It happened today – this day in history – February 19

1473: Birth of mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

1736: Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast” premieres at the Covent Garden Theatre, London.

1819: Explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands and claims them in the name of King George III.

1878: Thomas Edison is granted a patent for his phonograph.

1900: British troops occupy Hlangwane, Natal.

1910: Old Trafford stages its first match when Manchester United meet Liverpool in a First Division match.

1914: Four-year old Charlotte May Pierstorff is mailed by train from Grangeville, Idaho, to her grandparents’ house 73 miles away.

1915: The British fleet opens fire on the Dardanelles coast.

1920: The Netherlands joins the League of Nations.

1923: Jean Sibelius’ 6th Symphony premieres.

1942: Japanese warplanes attack the Australian city of Darwin. On the same day, President Roosevelt orders the detention and internment of all west-coast Japanese-Americans.

1944: 823 British bombers attack Berlin.

1945: US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo Jima against the Japanese.

1949: The first Bollingen Prize for poetry is awarded to Ezra Pound.

1952: The French launch an offensive at Hanoi.

1959: Britain, Turkey and Greece sign an agreement granting Cyprus independence.

1961: Police battle with supporters of murdered Congolese premier Patrice Lumumba outside the Belgian embassy in London.

1964: Peter Sellers marries Britt Ekland in London.

1965: Working on the Help! album, The Beatles record You’re Going To Lose That Girl in two takes at EMI Studios, Abbey Road..

1968: The High Court awards compensation to 62 children born with thalidomide-induced deformities.

1971: Chat show “Parkinson” debuts on BBC1. His first guest is singer Marion Montgomery

1978: Fifteen Egyptian commandos are killed in a gun battle with Greek Cypriot soldiers at Larnaca airport.


Singles chart:

  1. Take A Chance On Me – ABBA
  2. Figaro – Brotherhood Of Man
  3. Come Back My Love – Darts
  4. Wishing On A Star – Rose Royce
  5. If I Had Words – Scott Ritzgerald and Yvonne Keely
  6. Mr Blue Sky – ELO
  7. Hot Legs – Rod Stewart
  8. Sorry I’m A Lady – Baccara
  9. Just One More Night – Yellow Dog
  10. Love Is Like Oxygen – Sweet
1978: Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

Album chart:

  1. The Album – ABBA
  2. Variations – Andrew Lloyd Webber
  3. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
  4. Reflections – Andy Williams
  5. Out Of The Blue – ELO
  6. Greatest Hits – Donna Summer
  7. Footloose and Fancy Free – Rod Stewart
  8. The Sound Of Bread: Their 20 Finest Songs – Bread
  9. Disco Fever – Various Artists
  10. Love Songs – The Beatles

1980: AC/DC singer Bon Scott is found dead in a car parked outside a friend’s flat in East Dulwich

On TV (Tuesday)





12.30The Sullivans

13.00News at One

13.20Thames News

13.30Take the High Road

14.00After Noon Plus

14.45Wilde Alliance

15.45Three Little Words

16.15Get It Together


17.15Emmerdale Farm

17.45News at 5.45

18.00Thames News



19.00Charlie’s Angels
American detective series

20.00Armchair Thriller

20.30Leave It to Charlie


22.00News at Ten

22.30Film: Charlie Varrick (1973)
Starring Walter Matthau as a small time crook


06.40Open University


09.35For Schools, Colleges


12.45Midday News

13.00Pebble Mill at One


14.00You and Me

14.14For Schools, Colleges


15.25Dechrau Siarad

15.53Regional News (exc London)

15.55Play School

16.20Yogi Bear


16.40Isla and the Farm on the Hill

17.05John Craven’s Newsround

17.15Grange Hill

17.40Evening News


18.45Olympic Grandstand
From the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid introduced by David Coleman

19.20Blake’s Seven
Sci-fi series with shaky scenery starring Paul Darrow

20.10The Rockford Files
James Garner a private detective Jim Rockford

21.00Nine O’Clock News

21.25Olympic Grandstand
Back to Lake Placid for the Men’s Figure Skating featuring Britain’s Robin Cousins

22.15Flesh and Blood
Part 7 of a 10 part series starring Thora Hird

23.05Platform One

23.35News, Weather, Regional News


06.40Open University


10.05Workers on the Board?

10.30Lost for Words

11.00Play School

11.25Write Away

11.38It’s a Great Life



15.00Propaganda with Facts

15.30A Woman’s Place?


16.50Open University


17.55The Waltons

18.40The World About Us

19.30Mid-Evening News

19.40Change of Direction
Ludovic Kennedy talks to former Nixon aid John Ehrlichman

20.10Company and Co

21.00Movie Showcase: Stevie (1978)
Glenda Jackson as the poet Stevie Smith


23.30The Old Grey Whistle Test
Anne Nightingale with The Flys and The Selecter in the studio

1981: George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for “subconscious plagiarism” of his song “My Sweet Lord” with Ronnie Mack’s song “He’s So Fine”.

1982: Ozzy Osbourne is arrested in San Antonio, Texas, for urinating on the cenotaph at the Alamo while wearing one of his wife Sharon’s dresses after she had hidden all of his clothes in an effort to stop him from going out.

1985: EastEnders begins on BBC1.

1986: King Hussein of Jordan severs ties with the PLO. On the same day, the USSR launches the Mir space station into orbit.

1994: Director Derek Jarman dies aged 52.

1995: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee marries Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson on a beach in Mexico.

1996: Icelandic singer Bjork attacks a news reporter as she arrives at Bangkok International Airport.

1997: Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping dies aged 92.

2001: A five-mile exclusion zone is placed around an abbatoir near Brentwood after a suspected case of foot-and-mouth disease is detected. The Yellow Advertiser breaks the story exclusively.

2002: NASA’s Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system.

2004: The family of Johnny Cash block an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song Ring of Fire to promote haemorrhoid-relief products. On the same day, Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal is awarded an honorary knighthood in recognition of a “lifetime of service to humanity.”

2012: 44 people are killed in a prison brawl in Apocada, Mexico, between two rival drug cartels.

2016: Author Harper Lee dies aged 89.

2018: Nigeria says 110 girls are missing, presumed kidnapped by Boko Haram after attack on school in Dapchi, Yobe state.

2019: Democrat Bernie Sanders announces he is running for President for a second time. On the same day, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies aged 85.

2020: A gunman opens fire in a bar in Hanau, Germany, killing nine people in a racially motivated attack.

BIRTHDAYS: Pat Crerand, footballer, 83; Smokey (William) Robinson, singer-songwriter, 82; Pierre Van Den Linden, drummer (Focus) 76; Tony Iommi, guitarist/songwriter (Black Sabbath) 74; Andy Powell, guitarist (Wishbone Ash) 72; Jeff Daniels, actor/musician/playwright, 67; Dave Wakeling, singer/guitarist (The Beat) 65; Ray Winstone, actor, 65; Steve Nieve (Nason), keyboardist (The Attractions/The Imposters), 64; HRH Prince Andrew, 62; Seal (Henry Samuel), singer-songwriter, 59; Kate Radley (Ashcroft), keyboardist, (Spiritualized) 55; Benicio del Toro (Sánchez), actor, 55; Daniel Adair, drummer (Nickelback) 47; David Gandy, model, 42; Beth Ditto (Mary Beth Patterson), singer, 41; David Mazouz, actor, 21. Millie Bobbie Brown, actress, 18.