Born on this day 11th December
1803 Hector Berlioz
1922 Marie Wilson
1913 Carlo Ponti
1918 Alexander Solzhenitsyn
1919 Cliff Michelmore
1931 Rita Moreno
1944 Brenda Lee
1944 Kenneth Cranham
1954 Jermaine Jackson
1956 Andrew Lansley
1956 Stevie Young
1958 Chris Hughton
1960 Rachel Portman
1961 Marco Pierre White
1963 Nigel Winterburn
1974 Ben Shephard
1984 Leighton Baines
1971 Benny Hill moved to No 1 with ‘Ernie (The Fastest Milk Man In The West)’.
1972 Genesis made their live American debut in Massachusetts.
1982 The Jam’s final concert was held at Brighton
1991 Seve Ballesteros received the Ritz Club European Golfer of the Year Award..
People & Showbiz
1936 Edward VIII abdicated. His brother became George VI .
1967 Concorde was rolled out of its hangar to be shown to the public for the first time.
1984 The Ethiopian famine relief campaign received £2.8 million from the proceeds of the Band Aid single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’.
1894 The first Motor Show opened in the Champs-Elysees in Paris with a total of nine exhibitors.
1903 The first British wildlife preservation society was founded under the name of ‘The Society for the Preservation of the Wild Fauna of the Empire’.
1996 The ‘Welcome to 10 Downing Street’ internet site went on line. For the first time everyone with internet access could go on a tour of the country’s most famous address.(www.number-10.gov.uk).