1493: First sight of manatees by Christopher Columbus.
1570: Ivan the Terrible kills 1,000-2,000 residents of Novgorod.
1718: France declares war on Spain.
1799: Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger introduces income tax to raise funds for the war against Napoleon.
1806 : Admiral Horatio Nelson receives a state funeral and is interred in St Paul’s Cathedral.
1839: The Daguerrotype photo process is announced at the French Academy of Science.
1858: Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, commits suicide.
1861: Mississippi secedes from the Union.
1862: The first petroleum shipment (1,329 barrels) from the US to Europe arrives at Victoria Docks, London.
1878: Umberto I becomes King of Italy.
1917: The Battle of Rafa occurs near the Egyptian border with Palestine.
1937: Mussolini’s fascist regime bans marriage between Italians and Abyssinians.
1941: 6,000 Jews are exterminated in a pogrom in Bucharest, Romania.
1942: In his 20th title defence, Joe Louis KOs Buddy Baer in the first round of their rematch to retain his world heavyweight boxing title at Madison Square Garden.
1945: The US invades The Philippines.
1953: Singles chart:
- Here In My Heart – Al Martino
- You Belong To Me – Jo Stafford
- Comes A Long-A-Love – Kay Starr
- The Isle Of Innisfree – Bing Crosby
- Feet Up (Pat Him On The Po-Po) – Guy Mitchell
- Outside Of Heaven – Eddie Fisher
- Half As Much – Rosemary Clooney
- Walking To Missouri – Tony Brent
- Because You’re Mine – Mario Lanza
- Take Two To Tango – Louis Armstrong
1957: Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden resigns due to ill health.
1960: Building begins on the Aswan Dam in Egypt.
1963: Drummer Charlie Watts joins The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated and his job as a graphic designer.
1968: The Surveyor 7 probe soft lands on Moon.
1969: The first test flight of Concorde in Bristol.
1972: Coal miners stage their first national strike in almost 50 years. On the same day, billionaire recluse Howard Hughes says an autobiography published by Clifford Irving is fake. Also, the retired passenger liner Queen Elizabeth is destroyed by fire in Hong Kong harbour.
1973: Mick Jagger is refused a Japanese visa on an account of a 1969 drug conviction causing The Rolling Stones to cancel their forthcoming tour.
1977: The Oakland Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings, 32-14 to win the Super Bowl.
1979: Charlton Athletic players Mick Flanagan and Derek Hales are sent off in the FA Cup Third Round tie against Maidstone United for fighting each other.
1983: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visits The Falklands.
1986: Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns and walks out of a cabinet meeting after a row with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher over the Westland helicopter affair. On the same day, Kodak has to give up its instant camera business after losing a patent battle with Polaroid.
TV on this day (Thursday)
|06.15||TV-am: Good Morning Britain|
|09.25||Thames News headlines|
|12.00||The Giddy Game Show|
|13.00||News at One|
|14.25||Home Cookery Club|
|15.25||Thames News Headlines|
|15.30||Sons and Daughters|
|16.00||The Giddy Game Show|
|16.40||Danger – Marmalade at Work|
|17.00||Alias the Jester|
|17.45||News at 5.45|
|19.30||Knight Rider |
Starring David Hasselhoff
Comedy drama series starring Dennis Waterman and George Cole
|22.00||ITN News at Ten|
|18.30||From the Inside – The Unions|
|19.00||Channel Four News|
|21.30||TV Film: First Love – Sharma and Beyond (1984) |
A young English teacher and aspiring author takes his class to the home of his favourite author
|23.35 – 00.05||My Brother’s Keeper|
|09.20||Pages from Ceefax|
|10.50||Pages from Ceefax|
|12.30||News After Noon|
|13.00||Pebble Mill at One in the Scillies|
|14.00||Pages from Ceefax|
|16.15||George’s Marvellous Medicine|
|16.55||John Craven’s Newsround|
|18.00||Six O’Clock News|
|18.35||Regional news magazines|
|19.00||Top of the Pops |
Mike Smith and Steve Wright introduce Feargal Sharkey, Jennifer Rish, King and Pet Shop Boys
|20.30||A Question of Sport |
Bill Beaumont and Emlyn Hughes captain two teams of sporting celebrities including John Barnes, Graham Gooch, Fatima Whitbread and Cliff Thorburn. David Coleman asks the questions.
|21.00||Nine O’Clock News|
|21.30||Blackadder II |
Classic comedy series starring Rowan Atkinson, Miranda Richardson, Tony Robinson and Stephen Fry
|22.00||Question Time |
Sir Robin Day is joined by David Blunkett, Lady Antonia Fraser, David Owen, and Norman Tebbit
|09.36||Daytime on Two|
|15.00||Pages from Ceefax|
|17.00||The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures|
|18.00||Star Trek |
Classic space adventure starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy
|19.15||Korda Classics: The Thief of Bagdad (1940) |
Fantasy adventure starring Sabu and Conrad Veidt.
|21.00||Yes, Prime Minister |
Comedy series starring Paul Eddington and Nigel Hargreaves
1992: Britain’s most senior policewoman Assistant Chief Constable Alison Halford is suspended over allegations of misconduct.
1995: Comedy writer/actor Peter Cook dies aged 57.
1997: Lone yachtsman, Tony Bullimore, feared drowned after his boat capsized in the Southern Ocean, is found safe and well. On the same day, Frank Sinatra suffers a heart attack.
2005: Album chart:
- Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
- Hot Fuss – The Killers
- American Idiot – Green Day
- Songs About Jane – Maroon 5
- Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
- Hopes And Fears – Keane
- Encore – Eminem
- Ultimate Kylie – Kylie Minogue
- Who Killed The Zutons – The Zutons
- Greatest Hits – Robbie Wiliams
2007: The iPhone is announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
2009: Singer Dave Dee dies aged 67. As a young police cadet he was first on the scene of the car crash that killed Eddie Cochran in 1960.
2010: Musician Jamie Cullum marries model Sophie Dahl in Hampshire.
2011: Film director Peter Yates dies aged 81.
2014: Yaya Toure wins African Footballer of the Year.
2015: Darren Partington, of acid house pioneers 808 State, is jailed for 18 months for dealing heroin and crack cocaine.
2016: Broadcaster Ed Stewart does from a stroke aged 74.
2018: Former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence dies aged 77.
BIRTHDAYS: Joan Baez, singer-songwriter, 80; Jimmy Page, guitarist/songwriter, (Led Zeppelin) 77; David Johansen, singer/actor (New York Dolls) 71; Crystal Gayle (Brenda Webb), singer, 70; Imelda Staunton, actress, 65; Eric Erlandson, guitarist (Hole) 58; Phil Hartnoll, musician, (Orbital) 57; Joely Richardson, actress, 56; Sarah Beeny, TV presenter, 49; Sergio Garcia (Fernández), golfer, 41; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, 39; Paolo Nutini, singer-songwriter, 34; Nina Dobrev (Nikolina Kamenova Dobreva) actress, 32.