On this day: 70mph limit was set for British roads

On this day in 1965, the 70mph limit was set for British roadsOn this day in 1965, the 70mph limit was set for British roads
On this day in 1965, the 70mph limit was set for British roads
Events, birthdays and anniversaries for 22 December

1715: James Stuart, the Old Pretender, landed at Peterhead after his exile in France.

1818: The hobby-horse was patented by Denis Johnson.

1894: Alfred Dreyfus, French officer found guilty of selling military secrets, was sent to Devil’s Island, although innocent. His conviction sparked the Dreyfus Affair, and he was eventually exonerated.

1905: Revolution in Persia began.

1916: Ministry of Pensions established.

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1929: Round-table conference opened between British viceroy and Indian party leaders on dominion status for India.

1935: Anthony Eden became foreign secretary.

1938: A fish identified as a coelacanth, thought to have been extinct for 65 million years, was caught by a fisherman off the coast of South Africa.

1943: The government said there were only enough turkeys available for one family in ten.

1956: Last British-French forces left Port Said, Egypt, after Suez War.

1963: Greek liner Laconia caught fire and sank in North Atlantic with loss of 150 lives.

1965: 70mph speed limit was imposed on British roads.

1975: Pro-Palestinian terrorists ended 20-hour siege of Vienna, took hostages and airliner provided by Austria, and began flight that took them to several Middle East capitals.

1988: South Africa signed accord at UN under which Namibia became independent.

1989: Romanian revolution overthrew president Nicolae Ceausescu, who fled Bucharest with his wife Elena. The Queen cancelled Ceausescu’s honorary knighthood.

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1990: Lech Walesa was sworn in as Poland’s first popularly elected president since the Second World War.

1994: Britain lost its battle with the European Community to keep Spanish boats out of some of the UK’s richest fishing grounds.

1995: Peter Phillips, son of the Princess Royal, was capped for Scottish Schools against French Schools at Murrayfield. France won 18-12.

2001: Richard Reid attempted to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63.

2010: The world-famous zebra crossing which features on the cover of The Beatles’

Abbey Road album was given Grade II listed status by the government.


Ralph Fiennes, actor, 52; Basshunter, Swedish singer, 30; James Burke, science historian and broadcaster, 78; Noel Edmonds, television presenter, 66; Dina Meyer, actress, 46; Chris Old, English cricketer, 66; Dan Petrescu, football manager and former player, 47; Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, 63; Richard Whitmore, television presenter, 81; Ken Whitmore, playwright, author and poet, 77; Sir Peregrine Worsthorne, journalist, 91; Vanessa Paradis, singer, model, actress, 42; Leigh Halfpenny, rugby player, 26; Tyrell Biggs, boxer, 54; Bernd Schuster, football manager and former player, 55; Ricky Ross, musician (Deacon Blue), 57; James Burke, historian, TV presentrer and producer, 78.


Births: 1696 James Oglethorpe, British MP, general, explorer and founder of the state of Georgia; 1858 Giacomo Puccini, operatic composer; 1888 J Arthur Rank, film magnate; 1907 Dame Peggy Aschcroft, actress; 1909 Patricia Hayes, actress; 1912 Lady Bird Johnson, US First Lady; 1922 Ruth Roman, actress; 1930 Bert Foord, BBC television weatherman; 1930 Sir Peter Hall CBE, theatre director and founder of Royal Shakeaspeare Company; 1932 Phil Woosnam, British footballer and former commissioner of North American Soccer League; 1949 Maurice Gibb CBE, singer (Bee Gees); Robin Gibb CBE, singer (Bee Gees).

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Deaths: 1603 Mehmet III, sultan of Ottoman Empire; 1880 George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), novelist; 1939 Ma

Rainey (born Gertrude Malissa Nix Pridgett), singer - “The Mother of the Blues”); 1940 Nathaniel West, novelist; 1943 Beatrix Potter, writer of children’s books; 1965 Richard Dimbleby, television commentator; 1979 Darryl F Zanuck, film producer and executive; 1987 Sir Henry Cotton, golfer; 1989 Samuel Beckett, novelist, playwright, poet and theatre director; 1993 Alexander MacKendrick, Scottish film director (Whisky Galore); 2002 Joe Strummer, rock singer and lyricist (The Clash); 2009 Albert Scanlon, footballer – “Busby Babe”

who survived Munich Air Disaster.

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