28th December

Born on this day 28th December
1856 Woodrow Wilson
1905 Anthony Powell
1914 Bernard Youens
1934 Dame Maggie Smith
1943 Chas Hodges
1943 Keith Floyd
1943 Richard Whiteley
1954 Denzil Washington
1956 Nigel Kennedy

1968 Marvin Gaye began his 3rd week at the top of the US chart with ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, a position he would hold for 7 weeks
1974 Helen Reddy reached the top of the US singles chart with ‘Angie Baby’
1985 Shakin’ Stevens arrived a little late, topping the UK charts with his festive single ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’

1987 Liverpool beat Newcastle United 4-0 to set a record of 21 League games without defeat and go 10 points clear at the top of the First Division
1993 Soviet ice skater Vadim Naumov’s trousers fell down to his knees at the Russian championships in St. Ptersburg, showing off his red satin pants

People & Showbiz
1881 The Savoy in London became the first theatre lit with incandescent electric lamps. A total of 1,158 bulbs were used
1963 Satirical television show ‘That Was The Week That Was’ was broadcastfor the last time by the BBC, taken off the air because it was feared the show might influence voters in the following year’s elections

General Events
1879 90 people were killed when the Tay railway bridge from Fife to Angus collapsed as the Edinburgh to Dundee train crossed it, carrying both train and passengers into the water
1895 The first clinical x-ray was taken by Franz Exner in Vienna. The plate was made of a gunshot wound in a forester’s hand
1950 The Peak District was designated Britain’s first National Park
1997 Hong Kong began the slaughter of 11,400,000 chickens, the entire population of the territory, in an attempt to contain the mysteriuos bird flu that had affected 12 people, killing 4

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