It happened today – this day in history – August 27

1549: John Dudley Earl of Warwick destroys Robert Kett’s army at the Battle of Dussindale, ending Kett’s rebellion in Norfolk.

1610: Polish King Wladyslaw is crowned king of Russia.

1776: The British defeat Americans in the Battle of Long Island.

1783: The first unmanned hydrogen balloon flight reaches an altitude of 900m.

1798: The French army and Irish rebels rout a larger British force at the Battle of Castlebar in Ireland.

1799: A British invasion army lands in North Holland.

1813: Napoleon’s forces defeat Austria at the Battle of Dresden.

1883: The volcano Krakatoa, west of Java in Indonesia, erupts with a force of 1,300 megatons and kills approximately 40,000 people.

1892: The Metropolitan Opera House in New York catches fire.

1896: Britain defeats Zanzibar in the shortest recorded war in history (38 minutes). On the same day, Soviet electronic musical instruments inventor Leon Theremin is born.

1899: Birth of novelist C. S. Forester.

1913: Lt Pyotr Nesterov, of the Imperial Russian Air Service, performs the first acrobatic manoeuvre in an airplane (a loop) at Kiev.

1916: Romania declares war on Austria-Hungary.

1918: Spanish flu arrives in Boston, beginning the second and deadliest wave of the virus in the US.

1932: 200,000 English textile workers go on strike.

1941: The Shah of Iran Rezā Shāh Pahlavi abdicates the throne in favour of his son Mohammad Rezā Pahlavi.

1942: Cuba declares war on Germany, Japan and Italy.

1944: 200 RAF Halifax bombers attack oil installations in Hamburg.

1945: US troops land in Japan after Japanese surrender.

1950: The BBC transmits the first ever live television pictures across the Channel with a two-hour broadcast from Calais.

1952: Emil Zatopek wins the Olympic marathon in Helsinki.

1955: The Guinness Book of World Records is first published.

1956: Socialite Gloria Vanderbilt marries director Sidney Lumet.

1960: British swimmer Anita Lonsbrough breaks the world record for the 200m to win gold at the Olympic Games in Rome.

1965: The Beatles have an awkward meeting with Elvis Presley, with John Lennon later remarking: “Where’s Elvis? It was like meeting Engelbert Humperdinck.”

1966: Yachtsman Francis Chichester begins the first solo voyage around the world. On the same day, a race riot breaks out in Waukegan, Illinois.

1967: The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein is found dead, aged 32, at his Belgravia home. In shock, the band cut short their retreat in Wales with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and arrange to return to London.


1968: Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent dies aged 61 from a brain tumour.

1972: The US bombs Haiphong in North Vietnam.

Singles chart:

  1. You Wear It Well – Rod Stewart
  2. Mama Weer All Crazee Now – Slade
  3. School’s Out – Alice Cooper
  4. Silver Machine – Hawkwind
  5. All The Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople
  6. It’s Four In The Morning – Faron Young
  7. Layla – Derek and the Dominos
  8. Popcorn – Hot Butter
  9. Standing In The Road – Blackfoot Sue
  10. Seaside Shuffle – Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs
1972: ELP – Trilogy

Album chart:

  1. 20 Fantastic Hits – Various Artists
  2. Never A Dull Moment – Rod Stewart
  3. Greatest Hits – Simon and Garfunkel
  4. 20 Dynamic Hits – Various Artists
  5. School’s Out – Alice Cooper
  6. The Slider – T Rex
  7. Slade Alive – Slade
  8. American Pie – Don McLean
  9. Trilogy – Emerson Lake and Palmer
  10. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel

1975: Haile Selassie (Ras Tafari Makonnen) former Emperor of Ethiopia, dies of suspected assassination by strangulation at 83.

1976: Transsexual Renee Richards is barred from competing in the US Tennis Open.

1978: Actor Robert Shaw dies from a heart attack aged 51.

1979: The Queen’s cousin, Lord Louis Mountbatten, one of his grandsons, another teenager and The Dowager Lady Brabourne are killed by an IRA bomb on his boat off the fishing village of Mullaghmore, Ireland. On the same day, 18 soldiers are killed in two IRA booby-trap bomb attacks at Warrenpoint, South Down.

1984: Coronation Street actor Bernard Youens dies from a heart attack at 69.


06.25Good Morning Britain

09.25Sesame Street

10.20Porky Pig and Daffy Duck

10.30Film: Knights of the Round Table (1953)
Starring Robert Taylor as King Arthur and Ava Gardner as Guinevere

12.30Bank Holiday Sport Special
Including Golf: World Series from Ohio, powerboat racing, horse racing, wrestling and football results.

17.05ITN News and Sport

17.10Film: Death Car on the Freeway (1979)
Mysterious accidents keep happening to women on Los Angeles’ freeways and TV reporter Jan Clausen thinks she knows the maniac driver.

19.00The Krypton Factor
Television’s toughest quiz with Gordon Burns.

19.30Coronation Street
Mavis gets into a flap when Victor turns up begging her not to marry Derek.

20.00The Benny Hill Show

21.00ITN News

21.15Film: The Long Good Friday (1980)
Gangster movie starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren.

23.20Elton John in Central Park


15.15Film: Three Men in a Boat (1956)
Comedy in which three London gentlemen take vacation rowing down the River Thames, encountering various mishaps and misadventures along the way. Stars Laurence Harvey.


17.30WKRP in Cincinnati

18.00Well Being
Is marriage bad for your health?

18.40Let’s Parlez Franglais

19.00Channel 4 News Summary followed by Weather

19.02Party at the Palace
Song, dance and music from the Black Theatre Co-op with Victor Romeo Evans.

20.00A Childhood

21.00Kellogg’s City Centre Cycling
Road racing from Bristol.

22.00St Elsewhere
Dr Craig waits for a donor for a heart transplant operation.

23.00Film: The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Sci-fi tale starring Grant Williams


06.00Ceefax AM

06.30Breakfast Time
with Frank Bough and Fern Britton, weather with Francis Wilson, sport with David Icke and Bob Wilson, your Stars with Russell Grant and fitness with the Green Goddess, Diana Moran.



09.25The Best of Horses Galore

Dragon Stories by Ann Jungmann told by David Yip

10.05Take Hart with Tony Hart

10.25The Wombles

10.30Play School

10.55Bank Holiday Grandstand
Introduced by Desmond Lynam, featuring the Cornhill Insurance Test Match England v Sri Lanka from Lord’s with commentators Richie Benaud, Jim Laker, Tom Graveney and Ray Illingworth.
Racing from Ripon
International Show Jumping from Hickstead

17.05Disney Time


18.00Sport/Regional News

18.05Film: King Kong (1976)
Feature film starring Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges. On a remote island geologists in search of oil discover a 50-foot ape.

20.15Only Fools and Horses
starring David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst with Lennard Pearce.
The Trotters embark on a decorating venture.

20.45The Main News and Weather

21.00Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance
A special performance at the Palace Theatre, London, of the West End hit show Song and Dance starring Sarah Brightman and Wayne Sleep.

22.40The Edinburgh Military Tattoo

23.55News Headlines; Weather


06.05Open University


09.00Pages from Ceefax

Cornhill Insurance Test Match England v Sri Lanka f from Lord’s.

18.05Names and Games
Presented by Simon Bates with Anneka Rice and Fern Britton

18.55Dear Ladies
Mystery Weekend starring comedy characters Dr Evadne Hinge and Dame Hilda Bracket. Written by Gyles Brandreth.

Drama series about female POWs in Singapore. Rumours are growing of the Allies’ advance.

20.20International Show Jumping

21.00Stories by Oscar Wilde

21.15Edinburgh International Festival
Symphony From the New World by Dvorak from the Usher Hall in Edinburgh


22.35News on Two

22.40The Ritz
Comedy farce directed by Richard Lester, starring Jack Weston, Rita Moreno.

1985: Mary Joe Fernández at 14 years 8 days old becomes the youngest player to win at the US Tennis Open when she beats England’s Sara Gomer 6-1, 6-4 in a first round match. On the same day, General Ibrahim Babangida overthrows Major General Muhammadu Buhari’s regime in Nigeria.

1986: “The Golden Girls” and “Cagney & Lacey” dominate the Emmy Awards. On the same day, protests erupt in Soweto, South Africa, against evictions carried out after an 11-week rent boycott.

1987: Robert Maclennan MP succeeds Dr David Owen as leader of the SDP.

1990: All four defendants in the marathon Guinness trial are found guilty of being involved in a conspiracy to drive up the price of shares in the company. On the same day, guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan is killed when the helicopter he is in hits a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog in Wisconsin.

1991: Moldavia declares independence from the USSR.

1992: John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for the song A Day In The Life sell in an auction at Sotheby’s for $100,000 (£56,600).

1999: The three-day Reading Festival kicks off. The Charlatans, Blur, Catatonia, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chemical Brothers, The Divine Comedy and Reef appear over the weekend.

2000: The 540m Ostankino Tower in Moscow catches fire. Three people die.

2001: Angelina Jolie is named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in Geneva.

2003: Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years.

2004: 50 Cent is greeted by a barrage of plastic bottles filled with urine and booed off stage at the Reading Festival.

2008: Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party for President of the United States. On the same day, The Wrestler” directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Mickey Rourke wins the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

2013: Miley Cyrus’s risque performance with Robin Thicke at the MTV VMA Awards draws complaints from a parenting pressure group in the US.

2014: Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls the international response to Ebola “irresponsible” and “slow and derisory”.

2018: The UN releases a report saying Myanmar military leaders should face genocide and crimes against humanity charges for violence at Rohingya.

2019: Race car driver Jessi Combs dies while setting new fastest women’s land speed record of 522.783 mph at Alvord Desert, Oregon.

2020: Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant is sentenced to life without parole, for the killing of 51 mosque worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand,

BIRTHDAYS: Lady Antonio Fraser, author, 90; Phil Shulman, musician (Gentle Giant), 85; Barbara Bach (Lady Starkey), actress, 75; Paul Reubens (Rubenfeld), actor/comedian, 70; Alex Lifeson, guitarist (Rush), 69; Glen Matlock, bassist (Sex Pistols), 66; Bernhard Langer, golfer, 65; Gerhard Berger, racing driver, 63; Tom Ford, fashion designer/director/screenwriter, 61; Mark Curry, TV presenter, 61; Chandra Wilson, actress, 53; César Millán (Favela), dog whisperer, 53; Peter Ebdon, snooker player, 52; Denise Lewis, heptathlete, 50; Jimmy Pop (Franks) singer/songwriter (The Bloodhound Gang) 50; Dietmar Hamann, German footballer, 49; Sarah Chalke, actress, 46; Mark Webber, racing driver, 46; Suranne (Sarah Anne) Jones, actress, 44; Sarah Neufeld, violinist (The Arcade Fire), 43; Aaron Paul (Sturtevant), actor, 43; Demetria McKinney, actress/singer, 43; David Bentley, footballer, 38.