19th January

Born on this day 19th January
1736 James Watt
1813 Sir Henry Bessemer
1839 Paul Cezanne
1848 Matthew Webb
1925 Nina Bawden
1931 Tippi Hendren
1932 Russ Hamilton
1932 Richard Lester
1939 Phil Everly
1940 Mike Reid
1941 Tony Anholt
1942 Michael Crawford
1943 Janis Joplin
1944 Laurie London
1946 Dolly Parton
1947 Rod Evans
1949 Robert Palmer
1949 Denis Taylor
1953 Linda Hayden
1955 Simon Rattle
1963 Caron Wheeler
1966 Stefan Edberg
1970 Tim Foster
1979 Wiley
1980 Jenson Button
1984 Felicity Jones
1993 Gus Lewis

Died on this day
1729 William Congreve


1970 The soundtrack to ‘Easyrider’ reached gold status, the album included music from The Byrds, Steppenwolf and The Band.

1978 Johnny Rotton announced The Sex Pistols were finished, blaming manager Malcolm McClaren’s hype as the main reason for his departure.

1980 Kate Bush topped the NME charts for best female artist and Michael Jackson received his first solo gold album for ‘Off The Wall’.


1990 A team of English cricketers led by Mike Gatting, arrived in South Africa to begin their unofficial tour. Police were later forced to break up protests against the tour.

1992 Northern Ireland golfer Ronan Rafferty won Australia’s riches golf tournament, the Palm Meadows Cup, with a first prize of $1 million

People & Showbiz

1988 22 year old Irish poet Christopher Nolan from Dublin, who could not move, hear or speak and typed his work with a stick attached to his forehead, was presented with the Whitbread Book of the Year prize, worth £20,000 for his autobiographical book ‘Under The Eye Of The Clock’.

General Events

1935 Coopers Inc. sells the world’s first briefs.

1983 The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced.

1966 Indira Ghandi became Prime Minister of India.

1989 The London Weather Centre claimed that air pollution in the capital had exceeded public health limits recommended by the World Health Organisation.

1991 A peace movement staged protests against war in the Gulf in several cities in the UK.

1999 British Aerospace agrees to acquire the defence subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc, forming BAE Systems in November 1999.

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