ON THIS DAY: May 20

Cher, born on this day in 1946

Cher, born on this day in 1946

First published in On This Day

SWINDON...

1947: Swindon Education Committee recommended that school accommodation be provided on the Moredon housing site in accordance with the Development Plan and that the additional accommodation be considered when definite proposals for the development of the site have been formulated.

1957: An appeal to parents to encourage youth organisations was made by the Chief Constable of Wiltshire Lt Col H A Golden when he inspected the 1st Swindon, Rodbourne Cheney, Company of the Boys Brigade.

1977: The decision by Wiltshire County Council to axe lunchtime school crossing patrols brought a broadside from Swindon Labour party. The executive committee accused the County of breaking faith after promising prior consultation.

2013: Swindon Council was set to approve projects to expand two schools for primary-aged children to meet demand in North Swindon, and special educational needs places across the borough. A special cabinet panel would meet to agree to permanently double the capacity of Orchid Vale Primary School, in Haydon Wick.

THE WORLD...

1498: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama discovers the sea route to India when he arrives at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.

1802: By the Law of 20 May 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution

1891: History of cinema: The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope.

1983: First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier.

BORN...

1851: Emile Berliner, German-American inventor, invented the Gramophone record (d. 1929)

1908: James Stewart, American actor and singer (d. 1997)

1946: Cher, American singer-songwriter, actress, producer, and director

1947: Greg Dyke, English journalist and broadcaster

1970: Louis Theroux, English journalist 

1992: Jack Gleeson, Irish actor

DIED...

1444: Bernardino of Siena, Italian-Spanish missionary and saint (b. 1380)

1782: William Emerson, English mathematician (b. 1701)

1996: Jon Pertwee, English actor (b. 1919)

2012: Robin Gibb, Manx-English singer-songwriter and producer (Bee Gees (b. 1949)

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