Thanks for sharing that - my dad's birthday is the same day as Elvis' death (the day and month, not the year) so it's a bit of a 'flashbulb moment' for him. From what I've read elsewhere on the web, initial rumours of his death were reported at the end of News at Ten before ITN came on air immediately after the break with a newsflash confirming the news.
Ooh, it's my mum's birthday as well. Small world, eh? In fact Marc Bolan died on my sister's birthday and Kurt Cobain died on my birthday, so clearly my family has something of a curse on pop stars.
In the News at Ten book they talk about Reginald Bosanquet breaking it at the end of News at Ten, and also that they were terribly confused because they received the flash on the wires that he was dead, and then thirty seconds later received one that said he was in hospital. In fact what had happened was that the death report was sent out after, but made top priority so it arrived first, but as the book points out, that meant rumours that he wasn't dead had started within thirty seconds of his death been announced.
DE88, Rory and VMPhil gave kudos