16th July

Born on this day 16th July
1872 Roald Amundsen
1942 Desmond Decker
1958 Michael Flatley
1907 Barbara Stanwyck
1942 Margaret Court
1963 Phoebe Cates
1911 Ginger Rogers
1952 Stewart Copeland
1964 Miguel Indurain

1557 Anne of Cleves
1918 Tsar Nicholas II
1999 John F. Kennedy Jnr


1960 Rocker Gene Vincent spent his final week in the UK Top 20 with a revival of ‘Pistol Packing Man’.

1972 Smokey Robinson and The Miracles played their final date in Washington DC before Smokey’s departure.

1976 Both The Allman Brothers and Loggins and Messina disbanded.

1988 Michael Jackson played to a packed Wembley Stadium.


1988 American Florence Joyner set a new 100 metres record with a time of 10.49 seconds in Indianapolis.

1990 Nigel Mansell announced his intention to retire at the end of the season after being forced to quit the British Grand Prix with gearbox trouble.

1995 A report by the Golf Research Group said that the 388 new courses opened in Britain since 1989 were making an average annual pre-tax loss of £31,000.

People & Showbiz

1943 Batman made his screen debut in part one of Columbia’s 15 part ‘Batman’ serial at American cinemas. Lewis Wilson starred as the caped crusader who fought the evil Doctor Deka in the first episode, entitled ‘The Electrical Brain’.

1946 20th Century Fox signed unknown model Norma Jean Baker to a contract worth 75 dollars a week. On the advice of her agent, Norma Jean fixed her jaw, bob-tipped her nose and changed her name to Marilyn Monroe.

1994 26 year old topless model and actress Anna Nicole Smith married 89 year old American billionaire J Howard Marshall II.

General Events

1377 The coronation of King Richard II took place.

1945 The first atomic bomb was detonated at Almogordo Air Base in New Mexico.

1984 A jeroboam of Mouton Baron de Rothschild 1870 became the world’s most expensive bottle of wine when it was sold in Britain for over £26,500 of £500 a glass.

1990 Voluntary written tests for learner drivers were to be introduced in September with close monitoring by the Department of Transport, who hoped to introduce compulsory written tests by 1992.

1992 Security procedures at Buckingham Palace were again in doubt after an intruder was caught just 50 yards from the Queen’s bedroom.

1995 The Species Action Programme was considering reintroducing the beaver to Britain as part of a scheme to manage woodlands using only natural methods. The European beaver became extinct in the British Isles during the 15th century.

1997 It was announced that beggars in Bath could soon be offered a salary between £10,000 and £14,000 for helping visitors find places in their city. The annual arrival of 4.5 million tourists attracts dozens of beggars each year and some are even rumoured to make up to £100 a day.

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