Born on this Day 8th September
1157 King Richard I
1921 Sir Harry Secombe
1925 Peter Sellers
1922 Sid Caesar
1931 Jack Rosenthal
1932 Patsy Cline
1934 Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
1954 Ann Diamond
1979 Kirsten Price
1981 Kate Abdo
1984 Peter Whittingham
1997 Kimberlea Berg
1995 James Gandhi
Died On This Day
1919 Frank Winfield Woolworth
1949 Richard Strauss
2003 Leni Riefenstahl
1975 Rod Stewart’s ‘Sailing’ spent the first of 3 weeks at No.1 spot on the UK charts.
1984 Stevie Wonder had his first UK No.1 ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ taken from the film ‘Lady In Red’ 18 years after his chart debut in 1966. The song stayed at no.1 for 6 weeks.
1990 Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Blaze Of Glory’, taken from the film ‘Young Guns’ II’ a No.2 in the UK.
1993 Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love appeared on stage together at a show in Hollywood. They performed ‘Penny Royal Tea’ the song they wrote together.
1888 Football league matches were played in England for the first time.
1968 British tennis player Virginia Wade beat Billie Jean King to win the first US Open Tennis Championship.
1991 Nigell Mansell claimed his 20th Formula 1 win at the Italian Grand Prix.
People & Showbiz
1960 Publishers Penguin received a court summons for attempting to publish ‘Lady Chatterley’s lover’.
1966 ‘Star Trek’ was broadcast for the first time on US TV.
1966 The first episode of ‘Tarzan’ starring Ron Ely.
1972 The first episode of the popular sitcom ‘Are You Being Served?’ was broadcast as part of the BBC’s Comedy Playhouse.
1976 The first episode of Leonard Rossiters’ cult BBC sitcom ‘The Rise And Fall of Reginald Perrin’ was broadcast.
1981 The first episode of the classic BBC sitcom ‘Only Fools and Horses’ was broadcast.
1888 Annie Chapman, Jack the Ripper’s second victim, was found disembowelled at 29 Hanbury Street.
1944 The first V2 flying bombs fell on Britain, killing 3 people in Chiswick, West London.
1945 General Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbour, attempted to commit suicide rather than face trial. American doctors were able to treat him to ensure he stood trial.
1966 The Severn Bridge was opened.
1967 Uganda abolished traditional tribal kingdoms and became a republic with Milton Obote its first President.
2000 The fuel protests which had been crippling France for the past week reached Britain with a series of actions across the country.