What happened this day in history - April 4

What happened this day in history - April 4 EMN-180304-132826001
What happened this day in history - April 4 EMN-180304-132826001

1581 - English navigator Francis Drake returned home after sailing around the world, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I.

1721 - Sir Robert Walpole became the first British prime minister.

1873 - The Kennel Club was founded; the oldest and first official registry of purebred dogs in the world.

1931 - The first airmail left Australia for England.

1934 - Cats’ eyes were used on the roads for the first time, on roads near Bradford in Yorkshire.

1957 - The Government announced it would be ending National Service.

1968 - Civil rights leader Martin Luther King was assassinated, while standing on the balcony of a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

1969 - Dr Denton Cooley implanted the first temporary artificial heart.

1979 - Pakistan’s former Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was hanged for the murder of a political opponent in spite of international calls for clemency.

1981 - A female cox was used for the first time in the history of the University Boat Race.

1997 - The Hebridean island of Eigg was bought by its 64 inhabitants for £1.5 million.