Born on this day 12th January
1729 Edmund Burke
1786 Sir Robert Inglis
1852 Joseph Joffre
1896 Tommy Handley
1916 William Pleeth
1932 Des O’Connor
1933 Michael Aspel
1934 Mick Sullivan
1937 Shirley Eaton
1941 Long John Baldry
1944 Joe Frazier
1948 Anthony Andrews
1948 William Nicholson
1955 Kirsty Alley
1960 Oliver Platt
1964 Clare Holman
1965 Mark Moore
1968 Heather Mills
1974 Melanie Chisholm
1986 Gemma Arterton
1986 Kieron Richardson
1991 Pixie Lott
Died on this day
1897 Sir Isaac Pitman
1976 Dame Agatha Christie
1963 Bob Dylan took part in a BBC radio play ‘The Madhouse On Castle Street’, performing ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ and ‘Swan On The River’.
1965 US pop television series ‘Hullabaloo’ received its first showing- appearing were Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Zombies.
1991 Milli Vanilli’s Canadian Grammy Award, the Juno, for Best International Artist was taken away from them following the scandal that declared that they had not sung on any of their tracks.
1992 Leeds United returned to the top of the Barclays league First Division in some style with a 6 goals to 1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.
People & Showbiz
1997 The first episode of the cult cartoon series ‘King of the Hill’ by Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge, was broadcast on American television.
1866 The Royal Aeronautical Society is formed in London.
1895 The National Trust is founded in the United Kingdom.
1906 Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman’s cabinet (which included amongst its members H. H. Asquith, David Lloyd George, and Winston Churchill) embarks on sweeping social reforms after a Liberal landslide in the British general election.
1967 It was announced that Britain’s largest new town was to be built on 22,000 acres of rural Buckinghamshire and called Milton Keynes.
1983 31 year old Soviet official Vladimir Chernov was expelled from Britain for espionage.
1988 A family driven from their home in Berkshire by the behaviour of the Windsor chapter of Hells Angels who moved in next door were awarded £23,632 damages in the High court.
1991 United Nations secretary-general Javier Perez de Cuellar flew to Baghdad on what was seen as a last-ditch attempt to prevent war in the Gulf.
1998 Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.
2004 The world’s largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
2010 The 2010 Haiti earthquake occurs killing at least 230,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince.