20th June

Born on this Day 20th June
1906 Dame Catherine Cookson
1909 Errol Flynn
1916 Johnny Morris
1941 Brian Wilson
1949 Lionel Ritchie
1952 John Goodman
1954 Allan Lamb
1960 John Taylor
1967 Nicole Kidman

Died On This Day
1597 William Barents
1995 Group Capt. Peter Townsend


1960 Roy Orbison had his first US hit when ‘Only The Lonely’ reached no.2 on the singles chart.

1971 The first Glastonbury rock festival took place.

1981 ‘Stars On 45’ by Stars Sound reached no.1 in the US. A nedley of Beatles records, the single spawned a period of medleys in the US and the UK.

1987 The biggest novelty hit of the year ‘Star Trekkin” by the Firm rocketed to the top of the charts.


1927 Greyhound racing began at London’s White City Stadium.

1988 English golfer Nick Faldo lost out to American Curtis Strange in an 18 hole play-off after they had tied 2 shots ahead of the rest of the field.

1990 West Germany’s 100% winning record came to an end when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Columbia.

People & Showbiz

1960 Nan Winton became the first woman to read the national news on BBC television.

1966 James White was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for his part in the Great Train Robbery.

1994 Princess Anne asked her bodyguard to call an ambulance for a woman who she saw collapse in Pimlico, London.

1997 ‘Batman and Robin’ starring George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger opened at cinemas across America.

General Events

451AD Attila the Hun suffered his first and only defeat, at Chalon at the hands of Roman and Visigoth legions under the command of Aetius.

1789 The French Revolution began.

1837 18 yr old Queen Victoria suceeded her uncle William IV to the throne.

1840 Samuel F.B Morse was granted a patent for his telegraph system.

1983 Raiders escaped with uncut diamonds and jewelry worth up to £6 million from a vault in Mayfair, central London, in what was believed to be Britain’s biggest gemstone robbery.

1989 It was the hottest day in Britain since the drought of 1976 which brought hose pipe bans, melting roads, warnings, of water rationing and insect invasions.

1993 According to a Cadbury’s report, Russians were paying up to £2 each for imported Wispas and Picnic bars

1997 Charlie Kray, the elder brother of twins Reggie and Ronnie, was found guilty of masterminding a £39 million cocaine deal.

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