It happened today – this day in history – May 8

1360: The Treaty of Brétigny signed by England and France ends the first phase of the Hundred Years’ War.

1521: Parliament of Worms installs an edict against Martin Luther.

1541: Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his expedition discover the Mississippi River.

1660: Parliament declares Charles Stuart to be King Charles II.

1792: The US establishes the military draft.

1835: The first installment of Hans Christian Andersen’s “Fairy Tales” is published in Denmark.

1840: Alexander Wolcott patents the photographic process.

1861: Richmond, Virginia, is named capital of the Confederacy.

1899: Ernest Rutherford publishes his discovery of two different kinds of radiation (Alpha and Beta Particles).

1902: Mount Pelée on the island of Martinique erupts, wiping out the city of Saint-Pierre, killing 30,000 and leaving only two survivors.

1903: Death of painter Paul Gaughin aged 54.

1907: Tommy Burns retains his world heavyweight boxing title after beating “Philadelphia” Jack O’Brien on points in 20 rounds.

1916: Irishmen Eamon Kent, Michael Mallin, Con Colbert and Sean Houston are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin.

1919: Edward George Honey first proposes the idea of a moment of silence to commemorate The Armistice of World War I, which leads to the creation of Remembrance Day.

1921: Sweden abolishes capital punishment.

1933: Mahatma Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against British oppression in India.

1945: Britain rejoices as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, officially announces the end of the war with Germany.

1954: BBC Radio bans the Johnny Ray song Such a Night after listeners complain about its suggestiveness.

1956: John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger” premieres in London.

1962: Oskar Schindler and his wife Emilie are honored for saving 1200 Jews during WWII, in a ceremony on the Avenue of the Righteous, Jerusalem.

1965: The filming of the promotional film for Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues takes place outside the Savoy Hotel in London.

1967: Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction into the US Army.

1968: The Kray twins, Reginald and Ronnie and older brother Charlie are arrested on suspicion of offences including conspiracy to murder, fraud, demanding money with menaces and assault, after dawn raids by police in London.


1969: John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr signed a business management contract with Allen Klein and his company ABKCO. Paul refuses to sign.

1974: Organist Graham Bond commits suicide aged 36 by throwing himself under a London tube train at Finsbury Park station.

1976: Radio 1 DJ Johnny Walker announces he is quitting the station after being told he must pretend to like The Bay City Rollers.

1977: Singles chart:

  1. Free – Deniece Williams
  2. I Don’t Want To Talk About It – Rod Stewart
  3. Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
  4. Ain’t Gonna Bump No More – Joe Tex
  5. Whodunit – Tavares
  6. The Hussle – Van McCoy
  7. Have I The Right – Dead End Kids
  8. Hotel California – The Eagles
  9. Good Morning Judge – 10cc
  10. Pearl’s A Singer – Elkie Brooks
1977: Peter Gabriel

Album chart:

  1. Arrival – ABBA
  2. Hotel California – The Eagles
  3. 20 Golden Gates – The Shadows
  4. A Star Is Born – Original Soundtrack
  5. Rattus Norvegicus – The Stranglers
  6. Greatest Hits – Smokie
  7. Endless Flight – Leo Sayer
  8. Greatest Hits – ABBA
  9. Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel
  10. Portrait Of Sinatra – Frank Sinatra

1978: David Berkowitz, known as the serial killer “Son of Sam”, pleads guilty to six murders.

1980: The World Health Organization announces smallpox has been eradicated.

1982: Formula 1 driver Gilles Villeneuve dies in a crash during practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

TV on this day (Saturday)


09.30Sesame Street

10.30Cartoon Time

10.45The Adventures of Black Beauty

11.15Space 1999

12.15World of Sport

17.05ITN News

17.15Worzel Gummidge
Jon Pertwee as the mischievous scarecrow

17.45Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Sci-fi series starring Gil Gerard


19.15The Cannon and Ball Show
Tommy and Bobby at the height of their success

20.00Film: Nobody Runs Forever (1968)
Cold war thriller starring Rod Taylor and Christopher Plummer

21.45ITN News and Sport

22.00Visiting Day

23.25London News Headlines

23.55Adult Continental Movie


06.25Open University

09.05Sorry Mate, I Didn’t See You

09.30Get Set for Summer

10.50Film: Petticoat Pirates (1961)
Comedy starring Charlie Drake


Including racing from Lingfield, The Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship from The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and rugby league.

17.10The Dukes of Hazzard


18.10Sport/Regional News

18.15Pop Quiz
Mike Read asks the questions as Kevin Godley, Simon Kirke and Midge Ure take on Alvin Stardust, Toyah and Stuart Coleman.

18.45The Saturday Film: Merrill’s Marauders (1962)
Second World War adventure starring Jeff Chandler

20.20The Val Doonican Music Show
New series with guests Judy Collins and Jose Feliciano

First ever episode of American show which went on to become hugely popular, starring Linda Evans.

22.10News and Sport

22.25Match of the Day
Two of the day’s top matches introduced by Jimmy Hill.

23.25Night Music…
featuring George’s aunt, Rosemary Clooney.


06.25Open University

15.10Saturday Cinema: Let It Be (1970)
Michael Lindsey Hogg’s bleak documentary of the world’s greatest group on the verge of splitting up.

16.30International Snooker
The Embassy World Professional Snooker Championship from the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

17.45On Foot in the Countryside

18.15Did You See…?

18.55News and Sport

19.10Washington: Behind Closed Doors
Political drama starring Cliff Robertson, Stefanie Powers and Jason Robards.

20.40International Snooker

21.35Rugby Special

22.25Man Alive
A look at Chicago’s ghetto

23.15News on 2

23.25International Snooker

23.50Film: Confidential Report (1955)
Written, directed by and starring Orson Welles

1984: The USSR announces it is boycotting the Olympic games in LA. On the same day, the Thames Barrier is completed.

1987: Gary Hart quits the US democratic presidential race due to affair with Donna Rice.

1988: Francois Mitterrand is elected President of France.

1993: Brian Clough takes charge of Nottingham Forest for the last time in a Premier League match at Ipswich Town. On the same day, Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.

1994: Death of actor George Peppard aged 65.

1996: A judge in LA ruled against Pamela Anderson and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee in their bid to keep Penthouse magazine from publishing still photos from an X-rated home movie that was stolen from their home.

1999: Death of actor Dirk Bogarde aged 78.

2007: A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed with Ian Paisley (Democratic Unionist Party) as First Minister and Martin McGuinness (Sinn Féin) as Deputy First Minister.

2008: Country artist Eddy Arnold dies of natural causes, one week before his 90th birthday. On the same day, Dmitry Medvedev appoints Vladimir Putin as Russian Prime Minister.

2012: Dmitry Medvedev is confirmed as Russian Prime Minister by the State Duma, after being nominated by Vladimir Putin.

2013: Rapper Ja Rule is released from prison after serving nearly two years on gun and tax evasion charges. On the same day, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi receives a four year prison sentence for fraud. Also, Sir Alex Ferguson announces his intention to retire as manager of Manchester United at the end of the season.

2016: Sadiq Khan is elected Mayor of London.

2018: President Donald Trump pulls the US out of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal.

BIRTHDAYS: Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster, 95; Phyllida Law (Thompson), actress, 89; Paul Samwell-Smith, musician (The Yardbirds)/record producer, 78; Bill Legend (Fifield), drummer (T. Rex) 77; Keith Jarrett, jazz pianist, 76; Chris Frantz, drummer (Talking Heads) 70; Philip Bailey, singer (Earth Wind and Fire) 70; Alex Van Halen, drummer (Van Halen) 68; Terry Chriatian, broadcaster, 58; Dave Rowntree, drummer (Blur) 57; Candice Night (Blackmore) singer, 50; Darren Hayes, singer-songwriter (Savage garden) 49; Enrique Iglesias, singer, 46; Jodhi May, actress, 46; H, (Ian Watkins), singer (Steps) 45; Martha Wainwright, singer-songwriter, 45; Joe Bonamassa, guitarist, 44; Michelle McManus, singer/broadcaster, 41; Stephen Amell, actor, 40; Vicky McClure, actress, 38; Matt Willis, bassist (Busted), 36; Mark Noble, footballer, 34.