21st June

Born on this Day 21st June
1694 Jean Francois Voltaire
1750 Thomas Spence
1764 Sir William Sidney Smith
1786 Charles Edward Horn
1791 Robert Napier
1825 William Stubbs
1868 Edwin Stephen Goodrich
1880 Josiah Charles Stamp
1884 Claude Auchinleck
1894 Milward Kennedy
1905 Jean-Paul Sartre
1916 Joseph Cyril Bamford
1918 James Clyde Mitchell
1929 Alexandre Lagoya
1921 Jane Russell
1930 Sir Gerald Kaufman
1944 Ray Davies
1946 Brenda Holloway
1947 Joey Molland
1948 Ian McEwan
1950 Enn Reitel
1953 Benazir Bhutto
1954 Anne Kirkbride
1959 Marcella Detroit
1964 Sammi Davis
1964 David Morrissey
1968 Sonique
1973 Juliette Lewis
1974 Natasha Desborough
1982 HRH Prince William of Wales

Died on this Day
1377 King Edward III
1529 John Skelton
1631 John Smith
2001 John Carroll O’Connor


1948 The Long Playing Record was introduced by Columbia Records.

1980 The Stranglers were arrested in France for allegedly inciting a riot during a concert in Nice.
‘Invisible Touch’ gave Genesis their 4th No.1 album.


1988 In the first semi-final of the European Football Championships, Holland beat West Germany by 2 goals to 1.

1990 England beat Egypt by 1 goal to 0 in the World Cup to qualify for the second round. Ireland also went through after drawing 1-1 with Holland.

People & Showbiz

1994 The new Disney cartoon ‘The Lion King’ had broken ticket office records in New York and Los Angeles.

1996 ‘Eraser’ starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Disney’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ both went on general release in America.

General Events

1798 Irish Rebellion of 1798: The British Army defeats Irish rebels at the Battle of Vinegar Hill.

1843 The Royal College of Surgeons was founded in London.

1854 The first Victoria Cross was awarded, to 20 year old Irishman Charles Lucas for his bravery aboard HMS Hecla in the Baltic, where he had thrown an unexploded Russian bomb overboard.

1990 A nuisance call bureau was opened by British Telecom as an experiment.

1995 A 2.4 million pedestrianisation scheme made it safer for tourists to view the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. In 3 years before the scheme, more than 60 people were injured oin traffic accidents.

1997 The government announced that under a new broad paper, women soldiers would soon be able to fight on the front lines with their male counterparts.

2000 Section 28 (outlawing the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality in the United Kingdom) is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote.

2004 SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight

2006 Pluto’s newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra.

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