In the news 100, 50 and 25 years ago
June 10, 1916
The whole Empire was shocked on Tuesday at the news that Field-Marshall Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War and one of the foremost military organisers in the world had lost his life by drowning. Travelling to Russia, the armoured cruiser Hampshire was sunk west of the Orkneys, either by mine or torpedo. Walter Gurney, 26, a native of Catthorpe was included in Lord Kitchener’s party. He was valet to Mr J O’Beirne of the Foreign Office, in whose service he had been for about five months.
June 10, 1966
A new library and art gallery for Rugby is envisaged as part of the town centre re-development, says the chairman of Rugby Borough Council’s library committee, Ald DV Gee. “This new building would be related to town centre proposals and we have the idea of linking the art galleries and other facilities with the Percival Guildhouse,” he said. The building would provide permanent space for Rugby library’s collection of 90 contemporary pictures, which have been collected by the committee since 1946 and are insured for £5,700.
June 6, 1991
Star struck Ricky Wangongo hits the big time later this month when he impersonates his hero Louis Armstrong on a top television show. The musician makes his debut in the world of show business on Stars in their Eyes, a programme for singers who can both look and sound like famous personalities and is hosted by Leslie Crowther. Mr Wangongo, 43, sang one of his favourite songs What a Wonderful World.