The History Anorak

The History Anorak

Saturday, 28 December 2019

2019 - the highlights

January
Brexit vote gives Government the biggest defeat in history. (432 to 202)
Four dead in Paris bakery explosion.
Andy Murray faces career decision over hip injury.
Prince Philip escapes injury in car accident.
Police question Prince Philip for not wearing a seatbelt.
Cafe chain Patisserie Valerie collapses.
Footballer Emiliano Sala missing after plane crash.
US temperatures lowest for 108 years.
Lake Michigan frozen.

Bought the farm
Actress Carol Channing, 97.
Poet Mary Oliver, 83.
Actor Windsor Davies, 88.
BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry, 51. (cancer)
Chemist Stewart Adams, 95, developer of ibuprofen.
Footballer Emiliano Sala, 28.   (Plane crash)
Singer James Ingram, 66.

February
Big freeze hits UK.
Snow closes hundreds of schools across Wales and south of England.
Duke of Edinburgh agrees to stop driving.
Equine flu halts racing calendar.
8 MPs quit Labour party over Jeremy Corbyn.
3 Tories follow suit over Brexit 'no deal' threat.
Knife crime reaches its highest UK level on record. (Office for National Statistics)
Flybmi blames Brexit for its collapse.
IS schoolgirl Shamima Begum has British citizenship withdrawn.
End of February 'unseasonably warm'.

Gone beyond
Comedian Jeremy Hardy, 57. (The News Quiz, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation)  cancer.
Actor Clive Swift, 82. (Keeping up Appearances)
Actor Albert Finney, 82.
Rapper Cadet, 28. (Road accident)
Actor Carmen Argenziano, 75. (Stargate)
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, 85.
Former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks, 81. (Leicester City, Stoke City, national team)
Dick Churchill, 99. (British RAF squadron leader, last survivor of the Great Escape)
Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police John Stalker, 79.
Paul Flynn, 84. (MP for Newport West)
Monkee Peter Tork, 77.
Conductor composer André Previn, 89.

March
Ethiopian Airlines crash kills 157.
Boeing 737 Max planes grounded.
House of Commons rejects Theresa May's Brexit deal again.
Speaker John Bercow says she can't have a third vote without changing the offer.
An online e-petition calling on the government to revoke Brexit Article 50 reaches 5,000,000 signatures.
A million people march for 'People's Vote' in London.
Theresa May submits a third, updated offer and is rejected again.
Soldier faces prosecution over Bloody Sunday.


Passed on
Mountaineers Tom Ballard, 30 and Daniele Nardi, 42. (Lost on Nanga Parbat)
Actor Luke Perry, 52.
Prodigy singer Keith Flint, 49.
Walker Brother Scott, 76,
Philosopher Baroness Mary Warnock, 94.
Television presenter Magenta Devine, 61, (Rough Guide, Network 7)

April
Brexit row rumbles on.
Ex UKIP leader Nigel Farage launches the Brexit Party.
Climate change action group Extinction Rebellion causes transport chaos in London.
Hottest April day on record (25C)
Huge fire at Notre Dame in Paris.

Joined the choir eternal
John McEnery, 75, British actor
Trainspotting actor Bradley Welsh, 48. (shooting)
Songwriter Les Reed, 83  (It's Not Unusual, Delilah, The Last Waltz)
CBBC star Mya-Lecia Naylor, 16.
David Winters, 80, English-American actor and choreographer (West Side Story).
Dick Rivers, 74, French rock and roll singer (Les Chats Sauvages), cancer.

May
The Duchess of Sussex gives birth to a son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
UK local elections bring gains for Lib Dems and Greens. 
Britain gets lowest ever score in Eurovision - then gets five points taken away to finish last.
Calls for PM's resignation over Brexit.
Jeremy Kyle show suspended after the death of a participant.
Theresa May announces her resignation from the Tory party.
Boris Johnson says he'll run for Tory party leader.

Kicked the bucket
Broadcaster Brian Walden, 86.
Hollywood legend Doris Day, 97.
Comedian Freddie Starr, 76.
Broadcaster Nan Winton, 93.  First woman to read BBC News on television
Louvre pyramid architect I M Pei, 102.
F1 legend Niki Lauda, 70.
Actor Stephen Thorne, 84. (Z-Cars, Crossroads, Doctor Who)
First BBC woman newsreader Nan Winton, 93.

June
Isle of Lewis chessman found in Edinburgh house.
Liverpool defeat Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 0 in the first all-English UEFA Champions League Final since 2008.
US President Donald Trump pays three-day state visit to the UK.
BBC announces it will end free television licences for over-75s from June 2020.
First person in the UK convicted of illegally manufacturing a firearm using a 3D printer.
Heavy rain causes chaos in UK.
Met Office records hottest June day for 40 years. (34C)
Brexit party sweeps the board in Euro elections.
D-Day 75th anniversary marked with events both sides of the channel.
Theresa May steps down as prime minister.
Massive power failure plunges Argentina and Uruguay into darkness.

Snuffed it
Blake's 7 actor Paul Darrow, 78.
UK's oldest person Grace Jones, 112.
Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli, 96.
Jazz musician Dr John, 77.
Actor Bryan Marshall, 81. (The Spy Who Loved Me, Quatermass and the Pit, The Long Good Friday)

July
Big Ben is 160 years old
6.4 earthquake hits California
Warner Brothers Studio fire.
Boris Johnson wins Tory leadership contest to become PM.
Theresa May resigns and Boris Johnson takes over.
"Bloodbath" cabinet reshuffle removes all but five ministers.
5.1 earthquake hits Athens.
11.7 million viewers watch England's  1 - 2 defeat to USA in the FIFA Women's World Cup semi final.
Lewis Hamilton wins a record sixth Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beats Roger Federer (Switzerland) in the longest ever Wimbledon final. (4 hours 57 minutes.)

Conked out
Horse racing pundit John McCririck, 79.
Disney star Cameron Boyce, 20. (complications from epilepsy)
Comedy actor Michael Sleggs, 33. (heart failure)
Journalist Christopher Booker, 81. (Sunday Telegraph)
Actress Denise Nickerson, 62. (Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
Actor Brendan Grace, 68. (Father Ted)
Actor Freddie Jones, 91. (Emmerdale,  Elephant Man)
Actor Rip Torn, 88. (Men in Black)
Actor Rutger Hauer, 75.
Chaser, 15, American Border Collie with the largest-tested non-human memory.

August
Two mass shootings kill 20 people in a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas and 9 in Dayton Ohio.
Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire evacuated following dam failure.
Six-year-old thrown off Tate Modern by teenager.
Research shows the Milky Way galaxy is warped.
20 hospitals to receive a share of £850m
Whaley Bridge, Furness Vale and New Mills in Derbyshire evacuated when after concrete slabs on Toddbrook Reservoir partially collapse.
Three remaining cooling towers at Didcot power station, Oxfordshire are demolished, hitting an electricity pole and leaving 40,000 homes without power.
Worldwide protests over climate change.100 MPs write to Boris Johnson for a recall of Parliament to debate concerns that the UK faces "a national emergency" over Brexit.
Video of Prince Andrew with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Hottest late August bank holiday weekend on record

Pushing up daisies
Saoirse Kennedy Hill, Granddaughter of Robert F Kennedy, 22. (Overdosed. (33.3C)
Barrington Pheloung, composer of Inspector Morse theme, 65.
Scottish golfer Gordon Brand Jnr, 60.
Kinks keyboardist Ian Gibbons, 67.
Singer and impressionist Joe Longthorne, 64.
Actor Peter Fonda, 79. (Easy Rider)
Animator and director Richard Williams, 86. (Who Framed 
Roger Rabbit)
Bass guitarist Larry Taylor, 77. (Canned Heat)
Actress Sheila Steafel, 84.
Screenwriter Terrance Dicks, 84. (Doctor Who, Crossroads, Space: 1999)
Actress Valerie Harper, 80. (Mary Tyler Moore Show)

September
Brexit row grinds on.
Pound falls below $1.20 - its lowest since October 2016.
Boris's brother resigns as an MP.
Boris's call for a general election in October fails.
Court wrangling over whether proroguing parliament is legal. Supreme Court decides it isn't.
American woman says she had sex with Prince Andrew as a 17-year-old. He denies it.
Government forced to publish Brexit no-deal contingency plan, Operation Yellowhammer.
Travel company Thomas Cook collapses after 178 years in business.
BBC row over Naga Munchetty reponse to Trump racism.

Gone to meet their maker
Singer Ric Ocasek, 75. (The Cars)
Former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, 95.
Former French president Jacques Chirac, 86.
BBC News journalist Hanna Yusuf, 27.
Actress Jean Heywood, 98. (When the Boat Comes In, Our Day Out, Billy Elliot)

October
Office for National Statistics says 726 homeless people died in last year. The highest number on record.
Stabbings in Arndale Centre, Manchester.
London bans Extinction Rebellion protests.
John Bercow resigns.
Grenfell Tower report criticises fire service.


Six feet under
Opera soprano Jessye Norman, 74.
British journalist and broadcaster Peter Sissons, 77.
American actress Diahann Carroll, 84.  (Julia, Dynasty, Claudine)
Actor Stephen Moore, 81. (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
Drummer Ginger Baker, 80. (Cream, Blind Faith)
Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, 85. (Voskhod 2, first person to walk in space.)
Rock singer and guitarist Paul Barrere, 71. (Little Feat)

November
Immediate end to fracking in the UK.
Fracking ban might not be permanent.
18 female MPs say they won't seek re-election because of threats and abuse. 
"Biblical" rainfall levels cause more than 100 flood warnings across the Midlands and northern England.
Mothercare goes bust.
Prince Andrew steps down from public engagements as pressure builds.
Police shoot dead a terrorism suspect on London Bridge. Two others killed and five injured in knife attack.

Had a good innings
TV presenter Gay Byrne, 85. (The Late Late Show)
Actor Ian Cullen, 80. (Z Cars)
Irish actor Niall Tóibín, 89.
Photographer Terry O'Neill, 81.
Actor Michael J Pollard, 80. (Bonnie and Clyde)
Australian-born broadcaster and writer Clive James, 80.
Chef Gary Rhodes, 59.
Theatre director Sir Jonathan Miller, 85.
Shoe designer Terry de Havilland, 81.
Veteran Labour politician Frank Dobson, 79.

December
At least 18 dead after volcano erupts in New Zealand.
General election Tory landslide.
SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon calls for independence referendum.
Climate campaigner Greta Thunberg named Time magazine Person of the Year.
Trump throws his dummy out of the pram.
Last-minute Strictly Come Dancing entrant Kelvin Fletcher lifts the glitter ball trophy.
Australia has hottest days on record, approaching 50C.
Wildfires sweep through Australia.

Code black
Actor Rene Auberjonois, 79. (Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Benson, M.A.S.H.)
Sesame Street's Big Bird puppeteer Caroll Spinney, 85.
Australian musician Greedy Smith, 63. (Mental as Anything)
Cricketer Bob Willis, 70.
Rapper Juice Wrld, 21.
Battle of Britain pilot Maurice Mounsdon, 101.
Botanist and naturalist David Bellamy, 86.
The Rev. David Coles, 42. (Partner of Richard Coles, Vicar of Finedon.)
Actor Nicky Henson, 74.
Singer and entertainer Kenny Lynch, 81.
Actor Tony Britton, 95. (Day of the Jackal, Sunday Bloody Sunday.)



Sunday, 30 December 2018

2018 in Review

January
Ringo Starr and Barry Gibb get knighthoods. Darcey Bussell's a Dame. Rick Stein CBE. Jilly Cooper CBE. Eammon Holmes OBE.
NY Eve car park blaze destroys 1400 cars at Liverpool Echo Arena.
California mudslides kill 17.
London stabbings leave four dead.
Massive fire at Nottingham Station.
Flu hits UK.
Construction giant Carillion goes into liquidation.
US government shutdown after budget talks fail.
Heavy snow causes chaos in Scotland and parts of England. Airports closed. Roads blocked. Mountaineers rescued.
7.9-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Alaska.
Paris floods.

Bought the farm
Peter Wyngarde as Jason King
Actor Jon Paul Steuer, 33. (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Actress Doreen Keogh, 91. (Coronation Street’s first barmaid Concepta Riley.)
Actor Jerry Van Dyke, 86. (Dick Van Dyke's younger brother.)
Blunderwoman comedy star Bella Emberg, 80.
Astronaut John Young, 87.
Longleat's Western lowland gorilla Nico, 56.
Motörhead guitarist Eddie Clarke, 67. (pneumonia)
West Brom and England footballer Cyrille Regis, 59.
Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan, 46.
Jason King actor Peter Wyngarde, 90.
Broadcaster Ed Doolan, 76.
Actor Bradford Dillman, 87.
Author Peter Mayle, 78. (A Year in Provence)
French chef Paul Bocuse, 91.
Comedian Howard Lew Lewis, 76.
Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, 78.
Fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin, 88.
Tinky Winky actor Simon Shelton, 52.
Daleswoman Hannah Hauxwell, 91.

February
Beast from the East brings extreme low temperatures
Cairo archaeologists unveil 4,400 year old tomb of an ancient priestess.
Winter Olympics.
N&S Korea annoy Trump by talking to each other.
Heavy snow closes Eiffel Tower.
Saratov Airlines Flight 703 crashes in Russia, killing all 71 people on board.
Oxfam prostitution scandal.
Florida school shooting leaves 17 dead.
4.2 earthquake hits Wales.
Five dead after Leicester shop explosion.
Severe snow hits UK. "The Beast from the East"
Retailers Maplin and Toys R Us go into administration.

Gone beyond
World's oldest man Francisco Nunez Olivera, 113.
Irish footballer Liam Miller, 36.
Frasier star John Mahoney, 77.
US evangelist Billy Graham, 99.
Vicar of Dibley actress Emma Chambers, 53.
Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor, 54. (heart attack)
British author Penny Vincenzi, 78.

March
Paper £10 notes phased out.
KFC runs out of chicken.
Notre Dame cathedral is showing its age. Appeal fund launched for repairs.
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal poisoned in Salisbury.
Trump secretary of state Rex Tillerson fired.
Toys R Us to close its UK stores.
UK's first polar bear cub in 25 years born in Scotland.
Bridge collapse in Florida kills six.
Russian diplomats expelled all over the world.
Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding cleared of rape.
Irish pubs lift Good Friday alcohol ban.

Passed on
M*A*S*H star David Ogden Stiers, 75
Four minute mile runner Sir Roger Bannister, 88.
Sir William McAlpine, 82.
Italy international footballer Davide Astori, 31.
Inventor Trevor Baylis, 80.
Hubert de Givenchy, French fashion icon, 91.
Comedian Ken Dodd, 90.
British genome pioneer Sir John Sulston, 75.
Sudan, last male northern white rhino, 45
Scientist Stephen Hawking, 76.
Bullseye host Jim Bowen, 80.
Actor Bill Maynard, 89. (Selwyn Froggatt,  Heartbeat)

April
Labour Party facing antisemitism accusations.
14 dead after Canadian junior hockey team bus crash.
Poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal regains consciousness.
3 die as vehicle driven into crowd in Munster.
Arsene Wenger announces he's leaving Arsenal.
Spring finally arrives in UK. Hottest April day since 1949.

Joined the choir eternal
Emmy winning producer Steven Bochco, 74. (Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, Doogie Howser MD)
Crafty Cockney darts player Eric Bristow, 60.
Football player and manager Ray Wilkins, 61.
American Hall of Fame professional wrestler Johnny Valiant, 71.
South African anti-apartheid activist and politician Winnie Mandela, 81.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush, 92.
TV personality Dale Winton, 62.

May
Hottest May Day bank holiday on record.
THAT wedding.
Hawaii homes destroyed by lava from Kilauea volcano.
Monsoon rain kills 12 in Sri Lanka.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in UK.
North and South Korea relations changing.
Violent thunder storms cause flooding across UK.

Kicked the bucket
Israeli musician Abi Ofarim, 80.
UK politician Tessa Jowell, 70.
Serial killer Dennis Nilsen, 72,
Actress Margot Kidder, 69.
Gardener Beth Chatto, 94.
Author Tom Wolfe, 88.
Actor Peter Byrne, 90. (Dixon of Dock Green)
Writer Philip Roth, 85.
Astronaut Alan Bean, 86.
Archaeologist John Ashdown-Hill, 69. (Richard III expert)

June
Dozens killed by Guatemala earthquake.
Learner drivers allowed onto motorways.
Cambridge Uni finally works out it's not getting ethnic minority applicants.
Grenfell inquiry criticises practically everything.
G7 summit in Canada.
Fire devastates Glasgow school of art
High winds make Heckington windmill spin backwards.
5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Japan.
Major incident declared over blaze on Saddleworth Moor.
Heatwave hits highest June temperature on record.
"Fatberg" on show at Museum of London.
Five dead and two hurt in shooting at Maryland newspaper the Capital Gazette.

Snuffed it
Jerry Maren, Last Wizard of Oz Munchkin, 98.
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, 61.
Eastenders 'Dirty Den' Leslie Grantham, 71.
Koko the signing gorilla, 46.

July
Andy Murray pulls out of Wimbledon.
Fizzy drinks on ration as CO2 shortage continues.
Arson blamed for Lancashire moors fires.
Twelve boys and their football coach found in Thai cave.
Diver dies during rescue attempt.
England loses in the World Cup semis.
Massive protests as Trump visits UK.
Severe heatwave takes Japanese temperatures to over 40 C.
Many killed in wildfires in Greece.
The heatwave continues in UK.
Blood moon - longest eclipse this century.
Imran Khan leads Pakistan election.

Conked out
Choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne, 92.
Clangers and Bagpuss co-creator Peter Firmin, 89.
Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir, 70.
Thai ex-navy rescue diver Saman Gunan.
Politician Lord Peter Carrington, 99.
Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Wellum, youngest Spitfire pilot to fly in the Battle of Britain, 96.
Team GB snowboarder Ellie Soutter, 18.
Wrestlers Brian Lawler, 46, Brickhouse Brown, 57 and Nikolai Volkoff, 70. All died the same day.

August
Bank of England raises interest rate.
Long hot summer reveals crop marks over many unknown archaeological sites
40+ dead as motorway bridge collapses in Genoa, Italy.
350+ dead in floods in Kerala, India.
Half-mast row over White House flag for John McCain.

Pushing up daisies
Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan
Trinidadian-born British writer V.S. Naipaul, 85.
Half of the Chuckle Brothers Barry Chuckle, 73.
Soul singer Aretha Franklin, 76.
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, 80.
Half of the Chuckle Brothers Barry Chuckle, 73.
Aberfan heroine, teacher Hettie Williams, 75.
Soul singer Aretha Franklin, 76.
Republican senator John McCain, 90.

September
Brexit row rumbles on.
Probiotics labelled 'quite useless'.
Hurricane Florence hits US eastern seaboard.
Super Typhoon Mangkhut hits Philippines and China.
More than 800 dead in 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia.

Gone to meet their maker
Smokey and the Bandit star Burt Reynolds, 82.
Heartbeat star Peter Benson, 75,
US rapper Mac Miller, 26. (Suspected overdose)
Comedy actress Fenella Fielding, 90.
Actor Dudley Sutton, 85. (Lovejoy)
Comedian and writer Denis Norden, 96.

October
Glastonbury tickets sell out in half an hour.
Walkers launch bag recycling scheme after protests.
Furore over appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court.
Princess Eugenie shows off her scar at her wedding.
Storm Callum causes worst Wales flooding for 30 years.
Banksy work sells for £1million then self destructs.
Same sex lab mice have babies.
Five dead in helicopter crash at Leicester City football ground.
11 dead as storm hits Venice causing major flood.

Six feet under
Singer Charles Aznavour, 94.
Rainbow presenter Geoffrey Hayes, 76.
Comedy scriptwriter Ray Galton, 88.
Walking Dead actor Scott Wilson, 76.
Leicester City Football Club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, 60. (Helicopter crash)
American rock singer Jimmy Farrar, 67.  (Molly Hatchet)
American gangster Whitey Bulger, 89.

November
Andre van Noord
Democrats regain control of the House in US mid terms.
12 dead in bar shooting in Thousand Oaks California.
Wildfires devastate huge areas of California.
71 dead, 1000+ missing.
100th anniversary of the end of WWI.
Brexit chaos. Cabinet members and others quit in wake of May agreement.
Pound and shares plummet.
David Hockney's Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) makes $90 million at auction.

Had a good innings
Marvel Comics genius Stan Lee, 95.
Model Andre van Noord, 54. (Brain tumour)
British equestrian Tim Stockdale, 54. (Stomach cancer)
Beverley Sister Babs, 91.
Newsreader and presenter Richard Baker, 93.
Actor John Bluthal, 89. (Vicar of Dibley)
Film director Nicolas Roeg, 90. (Don't Look Now)

December
"Gilets jaunes" riots in Paris over French petrol prices.
8,000 police drafted in to Paris. Tear gas and rubber bullets used.
O2 network breakdown stops data service.
Six dead in stampede at Italian nightclub.
Brexit chaos. PM faces vote of no confidence.
Fire at Chester Zoo.
Egyptian Saqqara tomb find 'one of a kind'.
Manchester United sack manager Jose Mourinho.
Gatwick Airport closed by drones.
Newly listed buildings include Robin Hood statue.
Tsunami hits Indonesia after Krakatau erupts.
Mount Etna erupts causing 4.8 magnitude earthquake.

Code black
Former US president George HW Bush, 94.
Punk rocker Pete Shelley, 63. (Buzzcocks)
Roger the giant kangaroo, 12. (old age)
Actress Sondra Locke,74. (Any Which Way You Can)
Video app co-founder Colin Kroll, 34.
Politician Paddy Ashdown, 77.
Art historian Sister Wendy Beckett, 88.
Terry and June comedy actress June Whitfield, 93.