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On This Day in History - 20th October

Birthdays

1632Sir Christopher Wren, Mathematician and architect (St Pauls)
1822Thomas Hughes, English author who wrote 'Tom Browns Schooldays'
1884Bela Lugosi, Hungarian born actor, star of many 'Horror' films
1934Tomothy West, Actor and director
1940Kathy Kirby, Pop singer of the 60's
1949Eddie Macken, Irish international show jumper
1961Ian Rush, Welsh footballer and Liverpool player

Events

1714The coronation took place of King George I
1822The 'Sunday Times' was first published
1842Grace Darling, the lighthouse keepers daughter, famous for her daring rescue of passengers from a wrecked steamship, died of consumption
1964Former President of America Herbert Hoover died, aged 90
1987Hundreds of homes and roads were flooded,when torrential rain struck London and the south east
1988Sheila Scott,the first european woman to have flown solo around the world,died
1989Sir Anthony Quayle died aged 76, Star of many stage and screen productions,including 'Lawrence of Arabia'