It happened today – this day in history – February 18

1294: Death of Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan.

1478: George, Duke of Clarence, is convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV and is privately executed in the Tower of London (allegedly by being drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine).

1503: Henry Tudor (later Henry VIII) is made Prince of Wales.

1516: Birth of Mary Tudor (Bloody Mary)

1519: Conquistador Hernan Cortes leaves Cuba for the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico with 11 ships and 500 men.

1546: Death of theologian Martin Luther.

1564: Death of Michelangelo.

1587: Mary, Queen of Scots is beheaded

1678: John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” is published in London.

1745: Bonnie Prince Charlie’s troops occupy Inverness.

1814: The Battle of Montereau; victory of French under Napoleon Bonaparte against Austrians and Württembergers under the King of Württemberg.

1861: Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia becomes first King of Italy.

1876: A direct telegraph link is established between Britain and New Zealand.

1884: General Charles Gordon arrives in Khartoum.

1885: Mark Twain publishes the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in the US.

1901: Winston Churchill makes his maiden speech in the House of Commons.

1915: Germany begins a blockade of Britain. On the same day, US outlaw Frank James dies aged 72.

1921: British troops occupy Dublin.

1930: Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto .

1942: Japanese troops land on Bali

1943: German Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbells demands “total war” from German citizens in a speech at Berlin Sportpalast.

1951: Nepal becomes a constitutional monarchy.

1954: The Secretary of the US army orders two generals subpoenaed by anti-Communist senator Joseph McCarthy to ignore the summons. On the same day, The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles by L Ron Hubbard.

1959: Ray Charles records What’d I Say in New York.


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1960: The Winter Olympic Games open in Squaw Valley, California.

1963: Hugh Gaitskell, leader of the Labour Party, dies aged 56.

1965: The Beatles record You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away and Tell Me What You See for the Help! Album at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, St John’s Wood. On the same day, Gambia becomes independent from the UK.

1966: Brian Wilson begins recording Good Vibrations with the Wrecking Crew of top session musicians while The Beach Boys are away on tour.

1967: Death of theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer – father of the atomic bomb, aged 62.

1968: David Gilmour joins Pink Floyd.

1969: Singer Lulu marries Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees in Bucks.

1973: Singles chart:

  1. Blockbuster – The Sweet
  2. Part Of The Union – The Strawbs
  3. Do You Wanna Touch Me? – Gary Glitter
  4. Sylvia – Focus
  5. Cindy Incidentally – The Faces
  6. Whisky in The Jar – Thin Lizzy
  7. Daniel – Elton John
  8. Roll Over Beethoven – ELO
  9. Looking Through The Eyes Of Love – The Partridge Family
  10. Baby I Love You – Dave Edmunds
1973: Focus – Moving Waves

Album chart:

  1. Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player – Elton John
  2. Rock Me Baby – David Cassidy
  3. The Strauss Family – Cyril Ornadel and the London Symphony Orchestra
  4. Who Do You Think We Are – Deep Purple
  5. Moving Waves – Focus
  6. Greatest Hits – Simon and Garfunkel
  7. Back To Front – Gilbert o’Sullivan
  8. Focus III – Focus
  9. Slayed? – Slade
  10. Heartbreaker – Free

1977: Peter Sellers marries Lynne Frederick.

1979: Snow falls in the Sahara Desert.

1981: Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Government withdraws plans to close 23 coal pits in its first major U-turn since coming to power.

1990: Freddie Mercury makes his final public appearance on stage when he joins the rest of Queen to collect the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. People are shocked by his gaunt appearance.

1996: IRA bomber Edward O’Brien dies when the device he is carrying explodes prematurely on board a London bus.

On TV (Saturday)


LONDON WEEKEND

06.00GMTV

09.25Teleganticmegavision

10.25It’s Not Just Saturday

11.30The Chart Show

12.30Whizzz Kids/Marvel Comics

13.00ITN News and Weather

13.05London Today

13.10Movies, Games and Videos

13.40Bugs Bunny Mystery Special

14.10Film: The Bridal Path (1959)
Starring Bill Travers and Bernadette O’Farrell.


15.45Airwolf

16.45ITN News/Sports Results/Weather

17.05London Tonight/Sport

17.20New Baywatch

18.15Barrymore

19.15Blind Date

20.15Beadle’s Hot Shots

20.45ITN News/National Lottery Update/Weather

21.00Prime Suspect 3
Lynda la Plante thriller tarring Helen Mirren


23.00Film: Bonnie and Clyde – The True Story


CHANNEL 4

06.05Sesame Street

07.05Ulysses 31

07.30Super Mario Brothers

07.40First Edition

08.00Transworld Sport

09.00Morning Line

10.00Chinese Football

11.00Gazzetta Football Italia

12.00Late Late Show

12.30The Great Maratha

12.55Film: The Seventh Veil (1945)
British melodrama starring James Mason


14.40Channel 4 Racing

17.05Brookside

18.30Right to Reply

19.00A Week in Politics

20.00Divine Magic

21.00Auf Weidersehen, Pet

22.00Clive Anderson Talks Back

22.35Eurotrash

23.10The White Room


BBC ONE

07.25News; Weather

07.30Superted

07.35The Artbox Bunch

07.50Iznogoud

08.05Willy Fog – 2 Animation

08.30The New Adventures of Superman

09.15Live and Kicking
Presented by Andi Peters and Emma Forbes. Today’s guests include Sting, and Mark Little and Zoe Ball from Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast.


12.12Weather

12.15Grandstand
Introduced by Steve Rider including Football Focus, Racing From Chepstow, Rugby Union Wales v Scotland, Ski-ing action from the men’s downhill in the World Championships from Sierra Nevada, Spain, Final Score.


17.30News and Weather

17.40Regional News and Sport

17.45Dad’s Army The platoon decides to get a ram as a mascot. The trouble is, someone has to catch one first.

18.15The New Adventures of Superman Starring Dean Cain and Terri Hatcher

19.00Noel’s House Party Noel Edmonds from Crinkley Bottom. Tonight, actor Brian Blessed receives a Gotcha,

19.50The National Lottery Live

20.05Casualty

20.55News and Sport

21.15Film: Body Language (1992)
Thriller starring Heather Locklear


22.45Match of the Day: the Road to Wembley
Highlights of three of today’s top FA Cup fifth round ties.


23.55Film: The Big Town (1987)
Drama starring Matt Dillon, Diane Lane and Tommy Lee Jones



BBC TWO

06.00Open University

12.15Performance

12.20Brilliant Gardens

12.30Film: House of Bamboo (1955)
An agent is sent to infiltrate a group of Americans running a crime syndicate in Tokyo. Starring Robert Ryan, Robert Stack.


14.10Film: Run of the Arrow (1957)
Western starring Rod Steiger.


15.35Best of Esther

16.05The Oprah Winfrey Show

16.45TOTP2
Highlights from Thursday’s Top of the Pops and hits from the past.


17.30Indoor Bowls
World championship action from the Preston Guild Hall.


18.25What the Papers Say Awards

19.05News and Sport

19.20Correspondent
Series of personalised reports from BBC journalists around the world


20.05Opera at the Kirov Sadko
Marking the 150th anniversary of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s birth, Valery Gergiev conducts a spectacular Kirov Opera production of Sadko, one of the composer’s rarely seen Russian folklore operas.


23.05Weatherview

23.10Film: Les Enfants de Lumiere (1995)
Tribute to 100 years of French cinema.

1998: Tenor Andrea Bocelli makes his operatic debut as Rodolfo in “La Bohème” at the Teatro Comunale in Cagliari.

2003: More than 200 people die in a subway fire in South Korea.

2005: Hunting with dogs becomes illegal in England and Wales.

2009: Author Terry Pratchett is knighted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

2014: Revolution breaks out in the Ukraine capital Kyiv.

2020: The Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy amid hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits.

2021: NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully lands on Mars.

Gary Neville

BIRTHDAYS: Yoko Ono, avant garde artist, 90; Graeme Garden, writer/comedy actor, 80; Michael Buerk, newsreader, 77; Cybill Shepherd, actress, 73; Randy Crawford, singer, 71; John Travolta, actor, 69; Brian James, guitarist (The Damned) 68; Carol McGiffin, broadcaster, 63; Greta Scacchi, actress, 63; Rob Andrew, former rugby player, 60; Matt Dillon, actor, 59; Dr Dre (Andre Young) rapper, 58; Roberto Baggio, Italian footballer, 56; Colin Jackson, former athlete, 56; Molly Ringwald, actress, 55; Gary Neville, football pundit, 48; Keith Gillespie, footballer, 48; Regina Spektor, singer-songwriter, 43; Courtney Act (Shane Janek), drag artist, 41; Jermaine Jenas, football pundit, 40; Anton Ferdinand, footballer, 38; Nathan Aké, footballer, 28.

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