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.
- Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
- Pipes Of Peace – Paul McCartney
- That’s Livin’ Alright – Joe Fagin
- What Is Love? – Howard Jones
- A Rockin’ Good Way – Shakin’ Stevens & Bonnie Tyler
- Nobody Told Me – John Lennon
- Bird Of Paradise – Snowy White
- Wonderland – Big Country
- Wishful Thinking – China Crisis
- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
- Thriller – Michael Jackson
- No Parlez – Paul Young
- Now That’s What I Call Music – Various Artists
- An Innocent Man – Billy Joel
- Touch – Eurythmics
- Pipes Of Peace – Paul McCartney
- Can’t Slow Down – Lionel Richie
- Under A Blood Red Sky – U2
- Portrait – Diana Ross
- 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.
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|10.00||News and Regional News; Weather|
|10.25||Stoppit and Tidyup|
|11.00||News and Regional News; Weather|
|12.55||Regional News: Weather|
|13.00||One O’Clock News|
|13.50||Going for Gold|
|15.05||Help Your Child with Science|
|16.10||Fiddley Foodie Bird|
|18.00||Six O’Clock News|
|18.30||Regional news magazines|
With guest Denzel Washington
|20.00||Only Fools and Horses |
Danger UXD: Del Boy obtains some dodgy dolls. Stars David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst and Buster Merryfield
|20.50||Points of View|
|20.55||Party Political Broadcast |
On behalf of the Conservative Party
|21.00||Nine O’Clock News|
|21.30||Churchill: 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
|14.00||News and Weather|
|14.15||Bitten by the Bug|
|15.50||News, Weather and Regional News|
|16.30||Made by Hand|
|16.40||Behind the Headlines|
|18.00||Star Trek: The Next Generation|
|20.00||The Day the World Changed |
Reflections on a day from the past, raising issues from history
|20.10||Bookmark Day Jobs|
|21.00||Film: American Blue Note (1989) |
Comedy about the off-beat world of small-time jazz.
|22.30||Party Political Broadcast|
|23.20||The Late Show|
|10.00||The Time… The Place|
|13.20||Home And Away|
|13.50||A Country Practice|
|15.15||ITN News Headlines|
|15.25||The Young Doctors|
|18.00||Home And Away|
|19.00||This Is Your Life |
Michael Aspel presents the big red book to DJ Tony Blackburn
|20.00||Film: Crocodile Dundee II (1988) |
Comedy sequel starring and written by Paul Hogan
|22.00||Party Political Broadcast|
|22.05||News and weather|
|22.40||Sports Special |
Introduced by Nick Owen
|00.00||Film: The Legend Of The Seven Golden Vampires (1974)|
|09.00||Channel 4 Daily|
|12.00||The Parliament Programme|
|14.00||Film: Shadow Of A Doubt (1943) |
Alfred Hitchock thriller starring Joseph Cotton
|16.00||The Survival Factor: Venom|
|17.00||The Oprah Winfrey Show|
|17.55||Laurel And Hardy cartoon|
|18.00||Kate And Allie|
|18.30||Tonight With Jonathan Ross|
|19.00||Channel 4 News|
Report from St Petersburg on the tens of thousands of children living on the streets.
|21.45||He Play…She Play|
|22.30||Secret Cabaret With Simon Drake|
|23.00||Drop The Dead Donkey |
Situation comedy set in a TV newsroom
|23.30||The 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.