It happened today – on this day in history – December 19

1154: Henry II is crowned King of England.

1642: Four of explorer Abel Rasman’s crew are killed at Wharewharangi Bay by Māori.

1783: William Pitt the Younger becomes the youngest ever British Prime Minister at age 24.

1842: The US recognizes the independence of Hawaii.

1843: “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is published.

1848: Novelist Emily Bronte dies of tuberculosis aged 30.

1851: Painter J M W Turner dies of cholera aged 76.

1900: General Horatio Kitchener offers protections to all Boers who will surrender. They don’t.

1907: 239 workers die in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania.

1910: Rayon is first commercially produced.

1920: Constantine I is restored as King of the Hellenes after the death of his son Alexander I of Greece and a plebiscite.

1922: Theresa Vaughn, 24, confesses in court in Sheffield, to being married 61 times over five years.

1924: The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is sold in London.

1932: The BBC begins transmitting overseas.

1941: Adolf Hitler takes complete command of the German Army.

1946: War breaks out in Indochina as Ho Chi Minh attacks French forces in Hanoi.

1950: General Dwight D Eisenhower is named NATO commander. On the same day, the Chinese invasion of Tibet forces the Dalai Lama to flee.

1955: Carl Perkins records his song Blue Suede Shoes.

1956: At least six people in the UK die and several others are injured in road accidents in thick fog.

1957: Elvis Presley has his draft notice served on him for the US Army.

1969: Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger was fined £200 plus 50 guineas costs at Marlborough Magistrates Court for illegal possession of cannabis.

1971: Stanley Kubrick’s film “A Clockwork Orange”, based on the book by Anthony Burgess and starring Malcolm McDowell premieres.

1972: Ugandan leader General Idi Amin gives British workers an ultimatum to accept reduced pay or be expelled.


1974: Nelson Rockefeller is sworn in as Vice President of the United States.

1975: The Red Hand Commandos, a secretive Ulster loyalist paramilitary group, explode a no-warning car bomb in Dundalk, killing two civilians and wounding 20. On the same day, Ronnie Wood joins the Rolling Stones.

1979: Elvis Presley’s personal physician, George Nichopoulos, was charged with ‘illegally and indiscriminately’ prescribing over 12,000 tablets of uppers, downers, and painkillers for the star during the 20 months preceding his death. Although acquitted, he was charged again in 1980 and again in 1992 and was stripped of his medical license in July 1995.

1981: Members of the Penlee lifeboat crew perish off the coast of Cornwall during a rescue mission in treacherous weather.

1983: The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro. It had previously been stolen in 1966 in England.

1984: Britain signs an agreement to hand back Hong Kong to China in 1997.

This day on TV (Wednesday)


06.25TV-am: Good Morning Britain

09.25Thames News Headlines

10.25The Moomins

10.30Mooncat and Co


11.10Battle of the Flowers


12.00Rod, Jane and Freddy

12.10Our Backyard

12.30The Sullivans

13.00News at One

13.20Thames News

13.30A Country Practice

14.30On the Marke

15.00University Challenge

15.25Thames News Headlines

15.30Wombling Free


17.45News at 5.45

18.00Thames News



19.00Name That Tune Music quiz hosted by Tom O’Connor

19.30Coronation Street

20.05This Is Your Life The big red book opens for Hollywood legend Alice Faye

21.01Arch of Triumph

22.05News at Ten

22.35Arch of Triumph

23.35Mardi Gras Funk


14.30The British at War: Fires Were Started; Under Your Hat

16.00A Plus 4



17.30The Mary Tyler Moore Show

18.00Silents Please

18.30The Living Body

19.00Channel Four News


20.00Hetty King

20.30Diverse Reports

21.00Arts Review of the Year 1984

23.05Black on Black


06.30Breakfast Time

09.00The Dorsetmen

09.30Pages from Ceefax

10.30Play School


11.15Pages from Ceefax

12.30News After Noon

12.57Regional News

13.00Pebble Mill at One



14.00Blizzard’s Wonderful Wooden Toys


14.35Star Movie: Annabel Takes a Tour

15.40Tom and Jerry

15.48Regional News

15.50Play School: It’s Wednesday


16.15The Land of Green Ginger


16.50John Craven’s Newsround

16.55The Box of Delights

17.30The Good Life


18.00The Six O’Clock News

18.30Regional news magazines

18.55The District Nurse Drama series starring Nerys Hughes

19.25The Best of Torvill and Dean

20.00Dallas Miss Ellie returns from honeymoon

20.45Points of View

21.00The Nine O’Clock News

21.25International Boxing Barry McGuigan defends his British and European featherweight titles against Clyde Ruan

22.15Film 84 Barry Norman looks at David Lynch’s adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel Dune

22.45Macmillan at War

23.20Late Night In Concert The Cars



09.00Pages from Ceefax

15.55Backstairs at the White House

17.25News Summary

17.30Willo the Wisp

17.35Fast Forward

18.00The High Chaparral

18.50The Phil Silvers Show Classic comedy series

19.15The First Noels



21.00Oxbridge Blues

22.20Out of Court


1986: The USSR frees dissident Andrei Sakharov from internal exile.

1991: Boris Yeltsin takes control of the Kremlin.

1993: Michael Clarke drummer with The Byrds dies of liver failure aged 47.

1997: Conservative party leader William Hague marries his fiancée Ffion Jenkins in the chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster.

2000: 10,000 Maniacs guitarist Robert Buck dies of liver failure aged 42. On the same day, Songwriter, guitarist, singer and founder member of The Staple Singers, Pops (Roebuck) Staples dies aged 85. Also, Real Madrid midfielder Luis Figo wins the Ballon d’Or.

2003: Libya makes a surprise announcement that it will destroy its arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. On the same day, footballer Rio Ferdinand is fined £50,000 and banned from football at both club and international level for eight months after missing a drugs test in September.

2004: Singles chart:

  1. Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid 20
  2. Father And Son – Ronan Keating ft Yusuf
  3. I Believe In Your – Kylie Minogue
  4. You Can Do It – Ice Cube ft Mack 10 & MS Toi
  5. I Got You Babe – Merrion/McCall/Kensit
  6. Lose My Breath – Destiny’s Child
  7. If There’s Any Justice – Lemar
  8. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams – Green Day
  9. I’ll Stand By You – Girls Aloud
  10. I Have Forgiven Jesus – Morrissey
2004: Eminem – Encore

Album chart:

  1. Greatest Hits – Robbie Williams
  2. Il Divo – Il Divo
  3. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb – U2
  4. Ultimate Kylie – Kylie Minogue
  5. 10 Years Of Hits – Ronan Keating
  6. Songs About Jane – Maroon 5
  7. Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
  8. Hopes And Fears – Keane
  9. Allow Us To Be Frank – Westlife
  10. Encore – Eminem

2009: Former Welsh and Lions captain Gareth Thomas is the first international rugby player to reveal he is gay.

2012: Park Geun-hye becomes South Korea’s first female president.

2013: 81 people are injured after part of the ceiling caves in at London’s Apollo Theatre.

2016: The Russian ambassador to Turkey is shot dead at an art gallery in Ankara.

2018: Drones flying over Gatwick airport cause delays and cancellations for 800 flights.

BIRTHDAYS: Limahl (Chris Hamill) singer (Kajagoogoo) 62; Jennifer Beals, actress, 57; Béatrice Dalle, actress, 56; Kristy (Kristen) Swanson, actress, 51; Richard Hammond, TV presenter, 51; Tyson Beckford, model/actor, 50; Alyssa Milano, actress, 48; Rick Ponting, Australian cricketer, 46; Jake (Jacob) Gyllenhaal, actor, 40; Gary Cahill, footballer, 35; Karim Benzema, footballer, 33; Alexis Sanchez, footballer 32.


Mick Ferris

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