20th July

Born on this Day 20th July
356 BC Alexander the Great
1838 George Otto Trevelyan
1889 Lord Reith
1893 George Llewelyn-Davies
1900 Maurice Leyland
1919 Sir Edmund Hillary KG
1926 Patricia Cutts
1933 Rex Williams
1935 Ted Rogers
1938 Dame Diana Rigg
1938 Natalie Wood
1945 John Lodge
1946 Wendy Richard
1947 Carlos Santana
1951 Jeff Rawle
1955 Jem Finer
1956 Paul Cook
1958 Mike McNeil
1962 Lee Harris
1968 Julian Rhind-Tutt

Died on this Day
1973 Bruce Lee
1989 Harry Worth
2001 Milt Gabler


1967 Jimi Hendrix recorded ‘ Burning The Midnight Lamp’ in New York, with Aretha Franklin helping out on backing vocals.

1986 All the group’s former members joined Santana at a 20th anniversary show in San Francisco.


1885 The Football Association legalises professionalism in football under pressure from the British Football Association.

1979 22 year old Spanish player Seve Ballesteros became only the second golfer from continental Europe to win the British Open Championship.

1994 Roach and bream worth £15,000 stocked in a Nottinghmshire lake in April were plundered by cormorant birds. Very few were left for anglers in a world championship due to begin in September.

People & Showbiz

1995 The Queen Mother was recovering at Clarence House after an operation to remove a cataract from her left eye.

General Events

1304 Wars of Scottish Independence: Fall of Stirling Castle – King Edward I of England takes the stronghold using the War Wolf.

1712 The Riot Act takes effect in Great Britain.

1903 Ford Motor Company shipped its first car.

1917 In order to recruit in WW1, the US ‘draft lottery’ went into operation. 258 was the first number drawn.

1933 In London, 500,000 march against anti-Semitism.

1976 The Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars.

1982 Hyde Park and Regents Park bombings: The Provisional IRA detonates two bombs in Hyde Park and Regents Park in central London, killing eight soldiers, wounding forty-seven people, and leading to the deaths of seven horses.

1993 According to a MORI survey, 8 out of 10 men did not mindt heir wives or girlfriends being a little fat and were fed up with their constant dieting.

1993 Pub landlady Donna Swinburn from Roker, Sunderland, lifted a ban on smoking after takings fell by £14,000 in 4 months.

1997 A survey by the CAA’s balloon and airship inspector’s showed that around 60,000 people go on hot air balloon flights each year and that there had been no fatalities in Britain since 1974.

2001 The London Stock Exchange goes public.

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