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On This Day in History - 11th April

Birthdays

1770George Canning, Former British Prime Minister
1819Charles Halle, Pianist & conductor
1908Dan Maskell, Tennis player/commentator/coach
1933Joel Grey, American actor & singer
1938Jill Gascoigne, British actress
1966Lisa Stansfield, Singer

Events

1814Former French leader Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the island of Elba
1855The first pillar boxes in London were erected, which were painted green
1929The cartoon character 'Popeye' made his film debut
1941Belgrade, in Yugoslavia, was occupied by German forces during World War 2
1945At the end of World War 2, the Red army entered the Austrian city of Vienna
1951General MacArthur was relieved of command in the Far East, over Korea
1970The American Apollo 13 spacecraft was launched to the Moon
1983The British film 'Ghandi' won a total of eight Oscars
1985A bomb exploded in Columbo, Sri Lanka, shorty before PM Margaret Thatcher arrived on a visit