On this day in history 3rd February

Born on this day 3rd February
1690 Richard Rawlinson
1777 John Cheyne
1809 Felix Mendelssohn
1826 Walter Bagehot
1830 Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil
1899 Doris Speed
1909 Simone Weil
1918 Joey Bishop
1924 E. P. Thompson
1928 Frankie Vaughan
1929 Val Doonican
1935 Jeremy Kemp
1947 Dave Davies
1948 Maev Alexander
1950 Morgan Fairchild
1959 Lol Tolhurst
1971 Sarah Kane

Died on this day
1959 Buddy Holly
1967 Jay C. Flippen
2002 Edward Chapman V.C B.E.M


1959 A plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa kills Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and pilot Roger Peterson and the incident becomes known as The Day the Music Died.

1961 Bob Dylan completed his first recording session at the home of some friends.

1973 Elton John reached the top of the US charts with ‘Crocodile Rock’.

1979 Acts including Del Shannon and The Drifters played a concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, to mark the 20th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death.

1981 The Who played a charity gig for battered wives at the Rainbow Theatre.


1988 Second Division Reading moved into the quarter finals of the Simod Cup with a surprise 2-1 victory over First Division Nottingham Forest.

1990 England notched up their biggest victory in 70 years when they beat France 26-7 in the Five Nations Rugby tournament; while in Dublin Scotland best Ireland 13-10.

People & Showbiz

1534 The Irish rebel Silken Thomas is executed by the order of Henry VIII in London, England.

1960 British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan speaks of the “a wind of change” of increasing national consciousness blowing through colonial Africa, signalling that his Government was likely to support decolonisation.

1970 Andy Warhol’s film ‘Flesh’ was seized by police from London’s Open Space theatre.

1992 A satirical look at Labour supporting celebrities in ‘Harpers & Queen’ suggested that Lenny Henry should be appointed the first black Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and Glenda Jackson head of MI5.

General Events

1989 20 Soviet villages were evacuated following high fall-out from the Chernobyl disaster.

1993 A spitfire pilot who was shot down in occupied France 50 years ago was finally buried. The remains of 25 year old Lieutenant Arthur Beane, who went missing in action in 1943, had been found in a Normandy field in 1992.

1995 The oldest man in the Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer Bill Price, aged 64 was to retire after 47 years. He joined in 1948 when the Navy had 107 principal warships and 150,000 officers and ratings, against 55 warships and 55,600 personnel in 1995.

1998 The term Open source was invented by Christin Peterson (of the Foresight Institute) at a strategy session held in Palo Alto, California.

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