1st July

Born on this Day 1st July
1676 Anthony Collins
1872 Louis Bleriot
1883 Arthur Borton
1899 Charles Laughton
1903 Amy Johnson
1916 Olivia De Haviland
1917 Humphry Osmond
1927 Alan J. Charig
1934 Jamie Farr
1934 Jean Marsh
1934 Sydney Pollack
1943 Jeff Wayne
1945 Debbie Harry
1951 Trevor Eve
1952 Dan Ackroyd
1961 Carl Lewis
1961 Diana Princess of Wales
1961 Malcolm Elliott
1964 Ross Kemp
1967 Pamela Anderson
1972 Claire Forlani
1982 Romola Garai
1989 Mitch Hewer
1989 Hannah Murray

Music

1956 11 year old Brenda Lee signed with Decca Records.
1975 David Bowie began filming ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’.

1979 Sony introduces the Walkman.

1989 Milli Vanilli scored their first US chart topper with ‘Baby Don’t Forget My Number’.

1989 Prince’s ‘Batman’ album entered the charts at No.1.

Sport

1990 Alex Higgins was banned from all tournaments for the following season, stripped of 25 ranking points and ordered to pay £5000 costs for a series of incidents that included a death threat against Dennis Taylor and striking a tournament press officer.

1992 23 year old Gianluigi Lentini became the most expensive football player in history when he joined AC Milan in a 4 year deal estimated at £28 million.

1996 Tim Henman beat Magnus Gustafsson in straight sets to become the first British man to reach Wimbledon quarterfinals since Roger Taylor in 1973.

People

1916 Coca Cola adopted their familiar contoured bottle to distinguish them from their competitors.

1969 Prince Charles was invested as Prince of Wales at Caernarvon Castle.

1989 63 year old Playboy founder Hugh Hefner married 26 year old former playmate Kimberley Conrad in Los Angeles.

Events

1837 The Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths came into effect in England and Wales, after the Act was passed on 17th August 1836. The first entry in the Birth Register was Mary Ann Aaron of Drewsbury, Yorkshire.

1858 The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace’s papers on evolution to the Linnean Society.

1872 The Albert Memorial was unveiled by Queen Victoria in Kensington Gardens.

1937 The 999 emergency telephone service came into operation in Britain, the first of its kind in the world.
1948 The New York International Airport, now known as John F. Kennedy Airport was officially opened.

1963 Kim Philby was named by the govenment as the ‘Third Man’ in the Burgess and Maclean spy ring.

1971 34 years after it was completed, the Golden Gate Bridge near San Francisco was paid for by tolls paid by motorists, though a toll is still charged today.

1994 PLO leader Yasir Arafat returned to Jerusalem for the first time in 33 years. Israel’s hold on the City had prevented him being able to visit as he was a sworn ememy of the State of Israel and viewed as a terrorist.

1994 Of the £210 million maintenance collected by the Child Support Agency in its first year, only £3 million actually went to the families, according to the Labour Party.

1999 The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day powers are officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.

2007 Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces. With the ban already in force in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this means it is illegal to smoke in indoor public places anywhere in the UK. The ban is also put into effect in Australia.

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