21st January

Born on this day 21st January
1338 King Charles V of France
1824 Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
1905 Christian Dior
1922 Paul Scofield
1922 Telly Savalas
1924 Benny Hill
1926 Brian Brockless
1938 John Savident
1940 Jack Nicklaus
1945 Martin Shaw
1947 Pye Hastings
1954 Phil Thompson
1966 Robert Del Naja
1975 Nicky Butt
1976 Emma Bunton
1977 Phil Neville
1977 Matt Perry
1979 Brian O’Driscoll
1980 Dave Kitson
1981 Jamie Dalrymple
1982 Dean Whitehead
1985 Adrian Lewis

Died on this day
1924 Lenin
1950 George Orwell
1984 Jackie Wilson
1997 Colonel Tom Parker


1966 George Harrison married Patti Boyd who he met in the Beatles’ film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’.

1982 Blues singer and former disc jockey BB King donated his prodigious record collection to the University of Minnesota for their Southern Culture Studies Center.


1911 The first Monte Carlo rally began.

1988 Briton Brian Milton completed his record- breaking microlight flight from London to Darwin in 36 days, beating the only other attempt, by compatriot Eve Jackson, of 15 months.

People & Showbiz

1992 A selection of ‘castaways’ of Desert Island Discs, including Jeffrey Archer, Terry Wogan, Edward Heath and Denis Healey, celebrated 50 years of the show with a reception at the Reform Club in London.

1997 It was reported that Ex-England soccer boss Terry Venables was planning to launch a sportswear brand ‘El Tel’.

General Events

1793 After being found guilty of treason by the French Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine.

1971 The current Emley Moor transmitting station, the tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom, begins transmitting UHF broadcasts.

1976 Two Concordes took off simultaneously from London and Paris destined for Bahrain and Rio de Janeiro on the aircraft’s first commercial flights.

1981 Production of the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 sports car begins in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland.

1983 It was announced that Hever Castle, home of the Astor family for 80 years, had been sold for around £9m to the Scarborough based Broadland Properties.

1993 Special branch detectives Richard Allen and John Hague won undisclosed libel damages over allegations in a book claiming that they were removed from the Lockerbie enquiry team for being ‘idle and arrogant’.

2008 Black Monday in worldwide stock markets. FTSE 100 had its biggest ever one-day points fall, European stocks closed with their worst result since 9/11, and Asian stocks drop as much as 15%.

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