On this week in history

On this week in history

Every week we go back to re-visit some of the significant happenings that took place in living memory; just about, for some of us. To remind ourselves of how life has changed and how some things stay the same it is fascinating to note what made the news this week, starting 27th April 2015

1961: Sierra Leone wins independence – Sierra Leone becomes the latest West African state to win independence, after more than 150 years of British colonial rule.

2001: First space tourist blasts off – A billionaire businessman from California becomes the first paying passenger to go to outer space.

1958: My Fair Lady dazzles London – The Broadway musical, My Fair Lady, opens for its first night in London to a rapturous reception.

1945: Germany announces Hitler is dead – The German Fuhrer is killed in the Reich Chancery of Berlin fighting the Soviets, according to German radio.

This week’s birthdays

27th – Weatherman Michael Fish will be 71

28th – Scottish novelist Ian Rankin will be 55

29th – Actress Anita Dobson will be 66

1st – Actress Joanna Lumley will be 69 and TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson will be 64

2nd – Celebrity chef Phil Vickery will be 54