9th July

Born on this day 9th July
1901 Dame Barbara Cartland
1916 Sir Edward Heath
1935 Michael Williams
1936 Richard Wilson
1937 David Hockney
1947 OJ Simpson
1951 Anjelica Huston
1956 Marc Almond
1956 Tom Hanks
1957 Kelly McGillis
1959 Jim Kerr
1964 Courtney Love
1985 Ashley Young
1995 Georgie Henley


1972 Paul McCartney and Wings began a 7 week European tour at the Chateau Vallon Centre in France.


1995 Pete Sampras achieved his hat- trick of men’s singles title at Wimbledon, beating Boris Becker before a crowd of 13,000 including the Princess of Wales and Placido Domingo.

1997 Mike Tyson’s career looked to be over as the Nevada State Athletic Commission revoked his boxing licence as punishment for biting a chunk from Evander Holyfield’s ear during their fight in Las Vegas.

People & Showbiz

1947 The engagement of Princess Elizabeth to Lt. Philip Mountbatten was announced.

1992 The 1,959th star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame was dedicated to actress Kim Basinger.

General Events

1540 Henry VIII of England annuls his marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

1869 The first childrens home was opened in a converted stable block in Waterloo.

1938 35 million gas masks were issued to the British civilian population in anticipation of the Second World War.

1991 The Post Office announced that it was to cut 2,000 jobs, despite pre-tax profits of around £153 million.

1992 Former Tory minister Lord Norman Tebbit took his seat in the House of Lords.

1997 After years of campaigning, same sex benefits became law in Hawaii.

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