5th October

Born on this Day 5th October
1919 Donald Pleasance
1923 Glynis Johns
1929 Fred Feast
1933 Diane Cilento
1941 Stephanie Cole
1943 Steve Miller
1947 Brian Johnson
1950 Eddie Clarke
1952 Clive Barker
1954 Sir Bob Geldof
1957 Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson
1962 Caron Keating
1975 Kate Winslet
1975 Parminder Nagra
1980 James Toseland
1983 Nicky Hilton
1984 Tiana Benjamin
1985 Nicola Roberts
1988 Benny Howell

Died On This Day
1880 Jacques Offenbach
1983 Earl S. Tupper
1984 Leonard Rossiter


1963 The Beatles hold onto the No.1 position for the 4th week with ‘She Loves You’.

1968 Cream began their farewell American tour. .

1972 Rod Stewart stood at No. 1 on the UK chart with ‘You Wear It Well’.

1985 Midge Ure reached the No.1 with ‘If I Was’.


1895 The first individual time trial for racing cyclists is held on a 50-mile course north of London.

1933 English champion jockey Gordon Richards rode his 12th consecutive win in 3 days.

1991 In the Rugby World Cup, Scotland beat Japan 47-9.

People & Showbiz

1954 Marilyn Monroe sued Joe Di Maggio for divorce.

1962 Dr. No, the first in the James Bond film series, was released.

1969 Monty Python’s Flying Circus premiered on BBC TV.

General Events

1936 200 unemployed men began their Jarrow March to London with a barrel holding a petition with 11,572 signatures with which they hoped to bring to the attention the 68% unemployment in the town of Jarrow.

1947 The first televised White House address is given by U.S. President Harry S. Truman.

1992 It was announced that the Channel Tunnel wouldn’t open until Christmas 1993, the project was 7 months late due to rows over costs between Eurotunnel and builders TML.

1993 In Berkshire, a team of children between 13 and 14 years old, were being used to trap shopkeepers who were illegally selling fireworks to underage children.

1994 Neil Kinnoch made an emotional speech at the Labour Party Conference expressing his regret that that he had not lead the party to government, as he left the party to take up the post of European Commissioner in Brussels.

1997 Michael Foale, the British astronaut who had spent 144 days aboard the malfunctioning Russian space station Mir, was toi wait a further day aboard the NASA space shuttle Atlantis after bad weather reports in the intended landing area in Florida.

1999 In Britain’s worst rail crash for 10 years, 2 commuter trains crashed near Paddington Station. Over 30 people were killed, with many more injured. The crash was blamed on human error – the driver went through a red warning signal.

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