1st February

Born on this day 1st February
1261 Walter de Stapledon
1552 Edward Coke
1895 John Ford
1901 Clark Gable
1915 Sir Stanley Matthews
1918 Dame Muriel Spark
1921 Peter Sallis
1931 Boris Yeltsin
1937 Don Everley
1942 Terry Jones
1948 Elisabeth Sladen
1966 Rob Lee
1968 Lisa Marie Presley
1988 Mark Healey
1990 Laura Marling

Died on this day
1851 Mary Shelley
1966 Buster Keaton
1986 Dick James


1965 PJ Proby was banned by the ABC Theatre chain in the UK because he allegedly split his trousers on stage to drive his audience wild.

1971 Neil Young played a concert in Los Angeles.

1973 The Beatles had 2 albums in the Top 5 with 2 separate hits colllections.

1979 Sid Vicious was released on bail from the Riker’s Island Detention Center.


1991 Charity surfers at Minsterworth in Gloucs tried in vain to break the 15 minute record for riding the Severn Bore, which occurs when tidal change causes a surge of water to flow along the riverbed at about 15mph. The tide sometimes rises 45 ft.

People & Showbiz

1327 Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer.

1709 Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island, inspiring the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.

1994 Entertainer Michael Barrymore was voted Showbiz Personality of the Year by the Variety Club

General Events

1884 The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.

1930 ‘The Times’ published its first crossword.

1965 Prescriptions on the NHS became free of charge.

1973 Women were allowed on London’s stock exchange floor for the first time.

1983 At least 6 people died and dozens more were injured as winds of more than 100mph swept Britain.

1984 Nigel Lawson, Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the halfpenny was to be phased out by the end of the year. The coin had been in circulation since 1280.

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