The main entrance to the new Penhill Housing Estate was discussed at a Minister of Local Government and Planning inquiry at the Civic Offices. The debate was whether is should be on Cricklade Road or through Crosslands Avenue. The inquire heard that four people objected to the compulsory purchase of their land in Cricklade Road by Swindon Town Council.
1962: Paul Henry, promoter of Club 60 in Swindon, was hoping for a record crowd when legendary sax player Ronnie Scott appeared. But instead it was one of the poorest turn outs in recent times, with just 150 people attending. Scott was backed by the Club 60 group and performed East of the Sun and I’ll Remember April.
1972: There was shock news from the Department of Employment when it was revealed that the number of people laid off today in North Wiltshire stood at about 13,000. That figure did not inlcude the 2,500 who were already unemployed. About 39 firms in the Swindon area fed figures into the Swindon Employment Exchange “tally book”. While the figure is high, it is inflated by the fact that many industries working a three-day week do not function in the main on a Monday.

1547: Coronation of nine-year-old Edward VI, only son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour.
1653: Admiral Robert Blake defeated the Dutch fleet under Van Tromp off Portsmouth.
1938: Anthony Eden resigned as British Foreign Secretary, in protest over prime minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement policy.
1947: Lord Louis Mountbatten was appointed the last Viceroy of India - the same day the Government announced the British would leave India by June 1948.
1962: Astronaut John Glenn became the first American in orbit when he circled the Earth three times in the Mercury capsule Friendship 7.
1978: A judge indicted Isabel Peron, ex-president of Argentina, for fraudulent use of #8 million from a state-run charity.
1985: Contraceptives were first sold in the Irish Republic.
2017: A multiple sclerosis treatment which ‘resets’ the immune system was found to ‘freeze’ progression of the disease in nearly half of patients, scientists revealed.

Sidney Poitier, actor, 91; Jimmy Greaves, former footballer, 78; Mike Leigh, film director, 75; Ivana Trump, socialite, 69; Gordon Brown, former prime minister, 67; Phil Neal, former footballer and manager, 67; Patty Hearst, American newspaper heiress, 64; Imogen Stubbs, actress, 57; Ian Brown, rock singer, 55; Cindy Crawford, model/actress, 52.