On this week in history

On this week in history

1969: Martin Luther King’s killer gets life – James Earl Ray is jailed for 99 years by a court in Memphis, Tennessee, after admitting the murder of the American civil rights leader.

1955: Farewell to scientist who discovered penicillin  – Sir Alexander Fleming – the man who first discovered the life-saving drug penicillin – dies of a heart attack

1969: Paul McCartney weds Linda Eastman – Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman are married in a civil ceremony at Marylebone Register Office in London

1996: Massacre in Dunblane school gym – A lone gunman goes on a shooting spree at a school in Dunblane, Scotland, killing 16 children and their teacher

Celebrity birthdays

9th – Rugby player Martin Johnson is 46

10th – Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex is 52

11th – Actors Alex Kingston and John Barrowman are 53 and 49 respectively

12th – singer turned TV presenter Coleen Nolan is 51