On this day: Hugh Grant was arrested in Hollywood

Events, birthdays and anniversaries for 27 June

On this day in 1996, film star Hugh Grant was arrested in Los Angeles and charged with indecent conduct with a prostitute
On this day in 1996, film star Hugh Grant was arrested in Los Angeles and charged with indecent conduct with a prostitute

1450: Jack Cade, Irish-born physician, using the pseudonym Mortimer, led an insurrection march of 40,000 along Old Kent Road to London to protest about laws of Henry VI.

1693: The Ladies’ Mercury, the first magazine for women, was published.

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1778: The Liberty Bell was moved back to Philadelphia after the British Army left.

1857: Massacre of Cawnpore, India, where British soldiers and male residents were executed after promise of safe conduct. 1858: Treaty of Tientsin ended war between Britain and China, whereby China opened additional ports to British commerce and legalised opium trade.

1937: Duke of Windsor married Mrs Wallis Warfield Simpson in France.

1941: The BBC adopted the opening four notes of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony as a Morse message of victory to give hope to Nazi-occupied Europe.

1945: Charter establishing United Nations was signed in San Francisco by 50 nations.

1954: The world’s first atomic power station, at Obninsk near Moscow, went into production.

1967: Britain’s first cash dispenser was opened by Barclay’s Bank in Enfield.

1971: The first national Scrabble competition was held in London and won by a teacher, Stephen Haskell.

1970: Alexander Dubcek was expelled from Czechoslovak Communist Party.

1982: Israel called for surrender of 6,000 Palestinian guerrillas trapped in West Beirut as death toll of invasion reached 10,000 Lebanese and Palestinians.

1990: The European Commission ordered British Aerospace to repay £44.4 million of “sweeteners” tied to the sale of the Rover Group.

1991: Tanks and helicopters clashed in first fighting of Yugoslav civil war as federal army units invaded Slovenia.

1993: The US launched a missile attack on Iraqi intelligence posts in Baghdad in retaliation for an alleged plot to assassinate President George Bush. Eight people died.

1996: Actor Hugh Grant was arrested in Hollywood and charged with indecent conduct with a prostitute in a public place.

1996: John McCallion, MP, resigned from Labour’s front bench in protest over the party’s proposed referendum on a Scottish Parliament.

2007: On his first day as prime minister after taking over from Tony Blair, Gordon Brown promised a “politics of change”, made sweeping Cabinet changes in which the health secretary, Patricia Hewitt, and the foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, lost their jobs, and started a radical reorganisation of Whitehall.

2009: Two Northern Ireland loyalist paramilitary groups announced they had completed decommissioning. The UVF and Red Hand Commando said their weapons and explosives were “totally and irreversibly beyond use”.

2012: The Queen and Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister Martin McGuinness shook hands for the first time. The meeting took place during the monarch’s two-day visit to Northern Ireland as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour.


Wendy Alexander, former Labour MSP 1999-2011, 51; Isabelle Adjani, French film actress and singer, 59; Michael Ball, British actor and singer, 52; Tommy Cannon, British comedian, 76; Bruce Johnston, American pop singer (Beach Boys), 72; Mary McAleese, eighth president of Ireland 1997-2011, 63; Tobey Maguire, actor, 39; Baron (Ian) Lang of Monkton, secretary of state for Scotland 1990-5, 74; Kevin Pietersen, English cricketer, 34; Eric Richard, British actor, 74; Meera Syal MBE, British writer and actress, 53; Vera Wang, American fashion designer, 65; Hugh Wood, British composer, 82; Jo Frost, English nanny and TV personality (Supernanny), 43; Nico Rosberg, German-Finnish F1 racing driver, 29.


Births: 1846 Charles Parnell, leader of the Home Rule movement in Ireland; 1880 Helen Keller, American blind and deaf scholar and writer; 1888 Antoinette Perry, American actress who gave name to “Tony” awards; 1924 Michael Evan Victor Baillie, 3rd Baron Burton; 1937 Robin Hall, folk singer; 1938 Alan Coren, journalist and broadcaster; 1945 Catherine Walker, French fashion designer.

Deaths: 1816 Samuel Hood, admiral; 1829 James Smithson, English scientist whose bequest established Smithsonian Institute in Washington; 1843 John Murray, publisher; 1844 Joseph Smith, founder, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (murdered); 1947 Richard Bennett, Canadian Conservative prime minister 1932-5; Cubby Broccoli, Bond film producer; 2001 Jack Lemmon, actor; 2001 Joan Sims, actress; 2002 John Entwistle, rock musician (The Who); 2006 Robert Carrier, chef and cookery writer.