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1864: Stephen Fos­ter, US com­poser of min­strel songs and bal­lads (The Old Folks At Home, Beau­ti­ful Dreamer, etc) died af­ter hit­ting his head on a cham­ber pot.

1887: So­phie Tucker, singer and vaude­ville star known in Amer­ica as “the last of the Red Hot Ma­mas”, was born in Rus­sia.

1893: The In­de­pen­dent Bri­tish Labour Party was formed by Keir Hardie.

1904: English com­poser

Richard Ad­din­sell was born.

His most fa­mous work was the War­saw Con­certo which he wrote for the 1941 film Dangerous Moon­light.

1921: The first Bri­tish patent for wind­screen wipers was reg­is­tered by Mills Mu­ni­tions of Birm­ing­ham.

1942: The pi­lot of an ex­per­i­men­tal jet fighter be­came the first to leave his plane via an emer­gency ejec­tor seat.

1962: An out­break of small­pox spread through­out Britain.

1964: A re­luc­tant Capi­tol Records re­leased the first Bea­tles record in the US “to see how it goes”. I Wanna Hold Your Hand be­came their fastest-sell­ing sin­gle - one mil­lion copies were sold in the first three weeks.

1982: A Boe­ing 737 crashed into a bridge, hit­ting five ships and killing 78 peo­ple, on the Po­tomac River in Washington DC.

1990: An army un­der­cover unit shot dead three men rob­bing a bet­ting shop in west Belfast, caus­ing up­roar among repub­li­cans. Two of the raiders were hooded and car­ried replica guns.

2010: Pope Bene­dict XVI met and for­gave the wo­man who knocked him down at Christ­mas Eve Mass in 2009.

2013: Steve McQueen’s 12 Years

A Slave won the cov­eted Golden Globe for best movie drama.

2017: Hu­mans have changed the course of na­ture and post­poned the next ice age through cli­mate change, a study found.


Mark O’Meara, golfer, 61; Kevin An­der­son, ac­tor, 58; Ju­lia LouisDrey­fus, ac­tress, 57; Suggs McPherson, singer (Mad­ness), 57; Pene­lope Ann Miller, ac­tress, 54; Ro­nan Raf­ferty, golfer, 54; Stephen Hendry, snooker player, 49; Ni­cole Eg­gert, ac­tress, 46; Or­lando Bloom pic­tured, ac­tor, 41.

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