6th February

Born on this day 6th February
1665 Queen Anne of England
1895 George “Babe Ruth” Herman
1924 Billy Wright
1945 Bob Marley
1911 Ronald Reagan
1919 Zsa Zsa Gabor
1922 Patrick McNee
1922 Denis Norden CBE
1940 Jimmy Tarbuck
1951 Kevin Whateley
1963 Quentin Letts
1966 Rick Astley
1977 Jason Euell
1982 Alice Eve
1984 Darren Bent

Died on this day
1685 King Charles II
1804 Joseph Priestley
1952 King George VI

Music

1960 Anthony Newley reached the Number 1 position in the UK singles chart with ‘Why’.

1965 The Righteous Brothers reached No.1 in both the UK and the US singles charts with ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin”.

1981 The last track John Lennon had worked on, ‘Walking on Thin Ice’ by Yoko Ono, was released.

1982 The J Geils Band reached the top of the US singles chart with ‘Centerfold’.

Sport

1983 John McEnroe beat Czech tennis player Ivan Lendl over four sets in the final of the United States indoor professional tennis championship in Philadelphia.

1988 In the world of Rugby Union, Wales beat England 11-3 to secure the British Gas Challenge Cup at Twickenham.

People & Showbiz

1990 Comedian Lenny Henry was voted Personality of the Year by The Variety Club of Great Britain. Rowan Atkinson was named as BBC personality of the Year.

1992 Bill Clinton’s bid for the US Presidency was thrown into doubt by claims that he had dodged the Vietnam draft in 1969.

1995 The BBC announced that it was opening Broadcasting House to visitors in 1996 and said it expected to attract 200,000 visitors a year

General Events
1918 Women over 30 became eligible to vote in elections to Parliament at Westminster for the first time.

1964 The French and British governments agreed to the building of a Channel Tunnel at a cost estimated at £160 million.

1979 Pakistan’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence imposed on former Prime Minister Bhutto.

1983 Suspected Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie was imprisoned in Lyons and charged with crimes against humanity.

1990 In Waitangi, a young woman was arrested for throwing a wet tee shirt at the Queen during Waitangi Day celebrations. During the Queen’s speech she was also heckled by Maori radicals.

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