On this day in history - featuring The Queen, Elvis Presley and Henry VIII

The Queen.
The Queen.

What happened on April 21 down the years?

1509 - Henry VIII becomes King of England after the death of his father, Henry VII

1816 - Charlotte Bronte, one of the famous Bronte sisters and author of Jane Eyre, is born in Thornton, West Yorkshire. She died on March 31, 1855.

1865 - US President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train leaves Washington

1910 - American author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, dies.

1918 - World War I: German fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen “The Red Baron” was shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France, Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown credited with the kill

1926 - Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in London. She would become Queen Elizabeth II in February, 1952.

1955 - Fleet Street papers returned to print after almost a month following the end of a strike by maintenance workers.

1956 - Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel”, becomes number 1 in the US

1964 - The BBC’s Play School programme launched. It would later become Playbus and Playdays and entertained children for more than 20 years, before the final episode aired on October 14, 1988.

1990 - Paul McCartney sets a new world record by playing to over 184,000 people at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Happy Birthday to:

HM The Queen, 90;

Musician Iggy Pop, 69;

Four Weddings and a Funeral actress Andie MacDowell, 58;

British actor James McAvoy, star of the X-Men films, 37;

The Cure’s Robert Smith, 57.