It happened today – this day in history – August 7

1560: Birth of Elizabeth Bathory, Hungarian countess and most prolific female serial killer in history, in Nyírbátor.

1573: Francis Drake’s fleet returns to Plymouth after a year spent raiding for Spanish treasure.

1606: First performance of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace for James I.

1802: Napoleon orders the re-instatement of slavery on St Domingue (Haiti).

1914: Lord Kitchener “Your country needs you” poster appears across the UK. On the same day, Russia invades East Prussia .

1930: A large mob estimated at 2,000, lynch two young black men Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana.

1933: The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail.

1934: The US Court of Appeals upholds a lower court ruling striking down the government’s attempt to ban James Joyce’s novel “Ulysses”.

1936: Argentina wins the polo gold medal beating Britain 11-0 in the final at the Berlin Olympics, the last time the sport is contested at the Games.

1940: Churchill recognizes De Gaulle’s French government in exile. On the same day, Alsace Lorraine is annexed by Nazi Germany.

1942: The first American offensive in the Pacific during the Second World War at Guadalcanal. On the same day, the Dutch resistance bombs Rotterdam railway station.

1947: Adventurer Thor Heyerdahl and the crew of the Kon-Tiki crash into a reef in the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia, after 101 days crossing the Pacific Ocean.

1948: Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins her fourth track & field gold medal of the London Olympics as part of the Dutch 4 x 100m relay team – while pregnant with her third child.

1950: Ferdi Kübler becomes first Swiss rider to win the Tour de France.

1955: Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan.

1956: The British government sends three aircraft carriers to Egypt.

1957: Comedy legend Oliver Hardy dies aged 65.

1958: Playwright Arthur Miller’s conviction for contempt of Congress after refusing to tell the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) two years earlier the names of alleged Communist writers with whom he attended five or six meetings in New York in 1947, is quashed.

1959: Explorer 6 transmits the first TV photo of Earth from space.

Singles chart:

  1. Living Doll – Cliff Richard
  2. Dream Lover – Bobby Darren
  3. Battle Of New Orleans – Lonnie Donegan
  4. A Big Hunk O’ Love – Elvis Presley
  5. Lipstick ON Your Collar – Connie Francis
  6. A Teenager In Love – Marty Wilde
  7. Roulette – Russ Conway
  8. Personality – Anthony Newley
  9. Lonely Boy – Paul Anka
  10. It’s Late – Ricky Nelson

1960: The Ivory Coast gains independence from France.

1960: Elvis Presley – Elvis Is Back

Album chart:

  1. South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  2. Elvis Is Back – Elvis Presley
  3. It’s Everly Time – The Everly Brothers
  4. The Flower Drum Song – Original Broadway Cast
  5. The Great Caruso – Mario Lanza
  6. Elvis Golden Records Volume 2 – Elvis Presley
  7. My Fair Lady – Original Broadway Cast
  8. Can-Can – Original Cast
  9. Gigi – Original Cast
  10. Most Happy Fella – Original Broadway Cast

1964: The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds and Mose Allison appeared at the fourth Richmond Jazz Festival. On the same day, Turkey begins an air attack on Greek Cypriots.


1966: A race riot breaks out in Lansing, Michigan.

1970: Beginning of the three-day Goose Lake International Music Festival in Michigan featuring Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, The Stooges, Mountain and Chicago,

1971: Apollo 15 returns to Earth.

On TV tonight (Saturday)


11.20RAC. Road Report

11.25Farmhouse Kitchen



12.50World of Sport
Including On The Ball, horse racing, International Sports Special, Wrestling and results.


17.40The Trouble With You Lilian
Sit com starring Patricia Hayes and Dandy Nichols.


18.15No, That’s Me Over Here
Sit com created by Eric Idle, Graham Chapman and Barry Cryer starring Ronnie Corbett.

18.45The Des O’Connor Show

19.45Film: No Trees in the Street (1959)
Thriller starring Sylvia Sims and Herbert Lom

21.30News and Apollo 15 landing

22.00 – 23.00The Guardians
Set 10 years in the future, the UK has broken up, and England is ruled by a fascist military force.


23.40 – 00.40Manhunt


10.30Steddfod 71



11.25Cricket Second Test Match
England v India from Old Trafford


17.20The Pink Panther Show

17.40Great Zoos of the World 5: West Berlin


18.20Match of the Day
The Watney Cup final between West Bromwich Albion and Colchester United.

19.20The Saturday Western: Apache Drums (1951)

20.30It’s Lulu
With guests The Dudley Moore Trio, Buddy Greco and Gilbert O’Sullivan.


21.30Apollo 15 Splashdown

22.00Up Pompeii!
Comedy series starring Frankie Howerd

22.35Apollo 15

With guest Orson Welles.



15.00Saturday Cinema: Model for Murder (1959)
An American officer scours Britain in search of his dead brother’s girlfriend and becomes involved in a jewel heist.

16.10North Sea Strike

16.30Cricket Second Test Match



19.30News and Sport

19.40The Codebreakers

20.10Look, Stranger

20.30Cousin Bette
Dramatisation of the tale by Honore de Balzac starring Maggie Tyzack.

21.15Creedence Clearwater Revival in concert

22.05Oh God, Nigel, I Can’t Stand It Any More ..

23.05News On 2 and Weather

23.10Film Night Special
Sheridan Morley talks to Olivia de Havilland.

23.40Midnight Movie This Man Reuter (1940)
Starring Edward G Robinson.

1972: Ugandan leader, Idi Amin, sets a 90-day deadline for the expulsion of most of the country’s Asians.

1976: US Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after an 11-month flight from Earth.

1984: Singer Esther Phillips dies aged 48 from liver and kidney failure.

1985: Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan’s first astronauts.

1987: American woman Lynne Cox becomes the first person to swim the Bering Strait from Alaska to the Soviet Union.

1990: The US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia at the beginning of Operation Desert Shield.

1994: The first telephone link between Israel and Jordan.

1998: US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania are bombed within minutes of each other, killing 230 and injuring more than 4,000 people.

2001: The government re-nationalises a private hospital for the first time, paying £27million for the luxury Heart Hospital just off Harley Street in central London. On the same day, Harmonica player Larry Adler dies aged 87.

2003: Amrozi bin Nurhasyim is convicted and sentenced to death for the Bali nightclub bombings which killed 190 people in 2002.

2007: Lily Allen has her US work visa cancelled after arriving at Los Angeles airport in connection with an alleged assault in London three months earlier.

2008: Elvis Presley’s peacock jumpsuit is sold at auction for $300,000. On the same day, Georgia moves troops into self-proclaimed republics of South Ossetia and Tskhinva who are supported by Russia at the beginning of the Russo-Georgian War.

2010: Robbie Williams marries actress Ayda Field in Beverly Hills.

2011: Marshall Grant, who played bass for Johnny Cash from 1954-1980, dies aged 83.

2015: US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump says in a CNN interview that news anchor Mergyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”.

2016: British swimmer Adam Peaty records a world record 57.13 to win the gold medal in the men’s 100m breaststroke at the Rio Olympics.

2018: China bans release of Winnie the Pooh movie “Christopher Robin”, after character used to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping. On the same day, Australia’s population hits 25 million according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

BIRTHDAYS: Siggi Held, German footballer, 79; Rodney Crowell, guitarist, 71; Alexei Sayle, comedian/actor, 69; Bruce Dickinson, singer (Iron Maiden) 63; David Duchovny, actor/director, 61; Raul Malo, singer-songwriter/guitarist (The Mavericks) 56; Kristin Hersh, singer-songwriter/guitarist (Throwing Muses) 55; Paul Lambert, football manager, 52; Dominic Cork, cricketer, 50; Michael Shannon, actor, 47; Charlize Theron, actress, 46; Samantha Ronson, DJ, 44; Abbie Cornish, actress, 39; Davood Ghadami, actor, 39; Tina O’Brien, actress, 38; Helen Flanagan, actress, 31.