It happened today – this day in history – November 12

1035: Death of King Canute.

1439: Plymouth becomes the first town incorporated by Parliament.

1555: Parliament re-establishes Catholicism.

1661: Scientist Robert Hooke is appointed curator of experiments to the Royal Society.

1673: Dutch troops under Willem III occupy Bonn.

1793: The first Mayor of Paris, Jean Sylvain Bailly, is guillotined during the Reign of Terror.

1840: Birth of sculptor Auguste Rodin in Paris.

1847: Sir James Young Simpson is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.

1859: Jules Leotard performs the first flying trapeze circus act in Paris.

1865: Death of novelist Elizabeth Gaskell aged 54.

1880: The novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ” by soldier Lew Wallace is published.

1905: Norway holds a referendum in favour of the monarchy over a republic.

1912: Robert Falcon Scott’s diary and body are found in Antarctica.

1921: Aston Villa’s Billy Walker is the first player to score a hat-trick of penalties in the Football League during the club’s 7-1 win over Bradford City.

1923: Adolf Hitler is arrested for attempting to seize power during the “Beer Hall Putsch”.

1927: Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, paving the way for Stalin to consolidate complete power.

1933: First known photo of the Loch Ness monster is taken by Hugh Gray.

1942: The naval battle of Guadalcanal begins between Allied and Japanese forces.

1944: The RAF bombs and sinks the German battleship “Tirpitz” at Tromso Fjord, Norway.

1948: Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo is sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal.

1953: David Ben-Gurion resigns as Prime Minister of Israel.

1954: New York’s main immigration point for 62 years, Ellis Island, shuts its doors.


1965: Ferdinand Marcos is elected President of Philippines.

1966: Buzz Aldrin takes the first ‘space selfie’, a photo of himself performing extravehicular activity in space during the Gemini 12 mission.

1969: The US army announces it is investigating Lt William Calley for an alleged massacre of civilians at the Vietnamese village of My Lai on March, 19. On the same day, actress Julie Andrews marries director Blake Edwards in Beverly Hills.

1974: South Africa is suspended from the UN General Assembly over apartheid. On the same day, a salmon is discovered in the River Thames for the first time since 1833.

On TV (Tuesday)


09.30For Schools

12.00Mister Trimble

12.15Amazingly Enough It’s Rod Hull and Emu; The Adventures of Rupert Bear

12.30Farmhouse Kitchen

13.00First Report

13.20Lunchtime Today

13.30Emmerdale Farm


14.30Good Afternoon

15.00Looks Familiar

15.30The Budget

17.20Dusty’s Trail




19.05. . . And Mother Makes Five

19.35Tuesday Mystery Movie: Mr. Inside – Mr. Outside (TV Movie: 1973)
Two New York City cops investigate a drug-smuggling ring. Stars Hal Linden and Tony Lo Bianco

21.00Jennie, Lady Randolph Churchill
Drama series starring Lee Remick

22.00News at Ten

22.30The Budget
Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey addresses the nation

22.40Fat Man on a Beach



09.40For Schools, Colleges


12.55News and Weather

13.00Pebble Mill

13.45Mr Benn

14.02For Schools, Colleges

14.45Aspel and Company

15.25The Autumn Budget
Faced with Britain’s worsening economic crisis, the reckoning comes at 3.30 whe Chancellor of the Exchequer The Rt Hon Denis Healey gives his diagnosis of the national problem and presents his remedies to Parliament. David Dimbleby leads the BBCtv Budget team which will give the news of the Chancellor’s changes and Robin Day discusses the overall impact of this year’s third Budget with the politicians.

17.45National News and Weather


18.55Ask the Family

19.20Mission Impossible

HMS Hero is delayed sailing for five hours. Nialls predicts it is not ‘ the end of the world,’ but events conspire to revise his opinion…

21.00Nine O’Clock News and Weather

21.25The Budget
Rt Hon Denis Healey, MP explains his budget to the nation

21.35The Mighty Continent
A View of Europe in the Twentieth Century with personal comments by Peter Ustinov

22.25Film 74
Barry Norman looks at The Abdication directed by Anthony Harvey which stars Peter Finch and Liv Ullman and Akenfield, directed by Peter Hall.

Introduced by Ludovic Kennedy

23.40Late Night News and Weather


11.00Play School


15.00Parents and Children


15.30Developments in Social Work


16.00Play School

16.25Huckleberry Hound


16.45The Record Breakers
Introduced by Roy Castle with Norris and Ross McWhirter

17.10John Craven’s Newsround

17.15Animal Magic
Introduced by Johnny Morris


18.40Economics of the Real World


Robin Day with the day’s news summary and an interview with a prominent personality.

19.45The Book Programme

20.10Floodlit Rugby League
St Helens v Salford for a place in the semi final for the BBC2 Trophy. Commentator Eddie Waring.

21.00Paper Moon

21.25Globe Theatre

23.00The Old Grey Whistle Test
Bob Harris with Golden Earring and Snafu in the studio

23.40The Budget

23.50News Extra

1979: President Jimmy Carter announces a halt to Iranian oil imports & freezes Iranian assets.

1981: Film star William Holden slips on a rug and bleeds to death aged 63.

1982: The Polish government frees the leader of the outlawed Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa, after 11 months of internment. On the same day, Yuri Andropov becomes leader of the Soviet Union.

1990: Crown Prince Akihito is formally installed as Emperor of Japan. On the same day, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood breaks both his legs when he is run over after his car crashed on the M4 motorway near Marlborough, Wilts.

1992: “Absolutely Fabulous” written by and starring Jennifer Saunders, debuts on BBC1.

1996: Saudi Arabian Flight 763 and Kazakhstan Airlines Flight 1907 collide in mid air over Charkhi Dadri in India, killing 349 people, the third-deadliest aviation disaster in history.

1997: ‘Great Train Robber’, Ronnie Biggs, celebrates after Brazil rejects a British request to extradite him.

2001: The three living former Beatles meet for the last time at a New York hotel for lunch. George Harrison would die from cancer two weeks later at a house owned by Paul McCartney. On the same day, Taliban forces abandon Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, ahead of advancing Afghan Northern Alliance troops. Also, In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 on its way to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after take off from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.

2003: Session drummer Tony Thompson dies aged 48 of cancer.

2006: Singles chart:

  1. The Rose – Westlife
  2. The Saints Are Coming – U2 and Green Day
  3. Rock Steady – All Saints
  4. Put Your Hands Up For Detroit – Fedde Le Grande
  5. Irreplaceable – Beyonce
  6. Yeah Yeah – Bodyrox ft Luciana
  7. Something Kinda Ooooh – Girls Aloud
  8. Easy – Sugababes
  9. Jump – Madonna
  10. Welcome To The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance
2006: Paul Weller – Hit Parade

Album chart:

  1. High Times – Singles 1992-2006 – Jamiroquai
  2. Angelis – Angelis
  3. The Sound Of: Greatest Hits – Girls Aloud
  4. 9 – Damien Rice
  5. Serenade – Katherine Jenkins
  6. Motion In The Ocean – McFly
  7. Hit Parade – Paul Weller
  8. Two’s Company: The Duets – Cliff Richard
  9. Rudebox – Robbie Williams
  10. Back To Black – Amy Winehouse

2007: Author Ira Levin dies aged 78.

2008: Mitch Mitchell, drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience is found dead in his hotel room in the US aged 61.

2011: Silvio Berlusconi resigns as Prime Minister of Italy due, in large part, to the European sovereign debt crisis.

2018: Stan Lee, creator of Marvel Comics characters, The Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, Thor, The Avengers, Iron Man, Doctor Strange and The Fantastic Four, dies aged 95.

2019: Launch of the streaming service Disney+

BIRTHDAYS: Booker T. Jones, organist (Booker T & The MGs), 78; Neil Young, singer-songwriter, 77; Buck Dharma (Donald Roeser) guitarist (Blue Oyster Cult), 75; Ike Willis, musician (Frank Zappa band) 67; Megan Mulally, actress, 63; Nadia Comăneci , gymnast, 61; Mariella Frostrup, TV presenter, 60; Vic Chesnutt, singer-songwriter, 58; Kathleen Hanna, singer-songwriter (Bikini Kill), 53; Ryan Gosling, actor, 43; Cote de Pablo ( María José de Pablo Fernández), actress, 43; Anne Hathaway, actress, 40; Carlton Cole, footballer, 39.