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 Monday, October 20, 2003

happy 65th birthdayI don't care that none of the rest of you are going to find this the least bit interesting, but here are five things that happened 65 years ago on the day my Dad was born. Happy birthday Dad.
Fred Alsop, twice Commonwealth bronze medallist in the triple jump (and fourth at the Tokyo Olympics) was born just down the road from me in Plaistow on October 20th 1938.
• Hollywood actress Dolores Hart, who gave Elvis Presley his first on-screen kiss in King Creole, was born on October 20th 1938. In 1963 she abandoned her acting career to become a nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut, where she later became Mother Superior.
• The Armstrong Whitworth AW27 Ensign airliner, the first British large, four-engined, all-metal land monoplane, entered commercial service between London and Paris for the first time on October 20th 1938.
Orson Welles broadcast his infamous radio version of War Of The Worlds to an unsuspecting audience on October 20th 1938 (Ah, hang on, this and this are misprints, the actual broadcast was ten days later)
• Pipe Major Angus Macdonald, the finest classical bagpiper of the 20th century, was born in Glasgow on October 20th 1938. (OK, even I'm getting bored with this now...)

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