On this day: Bryan Allen’s aircraft pedals Channel

On this day in 1979, Californian cyclist Bryan Allen pedalled his lightweight Gossamer Albatross aircraft across the Channel. Picture: Getty
On this day in 1979, Californian cyclist Bryan Allen pedalled his lightweight Gossamer Albatross aircraft across the Channel. Picture: Getty
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EVENTS, birthdays and anniversaries on June 12

National day of Philippines.

1683: Rye House plot to assassinate King Charles II and his brother James, Duke of York, was uncovered.

1798: French forces captured island of Malta.

1837: Sir William Cooke and Sir Charles Wheatstone patented the first electric telegraph.

1839: Abner Doubleday credited with inventing baseball in Cooperstown, New York.

1846: In a theatre fire in Quebec, Canada, 200 people perished.

1882: Anti-foreign riots broke out in Alexandria, Egypt.

1901: Cuban Convention made that nation virtually a protectorate of United States.

1908: The Rotherhithe-Stepney road tunnel under the Thames was opened.

1917: King Constantine of Greece abdicated, making way for his son, Alexander.

1921: Postmen delivered mail on a Sunday for the last time.

1922: Insulin, the treatment for diabetes, was patented by Frederick Banting.

1934: Political parties were banned in Bulgaria.

1937: Purge of Russian generals began.

1940: Japanese planes bombed Chungking, China.

1952: Chris Chataway ran two miles in a record eight minutes, 55.6 seconds. He was to beat this in 1953 with a time of eight minutes, 49.6 seconds.

1965: The Beatles were each created MBE in the Birthday Honours list.

1979: Bryan Allen, a Californian racing cyclist, pedalled across the Channel from Folkestone to Cap Gris Nez in his craft Gossamer Albatross.

1988: Demonstrations erupted over controversial constitutional amendment making Islam the state religion in Bangladesh.

1989: MPs voted 293 to 69 to allow television cameras into the House of Commons.

1991: Boris Yeltsin crushed Communist rivals in Russia’s first presidential election by taking 60 per cent of the vote.

1995: Two men in Sussex shared a record National Lottery jackpot of £22.5 million.

2001: Robert Edward Dyer was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment for attempting to extort money from Tesco through a letter bomb campaign.

2009: The former Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher was said to be “recovering well” in hospital after she fell at home and broke her arm.

2009: Veteran horror star Christopher Lee and golfer Nick Faldo were knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.


Cathy Tyson, actress, 50; David Narey MBE, footballer, 59; George H Bush, US president 1989-93, 91; Mark Calcavecchia, golfer, 55; Chick Corea, jazz pianist, 74; John Ruaridh Grant Mackenzie, 5th Earl of Cromartie, explosives engineer, 67; Pat Jennings OBE, footballer, 70; Oliver Knussen CBE, Glasgow-born composer, 63; Sophie Lawrence, actress, 43;


Births: 1843 Sir David Gill, Aberdeen-born astronomer; 1897 Sir Anthony Eden, Conservative prime minister 1955-57; 1901 Norman Hartnell, couturier; 1929 Brigid Brophy, novelist and playwright; 1929 Anne Frank, diarist of life under the Nazis;

1941 Reg Presley, singer (The Troggs).

Deaths: 1982 Dame Marie Rambert, choreographer; 1902 Norma Shearer, actress; 2001 Emeritus Professor Thomas Wilson, composer; 2003 Gregory Peck, film actor; 2006 György Ligeti, composer.


12 June, 1915

ANOTHER successful spring salmon angling season has just ended on the Tay and its tributaries, the Tummel, Lyon and Garry, and in Loch Tay.

While the total catch is slightly under that of the fine spring season last year, the number captured in the main river exceeds that of last spring by 110 fish. Loch Tay, however, has fallen short of last year’s record catch by fully 100 fish, while the Tummel and Lyon are also under last year’s numbers. Throughout much of the close season and into December the weather was wet and stormy, while the river continued for most of that time in a state of flood, rising to a height of 12ft above normal at Perth on 3 December. There were frequent spells of sharp frost, and this, together with the flooded state of the river kept a large proportion of the fish below the rough water at Stanley.

• archive.scotsman.com