It happened today – this day in history – December 30

1460: The Duke of York is killed and his forces soundly defeated by forces for Henry VI at the Battle Of Wakefield in the Wars of the Roses.

1621: James I cracks the Protestation of Parliament.

1703: An earthquake hits Tokyo, killing 37,000.

1835: The Georgia gold rush forces Cherokees to move across the Mississippi River.

1865: Author Rudyard Kipling is born in Bombay.

1877: Johannes Brahms’ 2nd Symphony in D, premieres in Vienna.

1879: Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” premieres.

1884: Anton Bruckner’s 7th Symphony in E premieres in Leipzig.

1897: The province of Zululand is annexed to Natal colony.

1903: An electric arc lamp sets fire to the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago leaving 602 dead in one of the deadliest blazes in American history.

1906: Persia becomes a constitutional monarchy.

1944: King George II of Greece, abdicates.

1947: King Michael of Romania is forced to abdicate his throne by communists, sending him into exile as the country is declared a republic.

1950: Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia become Independent states within the French Union.

1958: Fidel Castro’s Cuban rebels edge closer to Havana in a bid to overthrow the military regime of President Batista.

1965: Ferdinand Marcos is inaugurated as President of the Philippines.

1967: Songwriter Bert Berns dies of heart failure aged 38.

1968: Frank Sinatra records My Way, a French melody with English lyrics by Paul Anka.

1969: Peter Tork quits The Monkees, buying himself out of his contract which leaves him broke.


1970: Boxer Sonny Liston dies aged 40 from a supposed heroin overdose.

1972: US President Richard Nixon halts the bombing of North Vietnam and announces peace talks.

1974: The Beatles’ business partnership is legally disbanded.

(On TV – Monday)


09.30Out of School

11.00Squash Rackets

11.10Animated Classics

12.00Hickory House

12.15Issi Noho

12.30Look Who’s Talking

13.00First Report

13.20Lunchtime Today

13.30Emmerdale Farm

14.00Good Afternoon

14.30Jim’s World

15.00The Girl Who Came Gift-Wrapped
Made for TV movie


16.50The Swiss Family Robinson

17.20University Challenge



18.40Opportunity Knocks!

19.30Coronation Street

20.00Dave Allen: Eccentrics at Play


22.00News at Ten

22.30Film: Lock Up Your Daughters ! (1969)
A trio of sailors go looking for girlfriends in 18th-century London


10.10Right Charlie

10.25The Languages of Animals

10.55Out of School

11.45Star Trek
The Apple: To the landing party from the USS Enterprise it seems like a blooming paradise at first, but the flowers spew death, and the natives don’t know about the birds and the bees.

12.35News and Weather

12.40The Best of Knockout
Another chance to see some of the funniest, the craziest and the most spectacular moments of the 1974 series at home and abroad.

13.35Andy Pandy

13.50Film: Postman’s Knock (1962)
Starring Spike Milligan. A village postman is transferred to a busy London post office, but his energetic activities in the cause of speed and efficiency cause some unexpected problems.


15.58Regional News

16.00Play School

16.25Deputy Dawg


16.50Blue Peter
with Valerie Singleton, John Noakes, Peter Purves and Lesley Judd.

17.20Boss Cat

17.45National News and Weather

Presented by Michael Barratt, Frank Bough, Bob Wellings and Sue Lawley

18.50Film: The Gold Rush (1925)
Specially prepared sound version of the Chaplin classic with Charlie speaking his own narration.

20.00Spectacular Britain
with David Attenborough

21.00Nine O’Clock News and Weather

21.25Churchill’s People

22.10Holiday 75

22.45Film: The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935)
Thriller starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll


11.00Play School


18.30The Engineer Through the Looking Glass


19.45Look, Stranger

20.10Alias Smith and Jones

21.00Call My Bluff


22.20Centre Play

22.50News Extra

23.20Test Cricket Australia v England
Richie Benaud with highlights of the fourth day’s play in the Third Test.

Gabriel Woolf reads Thrushes by Ted Hughes

1979: Composer Richard Rodgers dies aged 77.

Singles chart:

  1. Anothr Brick In The Wall – Pink Floyd
  2. I Have A Dream – ABBA
  3. Day Trip To Bangor – Fiddler’s Dram
  4. I Only Want To Be With You – The Tourists
  5. Brass In Pocket – The Pretenders
  6. Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney
  7. Rappers’ Delight – The Sugarhill Gang
  8. Walking On The Moon – The Police
  9. Que Sera Mi Vida – The Gibson Brothers
  10. My Simple Heart – The Three Degrees
1979: The Police – Reggatta de Blanc

Album chart:

  1. Greatest Hits – Rod Stewart
  2. Greatest Hit Volume 2 – ABBA
  3. 20 Hottest Hits – Hot Chocolate
  4. Love Songs – Elvis Presley
  5. The Wall – Pink Floyd
  6. Peace In The Valley – Various Artists
  7. Reggatta de Blanc – The Police
  8. 20 Golden Greats – Diana Ross
  9. Greatest – The Bee Gees
  10. Greatest Hits – ELO

1994: Two women are shot dead when a gunman opens fire at two neighbouring abortion clinics in a suburb of Boston.

1999: George Harrison is stabbed in the chest when he confronts an intruder at his home in Henley-on-Thames. Wife Olivia fights the attacker off by hitting him over the head with a lamp.

2002: Singer Diana Ross is arrested for drink driving in Tuscon, Arizona.

2004: Bandleader Artie Shaw (Arthur Arshawsky) dies aged 94.

2006: Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is hanged aged 69.

2011: Actor David Tennant marries actress Georgia Moffett, the daughter of another former Doctor Who, Peter Davison.

2014: Actress Louise Rainer dies aged 104.

2016: Alan Williams, The Beatles’ first manager, dies aged 86. On the same day, Ray Davies of The Kinks is awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours.

2018: Singer Miley Cyrus marries actor Liam Hemsworth.

2021: A winter wildfire destroys nearly 1000 homes at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado, in suburban neighborhoods between Boulder and Denver.

2022: Queen guitarist Brian May is awarded a knighthood for services to music and charity.

Ellie Goulding

BIRTHDAYS: Patti Smith, songwriter/poet.77; Clive Bunker, drummer (Jethro Tull) 77; Jeff Lynne, singer-songwriter/producer (ELO) 76; Tracy Ullman, actress, 64; Charlie Nicholas, football pundit, 62; Jay Kay, singer-songwriter (Jamiroquai) 54; Sister Bliss (Ayalah Bentovim) keyboards (Faithless) 53; Tiger (Eldrick) Woods, golfer, 46; Lucy Punch, actress, 46; Eliza Dushku, actress, 43; Kristin Kreuk, actress, 41; Ellie Goulding, singer-songwriter, 37; Caity (Caitlin) Lotz, actress, 37; Ollie Watkins, footballer, 28.