It happened today – this day in history – May 11

330: Byzantium becomes the capital of the Roman Empire.

1310: 54 Knights Templar are burned at the stake in France for being heretics.

1778: Death of William Pitt the Elder aged 69.

1812: Prime Minister Spencer Percival is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons. On the same day, the waltz is introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral.

1888: Birth of songwriter Irving Berlin (Israel Isidore Baline) in Russia.

1891: Prince Nicholas (later Tsar Nicolas II of Russia) survives an assassination attempt in Japan.

1900:James J Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in Round 23 for the heavyweight boxing title.

1904: Birth of surrealist Salvador Dali in Spain.

1927: Louis B Mayer forms the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

1928: Walter Hagen wins the British Open golf tournament for the third time.

1931: “M” Fritz Lang’s first sound film starring Peter Lorre premieres in Berlin.

1949: Israel becomes a member of the United Nations. On the same day, Siam renames itself Thailand.

1960: Israeli soldiers capture Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires.

1963: British businessman Greville Wynne is sentenced by a tribunal in Moscow to eight years detention (three years in prison followed by five years in a Labour camp) accused of spying for the west. His co-accused, Soviet official Oleg Penkovsky, is sentenced to death and executed by firing squad a week later.

1966: Real Madrid beat Partizan Belgrade 2-1 to win the European Cup in Brussels.

1967: Britain, Ireland and Denmark apply for membership of the EEC.

1968: Students and police battle in Paris.

1969: John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam begin writing sketches for Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

1971: The Daily Sketch newspaper closes.

1972: John Lennon appears on US television ‘Dick Cavett Show’, claiming he is under surveillance from the FBI. Turns out he was right.

1976: Elton John becomes chairman of Watford FC.

1981: Bob Marley dies aged 36 from cancer.


1983: Aberdeen win the European Cup Winner’s Cup, beating Real Madrid 2-1 in Gothenburg.

On TV (Wednesday)



06.30Good Morning Britain

09.30For Schools

11.55Cartoon Time

12.00Rod, Jane and Freddy


12.30Movie Memories

13.00ITN News

13.20Thames News

13.30Crown Court

14.00A Plus

14.30Racing from York

16.00Rod, Jane and Freddy


16.20The Sooty Show

16.30Cartoon Time

16.45What’s Happening?


17.45ITN News

18.00Thames News

18.30Coronation Street

19.00European Cup Winners’ Cup Final
Aberdeen v Real Madrid from Gothenburg

21.15Film: The Domino Principle (1977)
A Vietnam War veteran imprisoned for murder is offered freedom if he agrees to commit a contract killing. Stars Gene Hackman.

22.00ITN News at Ten

22.30The Domino Principle cont

23.40Barney Miller


17.00Chips Comic


18.00The Munsters

18.30Staging an Opera

19.00Channel 4 News



20.30Twenty Twenty Vision


22.30Film: Vivre Sa Vie (1962)
French film directed by Jean Luc Godard


06.00Ceefax AM

06.30Breakfast Time
with Frank Bough and Selina Scott

09.10For Schools, Colleges

11.55Ceefax in Vision

12.30News After Noon

13.00Pebble Mill at One

13.45The Flumps

14.00For Schools, Colleges

15.00The Secret of the Snake

15.53Regional News

15.55Play School

16.20The All New Popeye Show

16.40Cheggers Plays Pop

17.00John Craven’s Newsround

17.10The Story of the Treasure Seekers

17.40Evening News

18.00Nationwide and Regional news magazines


19.10The Circus World Championships


21.00Nine O’Clock News

21.25Max Boyce and Friends
With Ruth Madoc and Alden J. Harvey at the Congress Theatre, Cwmbran

Introduced by Harry Carpenter

22.58News Headlines

Crime series starring William Conrad



06.05Open University



10.45Ceefax in Vision

11.00Play School

11.25Ceefax in Vision

12.30Open University


15.30Ceefax in Vision

17.10Sikhs in Britain

17.40Film: Stowaway
Musical comedy starring Shirley Temple and Alice Faye.

19.05Bath: A Theatre for Pleasure or Intrigue

19.30News Summary and Weather

Special programme, filmed in Jamaica, On the second anniversary of the singer’s death, Vince Herbert talks to the people who knew reggae legend Bob Marley.

20.05Year of the French

20.35Discovering Hedgerows

21.00One Night in Lincoln
with Mike Harding

21.30The Way of the Warrior
Shorinji Kempo – the New Way Narrated by Dennis Waterman

22.10Empire, Inc


23.50Open University

1984: Johan Cruyff retires from playing football.

1985: A fire breaks out in the wooden main stand at Bradford City’s Vallley Parade ground during the game against Lincoln City. 56 fans perish.

1987: The first combined heart and lung transplant is carried out in Baltimore.

1997: Singles chart

  1. You’re Not Alone – Olive
  2. Lovefool – The Cardigans
  3. Wonderful Tonight – Damage
  4. You Might Need Somebody – Shola Ama
  5. I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
  6. Love Won’t Wait – Gary Barlow
  7. I’m A Man Not A Boy – North and South
  8. Kowalski – Primal Scream
  9. Susan’s House – Eels
  10. Bellissima – DJ Quicksilver
1997: Texas: White on Blonde

Album chart

  1. Spice – The Spice Girls
  2. Flaming Pie – Paul McCartney
  3. Tellin’ Stories – The Charlatans
  4. White On Blonde – Texas
  5. In it For The Money – Supergrass
  6. Republica – Republica
  7. Andromeda Heights – Prefab Sprout
  8. Travelling Without Moving – Jamiroquai
  9. It Doesn’t Matter Anymore – The Supernaturals
  10. Shelter – Brand New Heavies

1998: India announces it has carried out a series of underground nuclear tests.

2000: Death of author Douglas Adams aged 49.

2003: Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding dies aged 57.

2004: Songwriter John Whitehead, composer of Ain’t No Stopping Us Now and Back Stabbers, is killed by a gunman.

2006: George Michael is involved in his second minor car crash in a month. After a tabloid photographer found him asleep in his parked car in central London, the singer crashes into a bollard as he drives away.

2010: David Cameron becomes Prime Minister after forming a coalition government between the Liberal Democrats and his own Conservative Party.

2013: Wigan Athletic cause a major upset, defeating Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley to win the FA Cup.

2015: Picasso’s The Women of Algiers (Version ‘O’) sells for a record $179.3 million at Christies in New York.

2016: The Brazilian senate votes to suspend President Dilma Rousssef and put her on trial for budgetary violations.

2018: A grandfather shoots six members of his family and himself at Margaret River, Western Australia.

2021: An inquest into the 1971 Ballymurphy killing of ten people finds the victims were innocent and killed (nine by soldiers) using unjustified force.

2022: Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is shot and killed by Israeli forces in the city of Jenin on the West Bank.

2023: Filmmaker Kenneth Angr dies aged 96.

Yuki Tsunoda (Image: Grahampurse)

BIRTHDAYS: Valentino (Garavani), fashion designer, 92; Eric Burdon, singer (The Animals), 83; Pam Ferris, actress, 76; Jeremy Paxman, journalist/broadcaster, 74; Frances Fisher, actress, 72; John Parrott, snooker pundit, 60; Greg Dulli, musician 59; Christoph Schneider, drummer, (Rammstein) 58; Holly Valance, singer/actress, 41; Andrés Iniesta (Luján), footballer, 40; Thibaut Courtois, goalkeeper, 32; Yuki Tsunoda, Formula 1 driver, 24.