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17: Death of the Roman poet Ovid.
1570: Ivan the Terrible’s march to Novgorod begins.
1757: British troops occupy Calcutta.
1776: Austria ends the use of interrogation by torture.
1815: Romantic poet Lord Byron marries Anne Isabella Milbanke by special licence in County Durham.
1830: Birth of writer Henry Kingsley in Northants.
1833: Britain seizes control of Falkland Islands in South Atlantic.
1839: Louis Daguerre take the first photograph of the Moon.
1843: Richard Wagner’s opera “The Flying Dutchman” premieres in Dresden.
1881: Premiere of Camille Saint-Saëns’ 3rd Concerto in B.
1885: General Wolseley receives the last distress signal of General Gordon in Khartoum.
1903: US President Theodore Roosevelt shuts down the post office in Indianola Mississippi, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she was black.
1905: Japanese troops capture Port Arthur from Russia.
1913: Mahatma Gandhi leaves the Tolstoy Farm in Transvaal, South Africa.
1920: Russian scientist and sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov is born in Petrovichi.
1923: The Ku Klux Klan launches a surprise attack on a black residential area in Rosewood, Florida, killing eight.
1926: The first issue of the music magazine Melody Maker goes on sale.
1933: Don Bradman holds off England’s hostile pace bowling to score an unbeaten 103 leading Australia to a 111-run victory in the 2nd ‘Bodyline’ Test in Melbourne. On the same day, US troops leave Nicaragua.
1935: The trial begins of Bruno Hauptmann for the kidnap and murder of the Lindbergh baby.
1941: German bombing severely damages Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff.
1942: The 28 nations at war with the Axis powers pledge not to make separate peace deals. On the same day, Japanese troops occupy Manila in The Philippines.
1947: Mahatma Gandhi begins a march for peace in East Bengal.
1955: The President of Panama, Jose Antonio Remon is assassinated.
1957: Gene Fullmer wins the world middleweight boxing title with a 15-round unanimous decision over Sugar Ray Robinson at Madison Square Gardens in New York.
1959: Singles chart:
- It’s Only Make Believe – Conway Twitty
- Hoots Mon – Lord Rockinghams’s XI
- Tea For Two Cha Cha – Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Warren Covington
- Tom Dooley – Lonnie Donegan
- Tom Dooley – The Kingston Trio
- The Day The Rains Came – Jane Morgan
- Love Makes The World Go Round – Perry Como
- It’s All In The Game – Tommy Edwards
- High Class Baby – Cliff Richard and the Drifters
- More Party Pops – Russ Conway
1960: Senator John F Kennedy announces his candidacy for the US Presidency.
1965: Ayub Khan is elected President of Pakistan.
1968: Dr Christiaan Barnard performs the second ever heart transplant operation on Philip Blaiberg in South Africa. On the same day, Cecil Day-Lewis is appointed Poet Laureate by HM The Queen.
1969: Australian media magnate, Rupert Murdoch, beats off a rival bid to win control of the News of the World newspaper group. On the same day, filming begins at Twickenham studios of The Beatles rehearsing. The project intends to show the band preparing and recording their next album – without any overdubs – with the finale, their first live performance since August 1966. Things didn’t quite work out that way.
1971: A crush of Glasgow Rangers fans on Stairway 13 at Ibrox stadium in the final minutes of the ‘old firm’ clash with Celtic results in 66 deaths.
1972: Mariner 9 begins mapping the surface of Mars. On the same day, Britain’s Virginia Wade wins the Australian Open Women’s Tennis title, beating Evonne Goolagong 6-4, 6-4.
1974: Country singer, actor and radio presenter Tex Ritter dies of a heart attack while trying to bail a member of his band from a jail in Nashville.
TV on this day (Wednesday)
|10.20||Meet Shirley Temple In|
|11.30 – 12.00||Galloping Gourmet|
|12.25||The Adventures Of Rupert Bear|
|13.30||Crown Court; Good Afternoon|
|14.00||Quick on the Draw|
|14.55||The Main Chance|
|16.20||Lift Off With Ayshea |
Pop show with Ayshea Brough
|19.00||This is Your Life |
Eamon Andrews presents the big red book to newsreader Robert Dougall
|20.00||The Tommy Cooper Hour|
Comedy from one of the true masters of the craft
|21.00||The World at War |
Award winning documentary series narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier
|22.00||News at Ten|
|22.30||Men of Affairs|
|23.00 – 00.50||The X Film|
|11.00||Out of School|
|12.25||Nai Zindagi Naya Jeevan|
|13.00||Pebble Mill at One|
|14.00||Do You Remember the Memory Man?|
|14.45||Take Another Look|
|15.30||The Governor and J. J|
|16.25||Pixie and Dixie|
|16.50||Josie and the Pussycats|
|19.40||The Liver Birds |
Comedy series starring Polly James and Nerys Hughes
|20.10||Softly, Softly: Task Force |
Police drama series starring Frank Windsor
|21.00||Nine O’Clock News|
|21.25||Till Death Us Do Part |
Comedy starring Warren Mitchell as bigot Alf Garnett
|21.55||Ice and Easy|
|23.20||Late Night News|
|23.25||A Lasting Joy|
|23.55||Weatherman; : Close|
|18.30||The Languages of Animals|
|19.35||Richie Havens in concert|
|20.10||Man Alive |
Report into the work of stuntmen
|21.00||Midweek Cinema: Marnie (1964) |
Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery
|23.35||Film Night Quiz|
1979: Sid Vicious goes on trial in New York accused of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
1980: Steel workers hold their first national strike for more than 50 years over a pay dispute. On the same day, singer Larry Williams is found dead from a gunshot wound to his head in his Los Angeles home, aged 45.
1981: Singer David Lynch of The Platters dies from cancer.
1983: Comedian Dick Emery dies aged 65.
1996: The first convoy of American combat troops arrives in Northern Bosnia to try and keep the peace between Bosnian Serbs and Muslims.
1997: Guitarist Randy California (Wolfe) of Spirit drowns aged 45 while rescuing his 12-year old son who had been sucked into a riptide in the surf off Hawaii.
2000: Album chart:
- Come On Over – Shania Twain
- The Man Who – Travis
- Westlife – Westlife
- All The Way… A Decade Of Song – Celine Dion
- Steptacular – Steps
- On How Life Is – Macy Gray
- S Club – S Club 7
- Gold: Greatest Hits – ABBA
- Performance And Cocktails – Stereophonics
- Baby One More Time – Britney Spears
2003: 50 Cent is arrested by police in New York after guns are found in his vehicle.
2016: Saudi Arabia executes 47 alleged terrorists, including Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
2019: Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic becomes the most expensive American soccer player when he signs for Chelsea for £58million.
BIRTHDAYS: Dabney Coleman, actor, 89; Kerry Minnear, keyboardist/cellist (Gentle Giant), 73; Francois Pienaar, South African rugby captain, 54; Cuba Gooding Jr, actor, 53; Christy Turlington, model, 52; Taye (Scott) Diggs, actor, 50; Lucy Davis, actress, 48; Dax Shepard, actor/writer/director, 46; Suranne Jones, actress, 42; Kate Bosworth, actress/model, 38.