It happened today – this day in history – June 3

1098: After a five-month siege in the First Crusade, Crusaders seize Antioch (in modern day Turkey).

1539: Explorer Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain.

1540: Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto becomes the first European to cross the Appalachian Mountains in America.

1665: The Duke of York (future James II) defeats the Dutch fleet off the coast of Lowestoft..

1808: Future US President Jefferson Davis is born in Kentucky

1861: Union forces defeat the Confederacy at Philippi in modern-day West Virginia, the first land battle of the American Civil War.

1865: Birth of George V.

1871: Jesse James and his gang rob Obocock Bank in Iowa of $15,000.

1875: Death of composer Georges Bizet aged 36.

1876: Lacrosse is introduced in Britain and Canada.

1897: Birth of blues artist Memphis Minnie in Louisiana.

1899: W G Grace’s final day of Test cricket aged 50yrs 320 days.

1906: King Leopold II of Belgium claims the Congo as his private possession.

1915: Austro-German forces recapture Przemysl, a crucial city in south eastern Poland, and the entire Russian front begins to collapse.

1924: Death of Czech writer Franz Kafka aged 40.

1926: Birth of beat poet Allen Ginsberg in Newark, New Jersey.

1932: German President Paul von Hindenburg disbands the country’s parliament.

1937: The Duke of Windsor marries Wallis Simpson in France.

1940: The last British troops are evacuated from Dunkirk.

1943: A mob of 60 from the Los Angeles Naval Reserve Armory beat up everyone perceived to be Hispanic, starting the week-long Zoot Suit Riots.

1944: The Nazis pull out of Rome.

1946: The first bikini is displayed in Paris. On the same day, an International Military Tribunal opens in Tokyo against 28 Japanese war criminals.

1947: Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, visits Pakistan.

1950: Colchester United joins the Third Division south as the League is increased to 92 clubs.

1953: Elvis Presley graduates from J.C. Hulmes High School in Memphis.

1959: Real Madrid beat Stade de Reims, 2-0 in Stuttgart to win the European Cup for the fourth consecutive time.

1961: President John F Kennedy and Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev meet in Vienna.

1962: An Air France Boeing 707 crashes on take-off at Orly Airport killing all but two of the 132 on board. On the same day, the first episode of the Gerry Anderson puppet series Fireball XL5 is shown on ATV.

1963: Death of Pope John XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli) aged 81.


1964: Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is taken ill suffering from tonsillitis and pharyngitis, days before a world tour is about to start. Session drummer Jimmy Nichol is drafted in and he quickly rehearses six songs with Paul, John and George before becoming a stand-in Beatle for 11 days while Ringo has his tonsils removed.

1965: Gemini 4 is launched containing astronauts James McDivitt and Ed White.

1966: NASA launches Gemini 9 with astronauts Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan.

1968: At an impromptu gathering at Joni Mitchell’s Laurel Canyon home, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash sing together for the very first time. On the same day, artist Andy Warhol is shot three times in an assassination attempt by radical feminist Valerie Solanas.

1970: Ray Davies of The Kinks is forced to make a 6,000 mile round trip from New York to London to record one word in a song. Davies had to change ‘Coca- Cola’ to ‘Cherry Cola’ on the band’s forthcoming single Lola due to an advertising ban at BBC Radio.

1971: Future Pakistani President Imran Khan makes his test cricket debut against England at Edgbaston.

1972: Soldiers disperse crowds as a Protestant march against “no-go” areas in Londonderry turns violent at Craigavon Bridge. On the same day, Billie Jean King wins her only French singles tennis title, beating Evonne Goolagong of Australia 6-3, 6-3. Also, Blues guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell dies of cancer aged 68.

1973: Laurens Hammond the inventor of the Hammond organ dies aged 73. On the same day, David Bowie announces the retirement of his Ziggy Stardust character from the stage of the Hammersmith Apollo. Band members Trevor Boulder and Woody Woodmansey had not been told in advance. Also, 15 people die at a Paris air show when a Tupelov supersonic plane (“Concordski”) crashes and Ilie Nastase wins his second Grand Slam singles title beating Niki Pilić 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in the French Open men’s singles.

1979: Singles chart:

  1. Sunday Girl – Blondie
  2. Dance Away – Roxy Music
  3. Ring My Bell – Anita Ward
  4. Boogie Wonderland – Earth Wind and Fire with The Emotions
  5. Reunited – Peaches and Herb
  6. Shine A Little Love – ELO
  7. Pop Music – M
  8. Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – McFadden and Whitehead
  9. Boys Keep Swinging – David Bowie
  10. Theme From The Deer Hunter (Cavatina) – The Shadows
1979: ABBA – Voulez Vous

Album chart:

  1. Voulez-Vous – ABBA
  2. Do It Yourself – Ian Dury and the Blockheads
  3. Parallel Lines – Blondie
  4. Last The Whole Night Long – James Last
  5. Lodger – David Bowie
  6. At Budokan – Bob Dylan
  7. The Singles Album – Billie Jo Spears
  8. Manifesto – Roxy Music
  9. This Is It – Various Artists
  10. The Very Best Of – Leo Sayer

1982: Shlomo Argov, the Israeli ambassador to Britain, is shot on a London street. He survives but is paralysed.

1983: Drummer Jim Gordon of Derek and the Dominoes murders his mother by pounding her head with a hammer.

1989: Beginning of the Tiananmen Square massacre as Chinese troops open fire on pro-democracy supporters in Beijing, killing several hundred people. On the same day, Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini dies aged 89.

1991: Three members of the IRA are ambushed and killed by soldiers in Northern Ireland acting on intelligence information.

1998: On TV (Wednesday)


05.30ITV Morning News


09.25This Morning


10.15This Morning

12.20Your Shout

12.25London Today

12.30ITN Lunchtime News

13.00London Today

13.30The Jerry Springer Show

14.15Home and Away


15.15ITN News Headlines

15.20London Today

15.25Potamus Park


15.45Slim Pig

16.00Chatterhappy Ponies

16.10Garfield and Friends

16.25Walter Melon

16.50How 2

17.10Home and Away

17.40ITN Early Evening News

18.00London Tonight

18.30London Bridge


19.30Coronation Street

20.00Des O’Connor’s World Cup Party

21.00Diana: The Secrets Behind the Crash

22.00ITN News at Ten

22.30London Tonight

22.40Wednesday Night Live

23.40Absolutely Loaded


06.00Sesame Street

07.00The Big Breakfast

09.00For Schools

12.00Sesame Street

12.30Light Lunch
With the cast from The Bill

13.30The Needy And The Greedy

13.55Film: Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)
Rita Hayworth stars as an entertainer who is stranded on a south seas island

15.30I Dream Of Jeannie

16.00Fifteen To One


16.55Rikki Lake

17.30Pet Rescue

18.00Party Of Five

18.50Fresh Pop

19.00Channel 4 News

19.55The Windrush Years


20.30The Italian Kitchen

Ross and Hathaway risk their jobs to help methadone-addicted Josh

22.00Ally McBeal
Calista Flockhart stars as the daydreaming lawyer

22.55Jo Wiley
With guests Bernard Sumner and Jarvis Cocker

23.40Board Stupid

00.15Film: These Thousand Hills (1959)
A cattle rancher discovers his best friend is a rustler. Sttars Richard Egan and Stuart Whitman.


06.005 News and Sport



07.35Wimzie’s House


08.30Dappledown Farm

09.00Natural Tales

09.30The Oprah Winfrey Show

10.20Sunset Beach


12.005 News at Noon

12.30Family Affairs

13.00The Bold and the Beautiful

13.30Sons and Daughters

14.00Open House with Gloria Hunniford
and guest Sylvia Syms

15.00100 Per Cent Gold

15.30The Last Frontier

17.10The Oprah Winfrey Show

18.00100 Per Cent

18.30Family Affairs

19.005 News

19.30Natural Tales

20.00The Pepsi Chart

20.30On the Piste

21.00Film: The Goodbye Girl (1977)

23.05Not the Jack Docherty Show
with Melinda Messenger

23.45Compromising Situations


06.00Business Breakfast

07.00Breakfast News

09.00A Date with Fate


10.00The General
Another visit to Southampton general hospital, with Chris Searle, Yvette Fielding and Heather Mills

10.30Can’t Cook Won’t Cook

10.55The Really Useful Show
Consumer advice, with Ruth Langsford, Tony Morris, David Walsh and Paul Roseby.

11.30Who’ll Do the Pudding?
Ken Hom, Nick Nairn and Paul Rankin prepare a three-course meal.

12.00News, Regional News and Weather

12.05Wogan’s Web
Terry Wogan answers viewers’ questions.

13.00One o’Clock News

13.30Regional News; Weather

13.40The Weather Show


Seventies crime series starring Raymond Burr

15.00Through the Keyhole



16.05The Family-Ness

16.10To Me … to You
Game show, with the Chuckle Brothers

16.35The Demon Headmaster


17.10Blue Peter
With Stuart Miles, KatyHill, Richard Bacon and Konnie Huq.


18.00Six o’Clock News

18.30Regional news magazine

19.00Celebrity Style Challenge
Trude Mostue and Emma Milne from BBC’s Vets in Practice have makeovers for two very special occasions. With Oz Clarke.

19.30Tomorrow’s World
With the World Cup starting next week, Tomorrow’s World asks how science will change the way football is watched and played in the 21st century.

20.00Children’s Hospital

20.30National Lottery Draw

20.45Points of View

21.00Nine o’Clock News

21.30Out of Hours
Third in a six-part drama about doctors who stand in for GPs starring John McArdle, Lindsey Coulson, Dominic West

22.20The Human Body
Series in which Professor Robert Winston examines how the body has evolved.

23.10Film: Family Business (1989)
Tragi-comic drama starring Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick



07.25The Flintstone Comedy Show

07.50Bright Sparks

08.15Funky Phantom

08.35Greedysaurus and the Gang

08.45The Record
Parliamentary update

09.10School programmes


10.30School programmes

12.30Working Lunch



13.10Film: Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)
Comedy western starring James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette

14.40News, Regional News and Weather

14.45Westminster with Diana Madill
Prime Minister’s Questions live from the House of Commons.

15.55News, Regional News and Weather

16.00Real Rooms

16.25Ready, Steady, Cook

Esther Rantzen hosts a discussion on kept men.

17.25Today’s the Day
Quiz hosted by Martyn Lewis.


18.00Star Trek: The Next Generation
Picard faces signing away the souls of his crew when he confronts an ancient devil on a planet.

Quinn is forced to relive painful childhood memories when a slide to 1980s San Francisco brings him face-to-face with himself as a young boy.

The history behind the week’s headlines,

20.00The House Detectives

20.30Home Front
The interior-design magazine show visits an eco-friendly housing project and shows that it is possible to be both stylish and environmentally aware.

21.00Steptoe and Son

21.30Crossing the Lines
Last in a three-part series on the history of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

22.2010 x 10
Showcase series for new directors.


23.15Made in Manchester

Claymation series about a Stone Age family

2002: Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Sting, Elton John, Brian Wilson, Cliff Richard and The Corrs appear at The Queen’s Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace.

2003: Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow suffers a broken nose after accidentally walking into a wall and knocking himself unconscious at his home in Palm Springs, California.

2006: The union of Serbia and Montenegro comes to an end with Montenegro’s formal declaration of independence.

2008: Gretna announce their resignation from the Scottish League after going into liquidation.

2009: Actor David Carradine is found dead inside a closet in a Bangkok hotel room aged 72.

2011: Singer-songwriter Andrew Gold dies in his sleep from a heart attack aged 59.

2014: Hashim Amla becomes the first non-white captain of the South African national cricket team.

2016: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies aged 74. On the same day, folk violinist Dave Swarbrick of Fairport Convention dies aged 75.

2017: Three terrorists wearing fake suicide vests drive a van into pedestrians on London Bridge then run to Borough Market where they stab and kill seven and wound 48 before being shot by armed police. On the same day, Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as defending champions Real Madrid thrash Juventus, 4-1 to win the Champions League at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

2019: Jay-Z is named the world’s first billionaire rapper by Forbes magazine. On the same day, President Donald Trump begins a three-day visit to the UK by calling London Mayor Sadiq Khan “a stone cold loser”.

2020: Three former police officers are charged in connection with the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, with Derek Chauvin’s charge upgraded to second degree murder.

2021: Devon Conway becomes only the seventh batsman in cricket history to score a double century in his Test debut for New Zealand in the 1st Test against England at Lord’s.

Jodie Whittaker

BIRTHDAYS: Ian Hunter, singer-songwriter/guitarist (Mott The Hoople) 84; Anita Harris, singer, 81; Penelope Wilton, actress, 77; Suzi Quatro, bassist/singer, 73; Deniece Williams, singer, 72; Vince Clarke, musician/songwriter (Depeche Mode/Erasure) 63; Susannah Constantine, broadcaster/fashion guru, 61; James Purefoy, actor, 59; Bill Callahan, singer-songwriter, 57; Wasim Akram, Pakistani cricketer, 57; Anderson Cooper, US journalist/broadcaster, 56; Saffron (Samantha Sprackling) singer (Republica) 55; Kelly Jones, singer-songwriter/guitar (Stereophonics) 49; Shane Lynch, singer (Boyzone) 47; Rumer (Sarah Joyce) singer-songwriter, 44; Jodie Whittaker, actress, 41; Rafael Nadal, tennis champion, 37; Michelle Keegan, actress, 36; Imogen Poots, actress, 34; Sam Curran, cricketer, 25.