13th June

Born on this Day 13th June
1865 W.B.Yeats
1892 Basil Rathbone
1893 Dorothy L.Sayers
1910 Mary Whitehouse
1918 Ben Johnson
1943 Malcolm McDowell
1949 Simon Callow
1964 Kathy Burke
1981 Kym Marsh

Died On This Day
323BC Alexander The Great
1931 Lord Trent(Jesse Boot)
1986 Benny Goodman


1969 Mick Taylor joined The Rolling Stones to replace Brian Jones.

1980 The film ‘Roadie’ opened, featuring Meat Loaf, Blondie, Alice Cooper, Roy Orbison and Hank Williams Jr.


1956 The first football European Cup was won by Real Madrid in Paris when they beat Stade de Reims 4-3.

1999 For the first time in history, a Formula 1 race was finished behind the safety car. Mika Hakkinen won the Canadian Grand Prix after Michael Schumacher crashed his Ferrari while leading at the halfway point.

People & Showbiz

1957 ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ starring Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe, received its premiere in New York.

1967 The 5th James Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice’, starring Sean Connery, premiered in London.

1981 During the Trooping of the Colour ceremony blank shots were fired at the Queen. Marcus Sarjeant was later held and charged with treason.

General Events

1825 Walter Hunt from New York took just 3 hours to design, sketch and patent the safety pin. He then sold the rights for $400 in order to pay a $15 debt.

1944 The first V-1 flying bomb landed in England, hitting a house in Southampton, killing 3 people.

1956 After 72 years, the British surrendered control oft he Suez Canal to Egypt.

1979 The American government awarded the Sioux nation $100 million for an area of the Black Hills of Dakota, taken from then in 1877. It was the largest payout for land to any American Indian.

1990 The official demolition of the Berlin Wall began, although the removal of ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ was postponed.

1991 Boris Yeltsin won Russia’s first free presidential election in its history.

1992 Worldwide agreement was reached at the Earth summit on a programme of action to counter the global environment crisis, including curbs on waste, pollution and population growth.

1993 The remains of 1000 Black Death victims were discovered in 3 14th century burial pits in Hereford.

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