22nd June

Born on this Day 22nd June
1704 John Taylor
1713 Lord John Philip Sackville
1757 George Vancouver
1856 H. Rider Haggard
1871 William McDougall
1887 Julian Huxley
1910 Lord Hunt
1910 Peter Pears
1932 Prunella Scales
1936 Kris Kristofferson
1940 Esther Rantzen
1943 Judith Barker
1944 Peter Asher
1949 Meryl Streep
1949 Lindsay Wagner
1952 Alastair Stewart
1953 Cyndi Lauper
1957 Danny Baker
1976 Gordon Moakes
1978 Dan Wheldon
1981 Chris Urbanowicz
1987 Joe Dempsie
1988 Kieran Lee

Died on this Day
1956 Walter De La Mare
1969 Judy Garland
1989 Fred Astaire


1956 Frank Sinatra’s ‘Songs For Swinging Lovers’ became the first album to enter the UK singles charts.

1985 At the end of their UK tour Sister Sledge played the first of 2 nights at the Dominion Theatre, London.

1986 Simple Minds, Big Audio Dynamite, Lloyd Cole, The Waterboys and Doctor and the Medics appeared at the Milton Keynes Bowl.


1993 6 year old angler Kieeren Allen from Taunton, Somerset beat adult contestants in a fishing contest after he hooked 2 large rays.

1997 Thunderstorms brought mixed blessings to British sport as rain stopped play Wimbledon as record numbers huddled together to see Britain’s first seeded male player since 1982, Tim Henman, play his opening singles match. Elsewhere England were relieved when rain stopped the 4th’s day play of the Lord’s Test with Australia at 213-7 in response to England’s 77.

People & Showbiz

1894 World famous escapologist Harry Houdini married Bessie Rahner.

1897 Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee.

1989 Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber announced he was to marry Princess Zohra Ghazi of Afghanistan. 7 weeks previously he had divorced his first wife Celia Ballantyne.

General Events

1377 King Richard II acceded to the throne of England after his grandfather Edward III had died the previous day.

1633 The Holy Office in Rome forces Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe.

1907 The London Underground’s Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway opens.

1983 A County Kildare doctor was fined £400 after admitting selling contraceptive devices to one of his patients in defiance of the Irish Republic’s laws.

1984 Virgin Atlantic Airways launched, first flight from London Heathrow Airport.

1994 Agreement was secured by Britain from the European Community to continue to allow children to deliver newspapers.

1994 The Daily Telegraph announced a reduction in price from 48p to 30p. The Times was already selling at 30p.

1997 It was announced that a treasure trove of secret papers could be released under plans to reduce the 30 year delay on the publication of state papers. Under a proposed 20 year rule the secrets of the last labour administration under James Callaghan would be among the early releases.

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