It happened today – this day in history – January 2

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:

Hoots Mon – Lord Rockinghams’s XI
  1. It’s Only Make Believe – Conway Twitty
  2. Hoots Mon – Lord Rockinghams’s XI
  3. Tea For Two Cha Cha – Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Warren Covington
  4. Tom Dooley – Lonnie Donegan
  5. Tom Dooley – The Kingston Trio
  6. The Day The Rains Came – Jane Morgan
  7. Love Makes The World Go Round – Perry Como
  8. It’s All In The Game – Tommy Edwards
  9. High Class Baby – Cliff Richard and the Drifters
  10. 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)


09.30Wildlife Theatre

10.20Meet Shirley Temple In

11.30 – 12.00Galloping Gourmet

12.05Hickory House

12.25The Adventures Of Rupert Bear

12.40First Report

13.00Scotch Corner

13.30Crown Court; Good Afternoon

14.00Quick on the Draw

14.55The Main Chance

15.55Looks Familiar

16.20Lift Off With Ayshea
Pop show with Ayshea Brough




19.00This is Your Life
Eamon Andrews presents the big red book to newsreader Robert Dougall

19.30Coronation Street

20.00The Tommy Cooper Hour
Comedy from one of the true masters of the craft

21.00The World at War
Award winning documentary series narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier

22.00News at Ten

22.30Men of Affairs

23.00 – 00.50The X Film


11.00Out of School


12.25Nai Zindagi Naya Jeevan


13.00Pebble Mill at One

13.45Andy Pandy

14.00Do You Remember the Memory Man?

14.45Take Another Look

15.05Petticoat Junction

15.30The Governor and J. J

16.00Play School

16.25Pixie and Dixie


16.50Josie and the Pussycats


17.40Crystal Tipps

17.45National News


18.50Search Control

19.40The Liver Birds
Comedy series starring Polly James and Nerys Hughes

20.10Softly, Softly: Task Force
Police drama series starring Frank Windsor

21.00Nine O’Clock News

21.25Till Death Us Do Part
Comedy starring Warren Mitchell as bigot Alf Garnett

21.55Ice and Easy


23.20Late Night News

23.25A Lasting Joy

23.55Weatherman; : Close


11.00Play School


18.30The Languages of Animals

19.30News Summary

19.35Richie Havens in concert

20.10Man Alive
Report into the work of stuntmen

21.00Midweek Cinema: Marnie (1964)
Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery

23.05News Extra

23.35Film 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: Macy Gray – On How Life Is

2000: Album chart:

  1. Come On Over – Shania Twain
  2. The Man Who – Travis
  3. Westlife – Westlife
  4. All The Way… A Decade Of Song – Celine Dion
  5. Steptacular – Steps
  6. On How Life Is – Macy Gray
  7. S Club – S Club 7
  8. Gold: Greatest Hits – ABBA
  9. Performance And Cocktails – Stereophonics
  10. 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.