The History Anorak

The History Anorak

Monday, 28 December 2020

2020 - year of the plague

Let's face it, 2020 hasn't exactly been an ordinary year.  In the UK, two things have dominated the headlines: Covid and Brexit. But there have been plenty of other events going on - some of which you might have forgotten. 


January











Australian wildfires.
Coronavirus outbreak in China.
Britain leaves the EU.

Kicked the bucket
Author Mary Higgins Clark, 92.
Medium Derek Acorah, 69.
Actor Christopher Beeny, 78. (Upstairs Downstairs)
Actor Alan Harris, 81 (The Empire Strikes Back)
French vintner Georges Duboeuf, 86. (Le roi du Beaujolais)
American actor Edd Byrnes, 87. (Kookie in 77 Sunset Strip)
Monty Python star Terry Jones, 77.
Academic Christopher Tolkien, 95.
LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant, 41.
Actor Derek Fowlds, 82. (Yes Prime Minister, Heartbeat, Basil Brush Show)
Actor and presenter Nicholas Parsons, 96.
Actor John Karlen, 86. (Harve in Cagney and Lacey)

February
Coronavirus continues to spread. Japanese cruise ship affected.
Five dead in Turkish avalanche.
33 rescuers buried by second Turkish avalanche.
Storm Dennis brings massive floods to UK. A month of rain overnight.
Outcry over press treatment of TV presenter Caroline Flack.

Pushing up daisies
TV director Gene Reynolds, 96. (M*A*S*H, Lou Grant)
Singer Pearl Carr, 98.
TV presenter Caroline Flack, 40. (Found hanged)
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak , 91.













Actor Kirk Douglas, 103. (Spartacus)
Actor Kellye Nakahara, 72. (M.A.S.H.)

March
Coronavirus divides the country over what should be done.
FA cancels all matches.
Panic buying empties shelves. Toilet rolls unavailable.
UK closes schools.
Government introduces package of aid for businesses.
US blocks all flights from Europe.
Bank of England interest rate cut to 0.1%
Total lockdown of UK. No-one allowed out except for food and medicine.
Prince Charles tests positive for Covid-19.

Met the angels
Actor Max von Sydow, 90.
Chef Michel Roux, 79.
Quiz star Dave Rainford, 51. (Eggheads)
Actor, comedian Roy Hudd, 83.
Actor Lyle Waggoner, 84. (Wonder Woman)
Actor David Collings, 79. (Scrooge, The Invisible Woman)
Folk singer Julie Felix, 81.
Country singer Kenny Rogers, 81.
R & B singer Bill Withers, 81. (Ain't No Sunshine)

April
Shortage of supplies and testing kits hampers NHS response to Coronavirus.
PM hospitalised with Coronavirus. Goes into intensive care.
Scotland's health minister resigns after admitting travel to second home.
Queen broadcasts to the nation.
Trump wants to mine the moon.
99-year-old Captain Tom Moore raises £25million plus for NHS.
Trump suggests injecting bleach to cure Covid-19.

Passed away
Hugh McGinnis - comedian Eddie Large, 78. (Coronavirus)
The Virginian James Drury, 85.











Lord Bath of Longleat, 87. (Coronavirus)
Actress Honor Blackman, 94. (Bond girl Pussy Galore)
Actor Jay Benedict, 68. (Emmerdale, Aliens, Foyle's War. Coronavirus)
Racing driver Sir Stirling Moss, 90.
Comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor, 79. (The Goodies, I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Coronavirus)
Footballer Peter Bonetti, 78.
TV presenter Lynn Faulds Wood, 72.
Actress Jill Gascoine, 83. (The Gentle Touch, C.A.T.S. Eyes, The Onedin Line)
Bollywood star Irrfan Khan, 53.
Indian actor Rishi Kapoor, 67.

May
Lockdown continues but Boris says ease up slightly.
UK Coronavirus death toll passes 30,000.
UK has second highest death rate in the world.
Row flares over Dominic Cummings' trip to Barnard Castle.
Apparently the house he stayed in has no planning permission.
Riots in US follow death of George Floyd at the hands of police.
Black Lives Matter campaign launches. 
Sunniest month on record for UK.

Lost the battle
Millie Small, 73. (My Boy Lollipop)
Magician Roy Horn, 75. (Siegfried and Roy. Coronavirus)
Singer songwriter Little Richard, 87.
Actor Richard Herd, 87. (Star Trek: Voyager, T J Hooker)
Rock singer Brian Howe, 66. (Bad Company)
British rapper Ty, 47. (Coronavirus)
Actor comedian Jerry Stiller, 92. (Zoolander, Seinfeld)
Actor Michael Angelis, 76. (Boys from the Black Stuff, Thomas the Tank Engine)
Artist Christo, 84. 
Actor Anthony James, 77. (Gunsmoke)

June
Schools start to go back after lockdown. 
And then they don't. 
Black Lives Matter campaign continues.
Statues of slave owners toppled in several UK cities.
Zoos allowed to reopen. 
Non-essential shops open.
US fighter jet crashes in North Sea.

Called home
Actor Corey Fischer, 75. (M*A*S*H, Brewster McCloud, McCabe & Mrs. Miller. Complications from a brain aneurysm.)
Singer Ricky Valance, 84. (Tell Laura I love Her)
Snooker player Willie Thorne, 66. (Leukaemia)
Forces Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn, 103. (We'll Meet Again)
Actor Ian Holm, 88. (Alien, Lord of the Rings, Chariots of Fire)
Film director Joel Schumacher, 80. (The Lost Boys, Batman Forever)
Cuban singer Margarita Pracatan, 89.
Aintree Racecourse chair Rose Paterson, 63.
Actor Carl Reiner, 98. (Ocean's Eleven, The Jerk)
Composer Johnny Mandel 94. (M.A.S.H Theme)
Actor Linda Cristal, 89. (High Chaparral)

July
Lockdown measures relaxed. Pubs, restaurants, museums reopening. 
Except in Leicester, which goes back into lockdown.
Huawei banned from UK 5G installations.
Face coverings become law in shops in England.
Quarantine imposed on travelers from Spain.
Pet cat catches coronavirus from its keepers. 

In a better place
Barbadian cricketer Sir Everton Weekes, 98. 
Actor Earl Cameron, 102. (Doctor Who, The Prisoner)
Footballer Jack Charlton, 85.
Musician Charlie Daniels, 83. (The Devil Went Down to Georgia)
Scottish actor Maurice Roeves, 83. (The Scobie Man, The Sweeney, Star Trek
Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green, 73.
Actor Olivia de Havilland, 104.
Primal Scream singer Denise Johnson, 56.

August
Government launches "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme to help failing restaurants.
Government launches anti-obesity campaign.
Government halts lockdown easing. 
Major incident declared after Covid spike in Manchester. 
Lewis Hamilton wins Silverstone Grand Prix on three wheels. 
Massive explosion in Beirut. 137 dead, 5,000 injured. 
Train derailment near Aberdeen. Three dead. 
Covid death recount reduces total by 5,000.
UK has worst recession on record. 
A level results in chaos as algorithm downgrades working class students.
Government U-turn agrees to use teacher assessments as A level grades. 
Government ditches Public Health England. 
Hurricane Laura batters the US.

Given up the ghost
National Hunt jockey Stan Mellor, 83. (Champion Jockey 1960-62)
Newsreader Tony Morris, 57. (kidney cancer)
Northern Ireland peace campaigner, Nobel Prize winner John Hume, 83. 
Golfer Gordon J Brand, 65.
Singer Trini Lopez, 83. 
Robert Trump, 71. POTUS's brother.
Classical guitarist Julian Bream,  87.

September
Brexit stalemate.
UK government threatens to break international law and withdraw from agreement. 
Covid R number rises above 1.
Second wave of Corona on the way, warns Boris Johnson.
Rule of Six limits group meeting size - unless you're hunting.

Didn't make it
Cricketer David Capel, 57. (Brain tumour)
Bond girl and Avenger Dame Diana Rigg, 82.
Drummer Lee Kerslake, 73.  (Uriah Heep)
American Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87.
Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, 91. 
Author Terry Goodkind, 72.
Habitat founder, designer Sir Terence Conran, 88.
Sex educator Shere Hite, 77.
Boxer Alan Minter, 69. (Olympic bronze medalist (1972) and undisputed world middleweight champion. Cancer)
American beauty influencer Ethan Peters, 17. (Drug overdose)
Actor Rodney Litchfield, 81. (Coronation Street's Wilfred Morton)








Actor, presenter EJ Osborne, 45. (Money for Nothing)
Journalist Sir Harold Evans, 92.
Actor Frank Windsor, 92. (Z Cars, Softly Softly

October
Donald Trump has Covid.
Then he hasn't. 
Track and Trace tracks but doesn't contact anyone. 
Lewis Hamilton matches 91 F1 wins record.
Four dead and baby missing after migrant boat sinks in Channel.
French history teacher Samuel Paty beheaded after using Charlie Hebdo cartoons in lessons.
President Macron declares a crackdown on Islamic extremism. 
Three killed in terrorist attack on a church in Nice.
A fifth of England has Covid restrictions tightened.
Jeremy Corbyn suspended from Labour Party.
Magnitude 7 earthquake hits Greece and Turkey. 

Deceased
Rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen, 65.
Singer Johnny Nash, 80. (I Can See Clearly Now)
Footballer Bob Wilson, 77.














Designer Kenzo Takada, 81.
Journalist Sir Peregrine Worsthorne, 96.
Dubstep producer Cookie Monsta, 31.
Comedian Bobby Ball, 76. (Covid)
Welsh rugby player J J Williams, 72.
England 66 World Cup squad member Nobby Stiles, 78. (Prostate cancer)
Bond actor Sir Sean Connery, 90.

November
Actor Johnny Depp loses "wifebeater" libel case.
US presidential election goes to the wire.
Joe Biden wins.
Trump refuses to accept it. 
Covid 19 second lockdown angers many.
Terror shooting in Vienna - 4 dead.
UK terror alert level raised. 
Trump tries legal attacks and claims voter fraud. 
Joe Biden is President Elect.
Boris Johnson panics because of his racist record with Obama. 
Dominic Cummings ousted from No 10.
Duchess of Sussex says she had a miscarriage.
TV drama The Crown raises hackles over "fictional" details.

Dearly departed
Comedian John Sessions, 67.
Great British Bake Off finalist Luis Troyano, 48. (Cancer
Actor Geoffrey Palmer, 93. (Butterflies, As Time Goes By
Singer Len Barry, 78. (1-2-3)
Former UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, 72. 
Serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, 74. (Covid 19)
John Hays, 71. (Founder of Hays Travel
Entertainer Des O'Connor, 88. (Complications from a fall.)
Footballer Diego "Hand of God" Maradona, 60. 
Strawbs guitarist Tony Hooper, 81.
Footballer Ray Clemence, 72. (Spurs, Liverpool)
Actor Dave Prowse, 85. (Darth Vader, Green Cross Code Man)

December
Covid vaccinations start in the UK
Talks drag on over Brexit deal.
Major tailbacks at UK ports.
Worldwide ginger shortage.
Concern over link between contact-sports injury and dementia.
New Covid strain found.
Tier 4 restrictions introduced in UK.
Most of the world bans UK from travel. 
Lorry gridlock in Kent. 
Lots of groups turn out to offer drivers food. 
Tier 4 restrictions extended over wider area. 
Finally, Boris negotiates his "oven-ready" deal. 

Over the rainbow bridge
Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, 94.
Actress Dame Barbara Windsor, 83. (Get outta my pub!)
Golfer and commentator Peter Alliss, 89. (A Round With Alliss)
American pilot Chuck Yeager, 97. First person to break the sound barrier.
English mountaineer and philanthropist Doug Scott, 79. 
American Hall of Fame singer Charley Pride, 86. (Complications from Covid.) 
Author John le Carré, 89.
Football manager Gérard Houllier, 73. (France, Liverpool)
Lady Margaret Tebbit, 86.  Wife of former cabinet minister Norman.
French-Italian fashion designer Pierre Cardin, 98.


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.)