9th December

Born on this Day 9th December
1927 Benny Green
1915 Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
1916 Kirk Douglas
1934 Dame Judi Dench
1942 Billy Bremner
1943 Joanna Trollope
1944 Neil Innes
1947 Allan Jones
1948 Jonathan Sumption
1949 Tom Kite
1950 Joan Armatrading
1953 Gil Saward
1953 John Malkovich
1957 Donny Osmond
1959 Susan Bullock
1960 Caroline Lucas
1966 Dave Harold
1966 Martin Taylor
1967 Jason Dozzell
1971 Geoff Barrow
1977 Imogen Heap
1979 Stephen McPhail
1983 Jermaine Beckford

Music
1967 The Beatles reached No 1 with ‘Hello, Goodbye’.
1973 ‘Tommy’ the rock opera opened in London.
1978 Boney M reached No 1 with ‘Mary’s Boy Child’, while Ian Dury entered the charts with ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’.
1978 Queen entered the US Top 40 with their quirky double A side ‘Bicycle Race/ Fat Bottomed Girls’.

Sport
1991 Oxford Utd Football Club, owned by the late Robert Maxwell, put its 28 professional footballers up for sale to help repay the £2m debts owed to the Maxwell family.

People & Showbiz
1960 The first episode of Coronation Street was broadcast.
1982 Steven Spielberg’s record breaking sci-fi film ‘E.T.’ premiered in Britain.

General Events
1868 W.E. Gladstone became PM for the first of his four terms in office.
1967 Nicoloae Ceausescu became Romanian premier.
1988 Following Edwina Currie’s comments on salmonella in eggs, farmers in the UK began to slaughter their chickens as egg sales dropped by 60%.

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