It happened today – this day in history – June 8

452: Attila the Hun invades Italy.

793: Vikings in long ships from modern-day Norway plunder St Cuthbert’s monastery on Lindisfarne Island off the north east coast of England.

1191: Richard I arrives at Acre in modern day Israel during the Third Crusade.

1376: Edward The Black Prince dies of dysentery aged 46.

1405: Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York and Thomas Mowbray, Earl of Norfolk, are executed in York on the orders of Henry IV.

1761: The British fleet occupies Belle Île off the Brittany Coast.

1779: Admiral Horatio Nelson and Captain Thomas Hardy on HMS Foudroyant set sail against the Spanish fleet.

1783: The volcano Laki in Iceland begins an 8-month eruption, killing 10,000 and causing widespread famine throughout Asia and Europe.

1795: Louis XVII of France dies aged 10.

1809: Death of writer Thomas Paine aged 72.

1812: Robert Jenkinson becomes Prime Minister of the UK after the assassination of Spencer Percival.

1824: The washing machine is patented by Canadian Noah Cushing.

1831: Actress Sarah Siddons dies aged 75.

1845: Death of former US President Andrew Jackson aged 78.

1861: Tennessee votes to secede from the Union in the American Civil War.

1874: Death of Apache leader Cochise aged 68.

1886: The first Home Rule Bill for Ireland is defeated by 343 votes to 313 in the House of Commons.

1899: Harry Vardon wins the British Open golf tournament.

1916: Germans capture Fort Vaux after several days of intense fighting during the Battle of Verdun.

1941: British and French troops overthrow pro-German Syria.

1949: Siam changes its name to Thailand.

1953: England play an international under floodlights for the first time at New York’s Yankee Stadium against the USA in a 6-3 victory.

1963: Dr Stephen Ward, a London osteopath and friend of Christine Keeler, is arrested and charged with living on immoral earnings.

1965: US troops are ordered to fight offensively in Vietnam. On the same day, the USSR launches Luna 6, which misses the Moon by 99,000 miles.

1966: Working on the Revolver album at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr record the piano and drums backing track for the song Good Day Sunshine in three takes. The very first one is used.

1968: James Earl Ray is arrested at Heathrow Airport in connection with the assassination of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King.


1969: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts visit Brian Jones at his home to discuss his future in the Rolling Stones. A press statement is later issued saying that Brian is leaving the group. On the same day, General Franco closes Spain’s frontier with Gibraltar and Rod Laver beats Ken Rosewall 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 to win the French Open men’s tennis.

1970: Deep Purple have their van and equipment impounded by East German police while on an European tour after mistakenly driving too close to the border.

1972: Test cricket debut of Tony Greig v Australia at Old Trafford.

1974: Keyboardist Rick Wakeman quits Yes after admitting he disliked the band’s latest album Tales From Topographic Oceans. At one point on tour, during a lengthy spell where he was not required to play, he had been so bored he instructed a roadie to get him an Indian takeaway, which he proceeded to eat behind his keyboards.

1978: British yachtswoman Naomi James breaks the solo round-the-world sailing record by two days.

1980: Bjorn Borg wins his third straight French Open men’s singles tennis title, defeating Vitas Gerulaitis 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.

On TV (Sunday)


09.05Invasion Road

09.30All About Toddlers

10.00Morning Worship


11.30The Rovers

12.00Weekend World
Presented by Brian Walden

13.00Public Office
The British Ambassador to the United States Sir Nicholas Henderson

13.30Out of Town

14.00University Challenge

14.30Police 5

14.45Film: Trottie True (1949)
British musical comedy starring Jean Kent

16.30Bless Me, Father
Starring Arthur Lowe

17.00Frank Muir on Children

17.30Sale of the Century

18.00ITN News


18.15The Christians

19.15Family Fortunes

19.45A Man Called Sloane

20.45It’ll Be Alright on the Night 2

21.45ITN News

22.00Comedy Tonight

22.30The South Bank Show

23.45Celebrity Concert
Al Martino


07.15Open University



09.15Nai Zindagi Naya Jeevan


10.10Mr Smith Propagates Plants

10.35Education Matters

11.00Russian – Language and People


11.50The 607080 Show

12.15Sunday Worship


13.25The Story of English Furniture

13.50News Headlines

13.55Film: The FBI Story (1959)
Starring James Stewart, Vera Miles. The story of J. Edgar Hoover’s G-Men, seen through the eyes of one agent.

16.20British Marching Band Championships

17.05Floralies of Ghent

17.35Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way
Barbara Woodhouse demonstrates her own method of training dogs and their owners.


18.10Doom Castle

18.40Songs of Praise

19.15Film: The Likely Lads (1976)
Starring Rodney Bewes, James Bolam. Film version of one of television’s most popular comedy series.


21.35World Championship Boxing
The Lightweight Championship of the World. Jim Watt v Howard Davis.

22.35News and Weather

22.45Heart of the Matter

23.20Time Out of Mind



07.40Open University

The John Player League featuring Leicestershire v Hampshire

18.45News Review

19.15The Last Place on Earth

20.05News on 2

20.15Romeo and Juliet
The Royal Ballet production of one of the great modern classics starring Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev.

22.15The Book Programme

22.45Film: Mahler (1974)
Starring Robert Powell, Georgina Hale. Extravagant portrait of the composer, directed by Ken Russell

1982: Forty eight British servicemen die as the Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram are bombed in an Argentinian air attack in Bluffs Cove, Falkland Islands. On the same day, US President Ronald Reagan addresses the British Parliament.

1985: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 for her 17th Grand Slam title and sixth French Open tennis singles crown.

1986: Former UN secretary general and alleged former Nazi sympathiser, Kurt Waldheim, is elected President of Austria.

Singles chart:

  1. Spirit In The Sky – Dr and the Medics
  2. Holding Back The Years – Simply Red
  3. I Can’t Wait – Nu Shooz
  4. Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
  5. Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer
  6. Can’t Get By Without You – The Real Thing
  7. Set Me Free – Jaki Graham
  8. Everybody Wants To Rule the World – Tears For Fears
  9. On My Own – Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald
  10. Vienna Calling – Falco

Album chart:

  1. A Kind Of Magic – Queen
  2. So – Peter Gabriel
  3. Picture Book – Simply Red
  4. Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits
  5. Street Life: 20 Greatest Hits – Roxy Music
  6. Love Zone – Billy Idol
  7. Standing On A Beach: The Singles – The Cure
  8. The Man And His Music – Sam Cooke
  9. Into The Light – Chris de Burgh
  10. World Machine – Level 42

1987: Yogi Horton a session drummer with Luther Vandross, jumps to his death from a 17th floor hotel window, having told his wife he was tired of living in the singer’s shadow.

1988: Death of broadcaster Russell Harty.

1998: Sepp Blatter replaces João Havelange as President of FIFA. On the same day, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Martin Carr from The Boo Radleys are involved in a fight at Dingwalls in Camden.

1999: Former cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken is jailed for 18 months after admitting he lied during a libel action against The Guardian newspaper and Granada TV.

2002: Serena Williams wins her first French tennis title, beating older sister Venus 7-5, 6-3.

2007: George Michael is sentenced to 100 hours of community service and banned from driving for two years at Brent Magistrates court after being arrested the previous October when he was found slumped at the steering wheel of his car.

2008: Rafa Nadal equals Björn Borg’s Open era record of four consecutive French tennis titles, beating Roger Federer 6-1, 6-3, 6-0.

2017: Ex-FBI chief James Comey testifies to a US Senate committee that US President Donald Trump told “lies plain and simple”. On the same day, the General Election results in a hung parliament with Theresa May and the Tories losing their majority.

2018: Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies aged 68.

2019: Actor Chris Pratt marries Katherine Schwarzenegger in California.

2020: Singer Bonnie Pointer dies from a cardiac arrest aged 69 and former Manchester United left back Tony Dunne dies aged 78.

2023: Rishi Sunak meets with Joe Biden at the White House, announcing an economic partnership to investigate the dangers of Artificial Intelligence. On the same day, federal prosecutors file a 37-count indictment against former US President Donald Trump for unlawful retention of defense information, storing dozens of classified documents at his Florida Mar a Lago resort, and obstruction of justice.

Tom Grennan (Photo: Raph_PH)

BIRTHDAYS: Millicent Martin, singer, 90; Nancy Sinatra, singer, 84; Fred Dineage, TV presenter, 82; Colin Baker, actor, 81; Boz (William) Scaggs, singer-songwriter/guitarist, 80; Julie Driscoll (Tippett), singer, 77; Mick Box, guitarist (Uriah Heep) 77; Annie Haslam, singer (Renaissance) 77; Bonnie Tyler (Gaynor Sullivan), singer, 71; Sir Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, 69; Griffin Dunne, actor/director, 69; Keenen Ivory Wayans, actor/filmmaker, 66; Jakko (Michael) Jakszyk, guitarist/singer (King Crimson) 66; Mick Hucknall, singer-songwriter (Simply Red), 64; Nick Rhodes (Bates), keyboardist (Duran Duran) 62; Julianna Margulies, actress, 58; Neil Mitchell, keyboards (Wet Wet Wet), 57; Shappi Khorsandi, comedian, 51; Shilpa Shetty, actress, 49; Lindsay Davenport, tennis commentator, 48; Kayne West, rapper, 47; Sturgill Simpson singer, 46; Derek Trucks, guitarist, 45; Kim Clijsters, tennis champion, 41; Javier Mascherano, footballer, 40; Joel Dommett, comedian/TV presenter, 39; Carl Ikeme, goalkeeper, 38; Tom Grennan, singer, 29.