23rd August

Born on this Day 23rd August
1852 Arnold Toynbee
1875 William Eccles
1905 Constant Lambert
1909 Syd Buller
1912 Gene Kelly
1921 Sam Cook
1923 Edgar F. Codd
1942 Roger Greenaway
1947 Keith Moon
1947 Willy Russell
1947 David Robb
1949 Geoff Capes
1949 Shelley Long
1953 Bobby G
1961 Gary Mabbutt
1962 Shaun Ryder
1963 Richard Illingworth
1969 Keith Tyson
1970 River Phoenix
1972 Martin Grainger
1972 Mark Butcher
1974 Ray Park
1975 Eliza Carthy
1979 Ritchie Neville
1984 Kristy Bruce
1984 Glen Johnson
1989 Lianne La Havas


1962 John Lennon married Cynthia Powell in a secret ceremony in Liverpool with Paul McCartney as best man.

1970 Lou Reed played his last show with Velvet Underground at Max’s Kansas City Club in New York.

1973 The first ever Reading Festival took place with performers including Eric Burden and Traffic taking to the stage.

1993 Brit band Duran Duran had a star dedicated to them on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


1938 English player Len Hutton scored a record 364 run in 13 hours and 20 minutes in the 5th Test against Australia at the Oval. In celebration, nearby church bells were rung 364 times.

1988 British athletes protested against a plan to give Sebastian Coe a wild card entry into the British Olympic team.

1997 England beat Australia by 19 runs after bowling them all out for 104 in the 6th Test at the Oval, though the series was already lost.


1963 The second James Bond movie, ‘From Russia With Love’ went on general release in the UK.

1992 Paula Yates angered working mothers by saying in an interview that they were better off staying at home.

1998 ‘Scary Spice’ Melanie Brown announced she was pregnant.


1305 William Wallace, Scottish patriot, is executed for high treason by Edward I of England.

1839 The United Kingdom captures Hong Kong as a base as it prepares for war with Qing China. The ensuing 3-year conflict will later be known as the First Opium War.

1873 Albert Bridge in Chelsea, London opened.

1914 The anniversary of the Battle of Mons in WWI.

1940 The Blitz of London began.

1988 1000 workers in Sunderland were made redundant from the North-East Shpbuilder’s yard after the cancellation of a £90 million Dutch order.

1989 1,645 Australian domestic airline pilots resign after the airlines threaten to fire them and sue them over a dispute.

1996 Osama bin Laden issues message entitled ‘A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places.’

1997 A British Airways pilot and co-pilot were suspended after allowing a 5 year old girl to operate the controls of a Boeing 757 airliner on its way to the South of France to Heathrow.

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