On this day in history 13th February 2014

Born on this day 13th February
1849 Lord Randolph Churchill
1938 Oliver Reed
1915 Lyle Bettger
1942 Peter Tork
1944 Stockard Channing
1944 Jerry Springer
1950 Peter Gabriel
1974 Robbie Williams

Died on this day
1883 Richard Wagner
1979 Jean Renoir
2002 Waylon Jennings


1967 Heathrow Airport was swamped by teenagers trying to get a glimpse of the Monkees.

1971 The Osmonds reached No.1 in the US with ‘One Bad Apple’.

1982 The Jam topped the UK singles chart for the 3rd time with ‘Town Called Malice/Precious’.

1984 Topping the UK singles chart were Culture Club with ‘Karma Chameleon’.


1988 In Barclays League Division 1, Liverpool beat Watford by 4 goals to 1, to go 12 points clear of their nearest rivals, Manchester United, at the top of the table, with 2 games in hand.

1990 Around 100,000 people filled the Soccer City stadium in Soweto to welcome home ANC leader Nelson Mandela, released from prison 2 days earlier.

People & Showbiz

1974 Soviet novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel Prize for literature winner in 1970, was expelled from the Soviet Union.

1983 The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Kingston, Jamaica on the start of a month-long tour.

General Events

1989 National Power announced plans to create Britain’s first new barge canal for 84 years in South Yorkshire.

1990 A new AIDs education campaign was launched with the slogans “It’s that condom moment”, “As safe as playing on your own” and “No risk in a kiss”.

1992 It was reported that a survey of telephone costs in the EC had shown that peak rate local calls in the UK were the most expensive in the EC and almost 14 times as expensive as in other member states.

1992 Figures released in the UK showed that a record 75,540 homes had been repossessed in 1991, compared with 43,890 in 1990.

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