22nd August

Born on this day 22nd August
1883 Cecil Kellaway
1917 John Lee Hooker
1908 Henri Cartier-Bresson
1920 Ray Bradbury
1926 Honor Blackman
1934 General Norman Schwarzkopf
1938 Dale Hawkins
1957 Steve Davis
1973 Howie Dorough
1984 Lee Camp

1485 King Richard III
1922 Michael Collins
1963 William Morris (Viscount Nuffield)


1958 For the first time two sets of brothers replaced each other at the top of the British charts. They were The Everly Brothers and The Kalin Twins.

1964 The Beatles held the top two positions on the US album chart with ‘Hard Days Night’ and ‘Something New’.

1978 Joy Division had their first release with ‘An Idea For Living’.


1992 Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman on his aerodynamic Lotus bike beat the world amateur 5 kilometre track record at Leicester, taking almost 8 seconds off the previous time.

1993 In Llanelli west Wales, rugby players were using leeches to reduce swelling on bruised ears after matches.


1960 The influential satirical review ‘Beyond the Fringe’ opened in Edinburgh.

1963 Charlie Wilson was charged for his involvement in the Great Train Robbery.

1983 The new Miss Swaziland was mis-crowned after the master of ceremonies reading the winners list backwards and crowning the fourth place contestant.


1654 Jacob Barsimon, believed to be the first Jewish immigrant to America.

1985 55 people died when fire broke out aboard an Airtours charter jet on a runway at Manchester Airport.

1989 The first pocket phone service was launched by British Telecom.

2007 The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day!

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