On This Day In History, 26 March


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World Events Today

  • The first official cremation in the UK took place today in 1885 in Woking, the deceased was Mrs Jeannette C Pickersgill
  • During testing, Concorde made its fastest recorded speed today in 1974, it was Mach 2.23 which is around 2,370 kilometers, 1,470 miles, per hour
  • After his body was discovered in 2012, Richard III of England, was reburied today in 2015 in Leicester Cathedral

Entertainment Events Today

  • Billy Watkinson, riding Jack Horner, won the 85th Grand National today in 1926, he was the first Australian jockey to win the race
  • The American boxer Mike Tyson, was sentenced to 6 years in prison today in 1992, it was for the rape of Desiree Washington
  • After a 16 year break, the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who, returned today in 2005

Family Events Today

  • The composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven, died of cirrhosis of the liver today in 1827 aged 56
  • The American actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Spock in Star Trek, was born today in 1931 in Boston
  • The American actress Jennifer Grey, most famous for her role as Frances “Baby” Houseman in the hit musical movie Dirty Dancing, was born today in 1960 in New York

Main Event Today

  • The Book of Mormon, went on sale for the first time today in 1830, at the bookstore E B Grandin in New York, the site is now known as the Book of Mormon Historic Publication Site

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Nougat Day

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