ON THIS DAY
1974 French became the official language of Quebec, Canada.
1978 The price of colour television licences went up to £21 and black and white to £9.
1998 Derek Bentley, hanged for the murder of a policeman, had his conviction post-humously quashed after 45 years.
1998 The Beano celebrated its 60th birthday.
2005 A light saber used by Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars film was sold for more than $200,000 (£113,000) at auction in Beverley Hills.
2001 Britney Spears, pictured, was described as one of stingiest stars when it came to giving fans her autograph.
2005 Michael Jackson’s reissued greatest hits album sold just 8,000 in the US in its first week, and reached just No 128 in the charts.
2006 The last ever episode of Top of the Pops was screened on BBC2. NUMBER ONES 2010 B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams: Airplanes. 2009 JLS: Beat Again. 2008 Dizzee Rascal/Calvin Harris/Chrome: Dance Wiv Me.
1996 Athlete Carl Lewis won the Olympic long jump gold medal. It was his fourth successive gold medal in the event.
2003 Felix Baumgartner became the first man to cross the English Channel in an unpowered flight, using an aerodynamic suit.
2003 Reigning British Superbike champion Steve Hislop was killed in a helicopter crash in the Borders.
1958 KATE BUSH, 53, Singer/ songwriter, whose hits include Wuthering Heights. 1958 DALEY THOMPSON, 53, British decathlete. 1963 LISA KUDROW, 48, Pictured, American actress, famous as Phoebe Buffay in Friends. 1974 HILARY SWANK, 37, American actress, who won Oscars for her roles in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby.
1996 CLAUDETTE COLBERT, American
actress. 2007 INGMAR
BERGMAN, Swedish film, stage and opera director.