8th October

Born on this Day 8th October
1585 Heinrich Schutz
1857 Will Thorne
1895 Juan Peron
1929 Baroness (Betty) Boothroyd
1932 Ray Reardon
1935 Albert Roux
1940 Paul Hogan
1943 Chevy Chase
1948 Sigourney Weaver
1950 Robert ‘Kool’ Bell
1964 Ian Hart
1965 Ardel O’Hanlon
1968 Leeroy Thornhill
1970 Matt Damon
1970 Anne-Marie Duff
1970 Sadiq Khan
1971 David Gauke
1979 Paul Burchill

Died On This Day
1967 Earl (Clement) Attlee
2002 Phyllis Calvert

Music
1955 Jimmy Young reached No.1 with ‘The Man From Laramie’.

1960 Johnny Mathis entered the Top 20 with ‘My Love For You’.

1969 The Beatles’ album ‘Abbey Road’ entered the UK charts at No.1.

1980 Bob Marley and the Wailers played their final show.

Sport
1938 The BBC’s coverage of the Imperial Trophy Heats at Crystal Palace was the first televised motor racing in the UK.

People & Showbiz
1988 Actress Robin Givens filed for divorce after 8 month’s marriage to heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.

1989 A Morris Oxford car once owned by Winston Churchill was sold for £11,110 at Sotherby’s auction.

General Events
1965 The Post Office Tower in Maple Street, standing 580 feet tall, was opened.

1967 Britain’s first breathalyser test took place, administered to a motorist at Flax Bourton in Somerset.

1980 The Mini Metro was launched by British Leyland.

1991 The Croatian parliament unanimously declared full independence, announcing that it would cut all ties with the Yugoslav federation.

1993 People in Spurn Head, Humberside were asked to stay indoors and close all doors and windows after a toxic cloud was spotted drifting towards the coast from the Panamanian ship the ‘Sava Star’.

1998 Canada and Netherlands were voted into the UN Security Council

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