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Post by Richard Frost » Thu Oct 21 2021 12:09pm

Thursday 21st October 2021
21 October 1805 British Admiral Horatio Nelson defeats a combined French and Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar. Nelson was shot through the left shoulder and died during the sea battle.

A selection of Birthdays

1449 George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Edward IV and Richard III born in Dublin Castle (d. 1478)
1712 Sir James Steuart, 3rd Baronet of Goodtrees and 7th Baronet of Coltness , also known as Sir James Steuart Denham and Sir James Denham Steuart, was a prominent Scottish Jacobite and author of "probably the first systematic treatise written in English about economics" and the first book in English with 'political economy' in the title. born in Edinburgh (d. 1780)
1772 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English romantic poet, Critic and Philosopher(Rime of Ancient Mariner), born in Ottery St Mary, Devon (d. 1834)
1833 Alfred Nobel, Swedish chemist who invented dynamite and founded the Nobel Prizes, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1896)
1851 George Ulyett, English cricket all-rounder (25 Tests; 949 runs, 50 wickets), born in Pitsmoor, Yorkshire (d. 1898)
1873 George Peabody Gooch, English historian/MP (Liberal) born in Kensington West London (d. 1968)
1879 Willie Anderson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1901, 1903-05), born in North Berwick (d. 1910)
1880 Reggie Spooner, English cricket batsman (10 Tests; dual cricket/rugby union international), born in St Helens, Lancashire (d. 1961)
1885 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian-English composer, teacher, and musicologist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1974)
1904 Patrick Kavanagh, Irish poet born in Inniskeen, County Monaghan (d. 1967)
1908 Howard Ferguson, composer born in Belfast (d. 1999)
1911 Peter Graves, British actor (Paradise Lagoon, Admirable Crichton), born in London (d. 1994)
1912 Sir Georg Solti [György Stern], Hungarian-British conductor, winner of 31 Grammy awards (Chicago Symphony, 1969-91), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1997)
1921 Sir Malcolm Arnold, British trumpeter, and classical and film score composer (The Bridge On The River Kwai), born in Northampton (d. 2006)
1926 Leonard Rossiter, British actor (Rising Damp, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), born in Liverpool (d. 1984)
1930 Doreen Cannon, teacher of acting (London) born in New York (d. 1995)
1931 Jim Parks, cricketer (England batsman-keeper in 46 Tests 1954-68) born in Haywards Heath
1933 Georgia Brown [Lillian Getel], actress (Study in Terror, Fixer) born in Whitechapel, E London (d.1992)
1935 (George) Derek Bell, Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer (The Chieftans; "Three Images of Ireland in Druid Times"), born in Belfast, (d. 2002)
1936 James H "Simon" Gray, English playwright (Butley) born hayling Island, Hampshire (d. 2008)
1937 Norman Wright, rocker (Del-Vikings)
1940 Geoffrey Boycott, cricketer (stoic England opener 1964-82) born in Fitzwilliam, Wakefield
1940 Manfred Mann [Michael Lubowitz], British, rocker ("Mighty Quinn"; "Blinded By The Light"), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal
1946 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man, Pete Brown), born in Port Talbot (d. 2016)
1949 Jonathon Silver, entrepreneur/arts patron, born in Bradford (d. 1997)
1950 David Henry George Lascelles, 8th Earl of Harewood, grandson of Princess Mary, 63rd in line to the throne. Born in Central London
1953 Peter Mandelson, British politician (Labour) born in Hendon, Middlesex
1956 Carrie Fisher, American actress (Princess Leia in Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally...) and writer (Postcards from the Edge), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2016)
1957 Julian Cope [Kevin Stapleton], British pop musician (Eve's Volcano), born in Deri, Monmouthshire,
1961 Mark Finch, film festival organiser, promoter of LGBT cinema. Having founded and expanded several international film festivals he created the first LGBT film market for distributors, sales agents, and independent film producers. Born in Manchester, (d. 1995)
1967 Paul Ince, English footballer, born in Ilford, Essex
1970 Tony Mortimer, British pop singer and songwriter (East 17 - "Stay Another Dy"), born in Stepney, E. London
1971 Paul Norman Telfer, Scottish footballer, born in Edinburgh
1980 Kim [Kimberly] Kardashian, American TV personality (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), born in Los Angeles, California
1984 Kieran Richardson, English footballer, born in Greenwich, London
1985 Maximillian Roeg, English actor (Aria), born in London
1986 Chibuzor Chilaka, English footballer, born in Nigeria
1986 Alex Kew, British actor, born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
1992 21 Savage [Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph], rapper, born in London

On this day in British History

1555 English parliament refuses to recognize Philip of Spain as king
1708 Dutch & English troops occupy Lille (Rijsel)
1774 First display of the word "Liberty" on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
1803 English scientist, Chemist, Physicist and Meteorologist John Dalton reads his paper on the absorption of gases by water to the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Soc - 1st outline of his atomic theory
1805 Battle of Trafalgar: British Admiral Horatio Nelson defeats combined French and Spanish fleet. Nelson shot and killed during battle.
1816 The Penang Free School is founded in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, by the Rev Hutchings. It is the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia.
1824 Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement
1854 Florence Nightingale with a staff of 38 nurses is sent to the Crimean War
1899 Battle at Elandslaagte Natal: (Boers vs British army)
1915 William Jennings Bryan's successor as US Secretary of State, Robert Lansing, sends a note to Britain protesting interference with US shipping
1949 Author of "Brave New World" Aldous Huxley writes to congratulate George Orwell on his new novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four"
1960 1st British nuclear sub HMS Dreadnought launched
1966 116 children and 28 adults died as a coal waste heap slid and engulfed a school in Aberfan, South Wales
1970 Caledonian Airways takes over British United Airways

Scotland

1948 Dutch Constellation owned by KLM crashes at Prestwick Scotland

Wales

1966 116 children and 28 adults died as a coal waste heap slid and engulfed a school in Aberfan, South Wales

Deaths in History

1204 Robert de Beaumont, 4th Earl of Leicester, English nobleman
1623 William Wade, English statesman and diplomat (b. 1546)
1687 Edmund Waller, English poet/plotter (Waller's plot), dies
1805 Horatio Nelson, British admiral and war hero, dies in Battle of Trafalgar at 47
1896 James Henry Greathead, British engineer (b. 1844)
1943 Dudley Pound, British admiral of the fleet and 1st Sea Lord (Jutland, WW II), dies at 66

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Post by Richard Frost » Fri Oct 22 2021 10:48am

Friday 22nd October 2021

A Selection of Birthdays

1811 Franz Liszt, Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist (Faust Symphony), born in Raiding, Hungary (d. 1886)
1836 Mungo Park, Scottish golfer (British Open 1874), born in Inveresk, East Lothian (d. 1904)
1844 Sarah Bernhardt, French actress (Camille, Queen Elizabeth), born in Paris, France (d. 1923) (birth poss 23rd Oct)
1870 Alfred Douglas, English poet, journalist and partner of Oscar Wilde, born in Powick, Worcestershire, (d. 1945)
1908 John Sutton, British actor (The Three Musketeers, Tower of London, Return of Fly), born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India (d. 1963)
1910 Tamara Desni [Brodsky], German-born British actress (The Green Finger, Hell's Cargo), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2008)
1916 Major General Lord Michael Fitzalan-Howard, GCVO, CB, CBE, MC (Gold Stick to the Queen) born in Carlton, N. Yorkshire ( d. 2007)
1917 Joan Fontaine, British-American actress (Gunga Din, Ivanhoe, Rebecca), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2013)
1920 Harry Potts, English soccer forward (Burnley, Everton) and manager (Burnley, Shrewsbury Town, Blackpool), born in Sunderland, (d. 1996)
1936 John Blashford-Snell, British Army officer (founded Operation Raleigh), born in Hereford
1939 George Cohen, English soccer defender (37 caps; FIFA World Cup 1966; Fulham 459 games), born in London
1941 Charles Keating, English actor (Carl Hutchins-Another World), born in London (d. 2014)
1946 Richard Loncraine, director (Missionary, Deep Cover, Bellman & True) born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
1946 Kelvin Calder MacKenzie, Editor (Sun), born in Thanet, Kent
1948 Mike Hendrick, English cricket fast bowler (30 Tests, 87 wickets; 22 ODIs; Derbyshire CCC), born in Darley Dale, Derbyshire (d. 2021)
1965 John Wesley Harding [Wesley Stace], British singer-songwriter ("Here Comes The Groom"), and novelist (Wonderkid), born in Hastings, East Sussex
1972 Saffron Burrows, English-American actress (Boston Legal), born in London
1973 Kathy Butler, Scottish/Canadian long distance runner 3k/5k runner (Olympic-8-92, 96) born in Edinburgh
1978 Owais Shah, English cricketer, born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan;
1987 Jake Richardson, English footballer, born in Northern Ireland

On this day in British History

1899 British troops flee Dundee, Natal South Africa
1904 Russian fleet shoots at British fishing ship
1946 2 British ships sink near Albania
1956 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia

Northern Ireland

2019 Legislation for Northern Ireland legalizing same-sex marriage and abortion comes into effect

Scotland

1877 The Blantyre mining disaster in Scotland kills 207 miners. Those widows and orphans who were unable to support themselves were evicted by the mine owners and likely sent to the Poor House.
1942 1st ships of invasion fleet for Oran (Algeria) leave Scotland

Deaths in History

1871 Roderick Murchison, Scottish Geologist (Silurian system), dies at 79
1915 Andrew Noble, Scottish physicist who was a founder of the science of ballistics, dies at 84
1919 Bruce Frederick Cummings, English author (Journal of a Disappointed Man), dies at 30
1966 Hewlett Johnson [Red Dean of Canterbury], English bishop, dies at 92
1975 Arnold J. Toynbee, English historian (A Study of History), dies at 86
1978 John Riley, English poet (murdered) (b. 1937)
1989 Ewan MacColl [James Miller], Scottish folk singer-songwriter (The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face), dies at 74
1995 Kingsley Amis, English author (Lucky Jim), dies of injuries from a fall at 73
1998 Eric Ambler, English novelist (b. 1909)
2016 Steve Dillon, English comic book artist (Preacher), dies at 54

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Post by Richard Frost » Sat Oct 23 2021 10:37am

Saturday 23rd October 2021

A Selection of Birthdays


1844 Robert Bridges, English poet (Testament of beauty) and British Poet Laureate (1913-30), born in Walmer, Kent (d. 1930)
1868 Frederick Lanchester, Engineer who built the first British petrol automobile (1896), born in London (d. 1946)
1880 Una O'Connor, Irish-American actress (David Copperfield), born in Belfast (d. 1959)
1900 Douglas Jardine, English cricketer (England's Bodyline captain), born in Bombay, British India (d. 1958)
1922 Stuart Sloan, Scottish war hero and pilot, born in Whitecraig, E. Lothian (d. 1994)
1925 Johnny Carson, American comedian and TV host (The Tonight Show, Who Do You Trust), born in Corning, Iowa (d. 2005)
1931 Diana Dors [Fluck], British actress and singer (Berserk!, Steaming), born in Swindon, Wiltshire (d. 1984)
1935 Jimmy Dale, British-Canadian pianist and orchestra leader (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour), born in London (d. 2017)
1940 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), born in Liverpool (d. 2006)
1940 Pelé [Edson Arantes do Nascimento], Brazilian footballer (Player of the Century; 1,281 goals in 1,363 games), born in Três Corações, Brazil
1941 Colin Milburn, English cricketer (England bat whose career was cut short), born in Burnopfield, Co. Durham (d. 1990)
1942 Anita Roddick, English businesswoman and cosmetic manufacturer (Body Shop), born in Littlehampton, West Sussex (d. 2007)
1947 Greg Ridley, British rock bassist (Spooky Tooth; Humble Pie), born in Carlisle, Cumbria (d. 2003)
1949 Würzel [Michael Burston], British musician (Motörhead), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, (d. 2011)
1953 Pauline Black [Belinda Magnus], English ska singer (Selecter -"On My Radio"), born in Romford, Essex
1962 Beatie Edney, English actress (Diary of a Mad Old Man), born in London
1972 Richard McNamara, British guitarist, songwriter and producer (Embrace), born in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire
1974 Derek Landy, Irish author (Skulduggery Pleasant series), born in Lusk, Ireland
1976 Cat Deeley, English TV presenter, model and television personality (SMTV Live), born in West Bromwich
1978 Steve Harmison, English cricketer, born in Ashington, Northumberland
1978 Jimmy Bullard, English footballer and TV host (Soccer AM), born in East Ham, E. London
1979 Simon Davies, Welsh footballer (Fulham), born in Haverfordwest
1986 Emilia Clarke, English actress (Game of Thrones), born in London

On This day in British History

1642 Battle of Edgehill (Warwickshire): King Charles I beat English parliamentarian forces
1679 Meal Tub Plot against James Duke of York (future James II of England)
1684 Colony Massachusetts under authority of English crown mounted
1702 Battle of Bay of Vigo: Dutch & English fleet destroy & occupy Spanish silver fleet & French squadron
1739 War of Jenkins' Ear starts: British Prime Minister, Robert Walpole, reluctantly declares war on Spain
1813 The Pacific Fur Company trading post in Astoria, Oregon is turned over to the rival British North West Company (the fur trade in the Pacific Northwest was dominated for the next three decades by the United Kingdom).
1814 One of the first modern plastic surgeries in the west performed by Joseph Carpue on a soldier's nose in England using Indian techniques
1854 English newspaper "The Times" gives precise British positions in Crimea during Crimean War
1922 Conservative Andrew Bonar Law forms government in United Kingdom, replacing David Lloyd George's Liberal government
1942 During WWII, Britain launches major offensive at El Alamein, Egypt
1951 English Chemist and Molecular Biologist Rosalind Franklin first identifies the two types of carbon produced by temperature, in a paper published by the Royal Society
1954 Britain, France & US agree to end occupation of Germany
1972 Access credit cards introduced in Great Britain

Northern Ireland

1971 Two female members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) are shot dead by the British Army in the Lower Falls area of Belfast
1971 Three Catholic civilians are shot dead by the British Army during an attempted robbery in Newry, County Down
1993 Seven people killed by IRA bomb attack in Belfast
2001 The Provisional Irish Republican Army of Northern Ireland commences disarmament after peace talks

Weddings in History

1943 55th UK Prime Minister David Lloyd George (80) weds second wife Frances Stevenson

Deaths in History

1869 Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1852, 1858-59, 1866-68), dies at 70
1899 Penn Symons, British Major General during Second Boer War, dies in battle during the Battle Of Talana Hill at 56
1921 John B. Dunlop, Scottish inventor air tire (Dunlop Rubber), dies at 81
1944 Charles Glover Barkla, physicist (1917 Nobel Prize for Physics for X-ray scattering), dies at 67
2001 Ronald William Kirby, British artist, dies at 72

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Post by Richard Frost » Sun Oct 24 2021 11:05am

Sunday 24th October 2021

World Development Information Day
Every year, on 24-October, World Development Information Day is celebrated by United Nations. It was officially designated in 1972 as the official day. Its establishment was designed to keep people attentive to the development goals and problems and strengthen their internal cooperation to solve them.

United Nations Day
United Nations Day is celebrated to mark the United Nations’ annual ceremony established in 1945. On this day, United Nations Charter was finalized by majorities involving five security council members. It helped the permanent establishment of the United Nations.

United we stand, divided we fall. The United Nations’ goal is to keep peace and security among countries, friendly relationships, social progress, human rights, and better living standards.

A Selection of Birthdays

1378 David Stewart, Duke of Rothesay, heir to the throne of Scotland (d. 1402)
1503 Isabella of Portugal, Queen consort of Spain, Queen of the Romans, and Lady of the Netherlands (1526-39), and Holy Roman Empress and Queen of Italy (1530-39), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1539)
1675 Richard Temple, 1st Viscount Cobham, English soldier and politician, born in Parchim, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany (d. 1749)
1710 Alban Butler, English Catholic priest and writer, born in Northampton (d. 1773)
1873 Edmund Taylor Whittaker, Southport, Lancashire, U.K., British mathematician (applied mathematics and the theory of special functions) born in Southport (d. 1956)
1882 Sybil Thorndike, British actress (Stage Fright, Gone to Earth), born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (d. 1976)
1887 Victoria von Battenberg, Queen of Spain as the wife of King Alfonso XIII, born in Balmoral Castle, Scotland (d. 1969)
1895 Jack Warner [Waters], British actor (Dixon of Dock Green, Christmas Carol), born in London, (d. 1981)
1900 Elizabeth Hill, Russian-English teacher of Slavonic languages, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1996)
1905 Elizabeth Poston, English composer, born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire (d. 1987)
1908 John Alwyne Kitching, British Biologist (d. 1996)
1913 Molly Hide, English cricketer who captained England for 17 years, born in Shanghai, China (d. 1995)
1915 Bob Kane, American comic artist and Batman co-creator, born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)
1915 Marghanita Laski, English journalist and author (Victorian chaise-lounge), born in Manchester (d. 1988)
1918 Jim Peters, English long-distance runner who was 1st to complete a marathon in under 2 hours 20 minutes, born in Hackney, N. London (d. 1999)
1933 Ronald "Ronnie" Kray and Reginald "Reggie" Kray, English gangsters (the Kray twins), born in London,
1936 Bill Wyman, English rock and jazz bassist (Rolling Stones, 1962-93 - "Under My Thumb"), born in Lewisham, S E London
1940 David John Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Turville, He was made a life peer in 1997 as a member of the Labour Party
1945 Anthony Christian, English artist, born in London
1947 Edgar Broughton, English rocker (Edgar Broughton Band), born in Warwick, Warwickshire
1948 Dale "Buffin" Griffin, English rock drummer (Mott The Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), born in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire (d. 2016)
1948 Paul and Barry Ryan, British composers and singers, born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire,
1963 John Hendrie, Scottish footballer, born in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire
1970 Alonza Bevan, English bassist (Kula Shaker), born in London
1970 Rob Leslie-Carter, British engineer and project manager, born in Oxford
1971 Dervla Kirwan, Irish TV and stage actress, born in Churchtown, Dublin
1973 Jackie McNamara, Scottish soccer defender (33 caps; Celtic) and manager (Partick Thistle, Dundee United, York City), born in Glasgow
1974 Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster, son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. born in London
1985 Wayne Rooney, English soccer midfielder (England 119 caps, Man U, Everton), born in Liverpool,
1986 John Ruddy, English footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers), born in St Ives, Cambridgeshire,
1989 PewDiePie [Felix Kjellberg], Swedish YouTube star, born in Gothenburg, Sweden

On this day in British History

1899 Battle at Rietfontein, South Africa: Boers vs British army
1900 General Sir Redvers Henry Buller, VC, GCB, GCMG returns to England from the Second Boer War. British Army officer and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He served as Commander-in-Chief of British Forces in South Africa during the early months of the Second Boer War and subsequently commanded the army in Natal until his return to England in November 1900.
1911 Captain Robert Falcon Scott's expedition leaves Cape Evans for South Pole
1932 British government signs trade treaty with USSR
1942 Second day of battle at El Alamein: British infantry
1964 Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) gains independence from Britain (National Day) with Kenneth Kaunda becoming President
1980 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1986 Great Britain drops diplomatic relations with Syria

Northern Ireland

1968 The People's Democracy (PD) stage a protest demonstration at Stormont Parliament buildings, Belfast, Northern Ireland
1971 A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) is shot dead by undercover Royal Ulster Constabulary officers during a bomb attack in Belfast
1972 2 Catholic men are found dead at a farm at Aughinahinch, near Newtownbbutler, County Fermanagh - British soldiers carry out the killings

Deaths in History

1572 Edward Stanley, 3rd Earl of Derby, English nobleman under Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, dies at about 62 or 63
1669 William Prynne, English Puritan leader (b. 1600)
1672 John Webb, English architect (b. 1611)
1869 Joseph Jackson Lister, British optician who perfected the optical microscope by designing the achromatic objective lens, dies at 83
1922 George Cadbury, British chocolate and cocoa manufacturer (Cadbury), dies at 83
1955 Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, British Anthropologist (Structural Functionalism and studies of Andaman Islanders and Australian Aborigines), dies at 74
1956 Henry Nicholas Ridley, British botanist (Malay Peninsula rubber industry), dies at 100
1993 Desmond Nuttall, English theorist, dies at 49
1995 Ronald Selby Wright, Scottish Church of Scotland minister, dies at 87
2003 Ross Taylor [Robert Murray Taylor], Scottish transplant surgeon who pioneered kidney transplantations in the U.K., dies from cancer of the stomach at 70

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Post by Richard Frost » Mon Oct 25 2021 10:52am

Monday 25th October 2021

25 October 1415
Henry V’s forces defeat the French army at the Battle of Agincourt. The English longbows proved too powerful for the armoured French knights.

A Selection of Birthdays

1576 Thomas Weelkes, English organist and composer of madrigals, baptised in Elstead, Surrey (d. 1623)
1612 James Graham, Marquis of Montrose "the Great Montrose", Scottish general and poet, born in Edinburgh (d. 1650)
1683 Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, British politician, born in London (d. 1757)
1735 James Beattie, Scottish poet and philosopher (Essay on Truth), born in Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire (d. 1803)
1759 William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig: 1806-07), born in Wotton Underwood, Buckinghamshire (d. 1834)
1800 Thomas Babington Macaulay, English poet and historian (Ivry, Naaseby), born in Rothley, Leicestershire (d. 1859)
1881 Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist (3 Dancers, Guernica), born in Malaga, Andalusia, Spain (d. 1973)
1886 Leo G. Carroll, English actor (Topper; Strangers On A Train; Man From U.N.C.L.E.), born in Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire (d. 1972)
1921 Brian Malzard Foss, British psychologist, born in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire (d. 1997)
1923 Bobby Thomson, Scottish-American baseball player, born in Glasgow (d. 2010)
1929 Peter Loader, English cricketer (England quick in 13 Tests 1954-59, later WA), born in Wallington, London
1929 Roger John Tayler, British astrophysicist (author of The Origin of the Chemical Elements), born in Birmingham (d. 1997)
1931 Jimmy McIlroy, Irish footballer and football manager, born in Lambeg, Co. Antrim
1933 Roy Swetman, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper late 50's), born in Westminster, London
1934 Joe Mercer, OBE, English thoroughbred race horse jockey (British flat racing Champion Jockey 1979), born in Bradford (d. 2021)
1936 Alan Smith, English cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests), born in Birmingham
1936 Sir Martin Gilbert, British historian (Winston Churchill biography), born in London
1941 Bobby Keetch, English footballer and entrepreneur, born in Tottenham, North London (d. 1996)
1943 Roy Lynes, English rock organist (Status Quo), born in Redhill, Surrey
1944 Jon Anderson, English rock singer (Yes - Roundabout; Close To The Edge), born in Accrington, Lancashire
1947 Glenn Tipton, English rock guitarist (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law), born in Blackheath, S E London
1950 Chris Norman, British singer (Smokie), born in Redcar, North Yorkshire
1953 Mark McNulty, Irish-Zimbabwean golfer (The Tradition 2007; 16 European Tour titles), born in Bindura, Zimbabwe
1955 Glynis Barber, South African-English actress (Dempsey and Makepeace), born in Durban, South Africa
1957 Robbie Macintosh, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Pretenders), born in Sutton, Surrey,
1958 Phil Daniels, British stage and screen actor (Quadrophenia; EastEnders - "Kevin"), and rock singer, born in Islington, N. London
1962 Nick Hancock, British television presenter (They Think It's All Over), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
1964 Nicholas Bernard Thorp, English musician (Curiosity Killed the Cat), born in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey
1971 Simon Charlton, English footballer (Southampton), born in Huddersfield
1975 Zadie Smith, British novelist (White Teeth, On Beauty, Swing Time), born in Brent, London,
1976 Steve Jones, Northern Irish footballer, born in Derry
1978 Russell Anderson, Scottish footballer (Sunderland), born in Aberdeen
1979 Rob Hulse, English footballer (Sheffield United), born in Crewe
1981 Shaun Wright-Phillips, English footballer (Manchester City), born in Greenwich, S E London
1987 Darron Gibson, Irish football player (Manchester United), born in Derry,

On this day in British History

1415 Henry V’s forces defeat the French army at the Battle of Agincourt.
1747 British fleet under Admiral Sir Edward Hawke defeats the French at the second battle of Cape Finisterre
1760 George III becomes King of Great Britain
1812 US frigate United States captures British vessel Macedonian
1828 St Katharine Docks opens in London
1854 Prince Menshikov of Crimea occupies British base at Balaclava
1900 Great Britain annexes the former Boer South African Republic, renaming it the Transvaal Colony
1901 Joseph Chamberlain, British Colonial Affairs Secretary, makes an anti-German speech in Edinburgh; when word reaches Germany leads to widespread agitation against the British and breakdown of negotiations for Anglo-German alliance
1941 Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill routes "Forces South" to SE Asia
1942 3rd day of battle at El Alamein: British offensive

Northern Ireland

1971 A man dies two days after being shot during an Irish Republican Army attack on the British Army in Belfast

Deaths in History

1154 Stefanus van Blois, king of England (1135-54), dies
1400 Geoffrey Chaucer 'Father of English literature', English poet and author of "The Canterbury Tales", dies at 56 or 57
1760 George II [Georg August], King of Great Britain and Ireland, Elector of Hanover, dies at 76
1995 Robert Grieve, Scottish civil servant and planner, dies at 84
2015 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, dies of cancer at 71

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Post by Richard Frost » Tue Oct 26 2021 10:28am

Tuesday 26th October 2021

A selection of Birthdays

1609 William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts born in Upwey, Dorset (d. 1675)
1813 Henry Smart, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1879)
1837 James Lawlor Kieran, Irish-American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Mountbellew, County Galway (d. 1869)
1864 Joseph Moorat, British composer (Prunella) (d. 1938)
1871 Hermann Löhr, British composer, born in Plymouth (d. 1943)
1874 Martin Lowry, English chemist (Brønsted–Lowry acid–base theory), born in Low Moor, Bradford (d. 1936)
1875 H. B. Warner, British actor (Sunset Boulevard, The King of Kings), born in London (d. 1958)
1881 Margaret Wycherly, British actress (Keeper of the Flame), born in London (d. 1956)
1902 Hugh Chilvers, Australian cricketer (great leggie of 30's for NSW but not Aust), born in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire (d. 1994)
1911 Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet (Poems to Eimhir and Other Poems), born in Osgaig, Raasay, Scotland (d. 1996)
1921 George Forrest, Northern Irish politician (Unionist) born in Gortagammon, Tullyhogue, Cookstown, County Tyrone (d. 1968)
1930 John Arden, English novelist and playwright (Left Handed Liberty), born in Barnsley (d. 2012)
1942 Bob Hoskins, English actor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), born in Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk (d. 2014)
1946 Keith Hopwood, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), born in Davyhulme, Manchester
1947 Trevor Joyce, Irish poet (The Poems of Sweeny Peregrine), born in Dublin
1947 Ian Ashley, British racing driver, born in Wuppertal, Germany
1951 Maggie Roche, Irish-American singer-songwriter (Roches), born in Park Ridge, New Jersey (d. 2017)
1952 Andy Richards, British-Australian session and touring keyboard player ("Relax"; "Careless Whisper"), and producer, born in London
1952 Andrew Motion, English poet (British Poet Laureate 1999-2009), born in London
1953 Rosa Monckton, English businesswoman and notable charity fundraiser, born in Westminster, London
1959 Brian Bovell, British actor, born in London
1962 Cary Elwes, English actor (Glory, Princess Bride), born in London
1965 Sakari Oramo, Finnish conductor (City of Birmingham Symphony, 1998-2008; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, 2008-21; BBC Symphony, 2013-23), born in Helsinki, Finland
1966 Steve Valentine, Scottish actor (Crossing Jordan), born in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire
1971 Ronnie Irani, English cricketer (Essex all-rounder, England 1996), born in Leigh, Lancashire
1978 Jimmy Aggrey, English footballer (Torquay United), born in Hammersmith, London
1978 Mark Barry, English musician (BBMak), born in Manchester
1982 Adam Carroll, Northern Irish racing driver, born in Portadown

On this day in British History

1529 Sir Thomas More appointed Lord Chancellor of England
1682 English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York
1912 Woolwich Foot Tunnel under the Thames river in England opens
1922 Archaeologist and Writer, Gertrude Bell appointed Honorary Director of Antiquities in new Department of Antiquities in Baghdad, Iraq (origin of the Baghdad Archaeological Museum)
1947 The British military occupation ends in Iraq
1951 Winston Churchill re-elected British Prime Minister at the age of 76
1953 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field, Australia
1955 British troops occupy Saudi Arabian oil field at Boeraimi
1999 Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.

Wales

1859 The steam clipper Royal Charter is wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead

Deaths in History

900 Alfred the Great, Anglo-Saxon monarch who was King of Wessex and King of the Anglo-Saxons, dies at 50 or 51
1671 Sir John Gell, 1st Baronet, English politician (b. 1593)
1675 William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (b. 1609)
1679 Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist, dies at 58
1686 John Egerton, 2nd Earl of Bridgewater, English politician, dies at 63
1717 Catherine Sedley, English mistress of James II of England (b. 1657)
1751 Philip Doddridge, English Nonconformist clergyman, dies at 49
1764 William Hogarth, English satiric painter and engraver (Rake's Progress), dies at 66
1803 Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, English politician, dies at 82
1944 Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria (b. 1857)
1947 Canon Edwin Sidney Savage, English rector (b. 1862)

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Wednesday 27th October 2021

The World Day for Audio-visual Heritage
The World Day for Audio-visual Heritage is annually observed on October 27 to build global awareness of issues on preserving audio-visual material, such as sound recordings and moving images. The World Day for Audio-visual Heritage explores issues such as ways to preserve audio-visual material and documents.

A selection of Birthdays

1401 Catherine of Valois, Queen of Henry V of England, born in Paris (d. 1437)
1728 James Cook, British explorer, navigator and cartographer who was the first European to explore much of Australia, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand, born in Marton, Yorkshire (d. 1779)
1744 Mary Moser, English painter (Flowers Still Life), born in London (d. 1819)
1761 Matthew Baillie, Scottish Physician (first systematic study of pathology in 1793), born in Shotts Manse, Lanarkshire (d. 1823)
1763 William Maclure, Scottish-American Geologist (first geological map), born in Ayr, Scotland (d. 1840)
1854 Sir William Alexander Smith, Scottish founder of the Boys' Brigade, born in Pennyland House, Thurso, (d. 1914)
1865 Charles Spencelayh, English painter (Why War), born in Rochester, Kent (d. 1958)
1868 Annie Patterson, Irish organist, composer, and musicologist born in Lurgan, County Armagh (d. 1934)
1877 George Thompson, English cricketer (d. 1943)
1889 Enid Bagnold, British novelist (Chalk Garden, 1956 Award of Merit), born in Rochester, Kent (d. 1981)
1894 Oliver Leese, British World War II general, born in Westminster, London (d. 1978)
1910 Bryan Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne and Guinness brewing heir, born in Mandatory Palestine (d. 1992)
1914 Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet (Child's Christmas in Wales), born in Swansea (d. 1953)
1917 Oliver Tambo, South African lawyer, anti-apartheid politician and co-founder (African National Congress), born in Nkantolo, Bizana, South Africa (d. 1993)
1917 Augustine Harris, British Bishop of Middlesbrough, born in West Derby, Liverpool (d. 2007)
1922 George Young, Scottish football player, born in Grangemouth, Falkirk (d. 1997)
1931 David Bryant, English lawn bowler (World Outdoor C'ship singles 1966, 80, 88; 4 x C'wealth Games gold singles), born in Clevedon, Somerset (d. 2020)
1932 Sylvia Plath, American poet and novelist (Colossus, 3 Women, Bell Jar), born in Boston, Massachusetts, Plath studied at Smith College in Massachusetts and at Newnham College in Cambridge, England. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956, and they lived together in the United States and then in England. Their relationship was tumultuous and, in her letters, Plath alleges abuse at his hands. They had two children before separating in 1962. (d. 1963)
1932 Harry Gregg, Irish soccer goalkeeper (25 caps Northern Ireland; Manchester United) and manager (Shrewsbury Town, Swansea, Crewe Alexandra), born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland (d. 2020)
1934 David Barclay, British hotel magnate and multi-millionaire, born in Hammersmith, London
1934 Frederick Barclay, British hotel magnate and multi-millionaire, born in Hammersmith, London
1934 Phil Horrocks-Taylor, English rugby union fly half (9 caps England, 1 British & Irish Lions; Leicester Tigers), born in Halifax (d. 2021)
1939 John Cleese, English actor and comedian (Monty Python), born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
1940 Anthea Joseph, British music promoter, born in London (d. 1997)
1942 Philip Catherine, Belgian jazz guitarist (Chet Baker; Stephane Grappelli; Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen; Jean-Luc Ponty), born in London, England
1945 John Kane, British actor and writer, born in Dundee, Angus
1947 Edgar Broughton, British rocker ("Out Demons, Out!"), born in Warwick, Warwickshire
1951 K. K. Downing, British rock guitarist (Judas Priest - "Breakin' The Law"), born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire
1953 Peter Firth, English actor (Equus, Lifeforce, Tess), born in Bradford
1954 Chris Tavaré, British cricketer (England opener & occasional scorer of runs), born in Orpington, Kent
1956 Jaq D. Hawkins, British author, occultist and lecturer, born in California
1957 Glenn Hoddle, English soccer ball player (Tottenham), born in Hayes, Middlesex
1958 Hazell Dean [Poole], English disco singer (Always Doesn't Mean Forever), born in Chelmsford, Essex,
1958 Simon Le Bon, English rock vocalist (Duran Duran - "Hungry Like The Wolf"), born in Bushey, Hertfordshire
1963 Deborah Moore, English actress (Danielle-Day of Our Lives), born in London
1968 Vinny Samways, English footballer, born in Bethnal Green, E. London
1972 Lee Clark, English footballer (Newcastle United), born in Wallsend on Tyne
1978 Vanessa-Mae [Vanakorn Nicholson], Singaporean-British violinist and Olympic alpine skier, born in Singapore
1984 Kelly Osbourne, English television personality (The Osbournes), born in Westminster, London

On this Day in British History

939 Edmund I succeeds Athelstan as King of England
1523 English troops occupy Montalidier, France
1627 English invasion force under George Villiers assaults the French island of Île de Ré
1644 Second Battle of Newbury: King Charles I beats parliamentary armies
1682 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is founded by Englishman William Penn
1702 British troops plunder St Augustine, Florida
1914 British battleship Audacious sunk by mine
1969 St Vincent & Grenadines gains associated status with Britain
1971 Gerard Newe becomes the first Catholic to serve in any Northern Ireland government since 1920; Newe was appointed to try to improve community relations
1986 British government deregulates financial markets in a "Big Bang", enhancing London's status as a financial capital while increasing income inequality
1992 Great Britain issues postage stamp on 100th anniversary of JRR Tolkien
2002 The British ITV Network airs a regional service for the last time in England and Wales, LWT loses its identity completely

Ireland

1651 English troops occupy Limerick, Ireland
1971 Gerard Newe becomes the first Catholic to serve in any Northern Ireland government since 1920; Newe was appointed to try to improve community relations

Deaths in History

939 King Athelstan I of England, often regarded as the 1st king of England (b. 895)
1327 Elizabeth de Burgh, Queen of Robert I of Scotland (b. 1289)
1617 Ralph Winwood, English politician (b. 1563)
1670 Vavasor Powell, Welsh non-conformist leader (b. 1617)
1917 Arthur Rhys-Davids, English flying ace (WW I), dies at 20
1938 Lascelles Abercrombie, English poet/critic, dies at 57
1991 George Barker, English poet, dies at 78

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Friday 29th October 2021

A Selection of Birthdays


1690 Martin Folkes, English antiquarian and mathematician, born in Westminster, London (d. 1754)
1704 John Byng, English admiral executed by firing squad at 52 for neglecting his duty in defence of Minorca, born in Southill, Bedfordshire (d. 1757)
1740 James Boswell, Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson and diarist, born in Edinburgh (d. 1795)
1877 Wilfred Rhodes, English cricketer (Yorks & Eng SLA, played Tests 1899-1930), born in Kirkheaton, Yorkshire (d. 1973)
1903 Vivian Ellis, English composer, born in Hampstead, N. London (d. 1996)
1905 Laurence Dowdall, Scottish lawyer, born in Glasgow (d. 1996)
1908 Stewart Myles MacPherson, Canadian-born British broadcaster (WWII), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1995)
1908 Jimmy Thomson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1935, PGA C'ship 1936 runner-up), born in North Berwick, (d. 1985)
1910 A. J. Ayer, English Neopositivist philosopher (Logical Positivism), born in London (d. 1989)
1911 Phillip Oppenheimer, British diamond dealer and racehorse owner, born in London (d. 1995)
1915 Dennis Brookes, English cricketer (one Test England v WI 1948, scored 10 & 7), born in Leeds, Yorkshire (d. 2006)
1922 Neil Blaney, Irish politician, born in Fanad, County Donegal (d. 1995)
1925 Robert Hardy, British actor (Harry Potter, All Creatures Great and Small), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (d. 2017)
1935 David Allen, English cricketer (England off-spinner of 60's), born in Horfield, Bristol (d. 2014)
1940 Galen Weston, English-Canadian multi-millionaire industrialist, born in Marlow, Buckinghamshire
1942 Johan Fleming Ramsland, British broadcaster (d. 1996)
1943 Norman Hunter, English soccer defender (28 caps; Leeds United, Bristol City, Barnsley; FIFA World Cup 1966), born in Gateshead (d. 2020)
1944 Denny Laine [Brian Hines], British rock guitarist (The Moody Blues; Wings), born in Tyseley, Birmingham
1946 Peter Green [Greenbaum], English guitarist (Fleetwood Mac - "Albatross"), born in Bethnal Green, E. London (d. 2020)
1949 David Paton, Scottish rock session and touring bass player and singer (Pilot; Alan Parsons Project), born in Edinburgh
1954 Lee Child [James Grant], English author (Jack Reacher novels), born in Coventry
1955 Roger O'Donnell, British rock keyboardist (The Cure - "Friday I'm In Love"), born in East London,
1959 Finola Hughes, English actress (Anna-General Hospital, Staying Alive), born in London
1964 Yasmin Le Bon, English supermodel, born in Oxford
1967 Rufus Sewell, English actor (A Knight's Tale, Middlemarch), born in London
1968 Stanley Donwood [Dan Rickwood], British writer and album art designer (Radiohead; Thom Yorke). born in Essex,
1970 Toby Smith [Grafftey-Smith], British keyboardist and songwriter (Jamiroquai - "Virtual Insanity"), born in London (d. 2017)
1974 Michael Vaughan, English cricketer and commentator (Captain of England), born in Eccles
1978 Kelly Smith, English football player (Arsenal Ladies), born in Watford
1983 Jason Tahincioglu, Turkish-British racing driver, born in Bristol

On This Day in British History

1618 English adventurer, writer and courtier Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against King James I of England
1682 English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn lands at what is now Chester, Pennsylvania
1709 England & Netherlands sign anti-French "Barrieretraktaat"
1792 Mount Hood (Oregon) is named after the British naval officer Alexander Arthur Hood by Lt. William E. Broughton who spotted the mountain near the mouth of the Willamette River.
1867 Mail packets "Rhone" & "Wye" capsize off St Thomas, Virgin Islands
1888 Lord Salisbury grants British Businessman and Imperialist Politician, Cecil Rhodes charter for British South Africa Company
1889 Queen Victoria grants Cecil Rhodes rights to Zambezia
1924 Labour minority government loses British parliamentary election to Conservatives led by Stanley Baldwin
1950 British Chancellor of the Exchequer (Minister of Finance) Stafford Cripps resigns
1986 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opens the final stretch of London's Orbital Motorway, the M25. Then the world’s longest ring road at 117 miles (188.3 km).

Northern Ireland

1970 The Electoral Reform Society calls for the introduction of Proportional Representation (PR) in elections in Northern Ireland

Deaths in History

1618 Walter Raleigh, English scholar, poet, historian and explorer, beheaded for treason at about 64
1650 David Calderwood, Scottish historian (b. 1575)
1666 Edmund Calamy the Elder, English Presbyterian leader (b. 1600)
1666 James Shirley, English poet and dramatist (The Triumph of Peace), dies at 70 (date of burial)
1885 James Hannington, English missionary, murdered in Uganda
1924 Frances Hodgson Burnett, British born American playwright and children's author ("Little Lord Fauntleroy"), dies at 74
1992 Kenneth MacMillan, British choreographer (Manon, Judas Tree), dies
2004 Peter Twinn, English mathematician (b. 1916)
2011 Jimmy Savile, British entertainer and suspected sexual predator, dies at 84

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Post by Richard Frost » Sun Oct 31 2021 10:06am

Sunday 31st October 2021

World Cities Day
The United Nations General Assembly designated 31 October as World Cities Day, by its resolution 68/239. The Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities addressing challenges of urbanization and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.

SAMHAIN (pronounced Sow-in) Wiccan Pagan SAMHUINN Druid
The Celtic wheel of the year turns and the veil between life and death is drawn aside. Samhain is the festival of death when Pagans remember and honour those who have gone before. Fires are lit and ‘dead wood’ is burned before stepping into the darkness of winter.

The wheel of the year is seen to begin at Samhain. Pagans celebrate death as part of life. This is not a time of fear, but a time to understand more deeply that life and death are part of a sacred whole.

HALLOWE'EN Heathen
Halloween / Hallowe’en is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting ‘haunted houses’, and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the theme in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.

A Selection of Birthdays

1599 Denzil Holles, 1st Baron Holles, English statesman and writer, born Houghton, Hampshire (d. 1680)
1620 John Evelyn, English writer and diarist (Life of Mrs Godolphin), born in Wotten, Surrey (d. 1706)
1724 Christopher Anstey, English poet (The New Bath Guide), born in Brinkley, Cambridgeshire (d. 1805)
1795 John Keats, English Romantic poet (Ode to a Grecian Urn), born in London (d. 1821)
1872 James Hogan, Irish College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale), born in Glenbane, County Tipperary (d. 1910)
1887 William Whysall, British cricketer (4 Tests for England 1924-30) born in Woodborough, Nottinghamshire (d. 1930)
1895 B. H. Liddell Hart, English military historian and publicist (The Rommel Papers), born in Paris (d. 1970)
1907 Helen Lessore, English artist, born in London (d. 1994)
1917 Erik Routley, English Congregational minister, composer and musicologist, born in England (d. 1982)
1920 Dick Francis, British jockey and detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes), born in Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire (d. 2010)
1922 Talfryn Thomas, Welsh character actor (Dad's Army -"Cheeseman"; Dr. Who), born in Swansea (d. 1982)
1925 John Pople, English chemist (Nobel Prize 1998), born in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset (d. 2004)
1926 Jimmy Savile, English entertainer and suspected sexual predator, born in Leeds (d. 2011)
1930 Ray Crane, English trumpeter, born in Skegness, Lincolnshire (d. 1994)
1939 Tom O'Connor, English comedian, born in Bootle, Merseyside
1941 Derek Bell, British racing driver, born in Pinner, Middlesex
1945 Rik Kenton, British musician (Roxy Music, Woody Kern), born in Nottingham
1945 (Russell Glyn) "Russ" Ballard, British rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Argent - "Liar"; "You Can Do Magic"), born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire
1946 Stephen Rea, Irish film and stage actor (Crying Game, Michael Collins), born in Belfast
1946 Norman Lovett, English stand-up comedian and actor (Red Dwarf), born in Windsor, Berkshire,
1946 Ged Dunn, English rugby league winger (8 Tests; Hull KIngston Rovers 301 games), born in Redcar, (d. 2021)
1947 Russ Ballard, English rocker (Argent), born in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire
1947 Howard Skempton, British experimental and classical composer, pianist, and accordionist (Scratch Orchestra), born in Chester, Cheshire
1950 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2016)
1956 Charles Moore, British editor-in-chief (Sunday Telegraph), born in Hastings, Sussex
1961 Larry Mullen, Jr, Irish rock drummer (U2 - "I Will Follow"), born in Dublin
1963 Johnny Marr, British guitarist and songwriter (The Smiths - "This Charming Man"; "Ask"), born in Ardwick, Manchester
1964 Colm Ó Cíosóig, Irish drummer (My Bloody Valentine, Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions), born in Dublin
1965 Rob Rackstraw, British voice actor, born in Sunderland
1970 Craig Kelly, English actor (Queer as Folk, Coronation Street), born in Lytham St Annes
1971 Ian Walker, English footballer, born in Watford, Hertfordshire
1972 Matt Dawson MBE, English rugby union halfback (77 caps England, 7 British & Irish Lions; Northampton, London Wasps) and broadcaster ( A Question of Sport, BBC), born in Birkenhead
1983 Katy French, Irish Supermodel and Socialite, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 2007)
1993 Letitia Wright, English actress (Black Panther), born in Georgetown, Guyana
1997 Marcus Rashford, English footballer (Manchester United) and advocate for school lunches, born in Wythenshawe, Manchester

On this day In British History

1596 English, French & Dutch delegates sign anti-Spanish "Triple Covenant"
1649 John Wallis, newly appointed Savilian Professor of Geometry at Oxford University, gives his Inaugural lecture
1794 John Dalton's first lecture to Manchester Literary/Philosophical Society
1863 The Maori Wars resumed as British forces in New Zealand led by General Duncan Cameron began their Invasion of the Waikato
1876 Great Backerganj Cyclone of 1876 ravages British India (Modern-day Bangladesh), over 200,000 killed
1914 Great Britain & France declare war on Turkey
1940 Battle of Britain, fought between the RAF and Luftwaffe over the English Channel and southern England, ends with a British victory
1941 Clothing factory fire in Huddersfield, England kills 49
1956 Britain and France join Israeli forces in Egypt and begin to bomb Egypt to reopen Suez Canal
1961 Hurricane Hattie kills 400 in British Honduras
1997 British au pair Louise Woodward, 19, sentenced to life for the death of Matthew Eappen 8½ months (judge changes to time served)

Northern Ireland

1972 2 Catholic children (6 and 4) playing on the street are killed in a Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) car bomb attack on a bar in Ship Street, Belfast

Scotland

1888 Scottish vet John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tyre

Weddings in History

1396 Richard II of England (31) marries Isabella of Valois (6) in a dynastic marriage

Deaths in History

1147 Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester, politician and illegitimate son of King Henry I, dies at about 57
1659 John Bradshaw, English judge (b. 1602)
1765 Duke of Cumberland, English politician/uncle of George III, dies
1860 Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, British admiral, dies at 84
1913 William Evans-Gordon, British politician (b. 1857)
1994 John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy, art historian & director of British Museum (1974-76), dies at 80
2007 Ray Gravell, Welsh rugby union footballer (Wales and the British Lions), dies of a heart attack at 56

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Monday 1st November 2021

1 November 1894
A vaccine for diphtheria is announced by Dr Pierre Paul Emile Roux, a founder of the field of immunology.


ALL SAINTS’ DAY Christian (Western Churches)
This day provides a chance to offer thanks for the work and witness of all saints, recognising that not all are known or specially celebrated. Many churches stress this day by holding events especially designed for children.

A selection of Birthdays

1629 St. Oliver Plunkett, Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and last Catholic martyr to die in England, born in Loughcrew, County Meath (d. 1681)
1643 John Strype, English historian and biographer, born in Houndsditch, E. London (d. 1737)
1666 James Sherard, English amateur composer, born in Bushby, Leicester (d. 1738)
1762 Spencer Perceval, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1809-12), born in London (d. 1812)
1782 F. J. Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1827-28), born in Skelton-on-Ure, Yorkshire (d. 1859)
1798 Benjamin Guinness, Irish brewer and philanthropist, born in Dublin (d. 1868)
1859 W. H. Grattan Flood, Irish author and composer, born in Lismore, County Waterford (d. 1928)
1865 Monty Bowden, English cricket wicketkeeper and captain (2 Tests; youngest England captain at 23 years, 144 days), born in Stockwell, Surrey (Now part of S.W London) (d. 1892)
1877 Roger Quilter, British composer, born in Hove, East Sussex (d. 1953)
1887 L. S. Lowry, British painter of industrial scenes, born in Stretford, Greater Manchester (d. 1976)
1889 Philip Noel-Baker, British politician and disarmament advocate (Nobel 1959), born in London (d. 1982)
1896 Edmund Blunden, English poet and critic (Undertones of War), born in London (d. 1974)
1897 Naomi Mitchison, Scottish author (African Heroes, Return to Fairy Hill), born in Edinburgh (d. 1999)
1903 Max Adrian, Irish actor (Devils, Music Lover), born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh (d. 1973)
1907 Terence Cuneo, English artist (official artist for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953), born in London (d. 1996)
1915 Michael Denison, English actor (Importance of Being Ernest), born in York (d. 1988)
1918 Ken Miles, British-American auto racer and engineer (USAC Road Racing C'ship 1961; 24 Hours of Daytona 1966), born in Birmingham (d. 1966)
1920 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black, BBC), born in Lambourn, West Berkshire (d. 2011)
1930 John Scott, British musician, film, television, and classical composer, born in Bishopston, Bristol,
1932 John Clark, British actor and director (The Two of Us, Saint Joan), born in London
1934 Hugh Bidwell, 662nd Lord Mayor of London (1989-90) (d. 2013)
1934 William Mathias, Welsh composer, born in Whitland (d. 1992)
1936 Eddie Colman, English soccer winger (Manchester United 85 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Salford (d. 1958)
1941 John Pullin, English rugby union hooker (42 caps; British Lions 7 caps; Bristol RFC), born in Aust, Gloucestershire (d. 2021)
1943 John McEnery, English actor (Romeo and Juliet), born in Birmingham
1945 Rick Grech, British rock musician (Blind Faith, Traffic), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1990)
1947 Bob Weston, English, guitarist and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), born in Plymouth, Devon (d. 2012)
1954 Chris Morris, Britsh rock guitarist and singer (Paper Lace - "The Night Chicago Died"), born in Nottingham
1959 Eddie MacDonald, Welsh rocker (The Alarm-Knocking on Heaven's Door), born in St. Asaph
1960 Tim Cook, American businessman (CEO of Apple Inc. 2011-), born in Mobile, Alabama
1961 Nicky Grist, Welsh auto racer and broadcaster (World Rally C'ship 1993), born in Ebbw Vale
1962 Sharron Davies, British swimmer and broadcaster (Olympic silver 400m medley 1980; BBC), born in Plymouth, Devon
1963 Rick Allen, English one-armed rock drummer (Def Leppard - "Hysteria"; "Pour Some Sugar On Me"), born in Dronfield, Derbyshire
1963 Mark Hughes, Welsh soccer striker and manager (72 caps; Manchester United 256 games; Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Stoke City), born in Wrexham
1966 Jeremy Hunt, British politician, born in London
1972 Paul Dickov, Scottish soccer striker and manager (10 caps; Manchester City, Leicester City), born in Livingston, West Lothian
1983 Jon Wilkin, English rugby league utility (England 10, Great Britain 6 Tests; St. Helens 404 games), born in Hull
1984 Natalia Tena, English actress (Nymphadora Tonks in Harry Potter franchise), born in London
1994 James Ward-Prowse, English soccer midfielder (9 caps; Southampton), born in Portsmouth,

On This day in British History

1210 King John of England begins imprisoning Jews
1604 William Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello" first presented
1683 The English crown colony of New York is subdivided into 12 counties.
1765 Stamp Act goes into effect in British colonies
1914 German-British naval battle at Coronel, Chile
1919 British Admiral David Beatty becomes First Sea Lord
1929 Lundy Island, part of British Isles, issue its own stamps
1935 T. S. Eliot's play "Murder in the Cathedral" premieres in London
1944 World War II: Units of the British Army land at Walcheren in the Netherlands.
1976 Britain gives Gilbert Island (Kiribati) self rule
1981 Antigua & Barbuda gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1990 Last of Margaret Thatcher's original government resigns, Deputy PM Howe

Deaths in History

1770 Alexander Cruden "Alexander the Corrector", Scottish biblical scholar and eccentric, compiler of a concordance to King James Bible, dies at 71
1914 Christopher "Kit" Cradock, English admiral, dies in battle
1993 A. N. Sherwin-White, English historian (b. 1911)
1994 Syd Dernley, British hangman (1949-54), dies at 73
1995 Alun Pask, Welsh rugby union flanker (26 caps; British Lions 8 caps; Abertillery), dies at 58

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