This week sees the first TV broadcasts in New Zealand and the opening of a bridge over the River Thames, along with birthdays for 2 best seller British authors.
50 years ago: in 1970, The Great Peruvian Earthquake (also called the Ancash earthquake) occurred. More than 47,000 people were killed while the town of
was buried by an avalanche that killed 17,000 people. Yungay
15 years ago: in 2005, Mark Felt, the former Associate Director of the FBI, admitted that he was the Watergate Scandal whistleblower known as “Deep Throat” who provided information to the Washington Post that led to the downfall of U.S. President Richard Nixon.
Clint Eastwood –
actor and director, 90. US
Terry Waite – English humanitarian and author, 81
Sharon Gless –
actor, best remembered as Christine
Cagney in TV show Cagney and Lacey, 77. US
60 years ago: in 1960, Television broadcasts began in
. New Zealand
Robert Powell – English actor, 76
Ronnie Wood – English guitarist and member of the Rolling Stones, 73
100 years ago: in 1920, British television scriptwriter Johnny Speight was born. He was best known for creating the sitcoms Till Death Us Do Part and In Sickness and in Health and also wrote for several well-known radio and television comedians. He died aged 78 from pancreatic cancer in 1998.
50 years ago: in 1970, Bruce McLaren,
New Zealand racing driver and racing car
designer was killed while testing a car at . Goodwood, England
King Constantine II of
, 80. Greece
Tony Hadley – lead singer of Spandau Ballet and DJ, 60
70 years ago: in 1950, the first successful ascent of Annapurna in the
Himalayas was achieved by a
French expedition led by Maurice Herzog. This was the first successful ascent
of a mountain over 8,000 meters. Annapurna is
the 10th highest mountain in the world.
30 years ago: in 1990, Robert Noyce, American engineer and co-inventor of the integrated circuit died from heart failure, aged 62. He was co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel.
Dame Penelope Wilton – English actress, 74.
Suzi Quatro – American–English singer-songwriter, 70.
100 years ago: in 1920, World War I was concluded when
Hungary and the Allies signed the Treaty of
Trianon in . Paris, France lost 71% of its territory
and 63% of its population. Hungary
30 years ago: in 1990, American euthanasia advocate Jack Kevorkian participated in his first assisted suicide, that of Janet Adkins, an Alzheimer’s disease sufferer. He participated in the assisted suicides of at least 130 terminally ill people between 1990 and 1998 before being convicted of second degree murder and imprisoned. He served 8 years of a 10–25 year sentence.
Bob Champion – English jockey, 72.
Val McDermid – Scottish author, 65.
Bradley Walsh – English TV presenter and comedian, 60
75 years ago: In 1945, after the end of World War II, the Allied Control Council was established in
Germany to oversee the
into four occupation zones: American, British, French and Soviet. Germany
10 years ago: in 2010, Same-sex marriage was legalized in
Ken Follett – Welsh top selling author, 71
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Samoan-New Zealand rugby league player, 27.
77 years ago: In 1933, the first drive-in movie theatre opened in
. Camden, New Jersey, USA
Willie John McBride – Northern Irish rugby player and former British Lions captain, 80.
Robert Englund – American actor, best known for paying Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street series of movies, 73.