14th July

Born on this Day 14th July
1602 Jules Mazarin
1608 George Goring
1858 Emeline Pankhurst
1901 George Tobias
1910 William Hanna
1911 Terry Thomas
1912 Woody Guthrie
1913 Gerald Ford
1918 Ingmar Bergen
1931 Sir Robert Stephens
1946 Sue Lawley
1948 Tommy Matola
1950 Bruce Oldfield
1952 Chris Cross
1971 Nick McCabe
1974 David Mitchell
1981 Lee Mead
1987 Adam Johnson
1988 James Vaughan


1965 Tom Jones topped the bill that included Ben E King and Gary Lewis and the Playboys at New York’s Brooklyn Fox Theatre.

1972 Gary Glitter and the Glittermen made their live debut at Melksham in Wiltshire.

1977 Elvis Costello and the Attractions played their first gig together at Penzance, where they supported sex-change punk star Wayne County.

1984 Billy Idol’s ‘Eyes Without A Face’ peaked at No4 on the US chart.


1991 Worcestershire beat Lancashire in the Benson and Hedges final.

1992 Danish midfielder John Jensen signed for Arsenal for £1.1 million.

1997 Former world champion boxer Nigel Benn was cleared of assaulting his ex-wife over the custody of their three children. Benn claimed his former wife Sharron had invented the story to bolster her case in the custody battle.

People & Showbiz

1961 Russian cosmonaut and the first man in space Yuri Gagarin arrived in London to a film-star welcome.

1990 Tesco admitted that ‘naturally fed’ chickens featured in a TV ad had been given drugs for most of their lives. The £50 million TV campaign featured Dudley Moore as a Tesco buyer searching a French forest for the ‘idyllic flock’.

1993 It was announced that Hollywood actor Tom Cruise was offered £8 million to play Dracula in the movie version of the best-selling novel ‘Interview With A Vampire’.

General Events

1223 Louis VIII becomes King of France upon the death of his father, Philip II of France.

1789 French Revolution: Citizens of Paris storm the Bastille and free seven prisoners.

1867 Dynamite was demonstrated for the first time by Alfred Noble, at a quarry in Redhill, Surrey.

1881 Billy the Kid is shot and killed by Pat Garrett outside Fort Sumner.

1965 The American space probe Mariner Four flew by Mars, sending back photographs of the planet. The pictures revealed rock formations on the surface that resembled a human face.

1984 Alan Young from Southwark, South London was jailed for 2 1/2 years after he admitted charges of blackmail and burglary. The Central Criminal Court was told that his shame of finding out that he was the illegitimate son of spy Kim Philby was to blame of his life of crime.

1989 Over a million spectactors gathered in the centre of Paris to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution with a huge parade of musicians, jugglers and dancers along the Champs Elysees.

1995 8 men were sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court for reprogramming mobile phones to make free calls to premium lines that had set up in Pakistan, costing BT up to £25,000 a day. In three weeks £600,000 worth of calls were made to one number alone.

1997 The Government announced that the age of consent for gay sex would be lowered to 16. Ministers accepted the irony that while the case for gay sex was being heard, other ministers were considering raising the age of buying cigarettes to 18.

2000 A powerful solar flare, later named the Bastille Day event, causes a geomagnetic storm on Earth.

2002 French President Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unscathed during Bastille Day celebrations.

2003 The United States Government admits to the existence of “Area 51”

2007 Russia withdraws from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.

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