It happened today – this day in history – January 6

1017: Cnut the Great is crowned king of England.

1066: King Harold I of England is crowned.

1367: Richard II of England is born in Bordeaux, France.

1617: Courtier George Villiers is made Earl of Buckingham by James I.

1649: The English Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial for treason and other “high crimes”.

1681: The first recorded boxing match takes place between the Duke of Albemarle’s butler and his butcher.

1784: Turkey and Russia sign a treaty in Constantinople.

1809: The invasion of Cayenne, by combined British, Portuguese and colonial Brazilian forces, begins.

1838: Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail demonstrate their telegraph machine in New Jersey.

1896: Cecil Rhodes resigns as premier of Cape colony.

1900: Boers attack at Ladysmith. On the same day, Maurice Ravel’s “Albaradode Gracioso” premieres in Paris.

1906: Maurice Ravel’s “Miroirs” premieres in Paris.

1912: New Mexico becomes the 47th state of the Union.

1913: Attempting to end hostilities in the Balkans, the London Peace Conference breaks down because Turkey refuses to cede Adrianpole, the Aegean islands and Crete.

1919: Former US President Theodore Roosevelt dies aged 60.

1921: The Iraqi Army is formed.

1925: Mikhail Frunze replaces Leon Trotsky as People’s Commissioner of Military and Native Affairs (Minister of Defence) in Russia as Trotsky and Stalin battle for power in the aftermath of Lenin’s death. On the same day, Mussolini forms a cabinet composed entirely of Fascists in Italy.

1929: Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin a her work amongst India’s poorest.

1933: Clyde Barrow kills Tarrant County Deputy Sheriff Malcolm Davis after walking into a trap set for another criminal.

1940: Nazis carry out mass execution of Poles in the city of Poznań, Warthegau.

1946: Vietnam holds its first ever general election.

1951: Hundreds of South Korean communist sympathisers are slaughtered in Ganghwa.

1954: Bill Shankly is appointed manager of Division 3 side Workington.


1956: Singles chart:

  1. Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley and his Comets
  2. Meet Me On The Corner – Max Bygraves
  3. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing – The Four Aces
  4. Twenty Tiny Fingers – The Stargazers
  5. Rock-a-Beatin’ Boogie – Bill Haley and his Comets
  6. Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo – Alma Cogan
  7. Suddenly There’s A Valley – Petula Clark
  8. Hawkeye – Frankie Laine
  9. Chritmas Alphabet – Dickie Valentine
  10. Let’s Have A Ding-Dong – Winifred Atwell

1958: Gibson guitars launches its ‘Flying V’ electric guitar. On the same day, the Bollingen Prize for poetry is awarded to E. E. Cummings.

1968: Surveyor 7 is launched by NASA for a soft-landing on the Moon.

1974: Britain begins a three-day working week during the energy crisis.

1977: EMI terminates its contract with The Sex Pistols due to their notorious behaviour in public.

1980: Georgeanna Tillman singer with The Marvelettes, dies from lupus and sickle cell anaemia aged 35.

1983: In a gesture designed to challenge the legality of a ban on non-British boats from fishing in UK coastal waters, Euro MP and trawler owner Kent Kirk is arrested for sailing his boat into British waters and putting out his nets following Denmark’s refusal to agree to proposals for a new EEC fishing regime.

1992: The US Government recommends doctors suspend the use of silicone breast implants as fears grow they could leak.

1993: Bill Wyman announces he is leaving The Rolling Stones. On the same day, ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev dies of AIDS aged 54.

1994: American figure-skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by a man brandishing a metal crowbar. She is forced to withdraw from the US national championships in Detroit.

On TV (Thurday)


05.30ITN Morning News


09.25Win, Lose or Draw

09.55London Today

10.00The Time… The Place…

10.35This Morning

12.20London Today

12.30ITN Lunchtime News


13.25Home and Away

13.55Gardener’s Diary

14.20A Country Practice

14.50TV Weekly

15.20ITN News

15.25London Today


15.40Tots TV

15.50Garfield and Friends

16.10Wolf It

16.40Fun House

17.10Home and Away

17.40ITN Early Evening News

18.00London Tonight


19.30The Big Story

20.00The Bill

Starring George Cole and Denis Waterman

21.30Scotland Yard

22.00ITN News at Ten

22.30London Tonight

22.40Just a Minute


23.40Film Satisfaction (1988)


05.004-Tel on View

06.35Pole Position

07.00The Big Breakfast
Special guest is Michael Palin.

09.00You Bet Your Life

09.30Film: Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)
Comedy starring William Powell and Ann Blyth. A Bostonian banker goes fishing in the West Indies and catches a mermaid.

10.45Cow on the Moon

11.00California Off Beat

11.30The World at Your Feet

12.30Sesame Street

13.30Alfred J Kwak

14.00Film: Vice Versa (1948)
Comedy about a pompous Victorian stockbroker who changes places with his schoolboy son after wishing on a magic stone.

15.50Notes on a Triangle



17.00The Oprah Winfrey Show

17.50Laurel and Hardy

18.00The Crystal Maze

19.00News and Weather


20.00Eat Your Gardens

20.30The Story of ‘E’

21.00Trial and Error
In 1982, two women were stabbed to death on Aldershot Common – an apparently motiveless murder. More than an year later, police arrested an unemployed drifter, Peter Fell. But Fell is a sad, lonely fantasist who admitted to the murders in the same way he posed with a boxing trophy to prove he had been a fighter. Trial and Error uncovers new evidence that establishes his innocence and exposes perjury by a key witness.

22.00Film: Shuttlecock (1991)
After British war hero Major James Prentis suffers a nervous breakdown, his son decides to investigate the truth about his father’s wartime exploits.

23.50Sex Talk


06.00Business Breakfast

07.00Breakfast News





10.30Good Morning… with Anne and Nick

12.15Pebble Mill

13.00One O’Clock News



14.15Film: The Day Will Dawn (1942)
Second World War drama




16.15Popeye and Son



17.05Blue Peter
With John Leslie, Diane-Louise Jordan and Anthea Turner.


18.00Six O’Clock News

18.30Regional news

19.00Top of the Pops
Tony Dortie presents D:Ream, Dina Carroll, East 17, The Mission, DJ Duke, Wet Wet Wet and Chaka Demus & Pliers.

Gita is devasted by what she has seen, and has important decisions to make. Michelle has a surprise announcement. Phil has a proposition for Frank, and when Nadia turns up yet again in the Vic, Grant decides to take matters into his own hands.

20.00Health and Efficiency
New hospital comedy

20.30Wildlife on One

21.00Nine O’Clock News

21.30JFK Reckless Youth
Two-part drama tracing the youthful escapades of the member of an American dynasty who became 36th President of the United States.

23.00James Taylor -Live


08.00Breakfast News

08.15The Historyman

08.20Ladies in Waiting

08.50A Week to Remember

09.00Film: Scared Stiff (1953)
Musical comedy starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

10.45Film: King of the Roaring 20s – the Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961)
Biopic of the gambler with David Janssen and Mickey Rooney.

12.30Fit to Drop

13.10Town Portraits

13.20Fiddley Foodle Bird


13.35Oddie in Paradise

14.00News and Weather

14.20Play It Safe

14.30Advice Shop

15.00World Darts

15.50News and Weather


16.30World Darts

17.30From the Edge

18.00Film: Slaughter Trail (1951)
Western starring Brian Donlevy

19.15Dance for theCamera

19.30First Sight

20.00People of the Valley

20.30Quest for the Rose

21.00The All New Alexei Sayle Show
New six-part comedy series.

21.30DV8 Physical Theatre’s Strange Fish


23.15World Darts

2000: A flu outbreak puts a strain of the NHS.

2005: Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect for the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers portrayed in the 1988 film Mississippi Burning.

2006: Singer Lou Rawls dies aged 72 from lung cancer.

2008: Leona Lewis – Spirit

2008: Album chart:

  1. In Rainbows – Radiohead
  2. Beautiful World– Take That
  3. Spirrit – Leona Lewis
  4. Life In Cartoon Motion – Mika
  5. Call Me Irreponsible: Special Edition – Michael Buble
  6. This Is The Life – Amy McDonald
  7. Back To Black – Amy Winehouse
  8. The Trick To Life – The Hoosiers
  9. Perfect Day – Cascada
  10. Shock Value – Timbaland

2009: Ron Asheton, guitarist with The Stooges, dies aged 60.

2016: North Korea states that they have successfully conducted their fourth nuclear test, saying it was a hydrogen bomb in a claim disputed by most international experts.

2019: Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book are amongst the winners at the Golden Globes.

2021: Supporters of President Donald Trump storm the Capitol Building in Washington DC during the congressional certification of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s election win, resulting in five deaths.

2022: Tennis world No 1 Novak Djokovic’s visa into Australia is cancelled after uproar over his COVID-19 vaccination exemption. On the same day, film star/director Sidney Poitier dies aged 94 and film director Peter Bogdanovich does aged 82..

2023: A teacher is shot by her six-year-old pupil at a school in Virginia. On the same day, footballer and former Chelsea manager Gianlucca Vialli dies aged 58 from pancreatic cancer.

Nigella Lawson

BIRTHDAYS: Nino Tempo (Antonino LoTempio), singer-songwriter, 89; Alan Stivell, musician, 80; Rowan Atkinson, comedian/actor, 68; Sandra Bernhard, actress, 68; Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, 68; Angus Deayton, TV presenter/writer, 68; Kapil Dev, Indian cricketer, 65; Nigella Lawson, celebrity chef/author, 64; Mark O’Toole, bassist (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) 60; Norman Reedus, actor, 55; Karin Slaughter, author, 52; Eddie Redmayne OBE, actor, 42; Kate McKinnon (Berthold) comedy performer, 40; Alex Turner, singer-songwriter/guitarist (Arctic Monkeys) 38; Irina Shayk (Shaykhlislamova) model, 38; Andy Carroll, footballer, 35.