31st May

Born on this Day 31st May
1443 Lady Margaret Beaufort
1838 Henry Sidgwick
1860 Walter Sickert
1863 Francis Younghusband
1872 Heath Robinson
1894 Fred Allen
1902 Billy Mayerl
1905 Florence Desmond
1908 Don Ameche
1912 Alfred Deller
1922 Denholm Elliott
1930 Clint Eastwood
1938 John Prescott
1939 Terry Waite
1947 Junior Campbell
1948 John Bonham
1948 Lynda Bellington
1950 Tom Berenger
1960 Peter Winterbottom
1964 DMC
1965 Brooke Shields
1977 Debbie King
1977 Joel Ross
1977 June Sarpong
1983 Reggie Yates

Died on this Day
1971 Audie Murphy
1983 Jack Dempsey
1994 Sidney Gilliatt


1997 Sir Paul McCartney scored his 81st gold disc with his ‘Flaming Pie’ album, beating his own world record for the number of gold discs for one artist.

1986 Peter Gabriel’s ‘So’ album entered the charts at No.1.


1984 WEst Indian cricketer Viv Richards scored 189 not out against England, the highest ever ine day innings.

1989 Following his defeat by Jim McDonnell, Barry McGuigan announced his retirement from boxing.

People & Showbiz

1279 BC Rameses II (The Great) (19th dynasty) becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.

1678 The Godiva procession through Coventry begins.

1929 The first talking cartoon of Mickey Mouse, “The Karnival Kid”, is released.

1938 ‘Spelling Bee’ the BBC’s first panel game was broadcast.

1957 Playwright Arthur Miller was convicted for contempt of Congress for refusing to name possible Communist supporters.

1998 Geri Halliwell, also known as ‘Ginger Spice’ confirmed she was leaving the group.

General Events

1578 Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England to Frobisher Bay, Canada, eventually to mine fool’s gold, used to pave streets in London.

1859 Big Ben began telling the time.

1884 Arrival at Plymouth of Tawhiao, King of Maoris, to claim protection of Queen Victoria

1902 The Boer War came to an end.

1911 The RMS Titanic was launched at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.

1927 The last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles.

1993 American President Clinton was booed by Vietnam veterans at a memorial honouring the 55,000 American servicemen who died in the war. Clinton had allegedly dodged the call-up for the conflict.

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