8th January

Born on this day 8th January 1823 Alfred Russel Wallace 1824 Wilkie Collins 1891 Storm Jameson 1897 Dennis Wheatley 1908 William Hartnell 1911 Tom Delaney 1923 Johnny Wardle 1924 Ron Moody 1927 Charles Tomlinson 1934 Roy Kinnear 1935 Elvis Presley 1937 Dame Shirley Bassey 1941 Graham Chapman 1942 Professor Stephen Hawking 1945 Terry Sylvester 1946 Robbie Krieger 1947 David Bowie 1951 John McTiernan 1961 Keith Arkell 1961 Calvin Smith 1969 R Kelly 1973 Mark Knight Died on this day 1941 Lord Baden-Powell 1990 Terry Thomas 1991 Steve Clark Music 1966 The Kinks and The Who appeared on the last edition … Continue reading 8th January

7th January

Born on this day 7th January 1502 Pope Gregory XIII 1746 George Elphinstone 1844 Marie-Bernarde Soubirous 1870 Lord Gordon Hewart 1876 William Hurlstone 1896 Arnold Ridley 1898 Art Baker 1899 Al Bowly 1903 Alan Napier 1924 Geoffrey Bayldon 1925 Gerald Durrell 1937 Ian La Frenais 1941 Iona Brown 1941 John E. Walker 1942 Danny Williams 1943 Sir Richard Armstrong 1944 Mike McGear 1950 Malcolm Macdonald 1951 Helen Worth 1963 Clint Mansell 1964 Nicolas Cage 1967 Mark Lamarr 1967 Nick Clegg 1985 Lewis Hamilton 1985 Wayne Routledge 1986 Grant Leadbitter Died on this day 1536 Catherine of Aragon 1988 Trevor Howard … Continue reading 7th January

6th January

Born on this day 6th January 1367 Richard II of England 1412 Joan of Arc 1714 Percivall Pott 1903 Francis L. Sullivan 1912 Danny Thomas 1913 Loretta Young 1915 Alan Watts 1920 Doris Stokes 1920 John Maynard Smith 1931 P.J. Kavanagh 1934 Sylvia Sims 1932 Sacha Distel 1943 Terry Venables 1946 Syd Barrett 1947 Sandy Denny 1954 Anthony Minghella 1954 Trudie Styler 1955 Rowan Atkinson 1955 Richard Corbett 1956 Angus Deayton 1960 Nigella Lawson 1964 Mark O’Toole 1975 Jason King 1986 Alex Turner Died on this day 1919 Theodore Roosevelt 1990 Ian Charleston Music 1977 The Sex Pistols were dropped … Continue reading 6th January

5th January

Born on this day 5th January 1787 John Burke 1855 King Camp Gillette 1902 Stella Gibbons 1931 Robert Duval 1938 King Juan Carlos of Spain 1940 Sir Michael Rose 1942 Jan Leeming 1943 Eusebio 1946 Diane Keaton 1950 Chris Stein 1960 Steve Jones 1965 Vinnie Jones 1974 Sarah Jane Honeywell Died on this day 1066 Edward the Confessor 1933 Calvin Coolidge 1941 Amy Johnson Music 1959 Buddy Holly’s single ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’ was released in the US, the last single released before his death in February that year. 1983 Paul Weller played his first live show since leaving The … Continue reading 5th January

4th January

Born on this day 4th January 1643 Sir Isaac Newton 1785 Jakob Grimm 1809 Louis Braille 1813 Sir Isaac Pitman 1914 Jane Wyman 1935 Floyd Patterson 1937 Dyan Cannon 1947 Rick Stein 1956 Bernard Sumner 1960 Michael Stipe 1962 Martin McAloon 1986 James Milner Died on this day 1965 T. S. Eliot 1967 Donald Campbell 1986 Phil Lynott Music 1978 Ozzy Osbourne rejoined Black Sabbath for a temporary reunion 1979 Hamburg’s Star Club re-opened 1981 The Boomtown Rats began a UK tour at the Gaumont in Southampton Sport 1892 Erika Rowe showed more than a little front when she streaked … Continue reading 4th January

3rd January

Born on this day 3rd January 106 BC Cicero 1733 Sir Richard Arkwright 1856 R. C. Lehmann 1861 William Renshaw 1883 Clement Attlee 1892 JRR Tolkien 1912 Robert Flemyng 1922 Bill Travers 1924 Doug Ellis 1926 Sir George Martin 1928 Michael Barrett 1933 Anya Linden ( Lady Sainsbury) 1935 David Vine 1942 John Thaw 1944 David Atherton 1946 John Paul Jones 1950 Victoria Principal 1956 Mel Gibson 1963 Alex Wheatle 1969 Michael Schumacher 1971 Sarah Alexander 1977 Lee Bowyer 1977 Michelle Stephenson 1978 Dominic Wood Died on this day 1795 Josiah Wedgwood 1903 Alois Hitler, father of Adolf Hitler 1967 … Continue reading 3rd January

2nd January

Born on this day 2nd January 1727 James Wolfe 1886 Apsley Cherry-Garrard 1895 Count Folke Bernadotte 1897 Jimmy Nervo 1905 Michael Tippett 1913 Anna Lee 1914 Violet Vivian Finlay Stuart Mann 1936 Roger Miller 1938 David Bailey 1946 David Lynch 1963 Keith Gergory 1967 Tia Carrere 1969 Christy Turlington 1973 Lucy Davis 1979 Jonathan Greening Died on this day 1981 David Lynch 2002 Eileen Heckart Music 1966 The Beatles held onto the no. 1 spot with ‘Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out’ 1971 George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ triple album reached the top of the US chart while his … Continue reading 2nd January

1st January

Born on this day 1st January 1879 E M Forster 1895 J Edgar Hoover 1897 William Fox 1933 Joe Orton 1919 J D Salinger 1944 Dame Kiri De Kanawa 1953 Nigel Mansell 1957 Nancy Lopez 1980 Richie Faulkner 1983 Calum Davenport 1983 Thomas Morrison 1992 Jack Wilshere 1993 Jon Flanagan Died on this day 1969 Barton McLane Music 1962 The Beatles failed their audition at Decca Records 1964 Top of the Pops was launched hosted by Jimmy Savile. The Rolling Stones were the first ever act to appear on the show, followed by Dusty Springfield, Dave Clark and the Hollies … Continue reading 1st January

31st December

Born on this day 31st December 1720 Charles Edward Stuart 1738 Charles Cornwallis 1869 Henri Matisse 1877 Lawrence Beesley 1897 Rhys Williams 1905 Jule Styne 1912 Maj-Gen John Frost 1917 Wilfrid Noyce 1943 John Denver 1937 Sir Anthony Hopkins 1941 Sarah Miles 1941 Sir Alex Ferguson 1942 Andy Summers 1943 Sir Ben Kingsley 1943 Pete Quaife 1948 Donna Summer 1959 Val Kilmer 1960 Steve Bruce 1962 Heather McCartney 1965 Tony Dorigo Music 1960 The Miracles gave Tamla Motwon their first major hit when their ‘Shop Around’ the US Top 40 1966 Soul Music reached a peak in the UK with … Continue reading 31st December

30th December

Born on this day 30th December 1552 Simon Forman 1678 William Croft 1722 Charles Yorke 1741 Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain 1865 Rudyard Kipling 1906 Carol Reed 1928 Jack Lord 1929 Rosalind Hurley 1937 Gordon Banks 1939 Del Shannon 1928 Bo Diddley 1934 Russ Tamblyn 1942 Mike Nesmith 1942 Guy Edwards 1945 Davy Jones 1947 Jeff Lynne 1957 Rod Harrington 1959 Tracey Ullman 1969 Jay Kay 1975 Tiger Woods 1983 Joe Thomas 1986 Ellie Goulding 1988 Leon Jackson Died on this day 1916 Rasputin 1970 Sonny Liston Music 1879 Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Piratesof Penzance’ was performed for the first … Continue reading 30th December