16th June

Born on this Day 16th June
1514 John Cheke
1613 John Cleveland
1792 John Linnell
1806 Edward Davy
1890 Stan Laurel
1892 Lupino Lane
1912 Enoch Powell
1923 Ron Flockhart
1927 Tom Graveney
1929 Pauline Yates
1934 Dame Eileen Atkins
1937 Prof. Erich Segal
1938 James Bolam
1943 Simon Williams
1947 Tom Wyner
1950 Gregory Isaacs
1953 Ian Mosley
1957 Ian Buchanan
1972 Simon Khan
1974 Paul Lee
1978 Lyndsey Marshal
1982 Fraser Cartmell
1984 Steven Whittaker
1991 Joe McElderry

Died on this Day
1959 George Reeves


1978 ‘Grease’ starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, opened in the ‘US.

1984 ‘Two Tribes’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood entered the UK charts at No.1.

1992 Actor and singer Nick Berry was criticized for breaking the law by not wearing a seat-belt in the video for his latest single,’Heartbeat’.


1982 Bryan Robson scored against France after only 27 seconds, the fastest goal of a football World Cup.

1994 Martina Navratilova was beaten 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, at Eastbourne by Meredith McGrath. Miss Navratilova saved two match points before going down.

1999 British Formula One driver and 1996 world champion Damon Hill announced he was to retire from racing at the end of the 1999 season.

People & Showbiz

1586 Mary, Queen of Scots, recognizes Philip II of Spain as her heir and successor.

1955 Disney’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’ opened at cinemas across the US.

1960 Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ opened at cinemas across the US.

1973 ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ written by Richard O’Brien and starring Tim Curry, premiered in London.

1974 According to the cartoon, Homer J. Simpson and Marge Bouvier were married.

1980 ‘The Blues Brothers’ opened at cinemas across the US.

1990 Jimmy Savile and Peter Ustinov were knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

General Events

1487 Battle of Stoke Field, the final engagement of the Wars of the Roses.

1836 The formation of the London Working Men’s Association gives rise to the Chartist Movement.

1903 Henry Ford formed his motor manufacturing company with himself in the position of Chief Engineer and holding a quarter of the company shares.

1903 A one-year old soft drinks company registered its trade name as Pepsi- Cola.

1911 IBM founded as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company in Endicott, New York.

1915 Foundation of the British Women’s Institute.

1948 Cathay Pacific’s flying boat Miss Macao became the first airplane to be hijacked, by a gang of Chinese bandits on a scheduled flight to Hong Kong. The captain refused to take their orders and following gunfire, the plane crashed, killing all but the leader of the bandits.

1958 Yellow ‘No Waiting’ lines were introduced in Britain.

1977 Oracle Corporation is incorporated in Redwood Shores, California, as Software Development Laboratories (SDL) by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates.

1993 An inquest was told that football fan David Bruce died after he drank a pint of whisky in only 20 seconds for a dare.

1997 The new single currency Euro coins were unveiled by the European Commission. The Queen’s head survived on the front of the coins that would be minted and circulated in Britain, if we sign up, and the reverse shows a map of Europe with Britain in the centre. The coins were hoped to be in circulation by 2002.

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