13th December

Born on this day 13th December
1925 Dick Van Dyke
1929 Christopher Plummer
1948 Ted Nugent
1949 Randy Owen
1949 Paula Wilcox
1949 Robert Lindsay
1952 John Francombe
1953 Jim Davidson
1957 Steve Buscemi
1961 Harry Gregson-Williams
1965 Jackie Clune
1972 Niki Evans
1974 Sara Cox
1974 Nicholas McCarthy
1977 Tupele Dorgu
1977 Charlotte Milchard
1980 Ryan France
1988 Oliver Lancashire

Music
1960 Elvis Presley’s single ‘It’s Now or Never’ became the fastest UK million seller, passing the million mark just over six weeks after its release.
1961 The Beatles signed a management contract with local record shop owner Brian Epstein.
1975 CW McCall’s ‘Convoy’ entered the US Top 40 , prompting a CB craze in both the US and the UK.
1986 Holding onto the No.1 position were ‘Europe’ with ‘The Final Countdown’.

Sport
1982 Champion decathlete Daley Thompson was presented with BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
1991 World No 2 Steve Davis beat Stephen Hendry by nine frames to two in the semi-final of the Coalite World Matchplay championship in Doncaster.

People & Showbiz
1847 Emily Bronte published her classic novel “Wuthering Heights” using the pseudonym Ellis Bell, while her sister Anne published Agnes Grey under the name Acton Bell.
1926 Having disappeared from her Surrey home on the 3rd of December, Agatha Christie was found staying under an assumed name at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate, with no recollection of how she came to be in Yorkshire.

General Events
1577 Francis Drake left Plymouth at the start of his famous voyage around the world in the Golden Hind.
1642 Dutch navigator Abel Tasman discovered New Zealand.
1878 London’s Holburn Viaduct was illuminated by electricity, to give Britain its first street lighting. The world’s first street lighting had been in Lyons, France, as early as 1857.
1973 A 3 day working week was ordered by the British government as a result of the Arab oil embargo and the coal-miner’s slowdown.
1996 The designs for the proposed single European currency were unveiled in Dublin. The 7 notes in denominations from 5 to 500 Euros, were to be available from 1/1/99 and would be in circulation from 2002.

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