9th January

Born on this day 9th January
1554 Pope Gregory XV
1728 Thomas Warton
1735 John Jervis
1773 Cassandra Austen
1811 Gilbert Abbott à Beckett
1829 Thomas William Robertson
1849 John Hartley
1881 Lascelles Abercrombie
1898 Gracie Fields
1908 Simone De Beuavoir
1912 Ralph Tubbs
1913 Richard Nixon
1916 Peter Twinn
1917 Herbert Lom
1920 Clive Dunn
1939 Susannah York
1941 Joan Baez
1943 Freddie Starr
1944 Jimmy Page
1951 Crystal Gayle
1952 Hugh Bayley
1956 Imelda Staunton
1958 Stephen Neale
1965 Iain Dowie
1965 Joely Richardson
1972 Sarah Beeny
1987 Sam Bird
1985 Luke McClelland
1987 Paolo Nutini

Died on this day
1995 Peter Cook
2008 Sir John Harvey-Jones


1971 Clive Dunn’s record Grandad moved to No. 1 on his 49th birthday.

1980 KC & the Sunshine Bad were at the top of the US chart with ‘Please Don’t Go’.

1989 Simply Red played a sell-out concert at Wembley.


1988 In the third round of the FA Cup, Liverpool only managed a goalless draw against Stoke, Notts Forest hammered Halifax by 4 goals to 0 & Aston Villa beat Leeds 2-1.
People & Showbiz

1983 A gala ballet starring Rudolf Nureyev was abruptly stopped in Bordeaux after angry fans demanded money back, claiming the seating was so badly arranged, they could not see or hear the ballet.

1990 Tracy Edwards, skipper of the all-woman crew of the British yacht Maiden, winner in its class in the 2nd and 3rd legs of the Whitbread Round the World Race, was named Yachtsman of the Year

General Events

1768 In London, Philip Astley stages the first modern circus.

1806 Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson receives a state funeral and is interred in St Paul’s Cathedral.

1816 Sir Humphry Davy tests the Davy lamp for miners at Hebburn Colliery.

1905 According to the Julian Calendar which is used at the time, Russian workers stage a march on the Winter Palace that ends in the massacre by Tsarist troops known as Bloody Sunday, setting off the Russian Revolution of 1905.

1909 Ernest Shackleton, leading the Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole, plants the British flag 97 miles (156 km) from the South Pole, the furthest anyone had ever reached at that time.

1941 First flight of the Avro Lancaster.

1969 Concorde received its first trial flight in Bristol.

1997 Research results released by scientists from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London, claimed that women’s brains shrink during late pregnancy, taking up to six months to return to normal size.

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