9th December

Born on this Day 9th December 1927 Benny Green 1915 Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf 1916 Kirk Douglas 1934 Dame Judi Dench 1942 Billy Bremner 1943 Joanna Trollope 1944 Neil Innes 1947 Allan Jones 1948 Jonathan Sumption 1949 Tom Kite 1950 Joan Armatrading 1953 Gil Saward 1953 John Malkovich 1957 Donny Osmond 1959 Susan Bullock 1960 Caroline Lucas 1966 Dave Harold 1966 Martin Taylor 1967 Jason Dozzell 1971 Geoff Barrow 1977 Imogen Heap 1979 Stephen McPhail 1983 Jermaine Beckford Music 1967 The Beatles reached No 1 with ‘Hello, Goodbye’. 1973 ‘Tommy’ the rock opera opened in London. 1978 Boney M reached No … Continue reading 9th December

8th December

Born on this Day 8th December 1542 Mary Queen of Scots 1925 Sammy Davis Jnr 1943 Jim Morrison 1930 Maximilian Schell 1936 David Carradine 1939 Jennie Linden 1941 Sir Geoff Hurst 1953 Kim Basinger 1964 Teri Hatcher 1966 Sinead O’Connor 1978 John Oster 1986 Amir Khan 1989 Jen Ledger 1994 Raheem Sterling 1995 Jordon Ibe Music 1956 11 year old Brenda Lee released her first single in the UK. ‘I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus’. 1961 The Beach Boys debut single ‘Surfin” was released in the US. 1978 The Police reached the top of the charts with ‘Walking On The Moon’. … Continue reading 8th December

7th December

Born on this day 7th December 1845 Thomas Barnado 1885 Louis B. Meyer 1900 Louis Armstrong 1924 Eva Marie Saint 1927 Neil Simon 1927 Gina Lollobridgida 1934 Colin Welland 1942 H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent 1962 Pam Shriver 1980 John Terry 1986 Jonathan Gill 1989 Nicholas Hoult Music 1976 The Ramones made their UK debut at the Roundhouse, London. 1982 Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon Arden. Sport 1988 Stefan Edberg beat Boris Becker in 4 sets in the final of the men’s singles title at Wimbledon. 1999 Pete Sampras beat Andre Agassi by straight sets in the all-American men’s … Continue reading 7th December

6th December

Born on this day 6th December 1892 Sir Osbert Sitwell 1896 Ira Gershwin 1908 ‘Babyface’ Nelson 1944 Jonathan King 1953 Geoff Hoon 1955 Rick Buckler 1957 Adrian Borland 1958 Nick Park 1959 Stephen Muggleton 1961 Eugene Wilde 1962 Ben Watt 1975 Noel Clarke 1977 Andrew Flintoff 1980 Steve Lovell 1983 Ashley Madekwe 1986 Sean Edwards 1986 Georgia Horsley Music 1975 Hot Chocolate peaked at No 2 with ‘You Sexy Thing’ 1984 The Jesus and Mary Chain released their first single, ‘Upside Down’. Sport 1987 Ian Woosnam won the Million Dollar Challenge at Sun City and became the first golfer to … Continue reading 6th December

5th December

Born on this day 5th December 1756 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1839 George Armstrong Custer 1901 Walt Disney 1934 Jeremy Sandford 1935 Little Richard 1941 Sheridan Morley 1946 Jose Carreras 1963 Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards 1975 Ronnie O’Sullivan 1987 James Argent 1987 Tommy Fraser 1993 Ross Barkley 1994 Grant Ward Music 1968 The Rolling Stones album ‘Beggars Banquet’ was released. 1981 Julio Iglesias knocked Queen and David Bowie from No.1 with ‘Begin the Beguine’. 1987 Kim Wilde and Mel Smith entered the charts with ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’. Sport 1983 England and Argentina were set to play football for the … Continue reading 5th December

4th December

Born on this Day 4th December 1875 Edgar Wallace 1912 Jimmy Jewell 1954 Dennis Wilson 1921 Deanna Durbin 1930 Ronnie Corbett 1942 Gemma Jones 1942 Chris Hillman 1952 Jeff Bridges 1953 Pamela Stephenson 1955 Philip Hammond 1958 Tim Hutchings 1959 Paul McGrath 1962 Kevin Richardson 1964 Scott Hastings 1966 Chris Shepherd 1969 Plum Sykes 1973 Michael Jackson 1982 Nathan Douglas 1985 Nathan Stewart-Jarrett Music 1976 Showaddywaddy were at No 1 with ‘Under the Moon of Love’. 1982 The Jam reached the top of the singles chart with ‘Beat Surrender’. 1994 A new Beatles album, ‘Live At The BBC’, shot to … Continue reading 4th December

3rd December

Born on this day 3rd December 1795 Rowland Hill 1857 Joseph Conrad 1930 Andy Williams 1944 Ralph McTell 1945 Paul Nicholas 1948 Ozzy Osbourne 1951 Nicky Stevens 1952 Mel Smith 1959 Eamonn Holmes 1960 Daryl Hannah 1962 Richard Bacon 1969 Bill Steer 1971 Frank Sinclair 1978 Dan Snow 1981 Louise Roe 1992 Joseph McManners 1997 Hayley Okines Music 1965 The Beatles began their final UK tour. 1977 The Carpenters spent their last week on the UK Top 20 with ‘Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft’. 1977 Paul McCartney’s ‘Mull of Kintyre’ hit No. 1 and stayed there for nine weeks!. Sport … Continue reading 3rd December

2nd December

Born on this day 2nd December 1694 William Shirley 1759 James Edward Smith 1860 Charles Studd 1895 Harriet Cohen 1899 John Barbirolli 1899 John Cobb 1912 George Emmett 1931 Nigel Calder 1946 Gianni Versace 1952 James Lancelot 1953 David Anderson 1959 Gwyneth Strong 1960 Razzle 1960 Rick Savage 1962 Tracy Austin 1962 Steve Huison 1963 Brendan Coyle 1968 David Batty 1973 Monica Seles 1978 Christopher Wolstenholme 1981 Britney Spears 1986 Adam le Fondre 1986 Seann Walsh 1988 Alfred Enoch 1989 Etta Bond 1994 Cauley Woodrow Music 1959 Marty Wilde married Joyce Baker. 1967 The Monkees scored their 4th US No.1 … Continue reading 2nd December

1st December

Born on this day 1st December 1761 Madame Marie Tussaud 1895 Henry Williamson 1913 Mary Martin 1928 Keith Michell 1935 Woody Allen 1939 Lee Trevino 1940 Richard Pryor 1945 Bette Midler 1946 Gilbert O’Sullivan 1948 Neil Warnock 1952 Stephen Poliakoff 1959 Billy Childish 1961 Jeremy Northam 1968 Justin Chadwick 1971 Emily Mortimer 1977 Lee McKenzie 1982 Riz Ahmed 1982 Lloyd Doyley 1987 Simon Dawkins 1987 Brett Williams 1994 Seedy Njie 1995 James Wilson Music 1957 Both Sam Cook and Buddy Holly and The Crickets made their US television debuts on the Ed Sullivan show. 1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s … Continue reading 1st December

30th November

Born on this Day 30th November 1667 Jonathan Swift 1719 Augusta of Saxe-Gotha 1781 Alexander Berry 1835 Mark Twain 1874 Sir Winston Churchill 1930 Robert Guillaume 1937 Sir Ridley Scott 1956 Billy Idol 1959 Lorraine Kelly 1960 Gary Lineker 1968 Des’Ree 1975 Ben Thatcher 1980 Jamie Ashdown 1983 Andy Akinwolere 1987 Dougie Poynter 1994 William Melling Died On This Day 1900 Oscar Wilde 1977 Sir Terence Rattigan 1979 Joyce Grenfell Music 1960 Holding onto the No.1 position on the UK charts for the 4th of a total of 8 weeks was Elvis Presley with ‘Its Now Or Never’ 1962 Pat … Continue reading 30th November

29th November

Born on this Day 29th November 1832 Louisa May Alcott 1985 Busby Berkeley 1898 C.S. Lewis 1929 Derek Jameson 1932 Jacques Chirac 1954 Joel Cohen 1958 Michel Dempsey 1962 Rebecca De Morney 1973 Ryan Giggs 1979 Simon Amstell 1979 Adam Barrett 1991 Becky James Died On This Day 1975 Graham Hill 1986 Cary Grant 2001 George Harrison Music 1955 Little Richard recorded the classic ‘Long Tall Sally’. 1963 The Beatles ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ was released with advance orders of 1 million in the UK alone 1975 Queen reached No.1 with the classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, the first single … Continue reading 29th November

28th November

Born on this Day 28th November 1628 John Bunyan 1757 William Blake 1904 Nancy Mitford 1929 Berry Gordy Jr 1958 Khriss Akabusi 1960 John Galliano 1961 Martin Clunes 1967 Anna Nicole Smith 1978 Michael Simpkins 1979 Dane Bowers 1980 Stuart Taylor 1981 Jacqui Ainsley 1982 Chris Harris 1985 Caitlin McClatchey 1987 Craig Kieswetter 1990 Bradley Smith 1991 Jessica Robinson Died On This Day 1967 Enid Blyton 2000 Len Shackleton Music 1959 Tommy Steele’s ‘Little White Bull’ was released. 1964 Willie Nelson made his debut on The Grand Ole Opry. 1966 The Beatles began recording their legendary album ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely … Continue reading 28th November

27th November

Born on this Day 27th November 1701 Andre Celsius 1874 Chaim Weizman 1925 Ernie Wise 1935 Al Jackson Jr 1940 Bruce Lee 1942 Jimi Hendrix 1929 Alan Simpson 1959 Charlie Burchill 1959 Jim Kerr 1978 Mike Skinner 1980 Michael Yardy 1981 Gary Lucy 1981 Matthew Taylor 1982 Tommy Robinson 1983 Professor Green 1986 Oritsé Williams 1989 Freddie Sears 1990 Josh Dubovie Died On This Day 1975 Ross McWhirter 2000 Sir Malcolm Bradbury Music 1976 Queen went straight to no 4 with ‘Somebody to Love’. 1976 Glen Campbell had his only UK No.1 album with his ’20 Golden Greats’ LP. 1982 … Continue reading 27th November

26th November

Born on this Day 26th November 1898 Karl Ziegler 1908 Charles Forte 1910 Cyril Cusack 1922 Charles Schulz 1923 Pat Phoenix 1933 Robert Goulet 1938 Tina Turner 1945 Jim Mullen 1945 Daniel Davis 1945 John McVie 1981 Natasha Bedingfield 1983 Chris Hughes 1989 Junior Stanislas 1990 Chip 1990 Danny Welbeck Died On This Day 399 Pope Siricius 1836 John McAdam 1996 Michael Bentine 2002 Stanley Black Music 1968 Cream played their farewell concert at the Albert Hall in a show recorded on film for posterity. 1971 Tickets for the Faces sold out Madison Square Garden faster than anyone else on … Continue reading 26th November

25th November

Born on this Day 25th November 1844 Karl Benz 1914 Joe DiMaggio 1960 John F Kennedy Jr. 1946 Beverly Bevan 1952 Imran Khan 1959 Charles Kennedy 1959 Steve Rothery 1962 Blythe Duff 1968 Tunde Baiyewu 1971 Christina Applegate 1979 Thea Gilmore 1986 Craig Gardner 1988 Jay Spearing 1993 Danny Kent Died On This Day 1865 Heinrich Barth 1965 Dame Myra Hess Music 1966 The Jimi Hendrix experience played their first gig in London. 1969 John Lennon returned his MBE in protest against British involvement in oversea wars. 1984 Band Aid recorded ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ at Sarm Studios in … Continue reading 25th November

24th November

Born on this Day 24th November 1826 Carlo Collodi 1849 Frances Burnett 1864 Henri De Toulouse Lautrec 1888 Cathleen Nesbitt 1894 Herbert Sutcliffe 1915 Helen Cherry 1942 Billy Connolly 1955 Ian Botham 1957 Edward Stourton 1958 Carmel 1962 John Kovalic 1962 John Squire 1966 Russell Watson 1970 Ashley Ward 1974 Stephen Merchant 1982 Sean O’Loughlin 1983 Dean Ashton 1990 Tom Odell 1993 Joe Pigott 1994 Reece Mastin Died On This Day 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald 1990 Dodie Smith 1991 Freddie Mercury Music 1963 Standing at the top of the charts were Gerry and the Pacemakers with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. … Continue reading 24th November

23rd November

Born on this Day 23rd November 1417 William Fitz Alan 1616 John Wallis 1705 Thomas Birch 1859 William J Bonney (Billy the Kid) 1887 Boris Karloff 1887 Henry Moseley 1909 Nigel Tranter 1913 Michael Gough 1914 Roger Avon 1924 Colin Macmillan Turnbull 1928 Jerry Bock 1936 Robert Barnard 1939 Betty Everett 1943 Sue Nicholls 1945 Keith Hampshire 1946 Diana Quick 1948 Frank Worthington 1949 Sandra Stevens 1951 David Rappaport 1954 Ross Brawn 1956 Shane Gould 1959 Maxwell Caulfield 1963 Joe Ahearne 1968 Kirsty Young 1970 Zoe Ball 1978 Kayvan Novak 1979 Kelly Brook 1986 Gia Johnson 1990 Shaun Hutchinson Died … Continue reading 23rd November

22nd November

Born on this Day 22nd November 1911 Lee Patrick 1913 Lord (Benjamin) Britten 1932 Robert Vaughan 1936 John Bird 1940 Terry Gilliam 1942 Guion S. Bluford Jnr 1943 Billie Jean King 1958 Jamie Lee Curtis 1966 Mark Pritchard 1967 Boris Becker 1970 Stel Pavlou 1971 Cath Bishop 1972 Russell Hoult 1977 Michael Preston 1980 David Artell 1981 Ben Adams 1983 Peter Ramage 1985 Ava Leigh 1985 James Roby 1988 Jamie Campbell Bower 1988 Jyoti Guptara 1988 Suresh Guptara 1989 Chris Smalling Died on this Day 1963 C.S. Lewis 1963 John F. Kennedy 1997 Michael Hutchence Music 1955 Elvis signed to … Continue reading 22nd November

21st November

Born on this Day 21st November 1883 Arthur (Harpo) Marx 1921 Vivien Blaine 1922 Telly Savalas 1944 Harold Ramis 1945 Goldie Hawn 1964 Liza Tarbuck 1965 Bjork 1968 Alex James 1968 Andrew Caddick 1968 Alex James 1972 Rich Johnston 1976 Daniel Whiston 1983 Jamie Langley 1989 Will Buckley 1989 Fabian Delph 1990 Dani King 1991 Lewis Dunk 1992 Conor Maynard Died On This Day 1695 Henry Purcell 1963 Robert Stroud ‘Birdman of Alcatraz’ Music 1970 The Jimi Hendirx experience reached the top oft he UK singles chart with ‘Voodoo Chile’. 1981 Queen and David Bowie reached No. 1 with their … Continue reading 21st November

20th November

Born on this Day 20th November 1889 Edwin Hubble 1892 James Bartram Collip 1925 Robert Kennedy 1920 Dulcie Gray 1947 Joe Walsh 1955 Bo Derek 1957 Jim Brown 1959 Sean Young 1965 Mike ‘D’ Diamond 1973 Neil Hodgson 1980 James Chambers 1981 Kimberley Walsh 1984 Justin Hoyte 1986 Oliver Sykes 2000 Connie Talbot Died On This Day 1894 Anton Rubenstein 1975 General Francisco Franco Music 1961 Bob Dylan recorded his self-titled debut LP. 1974 David Bowie was No. 1 with “Gonna Make You A Star”. Sport 1982 A record total of 15 footballers were shown the red card in a … Continue reading 20th November

19th November

Born on this Day 19th November 1905 Tommy Dorsey 1917 Indira Gandhi 1937 Ray Collins 1938 Hank Medress 1938 Ted Turner 1942 Calvin Klein 1949 Raymond Blanc 1961 Meg Ryan 1962 Jodie Foster 1965 Jason Pierce 1971 Justin Chancellor 1972 Sandrine Holt 1979 Leam Richardson 1980 Adele Silva 1985 Chris Eagles 1986 Sam Betty Died On This Day 1828 Franz Schubert 1988 Christina Onassis 2002 Max Reinhardt Music 1970 James Brown married Deirdre Yvonne Jenkins. 1979 Chuck Berry was released from Lompoc prison aafter serving 2 months for tax evasion. Sport 1951 The Football Association authorised the use of white … Continue reading 19th November

18th November

Born on this Day 18th November 1836 Sir William Gilbert 1901 George Gallup 1923 Alan Shephard Jnr 1928 Mickey Mouse 1939 Margaret Attwood 1941 David Hemmings 1944 Linda Evans 1960 Kim Wilde 1975 Lucy Akhurst 1975 Ant McPartlin 1980 Mathew Baynton 1980 Luke Chadwick 1983 Michael Dawson Died On This Day 1946 Donald Meek 1976 Sir Basil Spence 2002 James Coburn Music 1965 Marc Bolan’s First Single… “The Wizard”… was released. 1975 Bruce Springsteen made his debut at Hammersmith Odeon. Sport 1880 The Irish Football Association formed. 1990 In an all-British contest, Chris Eubank beat Nigel Benn to become the … Continue reading 18th November

17th November

Born on this Day 17th November 1925 Rock Hudson 1937 Peter Cook 1941 Gene Clark 1934 Fenella Fielding 1942 Martin Scorsese 1943 Lauren Hutton 1944 Danny De Vito 1957 Debbie Thrower 1960 Jonathan Ross 1970 Paul Allender 1972 Joanne Goode 1972 Lorraine Pascale 1977 Paul Shepherd 1979 Matthew Spring 1981 Sarah Harding 1983 Harry Lloyd 1986 Greg Rutherford 1987 Craig Noone Died On This Day 1994 Doris Speed 2002 Abba Eban Music 1960 Ray Charles scored his first US No.1 with ‘Georgia On My Mind’. 1979 Dr. Hook reached the No.1 in the UK with ‘When You’re In Love’. 1984 … Continue reading 17th November

16th November

Born on this Day 16th November 42 BC Tiberius 1873 W.C. Handy 1896 Oswald Mosley 1905 Eddie Condon 1908 Burgess Meredeith 1897 Aneurin Bevan 1905 Mantovani 1925 Paul Raymond 1924 James Bond 1935 Prof. Sir Magdi Yacoub 1942 Willie Carson 1953 Griff Rhys Jones 1961 Frank Bruno 1967 Lisa Bonet 1974 Paul Scholes 1984 Gemma Atkinson 1984 Mark Bunn 1988 Siva Kaneswaran Died On This Day 1272 King Henry III 1957 Tyrone Power 1960 Clark Gable Music 1956 Elvis Presley’s film ‘Love Me Tender’ had an advance UK press showing in London 1957 Jackie Wilson entered the charts with ‘Reet … Continue reading 16th November

15th November

Born on this Day 15th November 1708 William Pitt the Elder 1738 Sir William Herschel 1890 Richmal Crompton 1897 Aneurin Bevan 1905 Mantovani 1925 Paul Raymond 1926 Dr Helen Dunsmore 1930 J G Ballard 1932 Petula Clarkl 1945 Anni-Frid Lyngstad 1954 Aleksander Kwasniewski 1963 Andrew Castle 1972 Jessica Hynes 1972 Jonny Lee Miller 1975 Scott Henshall 1987 Isaiah Osbourne 1988 Billy Twelvetrees 1994 Saffron Coomber Died On This Day 1954 Lionel Barrymore 2002 Myra Hindley Music 1956 Elvis Presley’s film ‘Love Me Tender’ premiered in New York. 1980 Blondie reached No.1 with ‘The Tide Is High’, while entering the charts … Continue reading 15th November

14th November

Born on this Day 14th November 1840 Claude Monet 1919 Veronica Lake 1935 King Hussein of Jordan 1940 Freddie Garrity 1948 HRH The Prince of Wales 1953 Alexander O’Neal 1959 Paul McGann 1962 Stefano Gabbana 1967 Letitia Dean 1972 Jonathan Slinger 1975 Faye Tozer 1981 Russell Tovey 1989 Jake Livermore 1992 Nathan Fox Died On This Day 1905 Robert Whitehead 1990 Malcolm Muggeridge 2001 Charlotte Coleman Music 1922 BBC radio was first broadcast from Alexandra Palace. 1954 Bill Haley’s first US Top 10 hit ‘Shake, Rattle & Roll’ peaked at No. 7. 1964 Roy Orbison reached the top of the … Continue reading 14th November

13th November

Born on this Day 13th November 1785 Lady Caroline Lamb 1850 Robert Louis Stevenson 1913 Louis Barker 1934 Garry Marshall 1944 Timmy Thomas 1949 Whoopi Goldberg 1951 Bill Gibson 1952 Art Malik 1953 Andrew Ranken 1957 Nick Baines 1957 Stephen Baxter 1959 Caroline Goodall 1959 Tracy Scoggins 1969 Gerard Butler 1976 Kelly Sotherton 1986 Kevin Bridges Died On This Day 1687 Nell Gwyn 1868 Gioacchino Rossini 1903 Camille Pissaro Music 1968 The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones bought Crotchford Farm where the Winnie The Pooh stories were written. 1969 Zager and Evans began their 3rd week at No.1 with ‘In The … Continue reading 13th November

12th November

Born on this Day 12th November 1840 Auguste Rodin 1912 Sun Yat-sen 1929 Grace Kelly 1911 Prebendary Chad Varah 1936 Mort Schuman 1945 Errol Brown 1945 Neil Young 1955 Les McKeown 1966 David Schwimmer 1968 Aaron Stainthorpe 1975 Katherine Grainger 1982 Mikele Leigertwood 1986 Nedum Onuoha Died On This Day 1035 King Canute 1671 Thomas Fairfax 1947 Baroness Orczy Music 1955 Bill Haley reached the No.1 with ‘Rock Around The Clock’. 1955 Pat Boone made his debut un the UK chart with ‘Aint That A Shame’. 1970 The Doors played their last show with Jim Morrison. 1980 Bruce Springsteen topped … Continue reading 12th November

11th November

Born on this Day 11th November 1918 Stubby Kaye 1921 Ron Greenwood 1925 June Whitfield 1944 Jesse Colin Young 1946 Len ‘Chip’ Hawkes 1956 Ian Craig Marsh 1962 Demi Moore 1964 Calista Flockhart 1974 Leonardo Di Caprio 1977 Ben Hollioake 1982 Jeremy Williams 1984 Stephen Hunt 1987 Chanelle Hayes 1988 Kyle Naughton 1993 Jamaal Lascelles 1994 Ellie Simmonds Died On This Day 1880 Ned Kelly 1976 Alexander Calder 1996 Marjorie Proops Music 1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s controversial ‘Two Virgins’ album, showing the pair of them naked on the cover, was released. 1969 Jim Morrison of ‘The Doors’ was … Continue reading 11th November

10th November

Born on this Day 10th November 1483 Martin Luther 1925 Richard Burton 1940 Screaming Lord Sutch 1923 Robert Carrier 1935 Roy Scheider 1944 Sir Tim Rice 1948 Vincent Schiavelli 1949 Donna Vargo 1960 Neil Gaiman 1960 Maeve Sherlock 1961 John Walton 1963 Hugh Bonneville 1965 Sean Hughes 1965 Eddie Irvine 1966 Vanessa Angel 1968 Steve Brookstein 1982 Clayton Fortune 1986 Will Hendry 1987 Sam Malsom 1989 Luke Daley 1989 Taron Egerton 1990 Andre Blackman 1992 Wilfried Zaha 1994 Claudio Dias Died On This Day 1796 Catherine the Great 2001 Ken Kesey 2002 Eddie Worth Music 1969 Gene Autry’s ‘Rudolph the … Continue reading 10th November