Andrew Watson’s father, Peter Miller Watson, was the manager of a sugar plantation in British Guiana while his mother was a local woman called Anna (or Hannah) Rose.
Flight 609 hit slush on the runway, causing the plane to skid off the end of the runway before crashing through the airport fence, speeding across a road, and losing its port wing after catching on a house.
The match was a semi-final at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympic Games and became famous as a result of the violence that ran throughout the game.
Twelve teams from across the Midlands and the North West of England made up the very first Football League.
The terrorists and their hostages were shuttled to a nearby airfield, but the captors later turned on the Israeli athletes and killed them with machine guns and a grenade.
Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to successfully swim across the English Channel.
The first ever women’s cricket match was played on Gosden Common near Guildford in Surrey.
Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci scored the first ever perfect 10 in Olympic history on the uneven bars at the Summer Games in Montreal.
The first Wimbledon Championship was staged in order to raise money to repair the roller that was used to maintain the lawns at the club, and only featured a Gentlemen’s Singles competition.
60 competitors began the race at Montgeron, south of Paris, of whom 39 were private entrants.