20th April

Born on this Day 20th April
1889 Adolf Hitler
1893 Harold Lloyd
1924 Leslie Phillips
1941 Ryan O’Neal
1938 Peter Snow
1949 Jessica Lange
1951 Luther Vandross
1961 Nicholas Lyndhurst
1972 Carmen Electra
1976 Shay Given

Died on this Day
1912 Bram Stoker
1992 Benny Hill
2003 Nina Simone

1959 13 year old Dolly Partn released her first single ‘Puppy Love’.

1974 Abba entered the UK charts with their winning entry in the recent Eurovision Song Contest ‘Waterloo’.

1992 Some 72,000 people packed Wembley Stadium as stars including George Michael, David Bowie, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Def Leppard and the remaining members of Queen performed a tribute concert for the late Freddie Mercury to benefit AIDS charities.

1955 2 sets of brothers, the Allchurch’s and the Charles’ set a since unrivalled record when they appeared in the same international football team, playing for Wales at Windsor Park, Belfast.

1988 Liverpool were left requiring only 1 point from their 5 remaning matches to win the League Championship after holding Norwich City to a goalless draw.

People & Showbiz
1989 The Princess of Wales was to be made the patron of Relate, the marriage guidance charity.

General Events
1653 Oliver Cromwell dissolves the Rump Parliament.

1913 Isadora Duncan’s 2 children drowned when their car rolled into the Seine in France. The children along with their nurse, were in the car when it stalled, the driver got out to crank the car and the car rolled downhill to the river, killing all those inside.

1968 122 people were killed when a Boeing 707 bound for London crashed in South Africa.

1969 British troops were called in to guard key installations after 9 Belfast post offices were fire-bombed, a bus station attacked and the city’s main reservoir damaged.

1974 A catholic man was shot in Belfast becoming the 1000th victim of the unrest.

1989 The underground was paralysed for the 2nd time in a fortnight by unofficial industrial action by tube drivers.

1997 British climatologists announced the long-term weather report for England to be freezing, but global warming will give us at least 1000 years of Mediterranean sunshine first.

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