Paris was sacked by Vikings in 845. France and Britain declared war on Russia in 1854. The names of Constantinople and Angora were changed to Istanbul and Ankara in 1930. The Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania, nuclear reactor went into partial meltdown in 1979.
Born today: Maxim Gorky (1868-1936), Dirk Bogarde (1921-1999), Michael Parkinson (1935), Chris Barrie (1960) and Vince Vaughn (1970).
In addition to being Palm Sunday, it is Teachers' Day in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.