It happened today – this day in history – April 8

217AD: Roman Emperor Caracalla is assassinated.

1455: Alfonso de Borgia is elected Pope Callistus III.

1759: British troops chase the French out of Masulipatam, India.

1781: Premiere of Mozart’s violin sonata

1783: Catherine II of Russia annexes the Crimea.

1820: The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos.

1838: The steamship “Great Western” makes her maiden voyage from Bristol to New York.

1866: Italy and Prussia become allies against Austria-Hungary.

1879: Milk is sold in glass bottles for the first time.

1886: Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the House of Commons.

1898: Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese at the Battle of Atbara River.

1904: Britain and France establish their Entente Cordiale, a technical treaty settling long-standing disagreements over Morocco, Egypt, Africa, and the Pacific.

1908: Herbert Asquith succeeds Henry Campbell-Bannerman as Prime Minister.

1935: Bartok’s 5th String quartet premieres in Washington D.C.

1940: German battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious.

1941: Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in Round 9 for the heavyweight boxing title

1946: The League of Nations assembles for the last time.

1953: Jomo Kenyatta, chairman of the Kenya African Union, is sentenced to seven years hard labour accused of playing a leading role in the Mau Mau movement.

1964: The Supremes record Where Did Our Love Go at Motown studios in Detroit.

1965: Singles chart:

  1. Concrete And Clay – Unit Four Plus Two
  2. The Last Time – The Rolling Stones
  3. For Your Love – The Yardbirds
  4. The Minute You’re Gone – Cliff Richard
  5. Catch The Wind – Donovan
  6. Here Comes The Night – Them
  7. It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones
  8. Come And Stay With Me – Marianne Faithfull
  9. Silhouettes – Herman’s Hermits
  10. I Can’t Explain – The Who

1967: Sandie Shaw becomes the first British woman to win the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Puppet On A String in Vienna. On the same day, John Buckingham aboard rank 100/1 outsider Foinavon avoids a famous pile up at Beachers Brook to win the Grand National.

1973: Artist Pablo Picasso dies from a heart attack.

1977: Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin resigns.


1983: Illusionist David Copperfield makes the Statue of Liberty disappear.

1985: India files suit against Union Carbide over the Bhopal disaster.

1986: Residents of the Californian town of Carmel overwhelmingly vote for actor Clint Eastwood as their mayor.

1988: Alan Shearer makes his starting debut for Southampton against Arsenal and at 17 years 240 days becomes the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the top flight.

1993: On TV (Thursday)


05.30ITN Morning News

Guests include Sir David Frost, Jason Connery and the Everly Brothers


09.55London Today

10.00Police Academy

10.25This Morning

12.10The Riddlers

12.30ITN Lunchtime News

13.05London Today

13.15Home and Away

13.45A Country Practice

14.15The View

14.45Take the High Road

15.10ITN News

15.15London Today


15.50Garfield and Friends

16.15Rolf’s Cartoon Club

16.45Tiny Toon Adventures

17.10Home and Away

17.40ITN Early Evening News

18.00London Tonight



20.00The Bill

20.30Just a Gigolo

21.00Body and Soul

22.00ITN News at Ten

22.30London Tonight

22.40The Frost Programme

23.40Raw Soup


05.50Sesame Street


07.00The Big Breakfast

09.00Wish Kid

09.30The Batman 1940s serial


10.20New Kids On The Block – On Tour

10.50The Miraculous Mellops


12.20Sesame Street

13.15Little Rosey
Cartoon adventures of a baby Roseanne Barr

13.40The Hoarder

13.50Film: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Oscar winning adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel about the Great Depression starring Henry Fonda

16.15Raising The Roof

16.30Fifteen To One

17.00The Oprah Winfrey Show

17.50The Magic Roundabout


18.30A Different World

19.00Channel 4 News

19.50Caves, Castles and Council Houses

20.00The Big Issue

20.30The Crystal Maze

21.30Trial and Error

22.30Harry Enfield’s Guide To Opera

23.05Cardboards Citizens

23.35Raising The Roof

23.40Death of a Runaway


01.45Film: Born Of Fire (1987)
Supernatural horror starring Peter Firth.


06.00Business Breakfast

07.00Breakfast News

09.05Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

09.30Why Don’t You..?

10.00News and Weather


10.30Good Morning … with Anne and Nick

12.05Pebble Mill

12.45Good Morning
… returns with a review of the morning’s events.

12.55Regional News; Weather

13.00One O’Clock News and Weather


13.50Golden Fiddles

15.25The Flintstones

15.50Children’s BBC – Pingu


16.15Happy Families

16.30Tricks ‘n’ Tracks


17.05Blue Peter
With John Leslie, Diane-Louise Jordan and Anthea Turner.

Caroline realises the true extent of her feelings for Paul. Todd and Phoebe’s plans are thwarted. Lou’s car lot opening has grave implications for his relationship with Madge.

18.00Six O’Clock News and Weather

18.30Regional news magazines

19.00Top of the Pops
Tony Dortie introduces Sub Sub, The Bluebells, The Beloved, New Order and Sybil.

Pauline and Arthur have a surprise encounter in the Bistro.

Off-beat comedy starring Karl Howman.

20.30Keeping Up Appearances
Roy Clarke’s comedy series starring Patricia Routledge.

21.00Nine O’Clock News and Weather

21.30A Masculine Ending
Thriller starring Janet McTeer Imelda Staunton

23.05Golf: the Masters
From Augusta, Georgia. Commentary by Peter Alliss, Bruce Critchley and Dave Marr. Introduced by Steve Rider.

23.55Beyond the Shadows


06.45Open University

08.00Breakfast News

08.15Break Out

08.20Women of Our Century

09.00Film: Hold That Ghost (1941)
Abbott and Costello star as two gas station attendants who inherit a haunted roadhouse after a gangster’s death.

10.25Film: Lady in the Dark (1944)
Musical romance starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland

12.00A Gift of Life

12.30The Little World of the Little Pony


13.30The Adventures of Spot

13.35Geoffrey Smith’s World of Flowers

14.00News; Weather


15.00News; Weather

15.50News and Weather

16.00Film: Christopher Columbus (1949)
Starring Fredric March. tory of the great explorer and his epic voyage leading to the discovery of the New World.

17.35The Night of the Grizzly (1966)
Western starring Clint Walker

19.15Painted Passions

19.30First Sight

20.00My Wilderness Reprieved

20.30Top Gear
As Donington Park prepares to host a Grand Prix for the first time for 55 years, a trial of the new circuit in a Lotus 25, once raced by Jim Clark, the racing legend who died 25 years ago.

21.00Count Dracula
Concluding part of the classic 1977 gothic romance based on Bram Stoker’s horror tale starring Louis Jourdan Frank Finlay and a distinguished cast.


23.15The Late Show


1994: The body of Kurt Cobain is found at his home in Seattle by an electrician.

1995: British-born Nicholas Ingram is executed in the electric chair at Jackson State Prison, Atlanta, Georgia, for the 1983 murder of a man during a robbery. On the same day, Oliver McCall defeats Larry Holmes for the heavyweight boxing title.

1997: Veteran war reporter Martin Bell vows to defeat disgraced Conservative MP Neil Hamilton standing as an independent in the battle for the Tatton constituency. On the same day, singer-songwriter Laura Nyro dies from ovarian cancer.

1998: Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is rescued, along with 11 other passengers from a boat which caught fire while exploring islands south of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

2000: Papillon, ridden by jockey Ruby Walsh and trained by his father Ted Walsh wins the Grand National.

2001: Tiger Woods wins his second US Masters title.

2006: The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, are found in a field in Ontario, Canada. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.

2008: Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty is jailed for 14 weeks for violating his probation.

2010: Malcolm McLaren, former manager of the Sex Pistols, dies from cancer aged 64.

2012: Adele – 21

2012: Album chart:

  1. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – Nicki Minaj
  2. Electronic Earth – Labrinth
  3. 21 – Adele
  4. Music Box – Moshi Monsters
  5. Our Version Of Events – Emeli Sande
  6. Nothing But The Beat – David Guetta
  7. MDNA – Madonna
  8. Who You Are – Jessie J
  9. Weapons – Lost Prophets
  10. + – Ed Sheeran

2013: Death of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher aged 87.

2017: Death of disc jockey Brian Matthew aged 88.

2019: Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty to sex-trafficking charges for her involvement in suspected sex cult Nxivm.

2020: Bernie Sanders drops out of the Democratic race for US president.

2021: Egyptian archaeologists announce their most important find since Tutankhamun’s tomb – the discovery of a lost ‘golden city’ the 3,000-years-old ancient city of Aten near Luxor.

2022: The US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bans Will Smith from attending the Oscars ceremony for 10 years.

Keira Walsh

BIRTHDAYS: Roger Chapman, singer (Family) 81; Steve Howe, guitarist (Yes) 76; Joe Royle, footballer/manager, 74; Izzy Stradlin, guitarist/songwriter (Guns n Roses) 61; Donita Sparks, singer/guitarist (L7) 60; Julian Lennon, singer-songwriter, 60; Robin Wright, actress, 57; Patricia Arquette, actress, 55; Katee Sackhoff, actress, 43; Taylor Kitsch, actor, 42; Ezra Koenig, singer/guitarist (Vampire Weekend), 39; Matthew Healy, vocalist (The 1975) 34; Keira Walsh, footballer, 26; Isaac Hempstead-Wright, actor, 24.