8th July

Born on this day 8th July
1838 Ferdinand Von Zeppelin
1839 John D. Rockefeller
1908 Nelson Rockefeller
1932 Brian Walden
1950 Sarah Kennedy
1958 Kevin Bacon
1959 Pauline Quirke
1961 Andy Fletcher
1961 Graham Jones


1957 William Cadbury


1970 The Everly Brothers Show was launched on US TV as the summer replacement for the popular Johnny Cash show.

1984 Bono and Van Morrison joined Bob Dylan on stage to sing ‘Its All Over Now Baby Blue’.


1978 Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg beat Jimmy Connors to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon for the 3rd consecutive year.

1990 Stefan Edberg beat Boris Becker in the final of the men’s singles at Wimbledon.

1992 Alan Shearer transferred to Blackburn Rovers from Southampton for British record fee of £3.6 million.

1995 Steffi Graf won her 6th women’s single title at Wimbledon, defeating Aranxta Sanchez Vicario 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

People & Showbiz

1991 Gerald Ratner publicly apologised for calling his products ‘total crap’.

1992 Celebrities paid tribute to the late comedian Frankie Howerd at a London memorial service.

General Events

1884 The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was founded in London.

1992 A 10 day French lorry blockade came to an end after thousands of riot police moved into the area to clear the last barricades.

1995 A tramp spent his last £1 on a lottery ticket and won £25000. He intended to settle down on a smallholding in his native Ireland.

1997 NATO leaders agreed to invite Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to join the Alliance in time for its 50th anniversary in April 1999.

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