24th October

Born on this Day 24th October
1748 Admiral Lord Collingwood
1930 The Big Bopper
1936 Bill Wyman
1940 Barry Davies
1947 Kevin Kline
1957 Stephen Fry
1971 Caprice Bourret
1972 Dervla Kirwan
1985 Wayne Rooney
1986 John Ruddy
1997 Claudia Fragapane

Died On This Day
1537 Jane Seymour
1922 George Cadbury
1957 Christian Dior

1963 The Beatles began their first tour outside the UK in Sweden.

1964 The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on the top-rated ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ followed by so many complaints Ed vowed never to have them back.

1967 Pink Floyd arrived in the US for their first American tour, beginning at the Filmore West in San Francisco.

1983 Yoko Ono announced her decision to give part of her vast amounts of wealth away as she believed it was what John Lennon would have wanted .

1857 The first football club was formed a by a group of Cambridge University old boys meeting in Sheffield.

1976 British motor racing driver James Hunt won the Japanese Grand Prix to secure the world championship.

1987 Frank Bruno stopped Joe Bugner in the 8th round of their fight at White Hart Lane. At the end of the fight Bugner announced he was retiring to continue his acting career.

People & Showbiz
1700 England’s first weekly magazine ‘The Weekly Entertainment’ went on sale.

1996 HRH Duke of Edinburgh resigned as President of the animal welfare charity WWF after 15 years.

General Events
1604 King James VI of Scotland, became King James I of England, Scotland Ireland and Wales.

1908 Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Chrstabel were sentenced to jail in London for ‘conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace’.

1945 The United Nations was formally established.

1964 Northern Rhodesia became the Republic of Zambia, with Kenneth Kaunda installed as its first President.

1964 Dr Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his ‘leadership in the fight for civil rights and his persistent advocation of non-violent principles’.

1983 Soviet journalist Oleg Bitov who defected while in Italy was granted political asylum in Britain. Bitov was believed to have links with the KGB.

1995 A total eclipse of the sun was visible from India and Vietnam.

2003 Concorde made its last commercial flight, bringing the era of airliner supersonic travel to a close.

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