2nd November

Born on this Day 2nd November
1636 Edward Colston
1734 Daniel Boone
1755 Marie Antoinette
1821 Sir George Bowen
1906 Luchino Visconti
1908 Fred Bakewell
1913 Burt Lancaster
1928 Paul Johnson
1934 Ken Rosewall
1941 Juliet Mills
1942 Stephanie Powers
1944 Keith Emerson
1952 Maxine Nightingale
1961 KD Lang
1972 Samantha Janus
1987 Danny Cipriani
1994 Shaq Coulthirst

Died On This Day
1950 George Bernard Shaw
1991 Irwin Allen
2000 Lady Sue Ryder


1963 Gerry and the Pacemakers reached No.1 with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’

1968 Jimi Hendrix entered the charts at No.18 with his classic ‘All Along The Watchtower’

1981 The Specials split at the same announcing the formation of The Fun Boy Three


1991 Australia beat England 12-6 in the final of the Rugby World Cup atTwickenham

1993 Former world welterweight champion Lloyd Honeyghan won his 46th professional fight after beating Steve Goodwin

People & Showbiz

1936 The British Broadcasting Corporation initiates the BBC Television Service, the world’s first regular, high-definition (then defined as at least 200 lines) service. Renamed BBC1 in 1964, the channel still runs to this day.

1954 The first edition of ‘Hancock’s Half’ was screened by the BBC

1959 Quiz show scandals: Twenty One game show contestant Charles Van Doren admits to a Congressional committee that he had been given questions and answers in advance.

1982 Channel 4, Britain’s first new television channel for 18 years, began transmitting

2001 The computer-animated movie ‘Monsters Inc’ opened- it had the best ever debut for an animated film and the 6th best of all time

General Events

1871 Britain’s police forces began photographing all prisoners to form a ‘rogues gallery’

1903 The Daily Mirror was published for the first time

1924 The Sunday Express published the first crossword to appear in a British newspaper

1959 The first section of the M1 motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the United Kingdom, is opened between the present junctions 5 and 18, along with the M10 motorway and M45 motorway

1960 Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the Lady Chatterley’s Lover case

1976 Jimmy Carter was elected President of the USA

1988 The Morris worm, the first internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, is launched from MIT.

1989 Jaguar, one of the few British-owned car makers left, was bought by the giant American Ford corporation in a £1.6 billion deal

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