30th November

Born on this Day 30th November
1667 Jonathan Swift
1719 Augusta of Saxe-Gotha
1781 Alexander Berry
1835 Mark Twain
1874 Sir Winston Churchill
1930 Robert Guillaume
1937 Sir Ridley Scott
1956 Billy Idol
1959 Lorraine Kelly
1960 Gary Lineker
1968 Des’Ree
1975 Ben Thatcher
1980 Jamie Ashdown
1983 Andy Akinwolere
1987 Dougie Poynter
1994 William Melling

Died On This Day
1900 Oscar Wilde
1977 Sir Terence Rattigan
1979 Joyce Grenfell

1960 Holding onto the No.1 position on the UK charts for the 4th of a total of 8 weeks was Elvis Presley with ‘Its Now Or Never’

1962 Pat Boone chalked up his 21st and final UK Top 20 hit with the title song from his film ‘The Main Attraction’

1977 David Bowie appeared on Bing Crosby’s Xmas show duetting with him on ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and ‘Peace On Earth’ released together in the UK as a single in 1982

1986 Holding onto the No.1 position on the UK charts for the 4th and final week were Berlin with their single ‘Take My Breath Away’

1872 The first international football match was played, Scotland vs. England (it was a 0-0 draw)

1991 John Parrot beat Jimmy White by 16 frames to 13 in the final of the UK Open in Preston, moving him up to 2nd place in the provisional world rankings

People & Showbiz
1844 Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Purloined Letter’ appeared unabridged in ‘Chambers Edinburgh Journal’ and became the first detective story published in the UK

1913 Charlie Chaplin made his film debut, minus the cane and the moustache, in ‘Making A Living’

General Events
1936 Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire. THe structure had been constructed for the Great Exhibition.

1982 Braille menus and wine lists were introduced in all public restaurants in Heathrow’s 3 terminals

1992 Thieves stole 230,000 Mars bars worth £36,000 from a factory in Slough, Berkshire

1996 In Amsterdam 2 burglars, aged 83 and 85 were arrested because one was too deaf to hear the police arrive and the other too slow on his walikng stick to make a getaway

1997 German and Austrian motoring experts visting UK concluded that, for the clarity of warnings, courtesy to motorists, clarity of warnings and sheer efficiency, British roadworks were the best organised in Europe

1999 British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merge to form BAE Systems, Europe’s largest defense contractor and the fourth largest aerospace firm in the world.

2005 John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York.

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