ON THIS DAY July 09.
LIGHTNING struck York Minster Cathedral setting the roof alight and destroying the 13th century south transept of the building. It took 150 fire fighters two hours to bring the blaze under control.
Childrens' TV programme Blue Peter held a competition for ceiling decoration designs that would be incorporated when the roof was rebuilt.
Repairing the damage took four years and cost PS2.25 million.
1954 ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK by Bill Haley & The Comets became the first rock song to top the Billboard chart. The music genre rock 'n' roll was unknown to many people at the time and the label on the single described the record simply as a novelty foxtrot.
JOHNNY WEISSMULLER broke Duke Kahanamoku's world record in the 100-metre freestyle, swimming it in 58.6 seconds - he was just 18. The 6ft 3ins tall swimmer went on to win five Olympic gold medals, 67 world and 52 national titles.
He later found movie fame playing Tarzan and his last request was that his famous Tarzan yell be played at his funeral.
THE Doors singer and songwriter Jim Morrison was buried in Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris following his death at the age of 27.
The American-born performer was found dead in a bathtub at his Paris home. Fans still make pilgrimages to his grave and it is the most visited plot at the famous cemetery, which is also the final resting place for writer Oscar Wilde, composer Chopin and Bizet and French singer Edith Piaf.
MERLIN and One Foot In The Grave actor Richard Wilson turns 80 today. He was born Ian Carmichael Wilson in Greenock in Scotland and worked in a lab before switching to acting when he was 27. He originally turned down the role of sixtysomething Victor Meldrew in One Foot In The Grave because he was only 54 when the comedy was first broadcast in 1990.
THE engagement of Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Montbatten was officially announced. Her platinum engagement ring was a brilliant cut three carat diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds. The jewels came from a tiara that belonged to Philip's mother, Princess Alice, and he commissioned London jewellers Philip Antrobus to make the piece.
CROATIAN tennis player Goran Ivanisevic won the men's singles final at Wimbledon. The 6ft 4ins tall left-hander was the first wild card entry in history to win the championship, beating Pat Rafter.
The 29-year-old was ranked 125th before the tournament and 16th after his Wimbledon win. He retired from tennis in 2004.