On this day in history – featuring The Simpsons and Chesney Hawkes

The Simpsons first appeared as a short cartoon on The Tracey Ullman Show on this day 29 years ago.
The Simpsons first appeared as a short cartoon on The Tracey Ullman Show on this day 29 years ago.

What happened on April 19 down the years?

1529 – Beginning of the Protestant Reformation;

1770 – Captain James Cook sights the eastern coast of what is now Australia;

1770 – Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI of France in a proxy wedding;

1824 – Famous Notts poet Lord Byron died, aged 36. The former Newstead Abbey resident is buried in Hucknall;

1839 – The Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom and guarantees its neutrality;

1882 – Charles Darwin dies, aged 73;

1903 – American law enforcement agent Eliot Ness, immortalised in the film The Untouchables, is born. He died in 1957, aged 54;

1927 – Mae West is sentenced to ten days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex;

1933 – Actress Jayne Mansfield is born. She died in 1967, aged 34, in a car crash;

1935 – Comedy star Dudley Moore is born. He died in 2002, aged 66;

1956 – Actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco;

1965 – The Beatles song Ticket to Ride was released in the US;

1980 – REM played their first show as REM in Athens, Georgia;

1987 – The Simpsons premieres as a short cartoon on The Tracey Ullman Show;

1991 – Chesney Hawkes was number one in the UK charts with The One and Only

1992 – Comedian Frankie Howerd dies, aged 75;

2003 – Mansfield Town slipped to a 1-0 home defeat to Barnsley on their way to relegation from the Second Division;

2013 – Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is killed in a shootout with police.

Happy birthday

Cricket umpire Dickie Bird, 83;

Chef Michel Roux, 75;

Comedian Ruby Wax, 63;

Nottingham Forest European Cup winner Trevor Francis, 62;

TV presenter and former tennis star Sue Barker, 60;

Actress Ashley Judd, 48;

Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes, 46;

England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 29;

Tennis star Maria Sharapova, 29;

Bournemouth’s former Mansfield Town loanee Steve Cook, 25.