Week in History

On this week in history (28th August to 3rd September inclusive) as follows;

  • 1831 – In London, Michael Faraday successfully demonstrates the first electrical transformer
  • 1850 – The Channel telegraph cable is finally laid between Dover and Cap Gris Nez
  • 1900 – Coca-Cola goes on sale in Britain
  • 1901 – The vacuum cleaner is patented by Scotsman Hubert Cecil Booth
  • 1918 – More than 6,000 British policemen go on strike, demanding better pay
  • 1939 – Children start being evacuated from cities as war between Germany and Britain seems imminent
  • 1951 – Britain’s first supermarket, The Premier, opens in London
  • 1963 – Martin Luther King delivered his ‘I have a dream’ speech in Washington
  • 1963 – A direct telephone line between the Whitehouse and the Kremlin became operational
  • 1976 – The American spacecraft Viking II lands on Mars and sends photographs back to Earth
  • 1987 – Philips launch the CD-Video
  • 1994 – The IRA announces a complete cessation of military activities
  • 1996 – The divorce of the Prince and Princess of Wales was finalised
  • 1996 – Footballer David Beckham earns his first senior cap in a game against Moldova
  • 2005 – Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast of the USA killing 1,836 people and causing $90b of damage

And some notable birthdays include;

  • 12 AD – Caligula, Roman emperor remembered for his murderous reign
  • 1875 – Edgar Rice Burroughs, American novelist who created the fictional character Tarzan
  • 1917 – Dennis Healy, British Labour Party statesman and former Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • 1923 – Rocky Marciano, American World Heavyweight boxing champion
  • 1940 – Pauline Collins, British stage and screen actress
  • 1944 – David Soul, American actor and singer
  • 1945 – Van Morrison, Irish born international singer
  • 1947 – James Hunt, British world champion racing driver
  • 1947 – Emlyn Hughes, English footballer who captained Liverpool and England
  • 1949 – Richard Gere, American film actor
  • 1952 – Jimmy Connors, American tennis player
  • 1955 – Edwin Moses, American athlete who made a world record in the 400 metre hurdles in 1976 at his first Olympic games
  • 1958 – Michael Jackson, American pop megastar
  • 1958 – Lenny Henry, British comedian and actor
  • 1965 – Lennox Lewis, British undisputed World Heavyweight champion