It happened today – this day in history – December 10

1394: James I of Scotland is born in Dunfermline Palace.

1510: Muslim ruler of Goa, Yusuf Adil Shah and his Ottoman allies surrender to Portuguese forces led by Alfonso de Albuquerque, who puts the Muslim population to the sword.

1520: Martin Luther publicly burns the papal edict demanding he recant.

1718: Laurence Eusden is appointed Poet Laureate by George I.

1745: Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army reaches Manchester.

1799: The metric system is first adopted in France.

1816: The Dutch regain Sumatra from the British.

1817: Mississippi is admitted as the 20th state of the Union.

1830: Poet Emily Dickinson is born in Amherst, Massachusetts.

1884: “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is published in the UK and Canada. The book didnblt appear in the US until February 1885 due to a printing error.

1887: Austria-Hungary, Italy and Great Britain sign the Balkan military treaty.

1898: The Treaty of Paris which ends the Spanish–American War is signed by US President McKinley. The US acquires The Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam.

1901: The first Nobel Peace Prizes are awarded to Red Cross founder Jean Henri Dunant and peace activist Frederic Passy. The first Nobel Prize in physics is awarded to Wilhelm Röntgen for his discovery of X-rays.

1903: The Nobel Prize for physics is awarded to Pierre and Marie Curie for their study of spontaneous radiation.

1906: US President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1907: Rudyard Kipling becomes the first English-language writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. On the same day, 1,000 medical students clash with 400 police officers in the worst night of London’s Brown Dog riots over the existence of a memorial for animals who have been vivisected.

1914: The French government returns to Paris.

1919: US President Woodrow Wilson is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1922: Danish physicist Niels Bohr is awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics, for his work on the structure of atoms.

1925: Playwright George Bernard Shaw is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

1936: Edward VIII signs the Instrument of Abdication, giving up the British throne for a life with American divorcee Wallis Simpson. He becomes Duke of Windsor and his brother Bertie, Duke of York, becomes King George VI.

1941: The British battleship Prince of Wales and battlecruiser Repulse are sunk following Japanese aerial attacks off Malaya. On the same day, Japanese troops overrun Guam.

1948: The UN General Assembly adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

1954: USAF Lt Col John Stapp travels at 632 mph in a rocket sled at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. On the same day, theologian/philosopher Albert Schweitzer wins the Nobel Peace Prize.

1959: The four male members of The Platters were acquitted of charges of aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation after an incident on August 10 in Cincinnati.

1961: Alfred Luthuli, leader of the banned African National Congress, attacks South Africa’s apartheid regime as he receives the Nobel peace prize.

1962: David Lean’s film “Lawrence of Arabia”, based on life of T. E. Lawrence and starring Peter O’Toole, premieres at the Odeon Leicester Square.


1963: Zanzibar gains independence from Great Britain.

1964: The Nobel Peace Prize is presented to Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

1967: Soul singer-songwriter Otis Redding and four members of the Bar-Kays are killed when the light plane they are travelling in crashes into the icy waters of Lake Monoma, Wisconsin.

1968: Joe Frazier beats Oscar Bonavena in 15 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.

1971: Frank Zappa is pushed off stage by the jealous boyfriend of an audience member. Zappa falls onto the concrete-floored orchestra pit suffering serious fractures, head trauma and injuries to his back, leg, and neck, as well as a crushed larynx, which ultimately causes his voice to drop a third. He remains wheelchair bound for almost a year and is unable to tour. On the same day, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt receives the Nobel Peace Prize.

1972: Singles chart:

  1. My Ding-a-Ling – Chuck Berry
  2. Gudbuy T’ Jane – Slade
  3. Crazy Hores – The Osmonds
  4. Solid Gold Easy Action – T Rex
  5. Long Haired Lover From Liverpool – Little Jimmy Osmond
  6. Why – Donny Osmond
  7. Crocodile Rock – Elton John
  8. Ben – Michael Jackson
  9. Angel/What Made Milwaukee Famous – Rod Stewart
  10. Shotgun Wedding – Roy C
1972: Slade – Slayed?

Album chart:

  1. 25 Rockin’ And Rollin’ Greats – Various Artists
  2. 20 Fantastic Hits Vol 2 – Various Artists
  3. 22 Dynamic Hits Vol 2 – Various Artists
  4. Slayed? – Slade
  5. 20 All Time Greats Of The 50s – Various Artists
  6. Back To Front – Gilbert o’Sullivan
  7. Portrait Of Donny – Donny Osmond
  8. Seventh Sojourn – The Moody Blues
  9. 20 Star Tracks – Various Artists
  10. Greatest Hits – Simon and Garfunkel

1974: The EEC calls for a European Parliament.

1979: Stunt motorcyclist Eddie Kidd successfully completes an 80ft leap across the River Blackwater at Maldon in Essex.

1981: A mystery epidemic discovered amongst gay men causes increasing concern in the US.

On TV (Thursday)


09.30Rocket Robin Hood

09.50Asian Insights

10.15Young Ramsay

11.05Welcome Back Kotter

11.30The Further Adventures of Oliver Twist

12.00Little Blue

12.10Get Up and Go!

12.30The Sullivans

13.00News at One

13.20Thames News

13.30Taff Acre

14.00After Noon Plus


15.45Three Little Words

16.15The Walt Disney Classic
Pluto’s Purchase

16.20Little House on the Prairie

17.15Coronation Street Birthday Special

17.45News at 5.45

18.00Thames News

18.25Sounds Like London

18.55The Streets of San Francisco

19.50Diagnosis: Murder

21.30TV Eye

22.00News at Ten

Gunfight at the OK Laundrette starring Denis Waterman and George Cole



12.30News After Noon

12.57Regional News

13.00Pebble Mill at One

13.45Pigeon Street

14.00When the Bough Breaks


15.53Regional News

15.55Play School

16.20Touche Turtle


16.40Scooby and Scrappy-Doo

17.00John Craven’s Newsround

17.05Blue Peter

17.35The Amazing Adventures of Morph

17.40Evening News and Weather

18.00Regional News

Presented by Frank Bough, Su Lawley Richard Kershaw, Hugh Scully and Sue Cook

18.55Tomorrow’s World
The latest news from the world of science and technology, presented by Kieran Prendiville, Judith Hann and Michael Rodd

19.20Top of the Pops
featuring Bucks Fizz, Showaddywaddy, Dollar, Adam and the Ants, The Police, ABBA and The Human League

19.55Blankety Blank
Terry Wogan hosts the comedy quiz with star guests Dawn Addams, Bernie Clifton Julia McKenzie, Brian Murphy Derek Nimmo and Tessa Wyatt

20.30Seconds Out

21.00Nine O’Clock News

Drama series about women in a POW camp in Singapore

22.20Question Time
Robin Day takes the chair on stage at the Greenwood Theatre, London, with Gerry Fitt MP, Joan Lestor MP, Emily MacFarquhar and The Rt Hon Francis Pym MP

23.18News Headlines

starring Telly Savalas


11.00Play School


12.00Open University

15.55Women of Our Time Sheena Easton – the Making of a Star.
The story of Sheena Easton is a real Cinderella story which began three years ago when the 19-year-old drama student from Glasgow was given the chance to make a pop record for The Big Time. Today, many hits later, she is an international star. This programme charts her meteoric rise to fame.

16.45The Camera and the Song

17.15Personal Pleasures with Sir Hugh Casson

17.40Daredevils of the Red Circle
Part 4: Evil Convict 39013 plots to blow up the Tri-City Gas Plant and destroy the city. Time is running out for the Daredevils as they battle to prevent the explosion.

18.00Monster Movie! Mighty Joe Young (1949)
Giant ape yarn starring Terry Moore

19.30News Summary and Weather

19.35Shakespeare in Perspective

20.00Living on the Land

20.30Russell Harty

21.00Eric Sykes
Profile of the comedian/writer

21.45Forty Minutes

22.25World’s End


23.30Billy Cobham’s Drum Clinic
The legndary Panamanian jazz drummer talks to an invited audience

1984: Archbishop Desmond Tutu is presented with the Nobel Peace Prize.

1990: The first of the hostages held in the Persian Gulf for four and a half months arrive in Britain after their release by Saddam Hussein.

1999: The Band bassist Rick Danko dies in his sleep at his home near Woodstock in New York state.

2003: The Court of Appeal quashes the conviction of Angela Cannings from Salisbury, jailed for life for the murder of her two baby sons.

2005: Comedian Richard Pryor dies aged 65.

2006: One million Lebanese opposition supporters gather in Beirut, calling for the government to resign.

2007: Led Zeppelin, with late drummer John Bonham’s son Jason on drums, play a triumphant one-off gig at the O2 stadium. More than a million people applied for the 18,000 tickets made available by ballot.

2009: US President Barack Obama accepts the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

2010: The original hand-written lyrics to Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin sell at a New York auction for $422,500.

2013: Uruguay becomes the first country to legalize the growth, sale, and use of marijuana.

2015: Janis Joplin’s psychedelic 1965 Porsche sells for $1.76 million at Sotheby’s car auction in New York.

2018: Prime Minister Theresa May cancels a parliamentary vote on the Brexit bill in the face of certain defeat. On the same day, French President Emmanuel Macron announces a rise in the minimum wage and tax concessions after weeks of civil unrest. Also, Russia’s most prolific mass murderer, Mikhail Popkov, is sentenced to a second life sentence for a total of 56 murders.

2019: Sydney, Australia, is blanketed in smoke from bush fires, pushing air quality to hazardous levels.

2020: Actress Barbara Windsor dies aged 83.

2021: Musician Michael Nesmith of The Monkees dies aged 78.

BIRTHDAYS: Ace (Christopher) Kefford, bassist (The Move) 76; Clive Anderson, TV personality/writer, 70; Paul Hardcastle, composer/musician, 65; Kenneth Branagh, actor/director, 62; J (Joseph) Mascis, guitar/vocals, (Dinosaur Jr) 57; Susannah Reid, TV personality/journalist, 52; Brian Molko, guitar, vocals, (Placebo) 50; Meg White, drummer (The White Stripes) 48; Raven-Symoné (Pearman) actress/singer, 37; Grace Chatto, cellist (Clean Bandit) 37; Charlie Adam, footballer, 37; Gonzalo Higuaín, footballer, 35; Wilfried Bony, footballer, 34; Danny Rose, footballer, 29.