24th June

Born on this Day 24th June
1825 William Henry Smith
1850 Lord Kitchener
1895 Jack Dempsey
1911 Juan Fangio
1912 Brian Johnston
1915 Sir Fred Hoyle
1942 Mick Fleetwood
1944 Jeff Beck
1961 Curt Smith

Died on this Day
1985 Valentine Dyall


1955 DJ Jimmy Young topped the chart with his version of the much recorded ‘Unchained Melody’.

1989 Lennon & McCartney had their first US country chart topping song.

1990 New Kids On The Block singer Danny Wahlberg was badly hurt when he fell through a trap door during the group’s concert in New York.


1984 Olympic champion Sebastian Coe was unlikely to be given the chance to defend his title in Los Angeles after he was defeated by Peter Elliott in a race for the final British place in Crystal Palace.

1994 A 17 year old batsman, Alex Kelly, set a new cricketing world record by clean bowling all 10 opposing batsmen in just 27 balls without conceding a run. Newton Aycliffe were 36 without loss when the Bishop Auckland bowler, Alex Kelly started to bowl. 30 minutes later Newton Aycliffe were all out.

People & Showbiz

1901 19 year old artist Pablo Picasso’s work was exhibited in Paris for the first time.

1980 Fred Astaire married Robyn Smith.

General Events

1509 The coronation of King Henry VIII took place.

1859 Swiss businessman Henri Dunant saw the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino while travelling through Italy, the experience that inspired him to later form the International Red Cross.

1880 Royal Albert Dock was opened.

1985 The Space Shuttle Discovery returned from a successful 7-day mission with the first Arab astronaut , Prince Sultan Salman al-Saud, on board.

1989 Avon became the first big cosmetics firm to stop testing on animals, with the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection declaring it a ‘breakthrough’.

1990 The UK’s first Anglican priests were ordained in Belfast.

1994 It was reported that more than 4 in 10 prisoners serving less than 6 months were fine defaulters. 6432 owed fines for motoring offences, 339 for drunkenness and 763 had failed to pay TV licences.

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