It happened today – this day in history – June 4

1070: Roquefort cheese created in a cave near Roquefort, France.

1647: Charles I is taken prisoner by the English Parliamentary army.

1738: Birth of George III.

1783: Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier make 1st public hot-air balloon flight (unmanned), covering 2km and lasting 10 minutes with an estimated altitude of 1,600-2,000m.

1784: Madame Elizabeth Thible becomes the first female balloonist.

1798: Death of Giacomo Casanova aged 73.

1896: Henry Ford drives his first car through the streets of Detroit.

1913: Suffragette Emily Davison dies after throwing herself in front of George V’s horse Anmer during the Epsom Derby.

1916: General Aleksei Brusilov begins a massive Russian offensive on the Eastern Front.

1917: American men begin registering for the draft.

1919: US marines invade Costa Rica.

1928: President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents.

1940: As the last Allied soldier leaves Dunkirk, Prime Minister Winston Churchill vows his forces “shall never surrender”.

1941: Former Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany dies aged 82.

1942: Glenn Wallichs launches Capitol Records in the US.

1944: The 5th Army enters and liberates Rome from Mussolini’s fascists. On the same day, General Eisenhower cancels planned D-Day invasion on June 5 after unfavourable weather reports.

1945: The US, Soviet Union, Britain and France agree to divide up occupied Germany.

1951: Actress Janet Leigh marries Tony Curtis.

1954: France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union.

1955: At the French Tennis Championships, Angela Mortimer of England beats American Dorothy Knode 2-6, 7-5, 10-8 for her first Grand Slam singles title.

1960: Actor Marlon Brando marries actress Movita Castaneda.

1964: The Test Cricket debut of Geoffrey Boycott v Australia at Trent Bridge. On the same day, The Beatles begin their world tour in Denmark with Jimmy Nichol on drums while Ringo Starr is in the UK having his tonsils removed.

1967: A British Midland flight crashes in Hopes Carr, Stockport, killing 72 passengers and crew.

1968: Dover prepares to cull its seagulls.

1970: Tonga declares independence from the UK.

1976: The Sex Pistols appear at The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, on a now legendary night regarded as the catalyst to the punk rock movement outside London. In the audience were Morrissey, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Mark E Smith.


1977: Five British plane-spotters imprisoned in Greece on spying charges are released after 10 weeks in jail. On the same day, Scottish fans dig up the Wembley turf following their team’s 2-1 victory over England in the Home International Championship.

1982: Israel attacks targets in south Lebanon.

1984: DNA is successfully cloned from an extinct animal.

1985: Elton John begins a high court battle with Dick James Music seeking the rights to his early songs and recordings plus damages estimated at more than £30 million.

1987: Hurdler Ed Moses’ 122 race winning streak which extends to nearly 10 years ends when he is beaten by countryman Danny Harris in Madrid.

1988: Steffi Graf beats Natalia Zvereva of Belarus 6-0, 6-0 in 32 minutes to win the Ladies Singles in the French Open Tennis Championship.

1989: A Beijing policeman shoots and wounds Chinese premier Li Ping on the day Chinese troops clear the Tiananmen Square of student protesters, unofficial figures place death toll near 1,000. On the same day, the Solidarity Party comes to power in Poland.

1990: Punk rock singer Stiv Bators (Steven Bator) of the Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church dies after being hit by a taxi in Paris. He is taken to hospital but leaves before seeing a doctor and dies in his sleep that night. On the same day, Dr Jack Kevorkian assists an Oregon woman to commit suicide, beginning a national debate over the right to die.

1991: Defence Secretary Tom King confirms Britain will reduce the amount it spends on the army.

1993: Australian spin bowler Shane Warne bowls England batsman Mike Gatting with his first ball of an Ashes series.

1994: Haile Gebreselassie runs a world record 5 km (12:56.96).

1995: New Zealand create a world record score for a Rugby Union international in thrashing Japan, 145-17 in the World Cup in Bloomfontein, South Africa.

1996: On TV (Tuesday)

06.00Business Breakfast
07.00Breakfast News With Sally Magnusson and Huw Edwards
09.00Breakfast News Extra
09.20Morning Surgery
09.50Film: Over the Hill (1992)
Drama starring Olympia Dukakis. When a widow, visits her daughter and finds herself unwelcome, she escapes to begin the adventure of a lifetime.

11.00News, Regional News and Weather
11.40Even More of Glynn Christian’s Entertaining Microwave
12.00News, Regional News; Weather
12.05Eat Your Words
Food quiz hosted by Loyd Grossman

12.35Going for Gold
13.00One O’Clock News
13.30Regional News; Weather ..
14.00Film: Penny Gold (1973)
Thriller starring Francesca Annis, James Booth. During an investigation into the murder of her twin, a woman becomes entangled in a plot to recover a rare stamp.

15.50The Silver Brumby
16.10Dennis the Menace
16.35Out of Tune
Marlene’s prodigal son returns, but how will Sam greet the news?

18.00Six O’Clock News
Martyn Lewis and Moira Stuart

18.30Regional news magazine
19.002 Point 4 Children Comedy.
Ben and David organise a seance in a paranormal attempt to help Rona keep her house. Last in the current series. Stars Diane Keen

Tiffany has a surprise visitor

20.00Wildlife on One Last of the Rhinos
Rhinos are among the most threatened animals on earth and black rhinos are on the brink of extinction

20.30Funny World
A collection of memorable comedy moments from the BBC archives, presented by Barbara Windsor

21.00Nine O’Clock News
21.30Flying Soldiers
Documentary series about army trainee helicopter pilots

22.00Cardiac Arrest
The Holy Triad. Andrew and Claire clash over an ethical dilemma involving a young
Jehovah’s Witness. Meanwhile, Raj makes a disastrous romantic overture to win back his ex-girlfriend

22.30Marilyn Monroe: Say Goodbye to the President
Marilyn Monroe would have turned 70 last Saturday. This documentary uses compelling new evidence to reconstruct the last hours of Monroe’s life and the strange delay between the discovery of her body and Peter Lawford’s call to the police. It recounts how Mafia chiefs trailed Monroe in the last months of her life, determined to find damning proof of her love affairs with Jack and Robert Kennedy. For the first time, the key official who investigated her death claims that Marilyn Monroe was murdered and explains why he now wants her case reopened.

23.55Film: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Drama starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives. Strained emotions mark the birthday celebration of a southern plantation owner. Movie version of the Tennessee Williams play

07.15See Hear Breakfast News
07.30Smurfs’ Adventures
07.55Blue Peter
08.20Oakie Doke
08.30Philbert the Frog
08.40Star Trek Animation
09.05Daytime on Two
12.00See Hear
12.30Working Lunch
13.00Daytime on Two
14.00Oakie Doke
14.10The Andrew Neil Show
15.00News, Regional News and Weather
15.05Westminster with Nick Ross
16.00Today’s the Day
16.30Ready, Steady, Cook
17.00The Oprah Winfrey Show
17.40The Ladies of the House
Gloria Hunniford presents a profile of outspoken Conservative MP Edwina Currie

18.00Fresh Prince of Bel Air
18.25Heartbreak High
19.10The Ren and Stimpy Show
19.30Public Property
Second of a six-part series looking at how noted architects can transform neglected and unfashionable areas

20.00The Works
The Town Disney Built. Walt Disney’s dream of building a high-tech town run according to old-fashioned ideas of neighbourliness and community values was never realised during his lifetime, but the corporation bearing his name has invested $4 billion to build the town of Celebration in Florida. Setting strict standards of behaviour and decor, this experiment in social engineering will eventually support 20,000 inhabitants. Ben Woolley watches the first families move in.

20.30Floyd on Africa
Keith Floyd marks the end of his African expedition by spit-roasting a suckling pig and providing a large supply of local beer for villagers on the banks of the Zambezi.

21.00Murder One
Crime drama starring Daniel Benzali

21.40I’ll Just See If He’s In
Last of three documentaries on the work of the secretary

23.15Moving Pictures
Actress Molly Ringwald talks on the set of Office Killer plus how films about Northern Ireland have become casualties of the February bombings in London. Hosted by Howard Schuman

05.30ITN Morning News
09.25Supermarket Sweep
09.55London Today
10.00The Time… The Place…
10.35This Morning
12.20London Today
12.30ITN Lunchtime News
12.55Home and Away
13.55Shortland Street
14.20Liz Earle’s Lifestyle
14.50One in Five Million
15.20ITN News
15.25London Today
15.30The Magic House
15.40Tots TV
15.50Twinkle, the Dream Being
15.55Sooty and Co.
16.40Chris Cross
17.10After 5
17.40ITN Early Evening News
17.55Your Shout
18.00Home and Away
18.30London Tonight
19.30Everyday Lives
20.00The Bill
20.30The Cook Report
22.00ITN News at Ten
22.30London Tonight
22.40Network First
23.40Film: The Chase (1991)
Denver police and a helicopter news team chase an armed escaped convict

06.30Chicken Minute
07.00The Big Breakfast
09.00The Golden Girls
09.30For Schools
12.00House To House
12.30Sesame Street
13.55Big World Animators
14.35Film: Dangerously They Live (1941)
Second World War espionage drama starring John Garfield and Raymond Massey
16.30Fifteen To One
17.00Rikki Lake
18.00The Avengers
19.00Channel 4 News
19.55The Slot
20.00Human Jungle
How we have adapted to living closely to each other
21.00Broke! False Economy
22.00Film: Raining Stones (1993)
23.40Blue Heaven
Comedy series starring Frank Skinner
00.15World League Football
00.50Film: Smile (1975)
Drama about the staging of a beauty pageant starring Bruce Dern

1997: Singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley’s body is discovered floating in the Mississippi River. Buckley had disappeared when swimming on May 29 in Wolf River Harbor, while wearing boots, all of his clothing, and singing the chorus of Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin. On the same day, Ronnie Lane dies aged 51 from MS.

2000: Singles chart:

  1. It Feels So Good – Sonique
  2. Reach – S Club 7
  3. New Beginning – Stephen Gately
  4. On The Beach – York
  5. Shackles (Praise You) – Mary Mary
  6. There You Go – Pink
  7. Forgot About Dre – Dr Dre ft Eminem
  8. It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
  9. Oops! I Did It Again – Britney Spears
  10. Don’t Call Me Baby – Madison Avenue
2000: Moby – Play

Album chart:

  1. Crush – Bon Jovi
  2. The Greatest Hits – Whitney Houston
  3. The Marshall Mathers LP – Eminem
  4. Reload – Tom Jones
  5. Oops! I Did It Again – Britney Spears
  6. Play – Moby
  7. Brave New World – Iron Maiden
  8. Onka’s Big Moka – Toploader
  9. 2001 – Dr Dre
  10. Greatest Hits – Simply Red

2002: Wyclef Jean of The Fugees is one of ten people arrested for disorderly conduct in a New York rally protesting cuts to education.

2008: TV presenter Michael Parkinson is knighted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

2012: Herb Reed, bass singer and founder member with doo-wop group The Platters, dies aged 83.

2013: Cornelius Harp, the original lead singer with The Marcels, dies aged 73.

2017: Ariana Grande headlines a benefit concert for victims of her Manchester concert bombing. Coldplay, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber also appear.

2018: Donald Trump tweets: “I have the absolute right to pardon myself.”

2019: Former US school security guard Scot Peterson is charged with neglect of a child and culpable negligence for not confronting a gunman during the Parkland School massacre in a landmark case.

2020: Steve Priest, bassist and co-founder of glam rock band Sweet, dies ages 72. On the same day, musician, songwriter and record producer Rupert Hine dies age 72.

BIRTHDAYS: Bruce Dern, actor, 86; Cliff Bennett, singer, 82; Roger Ball, saxophonist (The Average White Band) 78; Lou Macari, footballer/manager, 73; Val McDermid, author, 67; Reeves Gabrels, guitarist, 66; Nad Sylvan, singer, 63; Bradley Walsh, comedian/TV host, 62; Scott Wolf, actor, 54; Noah Wyle, actor, 51; Debra Stephenson, actress/impressionist, 50; Angelina Jolie, actress/director, 47; Russell Brand, comedian/actor/broadcaster, 47; Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader, 46; Robin Lord Taylor, actor, 44; T J (Todd Joseph) Miller, comedian/actor, 41; Tim Rozon, actor, 40; Lukas Podolski, footballer, 37; Oona Chaplin, actress, 36; Mollie King, singer (The Saturdays) 35; Ben Stokes, cricketer, 31.