It happened today – this day in history – February 3

1377: Mass execution of population (between 2,500 and 5,000) of Cesena, Italy, by Breton troops of Giovanni Acuto under the command of Robert, Cardinal of Geneva, acting as the legate of Pope Gregory XI.

1451: Sultan Mehmed II, the Conqueror, inherits the throne of the Ottoman Empire.

1547: Ivan The Terrible marries Anastasia Romanova.both aged 17.

1809: Composer Felix Mendelssohn is born in Hamburg, Germany.

1844: Premiere of Hector Berlioz’s “Carnaval Romain” in Paris.

1863: Samuel Clemens first uses the pen name Mark Twain in a Virginia City newspaper, the “Territorial Enterprise”.

1915: The Turkish and German armies reach the Suez Canal.

1917: The US liner Housatonic is sunk by a German submarine, on the same day that US President Woodrow Wilson breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany.

1919: The Bolshevik army is defeated in a series of clashes with the White Russians, who are fighting to reclaim the government after the 1917 revolution.

1924: Death of former US President Woodrow Wilson aged 67.

1931: New Zealand’s worst natural disaster, the Hawke’s Bay earthquake, kills 256 and injures thousands, devastating Napier and the Hawke’s Bay region.

1942: The first Japanese air raid on Java.

1944: US troops capture the Marshall Islands.

1945: Almost 1,000 Flying Fortresses drop 3,000 tons of bombs on Berlin.

1959: Buddy Holly, Richie Valens And The Big Bopper die when their small aircraft crashes in snow shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa.

1960: Harold Macmillan outrages South African politicians with a speech in Cape Town warning of a “wind of change” in Africa.

1962: US President John F Kennedy bans all trade with Cuba except for food and drugs.

1966: The Soviet Luna 9 makes the first controlled landing of a space probe on the Moon.

1967: Record producer Joe Meek shoots his landlady Violet Shenton and then shoots himself at his flat in London.

1968: The Beatles start work on their next single, the Paul McCartney song Lady Madonna, at EMI Studios on Abbey Road, St John’s Wood


1969: Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O’Neill announces the dissolution of the Stormont parliament and the holding of new elections.

1971: A series of house searches by the British Army in Catholic areas of Belfast, incites rioting and gun battles.

1972: The Winter Olympic Games opens in Sapporo, Japan.

1978: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat arrives in Washington DC to discuss the Middle East peace process with US President Jimmy Carter.

1985: Singles chart:

  1. I Know Him So Well – Elaine Page and Barbara Dickson
  2. Love And Pride – King
  3. I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
  4. Solid – Ashford and Simpson
  5. 1999/Little Red Corvette – Prince
  6. Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen
  7. Atmosphere – Russ Abbot
  8. Shout – Tears For Fears
  9. Since Yesterday – Strawberry Switchblade
  10. Close (To The Edit) – Art of Noise
1985: Alison Moyet – Alf

Album chart:

  1. Agent Provocateur – Foreigner
  2. Hits Out Of Hell – Meat Loaf
  3. Born IN The USA – Bruce Springsteen
  4. Alf – Alison Moyet
  5. The Barbara Dickson Songbook – Barbara Dickson
  6. Eliminator – ZZ Top
  7. Make It Big – Wham!
  8. The Age Of Consent – Bronski Beat
  9. 20/20 – George Benson
  10. The Very Best Of – Chris de Burgh

1986: The Pope meets Mother Teresa in Calcutta and visits her home for the sick and dying.

1988: Nurses across the UK take part in a day of industrial action to secure more money for themselves and the NHS.

1990: On TV (Saturday)


05.00ITN Morning News


09.25Motormouth 2

11.30The ITV Chart Show

12.30The Munsters Today

13.00ITN News

13.05LWT News

13.10Saint and Greavsie


14.10Coronation Street

15.05European Figure Skating Championships

16.45Results Service

17.00ITN News

17.05LWT News




19.10Blind Date
Hosted by Cilla Black

20.00Murder, She Wrote

21.00Yellowthread Street

22.00ITN News

22.15LWT Weather

22.20Aspel & Company
Michael Aspel with guests Mel Gibson, Jacqueline Bisset and Quincy Jones.

23.05Tour of Duty


06.00Durrell in Russia

06.30Just 4 Fun

07.00Once Upon a Time… Life

07.30International Times – World News

08.00Transworld Sport

09.00Channel 4 Racing

09.25Sing and Swing

09.30Listening Eye

10.00To the End of the Rhine

10.30Film: The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
Romantic comedy starring Bette Davis and James Cagney

12.15Dance With Me

12.45Channel 4 Racing from Sandown Park

15.30Orphans of Minsk

16.30Film: The Six-Sided Triangle (1963)


18.00Right to Reply

18.30Scottish Eye

19.00The World This Week

19.15Europe Express

20.00Adventures: Into the Great Solitude

21.00A Fair and Easy Passage


23.00The Oprah Winfrey Show

23.50Film: Village of the Damned (1960)
Chiller about a bunch of creepy kids


06.00Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony

09.00Going Live!
With Sarah Greene and Phillip Schofield.


Introduced by Desmond Lynam featuring horse racing, skiing and rugby union – live coverage of France v England from Paris.


17.15Regional News and Sport

17.20The Flying Doctors

18.05Jim’ll Fix It

18.40Little and Large

19.15The Paul Daniels Magic Show

20.00Waterfront Beat

20.50News and Sport

21.10Midnight Caller

22.00Dave Allen

22.30Commonwealth Games
A chance to see again the best moments as the medals were won and lost. Plus the closing ceremony

23.30European Figure-Skating Championships


07.30Saturday Starts Here!

07.55Mersey Tales

08.00New Adventures of Mighty Mouse



08.55Open University


15.25Robin Hood Junior

16.25Film: Ice Cold in Alex (1958)
Starring John Mills, Sylvia Syms and Anthony Quayle. During the German offensive in Libya in 1942, the commander of a motor ambulance convoy finds himself cut off from his unit with only an old ambulance to take his group back to Alexandria.


19.15A Wake for Sam

20.50Saturday Night Clive
Clive James takes an entertaining look at the world’s media.

21.35Making Out

22.25Greystoke: the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
Starring Christopher Lambert, Ralph Richardson, Ian Holm and James Fox.

1992: Pearl Jam play their first date in the UK at The Esplanade Club in Southend to 300 people.

1993: The Federal trial begins of four police officers charged with civil rights violations in the beating of Rodney King begins in Los Angeles.

1998: A NATO aircraft kills 20 people at the Italian ski resort of Cavalese by severing a cable car line. Sending it crashing to the ground.

1999: Soul singer Gwen Guthrie dies of cancer aged 48.

2007: A Baghdad market bombing kills at least 135 people and injures a further 339.

2016: Lord Lucan’s death certificate is granted, 42 years after he disappeared following the murder of nanny Sandra Rivett.

2019: Wreckage from the light aircraft carrying Cardiff City’s record signing Emiliano Sala is discovered on the seabed of the English Channel.

2020: Malawi’s constitutional court annuls the 2019 election which saw President Peter Mutharika re-elected due to voting irregularities.

2022: ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi blows himself and his family up during a raid by US Special Forces in Syria.

Isla Fisher (Photo by Richard Goldschmidt)

BIRTHDAYS: Blythe Danner, actress, 81; Roy Chubby Brown (Royston Vasey), comdian, 79; Dave Davies, guitarist (The Kinks) 77; Morgan Fairchild (Patsy Ann McClenny), actress, 74; Nathan (Joseph) Lane, actor/writer, 68; Lee Ranaldo, guitarist, (Sonic Youth) 68; Joachim Löw, football manager, 64; Maura Tierney, actress, 59; Warwick Davis, actor, 54; Isla Fisher, actress, 48; Amal Clooney, civil rights lawyer, 46; Bridget Regan, actress, 42; James DeGale, boxer, 38; Sean Kingston, singer 34; Willy Boly, footballer, 33; Aimee Lou Wood, actress, 30.