13th January

Born on this day 13th January
1651 Henry Booth
1884 Sophie Tucker
1904 Richard Addinsell
1914 Lord Ted Willis
1923 Jack Watling
1926 Michael Bond
1927 Sydney Brenner
1931 Ian Hendry
1931 Chris Wiggins
1942 Carol Cleveland
1947 John Lees
1961 Graham ‘Suggs’ McPherson
1964 Ronan Rafferty
1964 Bill Bailey
1966 Shelagh Fogarty
1968 Mike Whitlow
1969 Stephen Hendry
1971 Tracy Bingham
1971 Phil Whyman
1972 Nicole Eggert
1972 James O’Brien
1977 Orlando Bloom
1983 Julian Morris

Died on this day
1929 Wyatt Earp
1979 Donny Hathaway
1991 Sir Alec Rose


1962 Cliff Richard’s soundtrack album from ‘Young Ones’ reached the No.1 position on the UK chart, knocking Elvis Presley’s ‘Blue Hawaii’ from the top spot.

1968 Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom Prison

1969 Elvis Presley returned to Memphis to record there for the first time in 12 years.

1979 The Three Degrees entered the UK charts with ‘Woman In Love’.

1980 A concert for the people of Kampuchea took place in Los Angeles, starring The Beach Boys, Starships and The Grateful Dead.


1983 It was reported that a 5 man syndicate from Great Yarmouth had missed out on a £254,895 pools win because their collector had failed to send the coupon.
People & Showbiz

1950 Carol Reed’s ‘The Third Man’ received its premiere in London.

1985 TV presenter Leslie Crowther withdrew his support from International Christian Relief over claims that the money did not reach its intended destination of Ethiopia

General Events

1328 Edward III of England marries Philippa of Hainault, daughter of the Count of Hainault.

1785 John Walter publishes the first issue of the Daily Universal Register (later renamed The Times).

1893 The Independent Labour Party of the UK has its first meeting.

1942 Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car.

1962 An outbreak of smallpox quickly spreads throughout Britain.

1974 The world’s largest airport opens at Dallas, Texas.

1985 The 420 yr old tradition of ringing the curfew bell in the Welsh border town of Presteigne, Powys, was saved by musician Mike Oldfield after offering to pay the ringers wages. The bell is rung from the tower of St. Andrew’s Church to guide travellers who were lost on stormy nights.

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