It happened today – this day in history – January 14

1690: The clarinet is invented in Nürnberg, Germany.

1724: King Philip V abdicates the Spanish throne.

1742: Astronomer Edmond Halley dies aged 85.

1784: The US Revolutionary War ends with the Congress of the Confederation ratifying the Treaty of Paris.

1785: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart completes his “Dissonanzenquartett / “Dissonance quartet” (opus 10).

1794: Dr Jessee Bennet of Edom, Virginia, performs the first successful Cesarean section operation in the US on his wife.

1858: French Emperor Napoleon III escapes an assassination attempt by Felice Orsini, an Italian patriot who was later executed.

1873: Celluloid is registered as a trademark by its inventor, John Wesley Hyatt.

1898: Writer Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) dies aged 65.

1900: Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Tosca” premieres in Rome.

1907: An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica, kills more than 1,000.

1933: One of the biggest shocks in FA Cup history as third division Walsall beat the country’s top team Arsenal 2-0 in the third round.

1943: Japan begins the withdrawal of its troops from Guadalcanal. On the same day, the Casablanca Conference begins between Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt and Charles de Gaulle.

1945: Communists and the British agree to a cease-fire in the struggle to control Athens.

1957: Film star Humphrey Bogart dies of oesophageal cancer aged 57.

1960: Elvis Presley is promoted to Sergeant in the US Army.

1963: George Wallace is sworn in as Governor of Alabama, and states: “segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!”

1965: Singles chart:

  1. Yeh Yeh – Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames
  2. I Feel Fine – The Beatles
  3. Go Now – The Moody Blues
  4. Terry – Twinkle
  5. Girl Don’t Come – Sandie Shaw
  6. Somewhere – P J Proby
  7. Walk Tall – Val Doonican
  8. Downtown – Petula Clark
  9. Ferry Cross The Mersey – Gerry and the Pacemakers
  10. Cast Your Fate To The Wind – Sounds Orchestral

1966: David Jones changes his name to David Bowie.


1969: Sir Matt Busby announces he will step down as manager of Manchester United at the end of the season.

1972: Margrethe II becomes the first Queen of Denmark since 1412.

1973: The Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins, 14-7 to win the Super Bowl. On the same day, two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed in Derry by a booby-trap bomb attached to their car by the IRA.

1975: 17-year-old heiress Lesley Whittle is kidnapped from her home in Shropshire by Donald Neilsen, the Black Panther.

1977: Former Prime Minister Anthony Eden dies of liver cancer aged 79. On the same day, actor Peter Finch dies aged 60 and French author Anais Nin dies aged 73.

1978: The Sex Pistols play their last chaotic show at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco with Johnny Rotten yelling to the crowd as the band fell apart on stage, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” On the same day, Olympic athlete Harold Abrahams dies aged 78.

1980: On TV (Monday)


09.30For schools

12.00Jamie and the Magic Torch


12.30Numbers at Work

13.00News at One

13.20Thames News

13.30About Britain

14.00Food, Wine and Friends

14.30Film: Sands Of The Desert (1960)
Charlie Drake, in his first film, capers across the desert wastes in a quickfire series of mad comic escapades.


16.45The Ravelled Thread


17.45News at 5.45

18.00Thames News


19.00Give Us a Clue
Michael Aspel hosts this game of charades with Una Stubbs and Norman Vaughan as resident team captains.

19.30Coronation Street
What will Len Fairclough do now that his wife Rita has walked out on him? Ivy Tilsley and the factory girls try to “blackmail” boss Mike Baldwin into paying for their trip to France.

20.00Keep It in the Family

20.30World in Action

Starring Denis Waterman and George Cole.

22.00News at Ten

22.30Monday Film: Zulu (1963)


09.00For Schools, Colleges


12.45Midday News and Weather

13.00Pebble Mill at One

13.45How Do You Do?

14.01For Schools, Colleges


15.15Songs of Praise

15.53Regional News

15.55Play School

16.20Touche Turtle



17.10John Craven’s Newsround

17.15Blue Peter

17.40Evening News

Presented live from London and the BBC studios around Britain. Frank Bough, Sue
Lawley Hugh Scully, John Stapleton and Bob Wellings present Britain’s most-watched current affairs programme.

18.45A Question of Sport
David Coleman asks the questions while Emlyn Hughes and Gareth Edwards captain two teams of sporting celebrities.

19.15Blake’s Seven


21.00Nine O’Clock News

21.25Film: A Question of Guilt (1978)
TV movie starring Tuesday Weld. When Doris Winters reports the disappearance of her two small daughters, the police launch a massive search – and eventually discover the children dead. Their mother, who is separated from her husband, is accused of child battery and murder.

23.00Film 80
Barry Norman looks at new releases The Amityville Horror and Time After Time in which Malcolm McDowell playing H. G. Wells travels in a time machine from Victorian England to contemporary America.

23.30Ancestral Voices

23.55News Headlines Weather/Regional News


10.05It Figures

10.30Working with Young People

11.00Play School


14.30Roads to Conflict

15.00That’s the Way the Money Goes

15.30Delia Smith’s Cookery Course: pt 2


16.10Is There Life After School?


17.40Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
Classic 1940s serial

18.00James Burke’s Connections
The Trigger Effect
James Burke, in the first of a series of ten films, examines the connections between ideas, inventions and amazing coincidences that have made our modern world the shape it is.

18.50Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way
Barbara Woodhouse demonstrates her method of training dogs and their owners.

19.15News and Weather

19.25Rock Goes to College
Joe Jackson from Hatfield Polytechnic

20.10The Goodies
Comedy series starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie

20.40Des O’Connor Tonight


22.20Russian – Language and People

22.45The Light of Experience

23.00Late News and Weather

23.15Hollywood and Vine

1983: Film editor Stephen Waldorf is critically injured in West London during a police ambush aimed at capturing an escaped prisoner.

1992: Drummer, Jerry Nolan from The New York Dolls dies from a stroke aged 45.

1994: The Duchess of Kent becomes the first member of the Royal Family to convert to Catholicism for more than 300 years.

2002: With no reported cases in the farming community for three months the UK is declared free of foot-and-mouth disease.

2006: Actress Shelley Winters (Schrift) dies aged 85.

2010: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is honoured with the UN’s first ever Pathways To Peace Award.

2011: Tunisian president Ben Ali, flees to Saudi Arabia.

2014: Justin Bieber is questioned by police over the egging of his neighbour’s house in Calabasas, California.

2016: Actor Alan Rickman dies aged 69 from cancer.

2019: The Mayor of Gdańsk, Poland, is stabbed on stage at charity event. He dies two days later

2022: Adele – 30

2022: Album chart:

  1. Dawn FM – The Weeknd
  2. = – Ed Sheeran
  3. 30 – Adele
  4. DS4EVER – Gunna
  5. Toy (Toy Box) – David Bowie
  6. Between Us – Little Mix
  7. Sour – Olivia Rodrigo
  8. Home Alone 2 – D Block Europe
  9. The Highlghts – The Weeknd
  10. Voyage – ABBA

BIRTHDAYS: Clarence Carter, singer-songwriter, 87; Faye (Dorothy) Dunaway, actress, 82; Carl Weathers, actor, 75; Steven Soderbergh, director, 60; Mark Addy, actor, 59; Jemma Redgrave, actress, 58; Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, TV chef, 58; Zakk Wylde, guitarist (Black Label Society) 56; Emily Watson, actress, 56; L L Cool J (James Todd Smith), rapper/actor, 55; Dave Grohl, guitarist/drummer/singer-songwriter (Foo Fighters) 54; Jason Bateman, actor, 54; Denise Van Outen, actress/broadcaster, 49; Caleb Followill, guitarist/singer-songwriter (Kings of Leon) 41; Jack P. Shepherd, actor, 35; Frankie Bridge, singer (The Saturdays) 34; Grant Gustin, actor, 33; Declan Rice, footballer, 24.