2003 UN envoy dies in Baghdad bombing

A massive bomb has wrecked the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, killing at least 17 people including the UN’s chief envoy to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

1969 Woodstock music festival ends

Thousands of young people are heading home after three days and nights of sex, drugs and rock and roll at the Woodstock music festival. An estimated 400,000

1998 Clinton admits Lewinsky affair

President of the United States Bill Clinton has admitted having an inappropriate relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. In a televised address Mr Clinton told

1977 Rock and roll ‘king’ Presley dies

Elvis Presley, whose singing and style revolutionized popular music in the 1950s, has died. Presley, 42, was discovered slumped in a bathroom at his mansion in Memphis,

1945 Allied nations celebrate VJ Day

Japan has surrendered to the Allies after almost six years of war.  There is joy and celebration around the world and 15 August has been declared

1964: Great Train Robber escapes from jail

A massive manhunt is underway across Britain after one of the so-called Great Train Robbers escaped from Winson Green Prison in Birmingham. Charlie Wilson, 32, was apparently

1999 Millions marvel at total eclipse

Up to 350 million people in Europe and Asia have witnessed the last total solar eclipse of the century. The phenomenon began over the Atlantic, a few

2001 Hamiltons condemn ‘sex assault’ arrest

Former Conservative MP Neil Hamilton and wife Christine have strenuously denied allegations they carried out a serious sexual assault. The couple have been released “pending further investigations”

1945 Atom bomb hits Nagasaki

American forces have dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki - the second such attack on Japan in three days. The bomb was dropped by parachute from an

1974 President Nixon to resign from office

Richard Nixon has announced he is stepping down as president of the United States - the first man ever to do so. He has announced his departure

1962 Marilyn Monroe found dead

Screen icon Marilyn Monroe has been found dead in bed at her Los Angeles home. The 36-year-old actress’ body was discovered in the early hours of this

1964 Three civil rights activists found dead

The bodies of three civil rights workers missing for six weeks have been found buried in a partially constructed dam near Philadelphia, Mississippi. Agents from the Federal

Starbucks reports record revenue on frothy US demand

Starbucks yesterday reported record revenue in the April-June period, as strong U.S. demand made up for COVID shutdowns in China. The Seattle-based coffee

1990 UK temperatures reach record high

A weather station in Leicestershire has recorded the highest temperature ever known in Britain. The figure of 37.1C, or 99F, recorded at a weather station in Nailstone,

1984 Euro Court condemns phone-tapping

A Surrey businessman who accused the police of illegally tapping his phone is celebrating after a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. James Malone, a

1976 Lauda fights for life after Grand Prix crash

Formula One racing driver Niki Lauda is in a critical condition in hospital after an horrific accident at the Nurburgring Grand Prix in Germany.  The Austrian-born

1981 Charles and Diana marry

Crowds of 600,000 people filled the streets of London to catch a glimpse of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on their wedding day. The couple were

1965 US orders 50,000 troops to Vietnam

President Johnson has commited a further 50,000 US troops to the conflict in Vietnam. Monthly draft calls will increase from 17,000 to 35,000 - the highest level

McDonald’s posts lower Q2 revenue, charges weigh down profit

McDonald’s revenue fell short of expectations in the second quarter as coronavirus restrictions shuttered stores in China and higher prices took a toll on U.S. demand.

1965 Heath is new Tory leader

Shadow Chancellor Edward Heath has beaten off his rivals in the Conservative leadership contest triggered by last week’s unexpected resignation of Sir Alec Douglas-Home. Mr Heath’s victory

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