It happened today – this day in history – June 10

323BC: Death of Alexander the Great aged 32.

1190: Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa drowns while crossing the Saleph River (modern Turkey) in the Third Crusade.

1194: A major fire at Chartres Cathedral, France, leads to it being rebuilt as the high point of French Gothic style

1540: Thomas Cromwell is arrested in Westminster.

1619: In the Thirty Years’ War, the Battle of Záblatí is a turning point in the Bohemian Revolt.

1648: People of Moscow rise up against regent Boris Morozov.

1692: The first victim of the Salem witch trials, Bridget Bishop, is hanged for witchcraft in the colony of Massachusetts.

1719: The Jacobite army is defeated by British forces at the Battle of Glen Shiel.

1752: Benjamin Franklin tests the lightning conductor with his kite-flying experiment.

1793: The first public zoo opens in Paris.

1829: The first Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race takes place.

1845: Former US President Andrew Jackson’s African Grey parrot “Poll” is removed from his funeral for swearing.

1865: Richard Wagner’s opera “Tristan und Isolde” premieres in Munich.

1898: US Marines land in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

1900: In China, a relief column of 2,000 men set out from Tientsin to relieve foreigners trapped in Peking during the Boxer Rebellion.

1915: British and French troops conquer the German colony of Cameroon.

1931: Norway occupies East Greenland.

1932: Gene Sarazen wins the British Open Men’s Golf tournament.

1933: John Dillinger robs his first bank in Ohio, making off with $10,600. On the same day, Bonnie and Clyde flip their car into a ravine in north Texas. Parker suffers third degree burns to her legs.

1934: Italy beat Czechoslovakia 2-1 in Rome to win the World Cup. On the same day, composer Frederick Delius dies aged 72.

1940: Italy declares war on France and Britain as part of its Axis alliance with Nazi Germany. On the same day, Canada declares war against Italy and Norway surrenders to Germany.

1943: Heinrich Himmler orders the final liquidation of the Lodz ghetto in occupied Poland.

1944: Nazi forces carry out a massacre of 642 civilians in the French village Oradour-sur-Glane. Also, in Distomo, Greece, 218 men, women and children are massacred by German troops.

1946: Boxer Jack Johnson dies in a car accident aged 68.

1947: Saab produces its first car.

1965: The Battle of Dong Xoai begins, a major engagement between the Viet Cong and South Vietnamese forces.

1966: Steve Marriott of The Small Faces collapses while performing with the band on TV show Ready Steady Go.

1967: Israeli forces stop their advance into Syria and comply with a UN ceasefire bringing an end to six days of fighting on three fronts.

1968: Australia beats France 20-2 in the Rugby League World Cup. On the same day, Italy wins the European Championships in a replay in Rome, beating Yugoslavia 2-0.


1973: Singles chart:

  1. Can The Can – Suzi Quatro
  2. Rubber Bullets – 10cc
  3. See My Baby Jive – Wizzard
  4. One And One Is One – Medicine Head
  5. Albatross – Fleetwood Mac
  6. Groover – T Rex
  7. And I Love You So – Perry Como
  8. Stuck In The Middle With You – Stealers Wheel
  9. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  10. Walking In The Rain – The Partridge Family
1973: David Bowie – Aladdin Sane

Album chart:

  1. Pure Gold – Various Artists
  2. Touch Me – Gary Glitter
  3. Aladdin sane – David Bowie
  4. The Beatles 1967-1970 (The Blue Album) – The Beatles
  5. The Beatles 1962-1966 (The Red Album – The Beatles
  6. 20 Fantastic Hits Vol 3 – Various Artists
  7. Red Rose Speedway – Wings
  8. There Goes Rhymin’ Simon – Paul Simon
  9. Alone Together – Donny Osmond
  10. 20 Original Chart Hits – Various Artists

1975: The Rockefeller panel reports on 300,000 illegal CIA files on Americans.

1976: On TV (Thursday)


09.30For Schools

10.30Untamed World

11.00For Schools

12.00Tom, Dick and Harry

12.10Hickory House

12.30Here’s Good Health

13.00First Report

13.20Lunchtime Today

13.30Crown Court

14.00Good Afternoon


15.00Moody and Pegg

15.55Quick on the Draw

16.25Film: Vote for Huggett (1949)
Comedy film starring Jack Warner and Kathleen Harrison. A firm of solicitors do battle with the head of the local council over a parcel of land.




19.00The Six Million Dollar Man
Starring Lee Majors as Colonel Steve Austin

20.00Spring and Autumn

Fall from Glory

21.30This Week

22.00News at Ten


22.35Film: Trog (1970)
A sympathetic anthropologist uses drugs and surgery to try to communicate with a primitive troglodyte found living in a cave in England.


07.05(UHF only) Open University


09.41For Schools, Colleges


13.05On the Move

13.15News and Weather



14.00You and Me

14.15For Schools, Colleges


Eisteddfod report in Welsh

15.58Regional News

16.00Play School

16.25The Mole and the Lollipop


16.45Blue Peter
with John Noakes, Peter Purves and Lesley Judd

17.15Boss Cat

17.40The Wombles

17.45Evening News and Weather

News and views in your region then the national scene presented by Michael Barratt, Frank Bough, Valerie Singleton, Bob Wellings and Dilys Morgan.

18.55Tomorrow’s World
Raymond Baxter, William Woollard Michael Rodd and Judith Hann report on the success, and occasional failure, of scientists and engineers in livening up the future.

19.20Top of the Pops
Noel Edmonds introduces The Real Thing, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Flintlock, Osibisa, Archie Bell and the Drells, Bryan Ferry and The Wurzels.

starring Ronnie Barker

20.30Monty Python’ Flying Circus
conceived, written and performed by Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

21.00Nine O’Clock News and Weather

21.25Second Verdict
Great Criminal Mysteries investigated anew by Detective Chief Superintendents Charles Barlow and John Watt

Weekly programme of the arts introduced by David Attenborough


23.40Weatherman, Weekend Weather/Regional News


06.40Open University


11.00Play School


17.00Open University

19.05The Health Show



20.10Spirit of the Age
Eight films on eight centuries of British Architecture. 4: A Sense of Proportion

21.00Call My Bluff
Frank Muir, Jilly Cooper and Professor Quentin Bell face Patrick Campbell, Lesley Ann Down and Anthony Valentine. Referee Robert Robinson

21.30The Roussos Phenomenon
The story of Greek singer Demls Roussos.




John Westbrook reads The Way Through the Woods by Rudyard Kipling.

1977: Martin Luther King’s killer James Earl Ray escapes from prison. On the same day, Joe Strummer and Topper Headon are each fined £5 by a London court for spray-painting “The Clash” on a wall.

1979: Chris Evert beats Wendy Turnbull of Australia 6-2, 6-0 for her third French singles crown.

1980: Eight Provisional IRA prisoners escape from Crumlin Road Jail in Belfast using handguns smuggled into prison.

1981: The IRA’s Joseph Doherty escapes from Crumlin Road Jail in Belfast. On the same day, Sebastian Coe sets a world 800m record (1:41.73) in Florence.

1982: Addie Harris from The Shirelles dies of a heart attack after a show in Atlanta. On the same day, film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder dies of a drug overdose aged 37.

1984: John Barnes scores a wonder goal as England beat Brazil 2-0. It may only have been a friendly game, but it was Brazil’s first loss at the Maracana Stadium in 27 years. On the same day, Ivan Lendl wins his first grand slam title at the French Open, beating John McEnroe 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5.

1985: Claus von Bulow is acquitted on charges he tried to murder his wife.

1986: Patrick Magee is found guilty of planting the bomb at the Brighton Grand Hotel in 1984 which killed five people and nearly wiped out most of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet.

1989: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain wins her first Grand Slam singles title at the French Open, beating Steffi Graf 7-6, 3-6, 7-5.

1991: Temptations member Eddie Kendricks is arrested while attending the funeral of former Temps singer David Ruffin in Detroit on charges of owing $26,000 in child support.

1993: Singer Sinead O’Connor takes out a full-page ad in the Irish Times asking the public to “stop hurting me please.”

1995: Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 7-5, 4-6, 6-0 to win her fourth French Open title.

1996: Intel releases the releases the 200mhz pentium chip.

1997: Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defence chief Son Sen and 11 of Sen’s family members before fleeing his northern stronghold.

1999: NATO suspends its aerial assault on Kosovo as Serb troops begin to withdraw.

2000: London’s new Millennium Bridge is closed for safety checks after crowds cause it to sway violently. On the same day, France’s Mary Pierce beats Conchita Martinez of Spain 6-2, 7-5 to win the French Open. and Syrian President General Hafez al-Hassad dies from a heart attack aged 69.

2003: The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission.

2004: Singing legend Ray Charles dies aged 73.

2012: Maria Sharapova wins her first French Open title, beating Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2.

2016: Rod Stewart is knighted in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

2019: Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is arrested on corruption charges.

2020: Swedish prosecutors close the case on the murder of Prime Minister Olof Palme after 34 years, saying the probable killer is dead.

2021: Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of drug lord El Chapo, pleads guilty to helping run his criminal operations and aiding his 2015 prison escape.

2022: Actress Rebel Wilson comes out on Instagram, before it emerges an Australian newspaper had given her 27 hours to comment on an upcoming story they intended to print on her new female partner. On the same day, footballer Bobby Hope dies aged 78.

Elizabeth Hurley

BIRTHDAYS: Gordon Burns, TV presenter/broadcaster, 81; Sir Phil Redmond, TV writer, 74; Rich Hall, comedian, 69; Lindsay Hoyle MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, 66; Carlo Ancelotti, football manager, 64; Kim Deal, bassist/guitarist/singer (Pixies/The Breeders), 62; Kelley Deal, guitarist/singer (The Breeders) 62; Maxi Priest (Max Elliott), singer, 62; Gina Gershon, actress, 61; Jeanne Tripplehorn, actress, 60; Stuart McCall, footballer, 59; Joey Santiago, guitarist (Pixies), 58; Elizabeth Hurley, actress/model, 58; David Platt, footballer, 57; Bill Burr, comedian/actor, 55; Jane Hill, newsreader, 54; Chris Coleman, football manager, 53; Faith Evans, singer-songwriter, 50; Benjamin Millepied, choreographer, 46; Leelee (Liliane) Sobieski, actress, 40; Tinchy Stryder, (Kwasi Danquah) rapper, 36; Kate Upton, actress/model, 31.