4th May

Born on this Day 4th May
1655 Bartolomeo Di Francisco Cristori
1825 Thomas Henry Huxley
1827 John Hanning Speke
1852 Alice Pleasance Liddell
1923 Eric Sykes
1927 Terry Scott
1929 Audrey Hepburn
1930 Ron Pickering
1923 Eric Sykes
1946 John Watson
1949 Graham Swift
1950 Darryl Hunt
1951 Jackie Jackson
1952 Michael Barrymore
1956 Pia Zadora
1961 Jay Aston
1967 Kate Garraway
1979 Wes Butters
1984 Little Boots
1985 Ravinder Bopara

Died on this Day
1821 Napoleon Bonaparte
1984 Diana Dors


1964 The Moody Blues were formed in Birmingham.

1968 Mary Hopkin began her career by appearing on ‘Opportunity Knocks’.


1976 Liverpool won the Football League Championship for a record 9th time.

1992 Snooker player Stephen Hendry beat Jimmy White 18-14 in the final of the World Snooker Championship, recording the greatest comeback in the tournament’s history as he won the final 10 frames in a row to take the title.

People & Showbiz

1979 Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman Prime Minister.

1984 Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali was expelled from the British Magical Society after showing television viewers how he performed his favourite tricks.

General Events

1471 Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Tewkesbury: Edward IV defeats a Lancastrian Army and kills Edward, Prince of Wales.

1494 Explorer Christopher Columbus discovered Jamaica.

1675 King Charles II of England orders the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.

1859 The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England.

1904 Charles Stewart Rolls meets Frederick Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England.

1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1989 Margaret Thatcher celebrated 10 years as Prime Minister, while Colonel Oliver North was convicted of 3 charges in the US District Court in connection with his action in supplying arms to the Contras bought with money made selling arms to the Iranians.

1990 Historic talks between South African President F.W. De Klerk and ANC leader Nelson Mandela came to an end, the first time that the South African government had talks with the ANC since 1912.

1992 4 people were rescued from the tiger enclosure at Woburn Wild Animal Kingdom when they became stranded after their Fiat Panda car overheated, leaving them at the mercy of ten tigers. Soon after they were escorted to safety their car burst into flames.

1995 British fishermen were banned from catching mackerel in the North Sea for the rest of the year after exceeding their quota in just 3 months.

2000 Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London.

2007 The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever.

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