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Hospital waiting lists in the West Midlands were described as 'hair-raising' and 'a scandal' by members of the Regional Health Authority at a meeting yesterday to consider health priorities.

Members were discussing a report by regional officers which revealed in some districts there are eight people on the waiting list for every bed.

The Birmingham Post, July 1976

50Years Ago

A verdict of death from misadventure was returned by a Derby jury yesterday at an inquest on a Birmingham steeplejack, Patrick Bryan, aged 22, of Ladywood, who fell 35ft inside a chimney. The coroner said that, as far as he could see, all care and attention was taken.

The Birmingham Post, July 1951

100Years Ago

Mr P A Wilcock held an inquest yesterday regarding the death of the infant child of four hours of labourer Thomas Bedward of Faulkland Street. According to evidence from the father, the child shortly after birth did not look well and at the suggestion of the mother was taken to Dr Evans Quinn to obtain a certificate. The coroner said it was a quick way of sending the child to another world.

Dr Quinn said the child was bleached with cold on arrival and on hearing a certificate was wanted, refused to have anything to do with their dirty work. The child died of shock.

The Birmingham Daily Post, July 1901

Donald Sutherland

1841: Humorous magazine Punch first published: Punch, otherwise known asThe London Charivari, quickly became famous for its satiric humour, caricatures and cartoons. The first editors were Henry Mayhew, Mark Lemon, and Joseph Stirling Coyne, and early members of the staff included the authors William Makepeace Thackeray and Thomas Hood and the illustrator-cartoonists John Leech and Sir John Tenniel.

Although a regular feature in dentists' waiting rooms up and down the country, the magazine was unable to retain its appeal and was regarded as a dated publication by the time it ceased publication in 1992. But it was revived again in September 1996.

Also on This Day: 1453: The 100 Years War ended after the defeat of the English at Castillon; 1674: Birth of hymn writer Isaac Watts, author of O God Our Help In Ages Past ; 1790: Death of political economist and writer Adam Smith; 1917: The British royal family changed its name from 'Saxe-Coburg-Gotha' to the decidedly more English 'Windsor'; 1955: Disneyland opened in California; 1959: Death of American jazz singer Billie Holiday; 1981: The Humber Estuary Bridge was opened.


Canadian actor Donald Sutherland, 66: Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Sutherland studied at the University of Toronto, and for a time at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

An actor of enormous versatility, he became known for his role inThe Dirty Dozen (1967), followed by M.A.S.H (1970), where he played Hawkeye.

Among his other films are Ordinary People (1980), Backdraft (1991), A Time To Kill (1996), and Shadow Conspiracy (1997). His son Kiefer is also a successful actor.

Other Birthdays: Royal dressmaker Sir Hardy Amies, 92; actor Tim Brooke-Taylor, 61; New Zealand cricketer Mark Burgess, 57; actress and singer Diahann Carroll, 66; scriptwriter Ray Galton, 61; trade union leader Eric Hammond, 72; television presenter and newscaster Peter Sissons, 59; ballet dancer and actor Wayne Sleep, 53; England wicketkeeper Bob Taylor, 60.
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Date:Jul 17, 2001
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