3rd July

Born on this day 3rd July
1927 Ken Russell
1927 Tim O’Connor
1937 Sir Tom Stoppard
1943 Judith Durham
1943 Kurtwood Smith
1949 Susan Penhaligon
1951 Sir Richard Hadlee
1962 Tom Cruise
1976 Shane Lynch

1904 Theodor Herzl
1908 Joel Chandler Harris
1969 Brian Jones
1971 Jim Morrison
1986 Rudy Vallee
1988 Steve Walsh


1973 David Bowie announced he was retiring from live stage work at Hammersmith Odeon in London at the end of his Ziggy Stardust tour.


1988 The final of the men’s singles at Wimbledon was halted by rain with Stefan Edberg leading Boris Becker by just 3 games to 2.

1989 Cricketer Ian Botham was assaulted at a Northampton public house while attending a barbecue wth former Australian bowler Dennis Lillee.

1992 The British Rugby League team lost by 16 points to 10 to Australia.

1997 Dreams of an all-English semi-final at Wimbledon were dashed as both Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski were knocked out in quick succession.

People & Showbiz

1928 The world’s first colour televsion transmission was made by John Logie Baird at his Baird studios in Covent Garden, London.

1963 The wartime classic ‘The Great Escape’ went on general release in American cinemas.

1991 ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ opened at American cinemas.

1995 Saks 5th Avenue, a deluxe New York department store, was suing soul singer Aretha Franklin, for $263,000 in allegedly unpaid bills .

General Events

1890 Idaho became the 43rd State of America.

1967 ITV launched the regular daily news programme, ‘News at Ten’.

1989 Leicester University announced it was setting up the first British degree course for space scientists. It was also revealed that there would be up to 50 places.

1992 The International Whaling Commission voted to retain the world ban on whaling for at least another year.

1992 Riot police were called in to Salford, Manchester after masked youths set fire to a warehouse and pelted fire engines with stones and other missiles, before attacking parked vehicles.

1993 After several months of restoration work, the Great Watching Chamber of Hampton Court Palace, one of the last remaining state apartments of Henry VIII was to reopen to the general public.

1995 The Government decided to free Private Lee Clegg and he was released from Wakefield Prison where he was serving a life sentence for manslaughter.

1997 Staying at home was no longer an option for the unemployed under new sanctions unveiled by education and Employment Secretary David Blunket. People aged 18-24 who refuse offers of work or training can have their benefits stopped for up to a month.

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