20th January

Born on this day 20th January
1292 Elisabeth of Bohemia
1358 Eleanor of Aragon
1755 Sir Albemarle Bertie
1878 Finlay Currie
1899 Clarice Cliff
1900 Colin Clive
1910 Joy Adamson
1920 DeForest Kelly
1920 Frederico Fellini
1922 Graham Stark
1924 Slim Whitman
1925 Robert Altman
1934 Tom Baker
1945 Christopher Martin-Jenkins
1945 Eric Stewart
1950 Liza Goddard
1951 Ian Hill
1965 Heather Small
1965 Sophie, The Countess of Wessex
1969 Nicky Wire
1970 Mitch Benn
1971 Gary Barlow
1976 Kirsty Gallacher
1979 Will Young
1981 Owen Hargreaves
1982 Joe Swash
1984 Olivia Hallinan


1978 Wuthering Heights’ by Kate Bush was released. She performed the single live for delegates of the EMI international sales conference.

1982 Ozzy Osbourne was hospitalized after biting the head off a dead bat in his stage act.

1986 Concerts in Washington, New York and Atlanta, organised by Stevie Wonder, celebrated the first observnce of Martin Luther King’s birthday as a national holiday.

1990 The Byrds reunited for a Roy Orbison tribute show.


1990 Victories for Everton, Arsenal and Oxford United secured places in the semi-finals of the Littlewood Cup where they joined Luton Town.

People & Showbiz

1649 Charles I of England goes on trial for treason and other “high crimes”.

1936 Edward VIII becomes King of the United Kingdom.

1961 John F. Kennedy is inaugurated as the youngest elected and first Roman Catholic President of the U.S. His inaugural address is one of the most memorable of the 20th century.

1987 Church of England envoy Terry Waite is kidnapped in Lebanon.

1997 The Lord of the Rings’ by J.R.R. Tolkien was voted ‘Book of the Century’.’1984′ and ‘Animal Farm’ , both by George Orwell came second and third.

General Events

1265 In Westminster, the first English parliament conducts its first meeting held by Simon de Montfort in the Palace of Westminster, now also known colloquially as the “Houses of Parliament”.

1958 Radar speed checks were first introduced in London.

1971 Postmen went on strike for the first time, asking for a 19.5% pay rise.

1975 The government announced it was scrapping the Channel Tunnel project.

1986 France and Britain decided to reopen the Channel Tunnel project, promising trains would run in it by 1993.

1992 Nigel Hayward, who held up a bank in Bath with a banana, pretending it was a gun, was jailed for 6 years.

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