14th December

Born on this day 14th December
1503 Nostradumus
1895 King George VI
1932 Charlie Rich
1935 Barbara Leigh-Hunt
1938 Jeanette Scott
1949 Cliff Williams
1954 Vicky Michelle
1958 Mike Scott
1979 Michael Owen
1982 Steve Sidwell
1982 Anthony Way
1983 Leanne Mitchell
1985 Tom Smith

1957 Buddy Holly made his chart debut in the UK as a solo artist with ‘Peggy Sue’.
1963 The Beatles reached No.1 with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ , replacing their own single ‘She Loves You’ which had topped the chart for 2 weeks.
1968 The Scaffold reached the top of the chart with ‘Lily The Pink’.
1976 The Roxy opened in London’s Covent Garden with Siouxsie and the Banshees performing on the opening night.

1911 In his ship The Fram, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole, only 35 days ahead of Captain Scott

People & Showbiz
1918 Women were allowed to be candidates in a General Election for the first time. With 17 seats contested only 1 woman, Countess Markievicz was elected to the House of Commons. However as she was in Holloway Prison she could not take her seat and Lady Astor who took her seat in 1919 is officially recognised as the first female MP.
1959 The shortest murder trial on record when Brian Cawley pleaded guilty to the murder of Rupert Steed at Winchester Assizes and was sentenced to life imprisonment after only 30 seconds.

General Events
1982 A power failure brought Quebec to a near stand-still and left over 6,000,000 people with out light or heat in sub-zero temperatures.
1982 Dr Garrett Fitzgerald defeated Charles Haughey to return to power in the Irish Republic.
1989 The 16 year dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet cameto an end when Patricio Aylwin was elected President of Chile.

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