It happened today – this day in history – May 4

1471: The Battle of Tewkesbury, the final battle between the Houses of Lancaster and York: Prince of Wales, Edward of Westminster is killed and Edward IV is restored to his throne.

1535: Five Carthusian monks from London Charterhouse monastery are hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as head of the Church of England.

1728: Handel’s opera “Tolomeo, re di Egitto” premieres in London.

1776: Rhode Island in the US declares independence from Britain.

1780: Charles Bunbury on Diomed wins the first Epsom Derby.

1843: Britain annexes Natal.

1878: Thomas Edison’s Phonograph is shown for the first time.

1896: First edition of the London Daily Mail.

1904: Construction begins by the US on the Panama Canal.

1917: A flotilla of US destroyers arrive in Queenstown, Ireland, to aid in convoying ships to England.

1924: The Summer Olympic Games open in Paris.

1932: Al Capone enters Atlanta Penitentiary convicted of income tax evasion.

1942: The Battle of the Coral Sea begins between Japanese, US and Australian navies and air forces.

1945: German forces in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands surrender unconditionally to British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery. On the same day, German forces in Bavaria surrender unconditionally to American commander Jacob L. Devers.

1948: The Hague Court of Justice convicts Nazi SS officer in the Netherlands Hanns Rauter of crimes against humanity.

1949: An airplane carrying the AC Torino team back from playing a friendly in Lisbon against Benfica crashes into the Basilica of Superga near Turin in bad weather, killing all 31 on board including 18 Torino players – most of the Italian national team – and their English manager Leslie Lievesley.

1953: The Duke of Edinburgh is awarded his pilot’s “wings”. On the same day, Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Price for The Old Man And The Sea.

1956: Gene Vincent records the classic rock ‘n roll song Be Bop-A-Lula, at Owen Bradley’s studio in Nashville.

1959: The first Grammy Awards take place. Among the winners are Ella Fitzgerald and Perry Como.

1966: Harold Wilson’s Labour government agrees to increase doctors’ and dentists’ salaries by up to 30%. On the same day, goalkeeper Peter Shilton makes his Football League debut for Leicester City against Everton at Filbert Street.

On TV (Wednesday)


11.30For Schools


16.45Small Time

17.00Zoo Time

17.25The Adventures of Long John Silver

17.55News and Weather

18.05Reporting ’66


19.00University Challenge

19.30Coronation Street
Ena in the dock

20.00The Fugitive
Starring David Janssen as Dr Richard Kimble


21.10The Budget
The Rt Hon Iain Macleod MP for the Opposition

21.25When The Saints Go Marching In

22.30International Football
Highlights from tonight’s game at Wembley: England v Yugoslavia


23.20Shop Talk

23.50Dateline. Weather


9.40For Schools and Colleges

10.45Watch with Mother
Andy Pandy

11.05For Schools and Colleges


12.30Headline News

Worcs v West Indies

13.35Apna Hi Ghar Samajhiye

14.05For Schools and Colleges



17.00Champion, The Wonder Horse

17.25Animal Magic

17.50The Adventures of Tin Tin

17.55News and Weather

18.05Town and Around


18.35A Whole Scene Going
Modesty Blaise: is she the female answer to James Bond?

Soap about a football club

19.30Al Read
The comedian observes and interprets life as it goes on around him with Julie Rogers
and Herman’s Hermits.

20.00Softly, Softly

20.50The News

21.10The Budget
The Rt. Hon. lain Macleod, M.P. for the Opposition with Robin Day.

21.25The Wednesday Play
The Connoisseur

22.40Twenty-four Hours

23.10Play Bach
Jazz improvisations by The Jacques Loussier Trio




11.00Play School


20.00Call My Bluff

20.30Man Alive

21.00The Cool of the Evening
Jazz with The Tony Coe Quintet

21.10The Budget

21.25The Best of Jazz 625

21.55Film: I Met Him in Paris (1937)
Romantic comedy starring Melvyn Douglas and Claudette Colbert

23.20News and Weather

23.40Late Night Line-Up

1968: Mary Hopkin wins her heat on the ITV talent show Opportunity Knocks. She later signs with Apple Records.

1970: Four students at Kent State University in Ohio are killed and 11 wounded when National Guard troops open fire at a campus demonstration protesting the escalation of the Vietnam War.

1972: The Vietcong forms a revolutionary government in Quang Tri, South Vietnam.

1975: Mo Howard (Moses Hrowitz) of The Three Stooges dies aged 77.

1978: Russian leader Leonid Brezhnev visits West-Germany.


1979: The Tories win the general election making Margaret Thatcher Britain’s first female prime minister.

1980: Josep Broz (Tito), leader of Yugoslavia, dies aged 87.

1982: HMS Sheffield is sunk by an Argentine Exocet missile fired from a fighter bomber during the Falklands conflict. Twenty crew are killed.

1984: Actress Diana Dors (Fluck) dies of cancer aged 52.

1987: Blues vocalist and harmonica player Paul Butterfield dies aged 44 at his home in North Hollywood of drug-related heart failure.

1989: NASA launches the Magellan mission to Venus from the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida.

1990: Latvia’s parliament votes 138-0 (1 abstention) for Independence.

1991: US President George Bush is hospitalized with an erratic heartbeat.

1992: US Army and Marine Corps forces arrive in Los Angeles to end rioting following the acquittal of four police officers over the beating of Rodney King.

1994: Arsenal win the European Cup Winner’s Cup 1-0 against Parma in Copenhagen.

1998: “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski is sentenced to four life sentences plus 30 years after he accepts a plea bargain sparing him from the death penalty.

2000: Ken Livingstone becomes Mayor of London standing as an independent candidate.

2002: Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-0 at the Millennium stadium, Cardiff, to win the FA Cup.

2003: Singles chart

  1. Loneliness – Tomcraft
  2. Rise & Fall – Craig David ft Sting
  3. The Long Goodbye – Ronan Keating
  4. You Said No – Busted
  5. Can’t Nobody – Kelly Rowland
  6. All Over – Lisa Maffia
  7. In Da Club – 50 Cent
  8. X Gon’ Give It To Ya – DMX
  9. Make Luv – Room 5 ft Oliver Cheatham
  10. Don’t Let Go – David Sneddon
2003: The White Stripes – Elephant

Album chart

  1. Justified – Justin Timberlake
  2. Elephant – The White Stripes
  3. American Life – Madonna
  4. Busted – Busted
  5. Seven Years Ten Weeks – David Sneddon
  6. Say You Will – Fleetwood Mac
  7. A Rush Of Blood To The Head – Coldplay
  8. Come Away With Me – Norah Jons
  9. Let Go – Avril Lavigne
  10. Stripped – Christina Aguilera

2004: Ska and reggae producer Clement Seymour Dodd dies aged 72.

2007: The Scottish National Party (SNP) becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time.

2012: Beastie Boys rapper, musician, film director, and human rights activist Adam Yauch dies of cancer aged 47.

2013: Author Harper Lee files a lawsuit against a literary agent over the copyright of To Kill a Mockingbird. On the same day, Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats Robert Guerrero to retain his WBC Welterweight title and Juventus win their 29th Serie A title.

2015: Basildon’s Stuart Bingham wins the World Snooker Championship.

2020: Countries in Europe begin cautious reopening after the COVID-19 lockdown.

2021: Malian woman Halima Cisse gives birth to nonuplets (nine babies) in Morocco, in only the third known case worldwide.

2022: Afghan women are issued a decree to cover their faces in public (hijab reaching head to toe) by the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, or her male guardian will face punishment. On the same day, Beatles drummer Ringo Star is awardd an honorary doctorate by Berklee College of Music.

2023: Syria is readmitted into the Arab League, ten years after being thrown out for repressing pro-democracy protesters.

Ravi Bopara

BIRTHDAYS: Georg Wadenius, bassist (Blood Sweat and Tears) 79; Richard Jenkins, actor, 77; Zal (Alex) Cleminson, guitarist (Sensational Alex Harvey Band/Nazareth) 75; Jackie Jackson, musician (The Jackson 5), 73; Mick Mars (Bob Deal), guitarist (Motley Crue), 73; Michael Barrymore, comedian, 72; Randy Travis, country artist, 65; Jay Aston, singer (Bucks Fizz) 63; Oleta Adams, singer/pianist, 62; Kate Garraway, TV presenter, 57; Julian Barratt, comedian, 56; Gregg Alexander, singer-songwriter (The New Radicals), 54; Will Arnett, actor/comedian, 54; Mike Dirnt (Pritchard), bassist (Green Day) 52; Lance Bass, singer (NSYNC) 45; Ruth Negga, actress, 42; Ari Levine, producer/songwriter, 40; Laura Whitmore (Sterling), TV presenter, 39; Ravi Bopara, cricketer, 39; Cesc Fàbregas (Soler), footballer, 37; Rory McIlroy, golfer, 35; Alex Lawther, actor, 29.