14th May

Born on this Day 14th May
1686 Daniel Fahrenheit
1727 Thomas Gainsborough
1926 Eric Morecambe
1936 Bobby Darin
1934 Sian Phillips
1940 Sir Chay Blythe
1944 George Lucas
1945 Francesca Annis
1952 Davis Byrne
1959 Steve Hogarth
1961 Tim Roth
1962 Ian Astbury
1969 Cate Blanchett
1976 Martine McCutcheon
1977 Sophie Anderton
1984 Nigel Reo-Coker

Died on this Day
1919 Henry Heinz
1976 Keith Relf
1998 Frank Sinatra


1959 Cliff Richard’s first film ‘Serious Charge’ premiered.

1969 3 year old Ian Doody entered the UK chart under the name Microbe with ‘Groovy Baby’.

1977 The Sex Pistols signed to Virgin.


1927 The first BBC Radio commentary of a cricket match was by the Revd. F.H. Gillingham. The match was between Essex and New Zealand at Leyton.

1959 Donald Campbell set a new water speed record of 260.35 mph.

1977 After his 1000th appearance, Bobby Moore retired as a professional footballer.

1988 Celtic completed the League and Cup double, beating Dundee United 2-1 in the final of the Scottish Cup.

People & Showbiz

1975 Frank Sinatra won damages from the BBC over a programme that suggested he had links with the Mafia.

1983 Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie was quoted as criticising the film Ghandi as being biographically inaccurate, appalling history and laughably crude.

1991 Winnie Mandela was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for her involvement in the kidnapping and beating of 4 black youths.

1993 Mother Teresa was taken to hospital suffering from 3 broken ribs after she tripped while going to chapel during a tour of convents in Europe.

General Events

1264 Battle of Lewes: Henry III of England is captured in France making Simon de Montfort the de facto ruler of England.

1747 A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at first battle of Cape Finisterre.

1889 The children’s charity the NSPCC is launched in London.

1953 The first MacDonalds franchise sporting the golden arches opened in Phoenix Arizona.

1973 Skylab 1, the first space station, was launched from America.

1984 An estimated 20,000 miners and their wives from Yorkshire, Scotland and South Wales took part in the biggest protest march during the miner’s strike.

1988 In London, an 84 year old Blackpool woman was remanded in custody after being accused of shooting a Broadcasting House doorman in the hand with an air rifle.

1992 For the first time, 3 men went into space to retrieve a telecommunications satellite, Intelsat 6, worth $150 million.

1992 Two fishermen were found washed ashore in Western Samoa, 1000 miles from their home, after having spent 6 months adrift in the Pacific Ocean, living only on rainwater and fish.

1992 London Transport announced that bus passengers would be told how long they would have to wait for the next bus under a new system which would initially be installed on the Sudbury to King’s Cross route.

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