It happened today – this day in history – August 29

1261: Jacques Pantaleon is elected as Pope Urban IV.

1350: The English fleet under Edward III defeats a Castilian fleet of 40 ships at the Battle of Winchelsea.

1526: The Hungarian Empire is conquered by the Ottoman Empire led by Suleiman the Magnificent.

1640: Charles I signs a peace treaty with Scotland.

1708: British troops occupy Menorca and Sardinia.

1793: Slaves in Haiti are freed.

1799: Death of Pope PiusVI.

1831: Michael Faraday demonstrates the first electric transformer.

1833: Britain’s Slavery Abolition Act becomes law.

1842: Britain and China sign the Treaty of Nanking, ending the Opium War.

1862: The Second Battle of Bull Run, fought in Manassas, Virginia begins.

1864: William Huggins discovers the chemical composition of nebulae.

1883: Seismic sea waves created by the eruption of Krakatoa create a rise in the English Channel 32 hours after the explosion.

1885: Gottlieb Daimler receives the German patent for a motorcycle. On the same day, boxing’s first heavyweight title fight with 3-oz gloves and 3-minute rounds takes place between John L Sullivan and Dominick McCaffrey.

1896: Chop suey is invented in New York City by the chef of the visiting Chinese Ambassador.

1898: The Goodyear tyre company is founded.

1900: Gaetano Bresci, the assassin of King Umberto I of Italy, is tried and sentenced to life imprisonment.

1914: New Zealand forces capture German Samoa.

1916: Paul von Hindenburg replaces Von Falkenhayn as German chief of staff.

1920: Birth of jazz saxophonist, Charlie Parker in Kansas.

1929: Aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh makes her first solo flight.

1941: The German Einsatzkommando in Russia kills 1,469 Jewish children.

1943: The Danish Navy scuttles its warships so as not to be taken by Germany.

1945: The British liberate Hong Kong from Japan.

1950: British troops arrive in Korea to bolster US forces. On the same day, the International Olympic Committee votes to admit West Germany and Japan in 1952.

1953: The USSR explodes its first hydrogen bomb.

1958: George Harrison joins The Quarrymen after auditioning for John Lennon on the top deck of a Liverpool bus.

1960: Jordan’s premier Hazza-el-Madjali is fatally injured in a bomb attack. On the same day, Dawn Fraser wins the blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rome Olympics.

1965: Gemini V returns to Earth.

1966: The Beatles play their last concert before a paying audience at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

1967: The final TV episode of “The Fugitive” starring David Janssen is watched by an American audience of 78 million people.

1975: Death of former Irish president Eamon de Valera aged 92.

1976: Singer Jimmy Reed dies in San Francisco following an epileptic seizure just before his 51st birthday. On the same day, The Clash, The Sex Pistols and The Buzzcocks appear at a showcase event at The Screen On The Green, Islington.

1977: Three people are arrested in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis Presley’s body.

1981: The two-day Rock on the Tyne festival begins in Gateshead, featuring Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, U2, Rory Gallagher and Lindisfarne.

1982: Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman dies on her 67th birthday.

1985: TV on this day (Thursday)


06.15TV-am: Good Morning Britain

09.25Thames News Headlines

09.30The Little Rascals

09.40Potty Time

10.05Fireball XL5

10.30Freetime Special

10.55Cartoon Time


11.30About Britain

12.00Alfie Atkins

12.10Mooncat and Co.


13.00News at One

13.20Thames News

13.30Little House on the Prairie

14.25Home Cookery Club

14.30Something to Treasure

15.00Take the High Road

15.25Thames News Headlines

15.30Sons and Daughters

16.00Alfie Atkins

16.10Cartoon Time

16.20Inspector Gadget

16.45Garfield in the Rough

17.15Thames Sport

17.45News at 5.45

18.00Thames News

18.25What It’s Worth


19.00Emmerdale Farm

19.30Film: Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
Comedy starring Burt Reynolds

21.25Thames New Season Preview

21.30Seeds of Hope

22.00News at Ten

Starring Telly Savalas

23.30Belief in Action


14.30Film: Chance of a Lifetime (1950)
Depiction of industrial relations during post war austerity, starring, directed and co-written by Bernard Miles.

16.10The Three Stooges

16.30The Gong Show

17.00TV Movie: Ice Castles (1978)
Romantic drama about a young figure skater

19.00Channel Four News



21.00The Weekly’s War

23.40Dream Stuffing


06.50Breakfast Time

09.20The Pink Panther Show

09.40The Red Hand Gang


10.25C-P and Qwikstitch

10.30Play School

10.50Cricket: Sixth Test
England v Australia from The Oval

13.05News After Noon

13.22Regional News


13.40Cricket: Sixth Test





17.10Platypus Cove

17.35Kick Start

18.00The Six O’Clock News

18.35Regional news magazines



19.55Top of the Pops
Introduced by Janice Long and John Peel. Featuring Bananarama, Madness and The Thompson Twins.

20.25The Laughter Show
Starring Les Dennis and Dustin Gee

21.00The Nine O’Clock News

21.25Crimewatch UK
with Nick Ross and Sue Cook

22.10Bare Essence

23.45Crimewatch Update



06.30Open University

09.00Pages from Ceefax

16.15Cricket: Sixth Test

18.15Leonard Nimoy: Star Trek Memories

19.05Sgt Bilko
It’s For The Birds – classic comedy series starring Phil Silvers


20.10Sutton Hoo

21.00Sing Country

21.25Alec Clifton-Taylor’s English Towns

21.55Summer Season: After You Hugo



23.30Cricket: Sixth Test

1986: Britain’s oldest twins May and Marjorie Chavasse celebrate their 100th birthday.

1987: Actor Lee Marvin dies of a heart attack aged 63.

1990: Elton John checks into a rehab center in Chicago to receive treatment for bulimia, alcoholism and drugs.

2003: Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, the Shia Muslim leader in Iraq, is assassinated in a terrorist bombing, along with nearly 100 worshippers as they leave a mosque in Najaf.

2004: Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher clinches his fifth straight Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with a second place in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Singles chart:

  1. These Words – Natasha Bedingfield
  2. Baby Cakes – 3 Of A Kind
  3. Dumb – 411
  4. She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
  5. Guns Don’t Kill People Rappers Do – Goldie Looking Chain
  6. Thunderbirds – Busted
  7. Dry Your Eyes – The Streets
  8. Caught In A Moment – The Sugarbabes
  9. Is It Cos I’m Cool – Mousse T ft Emma Lanford
  10. Stand Up Tall – Dizee Rascal
2004: Anastacia

Album chart:

  1. Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned – The Prodigy
  2. Songs About Jane – Maroon 5
  3. Hopes And Fears – Keane
  4. Anastacia – Anastacia
  5. Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
  6. Final Straw – Snow Patrol
  7. A Grand Don’t Come For Free – The Streets
  8. Everyone Is Here – The Finn Brothers
  9. Confessions – Usher
  10. Under My Skin – Avril Lavigne

2005: Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, flooding 80% of the city when defensive barriers are overwhelmed (or some claim deliberately breached to save more affluent areas).

2009: The LA coroner confirmed Michael Jackson’s death was homicide, primarily caused by the powerful anaesthetic Propofol and the sedative Lorazepam. On the same day, Cristiano Ronaldo makes his debut for Real Madrid.

2012: The USADA strips drugs cheat Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.

2014: Riots break out in Guinea following rumours that health workers are deliberately transmitting the Ebola virus to locals.

2016: Death of actor/writer Gene Wilder aged 83.

2018: Germany hands back human remains of Namibian Herero and Nama people murdered during 1904-08 genocide at church service in Berlin. On the same day, former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond resigns from the Scottish National Party amid sexual abuse allegations.

BIRTHDAYS: William Friedkin, director, 85; Elliott Gould, actor, 82; Dick Halligan Keyboards, flute (Blood Sweat and Tears) 77; Chris Copping, bassist (Procol Harum) 75; Diamanda Galás, singer/composer, 65; Elizabeth Fraser, singer (Cocteau Twins) 62; Sir Lenny Henry, actor/comedian, 62; Rebecca De Mornay, actress, 61; Eddi Reader, singer, 61; Carla Gugino, actress, 49; Lea Michele (Sarfati) actress, 34; Liam Payne, singer (One Direction) 27.

Mick Ferris

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