ON THIS DAY: February 21

Charlotte Church, born on this day in 1986

Charlotte Church, born on this day in 1986

First published in On This Day


1947: Eleven scenes of singing, dancing and traditional panto comedy were provided in Jack and the Beanstalk which was being presented at Swindon playhouse.

1957: Chiseldon school children were taken to watch as the large tenor bell of Chiseldon Parish Church was lowered from the Belfry so that it could be tuned correctly.

1977: The newly formed Swindon Food Group was planning to hold a one day workshop on Food and the Community at Lower Shaw Farm, Shaw in West Swindon, discussing nutrition, health, the growing rate of organic husbandry and agricultural policies.

2013: Parents with young children were given a taste of the help and guidance they could get from the Children’s Society in Swindon at an open day for families with under-fives, at the Broadgreen Centre. The charity set out to reach more people it wants to help with health, support and employment advice, and was part-funded by the Government.



1842: John Greenough was granted the first US patent for the sewing machine.

1945: Second World War: Japanese Kamikaze planes sink the escort carrier USS Bismarck Sea and damage the USS Saratoga.

1965: Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City by members of the Nation of Islam.

1995: Steve Fossett landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.



1933: Nina Simone, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2003)

1935: Mark McManus, Scottish actor (d. 1994)

1946: Alan Rickman, English actor

1955: Kelsey Grammer, American actor, singer, director, and producer

1962: Vanessa Feltz, English journalist 1969: James Dean Bradfield, Welsh singer-songwriter and guitarist (Manic Street Preachers)

1976: Michael McIntyre English comedian and actor

1986: Charlotte Church, Welsh singer-songwriter and actress



1945: Eric Liddell, Scottish runner (b. 1902)

1958: Duncan Edwards, English footballer (victim of Manchester United Munich Air crash) (b. 1936)

1991: Margot Fonteyn, English ballerina (b. 1919)

2002: John Thaw, English actor (b. 1942)

2013: Bob Godfrey, Australian-English animator (b. 1921)

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