28th August

Born on this day 28th August
1749 Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
1828 Count Leo Tolstoy
1899 Charles Boyer
1930 Windsor Davis
1944 David Soul
1947 Emlyn Hughes
1948 Judith Davey
1949 Hugh Cornwall
1965 Shania Twain
1982 Leann Rimes
1980 Jonathan Reynolds
1986 Florence Welch

1964 The Rolling Stones appeared at the Gaumont in Taunton

1976 The Bee Gee’s disco classic ‘You Should Be Dancing’ moved to the No.1 spot on the US disco chart.

1988 Kylie Minogue’s album ‘Kylie’ became the biggest selling female debut album of all time in the UK with sales of 1.9 million.

1994 England’s Damon Hill was given a controversial first place at the Belgium Grand Prix after the winner Michael Schumacher was disqualified when a mandatory wooden board under his car was found to be of illegal size.

1963 Dr Martin Luther King made his famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech in Washington.

1981 Paul Edai was found guilty of murdering ‘Born Free’ author Joy Adamson in Kenya.

1996 The 15 year marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially ended with the issue of the divorce decree.

1844 The first ‘Telegraph Arrest’ took place when police in Paddington, London, wired colleagues in Slough who arrested Oliver Martin and ‘Fiddler Dick’, two pick-pockets.

1988 The Yan Hee Polyclinic in Bangkok announced a new slimming technique where over-weight Thais were sticking lettuce seeds in their ears. It was said that sticking the seeds into the ear tens time before meal killed hunger.

1991 It was reported that the key to long life was Zakusi, a diet of light corn wafers seasoned with potted cheese and tarragon. Zakusi is the favourite food of the Abkhazis in the Soviet republic of Georgia, who have 21,000 centenarians compared to only 3,000 in Britain.

2003 An electricity blackout cuts off power to around 500,000 people living in south east England and brings 60% of London’s underground rail network to a halt.

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