15th February

Born on this day 15th February
1564 Galileo Galilei
1710 King Louis XV of France
1849 Sir Rickman Godlee
1874 Sir Ernest Shackleton
1907 Cesar Romero
1929 Graham Hill
1914 Kevin McCarthy
1927 Frank Dunlop
1927 Harvey Korman
1944 Mick Avory
1945 John Helliwell
1950 John Adams
1951 Jane Seymour
1959 Ali Campbell
1960 Mikey Craig

Died on this day
1905 Lew Wallace
1965 Nat King Cole
1984 Ethel Merman

Music

1958 Michael Holliday reached No.1 in the Uk with ‘The Story of My Life’ while Elvis was No.1 in the US with ‘Don’t / I Beg Of You’.

1969 Amen Corner reached the top of the UK singles chart with ‘(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice’.

1975 Linda Ronstadt topped the US chart with ‘You’re No Good’.

1981 The film ‘Dance Craze’ opened, starring The Beat, Bad Manners and The Specials.

Sport

1985 Former world boxing champion Muhammed Ali, set off for Beirut in an attempt to secure the release of 4 Americans after deciding not to go to Tehran first to ask Iran to intercede.

1988 Swiss skier Pirmin Zurbriggen became downhill ski champion in the Winter Olympic.

People & Showbiz

1991 According to an NOP poll, John Major was Britain’s most popular Prime Minister for 30 years.

General Events

1852 Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits its first patient.

1906 The British Labour Party is organised.

1993 According to Berlin researchers the Monday morning feeling could be potentially lethal. They claimed that more people were prone to heart attacks on their way to work after the weekend.

1995 A parrot recognised his owner in Kingston upon Thames Crown Court. Barney a key witness in a stolen goods trial, let out a wolf-whistle when he spotted Georgina Morgans, from whom he had allegedly been stolen. A man was accused of handling the stolen bird that he called ‘Blue’.

2003 Protests against the Iraq war occur in over 600 cities worldwide. It is estimated that between 8 million to 30 million people took part, making this the largest peace demonstration in the history of the world.

2005 YouTube, the popular Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States.

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