7th August

Born on this Day 7th August

1885 Billie Burke
1924 Kenneth Kendall
1929 Ronnie Biggs
1932 Edward Hardwicke
1947 Nick Ross
1949 Matthew Parris
1952 Alexei Sayle
1961 David Duchovny
1961 Walter Swinburn

Died On This Day

1957 Oliver Hardy
1978 Keith Moon
2001 Larry Adler


1965 The Dave Clark Five’s vocalist Mike Smith broke two ribs when he was pulled from the stage by fans in Chicago.

1976 Elton John played the first of seven sell-out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden, taking a record $1.25 million.


1984 Britain’s Tessa Sanderson won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympic games in the javelin competition, the first British gold for a throwing event.

1995 British athlete Jonathan Edwards broke the world triple-jump record at the World Athletic Championships in Gothenberg, with a jump of 18.29 metres.

People & Showbiz

1959 Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen was expecting a third child early in the New Year.

1966 The popular television game show ‘Its A Knockout’ was televised for the first time.

1974 French daredevil Philip Petit tightrope walked his way between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The stunt caused a massive trafic jam on the street, some 1,350 feet below.

General Events

1556 A UFO was seen over the city of Basle in Switzerland and recorded in an illustration in a woodcut.

1988 It was reported that more than a million people were homeless in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, after widespread flooding.

1990 On this day at 12.34 and 56 seconds, 17th of the 8th, 90 the time and date sequence ran from 1-0, an occurence which takes place only once a century.

1990 US President Bush ordered the military build-up that was to become Dessert Shield, to prevent further Iraq advances 5 days after their invasion of Kuwait.

1997 A Russian capsule docked with the crippled Mir Space station, bringing a new crew charged with salvaging the orbiting outpost.

1997 The Times and Sunday Times became the first Internet site to be awarded an audit certificate from ABC electronic, the UK Internet auditors.

1997 Britain’s oldest man, 109 year old Vincent Gulliver, died in his sleep in a Mancheser hospital. Britain’s oldest person is now 113 year old Lucy Askew of Essex.

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