Born on this Day 23rd June
1400 Johannes Gutenburg
1763 Empress Josephine
1894 Duke of Windsor
1912 Alan Turing
1916 Sir Leonard Hutton
1940 Adam Faith
1939 David Kernan
1946 Ted Shackleford
1965 Paul Arthurs
Died on this Day
1771 Jose Candido Exposito
1980 John Laurie
1998 Maureen O’Sullivan
1966 The Beatles flew to Germany on the first leg of their final world tour…
1990 Elton John’s ‘Sacrifice/Healing Hands’ reached No.1 where it spent 5 weeks and subsequently went platinum.
1991 American country singer Lee Greenwood’s video ‘God Bless America’ goes platinum, thanks to the wave of patriotism caused by the Gulf War.
1988 John McEnroe suffered a second round defeat at Wimbledon when he lost 7-5, 7-7, 6-3 to Wally Masur.
1992 Jeremy Bates, ranked 113th in the world, gave Britain its best Wimbledon result for 15 years with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 victory oven 7th seed, Michael Chang.
1997 The sports minister was urging official bodies to designate darts a sport so it could be played at the Olympics.
People & Showbiz
1970 Prince Charles was awarded a 2:2 in history at Cambridge
1971 Isaac Hayes’ classic blacksploitation movie ‘Shaft’ opened in American cinemas.
1983 Pope John Paul II held a private meeting with Lech Walesa, the founder and the leader of Sildarity, Poland’s independent trades union movement.
1993 John Wayne Bobbit had his ‘male appendage’ cut off by his wife Lorena. He was taken to hospital and it was sewn back on after being brought in by a neighbour. He was later cleared of marital sexual assualt and she was acquitted of malicious wounding on a plea of insanity. Bobbitt went on to make a full recovery and became a soft porn celebrity.
1994 The Royal National Theatre was listed as a building of ‘special architectural interest’ by the Heritage Secretary, Peter Brooke. Prince Charles had referred to it as ‘a nuclear shelter’.
1696 Britains first evening newspaper went on sale. Sold in London, the ‘ News Letter ‘ was printed in italic script to resemble hand-writing. It ran until about 1716.
1974 American scientists sent the first custom-made message from Earth into outerspace in the hopes of contacting extra-terrestrial life.
1984 Divers discovered coins and muskets from Napoloeon Bonaparte’s flagship L’Orient which was attacked by the British off Egypt in 1978. They were to attempt to raise the wreck that was thought to have a hoard of bullion on board.
1990 Stores were hoping to exploit a loophole in the 1950 Shops Act by claiming that they were ‘ tourist attractions’. Hamleys, the largest toy shop in the world, was heading the attempt to open 7 days a week for up to 4 months of the year.
1992 Mafia boss John Gotti, known as the Teflon Don because no previous charges had stuck, was sentenced to life imprisonment.
1994 A £78,000 rebate was sent by Thames Water to the Queen after the company overestimated the bill for the Royal Mews.
1995 Group Capt. Peter Townsend, the Battle of Britain pilot, whose love Princess Margaret had renounced for duty, was buried in the small, 10th century church of St-Leger-en-Yvelines, near Paris. The British Ambassador to France attended on behalf of the Queen.