This week in history – 13th October 2014

This week in history – 13th October 2014

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 to note what made the news this week, starting 13th October, in years past.

50pSome of the events that seemed momentous at the time have now been absorbed into everyday life.

1954  Christopher Chataway beats world record for 5,000m by 5 seconds in London

1969  New 50p piece    comes into circulation

1978    John Paul II     becomes the first non Italian Pope for 400 years and is the youngest ever at 58 years old

1987 Hurricane force winds   batter southern England with very little warnings.

1996  Handguns banned  by the Government after the Dunblane massacre

Margaret Thatcher old imageThis week’s Birthdays

13th   Politician Margaret Thatcher would have been 89

14th   Singer Cliff Richard is 74

16th   Actress Angela Lansbury is 89

18th  Tennis player  Martina Navratilova   is 58

19th       Actor  Michael Gambon   is 74