Born on this Day 16th August
1902 Georgette Heyer
1930 Ted Hughes
1939 Sir Trevor McDonald
1940 John Craven
1946 Lesley Ann Warren
1947 Katherine Hamnett
1953 James ‘JT’ Taylor
1954 James Cameron
1967 Ulrika Jonsson
1980 Robert Hardy
1983 Colin Griffiths
1962 Original Beatles drummer Pete Best was fired by Brian Epstein and replaced by Ringo Starr
1966 The Monkees’ first single, ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ was released
1975 Phil Collins, drummer with Genesis, replaced the departing Peter Gabriel as lead singer
1988 Vinny Jones was given an indefinite ban by Wimbledon after he was sent off during a pre-season match
1991 The 103 year old Football League collapsed when te 22 first division clubs handed in their notice of resignation, intending to join the Premier League
1968 Mia Farrow divorced Frank Sinatra
1985 The final episode of the popular adventure series ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ was shown on US television
1991 Karaoke moved into the living room with the launch of Astra dishes from Lifestyle Satellite Jukebox
1904 Construction began on New York’s Grand central Station.
1960 Britain granted independence to the crown colony of Cyprus.
1989 A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto’s stock market.
1994 Following protests over 50 sheep carried in the hold of a jumbo jet between Australia and Singapore, British Airways announced it was to review its policy of flying live farm animals.