Born on this Day 5th September
1735 Johann Christian Bach
1847 Jesse James
1875 Ferdinand Porsche
1946 Freddie Mercury
1935 Johnny Briggs
1937 Dick Clement
1945 Al Stewart
1946 Loudon Wainwright III
1962 Tracy Edwards
1979 Stewart Holden
1989 Ben Youngs
1991 Skandar Keynes
Died On This Day
1970 Jochen Rindt
1997 Sir George Solti
1997 Mother Teresa of Calcutta
1969 James Brown announced he was retiring from live shows.
1981 Bananarama’s first single ‘Aie A Mwana’ was released, but failed to chart .
1986 Dire Straits won the MTV Best Video award ‘Money For Nothing’.
1990 BB King received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1998 Aerosmith scored their first US No.1 single with the Diane Warren written song ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’.
1998 Boyzone went back to No.1 on the UK album chart with their album ‘Where We Belong’.
1951 16 year old Maureen Connolly, known as ‘Little Mo’ became the youngest ever winner of the US Tennis Championship.
1972 Members of the Palestinian movement Black September broke into the Olympic village in Munich and opened fire on the building occupied by the Israeli team with sub-machine guns, killing a coach and one athlete and taking a further nine hostages.
1992 Ferrari moved to Britain in an attempt to design a car fast enough to challenge Nigel Mansell’s team for the Formula One championship.
People & Showbiz
1963 Christine Keeler, central figure in the Profumo affair, was arrested and charged with perjury.
1969 ITV began broadcasting in colour.
1987 ‘No Sex Please – We’re British’, the world’s longest running comedy, closed after 6,671 performances spanning 16 years.
1997 Princes’ William and Harry made their first public appearance after Diana’s death before the grieving crowds at Kensington Palace.
1664 After days of negotiation, the Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam, surrendered to the British, who would later rename it New York.
1800 French troops occupying Malta surrendered to the British.
1945 French troops landed in Singapore without any opposition and on September 12th the Allied Commander, Lord Louis Mountabatten accepted the surrender of Singapore, by the Japanese.
1958 Martin Luther King was fined $14 for refusing to obey a police officer.
1993 The Swiss army revealed they were to be issued with a new armed bicycle, built to carry a machine gun, a bazooka and mortar.