30th June

Born on this Day 30th June
1286 John de Warenne
1685 John Gay
1803 Thomas Lovell Beddoes
1817 Joseph Dalton Hooker
1843 Ernest Mason Satow
1891 Sir Stanley Spence
1906 Ralph Allen
1908 Winston Graham
1918 Susan Hayward
1917 Lena Horne
1933 M. J. K. Smith
1939 Tony Hatch
1942 Robert Ballard
1950 Leonard Whiting
1953 Hal Lindes
1959 Brendan Perry
1965 Gary Pallister
1966 Mike Tyson
1967 David Busst
1972 James Martin
1975 Ralf Schumacher
1982 Andy Knowles
1983 Brendon James
1983 Patrick Wolf
1983 Cheryl Cole

Died on this Day
1919 John William Strutt
2003 Buddy Hackett

Music

1983 Rock’s most successful duo, the Everley Brothers announced they were to reunite.

1984 Elton John played a sell-out gig at Wembley Stadium, supported by Kool and the Gang and Paul Young.

1990 Dubbed the greatest gathering of British musical talent since Live Aid, the Knebworth Park concert was underway with a line-up that included Tears For Fears, Status Quo, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Genesis and Cliff Richard.

Sport

1988 FIFA banned Mexico from all international football competitions for 2 years for including 4 over-age players during a youth tournament.

1992 French player Guy Forget was fined £277 for ‘racket abuse’ after slamming it into his kitbag during his hard-fought win over Britain’s Jeremy Bates.

1995 Temperatures soared to 110F on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, 4F hotter than the previous high recorded in 1976.

2002 The Brazilian national football team won the 2002 FIFA World Cup after Germany 2-0 in the final on International Stadium Yokohama.

People & Showbiz

1859 Charles Blondin became the first person to tightrope walk across Niagara Falls. It took him 8 minutes cross the 1,110 ft rope, suspended 160ft above the falls, watched by an audience of over 20,000 people. On the return journey he stopped halfway to take photographs of the crowd, many of whom fainted.

1985 Yul Brynner gave his final Broadway performance as the King of Siamin the hit musical ‘The King And I’. He had played the role for 34 years, racking up over 4500 performances.

1992 Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher joins the House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven.

General Events

1894 Tower Bridge, designed by Sir J. Wolfe Barry and Sir Horace Jones, was officially opened to traffic.

1914 Mahatma Ghandi was arrested for the first time, during a campaign for equal Indian rights in South Africa.

1934 Adolf Hitler eliminated all political critics, including his former close friend Ernst Rohm, leader of the Brown Shirts, in what has become known as the ‘Night of the Long Knives .

1936 Margaret Mitchell’s classic novel ‘Gone With The Wind’ was published.

1954 Millions of people witnessed the darkening of the skiesas a total eclipse of the sun spread from America through Europe and onto Asia.

1990 East Germany and West Germany merge their economies.

1995 At midnight local time, 5pm GMT, Hong Kong was returned to China after the colony’s 156 years under British rule.

1995 Computer experts were trying to trace a computer gremlin that had delayed the pay of almost half of Britain’s 500,000 civil servants.

1997 The United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China.

2007 A car crashes into Glasgow International Airport in Scotland, believed to be a terrorist attack.

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