1st february 1953|
Violent storms claim hundreds of lives
Hundreds of people living on the east coast of Britain have died in some of the worst storms ever recorded.
Gale force northerly winds lashed the coastline and broke through flood defences from Yorkshire down to Kent throughout the night.
Swelling tides and high winds mixed to form a fatal combination which claimed dozens of lives and flooded thousands of homes on low-lying land all along the east coast.
Many people were forced to spend the night on their rooftops waiting to be rescued by over-stretched emergency services.
'Exceptionally strong winds'
The storm began on the west coast of Ireland yesterday morning, passed over Orkney and then funnelled down the North Sea, driving a deadly mountain of water before it.
Reply #21. Feb 01 08, 2:29 AM
february 1 2003 the space shuttle Columbia exploded over Texas (it rattled the windows )|
I turned 30 years old
Reply #22. Feb 01 08, 9:34 AM
February 2nd 1990: |
De Klerk dismantles apartheid in South Africa
The President of South Africa has lifted the 30-year ban on leading anti-apartheid group the African National Congress.
In a televised speech at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town, President FW de Klerk announced restrictions would be lifted on the ANC, the smaller Pan Africanist Congress and the South African Communist Party, which is allied to the ANC.
He also made his first public commitment to release jailed ANC leader Nelson Mandela, but he did not specify a date.
The reforms will allow active opposition to apartheid for the first time in 40 years of National Party rule.
Many observers were surprised by the scope of the reforms - which included a return to press freedom and suspension of the death penalty - signalling a partial end to the 25-year-old state of emergency.
Reply #23. Feb 02 08, 2:27 AM
February 3rd 1959: |
Buddy Holly killed in air crash
Three young rock 'n' roll stars have been killed in a plane crash in the United States.
Buddy Holly, 22, Jiles P Richardson - known as the Big Bopper - 28, and Ritchie Valens, 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa at 0100 local time.
The pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed.
Early reports from the scene suggest the aircraft spun out of control during a light snowstorm.
Only the pilot's body was found inside the wreckage as the performers were thrown clear on impact.
Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tourbus.
All three were travelling to Moorhead, Minnesota, the next venue in their Winter Dance Party Tour
Holly had set up the gruelling schedule of concerts - covering 24 cities in three weeks - to make money after the break-up of his band, The Crickets, last year.
Reply #24. Feb 03 08, 2:38 AM
February 4th 1974: |
Soldiers and children killed in coach bombing
Eleven people - including eight off-duty soldiers and two young children - have been killed, and 12 seriously injured, when the coach they were travelling in was blown up by a bomb.
The private coach was carrying more than 50 people and making its way from Manchester, along the M62, towards an army base in Catterick, North Yorkshire, when an explosive device in the rear of the vehicle detonated.
The explosion happened just after midnight on the eastbound carriageway between Chain Bar, near Bradford and Drightlington, south of Leeds.
Reply #25. Feb 04 08, 2:34 AM
5th february 1974: Newspaper heiress kidnapped|
Patty Hearst the 19-year-old daughter of the millionaire American publisher, Randolph Hearst, is kidnapped from her home in California.
Reply #26. Feb 05 08, 1:59 AM
1685 Charles II dies and his brother becomes King James II of England and VII of Scotland.|
1945 Bob Marley is born
1952 George VI dies and his daughter becomes Queen Elizabeth II
1950 Natalie Cole is born
1958 Eight players of Manchester United ("Busby Babes") are killed in the Munich air disaster.
2008 I get my "veteran" badge. :)
Reply #27. Feb 05 08, 7:16 PM
February 6th 1958: United players killed in air disaster|
Seven Manchester United footballers are among 21 dead after an air crash in Munich
Reply #28. Feb 06 08, 1:40 AM
February 7th 1964: Beatlemania arrives in the US|
Four members of the British hit band, the Beatles, arrive in New York at the start of their first tour of the United States.
Reply #29. Feb 07 08, 1:33 AM
February 8th 1952: New Queen proclaimed for UK|
Princess Elizabeth proclaims herself Queen at a ceremony in St James's Palace, London.
Reply #30. Feb 08 08, 2:05 AM
February 9th 1950: McCarthy launches anti-red crusade|
United States Senator Joe McCarthy accuses more than 200 staff in the State Department of being Communists.
Reply #31. Feb 09 08, 2:25 AM
February 9th 1983: Irish police start a nationwide hunt for the missing 1981 Derby winner Shergar. |
February 9th 1870: Congress authorises the United States Weather Bureau.
Reply #32. Feb 09 08, 9:25 AM
February 10th 1996:|
Docklands bomb ends IRA ceasefire
The IRA admit planting the bomb that exploded in the Docklands area of London last night.
Reply #33. Feb 10 08, 2:34 AM
February 11th 1975: Tories choose first woman leader|
The British Conservative Party has chosen Margaret Thatcher as its new leader.
She will be the first woman to head a British political party after a landslide victory over the other four - male - candidates.
Mrs Thatcher - who served as Secretary of State for Science and Education in Ted Heath's Government - exclaimed "It's like a dream.
Reply #34. Feb 11 08, 5:30 AM
12th February 1994: Art thieves snatch Scream|
One of the world's best-known paintings, The Scream by Edvard Munch, is stolen from a museum in Norway.
Reply #35. Feb 12 08, 2:52 AM
1554 - Lady Jane Grey beheaded
1733 - James Orglethorpe founds thirteenth colony in eorgia
Reply #36. Feb 12 08, 1:17 PM
Lady Jane Grey beheaded for treason.
James Orglethorpe founds thirteenth colony in Georgia.
Xuantong, last emperor of China, abdicates.
Premiere performance of George Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' by Paul Whiteman's Palais Royal Orchestra at the Aeolian hall in New York City.
Reply #37. Feb 12 08, 1:19 PM
Sorry about the double post. I'm not sure what happened there. |
Reply #38. Feb 12 08, 1:20 PM
13th FebruRY 1975: Miners set for 35 per cent pay rises|
British mineworkers' leaders agree to accept the coal board's latest pay offer of up to 35%.
Reply #39. Feb 13 08, 9:22 AM
14th February 1984: British ice couple score Olympic gold|
British figure skating couple Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean skate off with a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo after dancing to Ravel's Bolero.
Reply #40. Feb 14 08, 1:34 AM
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