On this week in history

On this week in history

Every week we go back to re-visit some of the significant happenings that took place in living memory; just about, for some of us.

To remind ourselves of how life has changed and how some things stay the same it is fascinating tAgatha Christieo note what made the news this week in history, starting 11th January.

1973: First Open University degrees awarded – The first graduates from the Open University are awarded their degrees after two years studying from home.

cow1976: Crime writer Agatha Christie dies – The most popular novelist in the world, Dame Agatha Christie, dies leaving a rumoured multi-million pound fortune and a final book waiting to be published.

2002: UK declared free of foot-and-mouth – With no reported cases of foot-and-mouth for three months the UK’s farming community can now look to the future.

Kirstie Alley1983: BBC wakes up to morning TV – People have been switching on their televisions a little earlier than usual to catch Britain’s first breakfast news programme.

Celebrity Birthdays

mark-addy12th – American ‘Cheers’ actress Kirstie Alley is 66 years old

13th – Actor Orlando Bloom is 39 years old

14th – The Full Monty actor Mark Addy is 52

15th – Actor James Nesbitt is 51 and TV host Claudia Winkleman is 43