13th July

Born on this Day 13th July
100 BC Julius Caesar
1527 John Dee
1579 Arthur Dee
1607 Václav Hollar
1745 Robert Calder
1793 John Clare
1811 Sir George Gilbert Scott
1859 Sidney Webb
1901 Eric Portman
1903 Kenneth Clark
1920 Bill Towers
1933 Patsy Byrne
1934 Gordon Lee
1940 Patrick Stewart
1942 Jim McGuinn
1942 Harrison Ford
1944 Erno Rubik
1959 Richard Leman
1960 Ian Hislop
1963 Neal Foulds
1969 Barney Greenway
1987 Tulisa Contostavlos

1705 Titus Oates
1980 Sir Seretse Khama
1982 Kenneth More


1978 The BBC banned the Sex Pistol’s ‘Noone Is Innocent’.

1993 Los Angeles police told Phil Collins and Art Garfunkel to be quiet or face jail, after neighbours complained about the noise while they were singing at a friends late night wedding reception.

1985 The Live Aid benefit concert takes place in London and Philadelphia, as well as other venues such as Sydney and Moscow.

1995 George Michael signed a new deal with Virgin Records and planned to release an album witin 12 months.


1908 The 4th Olympic Games opened in London, the first Olympics in which women were allowed to compete.

1990 It was reported that the largest salmon caught by an angler in North America had been landed, weighing 72lbs. The fish took 1 1/4 hours to land and because of the rules of the Restigouche River, in New Brunswick, Canada, was released back into the water alive.

People & Showbiz

1990 ‘Ghost’ starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg opened in cinemas across the US.

General Events

1174 William I of Scotland, a key rebel in the Revolt of 1173–1174, is captured at Alnwick by forces loyal to Henry II of England.

1568 A method of bottling beer was perfected by the Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

1643 English Civil War: Battle of Roundway Down – In England, Henry Wilmot, 1st Earl of Rochester, commanding the Royalist forces, heavily defeats the Parliamentarian forces led by Sir William Waller.

1837 Queen Victoria became the first monarch to move into the 600 room Buckingham Palace.

1962 In an unprecedented action, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan dismisses seven members of his Cabinet, marking the effective end of the National Liberals as a distinct force within British politics.

1984 Members of the Animal Liberation Front were blamed for setting loose over 500 mink from 2 farms in Longridge, near Preston, Lancs..

1990 A section of the A34 between Winchester and Newbury was closed because tarmac being used to resurface one lane would not solidify in the heat, said to be between 115F-122F.
1992 A 13 year old boy became Britain’s youngest -ever Bachelor of Science when he finished 2nd out of his class with a first class honours degree.

1995 A decision by the European Court of Justice meant that men may be eligible for an extra 5 years of free prescriptions and enjoy the same rights as women.

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