14th April

Born on this Day 14th April
1857 Princess Beatrice
1904 Sir John Gielgud
1907 Francois Duvalier
1917 Valerie Hobson
1925 Rod Steiger
1929 Gerry Anderson
1935 William Lucas
1935 Loretta Lynn
1941 Julie Christie
1945 Ritchie Blackmore
1951 Julian Lloyd Webber
1961 Robert Carlyle
1977 Sarah Michelle Gellar
1983 James McFadden
1986 Matt Derbyshire

Died on this Day
1759 George Frederick Handel
1999 Ellen Corby
2004 Caron Keating

1956 James Brown made his first entry into the new US R&B chart with ‘Please, Please, Please’.

1965 The Beatles film ‘Eight Arms To Hold You’ was retitled ‘Help’.

1972 David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ single was released in the UK, from his ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ album.

1929 The first Monaco Grand Prix took place, round the streets and harbour of Monte Carlo.

1991 Welshman Ian Woosnam became the shortest golfer to ever win the US Masters championship. He is 5ft 4ins.

People & Showbiz
1894 Thomas Edison demonstrates the kinetoscope, a device for peep-show viewing using photographs that flip in sequence, a precursor to movies.

1980 ‘Kramer vs Kramer’ starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep, won the Oscar for Best Film, while English actor Alec Guiness won the special award for Lifetime Achievement.

1993 According to a survey by the Independent Television Commission, television reports of celebrities such as Freddie Mercury and Rudolf Nureyev dying from AIDS were doing more to raise public awareness than documentaries.

General Events
1471 In England, the Yorkists under Edward IV defeat the Lancastrians under Warwick at the battle of Barnet; the Earl of Warwick is killed and Edward IV resumes the throne.

1831 Soldiers marching on a bridge in Manchester, England cause it to collapse.

1927 The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden.

1954 In Australia, Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov defected to the west. His defection exposed a major spy ring in the country and began suspicions that Burgess and Maclean were spying for the Russians.

1981 Columbia, the first American space shuttle, landed at Edwards Air force Base in California after its successful maiden flight.

1983 The President of the Imperial Cancer Reaearch Fund claimed that the number of people surviving cancer had more than doubled since the Second World War.

1988 Statistics released by the Department of Transport claimed that Britain had the safest roads in the European Community, with road deaths at their lowest level for 30 years.

1995 Dr. Jane Goodall was awarded the National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Medal- their most highly regarded award- for her study of chimpanzees in east Africa.

1997 A 15 month old bulldog called Fritz was the star of Labour’s latest attempt to steal patriotic high-ground from the Conservatives in the run-up to the May general Election.

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