It happened today – this day in history – January 22

871: The Danish invasion army beats Saxon Ethelred of Wessex at the Battle of Basing.

1371: King Robert II of Scotland is crowned.

1506: The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrive at the Vatican.

1528: England and France declare war on Emperor Charles V.

1561: Statesman/philosopher Francis Bacon is born in London.

1689: Lord Halifax becomes Speaker of the House of Lords. On the same day, William of Orange summons the Convention Parliament to discuss ruling jointly with his wife Mary (daughter of exiled King James II).

1758: Russian troops occupy Königsberg, East Prussia.

1760: British troops defeat the French at the Battle at Wandewash India.

1771: Spain cedes the Falkland Islands to Britain.

1788: Birth of Lord Byron in London.

1816: Lord Byron completes the poems “Parisina” and “Siege of Corinth” on his 28th birthday.

1824: Ashantis defeat British forces on the Gold Coast.

1831: Charles Darwin takes his Bachelors of Art exam at Christ’s College, Cambridge.

1837: An earthquake in southern Syria kills thousands.

1842: Charles Dickens and his wife, Catherine, arrive in Boston, Massachusetts.

1859: Johannes Brahms’ 1st piano concerto in D minor premieres in Hanover.

1873: The SS Northfleet sinks at Dungeness. 300 die.

1879: A British garrison of 150 holds off 3,000-4,000 Zulu warriors at the Battle of Rourke’s Drift.

1901: Queen Victoria dies aged 81 and the Prince of Wales becomes Edward VII.

1905: Russia’s “Bloody Sunday” as troops fire on protesters in St Petersburg marching to the Winter Palace with a petition for Tsar Nicholas II.

1922: Pope Benedict XV (Giacomo della Chiesa) dies aged 67.

1927: The First Division fixture between Arsenal and Sheffield United is the first football match to be broadcast live on the radio.

1942: Artist Walter Sickert dies aged 81.

1948: Jim Laker takes 7-103 in his first Test Cricket innings v the West Indies at Barbados.

1953: Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible” premieres in New York.

1957: Israeli forces withdraw from the Sinai Peninsula.

1959: Alone with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder in his New York apartment, Buddy Holly makes his final recordings including Peggy Sue Got Married, Crying, Waiting, Hoping, That’s What They Say, What To Do, Learning The Game and That Makes It Tough. They would be overdubbed posthumously. On the same day, 1958 Formula 1 World Champion Mike Hawthorn dies aged 29 in a road accident on the A3 Guildford bypass.,

1960: Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for the middleweight boxing title.

1962: The trial begins of James Hanratty, accused of murdering a physicist and raping and shooting his companion in a lay-by on the A6 in Beds.

1964: Kenneth Kaunda becomes premier of Northern Rhodesia.

1966: Brian Wilson goes into Gold Star studios with the Wrecking Crew of top session musicians to record ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, which would be the opening track on the Beach Boys’ forthcoming album Pet Sounds.


1969: The Beatles move from Twickenham Film Studios to Apple studios in London to start recording what eventually becomes the Let It Be album. Organist Billy Preston is brought into the sessions by George Harrison, who said later it would ensure the others were on their “best behaviour”.

1972: David Bowie claims to be bisexual during an interview with Melody Maker. On the same day, an anti-internment march is held at Magilligan Strand, Co Derry; as the march nears the internment camp it is stopped by members of the Green Jackets and the Parachute Regiment of the British Army, who use barbed wire to close off the beach.

1973: George Foreman defeats Joe Frazier by a TKO in Round 2 to win WBC & WBA heavyweight boxing titles in Kingston, Jamaica. On the same day, former US President Lyndon B Johnson dies aged 64.

1979: Tens of thousands of British public sector workers take part in a day of action – the biggest mass stoppage since 1926 – in support of a claim for more pay.

1980: Soviet nuclear physicist, Dr Andrei Sakharov, is sent into internal exile for his outspoken views.

1984: The LA Raiders beat Washington Redskins, 38-9 to win the Super Bowl.

Singles chart:

  1. Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  2. Pipes Of Peace – Paul McCartney
  3. That’s Livin’ Alright – Joe Fagin
  4. What Is Love? – Howard Jones
  5. A Rockin’ Good Way – Shakin’ Stevens & Bonnie Tyler
  6. Nobody Told Me – John Lennon
  7. Bird Of Paradise – Snowy White
  8. Wonderland – Big Country
  9. Wishful Thinking – China Crisis
  10. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
1984: Michael Jackson – Thriller

Album chart:

  1. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  2. No Parlez – Paul Young
  3. Now That’s What I Call Music – Various Artists
  4. An Innocent Man – Billy Joel
  5. Touch – Eurythmics
  6. Pipes Of Peace – Paul McCartney
  7. Can’t Slow Down – Lionel Richie
  8. Under A Blood Red Sky – U2
  9. Portrait – Diana Ross
  10. Colour By Numbers – Culture Club

1987: Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself at a press conference on live national television.

1988: Mike Tyson beats Larry Holmes by a TKO in Round 4 to retain the heavyweight boxing title in Atlantic City.

1989: The “Team of the Century” San Francisco 49ers featuring Joe Montana and Jerry Rice beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16 to win the Super Bowl in one of the sport’s greatest ever games.

1990: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev announces Red Army troops have been sent into the republic of Azerbaijan to crack down on civil unrest.

1991: Kuwaiti oil facilities are destroyed by Iraqi forces.

1992: The Duchess of York wears a paper bag over her head on an airline ride.

On TV (Wednesday)


06.00Ceefax Pages

06.30Breakfast News


09.50Hot Chefs

10.00News and Regional News; Weather


10.25Stoppit and Tidyup

10.35No Kidding

11.00News and Regional News; Weather


11.30People Today

12.20Pebble Mill

12.55Regional News: Weather

13.00One O’Clock News


13.50Going for Gold

14.15Hawaii Five-0

15.05Help Your Child with Science



15.55Caterpillar Trail

16.10Fiddley Foodie Bird

16.20Daisy Pig

16.35Bucky O’Hare




18.00Six O’Clock News

18.30Regional news magazines

With guest Denzel Washington

19.30Tomorrow’s World

20.00Only Fools and Horses
Danger UXD: Del Boy obtains some dodgy dolls. Stars David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and Buster Merryfield

20.50Points of View

20.55Party Political Broadcast
On behalf of the Conservative Party

21.00Nine O’Clock News

21.30Churchill: To Conquer Or To Die
Second part of the first complete television biography of Britain’s wartime leader.

Introduced by Des Lynam featuring ice skating and cricket


08.00Breakfast News



13.20Pigeon Street


13.40Zig Zag

14.00News and Weather

14.15Bitten by the Bug

14.30Reviving Antiques

14.35Country File

15.00News; Weather

15.50News, Weather and Regional News


16.30Made by Hand

16.40Behind the Headlines


18.00Star Trek: The Next Generation

18.50DEFII Reportage

20.00The Day the World Changed
Reflections on a day from the past, raising issues from history

20.10Bookmark Day Jobs

21.00Film: American Blue Note (1989)
Comedy about the off-beat world of small-time jazz.

22.30Party Political Broadcast


23.20The Late Show




10.00The Time… The Place

10.40This Morning



13.10Regional News

13.20Home And Away

13.50A Country Practice

14.30Graham Kerr

15.15ITN News Headlines

15.25The Young Doctors

15.55The Dreamstone

16.25Finders Keepers

16.50Owl TV




18.00Home And Away

18.30Regional News

19.00This Is Your Life
Michael Aspel presents the big red book to DJ Tony Blackburn

19.30Coronation Street

20.00Film: Crocodile Dundee II (1988)
Comedy sequel starring and written by Paul Hogan

22.00Party Political Broadcast

22.05News and weather

22.40Sports Special
Introduced by Nick Owen

00.00Film: The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires (1974)


09.00Channel 4 Daily


12.00The Parliament Programme

12.30Business Daily

13.00Sesame Street

14.00Film: Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)
Alfred Hitchock thriller starring Joseph Cotton

16.00The Survival Factor: Venom


17.00The Oprah Winfrey Show

17.55Laurel And Hardy cartoon

18.00Kate And Allie

18.30Tonight With Jonathan Ross

19.00Channel 4 News




Report from St Petersburg on the tens of thousands of children living on the streets.

21.45He Play…She Play

22.00Golden Girls

22.30Secret Cabaret With Simon Drake

23.00Drop The Dead Donkey
Situation comedy set in a TV newsroom

23.30The 291 Club

1994: An earthquake strikes Sumatra. On the same day, actor and recording artist Telly Savalas dies of prostate cancer aged 72.

1995: Kennedy matriarch, Rose, dies aged 105.

1997: Singer Billy MacKenzie from The Associates commits suicide aged 39 in the garden shed of his father’s house in Auchterhouse, Scotland.

1999: Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India.

2001: Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, insists there is no evidence to link the MMR triple vaccine with autism.

2002: Camel keyboardist Peter Bardens dies from lung cancer aged 57.

2005: Donald Trump marries former model Melania Knauss in Florida.

2006: Evo Morales becomes Bolivia’s first indigenous president.

2008: Actor Heath Ledger dies from a drug overdose aged 28.

2014: Water vapour is detected on the dwarf planet Ceres.

2017: Bass guitarist Pete Overend Watts of Mott the Hoople dies from throat cancer aged 69. On the same day, German drummer Jaki Liebezeit of Can dies from pneumonia aged 78.

2018: Former football star George Weah is inaugurated as President of Liberia. On the same day, football legend Jimmy Armfield dies aged 82.

2020: China locks down the city of Wuhan and its 11 million people, in an effort to control COVID-19.

BIRTHDAYS: Piper Laurie (Rosetta Jacobs) actress, 90; Steve Perry, singer, (Journey), 73; Nigel Pegrum, drummer (Steeleye Span), 73; Jim Jarmusch, director, 69; John Wesley Shipp, actor, 67; Linda Blair, actress, 63; Nigel Benn, boxer, 58; Andrew Roachford, singer-songwriter, 57; Steven Adler, drummer (Guns ‘n’ Roses) 57; Diane Lane, actress, 57; Olivia d’Abo, actress, 53; Stan Collymore, footballer, 51; Jonathan Woodgate, footballer, 42; Shane Long, footballer, 35.