On this week in history

On this week in history (25th September to 1st October inclusive) as follows;

  • 1066 – Norman invaders land in England
  • 1888 – The Central News Agency in London receives a letter signed ‘Jack the Ripper’ about the current spate of horrific prostitute murders
  • 1897 – Britain’s first motor bus service starts in Bradford
  • 1903 – Women get the vote in the Connecticut state elections
  • 1907 – New Zealand becomes a Dominion
  • 1932 – Catalonia in Spain becomes autonomous; it has its own parliament, language and flag
  • 1949 – Mao Tse-tung formally becomes chairman of the Peoples Republic of China
  • 1960 – Europe’s first ‘moving pavement’, the travellator, is opened at Bank Underground Station in London
  • 1968 – Just one day after the end of theatre censorship, 13 naked actors faced a London audience as the rock musical ‘Hair’ opened
  • 1969 – The sound barrier is broken by Concorde 001 for the first time during a test flight in France
  • 1974 – The Watergate trial begins
  • 1976 – A ‘broke’ Britain asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a £2.1 billion loan
  • 1984 – Britain and China agree that Hong Kong will revert to Chinese rule when the lease expires in 1997
  • 1986 – In Wales a British police constable is jailed for biting off part of a colleague’s ear during a rugby match
  • 1987 – john M Poindexter officially resigns from the US Navy over the Iran-Contra scandal

And some notable birthdays include;

  • 1547 – Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish playwright best known for his novel Don Quixote
  • 1573 – Caravaggio, Italian baroque painter
  • 1722 – Samuel Adams, American revolutionary
  • 1847 – Annie Beasant, English social reformer and theosophist who promoted birth control
  • 1862 – Louis Botha, South African Prime Minister
  • 1888 – T S Eliot, American born poet and playwright
  • 1924 – Jimmy Carter, American president and peanut farmer
  • 1924 – Truman Capote, American novelist and short story writer
  • 1934 – Brigitte Bardot, French actress and international sex symbol
  • 1935 – Julie Andrews, British film and stage actress
  • 1935 – Johnny Mathis, American ballad singer
  • 1935 – Jerry Lee Lewis, American rock ‘n’ roll star
  • 1945 – Bryan Ferry, British pop singer with the group Roxy Music
  • 1947 – Marc Bolan, Lead singer of British pop group T-Rex
  • 1948 – Olivia Newton-John, Australian singer and film actress