27th January

Born on this day 27th January
1733 Jeremiah Dixon
1756 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1777 Thomas Campbell
1832 Lewis Carroll
1833 Thomas George Bonney
1882 Geoffrey de Havilland
1911 Rayner Heppenstall
1921 Donna Reed
1929 Jack Higgins
1930 Shirley Williams
1931 John Hopkins
1944 Tony Capstick
1945 Nick Mason
1950 Simon Jones
1957 Timothy Spall
1958 Christopher Dean
1961 Gillian Gilbert
1964 Bridget Fonda
1968 Tricky

Died on this day
1901 Guiseppe Verdi
1938 Jack Sharp

Music

1962 Topping the UK charts was Cliff Richard and the Shadows with ‘The Young Ones’.

1968 The Bee Gees played their first US gig in California.

1978 Wings were at the top of the charts with ‘Mull Of Kintyre’.

1990 Billy Idol won a libel case against The News Of The World.

Sport

1913 American athlete Jim Thorpe, known as ‘the greatest athlete in the world’, was stripped of his Olympic gold medals for the decathlon and pentathlon when it was discovered that he had been paid £25 a week to play baseball. He was therefore a professional and not eligible to compete under the rules of the Olympic Games.

1962 New Zealand athlete Peter Snell broke the world mile record in a time of three minutes, 54.5 seconds.

People & Showbiz

1940 The animated short A Wild Hare is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny.

1981 British television: On Coronation Street, Ken Barlow marries Deirdre Langton, which proves to be a national event, with massive viewer numbers earned for the show.

1985 ‘Amadeus’ received four Golden Globe awards from Hollywood’s Foreign Press Association.

1992 Monty Python star Michael Palin was to be honoured by the City of Sheffield, where he made his stage debut, with an honorary degree presented to him by Sheffield University.

General Events

1663 The British Parliament passes the second Navigation Act requiring that all goods bound for the American colonies have to be sent in English ships from English ports.

1694 A Royal Charter is granted to the Bank of England.

1926 Scottish inventor John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of television, to members of the Royal Institution, at his Soho workshop.

1981 Rupert Murdoch’s bid to buy ‘The Times’ and ‘Sunday Times’ was given the go ahead without the investigation usually required by the Monopolies Commission.

1992 Democratic Presidential candidate Bill Clinton was accused of being a liar by part-time cabaret singer Gennifer Flowers, following his denial of an alleged 12 year affair with her.

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