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Monday, 1 July 2019


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping, the golden age of Hollywood (esp westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan


3rd - 50 years ago, Rolling Stone Brian Jones died at 27.
4th - 20 years ago, Victoria Adams married David Beckham.
4th - 65 years ago, all food rationing in Britain ended after Second World War.
4th - 88 years ago, Ben-Hur actor Stephen Boyd born. Died 1977.
5th - 30 years ago, the first episode of sitcom Seinfeld was aired.
7th - 100 years ago, Navy Lark/Doctor Who actor Jon Pertwee born. Died 1996.
10th - 30 years ago, Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck/Porky Pig voice Mel Blanc died at 81.
11th - 30 years ago actor Sir Laurence Olivier died at 82.
13th - 80 years ago, singer/actor Frank Sinatra recorded his first commercial record.
15th - 100 years ago, novelist Iris Murdoch born. Died 1999.
16th - 40 years ago, Saddam Hussein became President of Iraq.
17th - 60 years ago, jazz-singing legend Billie Holiday died at 44.
18th - 50 years ago, Edward Kennedy/Mary Jo Kopechne Chappaquiddick incident.
19th - 65 years ago, Elvis Presley's first single, That's All Right, was released.
20th - 100 years ago, mountaineer/explorer Edmund Hillary born. Died 2008.
20th - 50 years ago, Apollo 11 lunar module landed on the moon.
21st - 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong/Buzz Aldrin first people to walk on the moon.
21st - 25 years ago, Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party.
25th - 60 years ago, the first hovercraft, SRN-1, crossed the English Channel.
25th - 125 years ago, actor/3-time Oscar winner Walter Brennan born. Died 1974.
28th - 90 years ago, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis born. Died 1994.

and a lot more. 

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