Born on this Day 7th October
1931 Archbishop Desmond Tutu
1935 Thomas Keneally
1938 Ann Jones
1939 Clive James
1945 Kevin Godley
1952 Vladimir Putin
1957 Jayne Torvill
1959 Simon Cowell
1964 Sam Brown
1964 Paul Stewart
1967 Luke Haines
1968 Pippa Funnell
1968 Thom Yorke
1969 Maria Whittaker
1975 Tim Minchin
1978 Alison Balsom
1978 Alesha Dixon
1982 Jermain Defoe
1983 Archie Bland
Died On This Day
1849 Edgar Allen Poe
1956 Clarence Birdseye
1959 Mario Lanza
1961 The Highwaymen reached the No.1 spot with ‘Michael Row The Boat’.
1963 ‘She Loves You’ by the Beatles stood in the No.1 spot in the UK singles chart.
1972 David Cassidy began his second week in the No.1 position with ‘How Can I Be Sure’.
1977 Steve Hackett left Genesis.
1982 Allan Wells of Scotland and Mike McFarlane of England made athletics history when they crossed the line together in the Commonwealth Games 200m in Brisbane at exactly the same time, even the photofinish equipment was unable to separate them.
People & Showbiz
1954 The first televised coverage of a Party Conference was transmitted from the Conservative Party at Blackpool.
1983 Sean Connery returned to the James Bond role with the premier of ‘Never Say Never Again’ in the US.
1993 The first episode of American law drama ‘LA Law’ was broadcast in the US.
1769 Captain Cook reached New Zealand.
1919 KLM, the world’s oldest existing airline was established.
1988 The government allocated £1.7m to research the greenhouse effect.
1988 In Alaska, an international force began the task of freeing grey whales trapped in ice. The majority of those freeing them were crews of whaling ships.
1990 Following Iraq’s recent invasion of Kuwait Israel began handing out gas masks to its citizens.
2001 The US and Great Britain began air strikes in Afghanistan in response to that state’s support of terrorism and Osama Bin Laden. This was the first military action taken in response to the terrorist attacks on the US on September 11, 2001
2003 California governor Gray Davis was recalled from office and replaced by Arnold Shwarzenegger