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196BC: Ptolemy V becomes Pharaoh of Egypt.
1309: Pope Clement V excommunicates Venice and all its population.
1915: “Typhoid Mary” (Mary Mallon) is arrested and returned to quarantine on North Brother Island, New York, after spending five years evading health authorities and causing several further outbreaks of typhoid.
1964: Mick Jagger meets Marianne Faithfull for the first time at a Decca launch party at the Ex-Serviceman’s Club, Windsor. On the same day, Pirate Radio station, Radio Caroline begins broadcasting from the North Sea. Also, the Great Train Robbers are sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars and the second largest earthquake ever recorded (9.2 on the Richter Scale) hits off Alaska. The resulting tsunami kills 139 people.
1972: Venera 8 launches to explore Venus. On the same day, the Ulster Vanguard organise an industrial strike against the imposition of direct rule on Northern Ireland by Westminster.
1973: Sacheen Littlefeather appears on behalf of Marlon Brando to turn down the Oscar for best actor in The Godfather at the Academy Awards in protest at Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film.
1977: 583 people die when two jumbo jets collide on a runway in Tenerife. It is the worst aviation accident in history.
1979: Eric Clapton marries Patti Harrison (ex wife of George) in Tucson, Arizona.
1980: The Alexander Kielland accommodation platform in the North Sea collapses killing 123 oil rig workers. On the same day, Mount St Helens in Washington state becomes active after 123 years.
1984: Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe’s “Starlight Express.”
1988: Singles chart:
- Don’t Turn Around – Aswad
- Drop The Boy – Bros
- Can I Play With Madness – Iron Maiden
- Could’ve Been – Tiffany
- Stay On These Roads – A-Ha
- Cross My Broken Heart – Sinitta
- Heart – Pet Shop Boys
- I Should Be So Lucky – Kylie Minogue
- These Dreams – Heart
- I’m Not Scared – Eighth Wonder
- Now That’s What I Call Music! 11 – Various Artists
- Best Of – OMD
- Popped In Souled Out – Wet Wet Wet
- Viva Hate – Morrissey
- Naked – Talking Heads
- Introducing The Hardline According To… – Terence Trent D’Arby
- The Story Of The Clash Volume 1 – The Clash
- Live In Europe – Tina Turner
- Heresay All Mixed Up – Alexander O’Neal
- Turn Back The Clock – Johnny Hates Jazz
1991: New Kids On The Block’s Donnie Wahlberg is arrested after setting fire to carpets using a bottle of vodka at The Seelbach Hotel, Louisville.
1993: Jiang Zemin is appointed President of the People’s Republic of China.
1994: PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Greg Norman sets scoring record of 264 (−24) to finish four strokes ahead of runner-up Fuzzy Zoeller.
2000: Ian Dury dies aged 57 after a long battle with liver cancer.
2002: Comedian/actor/musician Dudley Moore dies aged 66. On the same day, film director Billy Wilder dies aged 95.
2019: Both members of Liverpool band Her’s are killed along with their tour manager after being involved in a car accident in California. On the same day, Theresa May promises to stand down if Parliament accepts her Bexit plan.
2020: Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces he has contracted COVID-19 but will continue to lead the country while in isolation.
2021: 114 people including children are killed in one day by armed forces in Myanmar.
BIRTHDAYS: Tony Banks, keyboards (Genesis) 72; Andrew Farriss, keyboards (INXS) 63; Quentin Tarantino, director/screenwriter, 59; Pauley Perrette, actress/singer, 53; Mariah Carey, singer-songwriter, 52; Elizabeth Mitchell (Robertson) actress, 52; Nathan Fillion, actor, 51; Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, football pundit, 50; Fergie (Stacey Ferguson) singer (Black Eyed Peas) 47; Jessie J (Jessica Cornish), singer-songwriter, 34; Holliday Grainger, actress, 34.