Issue 122:2017 09 28: What’s on in October(AGGro)

28 September 2017

What’s on in October …or what you will find in the News!

By AGGro


SUN 1ST * National Day of the People’s Republic of China – start of a “Golden Week’ when Chinese companies give 3 days of paid holiday which used as a bridge with surrounding weekends enable 7 continuous days of holiday. This is a period of heightened travel activity and many extra tourists (aka ‘The Great Wallet of China’) should visit the UK.

* Conservative Party Conference 2017, Manchester Central until 04/10.

* Ashura (Islamic festival) a day of fasting & mourning marking Noah’s leaving the ark and Moses was saved by the Egyptians.

* Catalan Independence Referendum – despite being deemed illegal by Madrid Central Government, 700 Catalan mayors have said they will cooperate in the staging of it and police leave has been cancelled.

* Horse Racing: Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2,400 metres) Chantilly, France – flat race for 3 years or older.

* Formula 1 – Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang.

* 60 years ago: ‘Which? Magazine’ published by The Consumers’ Association (UK)

* 3 years ago: Windscreen display paper VED tax discs were abolished

* Theresa May is 61, Jimmy Carter (39th US President) is 93 & Harry Hill is 53

MON 2ND * World Farm Animals Day.

Ÿ Simon Gregory (aka Steve McDonald in Corrie) is 43 today.

TUES 3RD * 75 years ago: WW2-First rocket in space at 84.5km. Nazi Germany launched an A4 -rocket at  Peenemünde, Germany.

WED 4TH * Nottingham Goose Fair – annual travelling funfair in Forest Recreation Ground – until 08/10’

THURS 5TH *1st day of Tabernacles (Jewish).

* Football: World Cup 2018 qualifiers – Northern Ireland v Germany (Group C); England v Slovenia, Scotland v Slovakia (Group F).

* 43 years ago: Guildford pub bombings – Prov IRA kill 5 people.

* Bob Geldof is 66 today.

FRI 6th *Football: World Cup 2018 qualifiers – Georgia v Wales, Republic of Ireland v Moldova (Group D).

* WRC: Spain 53º Rally RACC Cataluña – Costa Daurada Salou, Tarragona – until 08/10.

*New films:  Blade Runner 2049; Kingsman; The Golden Circle; My Little Pony: The Movie.

Ÿ Gerry Adams is 69 today.

SAT 7th * Green Party Autumn Conference, Harrogate International Centre – until 10/10.

*  Rugby League: Super League Grand Final, Old Trafford.

SUN 8th * Football: World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Norway v Northern Ireland (Group C); Lithuania v England, Slovenia v Scotland (Group F).

* Formula 1: Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka.

* 50 years ago: Che Guevara (Guerrilla leader) captured in Bolivia – executed 09/10/1967.

ŸSimon Cowell is 58 & Vladimir Putin is 65 today.

MON 9TH * Football: World Cup 2018 qualifier: Wales v Republic of Ireland (Group D).

* David Cameron is 51 today.

TUES 10TH * World Porridge Day.

WED 11TH * Grand Designs Live Exhibition, NEC Birmingham – until 15/10.

* National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual LGBTQI awareness day – founded in 1988.

* Dawn French (comedian) is 60 today.

THURS 12TH * 33 years ago: Grand Hotel Brighton bombed by the Provisional IRA in an attempt to assassinate Margaret Thatcher & cabinet – 5 killed & 31 wounded.

FRI 13TH * New films: ‘Friday the 13th’ & The Snowman.

SAT 14TH * Triathlon – World Ironman Championship, Hawaii.

* 75 years ago: WW2- German U-boat sinks the ferry SS Caribou off Newfoundland, killing 137.

* 30 years ago:  Bing Crosby (1903-1987) died (famous singer e.g. White Christmas and many other hits).

* Jon Ashworth (Shadow Secretary of State for Health) is 39 and Sir Cliff Richard is 77 today.

SUN 15TH * Round £1 coin to be withdrawn.

* Austrian Legislative elections – the leader of the strongest party in any formed coalition, if there is any, usually becomes Chancellor.

MON 16TH * Davina McCall (UK Big Brother host) is 50 today.

TUES 17TH * Kenyan Presidential elections to be re-held – following the annulment of the results of the presidential vote. In the  August 2017 general elections, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner with 54% , whilst his main challenger Raila Odinga received 45% of the vote. Odinga appealed to the Supreme Court, who ruled the election had not been “conducted in accordance with the constitution”, cancelling the results and ordering fresh elections to be held within 60 days.

* Motorhome & Caravan Show 2017, NEC Birmingham – until 22/10.

* WRC: Rally Australia, Coffs Harbour, NSW – until 19/10.

* 50 years ago:  The Jungle Book – Walt Disney’s 19th full-length animated feature released.

* Mike Tindall (husband of Zara Phillips & rugby player) is 39 today.

THURS 19TH * Diwali (Sikh & Hindu aka Festival of Light) – Sikhs celebrate Guru Hargobind Singh’s release from prison.

* Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany until 23/10.

* 30 years ago: Black Monday – stock market levels fell sharply on Wall Street and around the world.

FRI 20TH * New films: Insidious: Chapter 4; – The War With Grandpa.

SAT 21ST * Trafalgar Day – commemorating Nelson’s naval victory in 1805.

* Horseracing: Ascot – British Champions Day, including Champion Stakes and QE2 Stakes.

SUN 22ND * Slovenia Presidential election – a potential run-off will be held at latest 21 days after the first round.

* Formula 1 – United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas.

* 73 years ago: WW2 – Battle of Leyte Gulf – US Navy won a decisive battle over Japanese in the Philippine Islands. Kamikazee suicide bombers used for the first time.

* Arsene Wenger (Arsenal manager) is 68 today

MON 23rd * London Schools Half Term until 27/10 (Term ends Wed 20/12)

* New London T-Charge (toxicity) effective. £10 extra to the Congestion Charge on cars with pre-Euro 4 engines (built before Jan 2006) thus is in addition to existing £11.50 Congestion charge, non-compliant vehicles must now pay total of £21.50 to drive in Central London, Mon – Fri 7:00-18:00. TfL cameras can identify vehicles liable to the T-Charge.

* Tennis – WTA Finals, Singapore until 29/10.

* 30 years ago: Champion English jockey Lester Piggott is jailed for three years after being convicted of tax evasion.

TUES 24TH * United Nations Day 2017.

* Cycling: Six Day London, VeloPark – Lee Valley.

*  100 years ago: WW1- Battle of Caporetto (aka Battle of Karfreit)  Austro-Hungarians & German armies inflicted a major defeat on the Italian Army – until 19/11/1917.

* 75 years ago: WW2-The Second Battle of El Alamein (until 11/11/1942). Following the sacking of Auchinleck and the death of  replacement, Gott, in a plane crash; Montgomery took command of the British Eighth Army. From a well prepared position he met Rommel’s Axis Army attack and his victory turned the tide in the North African Campaign thus ending the Axis threat to Egypt, the Suez Canal and oil fields. Churchill celebrated the victory in the UK extensively to revive Allied morale. NB The First Battle of El Alamein took place 1st-23rd Aug 1942 and prevented the Axis from advancing further into Egypt.

* 75 years ago: WW2- Battle for Henderson Field, Guadalcanal ,Solomon Islands. US Forces gained control of critical airfield from  Japanese army as well as sinking cruiser and killing 2000 Japanese troops.

* Jeremy Wright PC QC (Attorney General for England and Wales & Advocate General for Northern Ireland) is 45 today.

WED 25TH Ÿ John Peel Day DJ (1939-2004) is remembered.

* 100 years ago:October Revolution’, Russia (aka Bolshevik Revolution) when Vladimir Lenin led a group of Bosheviks in an armed insurrection in Petrograd later  instrumental in the larger Russian Revolution of 1917.

NB This event may be dated 07/11 BECAUSE Until February 1918, Russia used the Julian calendar –used by  the Russian Orthodox Church, while the Western world used the Gregorian calendar. During the twentieth century, the Julian calendar fell 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar. Generally, historians writing about pre-revolutionary Russia today cite dates according to the calendar of the time. Dates prior to 1st Feb 1918 use the Julian calendar; dates after that point follow the Gregorian calendar.

* 50 years ago: Abortion Act 1967 passed by the British Parliament.

THURS 26th * Battle of Santa Cruz. The Japanese lost many aircraft and suffer severe damage to two aircraft carriers while the USS Hornet (Doolittle Raid) is sunk and the USS Enterprise is damaged.

FRI 27TH * Vaper Expo – The Return Exhibition 2017, NEC Birmingham until 29/10.

* Rugby League: World Cup – Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, until 02/10.

* WRC: Wales Rally GB, Deeside, Flintshire – until 30/17.

* New films: Saw: Legacy; God Particle.

* 50 years ago: President Charles de Gaulle (France) again vetoed British entry into the European Economic Community .

* John Cleese is 78 and Kelly Osbourne & Karen Bardsley (England Woman Footballers) are 33 today.

SAT 28TH * Icelandic Parliamentary elections.

* Bill Gates is 62 and Julia Roberts (American actress) is 50 today

SUN 29TH * BRITISH SUMMERTIME (BST) ENDS – Clocks go back an hour and we enjoy an extra hour in bed

* Internet Daycelebrating first e-mail sent in 1969

* Formula 1 – Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City

* 6 years ago: Death of Jimmy Savile (1926-2011)

* Wayne Rooney (Everton footballer) is 32

MON 30TH * 200 years ago: The independent government of Venezuela is established by Simón Bolívar.

TUES 31ST Ÿ HALLOWEEN ‘Trick or Treat’ makes this now the UK’s 3rd biggest shopping event after Christmas and Easter!



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Issue 119:2017 09 07:What’s on in September 2017 (AGGro)

07 September 2017

What’s on in September 2017

by AGGro

FRI 1st: * New car registration released

* Totally Thames Festival, city-wide – until 30/09

*  Blackpool Illuminations – until 05/11

* Chatsworth Country Fair, Derbyshire – until 08/09

* Football:  World Cup 2018 qualifiers- Malta v England, Lithuania v Scotland (Group F), San Marino v Northern Ireland (Group C)

* 100 years ago: WW1 – Battle of Jugla.  German Army captures Riga.  Russian & Latvian armies suffer approx 25,000 – until 03/09/1917

SAT 2nd: * Football – 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Wales v Austria, Georgia v Republic of Ireland (Group D)

* Cricket – T20 Blast Finals Day, Edgbaston

* Sir Keir Starmer, KCB, QC  (Shadow Sec of State for Exiting the European Union) is 55 today

 SUN 3rd: * Formula 1 – Italian Grand Prix, Monza

* Cycling: Tour of Britain – until 10/08

* 78 years ago: Start of WW2 – UK, France, New Zealand & Australia declare war on Germany following invasion of Poland on 1st Sept

MON 4th:  * Majority of schools return after their summer holidays

* Football: 2018 World Cup qualifiers: England v Slovakia, Scotland v Malta (Group F), Northern Ireland v Czech Republic (Group C)

TUES 5th :*House of Commons returns after summer recess – until 14th September when it breaks for Party conferences

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

* 75 years ago: WW2 – Australian and U.S. forces defeat Japanese forces at Milne Bay, Papua, the first outright defeat for Japanese land forces in the Pacific War.  Japanese evacuation & failure to establish an airbase eases the threat to Australia.

* Pippa Middleton is 34 and Raquel Welch is 77 today

THURS 7th: * Cricket – England v West Indies, third Test, Lord’s until 11/09

FRI 8th: *John McDonnell (Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer) is 66 today

SAT 9th :* Wirksworth Art Trail, Derbyshire – until 10th Sept

* 75 years ago: WW2 – A Japanese plane drops incendiary bombs on Oregon USA but with little effect.

SUN 10th:* Gibraltar National Day – marks 1967 sovereignty referendum. Only 44 out of 12,182 voters supported union with Spain.

* TUC Congress, The Brighton Centre – until 10/09

* Great North Run – the biggest half marathon in the world – takes place from Newcastle to South Shields.

* 75 years ago: WW2 – RAF blasts Düsseldorf with large incendiary bombing.

MON 11th: * 16 years ago: 9/11 al-Queda suicide attacks on World Trade centre, New York killing 3000 victims.

TUES 12th: * Frankfurt IAA (Motor Show) – until 24/09

*25 years ago: Black Wednesday – Conservative government forced to withdraw £ sterling from the European Exchange mechanism.

* 75 years ago: WW2 – 3,000 Stanislau Jews deported to the Belzec death camp and executed on Jewish New year’s day

* 75 years ago: WW2 – RMS Laconia, carrying civilians, Allied soldiers and Italian POWs, is torpedoed off  coast of West Africa & sinks.

* 100 years ago: WW1 – Alexandre Ribot resigns as Prime Minister of France – replaced by Paul Painlevé.

THURS 14th: * New style ‘£10 note’ to  be released by Bank of England – featuring Jane Austen.

FRI 15th: *London Fashion Week –  until 19/09

* Tennis – Davis Cup semi-finals and play-offs – until 17/09

* Prince Harry is 33 today

SAT 16th: * Oktoberfest (aka Munich Beer Festival) – until 03/10

* Liberal Democrats Annual Conference, Bournemouth – until 19/09

* London Design Festival – until 24/09

* Cricket – England v West Indies, Twenty20 international

* Horse racing: St Leger, Doncaster

SUN 17th: * ‘National Back to Church Sunday’

* Formula 1 – Singapore Grand Prix

* Cycling – Road World Championships, Norway until 24/10

* Tessa Jowell is 70 today

TUES 19th: * 3 years ago: Scotland voted to stay in UK (with 55.3% to 44.7%)

* Richard Burgon (Shadow Sec of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor) is 37 today

* 100 years ago: WW1 – Battle of the Menin Road Ridge (Second phase of the Third Battle of Ypres) – until 26/08/1917

THURS 21st: *Jewish New Year (5778)

* Cricket – England v West Indies, ODIs

*  Islamic New Year (1439)

* Liam Gallagher (Oasis) is 45 today

* Captain Mark Phillips is 69 & Dr Liam Fox PC (Sec of State for Int Trade) is 56 today

FRI 22nd: *Autumn Equinox length of day & night are equal – 8.20 am/pm

SAT 23rd: * Cherie Blair is 63 today

SUN 24th: * German Federal Elections for members of the Bundestag who in turn elect a Chancellor & form a new government.

* Labour Party Annual Conference, Brighton – until 27/09

* Rowing – World Championships – Sarasota, Florida until 01/10

* Cricket – England v West Indies, ODIs

* American football – NFL in London, Wembley Stadium

MON 25th: * Dec Donnelly (Ant’s co-presenter) is 42 today

* 100 years ago: WW1 – Battle of Polygon Wood (Second phase of the Third Battle of Ypres) – until 27/09/1917

WED 27th: * Cricket – England v West Indies, ODIs

* Gymnastics – World Artistic Championships, Montreal  – until 09/10

* 100 years ago: WW1 – Battle of Ramadi, Mesopotamia – until 29/09/1917

* Diane Abbott MP (Shadow Home Secretary) is 64 today

THURS 28th: * Jon Snow & Meat Loaf are 70 and Gwyneth Paltrow is 45 today

FRI 29th: * Michaelmas Day – traditional quarter day marking the end of the harvest.

* UKIP National Conference – until 30/09

* Yom Kippur – aka Day of Atonement (Jewish holiday)

* World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Nurses.

* Derby Festé, Derby (circus theme) until 30/09

* Cricket – England v West Indies, ODIs

SAT 30th: * Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe’s fictional character) born 270 years ago


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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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