It happened today – on this day in history – February 27

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)


14.35For Schools; The World Around Us


14.57Notre Ville


15.16Afternoon Edition


16.45Children’s Television; Small Time presents Susie and Hugs

17.00Criss Cross Quiz


17.30Our Gang


18.08People in London; The Weather Forecast

18.15True Adventure

18.40Out of Town

19.00Double Your Money
Quiz show hosted by Hughie Green

19.30A Little Big Business

20.00Comedy Hour; My Three Sons; Petticoat Junction


21.10This Week
Current affairs

21.40Canada Playback

22.40What the Papers Say

22.55News Headlines


23.10Exploring the Universe; The Weather Forecast

23.40Last Programme


09.10Engineering Science


10.02For Sixth Forms

10.45Watch With Mother

11.05Science And Life


13.25The News

13.30Watch With Mother



17.55Junior Points Of View

18.00The News

18.10Town And Around

18.35Television Top Of The Form


19.35Compact Early soap

20.00Dr. Kildare
Medical drama series starring Richard Chamberlain

20.50This Is Your Life
Eamon Andrews presents the big red book to farmer and broadcaster Ted Moult

21.15The News

21.25Amateur Boxing

22.05World Figure Skating Championships


23.05News Extra

23.20The Weather Road Works Report

23.25Parliamo Italiano


10.05From Wash to Waveney: Men Of The Road

11.05Test card

12.05Passport: Brittany; A Journey into the Weald of Kent

14.05Test card

15.05Films: Catamarans; Rival World

16.05Test card

17.05Films: Who Cares?: A New Way Home

17.22African Awakening

18.05Royal Trains

18.25Film: 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:

  1. Over And Over – Nelly ft Tim McGraw
  2. Get Right – Jennifer Lopez
  3. (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame – Elvis Presley
  4. Wake Me Up – Girls Aloud
  5. Locked Up – Akon
  6. Oh My God – Kaiser Chiefs
  7. Hush – LL Cool J ft Aurelius
  8. Hounds Of Love – Futureheads
  9. Caught Up – Usher
  10. How We Do – Game ft 50 Cent
2005: Doves – Some Cities

Album chart:

  1. Some Cities – Doves
  2. Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
  3. Hopes and Fears – Keane
  4. Hot Fuss – Killers
  5. American Idiot – Green Day
  6. Il Divo – Il Divo
  7. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
  8. Silent Alarm – Bloc Party
  9. Tourist – Athlete
  10. 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.