Week in history

On this week in history (15th to 21st January inclusive) as follows;

  • 1790 – Fletcher Christian and other mutineers from the Bounty land on Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific
  • 1797 – James Hetherington is fined £50 for wearing the first bowler hat
  • 1827 – The Duke of Wellington is appointed Commander-in-Chief of the British Army
  • 1877 – Torrential rain causes the railway tunnel between Dover and Folkestone to collapse
  • 1878 – Women receive degrees for the first time at London University
  • 1880 – The first telephone directory is published in London
  • 1919 – Twenty-Seven nations convene the Paris Peace Conference following WWI, Germany is not allowed to attend
  • 1924 – The BBC broadcasts the first play written specifically for radio – ‘Danger’ by Richard Hughes
  • 1942 – The Japanese invade Burma
  • 1957 – The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool as a venue for rock groups
  • 1970 – Colonel Gaddafi becomes Chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council in Libya
  • 1971 – President Sadat of Egypt officially opens the Aswan High Dam on the River Nile
  • 1981 – Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as President of the USA, the oldest candidate to take office
  • 1983 – The BBC pioneers breakfast television in Britain
  • 1988 –  Briton Brian Milton lands his microlight aircraft in Darwin after a 51 day flight from London

And some notable birthdays include;

  • 1736 – James Watt, Scottish inventor of the steam engine
  • 1824 – Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson, American General who commanded confederate forces in the Civil War
  • 1863 – David Lloyd George, British prime minister 1916 – 1922
  • 1882 – A A Milne, British author who created Winnie the Pooh
  • 1896 – George Burns, American comedian and film actor
  • 1899 – Al Capone, American gangster known as ‘Scarface’
  • 1905 – Christian Dior, French fashion designer
  • 1922 – Paul Schofield, British stage and film actor
  • 1924 – Slim Whitman, American country singer
  • 1925 – Telly Savalas, American film and TV actor
  • 1930 – Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, American astronaut and second man on the Moon
  • 1940 – Jack Niklaus, American champion golfer
  • 1941 – Placido Domingo, Spanish operatic tenor
  • 1942 – Muhammad Ali, American three-time world heavyweight boxing champion
  • 1943 – Janis Joplin, American rock singer