Issue 117:2017 08 10: Calendar (AGGro)

1 August 2017

What’s on in August 2017

by AGGro

TUES 1st: * Lammas – Cross quarter day.

* Bakewell Show, Derbyshire – until 03/08.

* 45 years ago: UK Government’s anti-inflation policy implemented. – in 1975, inflation reached 24.2%, the highest since 1800.

* Amber Rudd (Home Secretary) is 54 and Harriet Harman is 67.

WED 2nd: *17 years ago: Iraqi army invaded Kuwait.

THURS 3rd: * RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show until 06/08.

Ÿ * Golf: Women’s British Open, Kingsbarns, Scotland – until 06/08.

Ÿ * Jack Straw is 71.

FRI 4th: * Edinburgh Festival Fringe – until 28/08.

* National Eisteddfod of Wales, Anglesey – until 12/08.

* Cricket: England v South Africa, fourth Test, Old Trafford – until 08/08.

* Athletics: World Championships, London – until 13/08.

* Barack Obama is 56.

SAT 5th: Ÿ * Louis Walsh is 65 and Bambi is 75.

SUN 6th: Ÿ * Football: FA Community Shield, Wembley – Arsenal (FA Cup winners) v Chelsea (Premier League champions).

Ÿ* 72 years ago: WW2 – USA dropped 1st Atomic bomb on Hiroshima-Japan, killing 70,000 and injuring a further 70,000.

* Geri Halliwell (Spice Girls) is 45.

TUES 7th: * 70 years ago: The  Kon-Tiki , Thor Heyerdahl’s balsa wood raft, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 4,300 mile, voyage across the Eastern Pacific Ocean, proving that pre-historic peoples could hypothetically have travelled to the Central Pacific islands from South America.

WED 8th: * Special Olympics GB National Games, Sheffield.

* Princess Beatrice is 29 and Roger Federer is 36.

WED 9th: * Rugby union: Women’s World Cup, Ireland – until 26/08.

* 72 years ago: WW2 – USA dropped 2nd Atomic bomb on Nagasaki following non-compliance of a demand for surrender – killing 35,000 and injuring a further 60,000.

* 75 years ago: WW2 – Mahatma Gandhi is arrested following riots for Indian independence.

* Melanie Griffith (actress) is 60.

THURS 10th: * Golf: US PGA Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina – until 13/08.

* Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) is 70.

FRI 11th: * 75 years ago: WW2 – HMS Eagle, an aircraft carrier on convoy duty to Malta, is torpedoed and sinks with heavy loss of life.

SAT 12th: * ‘The Glorious 12th’ – start of the Grouse shooting season.

* Football: Premier League 2017/18 season due to start.

SUN 13th: * 35 years ago: First UK heart-lung transplant at Harefield Hospital.

MON 14th:  * 70 years ago: UK granted Pakistan independence.

TUES 15th: * VJ DAY- 72 years ago: Japanese Emperor surrendered thus ending WW2 – the signing of the document of surrender on US Missouri was later on 2nd Sept 1945.

* Catholic Feast of Assumption – Virgin Mary’s body & soul ascend to heaven.

* 70 years ago: UK granted India independence.

* Princess Anne is 67, Ben Affleck is 45 & Kate Osamor (Shadow Sec of State for Int Devt) is 49.

WED 16th: * 40 years ago: Death of Elvis Presley.

THURS 17th: * A Level & AS Level Results Day.

*  Cricket: England v West Indies, first Test, Edgbaston (first day-night Test in England) – until 21/08.

*  75 years ago: WW2 – First USAF B-17 bomber raid in Europe on  Sotteville rail yards at Rouen, France.

FRI 18th: * Golf : Solheim Cup, Des Moines, USA – until 20/08.

SAT 19th: * Cycling: Vuelta a Espana, Spain – until 10/09.

* Hockey: Men’s and women’s EuroHockey, Netherlands – until 27/08.

* 75 years ago: WW2 Dieppe Raid to gain intelligence on Axis Channel defences. Over 4,000 Allied troops killed or captured.

* 75 years ago: WW2 German army begins Siege of Stalingrad.

* Bill Clinton is 71 today.

SUN 20th: * Athletics: Birmingham Diamond League.

MON 21st: * Badminton – World Championships, Glasgow.

* “Great American Solar Eclipse” – only totally visible from the USA.

TUES 22nd: * Equestrian: European Dressage and Show Jumping Championships, Gothenburg, Sweden.

* 75 years ago: WW2 Naval battle off Eastern Solomons. Three US aircraft carriers sank Japanese carrier and destroyed 90 planes.

* Steve Davis (snooker) is 60 today.

WED 23rd: * 35 years ago: Manchester Air Disaster – 55 died in passenger plane.

THURS 24th : * GCSE results day.

* 75 years ago: WW2 – Battle of the Eastern Solomons; USS Enterprise badly damaged and Japanese lost the Ryujo, a light aircraft carrier.

* Stephen Fry is 60 today.

FRI 25th: * Pop music:  Reading and Leeds Festivals – until 27/08.

* Cricket: England v West Indies, 2nd Test, Headingley – until 29/08.

* Chris Evans’ CarFest: South – Laverstoke Park Farm, Hampshire 25-27/08 & North -Bolesworth, Cheshire 28-30/08.

* Michael Gove is 54 & Sean Connery is 89 today.

SAT 26th: * Music: Notting Hill Carnival, London – until 28/08.

* Rugby league: Challenge Cup final, Wembley.

* Boxing: Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor, light-middleweight, Las Vegas, USA.

* Steve Wright (BBC Radio DJ) is 63 today.

SUN 27th: * Formula 1: Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps.

* Motorcycling: British Moto Grand Prix, Silverstone.

* 75 years ago: WW2 – Marshal Georgii Zhukov is appointed to the command of the Stalingrad defence.


* Tennis: US Open, Flushing Meadow, New York – until 10/09.

* Judo: World Championships, Budapest – until 03/09.

* 75 years ago: WW2 – Incendiary bombs dropped by a Japanese seaplane cause a forest fire in Oregon, USA.

THURS 31st: *Basketball: EuroBasket – hosted by Finland, Israel, Romania & Turkey – until 17/09

* Equestrian: Burghley Horse Trials – until 03/09.

* 70 years ago: The communists seized power in Hungary.

* 20 years ago: Princess Diana (1961-1997) & Dodi Fayed killed in car crash.


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Issue 112:2017 07 06: What’s on in 2017

06 July 2017

What’s on in July 2017?

SAT 1ST: * Canada Day – British North America Act 1867 united the provinces of Canada

* Football: League Transfer window re-opens.

* Rugby union – New Zealand v British & Irish Lions, 2nd Test, Wellington

* Cricket – One-Day Cup final, Lord’s

* Cycling – Tour de France until 23/07 – with Grand Depart from Dusseldorf

* Intelsat 35e communications satellite to be launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida USA, (approx 23.30 GMT).

* 20 years ago: United Kingdom hands sovereignty of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China.

*  50 years ago: UK colour television broadcasts begin on BBC2.  First was from Wimbledon -full colour service begins 2nd Dec 1967.

*  75 years ago: WW2 – Sevastopol falls to the Germans; the end of Red Army resistance in the Crimea.

*  100 years ago: WW1 – Russian Army’s Kerensky Offensive fails – last Russian initiative in the war – until 19/07

* Pamela Anderson (Bay Watch) is 50 and Dan Akroyd in 65 today

* British Airways cabin crew will strike for two weeks in a long-running row over pay and perks

SUN 2ND: * Chris Huhn is 63 today and Ken Clarke is 77 today


* Aphelion Day: Earth is farthest from the sun for the year today at 94,505,901 miles

* 50 years ago: Rebellion in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo started by Jean Schramme (Belgian mercenary)

* Sebastian Vettel (F1 World Champion x 4) is 30 and Tom Cruise is 55 today


* RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, South West London – the largest flower show in the world. Until 09/09

* 50 years ago:  British Parliament decriminalizes homosexuality.

* 75 years ago: WW2 – First air missions by the United States Army Air Forces in Europe & End of Siege of Sebastapol when Russian Army surrendered to invading German, Italian and Romanian forces.

WED 5TH : * 55 years ago: Oran Massacre – 3,500 European civilians (mostly French) massacred by Algerians at end of war of independence.

*  Film Premiere release: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming ‘

THURS 6TH: * Cricket – England v South Africa, first Test, Lord’s until 10/07

* 50 years ago: Start of the Nigerian Civil War (aka Biafra War) 1967-1970 attributed to Britain’s de-colonisation 1960-3 problems. Nigerian forces invaded Biafra region – home of the Igbo tribe with oil production playing a vital strategic role.

* 70 years ago: AK-47 assault rifle enters production, becoming the most produced rifle in history.

* 100 years ago: WW1 – The Battle of Aqaba fought for the Red Sea port of Aqaba (now in Jordan). The attacking forces of the Arab Revolt, led by Auda ibu Tayi and advised by T. E. Lawrence (aka T. E. Shaw & “Lawrence of Arabia”), were victorious over the Ottoman defenders.

FRI 7th:: * Buxton International Festival  until 23/07

* Pop music: Wireless Music Festival, London until 09/07

* Football: Gold Cup, USA until 26/07

*  Film Premiere release: Hounds of Love

* 12 years ago: London Bombings 7/7 – Four suicide bombers struck in Central London killing 52 persons and injuring 770.

* 80 years ago: Sino-Japanese War – Battle of Lugou Bridge (aka Marco Polo Bridge Incident): Japanese forces invade China (often seen as the beginning of World War II in Asia).

* 75 years ago: WW2 – Convoy PQ-17 disaster. German U-boats sank 23 out of 36 British merchant ships in the Barents Sea, off Norwegian coast en route to Russia, with a loss of 153 merchant navy seamen and 100,000 tons of cargo.

* 50 years ago: ‘All You Need Is Love’ by the Beatles is released in the UK.

* Ringo Starr is 77 and Marc Almond is 60 today

SAT 8TH * Rugby union – New Zealand v British & Irish Lions, 3rd Test, Auckland

* Monty Don (BBC Gardeners World) is 72 today

SUN 9TH:* Formula 1: Austrian Grand Prix, Austria Red Bull Ring, Spielberg

* Athletics – London Anniversary Games, London Stadium

* O.J. Simpson is 70 and Marc Almond (Soft Cell) is 60 day

MON 10TH: * Southern Rail ‘possible’ one-day walkout strike

* Arlo Guthrie (American folk singer-songwriter) is 70 today

TUES 11TH:* World Population Day – In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11 July be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues.

* 10 years ago: Smoking in the workplace ban throughout the UK 

WED 12TH :* ORANGE DAY, Ulster ‘Remember King Billy’

People in Northern Ireland have a bank holiday on or after July 12 to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland’s east coast in 1690. It’s also known as “Orangemen’s Day”.

* Film Premiere release: War For the Planet of the Apes release date July 12

* Sir Gareth Edwards CBE (Welsh Rugby International) is 70 today

THURS 13TH: * Harrison Ford is 75 today

FRI 14TH :* BASTILLE DAY French prison stormed in 1789, marking the start of the `revolution’.  France’s largest national holiday.

* Pop music: Lovebox Music Festival, Victoria Park, Mile End, London – until 15/07

*  Film Premiere releases: ‘The Beguiled’, ‘Cars 3’ and ‘The Art Life’

*, Cricket – England v South Africa, second Test, Trent Bridge until 18/07

*  Disability sport – World ParaAthletics Championships, London – until 23/07

* Swimming and diving – World Aquatics Championships, Budapest – until 30/07


Saint Swithun’s Day if thou dost rain, For forty days it will remain.

St Swuthun’s day if thou be fair, For forty days ‘twill rain no mare.

*  David Miliband is 52 today

SUN 16TH:* FORMULA 1: BRITISH GRAND PRIX Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone

*  Football – Women’s Euro 2017, Netherlands until 06/08

*  75 years ago: WW2 – Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup: On order from the Vichy France government, French police officers arrested 13,152 Jews and hold them at the Winter Velodrome, Paris before deportation to Auschwitz.

MON 17TH :* Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is 70, Angela Merkel is 63 and Fern Britton (TV presenter) is 60 today

TUES 18TH:* Saint James Day patron saint of Spain and pilgrims

*  Richard Branson is 67 today & Vin Diesel (actor) is 50 today

* 50 years ago: The United Kingdom announces the closing of its military bases in Malaysia, Singapore & Australia.

WED 19TH : * 75 years ago: WW2 – Battle of the Atlantic: German Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz orders the last U-boats to withdraw from their United States Atlantic coast positions in response to an increasingly effective American convoy system.

* Nichola Sturgeon is 47 & Brian May (Queen) is 70 today

THURS 20TH: * House of Commons rises for Summer recess (returns 05/09)

* Golf – The Open, Royal Birkdale until 23/07

* Carlos Santana is 70 today

FRI 21ST: * Most English & Welsh Schools break up for the summer holidays to return on 5th Sept

* Film Premiere releases: – “Dunkirk” & “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” (sci-fi ).

* 75 years ago: WW2Japanese army capture New Guinea.

SAT 22ND :* 75 years ago: WW2 – The systematic deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto begins – Treblinka II, “a model” extermination camp, is opened in Poland.

* Prince George of Cambridge (3rd in line to QE2)  is 4 today & Rhys Ifans (Welsh actor) is 50 today

SUN 23RD : * David Essex is 70 today

MON 24TH:  90 years ago: The Menin Gate is dedicated as a war memorial at Ypres, Belgium.

TUES 25TH : *  Matt LeBlanc (Friends & Top Gear) is 50 today

WED 26TH : * 5 years ago: London Olympics opened

* Mick Jagger is 74 today

THURS 27TH: * Cricket – England v South Africa, third Test, The Oval until 31/07

*  75 years ago: WW2 – Heavy RAF incendiary attack on Hamburg.

FRI 28TH: *CLA Game Fair, Hatfield House, Herts until 30/07

* 103 years ago: Start of First World War (WW1) when Austro-Serbian Empire declares war on Serbia

* 80 years ago: IRA attempt to assassinate King George VI with a bomb in Belfast.

SUN 30TH: * Formula 1: Hungarian Grand,  Hungaroring, Budapest

* Arnold Schwarzenburger is 70 today

MON 31st : * English and Welsh Courts and Tribunal Judiciary: End of Trinity term

* 30 years ago: Docklands Light Railway in London formally opened by Elizabeth II.

* 80 years ago: Soviet Union NKVD operative order 00447 “The operation for repression of former kulaks, criminals and other anti-Soviet elements” a 4-month plan for 75,950 people to be executed and an additional 193,000 to be sent to the Gulag.

* 100 years ago: WW1 –  Third Battle of Ypres (also known as Battle of Passchendale) begins.

* J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) is 55 today


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Issue 106:2017 05 25:What’s on in June 2017 (AGGro)

5 May 2017

What’s On in June 2017

by AGGro

THURS 1: National Volunteering Week UK until 07/06

* 50 years ago: Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – an immediate commercial & critical success with 27 weeks at the top of the UK albums chart &15 weeks at No 1 in USA.

* Football: Women’s Champions League final, Cardiff

* Cricket: Champions Trophy, England (Cardiff, Edgbaston and The Oval) – full fixtures until 18/06

* Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones) is 70 & Morgan Freeman is 80 today

FRI 2: * Seven years ago Derrick Bird, killed 12 people and injured 11 others before killing himself in Cumbria, – one of the worst criminal acts involving firearms in British history.

SAT 3:  * Horse racing: Epsom Derby

* UEFA Champions League final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

* Archery: UK Masters, Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Salop 04/06

* Curtis Mayfield is 70 and Rafael Nadal is 31 today

SUN 4:WHITSUNDAY (aka Pentecost). Christians celebrate the Holy Spirit descending on Jesus’ disciples.  Many see this event as the beginning of the Christian church.

* Sailing: America’s Cup play-offs, Bermuda until  12/06

* 75 years ago: WW2- Battle of Midway Island US aircraft sank 4 Japanese aircraft carriers destroying 275 planes and inflicting 3,500 casualties

MON 5: * Whit Monday – day of Pilgrimages e.g. Walsingham (former Bank Holiday replaced by Spring Bank Holiday in May.)

* 50 years ago: Start of Arab–Israeli 6-day War (1967) fought between Israel & Egypt (aka United Arab Republic), Jordan & Syria.

* Sir David Hare (playwright) is 70 today

TUES 6: * RHS Chatsworth Flower Show – until 11/06

* 73 years ago: WW2:  Allied invasion of Normandy beaches (Operation Overlord)

* David Blunkett is 70 today

 WED 7: * 100 years ago: WW1 – 2nd Battle of Messines.  British blow 19 deep mines – until 14/06

* Sir Tom Jones is 77

THURS 8:General election. Each of the 650 parliamentary constituencies is to elect a MP to the House of Commons.  Under The Fixed -term Parliaments Act 2011 an election was not due until 7th May 2020, but Theresa May Prime Minister received the  2/3rds majority necessary to override that by 522 to 13 votes in the House of Commons on 19th April 2017.

* Pop music: Isle of Wight festival 2017 – until 11/06.

* 75 years ago: WW2- Japanese navy shelled Sydney, Australia

* Tim Berners-Lee (Inventor of the World Wide Web) is 62 today

* Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) is 55 today

FRI 9:  * Heavy Metal: Download Festival – Donington Park, until 11/06

SAT 10: * H.M. The Queen’s official birthday – her real birthday is 21st April

* Trooping the Colour, London

* World Expo 2017 opens  Astana, Kazakhstan – until 10/09/17

* Football: 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Scotland v England (F), Azerbaijan v Northern Ireland (Group C)

* 75 years ago: WW2- Nazis destroy Czech village of Lidice in revenge for assassination of Reinhardt Heydrich – all 175 men executed.

Rugby Union: Argentina v England, first Test, San Juan; Scotland v Italy, Singapore

* Triathlon: World Series, Leeds until 11/06

* Duke of Edinburgh is 96 today

SUN 11: * Formula 1 – Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal

* 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Serbia v Wales, Republic of Ireland v Austria (Group D)

MON 12: * European Under-21 Championship, Poland until 30/06

* 100 years ago: WW1 – Greece: King Constantine I abdicates.

TUES 13* Royal Academy Summer Exhibition of paintings, Piccadilly 20/08

* International friendly: France v England

*  100 years ago: WW1 – First German successful heavy bomber raid on London done by the Gotha G.IV

WED 14: * Donald Trump is 71 today.

THURS 15:  * Golf: US Open – Erin Hills, Wisconsin until 18/06

FRI 16:  * Eroica Britannia Cycle Festival, Friden Grange, Friden, Nr Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 0DY

The 100, 55 & 25-mile rides take place on 18/06.

* Royal Three Counties Show (Gloucs/Heref/Worcs) Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW – until 18/06.

* Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool FC) is 50 today.

SAT 17: * Rugby Union Internationals

  • Argentina v England, 2nd Test, Santa Fe;
  • Japan v Ireland, 1st Test, venue TBC;
  • Australia v Scotland, Sydney

* Football: Confederations Cup, Russia  until 02/07

* Sailing: America’s Cup – Bermuda until 27/06

*  Venus Williams is 37 and Ken Livingstone is 72 today

SUN 18: Father’s Day ~ like Mothers Day only cheaper!

Sir Paul McCartney is 75 today

MON 19: * Tennis – Aegon Championships, Queen’s Club until 25/06 June

* 150 years ago: Emperor Maximilian-Mexico executed – see Eduard Manet painting

* Salman Rushdie is 70 & Boris Johnson is 53 today

TUES 20: * Horse racing – Royal Ascot until 24/06

* 35 years ago: End of Falklands War when British Forces re-took the South Sandwich Islands – 907  killed during the 74 day conflict

* Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) is 75 and  Nicole Kidman is 50 today

WED 21: * Longest Day, aka. Summer Solstice.  London sunrise 05:24hrs

* Pop Music: Glastonbury  Festival – mud and more mud at Worthy Farm, Somerset.  Until 25/06 SOLD OUT.

* Cricket: England v South Africa -1st Twenty20,  Ageas Bowl, Southampton

* Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is 35 today

THURS 22:  * Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh until 25/06

* Motor racing: Goodwood Festival of Speed,Chichester until 25/06

* Taekwondo: World Championships, Muju, Japan until 30/06

FRI 23:Cricket: England v South Africa – 2nd Twenty20, The County Ground, Taunton ,

SAT 24:The Pride Festival, London until 09/07

* Rugby Union Internationals

– New Zealand v British & Irish Lions, 1st Test, Auckland;

– Japan v Ireland, 2nd Test, venue TBC;

– Fiji v Scotland, Suva

* Cricket:Women’s World Cup in England until 23/07 8 national teams compete at  Lord’s, Derby County Ground, Bristol County Ground, Grace Road-Leicester & Taunton County Ground

* 703 years ago: Battle of Bannockburn – Robert the Bruce-King of Scots defeated Edward II – King of England thus opening up Northern England to Scottish raids and enabling a Scottish invasion of Ireland.

* Mick Fleetwood (Mac)  is 75 and Lionel Messi (footballer) is 30 today

SUN 25: * Derbyshire County Show, Locko Park DE72 3RY

*Cricket: England v South Africa 3rd Twenty20 Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff

* Formula 1 : – Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku

*  Ricky Gervais  is 56 today

MON 26:  * Cricket: County Championship – full round of day/night matches until 29/07

* Tennis: Aegon International, Eastbourne until 01/07

TUES 27: * 50 years ago: The world’s first ATM is installed in Enfield Town, London.

WED 28: Rowing: Henley Royal Regatta until 01/07

* Elon Musk is 44 today

THURS 29: * 50 years ago: Jayne Mansfield died

FRI 30 * Athletics: British team trials, Birmingham until 02/07

10 years ago: Apple iPhone launched



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