It happened today – this day in history – April 9

1413: Henry V is crowned King of England.

1483: Edward V (aged 12) succeeds his father Edward IV as king of England. He is never crowned, and disappears presumed murdered, after incarceration in the Tower of London with his younger brother Richard.

1553: Death of French author Francois Rabelais aged 49.

1626: Death of Francis Bacon, statesman and philosopher aged 65.

1747: Simon Fraser, 12th Baron Lovat Jacobite, is the last man beheaded in England.

1806: Birth of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in Portsmouth.

1838: The National Gallery re-opens in its new dedicated building in Trafalgar Square.

1865: Confederate General Robert E Lee and 26,765 troops surrender at Appomattox Court House to US Lieutenant General Ulysses S Grant.

1882: British poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti dies aged 53.

1894: First performance of Anton Bruckner’s 5th Symphony in B in Graz.

1896: Australian athlete Edwin Flack claims the middle distance double at the first modern Olympics in Athens, winning the 800m final.

1917: Vimy Ridge in France is stormed by Canadian troops.

1918: Latvia proclaims independence.

1928: Mae West makes her New York debut in a daring new play “Diamond Lil”.

1940: Nazi Germany invades Denmark and Norway. Denmark surrenders after a six-hour battle.

1942: US-Filipino forces are overwhelmed by the Japanese at Bataan.

1959: NASA names America’s first 7 astronauts for Project Mercury. On the same day, architect Frank Lloyd Wright dies aged 89.

1960: South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd survives an assassination attempt despite being shot twice in the face.

1962: Arnold Palmer wins the third of his 4 Masters titles in an 18 hole Monday playoff with Gary Player at Augusta. On the same day, “West Side Story” wins eight Oscars including best picture and best director at the Academy Awards. Star Rita Moreno wins for best supporting actress.

1963: Winston Churchill becomes the USA’s first honorary citizen.

1964: Singles chart:


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  1. Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles
  2. Little Children – Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas
  3. I Believe – The Bachelors
  4. World Without Love – Peter and Gordon
  5. Just One Look – The Hollies
  6. Not Fade Away – The Rolling Stones
  7. I Love You Because – Jim Reeves
  8. That Girl Belongs To Yesterday – Gene Pitney
  9. Tell Me When – The Applejacks
  10. Bits And Pieces – The Dave Clark Five

1966: Actress Sophia Loren marries director Carlo Ponti in Paris.

1967: The Monkees

1967: Album chart:

  1. The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
  2. The Monkees – The Monkees
  3. Best Of – The Beach Boys
  4. More Of The Monkees – The Monkees
  5. Four Tops Live – The Four Tops
  6. Come The Day – The Seekers
  7. Trini Lopez In London – Trini Lopez
  8. Images – The Walker Brothers
  9. Between The Buttons – The Rolling Stones
  10. Going Places – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

1969: First flight of Concorde 002 at Filton, Bristol. On the same day, Sikh busmen in Wolverhampton win the right to wear turbans on duty after a long-running campaign.

1976: The president of the Young Liberals, Peter Hain, is acquitted of robbing a branch of Barclays bank. On the same day, singer-songwriter Phil Ochs hangs himself at his sister’s home in Queen’s, New York.

1978: Gary Player shoots a record-tying final round 64 (−8) to win the Masters.

1979: The Deer Hunter wins the Oscar for best picture.

1983: On TV (Saturday)

CHANNEL 4

14.15Film: Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
Fictional account of the composer George Gershwin

16.30Spring Collection

17.05Brookside

18.00News Headlines and Weather

19.00American Bandstand’s 30th Aniversary Special

21.55The Cheryl Ladd Special

22.55Film: The Uninvited (1944)
Ghost story starring Ray Milland


LONDON WEEKEND

06.00Daybreak

07.00Good Morning Britain

08.40Data Run

09.30Sesame Street

10.30The Saturday Show

12.15World of Sport

17.05ITN News

17.15Greatest Hits – 1981

17.45The Fall Guy
Lee Majors stars as a stuntman

18.45Punchlines

19.153-2-1

20.15TJ Hooker
Police drama series starring William Shatner

21.15Tales of the Unexpected

21.45ITN News

22.00The Big Match
Highlights of Luton v Aston Villa, plus action from Newcastle v Blackburn and West Brom v Watford

23.00London News Headlines


BBC ONE

06.25Open University

08.55Dumb’s the Word

09.15Get Set

11.00Film: Apache Drums (1951)

12.15Grandstand
including the Grand National from Aintree

17.10Cartoon

17.35News

17.50The Dukes of Hazzard

18.40Pop Quiz
Mike Read asks the questions to David Grant (Lynx), Kevin Rowland, Stella Barker (Belle Stars), B A Robertson, Bill Nelson and Steve Askew (Kajagoogoo).

19.10Film: The Paper Chase (1973)
Comedy drama starring Timothy Bottoms, Lyndsey Wagner.and John Houseman, who won the Oscar for best supporting actor.

21.00News

21.15Dynasty

22.05Wogan

22.50Blood Money

23.45The Grand National


BBC TWO

06.25Open University

15.20Film: Having a Wonderful Time (1938)
Romantic comedy starring Ginger Rogers and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

16.25Film: Bachelor Mother (1939)
Romantic comedy starring Ginger Rogers and David Niven.

17.45Grand Slam

18.10States of Mind

19.00News

19.20Alfred Brendel Masterclass

20.05Film: Begging the Ring (1978)
A Cornish 18-year old trained by his ambitious father for the local wrestling championships, receives his call up to fight in the First World War.

21.00Roger Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

21.30Dancers: Sheffield

22.25News

22.30Film: Macbeth (1971)
Roman Polanski film starring Jon Finch and Francesca Annis.

1984: About 100 pickets are arrested during violent clashes with police outside two working coal pits in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

1988: Dave Prater of soul duo Sam & Dave is killed when his car leaves the road and hits a tree in Syracuse, Georgia. On the same day, singer Brook Benton dies aged 56.

1989: Nick Faldo wins the Masters for the first time.

1991: Record producer Martin Hannett, best known for his work with Joy Division, dies.

1992: John Major is elected prime minister after the Conservative Party wins the most votes in British electoral history.

1997: Songwriter Mae Boren Axton dies aged 82 in her bath.

1999: The president of Niger, Ibrahim Bare Mainassara, is shot dead in a coup attempt.

2002: More than a million people line the streets for the funeral of The Queen Mother.

2003: US troops roll into the Iraqi capital Baghdad as the regime of Saddam Hussein is toppled.

2005: The Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker-Bowles in a civil ceremony.

2006: Phil Mickelson wins his third US Masters.

2018: Fleetwood Mac announce that Lindsey Buckingham has been fired from the band and would be replaced on tour by Crowded House’s Neil Finn and guitarist Mike Campbell from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

2021: The Duke of Edinburgh dies aged 99.

BIRTHDAYS: Valerie Singleton, broadcaster, 85; Hannah Gordon, actress, 81; Steve Gadd, drummer, 73; Sorcha Cusack, actress, 73; Dennis Quaid, actor, 68; Iain Duncan Smith MP, politician, 68; Mark Kelly, keyboardist, (Marillion) 61; Marc Jacobs, fashion designer, 59; Joe (Charles) Scarborough, TV host/former US politician, 59; Cynthia Nixon, actress, 56; Robbie Fowler, former footballer, 47; Gerard Way, singer-songwriter (My Chemical Romance) 45; Rachel Stevens, singer (S Club 7) 44; Albert Hammond Jr, guitarist (The Strokes) 42; Jay Baruchel, actor, 40; Leighton Meester, actress, 36; Kristen Stewart, actress, 32; Elle (Mary) Fanning, actress, 24.

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