15th May

Born on this Day 15th May
1856 Frank Baum
1859 Pierre Curie
1909 James Mason
1915 Hilda Bernstein
1926 Peter Shaffer
1936 Ralph Steadman
1937 Trini Lopez
1937 Madeleine Albright
1948 Brian Eno
1953 Mike Oldfield
1959 Andrew Eldritch
1961 Katrin Cartlidge
1981 Zara Phillips
1987 Andy Murray
1990 Joe Mattock

Died On This Day
1987 Rita Hayworth


1976 Actor and singer Paul Nicholas scored the first of a trio of Top 20 singles with ‘Reggae Like It Used To Be’.

1981 Public Image Ltd. played a concert at The Ritz in New York from behind a screen, prompting a riot by disgruntled fans.


1983 At Wilmslow, Nick Faldo won his second successive PGA Tournament after a sudden-death play-off against Jose Maria Canizares of Spain.

1991 Manchester United won the European Cup Winners Cup, beating Barcelona by 2 goals to 1 in Rotterdam.

People & Showbiz

1800 James Hatfield made an assassination attempt on the life of King George III at the theatre in Drury Lane.

1858 The Royal Opera House was opened at Convent Garden.

1935 The first ever radio quiz programme was broadcast in Canada.

1997 After 18 years of hosting the BBC TV sports quiz ‘A Question Of Sport’ presenter David Coleman announced that he was soon to stand down from the programme.

General Events

1718 James Puckle patented the world’s first machine gun.

1928 The flying doctor service began in Australia started by Dr. Vincent Walsh in Queensland.

1988 Richard Branson’s Virgin Company was reported to be distributing thousands of newspapers and magazines for the Church of Scientology, described by a judge in 1984 as being corrupt, sinister and dangerous.

1988 Guardsman Richard Stokes took part in the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace to becomet he first coloured soldier in the Grenadier Guards to take part in the ceremony.

1992 A British specialist claimed at an AIDS conference in Amsterdam that Britain was not going to suffer from the predicted AIDS epidemic.

1993 A 17 year old boy was accused of murdering Stephen Lawrence, who was stabbed while waiting in Eltham, East London.

1993 A report published by the Government claimed that Jaguars were the safest on the road. A driver of a Citroen 2CV was 4 times more likely to die in a collision than the driver of a XJ6 Saloon.

1997 Scientific advisors announced their approval of a new slimming pill called xenical, designed to stop a third of consumed food from being absorbed into the body rather than simply curbing the appetite.

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