21 March 2007

This day in history: 21 Mar

1556: Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, was burned at the stake.

1918: The German Spring Offensive, Operation Michael, began. Ten British soldiers and a Canadian airman were awarded the Victoria Cross for their actions on that day.

1963: The federal penitentiary at Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay, closed.

1965: Ranger 9, the last in a series of unmanned lunar space probes, was launched from Cape Canaveral (then known as Cape Kennedy).

1970: Vinko Bogataj, a Slovenian ski-jumper, wiped out during the International Ski Flying Championship in Oberstdorf, West Germany.

1980: J R Ewing was shot.

1999: Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth in a hot air balloon.

In addition to Cranmer (1489-1556), Rebecca Rolfe, aka Pocahontas (ca 1595-1617), Cyril M Kornbluth (1923-1958), Robert Preston (1918-1987), the Reverend W V Awdry (1911-1997) and Ernie Wise (1925-1999) died on this date.

And happy birthday to Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881), Forrest Mars Sr (1904-1999), James Coco (1930-1987), Timothy Dalton (1946-TBD) and Gary Oldman (1958-TBD).

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