10th January

Born on this day 10th January
1628 George Villiers
1750 Thomas Erskine
1834 Lord Acton
1903 Barbara Hepworth
1908 Bernard Lee
1929 Derek Hammond-Stroud
1931 Peter Barnes
1933 Anton Rodgers
1944 Frank Sinatra Jr
1945 Rod Stewart
1945 Jennifer Moss
1946 Aynsley Dunbar
1949 George Foreman
1960 Gurinder Chadha
1976 Ian Poulter
1986 Abigail Clancy

Died on this day
1971 Coco Chanel


1976 Queen began the year as they ended 1975 as No 1 with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

1984 Soft Cell played their final concert at the Hammersmith Palais.


1988 Pam Shriver and John Fitzgerald made history as the last players to win the respective singles titles in the NSW tennis championships-one of the oldest grass court tournaments, before it was converted to a hard surface.

1994 In Sheringham, Norfolk, 5 players were badly injured during a friendly match between a Salvation Army side and a team of church workers.

People & Showbiz

1985 Sir Clive Sinclair demonstrated his C5 electric car for the first time.

1997 Malcolm Coomber from Surrey, became the 300th Lottery millionaire since it had begun less than 3 years previously.

General Events

1776 Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense.

1810 The marriage of Napoleon and Josephine is annulled.

1840 The Penny Post came into service in Britain, following the efforts of Sir Rowland Hill, inventor of the stamp.

1863 The London Underground, the world’s oldest underground railway, opens between London Paddington station and Farringdon station.

1920 The First World War officially came to an end.

1946 The first General Assembly of the United Nations opens in London. Fifty-one nations are represented.

1990 Time Warner is formed from the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc.

2001 A large piece of the chalk cliff at Beachy Head collapses into the sea.

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