It happened today – this day in history – February 25

138: Emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor.

1570: Pius V excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I for heresy and persecution of Catholics during her reign.

1723: Architect Christopher Wren dies aged 90.

1793: The first US cabinet meeting is held in George Washington’s home.

1830: Victor Hugo’s “Hernani” premieres in Paris.

1836: Samuel Colt patents first multi-shot revolving-cylinder revolver.

1841: Birth of French Impressionist artist Pierre August Renoir.

1907: George Bernard Shaw’s “Philanderer” premieres in London.

1910: The Dalai Lama flees Tibet for British India to escape Chinese troops.

1921: The Living Buddha, Hutuktu, is crowned King of Mongolia as the country declares independence from China.

1926: Francisco Franco becomes Spain’s youngest general at 33.

1932: Austrian immigrant Adolf Hitler obtains German citizenship.

1939: The first Anderson bomb shelter in Britain is erected in an Islington garden.

1943: Birth of George Harrison in Liverpool.

1945: Turkey declares war on Germany.

1954: Gamal Abdel Nasser is appointed Egyptian premier.

1956: Soviet President Nikita Khrushchev denounces Joseph Stalin as a brutal despot.

1957: Buddy Holly records a new version of That’ll Be The Day, at Norman Petty’s recording studio in Clovis, New Mexico.

1960: John Cage’s “Music for Amplified Toy Pianos” premieres.

1964: Cassius Clay, 22, is crowned heavyweight boxing world champion for the first time after defeating Sonny Liston. On the same day, The Beatles finish recording their next single Can’t Buy Me Love, the B-side You Can’t Do That and I Should Have Known Better at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, St John’s Wood.

1966: Syrian military coup under General Hafiz al-Assad.

1967: An FA Amateur Cup fourth round match between Highgate Utd and Enfield ends in tragedy when a bolt of lightning hits the centre of the pitch knocking over several players including Highgate centre-half Tony Allden, who dies in hospital the following day from his injuries.


1972: British miners vote overwhelmingly in favour of a pay settlement after a seven-week strike that seriously affected power supplies. On the same day, the IRA attempts to assassinate Irish Minister of State for Home Affairs John Taylor who is shot a number of times.

1975: Death of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad (Poole) aged 77.

1982: The European Court of Human Rights rules corporal punishment in Britain’s schools is a violation of the Human Rights Convention.

1983: Death of playwright Tennessee Williams aged 71.

1986: Corazon Aquino becomes President of the Philippines as Ferdinand Marcos flees the country.

1989: Mike Tyson TKO’s Frank Bruno in Round 5 for the heavyweight boxing title.

On TV (Saturday)


05.00ITN Morning News



11.30The Partridge Family

12.00The Chart Show

13.00ITN News

13.05LWT News and Weather

13.10Saint & Greavsie


14.10International Athletics
Jim Rosenthal introduces highlights of the United States Indoor Championships from Madison Square Gardens, New York.

The Anglian Windows British Open, from the Assembly Rooms, Derby.


16.45Results Service

17.00ITN News and Weather

17.05Regional News and Weather

17.15William Tell


18.15Trick or Treat
Alternative game show presented by Mike Smith with Julian Clary in the days when he was known as the Joan Collins Fan Club

18.45You Bet!
Bruce Forsyth introduces more challengers who are prepared to put their skill and stamina to the test.

19.45Inspector Morse
Morse and Sgt Lewis investigate the murder of a young secretary whose body is found in a pub car park.

21.45ITN News and Weather

22.00LWT Weather

22.05Film: Dead Man Walking (1988)
Starring Susan Sarandon



09.30Same Difference

10.004 What It’s Worth

10.30Film: Housemaster (1938)
Britih comedy drama

12.15Movie Museum The Burning Stable (1897)
The Musketeers Of Pig Alley (1912)

12.30Dance With Me

13.00Film: By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)
Musical starring Doris Day.

14.50Channel 4 Racing
From Kempton Park


18.00Right To Reply

18.30Scottish Eye

19.00The World This Week

20.00Behaving Badly

21.00Film: Colonel Redl (1985)
An ambitious officer in the Austro-Hungarian Army rises through the military ranks by informing on other soldiers. Stars Klaus Maria Brandauer.

23.50Sounds Of Surprise
‘Fats’ Waller – This Joint Is Jumpin’


07.10Open University

08.25Saturday Starts Here

08.40Roland’s Rat Race

09.00Going Live!
with Sarah Greene and Phillip Schofield.


Introduced by Steve Rider and featuring boxing, horse racing from Punchestown, hockey, swimming, basketball, rugby league and final scores.

17.05News and Weather

17.15Regional News and Sport

17.20The Flying Doctors

18.05Jim’ll Fix It

18.40Little and Large

19.15‘Allo ‘Allo!
René is harbouring the German Enigma coding machine as well as the four bars of gold he has stolen; the two British airmen; the painting of the Fallen
Madonna and the painting of the Cracked Vase with the big daisies by Van Gogh.

19.40The Paul Daniels Magic Show


21.20News and Sport

21.35Midnight Caller

22.25Carrott Confidential
starring Jasper Carrott

23.00Tyson v Bruno
Five hours to go before affable Frank gets as close as few would wish to ‘Iron’ Mike in Las Vegas for the Heavyweight Championship of the World.

23.40Film: The Last Of Sheila (1973)
Starring James Coburn, Dyan Cannon, James Mason and Raquel Welch. One year to the day after the death of his wife Sheila in a hit-and-run accident, Hollywood producer Clinton Greene invites six people aboard his yacht in the Mediterranean. Each was present on the night of Sheila’s death and each has a secret to hide.


06.50Open University

14.45The Masquers Club

15.00Saturday Cinema Double Bill Five Fingers (1952)
Known as “Cicero” to his Nazi handlers, mercenary spy Ulysses Diello poses as valet to the British ambassador to Turkey. Starring James Mason, Michael Rennie.

16.45Film: Separate Beds (1963)
Comedy starring James Garner, Lee Remick

18.30The Triumph of the West


20.05Rhythms of the World
Acoustic Sounds from Africa with performances from Baaba Maal and S. E. Rogie.

20.55The ‘Slap’ Maxwell Story
starring Dabney Coleman.

21.20Saturday Night Clive
with Clive James.

22.05Film Club: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Two of the most acclaimed works from the Danish director.

1994: Jewish doctor Baruch Goldstein opens fire on Palestinians praying at a mosque in Hebron, killing up to 30 people. On the same day, boxing champion Jersey Joe Walcott dies aged 80.

1995: At a private party for 1,200 select guests on the closing night of the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament, Sinatra sings before an audience for the very last time.

1998: Bob Dylan wins three Grammys, including Best Album for Time Out Of Mind.

2001: Death of Australian cricket legend Don Bradman aged 92.

Singles chart:

  1. Whole Again – Atomic Kitten
  2. Ms Jackson – Outkast
  3. Always Come Back To Your Love – Samantha Mumba
  4. Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
  5. Feels So Good – Melanie B
  6. No More – A1
  7. Here With Me – Dido
  8. American Dream – Jakatta
  9. Shut Up And Forget About It – Dane
  10. The Ladyboy Is Mine – Stuntmasterz
2001: Dido – No Angel

Album chart:

  1. No Angel – Dido
  2. Not That Kind – Anastacia
  3. Songbird – Eva Cassidy
  4. Onka’s Big Moka – Toploader
  5. Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavoured Water – Limp Bizkit
  6. The Marshall Mathers LP – Eminem
  7. Wheatus – Wheatus
  8. Parachutes – Coldplay
  9. Infest – Papa Roach
  10. All That You Can’t Leave Behind – U2

2006: George Michael is found slumped over in a car in Hyde Park.

2011: French fashion house Christian Dior suspends its chief designer John Galliano after he is arrested for an anti-semitic verbal attack in Paris.

2012: Syrian Army kills 100 civilians in artillery shelling of Homs and Hama.

2017: Death of actor Bill Paxton aged 61.

2018: China briefly bans the letter ‘N’ as part of widespread censorship efforts.

2019: Talk Talk singer-songwriter Mark Hollis dies aged 64.

2020: Formr Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak dies aged 91.

Conor Coady (Image Alex Dodd/CamereaSport)

BIRTHDAYS: Sally Jessy Raphael (Lowenthal) TV host, 88; Elkie Brooks, (Elaine Bookbinder), singer, 75; Stewart Wood, guitarist (Bay City Rollers) 66; Mike Peters, musician (The Alarm) 64; Lee Evans,comedian, 59; Téa Leoni (Elizabeth Pantaleoni) actress, 57; Daniel Powter, singer-songwriter, 52; Sean Astin, actor, 52; Chelsea Handler, comedian/TV host, 48; Rashida Jones, actress, 47; Jameela Jamil, TV presenter/actress 37; Conor Coady, footballer, 30.