4th February

Born on this day 4th February
1725 Dru Drury
1895 Nigel Bruce
1902 Hartley Shawcross
1902 Charles Lindberg
1905 Hylda Baker
1908 Julian Bell
1909 Robert Coote
1918 Ida Lupino
1909 Simone Weil
1915 Sir Norman Wisdom
1925 Gerald Sim
1941 John Steel
1948 Alice Cooper
1950 Pamela Franklin
1960 Tim Booth
1960 Mark Dawson
1970 Gabrielle Anwar
1972 Dara Ó Briain
1973 Oscar De La Hoya
1975 Natalie Imbruglia

Died on this day
1983 Karen Carpenter
1987 Liberace
2002 John Bromley


1956 Elvis Presley appeared on ‘The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show’.

1966 The Who began a mini-tour at Finsbury Park Astoria.

1966 The Rolling Stones’ single ’19th Nervous Breakdown/As Tears Go By’ was released.

1993 Elton John announced he was to play 2 concerts at Earl’s Court in London to raise £500,000 for his new AIDS foundation.


1927 Malcolm Campbell set a new land speed record when he reached 174 mph in his Bluebird supercar on Pendine Sands in Wales.

1990 New Zealand cricketer Richard Hadlee became the first person to take 400 wickets.

People & Showbiz

1985 A spokesperson for Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor announced she had broken her engagement with businessman Dennis Stein and returned her £90,000 sapphire engagement ring.

1989 The BBC’s ‘Children in Need’ televison and radio appeal raised £17,563,458, £3.5 million more than the previous highest total.

1990 President de Klerk of South Africa was expected to release the leader of the African National Congress, Nelson Mandela, within 2 weeks so that negotiations on political reforms in South Africa could start.

General Events

1962 ‘The Sunday Times’ became the first British newspaper to contain a colour supplement. Critics were in agreement that it would never catch on.

1981 A verdict of justifiable homicide was returned on the terrorists who died during the siege of the Iranian embassy following the intervention of the SAS.

1994 The Chairman of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, John Fisher, blamed Barbara Woodhouse for helping create a generation of injured and dangerous pets. He claimed that her reliance on her trademark call ‘walkies’ and a sharp tug on the lead was cruel.

1995 The amount of unclaimed prize money on the National Lottery stood at £5 million, including a prize of £342,398 outstanding from Christmas Eve 1994.

2002 Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer research charity, is founded.

2004 Facebook, a mainstream online social network is founded by Mark Zuckerberg.

2008 The London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) scheme begins to operate in the UK.

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