, 25 September


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World Events Today

  • The Battle of Stamford Bridge took place in East Riding of Yorkshire today in 1066, King Harold Godwinson defeated the invading Norwegians before rushing South to fight off the Norman invasion
  • Operation Market Garden, a failed World War II military operation, initiated by the British to secure a bridgehead over the Rhine, ended today in 1944 one week after it started
  • The American actor Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison today in 2018, it was for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago

Entertainment Events Today

  • The American boxer Sonny Liston beat fellow American Floyd Patterson today in 1962, the 1st round knock-out win made him the new Heavyweight Boxing champion
  • The rock band U2 formed today in 1976
  • The musical Evita, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, premiered on Broadway today in 1979, it ran for 1,567 performances

Family Events Today

  • The American actor Christopher Reeve, who is best known for playing Superman in the 1978 version of the movie, was born today in 1952 in New York City
  • The Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, who starred in many movies, including Entrapment and Chicago, was born today in 1969 in Swansea
  • The American golfer Arnold Palmer, generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the sport’s history, died today in 2016 aged 87

Main Event Today

  • The Maze Prison escape took place today in 1983 in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, 38 members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, the IRA, managed to get away, making it the biggest prison escape in the history of the United Kingdom

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Lobster Day

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