23rd October

Born on this Day 23rd October
1844 Robert Bridges
1893 Gummo Marx
1906 Gertrude Ederle
1931 Diana Dors
1925 Johnny Carson
1939 George Cohen
1940 Pele
1942 Michael Crichton
1942 Anita Roddick
1944 Mike Harding
1946 Graeme Barker
1949 Würzel
1976 Cat Deeley
1977 Alex Tudor
1978 Jimmy Bullard
1978 Steve Harmison
1984 Keiren Westwood
1985 Chris Neal
1986 Jake Robinson
1993 Josh Ruffels

Died On This Day
42 BC Marcus Junius Brutus
1915 W.G. Grace
1921 John Boyd Dunlop
1950 Al Jolson
1979 Merle Oberon

Music
1962 Stevie Wonder recorded ‘Thank You For Loving Me All The Way’, his first track for Motown.

1965 Ken Dodd began his fourth week at No.1 with ‘Tears’.

1978 Sex Pistol Sid Vicious attempted suicide while in custody at the Riker’s Island Detention Centre in New York.

1987 Madonna’s film ‘Who’s That Girl’ opened in London.

Sport
1973 The entire Derby County football team demonstrated in support of their sacked manager Brian Clough.

1974 Moscow was awarded the venue for the 1980 Olympic Games.

People & Showbiz
1911 In Manchester, the first Model T Ford made outside the US rolled off the production line.

1941 Walt Disney film ‘Dumbo’ premiered in New York.

General Events
1642 The Cavaliers of King Charles I clashed with Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads at the Battle of Edgehill.

1814 The first plastic surgery operation to be carried out in Britain was by Doctor Joseph Constantine Carpue at New York Hospital, Chelsea.

1978 The government published plans to replace GCE O’ levels and CSE with a single GCSE examination.

1983 It was reported that Lord Craven had been found dead at an East Sussex mansion. His family were said to have been cursed hundreds of years ago when an ancestor made a village girl pregnant.

1988 Two military helicopters and an 11 tonne ice-breaking machine rescued a pair of Californian grey whales who were trapped under ice near Washington.

1991 A House of Lords ruling broke with 250 year tradition to rule that marital rape is a criminal offence.

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