It happened today – this day in history – October 6

1854: The Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead leaves 53 dead.

1889: The Moulin Rouge (Red Windmill) opens in Paris.

1892: Death of Alfred Lord Tennyson aged 83.

1908: Austria annexes Bosnia & Herzegovina

1917: Canadian troops capture the village of Passchendaele in the Third Battle of Ypres.

1927: Release of The Jazz Singer – the first ‘talkie’ starring Al Jolson.

1951: Joseph Stalin says the USSR has the atomic bomb.

1952: Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap opens in London. 67 years later it’s stil on.

1961: As the Cold War rages, President John F Kennedy advises Americans to build fallout shelters.

1966: LSD is declared illegal in California. Other states soon follow.

1973: The Yom Kippur War begins when Syria & Egypt attack Israel..

1980: Death of Carry On actress Hattie Jacques aged 58.

1981: Egyptian president Anwar Sadat is assassinated by fundamentalists in the army.

1985: PC Keith Blakelock is murdered as riots erupt on the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham.

1989: Death of film star Bette Davis aged 81.

2018: Death of Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballe aged 85.

BIRTHDAYS: Britt Ekland, actress, 77; Kevin Cronin, singer (REO Speedwagon) 68; David Hidalgo, musician (Los Lobos) 65; Richard Jobson, TV presenter/former singer (The Skids) 59; Elisabeth Shue, actress, 56; Niall Quinn, former footballer, 53; Ricky Hatton, former boxer, 41; Will Butler, musician (Arcade Fire), 37.

Mick Ferris

Editor Email: mickferris@yellowad.co.uk