5th February

Born on this day 5th February
1906 John Carradine
1920 Frank Muir CBE
1946 Charlotte Rampling
1948 Barbara Hershey
1948 Lord Haden Guest
1948 Sven-Goran Eriksson
1952 Russell Grant
1962 Jennifer Jason Leigh
1966 Jose Maria Olazabal

Died on this day
1881 Thomas Varlyle
1988 Emeric Pressberger
1991 Dean Jagger


1957 Bill Haley and The Comets arrived in the UK for their first tour.

1966 Petula Clark reached the top of the US singles with ‘My Love’.

1972 T Rex reached No.1 in the UK with ‘Telegram Sam’.

1983 Toto reached the top spot in the US single chart with ‘Africa’.


1992 Kevin Keegan was appointed manager of Newcastle Football Club.

1992 It was reported in Cahors, France that a 10 year old beagle called Sultan, which disappeared while fox-hunting had been found alive after 76 days down a 50 foot hole.

People & Showbiz

1985 Maureen Lipman was voted stage actress of the year by the Variety Club of Great Britain. Boy George was named recording artist of the year.

1989 Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Television was launched.

1990 Boxer Frank Bruno married Laura Mooney at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hornchurch, Essex. Guests included boxing commentator Harry Carpenter.

General Events

1975 The government approved plans to build two new nuclear power stations at Torness Point in Lothian and Sizewell in Suffolk.

1983 A previously unknown symphony, written by Mozart when he was 9, had been discovered among papers in Odense, Denmark.

1992 62 year old Joyce Beynon of Mid Glamorgan received the 2nd highest pools win ever with a haul of £2,027,493 after a stake of only 54p.

1995 The Government was planning to introduce American style ‘boot camps’ in Britain to provide tougher regimes for young offenders.

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