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On This Day in History - 29th January

Birthdays

1862Frederick Delius, English composer
1879W.C Fields, Stage and film comedian
1909Viscount Tonypandy, Speaker of the House of Commons 1976 to 1983
1924Brian Trubshaw, Test Pilot responsible for the Concorde airliner
1933Sacha Distel, French singer
1941Tom Selleck, American film and TV actor (TV's 'Magnum')
1943Tony Blackburn, British disc jockey
1950Jody Sheckter, South African born racing World Champion
1961Pauline Henry, Of the Pop group 'The Chimes'

Events

1820King George III of Britain died at Windsor Castle, aged 81
1964The screen actor Alan Ladd died from an overdose of alcohol and sedatives
1964At Innsbruck in Austria, the 9th Winter Olympic games opened
1966A bill was published by the government, permitting random breath tests
1969Britain was refused entry into the European Economic Community
1978Sweden became the first country to introduce a law, banning the use of aerosol sprays harmful to the ozone layer
1986Oxford University Dons refused the prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, an honorary degree