22nd May 1907

22nd May 1907

On This Day… 22nd May 1907 Laurence Olivier Born   Born Dorking, Surrey. With his wife Vivien Leigh, he managed the St James’s Theatre from 1950 to its closure in 1957. Founding Director of the National Theatre, 1963 – 1973. Baron Olivier of...
21st May 1780

21st May 1780

On This Day…. 21st May 1780 Elizabeth Fry Born   6Prison reformer. Born as Elizabeth Gurney in Norwich into a Quaker banking family. Priscilla Wakefield was her aunt. She first visited Newgate prison in 1813 and was appalled at the conditions of female...
20th May 1819

20th May 1819

On This Day… 20th May 1819 Sir Horace Jones Born   Architect. Born 15 Size Lane, Bucklersbury, EC4. Did a lot of work in the City, at Guildhall and Smithfield, Billingsgate, Leadenhall Markets, the Guildhall School of Music, Tower Bridge. Died at home at 30...
18th May 1909

18th May 1909

On This Day… 18th May 1909 Fred Perry Born   Lawn tennis and table tennis player. Born Frederick John Perry at 33 Carrington Road, Stockport. Table tennis was his first sport and he became world singles champion in 1929. Between 1933 and 1936 he won every...
15th May 1940

15th May 1940

On This Day… 15th May 1940 McDonalds Restaurant Started   Fast food outlets. The company was founded as a barbecue restaurant by Richard and Maurice McDonald. In 1948, they reorganised the business as a self-service drive-in restaurant selling hamburgers,...
14th May 1926

14th May 1926

On This Day… 14th May 1926 Eirc Morcambe Born   Comedian. Born John Eric Bartholomew in Morecambe, Lancashire. Partnered by Ernie Wise their first joint TV show was in 1954 and the last in 1983, with the Christmas specials being national events. Died at...