It happened today – this day in history – March 30

1296: Edward I sacks Berwick-upon-Tweed, during an armed conflict between Scotland and England.

1533: Thomas Cranmer becomes Archbishop of Canterbury.

1674: Jethro Tull, inventor of the see drill, is born.

1842: Ether is used as an anaesthetic for the first time.

1853: Birth of artist Vincent van Gogh.

1856: Russia signs the Treaty of Paris, ending the Crimean War.

1867: The US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000.

1883: Count Karl Kinsky rides his own horse Zoedone to victory in the Grand National.

1894: George Bernard Shaw’s “Candida” premieres at Theatre Royal, South Shields.

1939: The Heinkel He 100 fighter sets a world airspeed record of 463 mph.

1942: The SS murders 200 inmates of Trawniki concentration camp.

1944: 781 British bombers attack Nuremberg.

1951: Electrical engineer Julius Rosenberg and his wife, Ethel, are found guilty by the Federal Court in New York of passing secrets about the atomic bomb to Russia.

1953: Albert Einstein announces revised unified field theory.

1954: Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers for the West Indies v England.

1955: Marlon Brando wins the Oscar for best actor in On The Waterfront at the Academy Awards.

1959: The Dalai Lama flees Tibet and is granted political asylum in India.

1967: The photo session takes place at Chelsea Manor studios in London with Michael Cooper for the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The group then return to the studio to continue recording the song With A Little Help From My Friends.

1968: Brian Fletcher wins the Grand National on 100/7 chance Red Alligator.

1972: North Vietnam launches a major offensive against South Vietnam.

1974: Brian Fletcher wins the Grand National on Red Rum for the second consecutive year.


1978: Paul Simonon and Nicky “Topper” Headon of The Clash are arrested in Camden Town after shooting racing pigeons with air guns from the roof of Chalk Farm Studios. Four police cars and a helicopter are used to make the arrest.

1979: Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Airey Neave MP is killed by an IRA car bomb as he leaves the House of Commons car park.

On TV (Friday)



11.54Sinbad Junior

12.00Song Book


12.30The Cedar Tree

13.00ITN News at One

13.20Thames News

13.30Home and Design

14.00After Noon Plus

15.20You’re Only Young Twice

15.50The Sullivans

16.15A Bunch of Fives


17.15Thames Sport

17.40ITN News

17.55Opposition Reply

18.00Thames at 6

18.30Emmerdale Farm


19.00Mork and Mindy

19.30Winner Takes All
Quiz hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck


21.00House of Caradus

22.00ITN News at Ten


23.00Police 5

23.1The London Programme


06.40Open University


09.30For Schools, Colleges


12.45Midday News

13.00Pebble Mill


14.02For Schools, Colleges



15.53Regional News

15.55Play School

16.20Hong Kong Phooey



17.10Excuse Me!

17.35The Perishers

17.40Evening News


19.00Barney Bear

19.15Wonder Woman

20.00The Dawson Watch
Starring Les Dawson

20.30The Other One
Starring Richard Briers and Michael Gambon

21.00Nine O’Clock News

21.25The National Skating Association Centenary Gala
From Wembley Arena in the presence of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

22.15Tonight in Town

22.45News Headlines; Weather

22.50Film: Paper Lion (1968)
Sports comedy starring Alan Alda as writer George Plimpton


06.40Open University


11.00Play School


14.20Racing from Aintree


16.50Open University

18.55Gardeners’ World

19.20The Mid-Evening News

19.30Star Signs



21.00Pot Black 79
The second Semi-final sees Perrie Mans take on Ray Reardon.

21.25Women at Arms

22.15International Pro-Celebrity Golf
Peter Falk and Lee Trevino v Sean Connery and Severiano Ballesteros

23.05Late News and Weather

23.20Rock Goes to College
George Thorogood & The Destroyers from North East London Polytechnic

1981: President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded in Washington by lone gunman John Hinkley.

1985: Ireland beat England 13-10 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to clinch it’s 10th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and sixth Triple Crown.

1986: Death of actor James Cagney aged 86.

Singles chart:

  1. Living Doll – Cliff Richard and The Young Ones
  2. Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
  3. Touch Me (I Want Your Body) – Samantha Fox
  4. A Different Corner – George Michael
  5. You To Me Are Everything – The Real Thing
  6. Chain Reaction – Diana Ross
  7. A Kind Of Magic – Queen
  8. Absolute Beginners – David Bowie
  9. Peter Gunn – Art of Noise ft Duane Eeddy
  10. Rock Me Amadeus – Falco
1986: Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms

Album chart:

  1. Hits 4 – Various Artists
  2. Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits
  3. Please – The Pet Shop Boys
  4. Dirty Work – The Rolling Stones
  5. Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston
  6. Welcome To The Real World – Mr Mister
  7. No Jacket Required – Phil Collins
  8. The Hymns Album – Huddersfield Choral Society
  9. Hits For Lovers – Various Artists
  10. Rocky IV – Original Soundtrack

1987: Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” sells for a record £22.5 million.

1992: Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster are awarded Oscars for their roles in Silence of the Lambs.

2000: Mick Jagger opens the new arts centre that had been named after him at his old school, Dartford Grammar. The singer said he had spent the worst years of his life there. On the same day, Richard Branson is knighted by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

2001: At just 15 years 9 months, swimmer Michael Phelps breaks the 200m butterfly world record at the US World Championship trials at Austin, Texas.

2002: The Queen Mother dies peacefully in her sleep aged 101.

2004: Death of broadcaster Alistair Cooke aged 95.

2007: A man was arrested by police and detained under the Mental Health Act after trying to force his way into Paul McCartney’s Surrey mansion, screaming: “I must get to him.”

2013: North Korea declares it is at a state of war with South Korea.

2018: Actor Bill Maynard (Walter Williams) dies aged 89.

2020: Singer-songwriter Bill Withers dies aged 81.

2022: Bruce Willis announces he is stepping away from acting after a diagnosis of aphasia, but which weeks later is revealed as dementia.

2023: Donald Trump becomes the first former US president to face criminal chargs when he is indicted by a Manhattan Grand Jury on charges over hush payments paid to porn star Stormy Daniels. On the same day, Apple founder Steve Wozniak and Elon Musk join others in signing an open letter warning that the race to develop AI systems is out of control and asking for work to be suspended forr at least six months. Also, musician Ray Shulman of the band Gentle Giant dies aged 73.

Norah Jones (Photo: NASA/Paul E. Alers)

BIRTHDAYS: Warren (Henry) Beatty, actor/director, 87; Eric Clapton (Clapp), guitarist/singer-songwriter, 79; Paul Reiser, actor, 68; MC Hammer, (Stanley Kirk Burrell) rapper, 62; Tracy Chapman, singer-songwriter, 60; Piers Morgan, broadcaster, 59; Celine Dion, singer, 56; Mark Consuelos, actor, 53; Norah Jones, singer-songwriter, 45; Simon Webbe, singer, (Blue) 45; Sergio Ramos (Garcia), Spanish footballer, 38.