It happened today – this day in history – May 29

1176: The Lombard League beats Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and the Holy Roman Empire at the Battle at Legnano.

1453: Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire falls to the Turks, ending the Byzantine Empire.

1500: Death of Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias.

1652: English ‘General at Sea’ Robert Blake drives out the Dutch fleet under Lieutenant Admiral Maarten Tromp at the Battle of Goodwin Sands off Folkestone.

1660: Charles II returns to London from exile in the Netherlands on his 30th birthday to claim the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealth comes to an end.

1692: The English and Dutch fleets beat France at La Hogue.

1727: Peter II becomes Tsar of Russia aged 11.

1790: Rhode Island becomes the last of the original 13 colonies to ratify the US Constitution.

1874: The present constitution of Switzerland comes into effect.

1884: Oscar Wilde marries Constance Lloyd at St. James Church, Paddington.

1886: Chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise his drink Coca Cola.

1900: The trademark “Escalator” is registered by Otis Elevator Co.

1903: Alexander Obrenovich, King of Serbia, and Queen Draga, are assassinated in Belgrade by the Black Hand (Crna Ruka) in a coup d’etat.

1913: Igor Stravinsky’s ballet score “The Rite of Spring” premieres in Paris, provoking a riot.

1916: US forces invade the Dominican Republic.

1922: Ecuador becomes independent.

1942: Bing Crosby records the biggest selling song in history, White Christmas, with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers in just 18 minutes.

1944: British troops occupy Aprilia, Italy.

1953: Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

1954: Maureen Connolly retains her French tennis title, beating Ginette Bucaille 6-4, 6-1. On the same day, British runner Diane Leather becomes first woman to run the mile in under 5 minutes; 4:59.6 at Alexander Sports Ground, Birmingham.

1959: Charles de Gaulle forms French government

1962: Chubby Checker wins a Grammy Award for Let’s Twist Again and Ray Charles wins Best Rhythm & Blues Recording for Hit The Road Jack.

1967: The Move, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, Zoot Money, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band all appeared at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincoln. Tickets cost £1.


1968: Manchester United become the first English club to win the European Cup, beating Benfica 4-1 at Wembley with goals from Bobby Charlton (2), George Best and Brian Kidd.

1972: Three Japanese gunmen open fire at Lod International Airport in Israel, killing 26 people and injuring dozens more.

1974: Northern Ireland is brought under direct rule from Westminster.

1979: Silent film star and co-founder of United Artists, Mary Pickford, dies aged 87.

1982: The Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, welcomes Pope John Paul II to Canterbury Cathedral.

1984: Police use riot gear for the first time since the miners’ strike began as they face the biggest picket to date at Orgreave coking plant near Sheffield.

TV on this day (Tuesday)


06.25Good Morning Britain


10.25The Poseidon Files

11.20Pardon Me For Living

11.50Casper, the Friendly Ghost

12.00Orm and Cheep


12.30The Sullivans

13.00News at One

13.20Thames News

13.30A Plus

14.00Take The High Road

14.30The Love Boat

15.30Sons and Daughters

16.00Children’s ITV; Children’s

16.15Cartoon Time

16.20How Dare You!


17.15Emmerdale Farm

17.45News at 5.45

18.00Thames News



19.30Scarecrow and Mrs King
American spy series starring Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner

20.30The Morecambe and Wise Show

21.00Party Political Broadcast

21.05The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Starring Jeremy Brett as the iconic detective

22.05News at Ten

22.35Film: Caravan to Vaccares (1974)
Action film set on the French Riviera starring Charlotte Rampling



17.15Years Ahead

18.00Old Country

18.30Whose Town Is It Anyway?

19.00Channel Four News


Soap set in a Liverpool street

20.304 What It’s Worth

21.00Better Late than Never

22.50Eastern Eye


06.30Breakfast Time

09.00Boswall’s Wildlife Safari to Mexico

09.25Praise Be!

10.00Pages from Ceefax

10.30Play School

10.55Gardeners’ World

11.20Pages from Ceefax

13.00News After Noon

13.27Regional News

13.30Little Misses and the Mister Men

13.45Digging Up People

14.35Star Movie: The Richest Girl in the World (1934)
An heiress switches places with her secretary to find a man who will love her for who she is and not for her money. Stars Fay Wray and Joel McCrae.


15.53Regional News (exc London)

15.55Play School: It’s Tuesday

16.20Yogi Bear

16.25Treasure in Malta

16.40Cheggers Plays Pop

17.05John Craven’s Newsround


17.40Sixty Minutes

18.40You Can’t See the Wood…

19.05Blankety Blank
Terry Wogan hosts the comedy quiz with star guests Sandra Dickinson, Larry Grayson, Patricia Hayes, Roy Kinnear, Jan Leeming and Bernie Winters.

Sit com starring Ronnie Corbett

20.10Dolly Parton in London
Concert filmed at The Dominion theatre.

21.00Party Political Broadcast

21.05Nine o’Clock News

21.30Destination D-Day
Presented by Sir Huw Wheldon. On a cold February night in 1944 two British frogmen crawled onto a Normandy beach from the freezing sea to take samples of sand for scientific analysis from under the noses of German sentries. It was one of the most audacious of operations that went into the planning of the Allied invasion of Europe.

23.00World Professional Latin American Championships

23.45News Headlines; Weather


06.05Open University

09.00Pages from Ceefax

14.00You and Me

14.12Pages from Ceefax

17.10The Plough and the Hoe

17.35News Summary

17.40Make ‘Em Laugh

18.00That Certain Age

19.40The Great Egg Race

The Malvern Link: How good is our military science and technology?

21.00Party Political Broadcast

21.05The Young Ones
Series 2 Episode 3 – Nasty: Iconic comedy starring Adrian Edmondson Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Christopher Ryan and Alexei Sayle with The Damned.

21.40One Man and his Dog

22.25Private Lives


23.45Open University

1985: Tragedy strikes at the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels. Rioting fans cause a wall to collapse at the decrepit stadium, killing 39 and injuring over 600. The match goes on but British clubs are subsequently banned from all European competition.

1987: Michael Jackson attempts to buy the remains of The Elephant Man, John Merrick.

1989: Student pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, construct a 30ft replica of the Statue of Liberty, naming it the Goddess of Democracy.

1990: Boris Yeltsin is elected President of the Russian Republic.

1997: Prodigiously talented singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley disappears while swimming in the Mississippi River. His body is found on June 4.

1999: Skeletal remains are found by photographers looking for old car wrecks to shoot at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California. Based on forensic evidence the remains were of Philip Kramer former bassist with rock band Iron Butterfly, who had gone missing four years earlier.

2005: Singles chart:

  1. Axel F – Crazy Frog
  2. Speed Of Sound – Coldplay
  3. Lonely – Akon
  4. 1 Thing – Amerie
  5. Feel Good Inc – Gorillaz
  6. Lyla – Oasis
  7. Don’t Phunk With My Heart – Black Eyed Peas
  8. Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani
  9. Shot You Down – Audio Bullys ft Nancy Sinatra
  10. (Is This The Way To) Amarillo – Tony Christie ft Peter Kay
2005: Gorillaz – Demon Days

Album chart:

  1. Demon Days – Gorillaz
  2. Forever Faithless: Greatest Hits – Faithless
  3. The Invisible Invasion – The Coral
  4. Back To Bedlam – James Blunt
  5. Out Of Exile – Audioslave
  6. Trouble – Akon
  7. Employment – Kaiser Chiefs
  8. Mezmerize – System Of A Down
  9. Love Angel Music Baby – Gwen Stefani
  10. Tourist – Athlete

2008: Actor Harvey Korman dies aged 81.

2009: Record producer Phil Spector is jailed for at least 19 years for the second degree murder of actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.

2010: Death of actor/director Dennis Hopper aged 73.

2015: Sepp Blatter is elected to a fifth term as president of FIFA.

2017: Golfer Tiger Woods is arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Florida. On the same day, former dictator of Panama, Manuel Noriega dies aged 83.

2018: Returning classic US sitcom “Roseanne” is cancelled after star Roseanne Barr posts a racist tweet. On the same day, Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko fakes his own death with Ukrainian security services to foil an assassination plot.

2019: Israel’s Knesset calls a snap election after Benjamin Netanyahu fails to form a government. On the same day, Arsenal and Chelsea meet in the Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan. The cost and practicalities of London fans making the 5000+ mile round-trip meant that neither club could sell their full allocation of tickets. Chelsea win 4-1.

BIRTHDAYS: Nanette Newman, actress, 87; Irmin Schmidt, keyboardist (Can) 84; Gary Brooker, singer-songwriter/pianist (Procol Harum) 76; Francis Rossi, guitarist/singer-songwriter (Status Quo) 72; Brian Kidd, footballer/coach, 72; Danny Elfman, soundtrack composer, 68; Ted (frank Theodore) Levine, actor, 64; Annette Bening, actress, 63; Mel Gaynor, drummer (Simple Minds), 62; Rupert Everett, actor, 62; Melissa Etheridge, singer/songwriter, 60; Carol Kirkwood, weather presenter, 59; Ian Bishop, footballer, 56; Noel Gallagher, singer-songwriter/guitarist (Oasis/High Flying Birds) 54; Roberto Di Matteo, footballer/manager, 51; Mel B (Melanie Brown), singer (Spice Girls), 46; Pelle Almqvist, singer (The Hives) 43; Andrey Arshavin, footballer, 40; Pearl Mackie, actress, 34.