It happened today – this day in history – May 28

1431: Joan of Arc is accused of relapsing into heresy by donning male clothing again, providing justification for her execution.

1533: The Archbishop of Canterbury voids the marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

1588: The Spanish Armada under the Duke of Medina-Sidonia departs Lisbon to invade England.

1608: Claudio Monteverdi’s “Arianna” premieres in Mantua, Italy.

1644: Bolton Massacre by Royalist troops under the command of the Earl of Derby in the English Civil War.

1660: George I of England is born in Hannover. He never learned to speak English.

1742: The first indoor swimming pool opens at Goodman’s Fields in London.

1759: Birth of William Pitt The Younger in Kent.

1830: US President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act, authorising the army to force Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole tribes out of Georgia and surrounding states.

1845: A fire in Quebec, Canada, destroys 1,500 houses.

1849: Death of novelist Anne Bronte aged 29.

1878: Death of former British Prime Minister Earl Russell aged 85.

1888: Glasgow Celtic play their first match…against Rangers.

1889: Edouard and Andre Michelin incorporate the Michelin tyre company.

1900: Paul Kruger, President of the Boer Republic of South Africa, flees its capital, Pretoria, to evade advancing British troops.

1918: Azerbaijan gains independence and declares itself a Democratic Republic. On the same day, Armenia declares independence from the Russian Empire.

1926: Military coup by General Manuel Gomes da Costa in Portugal.

1934: Sir Jack Hobbs scores his 197th and last first class cricket century at 51 years 163 days old. On the same day, The Glyndebourne Festival is inaugurated in Sussex.

1936: Alan Turing submits “On Computable Numbers” for publication, in which he sets out the theoretical basis for modern computers.

1937: The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens to traffic. On the same day, Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister of the UK.

1940: Belgium surrenders to Nazi Germany.

1941: Allied troops begin the evacuation of Crete.

1948: The Israeli Air Force is officially founded. On the same day, Unity Mitford, fascist sympathiser, dies from the effects of a bullet in the head at 33.

1951: Princess Elizabeth opens the Exhibition of Industrial Power in Glasgow – the latest show in the Festival of Britain. On the same day, the programme “Crazy People” (later retitled The Goon Show), created by Spike Milligan, premieres on BBC radio.

1952: Greece grants women the right to vote.

1954: Singles chart:

  1. Secret Love – Doris Day
  2. Such A Night – Johnnie Ray
  3. Friends And Neighbours – Billy Cotton and his Band
  4. The Happy Wanderer – The Obernkirchen Children’s Choir
  5. The Kid’s Last Fight – Frankie Laine
  6. Someone Else’s Roses – Joan Regan
  7. The Gang That Sang Heart Of My Heart – Max Bygraves
  8. A Dime And A Dollar – Guy Mitchell
  9. Changing Partners – Kay Starr
  10. Don’t Laugh At Me (‘Cause I’m A Fool) – Norman Wisdom

1958: Real Madrid beats AC Milan, 3-2 in Brussels to win the European Cup for the third consecutive time.

1959: Billy Wright makes his then record 105th and final appearance for the England football team in an 8-1 victory against the USA in LA. On the same day, two monkeys become the first living creatures to survive a space flight aboard a rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

1960: Peterborough United are elected to the Football League and Gateshead are voted out.

1961: Amnesty International is founded.

1961: Elvis Presley – G I Blues

Album chart:

  1. G.I. Blues – Elvis Presley
  2. South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  3. Listen To Cliff – Cliff Richard
  4. The Black And White Minstrel Show – The George Mitchell Ssingers
  5. His Hand In Mine – Elvis Presley
  6. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers – Original Soundtrack
  7. Best Of Barber And Bilk Volume I – Chris Barber and Acker Bilk
  8. Music Man – Original London Cast
  9. Nice ‘N’ Easy – Frank Sinatra
  10. Oliver – Original London Cast

1964: The Palestine Liberation Organisation is formed in Jerusalem. On the same day, the unmanned Apollo 2 Saturn test is launched into Earth orbit.


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1966: The Beatles spend the day with Bob Dylan in his room at the Mayfair Hotel in London, watching rushes of D.A. Pennebakers’s forthcoming Dylan documentary film, Don’t Look Back.

1967: Francis Chichester arrives in Plymouth in his yacht, Gipsy Moth IV, becoming he first man to sail solo around the world with only one port of call (in Sydney, Australia).

1969: Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull are arrested at their London home and charged with possession of cannabis.

1970: Several men are charged in Dublin with conspiracy to illegally import arms for use by the IRA.

1971: The USSR’s Mars 3 is launched – the first spacecraft to soft land on Mars. On the same day, Audie Murphy, actor and American soldier who was among the most decorated in the Second World War, dies in a plane crash aged 46.

On TV (Friday)


BBC ONE

09.40For Schools and Colleges

13.00Dyfal Done

13.25Interval

13.30Watch with Mother

13.45News and weather

13.53Closedown

14.05For Schools and Colleges

16.20Play School

16.40Jackanory
with George Cole


16.55Mary Hopkin in the Land of Books

17.25Marine Boy

17.50National News and Weather

18.00London This Week

18.20Tomorrow’s World
Raymond Baxter introduces a weekly report on the latest ideas, inventions and discoveries in the swiftly changing world of science, technology and medicine. With James Burke.


18.45The Virginian

20.00Me Mammy
Comedy series starring Milo O’Shea


20.30Look – Mike Yarwood!

21.00The Nine O’Clock News

21.20Take Three Girls
Drama series


22.10Moira Anderson Sings
with special guest Ivor Emmanuel


22.4024 Hours
A daily look at what matters in the news and out of it. Presented by David Dimbleby


23.101971 World Ballroom Dancing
Final stages of The World Amateur Modern Championship and The World Professional Latin-American Grand Prix together with a Formation Team Challenge match between the UK and the USA. Hosted by Peter West.


23.55Weather followed by Regional News and Weather


BBC TWO

11.00Play School

11.20Closedown

19.05Which Way?

19.30Newsroom

20.00Europa

20.30Review

21.15The Week Ahead on 2

21.20Montreux 71 Lodynski’s Fleamarket Company
From Austria, the winner of The Golden Rose Trophy. The International Press Prize The City of Montreux Comedy Prize


21.55Television Doctor

22.10Bel Ami
by Guy de Maupassant A second chance to see this dramatisation. Part 3: Madeleine.


22.55News on 2 and Weather

23.00Late Night Line-Up
with Joan Bakewell, Michael Dean Tony Bilbow, Sheridan Morley



THAMES

15.15Yoga for Health

15.40Zingalong
15.55The Adventures of Robin Hood
16.25Wild Bill Hickock
16.55Skippy
17.20Full House
17.50News
18.00Today


LONDON WEEKEND

19.00On the Buses
Comedy series starring Reg Varney

19.30The Sky’s the Limit
Quiz hosted by Hughie Green

20.00Derby Day
21.00Budgie
Everybody Loves a Baby. Drama series starring Adam Faith as a petty criminal.

22.00News at Ten
22.30Manhunt
23.30The Untouchables

1972: Four Provisional IRA volunteers and four civilians are killed when a bomb they were preparing explodes prematurely at a house in Belfast. On the same day, White House “plumbers” carry out their first break-in at Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C., and the Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII) dies aged 77.

1974: Northern Ireland’s first power-sharing assembly collapses after its leader Brian Faulkner steps down.

1975: Bayern Munich beat Leeds United 2-0 in Paris to win the European Cup.

1976: The Allman Brothers Band temporarily disband after Greg Allman testifies against Scooter Herring, his personal road manager, who was charged with drug trafficking. Herring was subsequently sentenced to 75 years in prison. On the same day, “Taxi Driver”, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro wins the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

1977: Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers play together for the first time as part of Mike Howlett’s band, Strontium 90 in Paris.

1980: Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest beat Hamburg 1-0 in Madrid to win the European Cup for the second time in a row.

1982: Pope John Paul II becomes the first reigning pontiff to visit Great Britain. On the same day, Lt Col ‘H’. Jones VC, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment, is killed during the Falklands Conflict.

1983: The four day US Festival ’83’ begins in California. Acts appearing include The Clash, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, US, The Pretenders, Van Halen and David Bowie.

1984: Comedian Eric Morecambe dies after suffering a heart attack immediately after walking off stage following an interview with Stan Sennett.

1985: Head of the American University of Beirut Medical Center, David Jacobsen, is taken hostage by Hezbollah.

1987: Mathias Rust, an 18 year-old West German pilot, makes an unauthorized landing in Red Square, Moscow.

1991: Ethiopian rebels seize Addis Ababa.

1995: An earthquake hits the Russian town of Khabarovsk, killing 2,000 people. On the same day, fashion designer Jean Muir dies aged 66.

1996: Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan is rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles after a heroin overdose.

1997: Aviator Linda Finch completes Amelia Earhart’s attempted around-the-world flight.

1998: Pakistan explodes five underground nuclear devices in response to India’s recent nuclear tests, provoking worldwide condemnation. On the same day, Canadian actor and comedian Phil Hartman is murdered in his sleep by his wife.

1999: Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece “The Last Supper” is put back on display in Milan after 22 years of restoration work.

2007: Right Said Fred singer Richard Fairbrass and gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, are both attacked during a march against a ban on gay rights in Moscow.

2011: Barcelona beats Manchester United, 3-1 in London to win the Champions League.

2014: Death of poet and author Maya Angelou (Marguerite Johnson) aged 86.

2015: Michael Jackson’s former home, Neverland Ranch, is listed for sale for $100million.

2017: Death of veteran children’s TV presenter John Noakes aged 83.

2020: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declares a State of Emergency in Minneapolis and activates the Minnesota National Guard after protests over the death of George Floyd in custody.

BIRTHDAYS: Gladys Knight, singer, 78; Rudy Juliani, Trump attorney/former mayor of New York, 78; John Fogerty, singer-songwriter, 77; Leland Sklar, bassist, 75; Sue Holderness, actress, 73; Andy Hamilton, comedy writer, 68; Julie Peasgood, actress, 66; Mary Portas, retail consultant/broadcaster, 62; Michelle Collins, actress, 61; Roland Gift, singer (Fine Young Cannibals) 60; Gavin Harrison, drummer (King Crimson/Porcupine Tree/The Pineapple Thief), 59; Christa Miller, actress, 58; David Baddiel, comedian/writer, 58; Kylie Minogue, singer/actress, 54; Jimi Goodwin, vocals/bass (Doves) 52; (Mark) Jake Johnson (Weinberger), actor, 44; Nonso Anozie, actor, 44; Mark Feehily, singer (Westlife) 41; Carey Mulligan (Mumford), actress, 37; Michael Oher, American footballer, 36; Kyle Walker, footballer, 32; Alexandre Lacazette, footballer, 31; Jonnie Peacock, athlete, 29; John Stones, footballer, 28; Phil Foden, footballer, 22.