It happened today – this day in history – March 5

1133: Birth of Henry II.

1496: Henry VII grants John Cabot a commission to explore for new lands.

1558: Smoking tobacco introduced into Europe by Spanish physician Francisco Fernandes.

1616: Astronomical work ‘de Revolutionibus’ by Nicolaus Copernicus is placed on the Catholic Forbidden index.

1746: Jacobite troops leave Aberdeen.

1770: British soldiers kill 5 men in a crowd throwing snowballs with stones and sticks at them. The massacre galvanises anti-British feelings.

1778: Death of composer Thomas Arne aged 67.

1807: First performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 4th Symphony in B.

1824: Britain officially declares war on Burma.

1827: Death of Italisn physicist Alessandro Volta, inventor of the batter, aged 82.

1842: Over 500 Mexican troops led by Rafael Vasquez invade Texas, briefly occupying San Antonio before heading back to the Rio Grande.

1849: Zachary Taylor sworn in as 12th US President .

1850: The Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait between Anglesey and the Welsh mainland is opened.

1853: Piano company Steinway & Sons founded in New York.

1856: Covent Garden Opera House is destroyed in a fire.

1868: The stapler is patented in England by C H Gould.

1877: Rutherford B Hayes is inaugurated as 19th President of the United States.

1912: Italian forces are the first to use airships for military purposes, using them for reconnaissance behind Turkish lines.

1917: US President Woodrow Wilson is inaugurated for a second term.

1933: The Nazi Party wins a majority in the German parliament.

1943: The RAF bombs Essen, Germany

1945: The Battle of the Ruhr begins.

1946: Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech in the US, popularises the term and draws attention to the division of Europe.

1949: Don Bradman plays his last innings in first-class cricket and scores 30.


1953: Soviet dictator Josef Stalin dies aged 73 after a stroke. On the same day, Russian composer Sergein Prokofiev dies aged 61.

1956: The US Supreme Court upholds a ban on racial segregation in state schools, colleges and universities.

1957: Eamon de Valera’s Fianna Fail-party wins the election in Ireland.

1963: Working at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, The Beatles record what will become their third single From Me to You just five days after John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote it. On the same day, country singer Patsy Cline is killed in a plane crash in Tennessee.

1964: A crisis is proclaimed in Ceylon due to social unrest.

1965: A leftist uprising erupts in Bahrain against British colonial presence.

1966: A BOAC Boeing 707 crashes into Mount Fuji in Japan killing all 124 people on board.

1971: Led Zeppelin perform “Stairway To Heaven” for the first time at Ulster Hall, Belfast.

1973: Sixty-eight passengers and crew, including Jimi Hendrix’s former US manager Mike Jeffrey, die when two Spanish aircraft collide in mid-air over France.

1981: Ice Dance Championship at Hartford, Connecticut, is won by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

1982: Comedy actor John Belushi dies from an overdose of cocaine and heroin. On the same day, Russian spacecraft Venera 14 lands on Venus.

1986: Today, Britain’s first colour national tabloid, launches.

1989: Singles chart:

  1. Too Many Broken Hearts – Jason Donovan
  2. Love Changes Everything – Michael Ball
  3. Help! – Bananarama and Lananeeneenoonoo
  4. Stop – Sam Brown
  5. Leave Me Alone – Michael Jackson
  6. Belfast Child – Simple Minds
  7. Hey Music Lover – S-Express
  8. Can’t Stay Away From You – Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
  9. I Don’t Want A Lover – Texas
  10. Blow The House Down – Living In A Box
1989: Simply Red – A New Flame

Album chart:

  1. A New Flame – Simply Red
  2. Anything For You – Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
  3. Ancient Heart – Tanita Tikaram
  4. Don’t Be Cruel – Bobby Brown
  5. Stop – Sam Brown
  6. Mystery Girl – Roy Orbison
  7. The Raw And The Cooked – Fine Young Cannibals
  8. True Love Ways – Buddy Holly
  9. Wanted – Yazz
  10. The Legendary Roy Orbison – Roy Orbison

1992: On TV (Thursday)


06.00Ceefax Pages

06.30Breakfast News


09.50Hot Chefs




10.35No Kidding



11.30People Today


12.20Pebble Mill

13.00One O’Clock News


13.50Going for Gold

14.15Summer of My German Soldier

15.50Melvin and Maureen’s Music-a-Grams

16.05Boggart Sandwich

16.20The Further

16.30Dizzy Heights


17.05Blue Peter


18.00Six O’Clock News

18.30Regional news magazines

19.00Top of the Pops
Featuring The Charlatans, Mr Big, Crowded House, The KLF and Shakespeare’s Sister.


20.00Last of the Summer Wine

20.30Us Girls

21.00Party Political Broadcast
On behalf of the Conservative Party

21.05Nine O’Clock News

21.35Only Fools and Horses
Del Boy’s love life picks up when Raquel moves in.

22.50Question Time
Introduced by Peter Sissons with panellists Rt Hon Michael Howard MP, Lea Sellers, Alexandra Henderson and Randolph Street



06.45Open University

08.00Breakfast News


09.00Daytime on 2

14.15Advice Shop

15.00News; Weather


16.30Slow Boat from Surabaya

17.30Food and Drink

18.00The President’s Plane Is Missing
TV movie starring Buddy Eben and Peter Graves

19.30First Sight

20.00Abroad in Britain

20.30Top Gear
How Ford’s new Escort XR3i faces up to the competition from hatchback rivals

21.00Red Dwarf V
Rimmer is taken prisoner in his own mind. Space comedy starring Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Robert Llewelyn and Danny John Jules

21.30Fire in the Blood

22.20Talking to Myself
With Clare Short , MP

22.30Party Political Broadcast


23.20The American Late Show




9.25Lucky Ladders

9.55Regional News

10.00The Time, The Place

10.40This Morning

12.10The Riddlers

12.30News and weather, regional news

1.20Home And Away

1.50A Country Practice

2.20TV Weekly

2.50Take The High Road


3.25The Young Doctors

3.55Toucan Tecs


4.30Runaway Bay

5.00Speedy and Daffy

5.10Who’s The Boss

5.40News and Weather

5.55Thames Help!

6.00Home And Away

6.30Regional News


7.30In Search Of Wildlife

8.00The Bill

8.30This Week
Where do political parties get their money?

9.00LA Law

9.55Party Political Broadcast

10.00News At 10

10.40Prisoner Cell Block H

Including a review of the new Martin Scorsese film Cape Fear

12.00A Problem Aired

12.30Alfred Hitchcock Presents


6.00The Channel 4 Daily


12.00The Parliament Programme

12.30Business Daily

1.00Sesame Street

2.00Film: She’s Working Her Way Through College (1952)
Musical starring Virginia Mayo and Ronald Reagan


4.00Time To Talk


5.00The Oprah Winfrey Show

5.55Laurel and Hardy

6.00The Crystal Maze

7.00Channel 4 News


8.00Free For All

8.30The Big One
Sit com starring Mike McShane and Sandi Toksvig

9.00The Camomile Lawn

11.00The Making Of One
U2 in Berlin

11.15One Night Stand Ellen Degeneres

11.45Russian New Music

12.15Late Night Love

1.15The Street

1993: Disgraced Canadian Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson is banned from athletics for life after failing a drugs test for the second time.

1995: The graves of Tsar Nicholas II and his family are finally found in St Petersburg after 78 years. On the same day, Viv Stanshall of The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band dies in a house fire.

2003: In Haifa, 17 Israeli civilians are killed by a Hamas suicide bomber.

2004: Guitarist John McGeoch of Magazine, Siouxsie and the Banshees and PiL dies in his sleep aged 49.

2015: Harrison Ford crash-lands his 1942 Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR aeroplane in California.

2018: North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un meets South Korean officials for the first time since taking office, hosting a dinner in Pyongyang.

2019: Second-ever person “cured” of HIV after stem cell transplant treatment in London. On the same day, Kylie Jenner becomes the youngest ever billionaire at 21.

BIRTHDAYS: Dean (Robert) Stockwell, actor, 86; Clodagh Rogers, singer, 75; Eddy Grant, singer-songwriter, 74; Elaine Page, singer/broadcaster, 71; Penn Jilette, magician, 67; Talia Balsam, actress, 63; Craig and Charlie Reid, singer-songwriters (The Proclaimers) 60; John Frusciante, guitarist (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), 52; Eva Méndez, actress, 48; Matt Lucas, comedy actor/writer, 48; Russell Leetch, bassist (Editors) 40; Harry Maguire, footballer, 29; Fred, footballer, 29.