Name the former child star of Charlie Chaplin's film 'The Kid', who died today in 1984.
Bandleader Glenn Miller was born today in 1904. What is his theme tune?
Who returned to Cyprus today in 1959 after a three year exile?
Today in 1912, George Grossmith died. With his brother Weedon he wrote a diary of Charles Pooter. What is it called?
-'Diary of a Nobody'
Today in 1966, an unmanned Soviet spaceship crashed on which planet?
-Venus (it was the first artificial object to hit another planet)
Today in 1961, who reached the top of the UK pop charts with 'Walk Right Back'?
-The Everley Brothers
Born in New Zealand today in 1949, which sailor and author became the first woman to sail solo round Cape Horn?
-Dame Naomi James
Egyptologist Howard Carter died today in 1939. In which valley did he make his famous discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb?
-The Valley of the Kings
Today in 1969, the French-built Concorde made its first flight. In which city was it constructed?
Cuban actor Desi Arnaz was born today in 1917. He formed a company Desilu with his wife. Who was she?
Which classic John Wayne film went on general release today in 1939, establishing him as a major star?
Florida became an American state today in 1845. What is its nickname?
-'The Sunshine State'
Daniel Kaminsky died today in 1987. By what name was this American entertainer better known?
Born today in 1831, who was the American businessman and inventor of railway sleeping cars?
Born today in 1920, which English cartoonist became famous for his drawings of the St. Trinian's schoolgirls?
The presenter of TV's 'The Sky at Night', Patrick Moore, was born today in 1923. In which year did the programme start?
Officially opened today in 1890, which is Britain's longest cantilever bridge?
-The Forth Bridge
Today in 1877, Tchaikovsky's ballet 'Swan Lake' was first performed. Name his two other ballets.
-'The Sleeping Beauty' and 'The Nutcracker'
Name the composer of the popular 'The Four Seasons', who was born today in 1673.
Today in 1824, Sir William Hillary founded the R.N.L.I. What do the initials R.N.L.I. stand for?
-The Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Which athlete was banned for life today in 1993 after failing a drugs test?
Actress Ann George was born today in 1903. Which character did she play in 'Crossroads'?
Born today in 1947, which British singer came fourth in the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest with 'Jack in the Box'?
According to Churchill in a speech made today in 1946, what had 'descended across Europe'?
-'An Iron Curtain' (he popularised the phrase)
Name the Russian composer of the symphonic fairy tale 'Peter and the Wolf', who died today in 1953.
Born today in 1917 Frankie Howerd played the Roman slave Lurcio in 'Up Pompeii'. What was the sequel called?
-'Further Up Pompeii'
Who played dual roles in the film comedy 'Kissin' Cousins', released in America today in 1964?
Intrepid 'Blue Peter' presenter John Noakes was born today in 1934. Name the dog with whom he is most associated.
American novelist Louisa May Alcott died today in 1888. What was the surname of the sisters in her classic 'Little Women'?
Which West African country has Accra as its capital and gained independence from Britain today in 1957?
Motor racing champion Jack Brabham won his last Grand Prix today in 1970: What is his nationality?
Born today in 1958, which alternative comedian created the character Kevin Turvey?
The Earl of Snowdon was born today in 1930. Whom did he marry in 1960?
Born today in 1944, who completed the longest unsupported trek in Antarctica with Dr. Michael Stroud?
-Sir Ranulph Fiennes (in 1993)
Today in 1970, which film star reached Number One in the UK pop charts with 'Wand'rin' Star'?
Known as 'The King of Daredevil Comedy' and 'The Human Rubber Ball', which silent film star died today in 1971?
Today in 1937, 'The Road to Wigan Pier' was published. Who wrote it?
Name the English composer of 'Fagade' and 'Belshazzar's Feast', who died today in 1983.
-Sir William Walton
Named after a former French President which airport was opened in Paris today in 1974?
-Charles de Gaulle
Micky Dolenz was born today in 1945. He was a member of which pop group?
Actress Barbara Mullen died today in 1979. What was the name of the housekeeper she played in TV's 'Dr. Finlay's Casebook'?
Who was elected Prime Minister of Ireland today in 1982?
In which industry did a national strike begin today in 1984?
Born today in 1881, who was appointed minister of labour and national service during the Second World War?
Which volunteer corps was founded today in 1831 to serve in France's African colonies?
-The French Foreign Legion
Footballer Garth Crooks was born today in 1958. He's played for two London clubs Charlton Athletic and which other?
Born Reginald Truscott Jones who starred in the Hitchcock film 'Dial M For Murder' and died today in 1986?
William Etty was born today in 1787. With which branch of the arts is he associated?
Which singer reached the top of the UK pop charts today in 1960 with 'Poor Me ?
Born today in 1964, who hoped to begin a theatrical career by joining Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatre Company?
Born today in 1932, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1983 until his resignation six years later?
Born today in 1931, which newspaper magnate bought the News of the World in 1969?
Today in 1985, Wham! announced it would be the first Western pop group to tour which country?
Today in 1976, who received a Gold Disc for his hit song 'Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover'?
Today in 1851, Verdi's opera 'Rigoletto' was first performed. In which city?
Which pop star married Linda Eastman today in 1969?
Composer Thomas Arne was born today in 1710. Which patriotic song did he write?
Today in 1993 the BBC announced the scrapping of 'Eldorado'. In which fictional Spanish town was the TV soap set?
Born today in 1908, who was known for his comical walks and the character Professor Wallofsky?
Googie Withers was born today in 1917. In which TV series did she play the governess of Stone Park women's prison?
-'Within These Walls'
Born today in 1939 which singer enjoyed his first top ten success in the UK pop charts in 1959 with 'I Go Ape'?
Larger than life actress and entertainer, Tessie O'Shea was born today in 1914. What was her nickname?
Which planet was discovered by Sir William Herschel today in 1781?
Sir Robert Mark celebrates a birthday today. What position did he hold from 1972 to 1977?
-Metropolitan Police Commissioner
In which country was boxer Joe Bugner born today in 1950?
Which film actor was born Maurice Micklewhite today in 1933?
Which American film choreographer, renowned for his spectacular dance sequences, died today in 1976?
First performed today in 1885, which Gilbert and Sullivan operetta is subtitled 'The Town of Titipu'?
Born today in 1945, which comedian stars with Robert Powell in the spoof TV series 'The Detectives'?
Which controversial horror film, based on a novel by William Peter Blatty, opened in London today in 1974?
Which musical, featuring the songs 'Ascot Gavotte' and 'Why Can't the English?', opened in New York today in 1956?
-'My Fair Lady'
Julius Caesar was assassinated today 'the Ides of March' but in which year? (You're allowed five years either way)
Which prestigious car company was formed today in 1906?
Who pioneered a process for mass-producing steel and died today in 1898?
-Sir Henry Bessemer
The Beach Boys' lead singer, Mike Love, was born today in 1941. They had two UK Number Ones 'Do It Again' and which other?
Who delivered Britain's Spring Budget today in 1993?
'Rumpole of the Bailey' star, Leo McKern, was born today in 1920. What is Rumpole's first name?
Born today in 1926, which American comedian teamed up with Dean Martin for a successful series of films?
Born today in 1789, which German physicist has a unit of electrical resistance named after him?
Today in 1973, the new London Bridge was opened. The old one had been sold to America and rebuilt in which state?
Born today in 1939, which yachtsman became the first to sail solo non-stop around the world?
American actor Patrick Duffy was born today in 1949. In which TV series did he star as an amnesiac with webbed hands and feet?
-'The Man From Atlantis'
What was the name of the oil tanker which ran aground oft the coast of Brittany today in 1978, causing major pollution?
-The Amoco Cadiz
Which veteran American actress won an Oscar for playing an elderly stowaway in 'Airport' and died today in 1993?
'Pretend' and 'Smile' were fifties hits for which singer, born today in 1919?
-Nat 'King' Cole
Who resigned as German chancellor today in 1890?
-Otto von Bismarck
Film actor Robert Donat was born today in 1905. He won an Oscar for his role as a schoolmaster in which film?
-'Goodbye Mr. Chips'
Today in 1834, six farm labourers were sentenced to be transported to a penal colony for forming a union. By what name are they known?
-'The Tolpuddle Martyrs'
Name the Irish-born clergyman and author of 'Tristram Shandy', who died today in 1768.
Irish snooker player Alex Higgins was born today in 1949. What is his nickname?
Today in 1859, the opera 'Faust' was premiered in Paris. Who composed it?
Edgar Rice Burroughs, the creator of 'Tarzan', died today in 1950. What is the name of Tarzan's chimpanzee friend?
Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened today in 1932. Which Australian state is it in?
-New South Wales
Born today in 1936, who played Bond girl Honey in the first James Bond film, 'Doctor No'?
Actor Patrick McGoohan, star of the cult TV series 'The Prisoner , was born today in 1928. His character was referred to by which number?
Today in 1806 the foundation stone was laid of which prison in the South West of England?
Today in 1956 Tunisia achieved independence from which country?
Born today in 1828, which Norwegian dramatist wrote 'Hedda Gabler' and 'A Doll's House'?
Born today in 1917, which veteran female singer had fifties hits with 'Forget Me Not' and 'Auf Wiedersehen'?
-Dame Vera Lynn
Today in 1974, an attempt was made to kidnap which member of the British Royal Family?
Born today in 1944, who made his debut as James Bond in the film 'The Living Daylights'?
Poet Robert Southey died today in 1843. By what collective name were he and his poet friends Wordsworth and Coleridge known?
-The Lake Poets (because they all lived in the Lake District)
Born today in 1869, American theatre manager Florenz Ziegfeld presented spectacular revues. By what name were they known?
-'The Ziegfeld Follies'
Sir Michael Redgrave died today in 1985. He made his film debut in 'The Lady Vanishes'. Who directed it?
Today in 1946, Labour minister Aneurin Bevan announced plans for which service?
-The National Health Service
Today in 1975, which group came second in the Eurovision Song Contest with 'Let Me Be the One'?
Born today in 1931, who is the author of 'The Virgin Soldiers'?
Today in 1945, which organisation was set up in Cairo by seven Middle Eastern countries?
-The Arab League (The original members were Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Trans-Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen)
French mime artist Marcel Marceau was born today in 1923. What is the name of his famous white-faced character?
Today in 1910, the author Nicholas Monserrat was born. What is the title of his best-selling novel, set on a British warship?
-'The Cruel Sea'
Today in 1991 the song 'Sooner or Later' won an Oscar. In which film does Madonna sing it?
Sir Roger Bannister was bom today in 1929. In which city did he break the 'four minute mile'?
Today in 1961 who reached Number One in the UK pop charts with 'Wooden Heart'?
Today in 1990, the Duchess of York gave birth to her second daughter. Name her.
-Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena
Comedy actor Jimmy Edwards was born today in 1920. In which TV series did he play the headmaster of Chiselbury School?
The New York premiere of the play 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' took place today in 1955. Who wrote it?
Today in 1949 'Hamlet' became the first British film to win an Oscar. Who played the title role?
-Sir Laurence Olivier
Silent film star Roscoe Arbuckle was born today in 1887. What was his nickname?
Which American comedian was married to Bebe Daniels and died today in 1979?
Actor Steve McQueen was born today in 1930. In which 1968 film, featuring a classic car chase, does he play a detective?
Composer Bela Bartok was born today in 1881. What was his nationality?
Today in 1958 boxer Walker Smith Robinson won the World Middleweight title. What was his nickname?
Born today in 1133, which king appointed Thomas a Becket Archbishop of Canterbury?
Today in 1991, who won an Oscar for directing the film 'Dances With Wolves'?
The French composer Debussy died today in 1918. What was his first name?
Diana Ross was born today in 1944. Which other singer did she portray in the film 'Lady Sings the Blues'?
Which group had a Number One UK chart hit today in 1983 with 'Is There Something I Should Know'?
Leonard Nimoy was born today in 1931. His 'Star Trek' character Mr. Spock is half human, half what?
At which location did Prime Minister Begin of Israel and President Sadat of Egypt sign their historic peace treaty today in 1979?
-On the White House lawn in Washington, witnessed by President Carter
Which composer wrote the 'Eroica' Symphony and the 'Emperor' Concerto and died in Vienna today in 1827?
-Ludwig van Beethoven
Born today in 1912 which former British Prime Minister also served as Foreign and Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer?
Born today in 1924, which American jazz singer and pianist was known as 'The Divine One'?
Which song took Brotherhood of Man to the top of the UK pop charts today in 1976 and won them the Eurovision Song Contest?
-'Save All Your Kisses For Me'
Born today in 1899, which veteran American actress played Norma Desmond in the film 'Sunset Boulevard'?
Scottish chemist Sir James Dewar died today in 1923. What useful picnic item did he invent?
-The thermos/vacuum flask
Born today in 1921, which film actor called a volume of his autobiography 'A Postillion Struck by Lightning'?
Today in 1967, who won an Oscar for his role as Sir Thomas More in the film 'A Man for All Seasons'?
Former American President Dwight D. Eisenhower died today in 1969. Who was his Vice President?
Today in 1920, Douglas Fairbanks married 'America's Sweetheart'. Who was she?
Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock was born today in 1942. What is the name of his wife?
Born today in 1931, which former Conservative MP became Trade and Industry Secretary in 1983 and later Party Chairman?
Today in 1977, which Australian-born actor was awarded a posthumous Oscar for his role in 'Network'?
Today in 1976, who was ousted by a military coup in Argentina?
-President Isabelita Peron
Born today in 1914, which journalist and spy novelist wrote 'Their Trade is Treachery'?
Name the author of 'Testament of Youth' and 'Testament of Experience', who died today in 1970.
Australian entertainer Rolf Harris was born today in 1930. What was his first top ten British hit?
-'Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport'
Hollywood star James Cagney died today in 1986. He won an Oscar for his role as a vaudeville star in which 1942 film?
-'Yankee Doodle Dandy'
Which war officially ended today in 1856 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris?
English dandy George Brummell died today in 1840. What was his nickname?
Today in 1981, how did John Hinckley Junior make news in Washington DC?
-He shot President Reagan in the chest
Name the artist who died today in 1837, famous for his paintings 'The White Horse' and 'The Cornfield'.
Which American singer reached the top of the UK pop charts today in 1973 with 'The Twelfth of Never'?
Born today in 1732 who wrote the oratorios 'The Creation' and 'The Seasons'?
-Franz Joseph Haydn
Name the legendary American athlete, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and died today in 1980.
The film 'Ordinary People' won four Oscars today in 1981. Better known for his acting skills, who directed it?
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