ON THIS DAY
1987 Sixteen people were shot dead by Michael Ryan in Hungerford, Berkshire. At the time it was Britain’s worst-ever civil shooting disaster.
1989 Poland became the first East European country to end one-party rule, when a coalition government was formed.
1991 Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was overthrown in a coup as Communist hardliners took over.
2003 The UN’s special envoy to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was among several people killed when a huge car bomb demolished the UN headquarters in Baghdad.
1973 Kris Kristofferson married singer Rita Coolidge in Malibu. Her minister father presided over the ceremony. They divorced in 1980.
1988 Hound Dog by Elvis Presley was named the most played record of all time on American jukeboxes.
1999 Lauryn Hill won New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year at the American Source Hip Hop Music Awards in LA. NUMBER ONES 2010 Ne-Yo: Beautiful Monster.
2009 Tinchy Stryder, pictured, featuring Amelle: Never Leave You.
2008 Katy Perry: I Kissed A
1946 Footballers threatened to strike for a minimum weekly wage of £7.
1995 The former world boxing champion, Mike Tyson, beat Peter McNeeley in 89 seconds in Las Vegas. It was Tyson’s first fight since being released from prison.
1999 Wolves striker Robbie Keane moved to Coventry in a £6 million deal.
1943 BILLY J KRAMER, 68, Musician, whose hits include Little Children. 1950 JENNIE BOND, 61, Pictured, former BBC Royal Correspondent. 1969 MATTHEW PERRY, 42, American actor, famous for playing Chandler Bing in Friends. 1980 DARIUS DANESH, 31, British Pop Idol singer, whose hits include Colourblind.
1977 ‘GROUCHO’ MARX,
2005 MO MOWLAM, Former Northern Ireland Secretary.