6th January

Born on this day 6th January
1367 Richard II of England
1412 Joan of Arc
1714 Percivall Pott
1903 Francis L. Sullivan
1912 Danny Thomas
1913 Loretta Young
1915 Alan Watts
1920 Doris Stokes
1920 John Maynard Smith
1931 P.J. Kavanagh
1934 Sylvia Sims
1932 Sacha Distel
1943 Terry Venables
1946 Syd Barrett
1947 Sandy Denny
1954 Anthony Minghella
1954 Trudie Styler
1955 Rowan Atkinson
1955 Richard Corbett
1956 Angus Deayton
1960 Nigella Lawson
1964 Mark O’Toole
1975 Jason King
1986 Alex Turner

Died on this day
1919 Theodore Roosevelt
1990 Ian Charleston


1977 The Sex Pistols were dropped by EMI records with a £40,000 pay-off.

1985 An Ethiopian Benefit Concert by reggae artists took place in the Brixton Academy in South London, with appearances by Desmond Dekker, Smiley Culture and Dennis Brown.

1997 The first Crossover Chart was published, featuring The Best Opera Album in The World ….Ever! at number 1. The new chart was to feature albums classed as neither pure pop or truly classical.


1997 It was reported that 24 year old Christine Wiggins had become the first female council member of the English Tiddlywinks Association. The world no.13 was chosen by a secret ballot

People & Showbiz

1981 Mark Chapman pleaded insanity to the murder of John Lennon.

1987 The first episode of ‘Inspector Morse’ was broadcast. The first episode was called ‘The Dead of Jericho’.

1993 The first Russian editions of ‘Penthouse’ magazine was sold out within hours despite costing 3 times the average weekly wage.

General Events

1066 Harold Godwinson is crowned King of England.

1540 King Henry VIII of England marries Anne of Cleves.

1838 Samuel Morse first successfully tests the electrical telegraph.

1926 The German national airline Lufthansa was founded.

1929 Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin her work among India’s poorest and sick people.

1938 Austrian pioneer of pyshcoanalysis Sigmund Freud arrived in London, having fled the persecution of the Jews.

1983 The Department of Employment announced a rise in the jobless total in December by 34,000 raising the unemployed figure to more than 3 million.

1991 John Major said that the community charge would not be abolished.

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