- It happened today – this day in history – October 25 - 25/10/2021
- It happened today – this day in history – October 24 - 24/10/2021
- It happened today – this day in history – October 23 - 23/10/2021
1472: Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment.
1547: Edward VI is crowned following the death of his father Henry VIII.
1673: The first recorded wine auction is held in London.
1724: Handel’s opera “Giulio Cesare in Egitto” premieres at the King’s Theatre in Haymarket, London.
1745: Jacobite troops occupy Fort Augustus, Scotland.
1792: US postal service created.
1798: Napoleon’s chief of staff Louis Alexandre Berthier removes Pope Pius VI from power and takes him prisoner.
1810: Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean patriot and leader of a rebellion against Napoleon is executed.
1811: Austria declares bankruptcy.
1816: Gioachino Rossini’s opera “The Barber of Seville” premieres in Rome.
1831: Polish revolutionaries defeat Russia in the Battle of Growchow.
1846: The British occupy the Sikh citadel of Lahore.
1856: The steam packet-ship John Rutledge, en route from Liverpool to New York, hits an iceberg and sinks with the loss of 120 passengers and 19 crew. There is only one survivor.
1873: Naval Officer John Moresby discovers the site of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and claims it for Britain.
1919: French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau is injured during an assassination attempt.
1932: Japanese troops occupy Tunhua, China.
1935: Caroline Mikkelson becomes the first woman to land on Antarctica.
1938: Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigns saying Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain has appeased Nazi Germany.
1941: Polish Jews are barred from using public transportation. On the same day, the first transport of Jews to concentration camps leaves Plotsk.
1944: US forces take Enewetak Atoll.
1947: Earl Mountbatten of Burma appointed as last viceroy of India to oversee the move to independence. On the same day, the state of Prussia ceases to exist
1952: Britain’s Jeannette Altwegg wins the Olympic women’s figure skating gold medal at the Olso Winter Games.
1958: The government announces the closure of one of the oldest naval dockyards in the UK at Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.
1959: Sixteen year-old Jimi Hendrix makes his stage debut at the Temple De Hirsch Sinai synagogue in Seattle. He is sacked from the band after the first set for his wild playing.
- As I Love You – Shirley Bassey
- One Night – Elvis Presley
- Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – The Platters
- Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On The Bedpost Over Night) – Lonnie Donegan
- Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me – Shirley Bassey
- To Know Him Is To Love Him – The Teddy Bears
- Baby Face – Little Richard
- Problems – The Everly Brothers
- A Pub With No Bear – Slim Dusty
- The Day The Rains Came – Jane Morgan
1962: Astronaut John Glen becomes the first American to orbit the Earth aboard Friendship 7.
1965: Ranger 8 makes hard landing on the Moon, returning photos and other data to Earth.
On TV (Saturday)
|12.50||World of Sport|
|17.15||The Forest Rangers|
|17.50||Thank Your Lucky Stars |
Pete Murray introduces Adam Faith, Herman’s Hermits and Gene Pitney
Western Adventure starring Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker
|19.25||Danger Man |
Espionage series starring Patrick Magoohan as agent John Drake
|21.10||The Saint |
Starring Roger Moore as Simon Templar
|22.10||The Sullavan Brothers|
|23.05||On the Braden Beat |
With Bernard Braden
|23.30||The Four Just Men|
|11.45||The Science Of Man|
|17.15||Juke Box Jury |
Chris Hutchins, Lulu, Roy Orbison and Marjorie Proops review the week’s new releases from The Everly Brothers, P J Proby, Petula Clark, The Ronettes and The Four Pennies with host David Jacobs
|17.40||Doctor Who: The Zarbi |
William Hartnell as The Doctor against people dressed like giant wasps. Even to a 7 year-old it wasn’t scary.
|18.05||The News And The Weather|
|18.15||Dixon Of Dock Green|
|19.00||Temple Houston |
|19.50||The Billy Cotton Band Show |
Variety show with guests Ronnie Hilton, Ted Rogers and The Seekers.
|20.35||Sherlock Holmes: The Illustrious Client |
Douglas Wilmer as Sherlock Holmes, Nigel Stock as Dr. Watson
|21.25||The Rogues |
Film series starring Starring David Niven, Charles Boyer and Gig Young
|22.25||Not So Much A Programme More A Way Of Life Satire from David Frost|
|23.10||Sports Special |
Alan Weeks introduces Chelsea v. Tottenham Hotspur; Peterborough United v. Swansea Town; Manchester United v; Burnley from th FA Cup fifth round.
|19.00||Match Of The Day|
|19.50||Cinema 625: South Wind (1960) |
Italian film with subtitles starring Claudia Cardinale
|21.25||Not Only… But Also |
Iconic comedy from Peter Cook and Dudley Moore with guests Peter Sellers and Barry Humphries
|22.10||The Cambridge Union|
|23.00||Jazz 625 |
The Errol Garner trio
|23.35||News Followed By Late Night Line-Up|
1966: Album chart:
- The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
- Rubber Soul – The Beatles
- The 2nd LP – The Spencer Davis Group
- Mary Poppins – Original Soundtrack
- Going Places – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
- Take It Easy – The Walker Brothers
- Beach Boys Party – The Beach Boys
- Help! – The Beatles
- My Name Is Barbra Two – Barbra Streisand
- Otis Blue – Otis Redding
1968: John Cleese marries actress Connie Booth.
1971: The US National Emergency Centre erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air. Mistake wasn’t resolved for 30 minutes.
1975: A feud begins between the official IRA and the INLA.
1976: Muhammad Ali defeats Belgian Jean Pierre Coopman in Round 5 in Puerto Rico
1978: Egypt pulls its diplomats out of Cyprus.
1979: Eleven ‘loyalists’ known as the “Shankill Butchers” are sentenced to life in prison for 19 murders; the gang was named for its late-night kidnapping, torture and murder (by throat slashing) of random Catholic civilians in Belfast.
1983: Hundreds die in Assam as fierce fighting rages in the run-up to Indian elections.
1988: Peter Kalikow purchases the New York Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6million.
1989: Two IRA bombs explode at an army barracks at Tern Hill, Shropshire, shortly after soldiers are evacuated.
1993: Ten year olds Jon Venables and Robert Thompson are charged with the abduction and murder of two-year old James Bulger.
1998: UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations.
2005: Death of journalist and author Hunter S Thompson aged 67.
2016: A gunman goes on a random killing spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, killing six. On the same day, a lock of John Lennon’s hair sells for $35,000 at an auction in Dallas, Texas
2020: Donald Trump associate Roger Stone is sentenced to 40 months imprisonment for obstructing a congressional investigation.
BIRTHDAYS: Sidney Poitier, actor/director, 94; Buffy (Beverley) Sainte-Marie, singer-songwriter, 80; Jimmy Greaves, football legend, 80; Mitch McConnell, US senator, 79; Mike Leigh, director/playwright, 78; Brenda Blethyn, actress, 75; Gordon Brown, former prime minister, 70; Phil Neal, former footballer, 70; Anthony Head, actor, 67; Imogen Stubbs, actress, 60; Ian Brown, singer-songwriter (The Stone Roses) 58; French Stewart, actor, 57; Cindy (Cynthia) Crawford, model, 55; Chelsea Peretti, comedian/actress, 43; Lauren Ambrose, actress, 43; Trevor Noah, comedian/TV host, 37; Miles Teller, actor, 34; Rihanna (Robyn Fenty) singer, 33; Mabel (McVey) singer-songwriter, 25; Cruz Beckham, 16.