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On This Day is an essential tool for journalists and radio presenters across the country providing them with all the major events that took place on this day over the past 2,000 years. Receive daily historical facts and events, famous birthdays and world, music, sport and entertainment history.


ON THIS DAY: 19th September

Entertainment

2002

Gwyneth Paltrow revealed she didn't go for men with nice shoes, because they were always either married or gay.

1977

Film director Roman Polanski was jailed for three months for seducing a 13-year-old girl.

1952

Charlie Chaplin was under investigation on suspicion of being a 'subversive'.

1945

Shirley Temple married John Agar in Hollywood.

1928

Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in a sound film - 'Steamboat Willie'.

Music

2003

The wing of a plane carrying the Dixie Chicks clipped a building as it landed at Glasgow Airport.

1981

Simon and Garfunkel were reunited for their first live concert in 11 years. They played to 400,000 people in New York's Central Park.

1960

A new dance craze began, when Chubby Checker's 'The Twist' entered the American charts.

Sport

2004

Colin Montgomerie secured Europe's victory over America in the Ryder Cup. His form had previously been so poor he needed a wildcard selection for the event.

2000

It was reported Kenny Dalglish was set to sue Celtic over his dismissal from the club.

2000

Eric Moussambani from Equatorial Guinea swam into Olympic spectators' hearts in the 100m freestyle. He'd never completed it without stopping before, but finished in one minute 52.72 seconds.

1990

George Best caused a stir when he appeared drunk on 'Wogan'.

1990

Leeds United announced plans for a £20 million revamp of the Elland Road ground.

News

1997

A passenger train from Swansea collided with a freight train at Southall in West London.

1960

Traffic wardens issued the first parking tickets, in London.

1955

Juan Peron was overthrown, and exiled to Paraguay.

1893

New Zealand became the first country to grant its female citizens the right to vote.

1783

The Montgolfier brothers sent up the first balloon with live creatures aboard. Passengers included a sheep, a rooster and a duck.

Birthday

1963

David Seaman - An English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for several clubs, most notably Arsenal. He retired from the game on 13 January 2004, following a recurring shoulder injury.

1949

Twiggy - Lesley Lawson, widely known by the nickname Twiggy, is an English model, actress and singer. In the mid-1960s she became a prominent British teenage model of swinging sixties London with others such as Penelope Tree.

1948

Jeremy Irons - English actor, whose films include 'Brideshead Revisited', 'Danny the Champion of the World' and 'Kafka'.

1911

William Golding - English novelist, whose works include 'The Lord of the Flies'.

1839

George Cadbury - The third son of John Cadbury, a Quaker who founded Cadbury's cocoa and chocolate company.

Death

2004

Skeeter Davis - American singer, who became one of the first big-selling crossover country artists. Her hits include 'End of the World'.

1998

Susan Barrantes - The Duchess of York's mother was driving when she collided with a Renault catering truck on a two-lane highway in flat countryside. The driver of the truck suffered a broken ankle, but Barrantes was decapitated and killed, age 61.

1973

Gram Parsons - An American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. Parsons is best known for his work within the country music genre; he also popularized what he called "Cosmic American Music", a hybrid of country. Less than two days after arriving at a fishing trip with friends, Parsons was discovered unresponsive in his bedroom. Attempts to revive him failed and death was officially pronounced.

1905

Thomas John Barnardo - A philanthropist and founder and director of homes for poor children, born in Dublin.

1881

James Garfield - Garfield was shot less than four months into term as the 20th President of the United States. He was the second of four presidents to be assassinated. He died eleven weeks later. He also lived the longest after the shooting, compared to other presidents who died days and weeks later.

Event

2011

Go Organic September

2011

Rugby World Cup Sept 10 - Oct 22

2011

Heart UK National Cholesterol Week

2011

British Food Fortnight Sept 17 - Oct 2