29th May

Born on this Day 29th May
1630 King Charles II
1874 G.K. Chesterton
1917 John F. Kennedy
1903 Bob Hope
1939 Nanette Newman
1949 Francis Rossi
1956 Latoya Jackson
1958 Anette Bening
1959 Rupert Everett
1959 Mel Gaynor
1967 Noel Gallagher
1975 Mel B
Died On This Day
1911 Sir William Gilbert
1979 Mary Pickford
1991 Coral Browne


1961 Ben E King’s recording of ‘Stand By Me’ topped the US R&B charts.

1965 Bob Dylan’s album ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ replaced his ‘Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ at the top of the album charts.


1983 John Miles from Leicester won the first human catapult championship at Redhill Marina, nr Nottingham, after being jettisoned 68ft 1in into a river for the prize of £150.

1986 Ian Botham was banned from playing first class cricket for 2 months after admitting to smoking cannabis.

1997 The last Manchester United soccer shirt worn and autographed by Eric Cantona was bought by a Manchester family for £15350 in an 11 hour radio auction held on Key 103. A bid of £3700 was made by a group of 164 Liverpool supporters who wanted to burn it.

People & Showbiz

1953 Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tensing became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

1973 The engagement between Princess Anne and Lieutenant Mark Phillips was officially announced.

1992 The rain forest foundation held a fashion gala in London, attended by celebrities including Sting, Britt Ekland, Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Eric Clapton and Diana Ross.

General Events

1984 The United States Supreme Court rejected the appeal to overturn the law which stopped gay people from being American citizens.

1989 In Christchurch, Dorset, traffic wardens ran out of parking tickets after hundreds of bank holiday tourists parked illegally.

1992 Police announced that over £800000 worth of jewellery had been stolen from London shops in the past month by a man dressed in drag.

1992 A magistrate was fined £200 and ordered to pay £177 in compensation at Portsmouth Magistrates Court for deliberately scratching a car because its owner refused to move it.

1995 Shooting stars over the Channel and south coast brought a flood of calls to police and coastguards. Police in East Anglia had reports of UFO sightings and air traffic controllers had reports of sightings from pilots. The most likely cause was a large meteroid break-up , according to the British Astronomical Association.

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