22nd May

Born on this Day 22nd May
1770 Princess Elizabeth
1813 Richard Wagner
1859 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
1907 Lord Laurence Olivier
1931 Kenny Ball
1938 Susan Strasberg
1946 George Best
1950 Bernie Taupin
1959 Morrissey
1970 Naomi Campbell
1978 Katie Price
1983 John Hopkins

Died On This Day
1972 C. Day-Lewis
1972 Dame Margaret Rutherford
1990 Max Wall


1966 The Castilles released ‘That’s What You Get’ which was the first record to feature the 16 year old Bruce Springsteen.

1989 Controversial rap group Public Enemy sacked Professor Griff after he made anti-Semetic remarks in the Washington Post.


1989 The Guiness Book of Records officially banned all records for gluttony and fast feeding as they were regarded as ‘extremely inadvisable medically’.

1999 Manchester United beat Newcastle United 2-0 to take the FA Cup.

People & Showbiz

1993 The American-Arab anti-discrimination committee were calling for changes in the Walt Disney film Aladdin as they claimed the movie contained racial slurs.

1995 The tramp who was rescued from the Regent’s canal by the Princess of Wales discharged himself from hospital at 5am.He was reported to ‘have things to do.’

1999 A reel of the recently released Star Wars film ‘The Phantom Menace’ was stolen from a cinema in Wisconsin, USA. The reel was worth $60,000 by itself, but was priceless to anyone able to convert it to video.

General Events

334 BC The Greek army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus.

1377 Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.

1897 The Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames was officially opened

1908 The airplane was patented by the Wright brothers.

1989 The Countryside Commission revealed plans for a 30 square mile forest to the east of London as part of a national scheme to increase woodland on the outskirts of large towns and cities.

1990 It was reported that Australians are 8 times more vulnerable to alcohol-related brain damage than drinkers in other Western countries. The Australian Minister for the Aged, Family and Health Services asked all Australians to face up to the ‘widespread and alarming’ incidence of brain damage.

1992 A 31 year old sex attacker from Ealing was released by the Old Bailey on the condition that he accept lifelong chemical castration.

1997 The government promised free nursery places to every 4 year old from September 1998. The announcement came after an outcry over the £1100 voucher scheme for nursery places. Education secretary David Blunkett also announced that the £674 million already collected from the scheme would go directly to local authorities.

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