10th October

Born on this Day 10th October
1923 Murray Walker
1928 Nicholas Parsons
1930 Harold Pinter
1936 Nana Mouskouri
1940 Bobby Hatfield
1946 Chris Tarrant
1946 Charles Dance
1953 Midge Ure
1955 David Lee Roth
1961 Martin Kemp
1970 Matthew Pinsent
1971 Ian Bennett
1973 Scott Morriss
1974 Lucy Powell
1978 Scott Dobie
1981 Gavin Shuker
1989 Emer Kenny
1993 Jayden Stockley

Died On This Day
1983 Sir Ralph Richardson
1985 Yul Brynner
2000 Mrs Bandareike

Music
1964 Roy Orbison reached the top spot with ‘Oh Pretty Woman’.

1978 John Travolta and Olivia Newton John were at No1 with ‘Summer Nights’.

1987 The Bee Gees entered the Top 20 at No.6 with ‘You Win Again’, a future number 1.

Sport
1982 A man leapt 170 ft from Clifton Suspension bridge in Bristol with his feet tied to an elastic rope, bouncing like a yoyo, to become the UK’s first Bungee Jumper.

1993 Retired jockey Peter Scudamore broke a 162 year record by riding 200 miles in 8 hours,37 minutes using 50 horses.

People & Showbiz
1975 Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were remarried at a ceremony in a mud hut village in Botswana.

1994 Richard Branson launched Virgin Cola as a competitor to the welll known established brands of Pepsi and Coca-Cola.

General Events
1903 Emmeline Pankhurst, British Suffragette, formed the women’s Social and Political Union in Manchester to fight for female emancipation.

1940 A German bomb destroyed the high altar of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

1955 The first colour television test transmissions were sent from Alexandra Palace.

1957 The world’s worst nuclear disaster prior to Chernobyl, occurred at the Cumberland power station, Windscale when a routine shutdown ended with a major radiation leak.

1961 A volcanic eruption on the South Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha resulted in the entire population being evacuated to Britain.

1997 The international campaign to ban the use of land mines, which Princess Diana had broughtto the attention of the press in the months before her death, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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