7th July

Born on this Day 7th July
1586 Thomas Howard
1860 Gustav Mahler
1899 George Cukor
1919 Jon Pertwee
1922 Pierre Cardin
1933 Bruce Wells
1940 Ringo Starr
1941 Bill Oddie
1941 Christopher Beeny
1944 Tony Jacklin
1945 Michael Ancram
1947 Rob Townsend
1949 Shelley Duvall
1965 Jeremy Kyle
1965 Jeremy Guscott
1971 Alistair Potts


1954 Elvis Presley made his radio debut as the Memphis station WHBQ played his first recording for Sun records, ‘That’ Alright (Mama)’.

1985 OMD played a free concert in Battersea Park as part of the GLC’s Jobs for a Change campaign.

2007 Worldwide performances by charity event Live Earth.

2009 A memorial is held in honor of Michael Jackson at 10:00 AM PST at The Staples Center in Los Angeles after his death on June 25, 2009


1991 German player Michael Stich beat compatriot Boris Becker in the final of the men’s singles at Wimbledon.

1995 No.1 seed Andre Agassi was defeated in the men’s semi-final at Wimbledon by Boris Becker.

People & Showbiz

1456 A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death.

1990 Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti sang together for the first time in Rome in the World Cup charity performance.

1995 Bob Geldof’s estranged wife, Paula Yates, had a bankruptcy issued against her by the Inland Revenue.

General Events

1802 The first comic book was published in Hudson, New York. It was called ‘The Wasp’ and was created by Robert Rusticoat.

1992 The Government rejected a ban on replica guns with Home Office Minister Charles Wardle claimed that such a ban would mean more criminals carrying real weapons.

1993 In Snowdonia, a gold mine was to open to the general public for £9.50 entry fee. The 3 hour trip would include a chance to dig for gold.

1993 The Lord Chancellor announced that Judges’ jobs would be advertised in future after it was claimed that their selection had been too secretive.

1997 3 days after landing on Mars, the Pathfinder spacecraft yielded what scientists said was unmistakeable photographic evidence that colossal floods scoured the planet’s now-barren landscape more than a billion years ago.

2005 A series of four terrorist explosions occurs on London’s transport system killing 56 people, including four suicide bombers.

2006 The Western Black Rhinoceros is declared extinct due to poaching.

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