It happened today – this day in history – August 7

1560: Birth of Elizabeth Bathory, Hungarian countess and most prolific female serial killer in history, in Nyírbátor.

1573: Francis Drake’s fleet returns to Plymouth after a year spent raiding for Spanish treasure.

1606: First performance of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace for James I.

1802: Napoleon orders the re-instatement of slavery on St Domingue (Haiti).

1914: Lord Kitchener “Your country needs you” poster appears across the UK. On the same day, Russia invades East Prussia .

1930: A large mob estimated at 2,000, lynch two young black men Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana.

1933: The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail.

1934: The US Court of Appeals upholds a lower court ruling striking down the government’s attempt to ban James Joyce’s novel “Ulysses”.

1936: Argentina wins the polo gold medal beating Britain 11-0 in the final at the Berlin Olympics, the last time the sport is contested at the Games.

1940: Churchill recognizes De Gaulle’s French government in exile. On the same day, Alsace Lorraine is annexed by Nazi Germany.

1942: The first American offensive in the Pacific during the Second World War at Guadalcanal. On the same day, the Dutch resistance bombs Rotterdam railway station.

1947: Adventurer Thor Heyerdahl and the crew of the Kon-Tiki crash into a reef in the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia, after 101 days crossing the Pacific Ocean.

1948: Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins her fourth track & field gold medal of the London Olympics as part of the Dutch 4 x 100m relay team – while pregnant with her third child.

1950: Ferdi Kübler becomes first Swiss rider to win the Tour de France.

1955: Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan.

1956: The British government sends three aircraft carriers to Egypt.

1957: Oliver Hardy dies aged 65 after a long illness. Comedy partner Stan Laurel is so distraught at the loss of his close friend “Babe”, he is unable to attend the funeral.

1958: Playwright Arthur Miller’s conviction for contempt of Congress after refusing to tell the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) two years earlier the names of alleged Communist writers with whom he attended five or six meetings in New York in 1947, is quashed.

1959: Explorer 6 transmits the first TV photo of Earth from space.

1960: The Ivory Coast gains independence from France.

1964: The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds and Mose Allison appeared at the fourth Richmond Jazz Festival. On the same day, Turkey begins an air attack on Greek Cypriots.

1966: A race riot breaks out in Lansing, Michigan.


1970: Beginning of the three-day Goose Lake International Music Festival in Michigan featuring Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, The Stooges, Mountain and Chicago,

1971: Apollo 15 returns to Earth.

1972: Ugandan leader, Idi Amin, sets a 90-day deadline for the expulsion of most of the country’s Asians.

1976: US Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after an 11-month flight from Earth.

1984: Singer Esther Phillips dies aged 48 from liver and kidney failure.

1985: Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan’s first astronauts.

1987: American woman Lynne Cox becomes the first person to swim the Bering Strait from Alaska to the Soviet Union.

1990: The US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia at the beginning of Operation Desert Shield.

1994: The first telephone link between Israel and Jordan.

Singles chart:

  1. Love Is All Around – Wet Wet Wet
  2. I Swear – All-4-One
  3. Crazy For You – Let Loose
  4. Searching – China Black
  5. (Meet) The Flintstones – The BC-52s
  6. Regulate – Warren G & Nate Dogg
  7. Compliments On Your Kiss – Red Dragon with Brian and Tony
  8. No More (I Can’t Stand It) – Maxx
  9. Let’s Get Ready To Rumble – PJ & Duncan
  10. What’s Up – DJ Miko
1994: Rolling Stones – Voodoo Lounge

Album chart:

  1. End Of Part One: Their Greatest Hits – Wet Wet Wet
  2. The Glory Of Gershwin – Larry Adler & Various Artists
  3. Music For The Jilted Generation – The Prodigy
  4. Voodoo Lounge – The Rolling Stones
  5. Swagger – Gun
  6. The Very Best Of – The Eagles
  7. One Careful Owner – Michael Ball
  8. Greatest Hits – Whitesnake
  9. God Shuffled His Feet – Crash Test Dummies
  10. Music Box – Mariah Carey

1998: US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania are bombed within minutes of each other, killing 230 and injuring more than 4,000 people.

2001: The government re-nationalises a private hospital for the first time, paying £27million for the luxury Heart Hospital just off Harley Street in central London. On the same day, Harmonica player Larry Adler dies aged 87.

2003: Amrozi bin Nurhasyim is convicted and sentenced to death for the Bali nightclub bombings which killed 190 people in 2002.

2007: Lily Allen has her US work visa cancelled after arriving at Los Angeles airport in connection with an alleged assault in London three months earlier.

2008: Elvis Presley’s peacock jumpsuit is sold at auction for $300,000. On the same day, Georgia moves troops into self-proclaimed republics of South Ossetia and Tskhinva who are supported by Russia at the beginning of the Russo-Georgian War.

2010: Robbie Williams marries actress Ayda Field in Beverly Hills.

2011: Marshall Grant, who played bass for Johnny Cash from 1954-1980, dies aged 83.

2015: US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump says in a CNN interview that news anchor Mergyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”.

2016: British swimmer Adam Peaty records a world record 57.13 to win the gold medal in the men’s 100m breaststroke at the Rio Olympics.

2018: China bans release of Winnie the Pooh movie “Christopher Robin”, after a character is used to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping. On the same day, Australia’s population hits 25 million according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

BIRTHDAYS: Siggi Held, German footballer, 80; Rodney Crowell, guitarist, 72; Alexei Sayle, comedian/actor, 70; Bruce Dickinson, singer (Iron Maiden) 64; David Duchovny, actor/director, 62; Raul Malo, singer-songwriter/guitarist (The Mavericks) 57; Kristin Hersh, singer-songwriter/guitarist (Throwing Muses) 56; Paul Lambert, football manager, 53; Dominic Cork, cricketer, 51; Michael Shannon, actor, 48; Charlize Theron, actress, 47; Samantha Ronson, DJ, 45; Abbie Cornish, actress, 40; Davood Ghadami, actor, 40; Tina O’Brien, actress, 39; Helen Flanagan, actress, 32; Lauren Hemp, footballer, 22.