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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: 27th July

Entertainment

2003

Bob Hope dies, two months after turning 100.

2001

Sir Paul McCartney announces his engagement to former model Heather Mills. The pair later divorced.

1990

Zsa Zsa Gabor begins a three-day prison sentence for slapping a police officer in the face.

1940

Bugs Bunny makes his official debut in 'The Wild Hare'.

Music

2000

It is alleged that Boyzone and Westlife have run up a £30'000 bill for alcohol during a drinking binge in Stockholm.

2000

Toploader are revealed to be the last British band to play Wembley Stadium before its re-development.

1996

The Spice Girls have their first number one with 'Wannabe'. It stayed at number 1 for 7 weeks.

1984

Roger Taylor, drummer with Duran Duran, marries Giovanna Cantonne.

Sport

2012

London Olympics Opening Ceremony; directed by Academy Award-winning British film director Danny Boyl.

2001

It is reported that England football coach Sven Goran Eriksson is suing a magazine for showing the inside of his home without his consent.

1997

Gerhard Berger wins the German Grand Prix.

1996

Steve Redgrave wins his fourth Olympic gold medal.

1996

Donovan Bailey sets a new 100m men's world record with a time of 9.84 seconds.

News

2000

The Millennium Dome is sold to a Japanese bank for £105 million. It was a small return on the £ 761 million investment.

1953

The Korean War ends.

1942

Sweet rationing begins in England.

1694

The Bank of England is founded.

Birthday

1977

Jonathan Rhys Meyers - Actor and model. Starred in 'Bend It Like Beckham'.

1973

Tracy Shaw - British actress - known for playing Maxine in 'Coronation Street'.

1962

Karl Mueller - Bass player with Soul Asylum.

1955

Allan Border - Australian cricketer.

1944

Bobbie Gentry - American singer and musician.

Death

2003

Bob Hope - British born comedian.

1997

Raymond 'Jak' Jackson - Political Cartoonist.

1984

James Mason - British actor.

1981

William Wyler - Film producer whose work includes 'Ben Hur'.

1844

John Dalton - British physicist and chemist.

Event

2011

National Fishing Month 16th Jul - 14th Aug