6th August

Born on this Day 6th August

1881 Sir Alexander Fleming
1911 Lucille Ball
1917 Robert Mitcham
1926 Frank Finlay
1928 Andy Warhol
1932 Michael Deeley
1937 Barbara Windsor
1952 Brian Levant
1972 Geri Halliwell

Died On This Day

1623 Anne Hathaway
1978 Pope Paul VI
2001 Dame Dorothy Tutin

Music

1964 Rod Stewart made his television debut on ‘The Beat Room’.

1989 Soul II Soul stormed out of ‘Top Of The Pops’ studio after being told they must mime and could not sing live.

1994 Billy Idol left hospital hospital in California after treatment for an alleged drugs overdose.

Sport

1971 Chay Blyth returned to Britain after completing the first solo voyage around the world in a westerly direction.

1984 Brazil’s Joachim Cruz won his country’s first Olympic gold medal for a track event after narrowly beating Britain’s Sebastian Coe in the 800 metres.

1988 11 year old Thomas Gregory from south London became the youngest person to swim the English Channel in a time of 12 hours.

People & Showbiz

1961 Gherman S. Titov became the second Russian in space, aboard Vostok 2. He was the first man in space to complain of motion sickness.

1986 United Artists ended months of speculation when they announced Timothy Dalton would star as Agent 007 in the 15th James Bond film.

1993 ‘The Fugitive’ starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones opened in cinemas across America.

1998 Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky spent 8 1/2 hours testifying before a grand jury about her relationship with U.S. President Clinton.

General Events

1889 The Savoy Hotel in London opened.

1890 the electric chair was used for the first time.

1945 The American B-29 bomber ‘Enola Gay’ dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

1962 Jamaica gained independence from Britain and Sir Alexander Bustamante became the first Jamaican Prime Minister.

1992 It was reported that the only breeding pair of Golden Eagles in England had reared a chick.

1996 NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin announced the discovery of evidence of a primitive life form on Mars. The evidence came from a fossil found on a meteorite in Antartica believed to have come from Mars billions of years ago.

1997 It was announced that Australian scientists had worked out the complete genetic sequence of the bacterium that causes peptic ulcers. Hopes were high that the new information could soon be out to use against one of the commonest causes of death and disability. It is believed that the bacterium affects half of the world’s population in some way or other.

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