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Back in the day; MARCH 30 Sit back and take a trip down memory lane.



Channel 5 began broadcasting as the UK's fifth and final terrestrial TV channel. It launched at 6pm with a Spice Girls performance of Manfred Mann's 5-4-3-2-1, bringing in around 2.4 million viewers.


Then-prime minister John Major, clambered onto his soapbox in an attempt to win votes for his latest Tory campaign. Surprisingly, the desperate resort won the Conservatives the 1992 elections and contrary to belief, the soapbox wasn't actually a soapbox, but a Central Office document box.



Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane was born. Named Anthony Robert McMillan, he took the stage name Robbie Coltrane in his early twenties, as a tribute to the jazz player John Coltrane, while trying his hand at stand-up comedy. He quickly took to the TV screens and it wasn't long before we saw him alongside Pierce Brosnan in the Bond films and more recently, the Harry Potter film series.



The Queen Mother died aged 101. Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon met the Duke of York in 1920 and they married three years later at Westminster Abbey. She was respected for her response to the suggestion that she and her daughters should evacuate to Canada at the beginning of World War II. She said, 'The children will not leave unless I do. I shall not leave unless their father does; and the king will not leave the country in any circumstances.'


Van Gogh's famous Sunflowers painting, which the artist had once hoped to sell for $125, was sold to an anonymous bidder for a then record-breaking $39 million (PS22.5million). The auction was opened at $8 million and lasted all of four minutes and 20 seconds. The winning bidder was reported to be Japanese insurance tycoon Yasuo Goto and it was considered fitting because one of the Sunflowers series paintings had been destroyed in Japan, in a World War II air raid.


Ronald Reagan was shot outside a Washington hotel, moments after this picture was taken, just 69 days into his presidency. A deranged Jodie Foster fan fired six shots at the president in an attempt to impress the young actress, taking inspiration from the film Taxi Driver. Despite heavy internal bleeding and a punctured lung, Reagan survived and his press secretary, James Brady, was left paralysed and permanently disabled.


Two members of The Clash were arrested for shooting pigeons. Paul Simonon, far right, and Topper Headon, far left, were arrested, and later fined PS750, for shooting pigeons. The rock and roll duo took to the roof of their Camden rehearsals studios to 'try out' an air rifle, shooting and killing the racing birds. It's thought this incident partly inspired the title of their song Guns on the Roof.


Henry VIII divorced his first wife Catherine of Aragon. The serial groom officially separated from Spanish Catherine after becoming infatuated with her lady-inwaiting Anne Boleyn. After being unable to bear a son, the King demanded a divorce from his wife, which was rejected by the Pope. Henry took matters into his own hands appointing himself Supreme Head of Church, granting the divorce and separating the Church of England from the Catholic Church. He had six wives before he died in 1547.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Mar 30, 2014
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