It happened today – this day in history – December 9

1608: Birth of poet John Milton in London.

1625: England and The Netherlands sign a military treaty.

1688: James II’s wife and son flee England for France.

1747: Great Britain and The Netherlands sign a military treaty (yes, another).

1783: The first execution at Newgate Jail in London – now the site of The Old Bailey.

1854: Alfred Tennyson’s poem “Charge of the Light Brigade” is published in “The Examiner.”

1856: The Iranian city of Bushehr surrenders to occupying British forces.

1868: The first government of William Gladstone forms. On the same day, the first traffic lights are installed outside the Palace of Westminster. They use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.

1899: During the Siege of Ladysmith, Boers storm King’s Post and Caesar’s Camp but are driven back.

1903: The Norwegian parliament votes for female suffrage.

1905: The French Assembly National votes for the separation of church and state.

1910: French troops occupy the Moroccan port of Agadir.

1917: British forces under General Allenby capture Jerusalem.

1918: French troops occupy Mainz in Germany.

1926: The US Golf Association accepts the use of steel shaft golf clubs.

1931: The Japanese army attacks the Chinese province of Jehol. On the same day, Spain becomes a republic.

1939: Russian planes bomb Helsinki.

1940: British assault on Benghazi, Libya, the first major allied offensive in North Africa.

1941: China declares war on Japan, Germany and Italy. On the same day, Hitler orders US ships to be torpedoed.

1952: Sunshine returns following four days of thick smog that brought London to a standstill.

1960: The first episode of Coronation Street is broadcast on ITV.

1961: Tanganyika gains independence from Britain and takes the name Tanzania.


1964: Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane’s quartet records the legendary album “A Love Supreme” at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

1965: Singles chart:

  1. The Carnival Is Over – The Seekers
  2. We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper – The Beatles
  3. My Generation – The Who
  4. Wind Me Up (Let Me Go) – Cliff Richard
  5. A Lover’s Concerto – The Toys
  6. 1-2-3 – Len Barry
  7. The River – Ken Dodd
  8. Tears – Ken Dodd
  9. Get Off My Cloud – The Rolling Stones
  10. Princess In Rags – Gene Pitney

1967: Nicolae Ceaușescu becomes President of Romania.

1973: Tripartite talks on Northern Ireland at Sunningdale end in an historic agreement to set up a Council of Ireland. On the same day, Arab oil ministers announce a further production cut of 5 per cent for non-friendly countries.

On TV (Sunday)


09.30Morning Service

10.35Artists at Work

11.00Around the World in 80 Days

11.30The Jackson Five Cartoon eries

12.00Weekend World


14.05The Big Match
Highlights of yesterday’s games West Ham v Man City, Hukl City v Crystal Palace and Derby County v Arsenal

15.05Kung Fu

16.00The Golden Shot
Presented by Charlie Williams

16.50The Adventurs of Black Beauty



18.15Out of the Darkness

18.35The Big Questions

19.00Stars on Sunday

19.25Sunday Night at the London Palladium
Presented by Jim Dale and starring Tom Jones

20.20The File on Thelma Jordon


22.15Oranges and Lemons

23.15Russell Harty Plus One
With guest Clliff Richard


09.00Nai Zindagi Naya Jeevan


11.00Seeing and Believing



13.15Made in Britain

13.30Story Theatre

13.55Mr Benn

14.10The Britain Around Us

14.55Film: What a Crazy World (1963)
starring Joe Brown, Susan Maughan, Marty Wilde with Harry H. Corbett. A working class lad has ambitions of breaking into the music industry.

16.20Ask Aspel

16.40The Basil Brush Show

17.10Hawkeye, the Pathfinder

18.05News and Weather

18.15The Sunday Debate

18.50Billie Whitelaw appeals on behalf of MIND

18.55Songs of Praise

19.25The Onedin Line
starring Peter Gilmore

20.15Film: Heaven Knows, Mr Allison (1957)
Starring Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum. A hard-bitten US Marine is washed ashore on a small Pacific island during the Second World War and finds it already inhabited by a young nun.

21.55News and Weathre

22.05Bejart + Boulez = Ballet

22.55Parkinson Meets…. Richard Harris


12.00Open University



15.55The Money Programme

16.40Open Door

17.25The Ascent of Man

18.15News Review

18.50See You Sunday

19.25The World About Us

20.15The Shadow of the Tower
with James Maxwell as Henry VII. Warwick and Warbeck are still imprisoned in the Tower but Henry is under extreme pressure to put them both to death.

21.05The Return of Maria Callas

22.05Morecambe and Wise Show
Eric and Ernie with guests Nana Mouskouri and George Hamilton IV

22.50News on 2

22.55Up Sunday
Satire with with William Rushton, John Wells John Fortune, James Cameron and Clive James.


1982: The World Boxing Council is first to reduce the length of championship fights from 15 to 12 rounds, and allows referees to order a standing 8-count for fighters in trouble.

1987: The England cricket tour of Pakistan hangs in the balance after a row erupts between England captain Mike Gatting and umpire Shakoor Rana.

1990: Lech Walesa wins Poland’s first direct presidential election.

1993: The mission to repair the Hubble telescope in outer space is declared an unqualified success.

1996: Horrett Campbell, a 33-year old paranoid schizophrenic who attacked three children and four women with a machete at an infant school teddy bears’ picnic in Wolverhampton is found guilty of seven counts of attempted murder.

2000: Tottenham defender Ledley King scores the fastest goal in English Premier League history after 9.82 seconds in a 3-3 draw at Bradford City.

2003: Ozzy Osbourne is admitted to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, after breaking his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck in a quad bike accident at his UK home.

2008: Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

2010: Eric Clapton announces he is to sell off part of his extensive guitar collection to raise money for his Crossroads rehab centre in Antigua.

2012 – Rihanna – Unapologetic

2012: Album chart:

  1. Right Place Right Time – Olly Murs
  2. Christmas – Michael Buble
  3. Take Me Home – One Direction
  4. Merry Christmas Baby – Rod Stewart
  5. The Very Best Of – Neil Diamond
  6. Unapologetic – Rihanna
  7. Our Version Of Events – Emeli Sande
  8. Take The Crown – Robbie Williams
  9. Storyteller – Alfie Boe
  10. Magic Of The Movies – Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra

2014: A report is released, detailing the CIA’s use of torture on detainees between 2001-2006.

2017: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Arabi declares victory over Islamic State in Iraq. On the same day, same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia.

2019: Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies aged 61 following a 17-year battle with cancer. On the same day, the World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from all major sporting events including the Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar for manipulating laboratory data. Also, the volcano Whakaari, a tourist attraction in New Zealand erupts killing 16.

2020: Italian footballer Paolo Rossi dies aged 64.

2021: Actor Jussie Smollett is found guilty by a Chicago court of falsely reporting a hate crime in 2019,

2022: A sheet of paper on which Charls Darwin defended his theory of evolution in 1865 sells for a record $882,000 at Sotheby’s.

Dame Judi Dench (photo: Caroline Bonarde Ucci)

BIRTHDAYS: Dame Judi Dench, actress, 89; Beau (Lloyd) Bridges, actor, 82; Joan Armatrading, singer-songwriter, 73; Michael Dorn, actor, 71; John Malcovich, actor, 70; Donny Osmond, singer, 66; Nick Seymour, bassist, (Crowded House) 65; Felicity Huffman, actress, 61; Paul Landers, guitarist (Rammstein) 59; Geoff Barrow, producer/songwriter/instrumentalist/DJ (Portishead) 52; Tre Cool (Frank Wright) drummer (Green Day) 51; Reiko Aylesworth, actress, 51; Imogen Heap, singer-songwriter, 45; Jesse Metcalfe, actor, 45; Simon Helberg, actor, 43; Jermaine Beckford, footballer, 40.