29th January

Born on this day 29th January
1843 William McKinley
1880 W C Fields
1924 Brian Trubshaw
1918 John Forsythe
1942 Katherine Ross
1943 Tony Blackburn
1945 Tom Selleck
1952 Tim Healy
1954 Oprah Winfrey

Died on this day
1820 King George III
1981 Cozy Cole

1962 Warner Brothers signed folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary.

1965 The Rolling Stones appeared at The Palis Theatre in Melbourne.

1972 Melanie’s single ‘Brand New Key’ became a million seller.

1983 Stevie Nicks married Warner Brothers promotion man, Kim Anderson.

1964 The 9th Winter Olympic Games opened in Innsbruck, Austria.

1990 In the Commonwealth Games in Auckland, English athletes Kriss Akabusi and Sally Gunnell won the men’s and women’s 400 metre hurdles while Myrtle Augee won the women’s shot.

1995 Graham Gooch said his 20 year cricket career was to end as he was tired of losing and unwilling to tolerate the decline in his cricketing standards.

People & Showbiz
1989 The Willy Russell play ‘Shirley Valentine’ was awarded The Lawrence Olivier Award by the Society of West End Theatres. Pauline Collins who played the lead role won best actress.

1992 It was reported that authoress Catherine Cookson had given £26,000 for a heating system to be installed at St. Peter’s and Paul’s church in South Shields, after hearing that parishioners had been so cold that Mass had to be held in the priest’s house.

General Events
1856 Queen Victoria signed a Royal Warrant creating the Victoria Cross medal, the highest British gallantry decoration available.

1942 Desert Island Discs began on BBC Radio with Roy Plomley.

1958 A report by the British Medical Association cited cigarette smoking as the chief cause of lung cancer.

1985 Oxford dons voted to stop Margaret Thatcher being awarded an honorary degree. It was the first time that an Oxford educated Prime Minister was rejected by his or her alma mater.

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