On this week in history

Week in history (2nd to 8th October inclusive) as follows;

  • 1824 – Mexico becomes a republic
  • 1871 – Mormon leader Brigham Young is arrested for bigamy
  • 1883 – In Glasgow, Sir William Alexander Smith founds the Boys’ Brigade
  • 1905 – Orville Wright is the first person to fly an aircraft for more than 33 minutes
  • 1925 – London’s first, almost entirely enclosed, red double decker buses begin service
  • 1927 – The world’s first ‘talkie’ film The Jazz Singer’ premiers in New York
  • 1941 – Two men with the unfortunate names of Willburn and Frizzel go to the electric chair in Florida
  • 1950 – A new cartoon strip by Charles M Schulz called Peanuts appears, featuring Charlie Brown
  • 1959 – Post codes are introduced in Britain
  • 1968 – Police use water cannons and batons to break up a civil rights march in Londonderry
  • 1969 – A new 13 episode comedy show, Monty Pythons Flying Circus, is launched by the BBC
  • 1973 – The first legal commercial radio station in Britain opens as LBC (London Broadcasting) goes on air
  • 1986 – A new national newspaper, The Independent, is published in Britain
  • 1995 – O J Simpson is acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife and her companion
  • 1999 – A train crash near London’s Paddington Station kills 31 people

And some notable birthdays include;

  • 1869 – Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi, Indian leader who campaigned for Indian independence
  • 1895 – Argentinian General and President
  • 1895 – Buster Keaton, American silent movie star
  • 1904 – Graham Greens, British novelist and playwright
  • 1914 – Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian explorer and anthropologist
  • 1931 – Reverend Desmond Tutu, Arch Bishop of Cape Town and general secretary of the South African Council of Churches
  • 1932 – Ray Reardon, Welsh born world snooker champion
  • 1936 – Vaclav Hamel, Czech playwright and human rights spokesman
  • 1938 – Eddie Cochrane, American rock ‘n’ roll singer
  • 1941 – Reverend Jesse Jackson, American politician and civil rights campaigner
  • 1941 – Chubby Checker, American singer who made ‘The Twist’ into an international dance sensation
  • 1952 – Vladimir Putin, Russian President
  • 1954 – Sir Bob Geldoff, Irish pop musician and philanthropist
  • 1957 – Jayne Torville, British ice skating champion
  • 1975 – Kate Winslett, English film actress