It happened today – this day in history – June 25

1483: Parliament declares Edward V as illegitimate based on his parent’s alleged bigamous marriage.

1646: Thomas Fairfax’s New Model Army occupies Oxford.

1867: Barbed wire is patented by Lucien B Smith of Ohio.

1868: Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are readmitted to US.

1876: The US 7th Cavalry under Major General George Custer is wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors led by Chiefs Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

1900: Russia mobilizes its army in eastern Siberia preparatory to acting against the Chinese, but also in an attempt to diminish the influence of Japan on the Asian mainland.

1903: Birth of author George Orwell (Eric Blair) in India.

1905: Warsaw & Lodz revolt against Russian occupation.

1910: Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “The Firebird” premieres at the Opéra de Paris, Paris.

1916: Tsar Nicolaas II fires minister of foreign affairs Sasonov.

1920: The League of Nations places The International Court of Justice in The Hague.

1926: American amateur Bobby Jones wins his first of three British Open golf titles at Royal Lytham St Annes.

1929: US President Herbert Hoover authorizes the building of the Boulder Dam.

1932: Gene Sarazen shoots a tournament record final round 66 to win the US Open. On the same day, India begin their first cricket test against England at Lord’s.

1941: Finland declares war on the Soviet Union.

1942: The RAF stages a 1,000 bomb raid on Bremen. On the same day, Major General Dwight D Eisenhower is appointed commander of US forces in Europe.

1943: Racial unrest breaks out in Detroit.

1948: Joe Louis KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in Round 11 for the heavyweight boxing title.

1950: North Korea invades South Korea at several points along their shared border.

1953: Serial killer John Christie is sentenced to hang for murdering his wife and hiding her body under the floorboards of their Notting Hill home. In total eight female bodies, including that of a baby girl, had been found at Christie’s home at 10 Rillington Place.

1957: New Zealand beats Great Britain 29-21 to win the Rugby League World Cup.

1960: Madagascar gains independence from France. On the same day, Somaliland is granted independence by Britain.

1966: Singer Jackie Wilson is arrested for inciting a riot and refusing to obey a police order at a nightclub in Port Arthur, Texas. Wilson had a crowd of 400 whipped into a frenzy and refused to stop singing when told to do so by police. He was later convicted for drunkenness and fined $30.

1967: 200 million people see The Beatles perform All You Need Is Love from Abbey Road Studios via satellite as part of the TV global link- up, ‘Our World’.

1968: Comedy actor Tony Hancock commits suicide in an Australian hotel room aged 44.

1969: The Hollies record He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother with Elton John on piano. On the same day, at Wimbledon, Pancho Gonzalez beats Charles Pasarell in a 112 game (5hr12m) marathon.

1973: John Dean begins testifying before Senate Watergate Committee.


1975: Mozambique becomes independent from Portugal.

1976: The Soweto Uprising in South Africa leaves 174 blacks and two whites dead. On the same say, lyricist Johnny Mercer dies aged 66.

1977: Australia beats Great Britain 13-12 to win the Rugby League World Cup.

1978: Argentina win the football World Cup, beating The Netherlands 3-1 in Buenos Aires.

1979: Failed attack on NATO commander Alexander Haig Jr. in Obourg, Belgium by German terrorist Rolf Klemens Wagner, a former member of the Red Army Faction.

1982: US Secretary of State Alexander Haig Jr resigns.

On TV (Friday)


00.05Holiday Weatherman

06.40Open University

10.15For Schools, Colleges


12.35Pobol y Cwm

13.00News After Noon

13.27Regional News

13.30Heads and Tails


13.55Wimbledon 82
Live coverage of the fifth day’s play direct from the All England Club.

16.18Regional News

16.20Play School

16.45Mighty Mouse

16.50The Adventure Game

17.40Evening News

18.00Regional news magazines

19.00It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

19.30World Cup Grandstand
Spain v Northern Ireland


22.35Leap in the Dark
Supernatural experiences: Come and Find Me starring Alan Doble

23.05News Headlines; Weather

23.10The Late Film: Husbands (1970)
starring Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk John Cassavetes


06.40Open University

10.30Play School

10.55Cricket: Second Test
England v India from Old Trafford Second day


13.35Cricket and Wimbledon 82

19.25News Summary

19.30Film: Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)
Starring Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson

21.30It’s My Pleasure
Clare Francis on Somerset Maugham

22.10Wimbledon 82 Highlights


23.35Cricket: Second Test


09.35For Schools

11.52The Bubblies

12.00Wincey’s Pets

12.10Once Upon A Time

12.30Sudden Change

13.00News At One

13.20Regional News

13.30About Britain

14.00Best Sellers

15.45World Cup ’82
England v Kuwait


18.15ITN News

18.30The 6 O’Clock Show

19.00World Cup ’82

19.30Winner Takes All

20.00Best Of British
Classic comedy shows Please Sir and Oh No It’s Selwyn Froggitt

21.00On The Line

22.00News At Ten


23.00World Cup ’82


1983: India defeats the West Indies by 43 runs to win the cricket World Cup at Lord’s.

1985: Thirteen people are arrested in connection with a suspected IRA mainland bombing campaign at seaside resorts.

1988: Hillel Slovak original guitarist and founding member of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, dies from a heroin overdose.

1989: Singles chart:

  1. Back To Life – Soul II Soul
  2. Batdance – Prince
  3. Song For Whoever – The Beautiful South
  4. All I Want IS You – U2
  5. Sealed With A Kiss – Jason Donovan
  6. Right Back Where We Started From – Sinitta
  7. I Drove All Night – Cyndi Lauper
  8. Licence To Kill – Gladys Knight
  9. It Is Time To Get Funky – D Mob ft LRS
  10. Joy And Pain – Donna Allen
1989: Neneh Cherry – Raw Like Sushi

Album chart:

  1. Batman OST – Prince
  2. Club Classics Volume 1 – Soul II Soul
  3. Ten Good Reasons – Jason Donovan
  4. Don’t Be Cruel – Bobby Brown
  5. Raw Like Sushi – Neneh Cherry
  6. Past Present – Clannad
  7. Appetite For Destruction – Guns n Roses
  8. Flowers In The Dirt – Paul McCartney
  9. A Night To Remember – Cyndi Lauper
  10. The Miracle – Queen

1990: Nelson Mandela meets with President Bush at the White House.

1991: Martina Navratilova wins a record 100th singles match at Wimbledon, beating Elna Reinach of South Africa 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. On the same day, Slovenia and Croatia declare independence from Yugoslavia.

1993: The first day of the Glastonbury Festival features the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Suede, Belly, The Orb, Lemonheads, The Black Crowes and Lenny Kravitz.

1994: Five people attending the Glastonbury Festival are injured when a man starts shooting into the crowd. On the same day, Japanese premier Tsutomu Hata resigns.

1997: Oceanographer and inventor of the aqualung, Jacques Cousteau dies aged 87.

2001: Race violence erupts in Burnley as rival gangs of Asian and white youths clash.

2005: Ultra-conservative Mahmoud Admadinejad wins a surprise victory in the Iranian presidential poll.

2006: Music producer and arranger Arif Mardin dies aged 74 from pancreatic cancer. On the same day, actress Nicole Kidman marries country artist Keith Urban in Australia.

2009: Michael Jackson dies aged 50, after suffering drug induced heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills. On the same day, actress Farrah Fawcett dies from cancer aged 62.

2014: Amnesty International apologises to Iggy Pop after it used an image of the singer in its anti-torture campaign without the singer’s permission. On the same day, Uruguayan footballer Luis Suarez is charged with biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellin at the World Cup.

2015: Actor Patrick Macnee dies aged 93.

2018: The House of Commons votes for a controversial third runway at Heathrow Airport.

2019: A fan goes into labour at a Pink concert in Liverpool and gives birth at the venue.

2020: Liverpool clinch the Premier League title with seven games to spare.

BIRTHDAYS: Peter Blake, artist, 90; Eddie Floyd, singer-songwriter, 85; Carly Simon, singer-songwriter, 76; Labi (Claudius Afolabi) Siffre, singer-songwriter, 77; Tim Finn, singer-songwriter (Split Enz/Crowded House) 70; David Paich, keyboardist/singer-songwriter (Toto) 68; Mike McShane, actor/comedian, 67; Craig Johnston, footballer, 62; Rickey Gervais, comedian/writer/director/actor, 61; Phil Jupitus, comedian/broadcaster 60; Lucy Benjamin (Taggart), actress, 52; Neil Lennon, football coach, 51; Jamie Redknapp, football pundit/TV personality, 49; Linda Cardellini, actress, 47; Gavin Williamson MP, 46; Busy (Elizabeth) Phillips, actress, 43; Sheridan Smith, actress/singer, 41; Charlie Salt, bassist/singer (Blossoms) 31.