It happened today – this day in history – March 27

196BC: Ptolemy V becomes Pharaoh of Egypt.

1378: Death of Gregory XI, the last French Pope.

1513: Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon and his expedition first sight Florida.

1599: Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex becomes Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

1625: Charles I ascends to the British throne after the death of James I.

1668: Charles II gives Bombay to the East India Company.

1708: Pretender to the English throne James III flees to Dunkirk.

1713: Spain loses Menorca and Gibraltar to Britain under the Treaty of Utrecht.

1782: Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain.

1794: The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates.

1808: Haydn’s oratorio “Die Schopfung” premieres in Vienna.

1866: Andrew Rankin patents the urinal.

1871: The first international rugby union match – Scotland 1, England 0 at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh.

1881: Rioting takes place in Basingstoke in protest against the daily vociferous promotion of rigid temperance by the Salvation Army.

1885: Jockey Ted Wilson wins his second consecutive Grand National on 10/3 favourite Roquefort.

1900: Recognising that the war in South Africa is going to take a major commitment, Parliament passes the War Loan Act, calling for £35 million to support the fight against the Boers.

1908: Henry Bletsoe wins the Grand National on American 66/1 outsider Rubio.

1915: “Typhoid Mary” (Mary Mallon) is arrested and returned to quarantine on North Brother Island, New York, after spending five years evading health authorities and causing several further outbreaks of typhoid.

1931: Charlie Chaplin receives France’s distinguished Legion of Honour.

1933: Japan leaves the League of Nations. On the same day, polythene is discovered by accident at ICI by Reginald Gibson and Eric William Fawcett.

1942: Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in Round 6 to retain the heavyweight boxing title in New York.

1944: 2,000 Jews are murdered in Kaunas Lithuania. On the same day, 40 Jewish policemen in Riga, Latvia, ghetto are shot by the Gestapo.

1945: General Eisenhower declares German defences on the Western Front broken. On the same day, the US 20th Army corps captures Wiesbaden.

1948: Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays to a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall.

1952: Failed assassination attempt on West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. On the same day, Sun Records of Memphis begins releasing records.


1958: Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier and First Secretary of the Communist Party.

1963: A far-reaching report by the chairman of the British Transport Commission, Dr Richard Beeching, recommends the closure of large sections of the rail network.

1964: Mick Jagger meets Marianne Faithfull for the first time at a Decca launch party at the Ex-Serviceman’s Club, Windsor. On the same day, Pirate Radio station, Radio Caroline begins broadcasting from the North Sea. Also, the Great Train Robbers are sentenced to a total of 307 years behind bars and the second largest earthquake ever recorded (9.2 on the Richter Scale) hits off Alaska. The resulting tsunami kills 139 people.

1965: Tommy Smith becomes the first American jockey to win the Grand National on Jay Trump at 100/6.

1966: During a UK tour, Roy Orbison falls off a motorbike while scrambling at Hawkstone Park, Birmingham, fracturing his foot.

1968: Cosmonaut and first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, dies in a plane crash.

1971: Wales clinches its 17th Five Nations Rugby Championship, 6th Grand Slam and 12th Triple Crown with a 9-5 win over France at Stade Colombes, Paris.

On TV (Saturday)


11.00R.A.C. Road Report


11.55The Golden Shot


12.50 – 17.10World of Sport
Introduced by Dickie Davies



17.45Gunsmoke Western series

18.45Tommy Cooper

19.15You Must Be Joking!

21.00The Dickie Henderson Show


22.15Seven Men

22.45The Baron
Mid 1960s series starring Steve Forest and Sue Lloyd

23.40The Party’s Moving On




12.00Banana Splits

12.45Grandstand featuring The University Boat Race

17.15Doctor Who The Claws Of Axos Part 3
starring Jon Pertwee

17.40The News

17.50The Mary Tyler Moore Show

18.15It’s Cliff Richard

18.50The Saturday Western The Proud Ones (1956)
Starring Robert Ryan and Virginia Mayo.

20.20Ronnie Corbett in Bed Comedy show

21.05Imperial Palace
Four part drama of the story by Arnold Bennett starring Roy Dotrice.


22.05Match of the Day: The FA Cup Semi-Final
Liverpool v Everton and Arsenal v Stoke City

23.05Braden’s Week
Sideways look at the week with Bernard Braden and Esther Rantzen. Music by Jake Thackeray.



15.00Saturday Cinema: Smoke Signal (1955)
Starring Dana Andrews and Piper Laurie.


18.15Rugby Special


19.20The News and Sport

19.35One Pair of Eyes: Doomsday Never Comes

20.20Elizabeth R
Historical drama series starring Glenda Jackson

21.50Scott on Nature
Comedy series with Terry Scott and June Whitfield

22.35Late Night Line-Up One Man’s Week

23.05News on 2 and Weather


23.25Midnight Movie: Black Widow (1954)
Starring Ginger Rogers.

1972: Venera 8 launches to explore Venus. On the same day, the Ulster Vanguard organise an industrial strike against the imposition of direct rule on Northern Ireland by Westminster.

1973: Marlon Brando turns down the Oscar for best actor in The Godfather at the Academy Awards to protest at Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film.

1977: 583 people die when two jumbo jets collide on a runway in Tenerife. It is the worst aviation accident in history.

Singles chart:

  1. Knowing Me Knowing You – ABBA
  2. Going In With My Eyes Open – David Soul
  3. Chanson d’Amour – Manhattan Transfer
  4. When – Showaddywaddy
  5. Sound And Vision – David Bowie
  6. Moody Blue – Elvis Presley
  7. Sunny – Boney M
  8. I Don’t Want To Put A Hold On You – Berni Flint
  9. Torn Between Two Lovers – Mary MacGregor
  10. Boogie Nights – Heatwave
1977: Pink Floyd – Animals

Album chart:

  1. Portrait Of Sinatra – Frank Sinatra
  2. 20 Golden Greats – The Shadows
  3. Arrival – ABBA
  4. Heartbreakers – Various Artists
  5. Hollies Live Hits – The Hollies
  6. Endless Flight – Leo Sayer
  7. Animals – Pink Floyd
  8. Every Face Tells A Story – Cliff Richard
  9. Live – Status Quo
  10. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac

1979: Eric Clapton marries Patti Harrison (the ex wife of George) in Tucson, Arizona.

1980: The Alexander Kielland accommodation platform in the North Sea collapses killing 123 oil rig workers. On the same day, Mount St Helens in Washington state becomes active after 123 years.

1984: Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe’s “Starlight Express.”

1991: New Kids On The Block’s Donnie Wahlberg is arrested after setting fire to carpets using a bottle of vodka at The Seelbach Hotel, Louisville.

1993: Jiang Zemin is appointed President of the People’s Republic of China.

1994: PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Greg Norman sets scoring record of 264 (−24) to finish four strokes ahead of runner-up Fuzzy Zoeller.

2000: Ian Dury dies aged 57 after a long battle with liver cancer.

2002: Comedian/actor/musician Dudley Moore dies aged 66. On the same day, film director Billy Wilder dies aged 95.

2019: Both members of Liverpool band Her’s are killed along with their tour manager after being involved in a car accident in California. On the same day, Theresa May promises to stand down if Parliament accepts her Bexit plan.

BIRTHDAYS: Tony Banks, keyboards (Genesis) 71; Andrew Farriss, keyboards (INXS) 62; Quentin Tarantino, director/screenwriter, 58; Pauley Perrette, actress/singer, 52; Mariah Carey, singer-songwriter, 51; Elizabeth Mitchell (Robertson) actress, 51; Nathan Fillion, actor, 50; Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, football pundit, 49; Fergie (Stacey Ferguson) singer (Black Eyed Peas) 46; Jessie J (Jessica Cornish), singer-songwriter, 33; Holliday Grainger, actress, 33.