It happened today – this day in history – August 6

1497: Explorer John Cabot returns to Bristol from Newfoundland – the first European to do so since the Vikings.

1623: Death of Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare.

1637: Death of playwright and poet Ben Jonson aged 65.

1661: The Treaty of The Hague is signed whereby the Dutch Republic sells New Holland (Brazil) for 63 tonnes of gold to Portugal.

1675: Tsar Alexis bans foreign hair styles to those below the nobility.

1809: Birth of Alfred Tennyson in Lincs.

1825: Bolivia gains independence from Peru.

1856: The Great Bell, Big Ben, is cast in the Great Clock of Westminster.

1861: The British annex Lagos, Nigeria.

1881: Birth of bacteriologist Alexander Fleming, inventor of penicillin in Scotland.

1896: France annexes Madagascar.

1910: New York City Mayor William J Gaynor is seriously wounded during an assassination attempt.

1914: Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia. On the same day, Serbia declares war against Germany.

1918: The Second Battle of the Marne ends.

1926: Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel in 14 hours, 39 minutes.

1930: Remains of the balloon expedition of Solamon August Andrées to the North Pole in 1897 are found at Kvit oya Spitsbergen.

1931: Death of jazz cornetist Bix (Leon Bismarck) Beiderbecke aged 29.

1932. The first Venice Film Festival opens.

1934: US troops leave Haiti after 19 years.

1937: Franco’s artillery fires on Madrid.

1940: Estonia is annexed into the Soviet Union.

1942: Churchill fires General Auchinlek as Middle-East commander.

1944: The deportation of 70,000 Jews from Lodz to Auschwitz begins.

1945: The first atomic bomb is dropped by the US on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

1948: Dutch super athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen wins the London Olympics 200m in 24.4 to become the first woman to win three individual track & field gold medals.

1961: Cosmonaut Gherman Titov is launched into orbit aboard Vostok II and spends 25 hours in space.

1962: Jamaica becomes independent after 300 years of British rule.


1963: At Studio A of the Columbia Recording Studio, New York, Bob Dylan begins recording his third album The Times They Are A-Changin – his first to feature all original songs.

1965: Pakistani soldiers cross the Line of Control into Kashmir.

1966: Muhammad Ali knocks out Brian London with a barrage of punches in Round 3 at Earls Court to retain his undisputed world heavyweight title.

1970: The Concert For Peace is held at at New York’s Shea Stadium to mark the 25th anniversary of the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. Actis include Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Steppenwolf and Johnny Winter. On the same day, the four-day National Jazz, Blues and Pop Festival begins at Plumpton Racecourse in Sussex featuring Family, Black Sabbath, The Groundhogs, Cat Stevens, Deep Purple, Caravan and Yes.

1971: Chay Blyth becomes the first man to sail solo around the world east to west, against prevailing winds and currents.

On TV (Friday)


14.15Racing from Redar


16.00Yoga for Health


16.55Secret Squirrel





19.00On The Buses
Sit com starring Reg Varney

19.30The Sky’s The Limit Quiz show hosted by Hughie Green

20.00The FBI

Drama series starring Phyllis Calvert as a magazine agony aunt

22.00News At Ten

22.30Police Five

22.40Film: Dr Blood’s Coffin (1961)
Horror starring Kieron Moore as a doctor attempting to revive the dead, using kidnapped humans he deems to be unworthy of life.


12.00Cricket Second Test England v India Second day from Old Trafford

13.30Watch with Mother The Herbs

13.45News and Weather

13.53Steddfod 71


15.00Cricket Second Test


16.20Play School


16.55Score with The Scaffold

17.25Top Cat

17.50National News and Weather

18.00London This Week

18.20Apollo 15 Standby for Splashdown
The tragic deaths of three Russian Soyuz 11 astronauts last month have served as a reminder of how dangerous this part of the mission can be.

18.45We Want to Sing

19.15The Virginian
Western series starring James Drury

20.30A. P. Herbert’s Misleading Cases
starring Alastair Sim

21.00The Nine O’Clock News

21.20Jeux sans Frontieires
The second international heat in which teams compete for the Eurovision Trophy.
Commentators David Vine and Eddie Waring from Switzerland.

22.3524 Hours

23.05James Mason at the NFT
talking to Sylvio Narizzano and members of the National Film Theatre about his 35 years as a screen actor.

23.55Weather followed by Regional News and Weather


11.00Play School


16.30Cricket Second Test Match England v India



20.00A View of the Islands
The first in a film trilogy about the Channel Islands.

20.30Summer Review

21.20Get the Drift
Mild and bitter humour, with sweet and sour songs: Henry Livings, Alex Glasgow The Fivepenny Piece with guests Bernard Cribbins and Susan Littler

21.50The Spoils of Poynton
Henry James story dramatised in four parts

22.35News on 2 and Weather

22.40Late Night Line-Up

1972: Gary Player wins the PGA Championships at Oakland Hills.

1973: Stevie Wonder is seriously injured when the car he is riding in crashes into a truck in North Carolina leaving him in a coma for four days. On the same day, Dad’s Army actor James Beck dies from pancreatitis aged 44 and blues musician Memphis Minnie (credited as a co-writer on Led Zeppelin’s “When The Levee Breaks”) dies aged 76.

1977: Spurs let 32-year-old goalkeeper Pat Jennings move to rivals Arsenal for £45,000 believing his best years are behind him. Over the next eight years he makes another 237 League appearances for the Gunners.

1978: Pope Paul VI dies from a heart attack aged 80.

1979: Marcus Hooper, 12, becomes the youngest person to swim English Channel.

1984: Carl Lewis wins the long jump (8.54m), his second of four gold medals at the Los Angeles Olympics.

1987: SDP leader Dr David Owen resigns after members of his party vote to merge with the Liberals.

1989: Broadway’s longest-running musical revue “Oh! Calcutta” closes after 5959 performances. On the same day, 20 former South African political prisoners, in defiance of the restriction orders, launch a campaign against apartheid laws.

1990: Pakistan president Ghulam Ishaq Kahn dismisses Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. On the same day, the UN Security Council votes 13-0 (Cuba and Yemen abstain) to place economic sanctions against Iraq.

1991: Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web and WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.

1994: Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards books into a private clinic to be treated for nervous exhaustion.

1996: Korean Air Flight 801 crashes in Guam, killing 228 people. On the same day, fashion designer Ossie Clark dies aged 54.

2000: Singles chart:

  1. Rock DJ – Robbie Williams
  2. 7 Days – Craig David
  3. Time To Burn – Storm
  4. Freestyler – Bomfunk MCs
  5. Life Is A Rollercoaster – Ronan Keating
  6. We Will Rock You – Five & Queen
  7. The Real Slim Shady – Eminem
  8. I Can Only Disappoint You – Mansun
  9. 2Faced – Louise
  10. Battle – Wookie ft Lain
2000: The Corrs – In Blue

Album chart:

  1. Ronan – Ronan Keating
  2. In Blue – The Corrs
  3. The Mashall Mathers LP – Eminem
  4. Parachutes – Coldplay
  5. White Ladder – David Gray
  6. Play – Moby
  7. Greatest Hits – Whitney Houston
  8. Oops! I Did It Again – Britney Spears
  9. Affirmation – Savage Garden
  10. 7 – S Club 7

2005: The Athletics World Championships open in Helsinki.

2008: Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz stages a military coup in Mauritania, overthrowing president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi.

2012: Mount Tongariro in New Zealand, erupts for the first time in a century. On the same day, composer Marvin Hamlisch dies aged 68.

2019: The Philippines declares a national dengue fever epidemic. On the same day, a lawyer representing 800 boy scouts identifies 350 sex abusers within the Boy Scouts of America movement, saying: “It’s the largest paedophile ring on earth”.

2020: Singer Wayne Fontana (Glyn Ellis) dies from cancer at the age of 74.

BIRTHDAYS: Sir Chris Bonnington, mountaineer, 88; Mike Sarne, actor/director/singer, 82; John Kongos, singer-songwriter, 77; Michelle Yeoh (Choo-kheng) actress, 58; M Night (Manoj Nelliyattu) Shyamalan, director/screenwriter, 52; Geri Horner, singer (Spice Girls) 50; Vera Farmiga, actress, 49; Robin van Persie, footballer, 39; Ferne McCann, TV personality, 32.