It happened today – this day in history – February 12

1502: Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon on his second voyage to India.

1554: Queen of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey is executed for treason.

1762: The British fleet occupies the island of Martinique.

1771: Gustav III becomes King of Sweden after the death of predecessor Adolf Frederick.

1804: Death of philosopher Immanuel Kant aged 79.

1809: Birth of Abraham Lincoln in Kentucky. On the same day, Charles Darwin is born in Shrewsbury.

1818: Chile gains independence from Spain.

1832: Ecuador annexes the Galapagos Islands.

1886: The second British government of Lord Salisbury forms.

1912: The last Qing Emperor of China, Puyi, abdicates after losing the support of the Chinese people.

1915: Kaiser Wilhelm approves the strategic bombing of London’s docks.

1921: Winston Churchill becomes British Minister of Colonies. On the same day, Soviet troops invade Georgia.

1924: George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue” premieres at a concert called Experiment in Modern Music in New York.

1927: British expeditionary army lands in Shanghai.

1932: Sonja Henie of Norway wins her second of three consecutive Olympic gold medals in women’s figure skating at the Lake Placid Winter Games.

1935: The airship USS Macon crashes into the Pacific Ocean. On the same day, the first secret demonstration of radio signals detecting aircraft is carried out by Robert Watson-Watt.

1938: German troops enter Austria. On the same day, the first ‘Kindertransport’ carrying Jewish refugee children from Nazi Germany arrives in Britain.

1947: Fashion designer Christian Dior presents his first influential collection, named the “New Look”.

1950: Albert Einstein warns against the hydrogen bomb.

1954: The UK government establishes an organisation to control atomic energy in the country under The Atomic Energy Authority Bill.

1964: 21 people die in fighting between ethnic Turks and Greeks on Cyprus.


1966: On TV (Saturday)


11.50Say It In Russian

12.15Les Trois Coups

12.35The New Industrial Revolution


13.00World of Sport Including snooker, scrambling and racing from Lingfield Park

17.15Thank Your Lucky Stars
Jim Dale introduces Joe Brown, The Four Pennies, Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas and Gary Walker.



Western adventure series starring Lorne Green and Michael Landon

19.50Film: The Enforcer (1951)
Starring Humphrey Bogart as a district attorney pitted against a crime boss.

21.20The Morecambe and Wise Show


22.05Mystery and Imagination

23.10On the Braden Beat
Hosted by Bernard Braden

23.35Interpol Calling
12.00Making A Play
12.40Notice Board
Featuring racing, moto cross and rugby union England v Ireland
17.15Doctor Who
Starring William Hartnell
17.40The News And The Weather
17.50Juke Box Jury
Pete Murray, Lulu, Eddy Arnold, Barbara Windsor judge the week’s new releases. Hosted by David Jacobs.
18.15Dixon Of Dock Green
19.00The Western: The Last Of The Mohicans (1936)
The adventures of frontier scout Hawkeye, starring Randolph Scott.
20.25The Kathy Kirby Show
With guests Nina and Frederik and Dave Allen
Comedy series starring Elizabeth Montgomery.
21.35News And Sport
21.50The Spies
Your Own Hand Strikes You Dead starring Dinsdale Landen.
15.30 – 17.10Film: French Can-Can (1956) English subtitles.
19.30Rugby Special
20.20The Man In The Mirror
20.45Great Acting
21.35Not Only… But Also Comedy gold with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore with special guest Dionne Warwick
22.05Match Of The Day Kenneth Wolstenholme reports from one of the games in the FA Cup fourth round.
22.50News Summary
22.55The Idiot By Dostoevsky.
23.40Late Night Line-Up

1967: Police officers raid Redlands, the West Sussex home of Keith Richards with a warrant issued under the dangerous drugs act. Richards, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull are arrested.

1988: The US Navy frigate USS Yorktown is bumped by Russian frigate Bezzavetny in the Black Sea in dispute over the right of innocent passage.

1989: Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane is shot dead by loyalist paramilitaries at his home in north Belfast in front of his wife and three children. On the same day, Aretha Franklin lost a court case against Broadway producer Ashton Springer, who sued for $1 million when the singer failed to turn up for rehearsals for the stage show Sing Mahalia Sing, blaming her fear of flying.

1993: Two year-old James Bulger is abducted, tortured and beaten to death by two 10 year-old boys, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson.

1994: The Winter Olympic Games opens in Lillehammer, Norway. On the same day, The Scream by Edvard Munch is stolen in Oslo.

1999: President Bill Clinton is acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial.

2000: Singer Screamin’ Jay Hawkins dies aged 70 after emergency surgery for an aneurysm.

2002: The trial of former President of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic begins at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

2006: Singles chart:

  1. Thunder In My Heart Again – Meck ft Leo Sayer
  2. Nasty Girl – Notorious BIG/Diddy/Nelly
  3. Boys Will Be Boys – The Ordinary Boys
  4. Run It – Chris Brown ft Juelz Santana
  5. You Spin Me Round – Dead Or Alive
  6. Check On It – Beyonce ft Slim Thug
  7. You Got The Love – Source ft Candi Staton
  8. Sugar We’re Goin Down – Fall Out Boy
  9. Say Say Say (Waiting 4 U) – Hi Tack
  10. That’s My Goal – Shayne Ward
2006: James Blunt – Back To Bedlam

Album chart:

  1. Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not – The Arctic Monkeys
  2. Back To Bedlam – James Blunt
  3. Keys To The World – Richard Ashcroft
  4. Keep On – Will Young
  5. Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson
  6. The Very Best Of – Johnny Mathis
  7. Employment – Kaiser Chiefs
  8. The Life Pursuit – Belle & Sebastian
  9. From Daniel With Love – Daniel O’Donnell
  10. Veneer – Jose Gonzalez

2010: The Winter Olympic Games open in Vancouver, Canada.

2012: Zambia defeat Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations.

2014: Former New Orleans mayor, Ray Nagin is found guilty on corruption charges and sentenced to ten years in prison.

2015: Singer Steve Strange, (Harrington) of Eighties pop band Visage, dies aged 55 following a heart attack in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

2017: Adele wins five Grammys. On the same day, singer Al Jarreau dies of respiratory failure at the age of 76, just two days after announcing his retirement.

2018: Oxfam’s deputy director resigns over the charity’s failure to deal with sexual misconduct allegations in Haiti and Chad.

2019: The trial of 12 Catalonia independence leaders begins in Madrid. On the same day, England World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies aged 81.

2021: Tokyo Olympics Chief Yoshiro Mori resigns after ssaying that talkative women made meetings “drag on too long”.

BIRTHDAYS: Steve Hackett, guitarist (Genesis) 72; Michael McDonald, singer-songwriter, (Doobie Brothers) 70; Bill Laswell, bassist, 67; Brian Robertson, guitarist (Thin Lizzy) 66; Omar Hakim, drummer (Weather Report) 63; Mick Harford, football manager, 63; Gary Whelan, drummer (Happy Mondays) 56; Josh Brolin, actor, 54; Darren Aronofsky, director/screenwriter, 53; Jim Creeggan, bassist (Barenaked Ladies) 52; Gethin Jones, TV presenter, 44; Christina Ricci, actress, 42; Lisa Hannigan, singer-songwriter, 41; Nicolás Otamendi, footballer, 34; Casey Abrams, singer/bassist, 31; Benik Afobe, footballer, 29.