It happened today – this day in history – March 25

1199: Richard I is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France, leads to his death on April 6.

1306: Robert The Bruce crowned Robert I, King of Scots.

1609: Henry Hudson embarks on an exploration for Dutch East India Company to find a passage to Asia.

1669: Mount Etna in Sicily erupts, destroying Nicolosi and killing 20,000.

1807: Parliament abolishes slave trade throughout the British Empire. On the same day, the first fare-paying, passenger railway service in the world is established on the Oystermouth Railway in Swansea.

1811: Percy Bysshe Shelley is expelled from the University of Oxford for his publication of the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism.

1881: Birth of composer Bela Bartok in Hungary.

1895: Italian troops invade Abyssinia.

1918: Death of composer Claude Debussy from cancer aged 55.

1938: 17 year-old jockey Bruce Hobbs wins the Grand National on 40/1 shot Battleship.

1946: First performance of Igor Stravinsky’s “Ebony Concerto”.

1949: The Soviet Union begins Operation Pribioi, the mass deportation of 90,000 Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians to inhospitable areas within the Soviet Union.

1954: “From Here To Eternity” wins the Oscar for best picture at the Academy Awards. It was just one of 8 awards it scooped on the night.

1955: East Germany is granted full sovereignty by occupying power, USSR. On the same day, US Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” as obscene.

1957: The Treaty of Rome establishes the Common Market.

1958: Newly registered US Army Private Elvis Presley receives the regulation short back and sides haircut from army barber James Peterson. On the same day, Sugar Ray Robinson becomes the first boxer to become champion five times.

1961: Sputnik 10 carries a dog into orbit. On the same day, Bobby Beasley wins the Grand National on Nicolaus Silver, the first grey winner for 90 years and playwright Samuel Beckett marries Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil in a secret civil ceremony in England.

1964: The Beatles make their first appearance on Top of the Pops, performing Can’t Buy Me Love.

1965: Martin Luther King Jr leads 25,000 demonstrators to the state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.

1966: At a photo session at Bob Whitaker’s studio in London, The Beatles pose in white coats using sides of meat with mutilated and butchered dolls for the cover of their next American album, Yesterday and Today. After advance copies were sent to disc jockeys and record reviewers, negative reaction to the cover photo was so strong, Capitol recalled 750,000 copies from distributors to replace the cover at a cost of $250,000.

1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono start a week long ‘bed-in’ in the presidential suite at The Amsterdam Hilton hotel. On the same day, loyalists Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting are jailed for organising an illegal counter demonstration in Armagh on November 30, 1968.


1970: Concorde makes its first supersonic flight.

On TV (Wednesday)


14.20Racing From Doncaster


16.55Little Big Time




18.30The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

19.00This is Your Life
Veteran footballer and Manchester City manager Joe Mercer is tonight’s subject of the big red book presented by Eamon Andrews.

19.30Coronation Street

20.00It Takes a Thief
US adventure series starring Robert Wagner.


22.00News at Ten

22.30Inside George Webley

23.00Professional Wrestling
Kent Walton is your ringside commentator at the Victoria Baths, Nottingham,

23.45What the Papers Say


12.25Apna Hi Ghar Samajhiye Make Yourself at Home


13.00Disc a Dawn


13.30Watch with Mother Pogles’ Wood

13.45News annd Weather


16.20Play School


16.55The Tinderbox

17.15Tom Tom

17.44Hector’s House

17.50National News and Weather

18.00Regional news

18.45The Doctors

19.05Tomorrow’s World
Introduced by Raymond Baxter with James Burke

19.30Comedy Playhouse presents Last Tribute
starring Bill Fraser.

20.00Professional Boxing The Heavyweight Championship of Great Britain and the Empire
Henry Cooper v Jack Bodell

20.50News and Weather

21.10The Wednesday Play: To See How Far It Is
by Alan Plater starring Norman Rodway and Nigel Davenport

22.2524 Hours

22.55Jack Lemmon’s Cinema
The acting legend talks to Michael Aspel about his stage and screen career.




11.00Play School



20.00Man Alive
The film industry is in a state of crisis. Has the family entertainment film died? Are Mum and Dad sitting at home watching the telly while the youngsters go to the cinema to see only the films which reflect their own interests and concerns?

Michael Jayston as war poet Wilfred Owen

21.10The Morecambe and Wise Show
With guest Clodagh Rodgers

21.55Europa: The World Through European Eyes

22.30My World … and Welcome To It
Step into the humorous and imaginative world of James Thurber

22.55News Summary and Weather

23.00Line-Up: Wednesday

1972: The Eurovision Song Contest is won by Vicky Leandros for Luxembourg singing “Apres toi” in Edinburgh.

1975: King Faisal of Saudi Arabia is assassinated by his nephew Prince Faisal Ibu Musaed. On the same day, members of the National Front march through north London protesting against integration with Europe.

1980: The British Olympic Association votes by a large majority to defy government requests and send athletes to the Olympic Games in Moscow. On the same day, cricketer Ian Botham makes his Football League debut for Scunthorpe United, coming on as a sub in the Division 4 match at Bournemouth.

1984: Singles chart:

  1. Hello – Lionel Richie
  2. It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
  3. Robert de Niro’s Waiting – Bananarama
  4. It’s A Miracle – Culture Club
  5. What Do I Do? – Phil Feron and Galaxy
  6. Your Love Is King – Sade
  7. A Love Worth Waiting For – Shakin’ Stevens
  8. Street Dance – Break Machine
  9. People Are People – Depeche Mode
  10. Joanna – Kool and the Gang
1984: Michael Jackson – Thriller

Album chart:

  1. Can’t Slow Down – Lionel Richie
  2. Human’s Lib – Howard Jones
  3. Alchemy – Dire Straits
  4. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  5. An Innocent Man – Billy Joel
  6. Into The Gap – The Thompson Twins
  7. Cafe Bleu – The Style Council
  8. Fugazi – Marillion
  9. The Smiths – The Smiths
  10. The Works – Queen

1991: Dances With Wolves wins the Oscar for best picture and best director (Kevin Costner) at the Academy Awards. Kathy Bates takes the award for best actress for Misery and Jeremy Irons is best actor as Claus von Bulow in Reversal Of Fortune.

1992: Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev returns to Earth after a 10-month stay aboard the Mir space station.

1995: Boxer Mike Tyson is released from jail after serving three years for rape.

2000: David Trimble narrowly beats off a challenge to his leadership of the Ulster Unionist Party. On the same day, former Bay City Rollers drummer Derek Longmuir is given 300 hours community service after being caught with a hoard of child pornography including 150 videos and 73 floppy disks.

2001: Russell Crowe wins the Oscar for best actor (Gladiator) at the Academy Awards.

2002: Legedary football commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme dies aged 81.

2005: Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon are forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a blaze breaks out while they are sleeping.

2012: Peter Cruddas, treasurer of the Conservative Party, resigns after being caught on film selling access to Prime Minister David Cameron.

2015: Zayn Malik leaves One Direction.

2018: Australian cricket captain Steve Smith is handed a one-match ban after admitting the team tampered with the ball in the third test against South Africa.

2019: Singer-songwriter Scott Walker (Engel) dies age 76. On the same day, NASA cancels a planned historic all-female spacewalk because it doesn’t have enough spacesuits to fit women and a British Airways flight from London mistakenly flies to Edinburgh instead of Düsseldorf.

2020: The Prince of Wales tests positive for COVID-19.

2022: Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins dies aged 50 while in Bogata, Colombia, with the band.

Sir Elton John

BIRTHDAYS: Richard O’Brien (Smith) actor/writer, 81; Kim Woodburn, TV personality, 81; Sir Elton John, singer-songwriter, 76; Bonnie Bedelia (Culkin), actress, 75; Bob Ezrin, record producer, 74; Steve Norman, sax/percussion/guitar (Spandau Ballet) 63; Marcia Cross, actress, 61; Sarah Jessica Parker, actress, 58; Cathy Dennis, singer-songwriter, 54; Melanie Blatt, singer (All Saints) 48; Katharine McPhee (Foster) actress, 48; Wladimir Klitschko, boxer, 47; Édgar Ramírez (Arellano), actor, 46; Lee Pace, actor, 44; Jadon Sancho, footballer, 23.