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In the real world;
Today in History on This Day in History
310 - St Eusebius begins his reign as Catholic Pope
387 - Bishop Ambrosius of Milan baptizes Augustinus
1025 - Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.
1506 - The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid.
1518 - Bona Sforza is crowned as queen consort of Poland.
1521 - Diet of Worms: Cardinal Alexander questions Maarten Luther
1552 - Mauritius of Saksen occupies Linz
1663 - Osman declares war on Austria
1666 - Peace of Kleef: Netherlands & bishop Von Galen of Munster
1676 - Sudbury, Mass attacked by Indians
1738 - Real Academia de la Historia ("Royal Academy of History") founded in Madrid.
1775 - Paul Revere & William Dawes ride from Charleston to Lexington warning the "regulars are coming!"
1783 - Fighting ceases in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began.
1797 - France & Austria signs cease fire
1809 - 1st run of 2,000 guineas horse race at Newmarket England
Born TodayActor James Woods (1947) Birthdays 1 - 15 of 258
1480 - Lucretia Borgia, murderess (poison)/daughter (Pope Alexander VI)
1521 - Francois de Coligny, ruler of van Andelot, French general (Jarnac)
1580 - Thomas Middleton, English playwright (Game of Chess)
1590 - Ahmed I, 14th Sultan of the Ottoman Emperor (1603-17); constructed the Blue Mosque
1605 - Giacomo Carissimi, composer
1729 - Gaetano B Vestris, Italian/French ballet dancer
1732 - George Colman, "the Elder
1740 - Francis Baring, banker/merchant
1744 - Pieter 't Hoen, Dutch journalist/patriot
1759 - Jacques-Christian-Michel Widerkehr, composer
1764 - Bernhard Anselm Weber, pianist/conductor/composer
1771 - Karl Philipp Fürst zu Schwarzenberg, Austrian field marshal (d. 1820)
1777 - Ignac Ruzitska, composer
1786 - Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, composer
1797 - Louis-Adolphe Thiers, president of France
Weddings 1 - 7 of 7
1599 - Valencia arch duke Albrecht of Austrian marries Isabella of Spain
1951 - Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (28) weds Joyce Halverson
1956 - Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco (civil ceremony)
1973 - American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 5th wife Leslie (Tessa) Busby
1992 - Tennis ace Stefan Edberg marries Annette Olsen in Sweden
1993 - Beirut-hostage Terry Anderson marries Madeleine Bassil
2001 - NBA star player Kobe Bryant (22) weds Vanessa Laine at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California
Divorces 1 - 1 of 1
1994 - Roseanne Barr Arnold files for divorce from Tom Arnold
Passed Away TodayTheoretical Physicist Albert Einstein (1955) Deaths 1 - 15 of 113
680 - Mu'awijja, kalief of Al-Schaam, dies
1161 - Theobald of Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury
1504 - Filippino Lippi, painter, dies at about 52
1530 - Francois Lambert d'avignon, French church reformer, dies at about 43
1552 - John Leland, antiquary, dies
1556 - Luigi Alamanni, Italian poet (Flora, Antigone), dies at 61
1558 - Roxelana, wife of Suleiman the Magnificent
1567 - Wilhelm von Grumbach, German military man, dies at 63
1587 - John Foxe, author (Book of Martyrs), dies
1610 - Robert Parsons, English jesuit leader/plotter, dies at 63
1612 - Emanuel Van Meteren, merchant/historian, dies
1636 - Julius Caesar, English judge
1650 - Simonds d'Ewes, English antiquarian (b. 1602)
1674 - John Graunt, English statistician (b. 1620)
1679 - Hofmannswaldau, writer, dies
Additionally in Britain;
18th April1740 The birth of Sir Francis Baring, English merchant banker. Barings was the oldest merchant bank in London until it collapsed in 1995 after one of the bank's employees, Nick Leeson, lost £827 million on speculative investing.
1775 At the start of the War of American Independence, US patriots Paul Revere and William Dawes left Boston, bound for Concord, to warn people that British troops were advancing. After Revere's and Dawes's arrest en route, the ride to Concord was completed by compatriot rider and escapee Dr. Samuel Prescott.
1881 The Natural History Museum in London was opened.
1899 The St. Andrew's Ambulance Association was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria. The Association seeks to preserve the lives of people in Scotland by the provision of education and emergency first aid at events throughout Scotland.
1912 The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brought 705 survivors to New York from the RMS Titanic that had sunk on on 15th April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton.
1946 The birth of Hayley Mills, English actress, daughter of actor John Mills and sister of actress Juliet Mills.
1949 The Republic of Ireland Act came into force as Eire (Southern Ireland) became a Republic and left the British Commonwealth.
1949 The first 'Bob-a-Job week' began when 440,000 British Scouts started a nationwide campaign to raise the £22,000 needed to cover the deficits of the Scout movement. In the first year £60,000 was raised. The variety of jobs undertaken included a 13 year old who spent four hours cleaning the silver at 10 Downing Street.
1960 At least 60,000 demonstrators gathered in Trafalgar Square to mark the end of the Aldermaston to London 'ban the bomb' march.
1968 London Bridge was sold for £1m to American oil tycoon Robert McCullough. He decided to knock it down, brick by brick, and have it re-built at Lake Havasu in the United States.
1980 Rhodesia became Zimbabwe at midnight and independent from Britain. Canaan Banana was the President and Robert Mugabe the Prime Minister.
1986 Guinness, the giant brewery business, won their battle to take over the equally large spirits combine, the Distillers Group. The manner of the takeover was later investigated by the Director of Public Prosecutions and led to arrests of top financial figures including the Guinness chief executive, James Saunders.
1988 In the House of Commons, the 16th-century symbol of the Speaker’s authority, the Mace, was damaged by Ron Brown, Labour MP for Leith, when he flung it to the floor during a debate. It was described by his own supporters as ‘a childish stunt’ and led to his 20 day suspension.
1994 West Indian batsman Brian Lara broke the record for the highest individual score in Test Cricket when he scored 375 against England in Antigua.
2013 The death of Hillsborough justice campaigner Anne Williams, at the age of 60. She fought relentlessly for the new inquest into her son Kevin's death in the 1989 football tragedy. He was one of 96 Liverpool fans who died as a result of a crush during an FA Cup match at the Sheffield stadium.