16th January

Born on this day 16th January
1245 Edmund Crouchback
1501 Anthony Denny
1757 Richard Goodwin Keats
1853 Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson
1853 Gen Sir Ian Hamilton
1872 Edward Gordon Craig
1902 Eric Liddell
1903 William Grover-Williams
1906 Diana Wynyard
1909 Ethel Merman
1924 Katy Jurado
1936 Michael White
1941 Christine James
1943 Gavin Bryars
1943 Brian Ferneyhough
1947 Magdalen Nabb
1947 Harvey Proctor
1948 Cliff Thorburn
1949 Caroline Munro
1959 Sade
1961 Paul Raven
1962 Paul Webb
1963 Jazzy B
1963 James May
1969 Neil Back
1974 Kate Moss
1981 Bobby Zamora
1982 Samuel Preston
1987 Lauren McAvoy

Died on this day
1794 Edward Gibbon
1957 Arturo Toscanini


1972 The Stylistics received their first gold record, for ‘You are Everything’

1976 Peter Frampton’s album ‘Frampton Comes Alive’ was released turning him into a superstar.

1988 George Michael’s ‘Faith’ topped the US album charts for its 11th week, a record for a British male artist.


1956 The Winter Olympics opened in Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy.

1988 In the Barclay’s League Division One, Liverpool beat Arsenal by 2 goals to 1 to extend their lead over Nottingham Forest and Everton by 15 points.

People & Showbiz

27 BC The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate.

1992 The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inducted 12 new legends, with the inclusion of such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and Elmore James.

1997 After his request for a 4 day week was rejected, Radio One’s top DJ Chris Evans resigned to concentrate on his TV projects.

General Events

1547 Ivan the Terrible was crowned the First Russian Tsar.

1581 The English Parliament outlaws Roman Catholicism.

1707 The Scottish Parliament ratifies the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.

1920 The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris.

1938 The Benny Goodman Orchestra performed the first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall.

1975 After a 25 day truce, the IRA announced it was calling off its cease-fire at midnight to recommence its aggressive campaign, rather than attempting to achieve a political solution.

1981 3 men entered an Ulster farmhouse firing several shots into former Westminster MP Bernadette Devlin, leaving her critically ill.

1983 Some of the worst snowstorms of the century swept the north east of the United States, leaving many states under 2ft of snow.

1986 First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force.

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