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21 Gun Salute for Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday

An early birthday present for Queen Elizabeth II, who’s birthday is on Monday 21st April… at 12pm today there was a 21 gun salute on the Long Walk, just outside Windsor Castle… (If you are fan of the Queen you’ll … Continue reading 21 Gun Salute for Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday

On this day in history 19th April

Born on this Day 19th April 1903 Eliot Ness 1905 Jim Mollison 1935 Dudley Moore 1931 Garfield Morgan 1941 Alan Price 1946 Tim Curry 1949 Paloma Picasso 1953 Ruby Wax 1957 Tony Martin, 1954 Trevor Francis 1956 Sue Barker 1970 Kelly Holmes 1975 Jason Gillespie 1987 Joe Hart Died on this Day 1824 Lord Byron 1881 Benjamin Disraeli 1989 Daphne Du Maurier Music 1962 Jackie Wilson topped the bill at the famed New York night club The Copacabana. 1978 ‘Because The Night’, co-written by Bruce Springsteen, was released by Patti Smith in the US. 1980 For the first time, the … Continue reading On this day in history 19th April

On this day in history 18th April

Born on this Day 18th April 1480 Lucrezia Borgia 1740 Sir Francis Baring 1882 Leopold Stokowski 1946 Hayley Mills 1954 Rick Moranis 1956 John James 1961 Jane Leeves 1958 Les Pattinson 1976 Melissa Joan Hart Died on this Day 1955 Albert Einstein 1993 Dame Elisabeth Frink 2001 Tony Bartley Music 1959 Cliff Richard’s self-titled debut album entered the UK charts. 1965 ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ became the first no. 1 album by a folk/rock singer/songwriter. 1966 Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club was sold by the receiver after becoming bankrupt. 1981 Yes announced they were to split up, with Steve Howe and … Continue reading On this day in history 18th April

On this day in history 17th April

Born on this Day 17th April 1894 Nikita Krushchev 1918 William Holden 1941 Billy Fury 1929 James Last 1930 Chris Barber 1946 Henry Kelly 1946 Clare Francis 1951 Olivia Hussey 1954 Riccardo Patrese 1958 Sean Bean 1963 Michael Jordan 1974 Victoria Adams Beckham Died on this Day 1790 Benjamin Franklin 1960 Eddie Cochran 1998 Lady Linda McCartney Music 1950 Frank Sinatra’s favourite singer Tony Bennett made his first recording, ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’. 1964 Eddie Cochran’s single ‘Skinny Jim’ was released in the UK on the fourth anniversary of his death. 1970 Johnny Cash gave a performance at the White … Continue reading On this day in history 17th April

On this day in history 16th April

Born on this Day 16th April 1889 Sir Charles Chaplin 1918 Spike Milligan 1939 Dusty Springfield 1943 Ruth Madoc 1943 Gerry Rafferty 1963 Jimmy Osmond 1963 Nick Berry 1970 Gabrielle Sabatini 1972 Conchita Martinez Died on this Day 1850 Madam Tussaud 2001 Alec Stock Music 1956 Buddy Holly’s first single ‘Blue Day Black Knights’ was released. 1963 Russian pianist Vladimir Askenazy was granted political asylum in the UK. 1972 The Electric Light Orchestra performed their first live show in Croydon. 1988 Stock, Aitken & Waterman won the Ivor Novello Award as Top Singwriters Of The Year. 1990 The Nelson Mandela- … Continue reading On this day in history 16th April

On this day in history 15th April

Born on this Day 15th April 1452 Leonardo Da Vinci 1875 James A. Jeffries 1933 Elizabeth Montgomery 1939 Marty Wilde 1940 Lord Jeffery Archer 1959 Emma Thompson 1963 Ardal O’Hanlan 1966 Samantha Fox 1971 Katy Hill Died on this Day 1865 Abraham Lincoln 1984 Tommy Cooper 1988 Kenneth Williams Music 1966 The Rolling Stones released their ‘Aftermath’ album in the UK. 1972 Englebert Humperdinck spent his last week in the UK Top 20 with ‘Too Beautiful To Last’. 1972 The Royal Scots Dragoon topped the charts with ‘Amazing Grace’. 1982 Singer/songwriter Billy Joel was involved in a motor bike crash … Continue reading On this day in history 15th April

On this day in history 12th April

Born on this Day 12th April 1851 Edward Walter Maunder 1908 Ida Crowe Pollock 1916 Brian Connell 1939 Alan Ayckbourn 1941 Bobby Moore 1947 David Letterman 1947 Tom Clancy 1948 Jeremy Beadle 1950 David Cassidy 1956 Andy Garcia 1958 Will Sergeant 1965 Sean Welch 1967 Sarah Cracknell 1979 Claire Danes 1979 Paul Nicholls Died on this Day 1945 Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1981 Joe Louis Barrow 1989 Sugar Ray Robinson Music 1960 Billy Fury recorded his first album, ‘The Sound Of Fury’. 1963 The Beatles released ‘From Me To You’ in the UK. 1973 The film ‘That’ll Be The Day’ starring … Continue reading On this day in history 12th April

On this day in history 11th April

Born on this Day 11th April 1819 Sir Charles Halle 1908 Dan Maskell 1930 Ronald Fraser 1913 Oleg Cassini 1931 Johnny Sheffield 1960 Jeremy Clarkson 1966 Lisa Stansfield 1969 Cerys Matthews 1987 Joss Stone Died on this Day 1890 John Merrick 1980 Nicholas Phipps 2001 Sir Harry Secombe Music 1963 ‘How Do You Do It?’ by Gerry and The Pacemakers reached No.1 in the UK. 1970 Emerson, Lake and Palmer were formed, comprising Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer. 1972 Paul McCartney was fined for importing cannabis into Sweden. 1984 Kelly Johnson left Girlschool. 1986 Dave Clark’s musical production … Continue reading On this day in history 11th April

On this day in history 10th April

Born on this Day 10th April 1827 Lewis Wallace 1828 William Booth 1847 Joseph Pulitzer 1915 Harry Morgan 1932 Omar Sharif 1937 Stan Mellor 1940 Gloria Hunniford 1937 Valerie Singleton 1953 Steven Seagal 1953 David Moorcraft 1955 Lesley Garrett 1961 Nicky Campbell Died on this Day 1863 Giovanni Amici 1984 Jimmy Kennedy Music 1982 Bananarama’s debut hit ‘Really Saying Something’ entered the charts. 1983 Young British reggae band Musical Youth played at The Ritz in New York. 1993 Twenty people were injured at a Cliff Richard gospel concert when part of a stand collapsed before the singer went on stage … Continue reading On this day in history 10th April

On this day in history 9th April

Born on this Day 9th April 1893 Sir Victor Gollancz 1900 Allen Jenkins 1909 Sir Robert Helpmann 1926 Hugh Hefner 1928 Tom Lehrer 1932 Carl Perkins 1933 John-Paul Belmondo 1937 Valerie Singleton 1941 Hannah Gordon 1954 Dennis Quaid 1957 Severiano Ballesteros 1971 Jacques Villeneuve Died on this Day 1988 Brook Benton 1990 Darrel Glenn 2001 Nyree Dawn Porter Music 1984 Irene Cara’s hit ‘Flashdance…What A Feeling’, won the Academy Award for best film song. 1988 The Pet Shop Boys scored their 4th No.1 with ‘Heart’, equalling the record for duo’s held jointly by the Everley Brothers and Wham!. 1993 It … Continue reading On this day in history 9th April

On this day in history 8th April

Born on this Day 8th April 1889 Sir Adrian Bolt 1892 Mary Pickford 1912 Sonje Henie 1931 Dame Dorothy Tutin 1928 Eric Porter 1938 Kofi Annan 1941 Vivienne Westwood 1944 Hywell Bennett 1954 John Schneider 1963 Alec Stewart 1963 Julian Lennon 1968 Patricia Arquette 1968 Jenny Powell 1989 Alex Day Died on this Day 1614 El Greco 1973 Pablo Picasso Music 1955 Eartha Kitt and Dean Martin both reached the Top 20 with the same song, ‘Under The Bridges of Paris’. 1967 Sandie Shaw won the UK heat of Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Puppet On a String’. 1978 Wings’ ‘With … Continue reading On this day in history 8th April

On this day in history 5th April

Born on this Day 5th April 1588 Thomas Hobbes 1827 Joseph Lister 1837 Algernon Charles Swinburne 1901 Spencer Tracy 1908 Bette Davis 1912 John Le Mesurier 1919 Gregory Peck 1922 Tom Finney 1929 Sir Nigel Hawthorne 1935 Peter Grant 1937 Colin Powell 1941 Dave Swarbrick 1945 Tommy Smith 1946 Jane Asher 1950 Agnetha Faltskog 1955 Janice Long 1964 Steve Beaton Died on this Day 1981 Bob ‘The Bear’ Hite 1983 Danny Rapp 1994 Kurt Cobain Music 1958 American rocker Charlie Grace began his second tour in the UK. 1969 The first International Country Music Festival was held at Wembley and … Continue reading On this day in history 5th April

On this day in history 4th April

Born on this Day 4th April 1896 Robert Sherwood 1915 Muddy Waters 1932 Anthony Perkins 1914 Frances Langford 1918 Margaret DuPont 1924 Peter Vaughan 1963 Graham Norton 1965 Robert Downey Jr 1965 Sean Wilson Died on this Day 1929 Karl Benz 1968 Martin Luther King 1995 Kenny Everett Music 1959 BBC TV ran a pilot episode of its new music programme ‘Juke Box Jury’. 1964 The top 5 places in the US singles chart were all held by the Beatles, with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ at No.1. 1981 Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Contest with their first release ‘Making … Continue reading On this day in history 4th April

On this day in history 3rd April

Born on this Day 3rd April 1893 Leslie Howard 1924 Doris Day 1924 Marlon Brando 1925 Tony Benn 1937 William Gaunt 1943 Jonathan Lynn 1946 John Virgo 1958 Alec Baldwin 1959 David Hyde Pierce 1961 Eddie Murphy Died on this Day 1882 Jesse James 1897 Johannes Brahms 1999 Lionel Bart Music 1956 Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the ‘Milton Berle TV Show’ singing ‘Heartbreak Hotel’. 1971 Jonathan King using the pseudonym Sakkarin, entered the UK singles chart with a cover of the Archies single ‘Sugar Sugar’. 1973 The Beatles’ compilation album ‘The Beatles 1962-1966’ and ‘The Beatles 1967-1970’ … Continue reading On this day in history 3rd April

On this day in history 2nd April

Born on this Day 2nd April 1725 Casanova 1805 Hans Christian Andersen – making today International Children’s Book Day 1834 Frederic Bartholdi 1914 Sir Alec Guiness 1939 Marvin Gaye 1937 Barry Hills 1940 Penelope Keith 1946 Sue Townsend 1949 Paul Gambaccini 1960 Linford Christie 1966 Teddy Sheringham 1971 Todd Woodbridge Died on this Day 1872 Samuel Morse 1974 Georges Pompidou Music 1954 Doris Day’s ‘Secret Love’ entered the UK singles chart, destined to hold the No.1 spot for 9 weeks. 1956 Johnny Cash recorded his first big hit ‘I Walk The Line’. 1966 Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass had … Continue reading On this day in history 2nd April

On this day in history 1st April

Born on this Day 1st April 1578 William Harvey 1647 John Wilmot 1873 Sergei Rachmaninov 1874 Edgar Wallace 1893 Cicely Courtneidge 1926 John Scott Martin 1931 George Baker 1932 Debbie Reynolds 1938 Ali MacGraw 1939 Rudolph Isley 1947 Robin Scott 1948 Ronnie Lane 1957 David Gower 1960 Michael Praed 1961 Susan Boyle 1962 Philip Schofield 1966 Chris Evans 1969 Dean Windass 1973 Kris Marshall 1981 Hannah Spearritt Died on this Day 1984 Marvin Gaye 1984 Jack Howarth Music 1957 The Everley Brother’s single ‘Bye Bye Love’ was released in the US. 1957 Teenage sensations Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers opened … Continue reading On this day in history 1st April

On this day in history 25th March

Born on this Day 25th March 1867 Arturo Toscanini 1881 Bela Bartok 1908 David Lean 1929 Sir Peter Gibbings 1931 Humphrey Burton 1942 Aretha Franklin 1943 Paul Michael Glaser 1947 Sir Elton John 1975 Melanie Blatt Died on this Day 1991 Eileen Joyce 1995 Joseph Needham Music 1955 Respected British jazz band leader Humphrey Lyttleton raved about new American R&B singer Muddy Waters in the NME. 1956 Elvis Presley made his last appearance on the Dorsey Brothers US TV show, singing ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and ‘Money Honey’. 1964 The Beatles made their debut appearance on ‘Top Of The Pops’. 1965 Bob … Continue reading On this day in history 25th March

On this day in history 22nd March

Born on this Day 22nd March 875 William I 1366 Thomas de Mowbray 1459 Maximilian I 1599 Sir Anthony Van Dyck 1712 Edward Moore 1891 Chico Marx 1910 Nicholas Montsarrat 1914 Karl Malden 1923 Marcel Marceau 1930 Stephen Sondheim 1931 William Shatner 1943 George Benson 1948 Lord (Andrew) Lloyd-Webber 1965 Emma Wray 1973 Beverley Knight Died on this Day 1958 Mike Todd 2001 Anthony Steel 2001 William Hanna Music 1963 ‘Please Please Me’, The Beatles’ debut album was released in the UK. 1980 The Jam entered the British singles chart at No. 1 with ‘Going Underground’. Sport 1992 A good … Continue reading On this day in history 22nd March

On this day in history 21st March

Born on this Day 21st March 1685 Johann Sebastian Bach 1811 Nathaniel Woodard 1835 Thomas Hayward 1869 Florenz Ziegfeld 1925 Peter Brook 1933 Lord Michael Heseltine 1935 Brian Clough 1936 Mike Westbrook 1936 Roger Whittaker 1943 Vivian Stanshall 1946 Timothy Dalton 1946 Ray Dorset 1950 Roger Hodgson 1956 Guy Chadwick 1958 Gary Oldman 1959 Sarah Jane Morris 1960 Ayrton Senna 1962 Matthew Broderick 1967 Adrian Chiles 1967 Maxim Reality 1968 Greg Ellis 1973 Vanessa Branch 1973 Stuart Nethercott 1978 Nick Baines 1988 Lee Cattermole 1989 Rochelle Wiseman 2004 Count Claus-Casimir of Orange-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg Died on this Day 1971 … Continue reading On this day in history 21st March

On this day in history 20th March

Born on this Day 20th March 1890 Benjamin Gigli 1908 Sir Michael Redgrave 1925 John Ehrlichman 1917 Dame Vera Lynn 1947 Carl Palmer 1950 William Hurt 1957 Spike Lee 1958 Holly Hunter 1972 Greg Searle Died on this Day 1413 King Henry IV 1727 Sir Isaac Newton 1963 Brendan Behan Music 1964 The Beatles’ single ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ was released. 1965 An all-star Motown package show arrived in Britain, including Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Miracles, The Temptations and Martha and The Vandellas, but played to half empty houses in most parts of the country. 1969 John Lennon married Yoko … Continue reading On this day in history 20th March

On this day in history 19th March

Born on this Day 19th March 1813 Dr. Livingstone 1848 Wyatt Earp 1871 Sergei Diaghilev 1928 Patrick McGoohan 1930 Ornette Coleman 1933 Philip Roth 1935 Ursula Andress 1947 Glenn Close 1955 Bruce Willis Died on this Day 1930 Arthur Balfour 1950 Edgar Rice Burroughs 1982 Randy Rhoades Music 1955 Irish singer Ruby Murray had five singles in the UK Top 20. They were : ‘Softly Softly’ ,’ ‘Let Me Go Lover’, ‘Happy Days And Lonely Nights’, ‘Hearbeat’ and ‘If Anyone Finds This, I Love You.’ 1957 Elvis Presley bought the Graceland Mansion in the Memphis suburb of Whitehaven. 1980 Dr … Continue reading On this day in history 19th March

On this day in history 18th March

Born on this Day 18th March 1496 Mary Tudor 1603 Simon Bradstreet 1679 Matthew Decker 1828 William Randal Cremer 1840 William Cosmo Monkhouse 1844 Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov 1848 Princess Louise 1858 Rudolf Diesel 1869 Neville Chamberlain 1891 Alice Cullen 1893 Wilfred Owen 1905 Robert Donat 1907 John Zachary Young 1919 Christopher Challis 1925 James Pickles 1932 John Updike 1934 Roy Chapman 1939 Kenny Lynch 1939 Ron Atkinson 1949 Alex Higgins 1952 Pat Eddery 1959 Irene Cara 1960 James Plasket 1963 Vanessa Williams 1964 Courtney Pine 1964 Paul Elliott 1966 Peter Jones 1969 Andy Cutting 1969 Shaun Udal 1970 Queen Latifah … Continue reading On this day in history 18th March

On this day in history 15th March

Born on this Day 15th March 1275 Margaret of England 1916 Harry James 1924 Sabu 1932 Judd Hirsch 1941 Mike Love 1944 Sly Stone 1946 Lynda La Plante 1949 John Duttine 1962 Terence Trent D’Arby 1971 Penny Lancaster 1985 Tom Chilton 1985 Curtis Davies Died on this Day 44BC Julius Caesar 1975 Aristotle Onassis 2003 Dame Thora Hird Music 1975 T Rex were disbanded by Marc Bolan. 1975 The Goodies entered the UK charts with their infectious hit ‘Funky Gibbon’. 1980 The Clash’s semi-documentary film ‘Rude Boy’ premiered in London. 1984 The remaining Beatles were made freemen of the city … Continue reading On this day in history 15th March

On this day in history 14th March

Born on this Day 14th March 1804 Johann Strauss 1879 Albert Einstein 1914 Bill Owen 1933 Quincy Jones 1933 Sir Michael Caine 1945 Jasper Carrott 1947 Pam Ayres 1947 Billy Crystal 1956 Tessa Sanderson 1975 Stephen Harper 1980 Aaron Brown 1986 Jamie Bell Died on this Day 1883 Karl Marx 1975 Susan Hayward 1976 Busby Berkeley 2007 Gareth Hunt Music 1968 Elvis Presley’s 26th film ‘Stay Away Joe’, received its premiere in America. 1971 The Rolling Stones played their final UKconcert before becoming French-based tax exiles. 1981 Eric Clapton was hospitalised in America and forced to cancel his four month … Continue reading On this day in history 14th March