15th July

Born on this Day 15th July
1606 Rembrandt
1808 Henry Edward Cardinal Manning
1864 Marie Tempest
1911 Edward Shackleton
1913 Hammond Innes
1919 Dame Iris Murdoch
1933 Julian Bream
1940 Prof. Lord (Robert) Winston
1943 Millie Jackson
1944 Jan Michael Vincent
1946 Linda Ronstadt
1946 The Sultan of Brunei
1947 Peter Banks
1949 Trevor Horn
1952 Celia Imrie
1956 Ian Curtis
1963 Brigitte Nielsen
1965 David Miliband
1966 Jason Bonham

1881 William Bonney
1997 Gianni Versace


1974 Metro Radio began broadcasting from Newcastle.

1977 Ray Davies announced once again that he was leaving The Kinks, once again it was only a temporary departure.

1989 Pink Floyd who were to play a concert in Venice, were told by officials not to play louder than 60 decibels to prevent damage to historic buildings.


1989 Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar was to join a march to Britain’s largest Krishna temple at Letchmore Heath, Hertfordshire, which was threatened with closure.

1993 The Railway Inn darts team from Torquay, Devon, thrashed their rivals, the Little House pub, by shooting their darts from Amazon blowpipes. There was nothing in the rules to stop them.

People & Showbiz

1795 ‘Le Marseillaise’ composed in 1792 by Rouget de Lisle, became the national anthem of France, and the world’s first officially adopted national Anthem.

1988 ‘A Fish Called Wanda’ starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Kevin Kline opened at cinemas in the US.

1993 First World War spy and femme fatale Mata Hari was to get her own museum in Leeuwarden, Holland, her birthplace.

1997 Princess Diana’s office denied recent newspaper reports that she was to soon make a ‘surprise announcement about her future’, possibly that she was going to live abroad.

General Events

1099 First Crusade: Christian soldiers take the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after the final assault of a difficult siege.

1381 John Ball, a leader in the Peasants’ Revolt, is hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England.

1815 Napoleon Bonaparte surrendered to the captain of HMS Bellerophon following his defeat at Waterloo.

1948 Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in London, 13 years after its American counterpart.

1989 Fruit machines were banned from all public places in Birmingham in an attempt to stop gambling addiction in children.
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.

1990 British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes began an expedition to find the lost city of Ubar, buried for 2,000 years.
1990 British Coal’s plan to close Brodworth colliery in South Yorkshire received the miner’s endorsement, 2-1 in favour. The pit lost over £11.5 million in 1989.

1994 Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen was to visit Russia in October, the first visit by a British monarch since 1908, at the invitation of President Yeltsin.

1995 It was reported that Tony Blair failed to declare a trip on Concorde in 1986 and faced a reprimand from a Commons committee.

2003 AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape Communications Corporation. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.

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