Born on this Day 3rd September
1875 Ferdinand Porsche
1913 Alan Ladd
1916 Memphis Slim
1936 Elizabeth Dawn
1940 Pauline Collins
1942 Al Jardine
1950 Nicky Horne
1955 Steve Jones
1960 Nick Gibb
1965 Charlie Sheen
1969 Matthew Offord
1970 Gareth Southgate
1978 John Curtis
1978 Paul Moor
1979 Tiffany Chapman
1981 Fearne Cotton
1983 Nicky Hunt
1985 Scott Carson
1985 Kelvin Wilson
1987 Chris Fountain
Died On This Day
1658 Oliver Cromwell
1994 Billy Wright
2001 Sir Arthur Gilbert
1966 Donovan topped the US chart for the first and only time with ‘Sunshine Superman’.
1971 Rod Stewart’s album ‘Every Picture Tells A Story’ moves to the top of the UK and US charts, staying on both for 4 weeks.
1977 Elvis Presley had a record 27 albums in the UK Top 100 and a record of 9 singles in the UK singles chart
1983 The Eurythmics went to no.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sweet Dreams’ (Are Made Of This)’, while UB40 had their first UK no.1 with a cover of ‘Red Red Wine’.
1992 Prince signed a $100 million, 10 record deal with Warner Bros records, surpassing Michael Jackson and Madonna as the highest paid rock star.
1935 Malcolm Campbell set a new world record of 301.13mph in his Bluebird on Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
1950 The first motor racing world championship was won by Guiseppe Farina of Italy, who clinched the title by winning the Monza Grand Prix.
1966 Captain John Ridgeway and Sgt. Chay Blyth became the first Britons to row across the Atlantic, in the English Rose III, after a journey of 91 days.
People & Showbiz
1939 The first of J B Priestley’s 17 part series, ‘Let The People Slip’ was broadcast.
1966 John Lennon signed to appear in the film ‘How I Won the War’.
1991 The first episode of the BBC comedy ‘2 Point 4 Children’ , titled ‘Leader of the Pack’ was broadcast.
1992 It was announced that TV presenters Keith Chegwin and Maggie Philbin had split up after 10 years of marriage.
1651 The anniversary of the Battle of Worcester between Cromwell’s Army and Charles II’s Army, in which Charles hid in an oak tree.
1783 Britain recognised US independence with the signing of a treaty in Paris, ending the War of Independence
1939 Britain and France declared war on Germany, beginning the Second World War.
1962 The Trans-Canada Highway officially opened, connecting the 4800 miles from coast to coast.
1970 A record 17.5 inch hail stone fell from the sky during a storm in Kansas, USA.
1976 The American Viking II space probe touched down on Mars and began sending back pictures of the red planet’s surface.
1997 Environmentalists announced that Antartica had lost one quarter of its sea ice in the last century. By examining whaling records, scientists discovered the most dramatic evidence of global warming to date.