Friday 3 April 2020

On this day: 3rd April

(125 years ago)
In 1895, Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde’s libel trial against the Marquess of Queensbury opened in London.

The Marquess had accused Wilde of homosexuality and subsequently the court found that the Marquess’s claim was justified, and he was acquitted. Wilde was liable for the Marquess’s substantial legal fees, which left him bankrupt.

Upon leaving the court, a summons was issued for Wilde’s arrest, since homosexuality was illegal. He was convicted and served two years in prison from May 1895 to May 1897.

(30 years ago)
In 1990, American jazz singer and pianist, Sarah Vaughan died.

(10 years ago)
In 2010, the first Apple iPad tablet computer was released.

Today’s famous birthdays
Tony Orlando - remembered for the Tony Orlando and Dawn hits Tie a Yellow Ribbon and Knock Three Times, 76
Eddie Murphy - US actor, 59
Ben Foster – former England goalkeeper, 37.
Israel Folau – controversial rugby player, 31

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