On This Day In History, 29 March

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World Events Today

  • The British explorer Captain Robert Scott, who reached the South Pole 5 weeks after the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, made his final diary entry today in 1912, it read “For God’s sake look after our people”, he never made it home
  • The last V-1 Flying Bomb of World War 2, landed on British soil today in 1945, it was in Datchworth in Hertfordshire
  • The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, sent an official letter to the EU today in 2017, it invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, formally triggering Britain’s exit from the European Union

Entertainment Events Today

  • London’s Royal Albert Hall was opened today in 1871 by Queen Victoria
  • The hit American romantic comedy movie Some Like It Hot, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, was released today in 1959
  • The first London Marathon was run today in 1981, it was won by the American Dick Beardsley and the Norwegian Inge Simonsen, who crossed the line holding hands

Family Events Today

  • The American businessman and entrepreneur Sam Walton, founder of retail giant Walmart, was born today in 1918 in Oklahoma
  • The British politician Sir John Major, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for almost 7 years, was born today in 1943 in Surrey
  • Eleanor Nancy Macpherson, better known more simply as the Australian model Elle Macpherson, was born today in 1964 in New South Wales

Main Event Today

  • The Terracotta Army, a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, was discovered today in March 1974, the discovery was made by local farmers digging a water well

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

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