What happened this week in history

Singer/songwriter Annie Lennox celebrates her 60th birthday on Christmas Day EMN-141216-094221001
Singer/songwriter Annie Lennox celebrates her 60th birthday on Christmas Day EMN-141216-094221001
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1167 - King John, who sealed the Magna Carta at Runnymeade in 1215, was born.

1582 - The London bridge Waterworks began piping water to private homes.

1818 - ‘Silent Night’ was performed for the first time, in Obertsdorf, Bavaria.

1828 - William Burke went on trial in Edinburgh, charged with grave robbing and murdering locals to sell their bodies for dissection.

1904 - The London Coliseum opened - the first theatre in Britain to have a revolving stage.

1912 - Irving Fisher patented the archiving system with index cards.

1914 - The first air raid in Britain took place, when a German plane dropped a bomb in the grounds of a rectory in Dover.

1937 - The American premiere of Walt Disney’s ‘Snow White’ took place - the first full-length cartoon in the history of cinema.

1965 - A meteorite landed in Leicester - it weighed around 45kg.

1974 - The Beatles’ partnership was legally dissolved.

2003 - One of the Queen’s corgis was killed by a bull terrier belonging to Princess Anne.

Christmas Day birthdays:

1642 - English scientist Isaac Newton.

1899 - American actor Humphry Bogart.

1901 - Princess Alice, 
Duchess of Gloucester.

1907 - Scottish actor 
Andrew Cruikshank.

1909 - British eccentric Quentin Crisp.

1918 - President of Egypt Anwar Sadat.

1942 - Labour MP Barbara Follett.

1944 - Broadcaster Kenny Everett.

1945 - Journalist and 
author Eve Pollard.

1949 - American actress Sissy Spacek.

1954 - Singer/songwriter Annie Lennox.

1958 - Singer/songwriter Shane MacGowan.

1964 - Footballer Gary McAllister.

1968 - Supermodel Helena Christensen.

1971 - Singer Dido.

1975 - Cricketer Marcus Trescothick.

1 984 - Cricketer Alastair Cook.