It happened today – on this day in history – December 26

1492: The first Spanish settlement La Navidad in the New World is founded in modern day Haiti by Christopher Columbus.

1606: The first known performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear” before the court of King James I at Whitehall.

1620: Hungarian countess Elizabeth Bathory is uncovered as the most prolific female serial killer in history.

1776: George Washington defeats Hessians at the Battle of Trenton in the American Revolutionary War.

1791: Charles Babbage, inventor of the calculating machine, is born in London.

1860: The first ever inter-club football match between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield.

1871: Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, “Thespis”.

1891: Author Henry Miller is born in New York.

1908: Boxer Jack Johnson beats defending champion Tommy Burns in the 14th round when police stop the fight in Sydney, Australia, to become the first black man to win the world heavyweight title.

1916: Joseph Joffre becomes marshal of France.

1941: Winston Churchill becomes the first British Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress, warning that the Axis will “stop at nothing”. On the same day, jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald marries convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay.

1943: The British sink the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst.

1944: Budapest is surrounded by the Soviet army. On the same day, the Tennessee Williams play play “The Glass Menagerie” premieres in Chicago.

1951: Release of the John Huston film “The African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn.

1966: Jimi Hendrix writes “Purple Haze” backstage at the Upper Cut Club, London.

1967: BBC Television ridiculously broadcasts The Beatles film ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ in black and white. The next day, the British press pronounces the film an utter disaster. The negative reaction was so strong that a US television deal for broadcasting the movie was cancelled.

TV on this day (Tuesday)



10.50The Complements of the Seasons


13.00The Legend of Custer

13.55News Headlines

14.00World of Sport

16.45Children’s Television

16.52Children’s Television

17.20Children’s Television

17.50Sports Results


18.09Crossroads; The Weather Forecast

18.35Do Not Adjust Your Set
Pre Monty Python comedy series starring Michael Palin, Terry Jones and David Jason.

19.00The Benny Hill Show

20.00Waltz of the Toreadors

22.00News at Ten

22.30Down at the Old Bull and Bush

23.30Dragnet 1967



09.30News and weather

09.35Belle And Sebastian

10.00Film: Last Of The Mohicans (1936)
Randolph Scott stars as frontier scout Hawkeye

11.30Green Acres

11.55The Lions Of Longleat

12.30Z Cars

12.55Boxing Day Grandstand

15.45Film: The Road To Morocco (1942)
Comedy starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby

17.05Tom And Jerry

17.15Today’s Sport

17.25Top Of The Pops ’67
Featuring The Beatles, The Bee Gees, The Monkees, Procol Harum and others

18.10The News


19.30Frost Over Christmas

20.10This Is Petula Clark

20.35Film: Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
The Beatles’ fantasy coach trip


21.35Film: The Square Peg (1958)
Norman Wisdom comedy

23.00A Christmas Conversation
Starring Peter Ustinov with Judi Dench



11.00Play School


16.35Spike Milligan’s Sad/Happy Ending Story of the Bald Twit Lion

17.05The Andy Williams Ice Show Starring Andy Williams

17.55Face The Music

18.40The Danny Kaye Christmas Show

A highly-coloured version of The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan


21.45This Is The Life


23.25News Summary

23.30Late Night Line-Up

1970: British Olympic medallist Lillian Board MBE dies aged 22 after losing a battle against a virulent form of bowel cancer.


1972: Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer wins the Ballon d’Or. On the same day, former US President Harry Truman dies aged 88.

1974: Comedian Jack Benny (Benjamin Kubelski) dies of pancreatic cancer aged 80.

1976: The Sex Pistols record God Save The Queen at Wessex Studios, London.

Singles chart:

  1. When A Child Is Born – Johnny Matthis
  2. Under The Moon Of love – Showaddywaddy
  3. Money Money Money – ABBA
  4. Somebody To Love – Queen
  5. Portsmouth – Mike Oldfield
  6. Livin’ Thing – ELO
  7. Love Me – Yvonne Elliman
  8. Dr Love – Tina Charles
  9. Living Next Door To Alice – Smokie
  10. Bionic Santa – Chris Hill
1976: ABBA – Arrival

Album chart:

  1. 20 Golden Greats – Glen Campbell
  2. Arrival – ABBA
  3. 100 Golden Greats – Max Bygraves
  4. Disco Rocket – Various Artists
  5. Hotel California – The Eagles
  6. Greatest Hits – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
  7. Greatest Hits – ABBA
  8. A Day At The Races – Queen
  9. A New World Record – ELO
  10. Songs In The Key Of Life – Stevie Wonder

1978: Former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi is released from jail.

1979: Soviet Special forces take over the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.

1985: Zoologist Dian Fossey is murdered in Rwanda aged 53.

1986: Actress Elsa Lanchester dies aged 84.

1996: Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s home in Boulder, Colorado.

1998: Iraq announces its intention to fire upon US and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones. On the same day, severe gales over Ireland, northern England, and southern Scotland cause widespread disruption and widespread power cuts.

1999: Singer-songwriter Curtis Mayfield dies aged 57 from complications of type 2 diabetes. He had been paralysed from the neck down since August 1990 when stage lighting equipment fell on him at an outdoor concert in New York.

2003: An earthquake devastates the Iranian city of Bam, killing tens of thousands and destroying the citadel of Arg-é Bam.

2004: A massive tsunami caused by an undersea earthquake kills more than 230,000 people in 13 countries across southern Asia.

2006: Michael Jackson files a lawsuit against his former accountants, claiming they withdrew $2.5 million a year from his bank accounts but did not properly pay his bills. On the same day, Teddy Sheringham scores for West Ham Utd in a 2-1 loss to Portsmouth at Upton Park to become the oldest goalscorer in Premier League history at 40 years, 268 days. Also, former US President Gerald Ford dies aged 93.

2008: With Hull City trailing 4-0 at Manchester City, manager Phil Brown refused to allow his players to return to the dressing room during the half-time break. Instead he sat them on the pitch and gave the players the sharp edge of his tongue in front of the 5500 travelling fans.

2012: Gerry Anderson, creator of classic TV series Supercar, Fireball XL5, Singray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlett and others, dies from Alzheimer’s disease aged 83. On the same day, Singer Fontella Bass dies after a heart attack aged 72.

BIRTHDAYS: Abdul ‘Duke’ Fakir, singer/arranger (The Four Tops) 85; Phil Spector, record producer, 81; Dermot Murnaghan, broadcaster, 63; Lars Ulrich, drummer (Metallica) 57; Jared Leto, actor/musician, 49; Beth Behrs, actress, 35; Kit Harrington, actor, 34; Hugo Lloris, goalkeeper, 34; Aaron Ramsey, footballer, 30.