Spice Girls, Cilla Black and Yves Saint Laurent – on this day in history...

Happy birthday to Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, right, 44 today.
Happy birthday to Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, right, 44 today.
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Pinch, punch, first of the month and a Happy Minden Day!

Minden Day, celebrated on August 1 by some units of the British Army, commemorates the 1759 Battle of Minden, during the Seven Years’ War,

It happened on August 1 down the years

30BC – Roman general Mark Antony died, aged 53

10BC - Roman emperor Claudius is born. He died in 54, aged 63;

1831 – A new London Bridge opens.

1834 – Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force.

1923 – The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII and then Duke of Windsor, visited Mansfield;

1936 – Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is born. He died in 2008, aged 71

1963 – King’s Mill was destroyed by fire, causing damage estimated at £100,000;

1964 – The former Belgian Congo is renamed the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

1980 – Linney’s sold its shop on West Gate, Mansfield, to newsagent Martin’s;

1981 – MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles;

1987 – Eurythmics star Dave Stewart married Bananarama and Shakespeare’s Sister star Siobhan Fahey. They divorced in 1996.

1989 – Mansfield Woodhouse-born internationally acclaimed concert pianist John Ogdon died, aged 52;

1994 – A tourist information office opened in Mansfield Town Hall;

1998 – The Spice Girls scored their seventh UK number one single with Viva Forever.

2015 – Singer and entertainer Cilla Black died at her holiday home in Spain, aged 72

Happy birthday

Public Enemy star Chuck D, 56 today;

Oscar-winning Film director Sam Mendes, the man films such as Skyfall and American Beauty, 51 today;

Former Nottingham Forest striker Junior Agogo, 37 today;

Former Notts County loan striker Chris Iwelumo, 38 today;

Former England goalkeeper David James, 46 today;

Manchester United star Bastian Schweinsteiger, 32 today.