1947: An appearance by Horace King and his wife Betty, from Swindon, on a televised variety programme showed Horace, a gold medalist of the Inner Circle, performing his magic tricks. He was one of the first illusionists to appear on TV.

1957: Valerie Scott on recorder and Rosalie Scott on tambourine starred in Parson Herrick’s Parishioners, presented by the Purton and Braydon WI at the National Federation of WI Drama Festival County Round at the Arts Centre in Swindon.

1977: Car workers at Stratton St Margaret were going it almost alone, with a direct snub of a strike which could paralyse the British Leyland empire. The 1,000 toolroom workers at Stratton’s car body plant had refused to support the stoppage over the erosion of their pay differentials.

2013: Year 3 and 4 children from Moredon Primary School, Rodbourne Cheney Primary School, Orchid Vale Primary School, Gorse Hill Primary School and Swindon Academy tried different sports at Next Generation gym, in Kembrey Park. Olympic badminton star Gail Emms, who is a Youth Sport Trust ambassador, joined the children at the Sainsbury’s School Games event and said she was impressed with the work that Swindon School Sport Partnership does.


1437: James I, King of Scotland, was assassinated by a group of dissident nobles led by Sir Robert Graham.

1547: Coronation of nine-year-old Edward VI, only son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour.

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.


1927: Sidney Poitier, actor and director

1940: Jimmy Greaves, footballer

1949: Ivana Trump, model

1951: Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister

1954: Anthony Head, actor

1963: Ian Brown, singer, The Stone Roses

1966: Cindy Crawford, model and actress

1988: Rihanna, singer and actress


1992: Dick York, actor

2005: John Raitt, actor and singer (b. 1917)