It happened today – this day in history – May 6

1502: James Tyrrell, the alleged murderer of the Princes in the Tower is executed.

1527: Spanish and German imperial troops sack Rome.

1682: Louis XIV moves his court to Versailles.

1851: Dr John Gorrie patents a “refrigeration machine”.

1856: Birth of father of psychology Sigmund Freud.

1882: Epping Forest is dedicated to Queen Victoria. On the same day, Lord Frederick Cavendish, Chief Secretary for Ireland is murdered hours after arriving in Dublin.

1906: Tsar Nicolas II of Russia claims right to legislate by decree and restricts the power of the Duma.

1910: George V becomes king upon the death of his father, Edward VII.

1914: The House of Lords rejects women’s suffrage.

1935: George V celebrates his silver jubilee.

1937: German airship The Hindenburg explodes in flames as it approaches Lakehurst, New Jersey.

1940: John Steinbeck wins the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath.

1941: Josef Stalin becomes Premier of the Soviet Union.

1950: Actress Elizabeth Taylor marries Conrad Hilton.

1954: Roger Bannister, a 25-year-old medical student, becomes the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes.

1955: West Germany joins NATO.

1957: John F Kennedy wins the Pulitzer Prize for Profiles in Courage.

1959: Icelandic gunboats fire at British fishing boats.

1960: Princess Margaret marries photographer Anthony Armstrong Jones at Westminster Abbey. On the same day, Trotsky’s murderer Jacques Mornard (Ramon Mercader) is freed in Mexico.

1961: Tottenham Hotspur beat Leicester City 2-0 in the FA Cup Final to become the first club since Aston Villa in 1896/97 to win the League and FA Cup double.

1964: Joe Orton’s “Entertaining Mr Sloan” premieres in London.

1965: In his Florida hotel room, Keith Richards writes the opening riff to (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction after buying a Gibson fuzz-box earlier that day.

1966: Child killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley are sentenced to life imprisonment for the so-called Moors murders. On the same day, at EMI Studios in Abbey Road, The Beatles record overdubs on the song I’m Only Sleeping and work on various mixes of the track.

1968: Spain closes the border to Gibraltar except for Spaniards.

1970: Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch sacks two ministers in the Irish government over allegations of illegal arms importation. On the same day, Feyenoord beat Celtic, 2-1 in Milan to win the European Cup.

1971: Singer Dickie Valentine is killed in a car crash on a single lane bridge near Crickhowell, Wales at the age of 41, together with pianist Sidney Boatman and drummer Dave Pearson.


1974: West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns amidst controversy over his aide Günter Guillaume’s ties with the Stasi.

1976: Italy’s worst ever earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale, leaves thousands homeless.

1982: Former manager of The Bay City Rollers Tam Paton, is convicted on a charge of gross indecency with boys and sentenced to three years in prison.

1987: American televangelist Jim Bakker and Rich Dortch are dismissed from the Assemblies of God after revelations of an alleged rape of a church secretary.

On TV (Wednesday)



09.25Thames News Headlines


12.00The Giddy Game Show


12.30In the Same Boat

13.00News at One

13.20Thames News

13.30A Country Practice

14.30Farmhouse Kitchen

15.00Take the High Road

15.25Thames News Headlines

15.30Sons and Daughters

16.00Creepy Crawlies


16.20Do It

16.35How Dare You!

16.45Murphy’s Mob

17.15Pass the Buck

17.45News at 5.45

18.00Thames News



19.00Victorian Values
Introduced by Bamber Gascoigne

19.30Coronation Street

20.00Strike It Lucky
Game show with Michael Barrymore.

20.30Who’s the Greatest?
Lester Piggott v Sir Gordon Richards.


22.00Party Political Broadcast
on behalf of the Labour Party

22.05News at Ten

22.35Film: The Star Chamber (1983)
Starring Michael Douglas.


12.20Their Lordships’ House

14.35Film: The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947)
Starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney.


17.00Born Free

18.00Mother and Son

18.30The Making of Britain

19.00Channel 4 News


20.00The Victorian House

20.30Diverse Reports

21.00Hold the Dream


23.50Infamous Conduct


06.00Ceefax AM


07.00Breakfast Time with Frank Bough Sally Magnusson and Jeremy Paxman


08.55Regional News and Weather

09.00News and Weather

09.05Day to Day Discussion show hosted by Robert Kilroy-Silk.

09.45Advice Shop

10.00News and Weather


10.25Children’s BBC

10.30Play School


10.55Five to Eleven

11.00News and Weather

11.05The Wooldridge View

12.00News and Weather

12.05Open Air

12.55Regional News and Weather

13.00One o’Clock News and Weather


13.50Pie in the Sky

14.05A 1915

15.50Children’s BBC

16.10Ulysses 31

16.35Take Two
Phillip Schofield listens and comments on what you have to say about BBCtv. This week’s guest is Chris Packham.

17.00John Craven’s Newsround

17.10The Eye of the Dragon

17.35The Raccoons

18.00Six O’Clock News and Wather

18.35Regional news magazines


19.35Best of British
Ten-part series celebrating 50 years of classic films from the Rank Studios. Narrated by John Mills.

J.R. finally gets what he always wanted … almost, but will the cost be too steep, even for him? Starring Larry Hagman.

20.50Points of View

21.00Party Political Broadcast
by the Labour Party

21.05Nine O’Clock news and Weather


Introduced by Steve Rider. Highlights from tonight’s programme of matches, including action from the first leg of the UEFA Cup Final between IFK Gothenburg and Dundee Utd. Commentator John Motson. Plus a look ahead to Sunday’s London Marathon.

23.40The Cult In Concert


06.55Open University

09.00Pages from Ceefax

10.00Daytime on 2

14.00News and Weather


14.15Zig Zag

14.35Pages from Ceefax

15.00News and Weather

15.03Antiques Roadshow

15.45The Amen Corner
Joan Bakewell looks at the all-black production of James Baldwin’s play set in a gospel church, which is currently playing in London’s West End.

16.00News and Weather

16.10The Animals Roadshow

16.45Around with Alliss
Peter Alliss from Old Thorns Golf and Country Club, Liphook, Hampshire, with gurest Norman Wisdom.

17.15The Water Margin

18.00Film: The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
Starring Stewart Granger, James Mason and Deborah Kerr.


19.45Only One Earth

20.15Painting with Light
David Hockney

As Hawkeye warms both his stethoscope and to the task of giving Hotlips a medical, Trapper refuses to be examined by anyone.

21.25A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery: Have His Carcase

22.20Secret Society

22.50Party Political Broadcast



23.45Open University

1990: Former South African president, P W Botha quits the ruling National Party.

Singles chart:

  1. Killer – Adamski
  2. Dirty Cash – The Adventures of Stevie V
  3. Opposites Attract – Paul Abdul and the Wild Pair
  4. Vogue – Madonna
  5. Better The Devil You Know – Kylie Minogue
  6. A Dream’ A Dram – Soul II Soul
  7. Black Velvet – Alannah Myles
  8. Cover Girl – New Kids On The Block
  9. Kingston Town – UB40
  10. The Power – Snap!
1990: Phil Collins – ..But Seriously

Album chart:

  1. Only Yesterday – The Carpenteer
  2. …But Seriously – Phil Collins
  3. Forever Your Girl – Paula Abdul
  4. Alannah Myles – Alannah Myles
  5. Labour Of Love II – UB40
  6. Behind The Mask – Fleetwood Mac
  7. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons – Nigel Kennedy and the English Chamber Orchestra
  8. A Pocketful Of Dreams – Big Fun
  9. Everybody Knows – Sonia
  10. Life – The Inspiral Carpets

1992: Death of actress/singer Marlene Dietrich aged 90.

1994: The Queen and French President Francois Mitterrand formally open the Channel Tunnel during ceremonies in France and Britain. On the same day, Lennox Lewis defeats Phil Jackson in Round 8 for the world heavyweight boxing title and Nelson Mandela and the ANC are confirmed as winners of the first post apartheid elections in South Africa.

1996: The body of former CIA director William Colby is found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, eight days after he disappeared.

1997: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, gives the Bank of England independence from political control.

2001: An IRA bomb explodes at a postal sorting office in Hendon – the second such attack in three weeks.

2002: Songwriter and record producer Otis “Bumps” Blackwell dies from a heart attack. On the same day, Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is shot and killed by an animal rights activist.

2003: A Colorado radio station suspends two of its disc jockeys for playing music by The Dixie Chicks following singer Natalie Maines’ on stage comments weeks before about President George W. Bush and the Iraq war.

2004: Jazz guitarist Barney Kessel dies aged 80 of a brain tumor.

2006: Singer, songwriter Grant McLennan of The Go Betweens dies in his sleep at his home in Brisbane, Australia, aged 48.

2008: Babyshambles and Libertines singer/guitarist Pete Doherty is released from Wormwood Scrubs prison after serving 29 days of a 14-week sentence for breaching the terms of his probation.

2012: Francois Hollande is elected president of France.

2013: Singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill is sentenced in New Jersey to three months in jail for tax evasion.

2014: Author Leslie Thomas dies aged 83.

2015: Singer-songwriter Errol Brown of Hot Chocolate dies of liver cancer at his home in the Bahamas.

2017: Olympic diver Tom Daley (23) weds Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black at Bovey Castle in Devon. On the same day, 84 abducted schoolgirls are released in exchange for Boko Haram suspects in Nigeria.

2019: The Sultan of Brunei announces a moratorium on the death penalty for gay sex and adultery after worldwide condemnation over new Sharia laws.

2020: Florian Schneider, co-founder of Kraftwerk, dies at the age of 73.

Tony Blair

BIRTHDAYS: Leon Hughes, singer (The Coasters) 91; Bob Seger, singer-songwriter, 78; Alan Dale, actor, 76; Davey Johnstone, guitarist (Elton John Band) 72; Tony Blair, politician, 70; Graeme Souness, football pundit, 70; John Flansburgh, guitar/vocals, (They Might Be Giants), 63; George Clooney, actor/director, 62; Stan Cullimore, guitarist (The Housemartins) 61; David Narcizo, drummer, (Throwing Muses), 57; Tony Wright, singer (Terrorvision), 55; Chris Shiflett, guitarist (Foo Fighters) 52; Danny Alves, footballer, 40; Adrianne Palicki, actress, 40; Gabourey Sidibe, actress, 40; Craig Dawson, footballer, 33; Naomi Scott, actress/singer, 30; Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, 4.