1947: Miss Mary Sansum conducted the choir in a performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion at Methodist Church Hall, Swindon, during the evening service. Soloists were Morris Dunscombe and William Evans.
1957: The glorious combination of Christ Church and Bath Road Methodist Church choirs singing at Christ Church made an interesting vehicle for oratorio in the abridged version of Handel’s Messiah. Arthur Walter conducted.
1977: Moredon Secondary School now had its own indoor swimming pool in use at a cost of £36,000, raised by school efforts and a loan of £14,000 from Wiltshire County Council.
2013: A lifelong Swindon Town football fan, Lance Tucker won the opportunity to feature in with his footballing heroes, midfield maestros Tommy Miller and Gary Roberts, in a new advert for Marlborough Park, an award-winning local development.
1889: The Eiffel Tower was officially opened in Paris.
1909: Construction of the ill-fated RMS Titanic began.
1990: Approximately 200,000 protestors took to the streets of London to protest against the newly introduced Poll Tax.
1596: René Descartes, French philosopher and mathematician
1621: Andrew Marvell, English poet and politician
1685: Johann Sebastian Bach, German organist and composer
1732: Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer
1926: John Fowles, English author
1934: Richard Chamberlain, American actor
1938: David Steel, British politician
1943: Christopher Walken, American actor
1948: Al Gore, American politician, 45th Vice President of the United States
1948: Rhea Perlman, American actress
1952: Dermot Morgan, Irish comedian and actor. Famous for playing Father Ted
1955: Angus Young, Scottish-Australian guitarist with AC/DC
1971: Ewan McGregor, actor
1837: John Constable, English painter
1855: Charlotte Brontë, English author
1980: Jesse Owens, US Olympicn sprinter and long jumper
2011: Edward Stobart, English businessman