Another One Bites the Dust
1542 Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII of England, was executed for adultery.
1938 The birth of Oliver Reed, English actor. His films included Oliver, Women in Love and The Three Musketeers. His final role was as the elderly slave dealer Proximo in Gladiator, in which he played alongside Richard Harris, an actor whom Reed admired greatly.
Heads Bowed in Shame
1945 1400 RAF and 450 US Airforce planes bombed Dresden in three waves over a 14-hour period, devastating one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Over a three-day period, 3,900 tons of explosives and incendiaries reduced much of the city to smouldering rubble and killed between 35,000 and 135,000 civilians.
Birth of the Test Tube
1969 An announcement stated that eggs removed from a woman volunteer had been fertilized in a test tube as a result of work done at Cambridge University in collaboration with Dr. P. Steptoe at Oldham General Hospital.
I Believe in Angels
1974 The birth of Robbie Williams, former member of the pop group Take That. After many disagreements, Williams left the group in 1995 to launch his solo career but he rejoined Take That in July 2010. The group released a new album in November 2010 which became the second fastest selling album of all time in UK chart history and the fastest-selling record of the century.
1987 London’s property boom resulted in a 5ft 6in x 11ft broom cupboard opposite Harrods being offered for sale at £36,500 – over £600 per square foot.
Eddie the Eagle
1988 The Winter Olympics opened in Calgary, Canada. English ski-jumper and plasterer Eddie Edwards, became the surprise sensation of the Games. This fearless contestant came last, but won all the headlines and the nickname ‘The Eagle’