On This Day: August 23, 2019


1905 Constant Lambert, Composer and conductor of Sadler's Wells Ballet

1912 Gene Kelly, Hollywood song & dance man, also producer/director

1942 Roger Greenaway, Songwriter

1943 Rt Hon Peter Lilley, Conservative politician

1947 Willy Russell, Playwright; 'Educating Rita' & Shirley Valentine'

1949 Shelly Long, American actress

1949 Geoff Capes, English ex policeman; famous for his feats of strength

1953 Bobby Gee, Of the Pop group 'Bucks Fizz'


1793 In France, the first ever national conscription was introduced for unmarried men from ages 18 to 25

1914 The Emperor of Japan declared war on Germany

1926 Known as the worlds greatest screen lover, Rudolph Valentino died aged 31 after an appendix operation

1940 German bombers began night time attacks (The Blitz) on London

1977 New, smaller pound notes, were introduced into the UK

1987 French racing driver Didier Peroni and two companions were killed in a powerboat race off the Isle of Wight

1989 English born Jane Webber, a Canadian citizen, became the first woman to cross the Atlantic single handed