1st January

Born on this day 1st January
1879 E M Forster
1895 J Edgar Hoover
1897 William Fox
1933 Joe Orton
1919 J D Salinger
1944 Dame Kiri De Kanawa
1953 Nigel Mansell
1957 Nancy Lopez
1980 Richie Faulkner
1983 Calum Davenport
1983 Thomas Morrison
1992 Jack Wilshere
1993 Jon Flanagan

Died on this day
1969 Barton McLane

Music

1962 The Beatles failed their audition at Decca Records

1964 Top of the Pops was launched hosted by Jimmy Savile. The Rolling Stones were the first ever act to appear on the show, followed by Dusty Springfield, Dave Clark and the Hollies

1972 T Rex released Bang A Gong (Get It On) in the US

Sport

1991 The England cricketers sufferd their first defeat of the New Year with a 1 day defeat by New Zealand in Sydney

1992 Manchester United, favorites for the League title, suffered a shock 4-1 defeat at home to Queen’s Park Rangers, losing their grip at the top of the First Division to Leeds United who beat West Ham United by 3 goals to 1

People & Showbiz

1990 Civil servant turned crime writer P D James became a life peer in the New Years Honours list. Actor Ian McKellen received a knighthood while authoress Barabara Cartland became a Dame. Sporting heroes Graham Gooch and Peter Shilton received OBEs with former England football team manager Bobby Robson receiving a CBE

General Events

1955 Luncheon vouchers were first introduced in Britain

1958 6 Nations- France, Italy, West Germany, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg signed the Treaty of Rome to bring the EEC into being

1988 Over 1000 birdwatchers gathered in a country lane in Dorset to catch a glimpse of the first little bustard to be observed in Britain for 12 years

1990 The Govt proposed a new law where people who were convicted of killing or harming badgers would be banned from owning dogs which are used for badger baiting. If they continued they would face a jail sentence and a fine of £2000

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