19th July

Born on this day 19th July
1789 John Martin
1814 Samuel Colt
1876 John Gunn
1877 Arthur Fielder
1896 A.J. Cronin
1912 Norman Carr
1928 John Bratby
1937 George Hamilton IV
1938 Nicholas Bethell
1945 George Dzunda
1946 Ilie Nastase
1947 Brian May
1950 Adrian Noble
1965 Evelyn Glennie
1979 Michelle Heaton
1979 Luke Young
1982 Stuart Parnaby
1983 Helen Skelton

1997 Sir James Goldsmith


1963 US teen rocker Bobby Rydell spent his last week in the Top 20 with ‘Forget Him’ written by Tony Hatch.

1975 Paul McCartney’s ‘ Venus and Mars’ moved to the top of both the UK and the US charts.

1980 Billy Joel earned his first gold record with ‘Its Still Rock and Roll To Me’.


1984 Italian cyclist Carlo Tonon fell into a coma after crashing into a spectator and falling durng the 19th leg of the Tour De France.

1992 Chelsea striker Kerry Dixon joined Southampton for £750,000.

1994 Southampton Football Club were given the go-ahead to build a 25,000 all-seat stadium next to the M27 motorway at Stoneham in Eastleigh.

People & Showbiz

1941 The 2 finger ‘V’ for Victory hand signal was introduced by Sir Winston Churchill.

1965 After the failure of the original ‘ Star Trek’ series plot ‘The Cage’, Gene Roddenberry began filming on the second pilot ‘ Where No Man Has Gone Before’, this time starring unknown Canadian actor William Shatner.

1992 50 members of the Bruce Forsyth Fan Club wore their club uniform, carpets on their head, at an annual meeting and procession at Bigbury, Devon.

General Events

1333 Wars of Scottish Independence: Battle of Halidon Hill – The English win a decisive victory over the Scots.

1545 The Tudor warship Mary Rose sinks off Portsmouth.

1545 The Tudor warship Mary Rose sinks off Portsmouth.

1832 The British Medical Association was founded as the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association by Sir Charles Hastings at a meeting in the Board Room of the Worcester Infirmary.

1843 Brunel’s steamship the SS Great Britain is launched, becoming the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull or screw propeller and also becoming the largest vessel afloat in the world.

1983 At Bury St. Edmunds Crown Court, Judge Richards, who earlier caused controverst when he only fined a man for raping a teenage girl who he blamed for the incident, was at the centre of another row after telling would-be suicides to be more dilligent in their attempts. ‘ I wish these people would show more efficiency about these overdoses. How much trouble they would save’.

1995 Millions of tiny willow sawfly caterpillars invaded a residential close in Wolverhampton, reducing gardens to ruins and munching through the foliage of a line of willow tress a 100 yards long.

1995 Home Secretary, Michael Howard, said that the ancient law that allows people to get away with murder if their victims survived for a year and a day would be abolished.

1997 The debate over euthanasia flared up again as Dr. Michael Irwin, an eminent doctor and former medical director of the United Nations, admitted to helping over 50 people to die with fatal injections of morphine.

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