10th May

Born on this Day 10th May
1838 John Wilkes Booth
1886 Olaf Stapledon
1899 Fred Astaire
1915 Denis Thatcher
1933 Barbara Taylor Bradford
1944 Maureen Lipman
1946 Graham Gouldman
1957 Sid Vicious
1920 Bert Weedon
1933 Barbara Taylor Bradford
1946 Donovan
1946 Maureen Lipman
1960 Bono
1966 Jonathan Edwards
1968 Al Murray
1969 Dennis Bergkamp

Died on this Day
1904 Sir Henry Stanley
1977 Joan Crawford

Music

1954 Bill Haley and the Comets released ‘Rock Around the Clock’.

1972 Slade began their first major UK tour in Bradford.

1993 Ex-Housemartin’s drummer Hugh Whitaker was jailed for 6 years after admitting attacking his former business partner James Hewitt with an axe.

Sport

1983 Sporting greats including Henry Cooper, Stanley Mortensen, Billy Wright and Bill Edrich gathered at Thames Television in London for a preview of a documantary featuring the great sporting moments of Coronation year.

1986 Liverpool beat Everton by 3 goals to 1 in the final of the FA Cup.

People & Showbiz

1992 Anne Diamond was signed up by the BBC for a mid-morning chat show.

1993 Bruce Willis signed the biggest ever pay deal in Hollywood after accepting almost £14 million to star in the film ‘Die Hard III’. The first 2 ‘Die Hard’ films had raked in almost £250 million.

1997 Television presenter and former wife of Bob Geldof, Paula Yates, was told that she was the secret love-child of the late presenter of ‘Opportunity Knocks’ Hughie Green.

General Events

1291 Scottish nobles recognize the authority of Edward I of England.

1503 Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands.

1824 The National Gallery in London opens to the public.

1907 Initiated in America by Miss Anna Jarvis, Mother’s Day was held for the first time in Philadelphia.

1937 Asparagus, Britain’s first frozen food, went on sale, the product of Smedley’s of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

1940 The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent.

1940 Neville Chamberlain resigned as Prime Minister. Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1941 In the worst night of the Blitz, 550 German bombers dropped 100,000 bombs on London, destroying a large section of the House of Commons.

1990 The Agriculture Ministry revealed that a cat had been put down suffering from a similar disorder to mad cow disease, prompting fears that the disease could be passed onto humans.

1993 A Chinese teenager who smoked non-stop for 3 hours to win a contest, collapsed and died immediately afterwards.

1994 Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president.

2005 A hand grenade which was thrown by Vladimir Arutinian lands about 65 feet (20 metres) from U.S. President George W. Bush while he was giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate.

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