It happened today – this day in history – April 24

1731: Death of novelist Daniel Defoe.

1801: First performance of Joseph Haydn’s oratorio “Die Jahreszeiten”.

1872: Mt Vesuvius erupts in Italy.

1880: Amateur Athletic Association, governing body for men’s athletics in England & Wales, is founded in Oxford.

1888: Eastman Kodak is founded by George Eastman.

1898: Spain declares war after rejecting a US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.

1913: The Woolworth Building in New York City is opened – world’s tallest building at the time.

1915: The German army fires chloroform gas at Ypres.

1916: Easter Rising of Irish republicans against British occupation begins in Dublin. On the same day, Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launch a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for ice-trapped ship Endurance.

1920: Polish troops attack Ukraine.

1929: The first non-stop flight from England to India takes-off.

1942: Exeter is bombed by the Luftwaffe for a second night.

1950: US President Harry Truman denies there are communists in the US government. On the same day, Jordan annexes the West Bank.

1953: Winston Churchill is knighted by The Queen.

1954: Security forces round up more than 10,000 men in the biggest anti Mau Mau operation since the state of emergency was declared in Kenya 18 months ago.

1961: The 17th century Swedish warship Vasa, which sank on her maiden voyage in 1628, is salvaged after more than 350 years.

1965: Military coup under Donald Reid Cabral in Dominican Republic.


1967: The Soviet Union announces the catastrophic failure of its latest space mission, with the crash of Soyuz 1 and the death of cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov, the first known fatality in space.

1968: The Beatles’ new company, Apple Records turns down David Bowie. On the same day, leftist students take over Columbia University in New York.

1969: Paul McCartney says there is no truth to rumours he is dead. On the same day, British Leyland launches the Austin Maxi. Also, loyalist members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the Ulster Protestant Volunteers (UPV) explode a bomb at a water pipeline between Lough Neagh and Belfast.

1970: Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth.

1974: Death of comedian Bud Abbott aged 78.

1975: The Baader-Meinhof gang of terrorists blow up the West German embassy in Stockholm after a 12-hour stand-off. On the same day, singer-songwriter Pete Ham of Badfinger commits suicide aged 27 by hanging himself in the garage of his Surrey home.

1976: Paul and Linda McCartney spend the evening with John Lennon at his New York apartment and watch Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a short cab ride to the studio, but decided they were too tired.

1979: On TV tonight (Tuesday)



09.40Unseen Hazards

10.00The Nature of Things

10.50The Animated Classics

11.35Showjumping With Harvey Smith

12.00Just So Stories

12.10Daisy, Daisy

12.30The Cedar Tree

13.00News at One

13.20Thames News

13.30Crown Court

14.00After Noon Plus

14.25Racing From Epsom

15.50You’re Only Young Twice

16.15Get It Together


17.10Emmerdale Farm


17.55Election Broadcast

18.00Thames at 6



19.00Film: Doctor at Sea (1955)
Comedy film starring Dirk Bogarde

20.30TV Eye

21.00Party Political Broadcast

21.10ITV Playhouse

22.10News at Ten

22.50Behind the Lines: Eritrea

23.50For Better, For Worse


06.40Open University


12.40Midday News

13.00Pebble Mill

13.45The Flumps


15.25Pobol y Cwm

15.53Regional News (exc London)

15.55Play School

16.20Animal Magic

16.40Tarzan Lord of the Jungle

17.00John Craven’s Newsround


17.35The Perishers

17.40Evening News


19.10One More Time!

Comedy series starring Eric Sykes and Hattie Jacques with Derek Guyler.

20.10The Good Old Days
Old-time Music-Hall from the stage of the famous City Varieties Theatre, Leeds introduced by Leonard Sachs and starring Les Dawson..

21.00Party Election Broadcast

21.10Main News

21.40It’s About Time

22.35Campaign Report 79

23.15Multi-Racial Britain

23.45Weatherman/Regional News


06.40Open University


11.00Play School


16.50Open University


19.20The Mid-Evening News

19.30Making a Bob or Two

19.55A World About Us Special

21.00Party Election Broadcast

21.10Call My Bluff

21.40Man Alive

David Vine introduces highlights from the day’s play in the Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship at The Crucible , Sheffield

23.10Late News and The Hustings

23.40The Old Grey Whistle Test
Anne Nightingale with Tom Waits and Iggy Pop in the studio.

1983: Singles chart:

  1. True – Spandau Ballet
  2. Words – F R David
  3. Beat It – Michael Jackson
  4. (Keep Feeling) Fascination – The Human League
  5. Church Of The Poison Mind – Culture Club
  6. Let’s Dance – David Bowie
  7. Love Is A Stranger – Eurythmics
  8. True Love ways – Cliff Richard and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  9. We Are Detectove – The Thompson Twins
  10. Breakaway – Tracey Ullman
1983: David Bowie – Let’s Dance

Album chart:

  1. Let’s Dance – David Bowie
  2. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  3. True – Spandau Ballet
  4. Faster Than The Speed Of Night – Bonnie Tyler
  5. White Feathers – Kajagoogoo
  6. Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics
  7. The Final Cut – Pink Floyd
  8. Cargo – Men at Work
  9. Toto IV – Toto
  10. The Hurting – Tears For Fears

1986: The Duchess of Windsor dies aged 89.

1990: The space shuttle Discovery takes off, carrying the revolutionary Hubble Telescope into orbit.

1992: David Bowie marries supermodel and actress Iman in Switzerland.

1993: A massive IRA bomb rips through Bishopsgate in the heart of the City of London, killing a news photographer and injuring 44 others.

2004: Marion “Suge” Knight, founder of Death Row records, is released from prison in California after serving 10 months for breaking parole on a 1997 assault. Knight was sent back to prison on August 4 for a second parole violation after he punched a parking attendant outside a Hollywood night-club in 2003. On the same day, cosmetics entrepreneur Estee Lauder dies aged 97.

2016: Soul singer Billy Paul dies from pancreatic cancer at the age of 81.

BIRTHDAYS: Shirley MacLaine (Beaty), 87; Barbra Streisand, actress/director/singer, 79; Tony Visconti, record producer, 77; Doug Clifford, drummer (Credence Clearwater Revival) 76; Mick Jones, footballer, 76; Nigel Harrison, bassist (Blondie) 70; Jean Paul Gaultier, fashion designer, 69; Stuart Pearce, football coach, 59; Paul Ryder, bassist, (The Happy Mondays) 57; Djimon Honsou, actor, 57; Cedric The Entertainer (Kyles), actor/comedian, 57; Patty Schemel, drummer (Hole) 54; Aidan Gillen (Murphy) actor, 53; Sachin Tendulkar, cricketer, 48; Gabby Logan, broadcaster, 48; Brian Marshall, bassist (Creed) 47; Eric Balfour, actor, 44; Kelly Clarkson, singer/TV host, 39; Ben Howard, singer-songwriter, 34; Jan Vertonghen, footballer, 34; Jack Quaid, actor, 29.