- It happened today – this day in history – October 22 - 22/10/2021
- It happened today – this day in history – October 21 - 21/10/2021
- It happened today – this day in history – October 20 - 20/10/2021
1594: Henry IV is crowned king of France.
1670: Jews are expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I.
1678: The Earl of Shaftesbury is freed from the Tower of London.
1807: Birth of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in Portland, Maine.
1814: Ludwig van Beethoven’s 8th Symphony in F premieres.
1827: The first Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans.
1844: The Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti.
1848: Birth of composer Hubert Parry in Bournemouth.
1854: Composer Robert Schumann is saved from a suicide attempt after jumping into The Rhine.
1902: Birth of author John Steinbeck in Salinas, California.
1907: Psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud and Cark Jung meet for the first time in Vienna.
1919: The first public performance of Gustav Holst’s Planets Suite.
1921: Italian fascists incite a riot in Florence.
1933: The Reichstag, the German parliament building, is destroyed by fire set by the Nazis, who blame it on Communists.
1939: Borley Rectory, in Essex, “the most haunted house in England”, is destroyed in a fire,
1949: Chaim Weizmann becomes first president of Israel.
1950: General Chiang Kai-shek is elected president of Nationalist China.
1962: South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem’s palace is bombed by dissident pilots in a failed assassination attempt.
1963: Alf Ramsey takes charge of England for the first time, away to France in a European Nations Cup tie. England lost 5-2 with just two of the team that would go on to win the World Cup in 1966 – Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton. On the same day, Antoine Argoud, arch enemy of Charles de Gaulle and a former colonel in the French Army, is charged with an assassination attempt on the French president.
1964: On TV this day (Thursday)
|14.35||For Schools; The World Around Us|
|16.45||Children’s Television; Small Time presents Susie and Hugs|
|17.00||Criss Cross Quiz|
|18.08||People in London; The Weather Forecast|
|18.40||Out of Town|
|19.00||Double Your Money |
Quiz show hosted by Hughie Green
|19.30||A Little Big Business|
|20.00||Comedy Hour; My Three Sons; Petticoat Junction|
|21.10||This Week |
|22.40||What the Papers Say|
|23.10||Exploring the Universe; The Weather Forecast|
|10.02||For Sixth Forms|
|10.45||Watch With Mother|
|11.05||Science And Life|
|13.30||Watch With Mother|
|17.55||Junior Points Of View|
|18.10||Town And Around|
|18.35||Television Top Of The Form|
|19.35||Compact Early soap|
|20.00||Dr. Kildare |
Medical drama series starring Richard Chamberlain
|20.50||This Is Your Life |
Eamon Andrews presents the big red book to farmer and broadcaster Ted Moult
|22.05||World Figure Skating Championships|
|23.20||The Weather Road Works Report|
|10.05||From Wash to Waveney: Men Of The Road|
|12.05||Passport: Brittany; A Journey into the Weald of Kent|
|15.05||Films: Catamarans; Rival World|
|17.05||Films: Who Cares?: A New Way Home|
|18.25||Film: Till The End Of Time (1946) |
feature film starring Robert Mitchum
1968: Singer Frankie Lymon dies aged 25 of a heroin overdose in his grandmother’s New York home.
1969: General Hafez al-Assad becomes head of Syria in military coup. On the same day, President Richard Nixon visits West Berlin.
1975: Scotland Yard reveals that the man who shot a police constable the day before had been living in an IRA bomb factory. Liam Quinn escaped to the US and after a 13-year extradition battle was finally jailed for life in 1988.
1977: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is arrested at Toronto’s Harbour Castle Hotel, after an ounce of heroin is found following a raid of his hotel room by 15 Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
1991: James Brown was paroled after spending two years of a six-year prison sentence for resisting arrest after a car chase across two states.
1993: Death of silent film star Lillian Gish aged 99.
1998: House of Lords agrees to end 1,000 years of male precedence by giving a monarch’s first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son.
1999: Voters flock to polling stations in Nigeria to elect a civilian president and end military rule that has lasted 15 years.
2002: A fire on a train in India results in the deaths of 57 Hindu pilgrims returning from the disputed holy site of Ayodhya. On the same day, Spike Milligan dies aged 83.
2003: Rowan Williams is enthroned as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury.
2004: A supermarket in Aspen, Colorado, alerted the police after seeing a man shopping with his face covered by a mask. Officers arrived on the scene and identified the man as Michael Jackson who was on holiday with his children.
2005: Singles chart:
- Over And Over – Nelly ft Tim McGraw
- Get Right – Jennifer Lopez
- (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame – Elvis Presley
- Wake Me Up – Girls Aloud
- Locked Up – Akon
- Oh My God – Kaiser Chiefs
- Hush – LL Cool J ft Aurelius
- Hounds Of Love – Futureheads
- Caught Up – Usher
- How We Do – Game ft 50 Cent
- Some Cities – Doves
- Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
- Hopes and Fears – Keane
- Hot Fuss – Killers
- American Idiot – Green Day
- Il Divo – Il Divo
- Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
- Silent Alarm – Bloc Party
- Tourist – Athlete
- The Definitive Collection – Tony Christie
2010: “Supernatural” star Jared Padelecki marries co-star Genevieve Cortese.
2011: Natalie Portman and Colin Firth win best actor Oscars for Black Swan and The King’s Speech respectively at the 83rd Academy Awards.
2013: Pope Benedict XVI presents his farewell address to Vatican City.
2014: Arseniy Yatsenyuk is appointed Prime Minister of the Ukraine.
2015: Russian politician Boris Nemtsov is assassinated in Moscow. On the same day, actor/director Leonard Nimoy dies aged 83.
2016: Actor George Kennedy dies aged 91.
2018: Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Trump, has his top-secret security clearance at the White House downgraded.
2019: Second summit begins between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam. On the same day, Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen testifies before the House Oversight Committee saying Trump is “racist”, a “con man” and “a cheat”, Pakistan shoots down an Indian fighter jet and captures the pilot, further escalating tensions in the disputed Kashmir region, and actor Luke Perry suffers a fatal stroke at 52.
BIRTHDAYS: Joanne Woodward, actress, 91; Steve Harley, singer-songwriter, 70; Neal Schon, guitarist/songwriter (Journey) 67; Adrian Smith, guitarist (Iron Maiden) 64; Timothy Spall, actor, 64; Paul Humphreys, keyboards (OMD) 61; Donal Logue, actor, 55; Derren Brown, mentalist, 50; Peter Andre, singer, 48; Josh Groban, singer, 40; Rooney (Kate) Mara, actress, 38; Jonjo Shelvey, footballer, 29.