1947: As part of the fourth Methodist Youth Week, a programme of drama and a quiz was held at the CIivic Arts Centre. Teams of six competitors from three circuits: Bath Road, Regent Street and Prospect Road, took part in a quiz, in between two one act plays being dramatised.

1957: Voting was taking place in Swindon’s Municipal elections. There were candidates in four of the town’s six wards.

1977: Winning the title of Miss Stratton Carnival Queen was just a walkover for 17-year-old Pat Fisher for there were no other entries.

2013: Four new circular walking and cycling routes were launched to encourage people across the town to explore the local area.


1092: Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated

1671: Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal England’s Crown Jewels from the Tower of London

1874: The first horse-drawn bus makes its début in the city of Mumbai, traveling two routes

1887: Buffalo Bill Cody’s, pictured, Wild West Show opens in London.

1904: The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine in Europe to exceed 100 mph

1945: World War II: The Channel Islands are liberated by the British after five years of German occupation

1974: Watergate Scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon

1980: In Florida, Liberian freighter MV Summit Venture collides with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, making a 1,400-ft. section of the southbound span collapse 2001: n Ghana 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium disaster BORN...

1800: John Brown, American activist (d. 1859)

1860: J. M. Barrie, Scottish author and playwright (d. 1937)

1874: Howard Carter, English archaeologist (d. 1939)

1914: Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor (d. 2005)

1920: Richard Adams, English author

1930: Joan Sims, English actress (d. 2001)

1934: Alan Bennett, English actor, screenwriter, and author

1936: Glenda Jackson, English actress and politician

1943: Vince Cable, English politician

1949: Billy Joel, American singer-songwriter and pianist


1707: Dieterich Buxtehude, German-Danish organist and composer (b. 1637)

1805: Friedrich Schiller, German poet, playwright, and historian (b. 1759)

1955: Kate Booth, English Salvation Army officer (b. 1858)

1968: Finlay Currie, Scottish actor (b. 1878)

1976: Ulrike Meinhof, German militant, co-founded the Red Army Faction (b. 1934)

2010: Lena Horne, American singer, actress, and dancer (b. 1917)

2012: Vidal Sassoon, English-American hairdresser (b. 1928)