This week in History – 22nd December 2014

This week in History – 22nd December 2014

1952  The Queen’s Christmas Speech is broadcast for the first time on the radio

John-Stonehouse1962  Release of Bay of Pigs Prisoners the last of over 1000 men captured in the Cuban invasion were flown back to the USA

1974   John Stonehouse is found alive in Australia after his faked drowning

1980  Breakfast TV goes ahead after a shakeup in broadcasting franchises

1989  The Brandenburg Gate opens for the first time in nearly 30 years

2004   Asian Tsunami kills thousands

Maggie-smithThis week’s Birthdays

22th Presenter Noel Edmonds  is  66 and actor Hugh Quarshie is 60

23th Poet Laureate  Carol Ann Duffy  is 59

24th MP Ed Milliband is 45 and presenter Carol Vorderman is 54

Annie-lennox25th Singer Annie Lennox is 60 and Shane MacGowan of the Pogues is 57

27th Journalist Janet Street Porter   is 68

28th Actress Maggie Smith is 80 and writer Andy McNab is 53