It happened today – this day in history – January 9

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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:

  1. Here In My Heart – Al Martino
  2. You Belong To Me – Jo Stafford
  3. Comes A Long-A-Love – Kay Starr
  4. The Isle Of Innisfree – Bing Crosby
  5. Feet Up (Pat Him On The Po-Po) – Guy Mitchell
  6. Outside Of Heaven – Eddie Fisher
  7. Half As Much – Rosemary Clooney
  8. Walking To Missouri – Tony Brent
  9. Because You’re Mine – Mario Lanza
  10. 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)


06.15TV-am: Good Morning Britain

09.25Thames News headlines

09.30For Schools

12.00The Giddy Game Show

12.10Puddle Lane

12.30The Sullivans

13.00News at One

13.20Thames News

13.30Falcon Crest

14.25Home Cookery Club



15.25Thames News Headlines

15.30Sons and Daughters

16.00The Giddy Game Show

16.10The Telebugs

16.15Ragdolly Anne

16.25Bellamy’s Bugle

16.40Danger – Marmalade at Work

17.00Alias the Jester

17.15Thames Sport

17.45News at 5.45

18.00Thames News



19.00Emmerdale Farm

19.30Knight Rider
Starring David Hasselhoff

Comedy drama series starring Dennis Waterman and George Cole

21.30TV Eye

22.00ITN News at Ten






18.30From the Inside – The Unions

19.00Channel Four News



20.30Treasure Hunt

21.30TV Film: First Love – Sharma and Beyond (1984)
A young English teacher and aspiring author takes his class to the home of his favourite author

23.00Starting Out

23.35 – 00.05My Brother’s Keeper


06.50Breakfast Time

09.20Pages from Ceefax

10.30Play School

10.50Pages from Ceefax

12.30News After Noon

13.00Pebble Mill at One in the Scillies

13.45Hokey Cokey

14.00Pages from Ceefax

15.52Regional News



16.15George’s Marvellous Medicine

16.30Ulysses 31

16.55John Craven’s Newsround

17.05Blue Peter

17.35First Class

18.00Six O’Clock News

18.35Regional news magazines

19.00Top of the Pops
Mike Smith and Steve Wright introduce Feargal Sharkey, Jennifer Rish, King and Pet Shop Boys


20.00Tomorrow’s World

20.30A 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.

21.00Nine O’Clock News

21.30Blackadder II
Classic comedy series starring Rowan Atkinson, Miranda Richardson, Tony Robinson and Stephen Fry

22.00Question Time
Sir Robin Day is joined by David Blunkett, Lady Antonia Fraser, David Owen, and Norman Tebbit

23.00Great Experiments



09.36Daytime on Two

15.00Pages from Ceefax

16.30World Darts

17.00The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

18.00Star Trek
Classic space adventure starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

18.45Discovering Animals

19.15Korda Classics: The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
Fantasy adventure starring Sabu and Conrad Veidt.

21.00Yes, Prime Minister
Comedy series starring Paul Eddington and Nigel Hargreaves

21.3040 Minutes

22.15World Darts



23.40World Darts

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: Kylie Minogue – Ultimate Kylie

2005: Album chart:

  1. Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
  2. Hot Fuss – The Killers
  3. American Idiot – Green Day
  4. Songs About Jane – Maroon 5
  5. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
  6. Hopes And Fears – Keane
  7. Encore – Eminem
  8. Ultimate Kylie – Kylie Minogue
  9. Who Killed The Zutons – The Zutons
  10. 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.


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