ON THIS DAY

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - MEMORIES -

NEWS

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.

MU­SIC

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.

SPORT

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.

BIRTHS

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.

DEATHS

1996 CLAUDETTE COL­BERT, Amer­i­can

ac­tress. 2007 ING­MAR

BERGMAN, Swedish film, stage and opera di­rec­tor.

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