20th December

Born on this day 20th December
1928 Bo Diddley
1946 Lesley Judd
1946 Uri Geller
1952 Jenny Agutter
1957 Bo Derek
1958 Billy Bragg
1959 Simon Hughes
1966 Matt Neal
1968 Joe Cornish
1974 Paul Linger
1979 George Lamb
1980 Ashley Cole
1980 Fitz Hall
1983 Lucy Pinder

1952 Elvis Presley sang ‘Old Shep’ at a high school Christmas party.
1969 Rolf Harris reached no. 1 with ‘Two Little Boys’
1976 Spending their final week at the top of the chart were Shawaddywaddy with ‘Under the Moon of Love’.
1980 Following the murder of John Lennon, his single ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ reached No.1 while his single ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over) re-entered the UK charts at No.45
1986 The Bangles became the first white female group to top the US charts since 1964 with ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’

1987 Norman Clark broke the European car-top skiing record, reaching a speed of 141.5mph while strapped to the top of a turbo charged BMW in Argyll.

People & Showbiz
1928 Harry Ramsden opened his fish and chip shop in a hut near Bradford, W Yorkshire.
1975 The first pop video, a 7 minute film of Queen’s ‘Bohemian rhapsody’ debuted on ‘Top of the Pops’.
1989 Comedian Billy Connelly married Pamela Stephenson in Fiji

General Events
1915 A total of 90,000 British, Australian and New Zealand troups were evacuated from Gallipoli after the failed expedition against the Turks
1979 The government published the Housing Bill, obliging councils to sell their houses to tenants who wanted to purchase them.
1993 Martin West, a pub landlord, made the Bold Forester in Southsea Christmas Free Zone.

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