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1793 – Marie Antoinette was guillotined at the height of the French Revolution (for more ideas information on the French Revolution, check out Les Miserables – cracking musical!!)

1834 – Most of the older foundations of Westminster is burnt to the ground. (Now I know we are facing trouble with the Tories, but would we really go this far?)

1875 – Brigham Young University is established in Utah. (At this point in time, for those who are not familiar with American history, Utah was a thriving community based around the Great Salt Lake. Utah was founded by Brigham Young for the mormons. The mormons not the moomins. The mormons practised polygamy and got persecuted for doing so – is this really so wrong…?)

1923 – Walt Disney founded The Walt Disney Company along with his bother Roy Disney. (The single best day in history. EVER!!!)

1939 – The first  attack on British territory by the Nazi’s performed by the German Luftwaffe in World War II. (Bet they regret attacking us now)

1940 – The Warsaw ghetto is established for Nazi Prisoners Of War and Jews to be sent for housing and execution.

1946 – The Nuremburg Trials resulted in the main Nazi leaders being executed on this day. (This was a prominent day throughout the past 7 years during and after WWII.)

1964 – China detonates its first nuclear weapon

1968 – The Black Power Salute by two US athletes at the 1968 Olympic Games was a major political statement and resulted in the athletes in question being kicked off the US team. (This story is really interesting and I have never heard of it before. They certainly chose a grand stage to make a political statement on. This was a brave move as 6 months before Martin Lluther King had been assassinated protesting for the same cause)

1978 – Pope John Paul II is elected to the Vatican leadership.

1984 – Desmond Tutu is awarded the Nobel Peace prize.

Births

Oscar Wilde – poet (1854), Primo Conti – Painter (1900), Bill McLaren – Rugby Union commentator (1923), Angela Lansbury – Actress (1925), Davina McCall – TV presenter (1967), Shayne Ward – Singer (1984), John and Edward – Singers (1991 – the worst day in the history of the Earth!)

Observances

World Food Day

Number 1s:

Ken Dodd – Tears (1965)

Rod Stewart – Maggie May (1971)

Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie (1982)

Take That featuring Lulu – Relight My Fire (1993)

Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle (1999)

Robbie Williams – Radio (2004)

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