Born on this Day 12th November
1840 Auguste Rodin
1912 Sun Yat-sen
1929 Grace Kelly
1911 Prebendary Chad Varah
1936 Mort Schuman
1945 Errol Brown
1945 Neil Young
1955 Les McKeown
1966 David Schwimmer
1968 Aaron Stainthorpe
1975 Katherine Grainger
1982 Mikele Leigertwood
1986 Nedum Onuoha
Died On This Day
1035 King Canute
1671 Thomas Fairfax
1947 Baroness Orczy
1955 Bill Haley reached the No.1 with ‘Rock Around The Clock’.
1955 Pat Boone made his debut un the UK chart with ‘Aint That A Shame’.
1970 The Doors played their last show with Jim Morrison.
1980 Bruce Springsteen topped the album chart for the first time with ‘The River’.
1927 The first London to Brighton veteran car rally took place and was won by John Bryce over 50 other entrants.
1994 Liverpool football club announced they were investigating allegations that Bruce Grobbelaar had taken money to fix matches.
People & Showbiz
1859 The world’s first flying trapeze circus act was performed by 21 year old Jules Leotard at the Cirque Napoleon in Paris.
1974 A warrant was issued for the arrest of Lord Lucan on charges of murdering his child’s nanny and the attempted murder of his wife.
1992 The first episode of ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ starring Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French was broadcast on the BBC.
1997 The Brazilian Supreme Court unanimously turned down Britain’s request to extradite Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs to Engand to serve the rest of his 30 year prison sentence.
1841 The first edition of Britain’s Jewish newspaper ‘The Jewish Chronicle’ was published.
1867 The Conservatives held Britain’s first Party Conference at the Freemason’s Tavern on Great Queen Strret, London.
1919 Brothers Keith and Ross Smith departed from Hounslow on the first aeroplane flight to Australia, reaching Darwin on 13th December.
1982 Yuri Andropov succeeded Brezhnev as Soviet leader.
1983 Britain returned a fragment of the Sphinx’s beard to Egypt. The fragment had been in the British museum for 165 years.
1990 The coronation of Emperor Akihito of Japan took place in Tokyo.
2001 American Airlines flight 587 crashed just minutes after take off from Kennedy Airport in New York. All 260 people on board were killed.