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750 million watch royal wedding
1981 The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, married Lady Diana Frances Spencer in front of 750 million people today.
The ceremony in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral was televised live throughout the world.
In Britain, the official public holiday was celebrated in street parties by hundreds of thousands of people.
Of the few people working, one – staunch trade unionist Harry Crapper of Sheffield – said he did not agree with “all this junketing”.
Another note of discord was sounded by the King and Queen of Spain who declined their invitation to the wedding because the royal couple’s honeymoon plans include picking up the royal yacht Britannia in Gibraltar, a long-standing bone of contention between Britain and Spain.
German composer Robert Schumann dies
1856 The avant-garde German composer Robert Schumann, husband of the celebrated pianist Clara Schumann, died in a private asylum at Endenich, near Bonn, at the age of 46.
Schumann gave up studying law in order to devote himself to a career in music.
He has left a large body of work ranging from piano pieces and songs to chamber music, choral works, and symphonies.
Schumann’s music has not found wide acceptance among audiences and appreciation of it has been largely confined to a small clique of professional musicians and composers.
Schumann’s greatest contribution to contemporary musical life has been the journal Die Neue Zeitschrift (New Musical Journal) which since its inception in 1833 has brought young composers to the musical public’s attention.
Spanish invasion receives calm British reception
1588 The armada of 130 ships sent by King Philip II of Spain to attempt an invasion of England was sighted today off Cornwall.
The English fleet under Charles Howard, Baron Howard of Effingham, is confident of success, however.
Howard has 197 ships with about 16,000 men, most of them seasoned sailors, at his disposal.
His commanders seem equally nonchalant.
Sir Francis Drake was playing a game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe when he received news of the armada’s approach.
He finished the game before making it for the fleet assembly point at Portsmouth.
Factors that may tell against the Spanish in battle include the lack of experience of their new commander, the Duke de Medina Sidonia, and the lack of pace and maneuverability of their ships.
Japan grants US trade privileges
1858 US diplomat Townsend Harris pulled off a spectacular trade coup for the US.
He has persuaded the Japanese to agree to trade and diplomatic privileges with the United States.
Harris has spent the past two years preparing the ground for this commercial treaty which opens five ports to US trade in addition to those already opened under the terms of the Treaty of Kanagawa), exempts US citizens living in these areas from the jurisdiction of Japanese law, guarantees those same citizens religious freedom and arranges for diplomatic representation and a tariff agreement between the two countries.
Japan’s sudden willingness to negotiate may be explained by two factors: a change among the ruling elite: and the need to counter the mounting threat from Britain and France, whose joint naval force is currently on its way to Japan to obtain new treaties by force.
1966 Singer Bob Dylan has been injured in a motorcycle accident near his home at Woodstock, New York.
His injuries are thought to involve broken vertebrae in his neck.
Precise details are scarce, however, although Dylan’s manager has let it be known that the 25-year-old star has been completely incapacitated by the accident.