30th May

Born on this Day 30th May
1846 Peter Karl Faberge
1908 Mel Blanc
1909 Benny Goodman
1932 Ray Cooney
1939 Tim Waterstone
1949 Bob Willis
1955 Nicky ‘Topper’ Headon
1958 Ted McGinley
1961 Harry Enfield

Died On This Day
1431 Joan of Arc
1778 Voltaire
1912 Wilbur Wright


1954 ‘Juke Box Jury’ made its debut on CBS radio in America.

1957 The film ‘The Tommy Steele Story’ premiered in London.

1964 Cilla Black’s ‘You’re My World’ stood at No.1.

1966 Dolly Parton married Carl Dean.

1972 Roxy Music were launched at the Great Western Express Festival.


1988 Football administrators pledged a full investigation after reprts that Britol Rovers’ youth team had gone on a drunken spree in Mannheim, West Germany, allegedly damaging property valued at £2000. The club chairman claimed: ‘It was all a case of mistaken identity.’

1992 Ireland almost made the history books when they came agonisingly close to gaining their first Test victory against New Zealand, losing just 24-1 to the All Blacks.

1993 A cricket match in Tregony, Cornwall was abandoned when a Navy helicopter was forced to land on the pitch because of engine difficulties.

People & Showbiz

1984 After the 13112th performance of Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap, box office takings had risen to over £10 million. The world’s longest running play was first opened on the 25th November 1952.

1993 A survey for Vox magazine revealed that 90% of pop fans thought compact discs were too expensive and should have been at least £4 cheaper.

1993 Movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he was to quit as chairman of Democrat President Bill Clinton’s Physical Fitness Council.

General Events

1959 The first full-size experimental hovercraft was launched at Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

1984 Greenham Common peace campaigner Catherine Davies was fined £50 and ordered to pay costs and compensation after she jammed the locks of Newbury court with superglue.

1995 Thieves climbed scaffolding and removed the four bronze hands from the church clock at Great Wishford, Wiltshire, while the villagers slept.

1995 A record level of fraud within solicitors’ firms will result in about 800 firms having their books examined this year.

1997 It was announced that the minimum windfall for Halifax shareholders was likely to top £1400.

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