1st September

Born on this Day 1st September
1866 James (Gentleman Jim) Corbett
1875 Edgar Rice Burroughs 1923 Rocky Marciano
1931 Boxcar Willy
1933 Conway Twitty
1948 Kristin McCall
1918 Milton Shulman
1939 Lily Tomlin
1946 Barry Gibb
1955 Bruce Foxton
1957 Gloria Estefan
1962 Ruud Gullit
1979 Neg Dupree
1980 Lara Pulver
1980 Chris Riggott
1989 Daniel Sturridge
1990 Aisling Loftus

Died On This Day
1687 Henry More
1977 Ethel Walters
2001 Brian Moore

Music
1972 David Bowie released ‘John, I’m Only Dancing’ in the UK.

1979 U2 had their first release in Ireland, an EP called ‘U2:3’.

1985 Mick Jones sought an injunction against the remaining members of the group for using the name Clash.

1984 After a 25 year career Tina Turner had her first solo No.1 in the US with ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’.

Sport
1958 Surrey won the County Cricket Championship for the 7th year.

1990 19 year old Walid Kader from Cairo swam the English Channel between Dover and Calais in 13 hours despite having only 1 arm and 1 leg.

1990 Lancashire beat Northamptonshire in the final of the NatWest trophy, becoming the first side to win both the NatWest and Benson and Hedges cups in the same season.

1991 Britain won the 4×400 metres relay in the World Championships in Tokyo, beating hot favourites USA in a new European record of 2mins 57.53 secs.

People & Showbiz
1904 Helen Keller, deaf and blind since infancy, graduated with honours from Radcliffe College in the US.

General Events
1689 A beard tax was introduced in Russia. The longer the beard the higher the tax.

1939 Germany invaded Poland and took Danzig. On the same day, Hitler ordered the extermination of all the mentally ill of Germany and Switzerland declared the neutrality it managed to maintain throughout WWII.

1969 Colonel Moammar Gadhafi rose to power by deposing of Libya’s King Idris I in a bloodless coup.

1974 The first Transatlantic flight under 2 hours was achieved by an American Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird fighter.

1985 The wreck of the Titanic was found by scientists in the Atlantic south of Newfoundland, 73 years after it struck an iceberg and sank.

1989 It became law for under-14’s to wear seatbelts in the rear seats of cars.

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