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On This Day in History - 14th December

Birthdays

1503Nostradamus, French astrologer who published his prophecies in 1555
1866Roger Fry, English painter and critic
1895King George VI, Succeeded to the throne, on the abdication of Edward VIII
1911Spike Jones, Renowned jazz artist
1932Charlie Rich, American 'country' singer
1935Lee Remick, American actress with a long film career
1946Stan Smith, American tennis player
1958Mike Scott, Of the Pop group 'The Waterboys'

Events

1799The first President of The United States, George Washington, died
1911Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer, became the first man to reach the South Pole
1918Women over thirty were allowed to vote in a British General election, for the first time
1932The first ever floodlit Rugby League match took place at the White City Stadium in London
1947Stanley Baldwin, three times Conservative Prime Minister, died
1955Hugh Gaitskell was elected leader of the Labour Party, following the resignation of Clement Attlee
1962The first close up pictures of the planet Venus were received, from the US spacecraft, Mariner II
1987In the worst attack on merchant shipping in the 'Gulf War', 21 crewmen from a Norwegian tanker were killed