2nd January

Born on this day 2nd January
1727 James Wolfe
1886 Apsley Cherry-Garrard
1895 Count Folke Bernadotte
1897 Jimmy Nervo
1905 Michael Tippett
1913 Anna Lee
1914 Violet Vivian Finlay Stuart Mann
1936 Roger Miller
1938 David Bailey
1946 David Lynch
1963 Keith Gergory
1967 Tia Carrere
1969 Christy Turlington
1973 Lucy Davis
1979 Jonathan Greening

Died on this day
1981 David Lynch
2002 Eileen Heckart


1966 The Beatles held onto the no. 1 spot with ‘Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out’

1971 George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’ triple album reached the top of the US chart while his single ‘My Sweet Lord/Isnt it A Pity’ was spending its 2nd week at the top of the US singles chart

1979 Sex Pistol’s bass player Sid Vicious went on trial in New York accused of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen

1982 Olivia Newton-John began a 3rd month at the top of the US charts with ‘Physical’, eventually staying there for 10 weeks in total

2005 X Factor’s Steve Brookstein went to No.1 with ‘Against All Odds’


1988 John Lowe beat Bob Anderson 2-0 to win the final of the British Open darts championship in only 12 minutes

1994 In the Premier Division Blackbrn Rovers beat Aston Villa 1-0. Alan Shearer scored the winning goal
People & Showbiz

1979 The murder trial of Sid Vicious accused of killing girlfriend Nancy Spungen began

1996 The BBC was inundated with cassesstes of home made recordings of The Archers, after their plea foe help after the originals had been accidentally thrown away. They came in far as far away as Tokyo and Kentucky

General Events

1818 The British Institution of Civil Engineers is founded

1953 The first supersonic RAF fighters, 400 American designed Sabres, arrived at RAF Abingdon

1968 In Cape Town, Dr Chritian Barnard performed the world’s second heart transplant

1989 Hammersmith and Fulham were expected to become the 8th London borough to introduce wheel clamping

1990 Controversial Judge James Pickles caused a public outcry after he jailed 19 year old supermarket cashier Tracey Scott and her 10 week old baby, because she had become pregnant after being charged with the crime of helping shop-lifters

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