It happened today – this day in history – November 13

1002: King Ethelred II (the ‘Unready’) launches ‘St Brice’s Day’ massacre of Danish settlers.

1312: Birth of Edward III in Windsor Castle.

1553: Lady Jane Grey and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer is accused of high treason.

1642: The Battle at Turnham Green between Charles I and parliamentary forces.

1715: Government forces halt the advance of the Jacobite army led by the Scottish Earl of Mar.

1770: Death of former prime minister George Grenville aged 58.

1775: American Revolutionary forces capture Montreal.

1850: Author Robert Louis Stevenson is born in Edinburgh.

1851: First telegraph link between London and Paris.

1868: Composer Gioachino Rossini dies aged 76.

1901: The Caister Lifeboat Disaster claims the lives of nine lifeboat men off the coast of Norfolk.

1903: Death of impressionist painter Camille Pissarro aged 73.

1907: French cyclist Paul Cornu flies the first twin rotor helicopter,

1916: British offensive at Ancre, Belgium.

1918: Prince Friedrich, the last reigning Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, abdicates.

1921: The British Empire, the US, France and Japan sign a Pacific Treaty.

1935: Anti-British riots break out in Egypt.

1941: German U-boat U-81 torpedoes British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal near Gibraltar.

1942: The minimum draft age in the US is lowered from 21 to 18.

1952: False fingernails go on the market for the first time.

1954: Great Britain beats France 16-12 to win the first Rugby League World Cup.

1956: The US Supreme court rules that race separation on buses in Alabama is unconstitutional.

1965: Critic and opponent of censorship in the theatre, Kenneth Tynan, says the word “F**k” on a late night satire programme on the BBC.

1966: The Beatles – Revolver

1966: Album chart:

  1. The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
  2. Distant Drums – Jim Reeves
  3. Best Of – The Beach Boys
  4. Golden Hits – Dusty Springfield
  5. Revolver – The Beatles
  6. Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
  7. Big Hits (High Tide And Green Grass) – The Rolling Stones
  8. Going Places – Herb alpert and the Tijuana Brass
  9. Well Respected Kinks – The Kinks
  10. Portrait – The Walker Brothers

1968: Home Affairs Minister William Craig bans all marches, with the exception of ‘customary’ parades, in Derry, Northern Ireland; the exception of ‘customary’ parades meant that Loyalist institutions could parade but civil rights marches could not.

1969: Britain’s first live quintuplets born this century make satisfactory progress at Queen Charlotte’s maternity hospital in London. On the same day, US vice president Spiro Agnew accuses network TV news departments of bias and distortion.


1970: US vice president Spiro Agnew calls TV executives “impudent snobs”.

On TV today (Friday)




16.10People to People

16.40 – 17.05Pinky and Perky

16.55Bugs Bunny




18.30 – 19.00Peyton Place


19.00Wheel of Fortune


20.30The Mating Machine

21.00The Adventures of Don Quick

22.00News at Ten

22.30Police Five

22.40Tales of Unease

23.10Film: Murder Most Foul (1964)
Starring Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple


09.38For Schools and Colleges


12.55Maes a Mor


13.30Watch with Mother
The Flowerpot Men



14.05For Schools and Colleges


16.20Play School


16.55The Basil Brush Show

17.25Ask Aspel

17.44The Magic Roundabout

17.50National News and Weather

18.00Europe This Week

18.20Tomorrow’s World

18.45The Virginian

20.00Dad’s Army

20.30Mary Hopkin in the Land of Legend

21.00The Nine O’Clock News

Drama from the story by Emile Zola

22.0524 Hours

22.35Film: Bus Stop (1956)
Starring Marilyn Monroe


11.00Play School


19.05Life in Our Sea

19.30Newsroom Weather

20.00Take It or Leave It

Reports by European television networks on events around the world.

21.00George IV
Country and Western singer George Hamilton IV


22.05Thirtv-Minute Theatre: The Warmonger
By Keith Waterhouse

22.35News on 2 and Weather

22.40Late Night Line-Up

1971: NASA probe Mariner 9 reaches Mars and goes into orbit.

1973: Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli dies aged 77.

1979: The Times is published for the first time in almost a year following a union dispute over the introduction of new technology. On the same day, Ronald Reagan announces his candidacy for US President in New York.

1980: Voyager 1 sends back the first close-up pictures of Saturn.

1982: Former European Footballer of the Year Alan Simonsen turns down Real Madrid to move from Barcelona to Charlton Athletic.

1985: The volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupts in northern Colombia, killing 23,000 people.

1986: President Ronald Reagan confesses US weapons were sold to Iran.

1987: British TV transmits the first condom advertisement.

1988: McLaren driver Ayrton Senna finishes second in the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide to win his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.

1991: Electric violinist Don “Sugarcane” Harris, best known for his work on the Frank Zappa track Willie The Pimp, dies aged 61.

1992: Death of The Troggs drummer Ronnie Bond. On the same day, Riddick Bowe wins the undisputed world heavyweight boxing crown with a unanimous points decision over Evander Holyfield.

1993: Actress Michelle Pfeiffer marries television writer and producer David E. Kelley in Santa Barbara, California.

1994: Benneton driver Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill famously collide on lap 35 of the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; Schumacher wins his first F1 World Drivers Championship by one point from Hill.

1995: Student Leah Betts is put on a life-support machine after taking an ecstasy tablet at her 18th birthday party.

1997: The UN pulls out arms inspection teams from Iraq.

2001: President George W Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.

2002: The oil tanker Prestige sinks off the Galician coast and causes a huge oil spill.

2004: Rap artist Ol’ Dirty Bastard, (Russell Jones), collapses and dies at a Manhattan recording studio in New York aged 35.

2011: Singles chart:

  1. We Found Love – Rihanna ft Calvin Harris
  2. Take A Chance On Me – JLS
  3. Earthquake – Labrinth ft Tinie Tempah
  4. Read All About It – Professor Green ft Emeli Sande
  5. Lego House – Ed Sheeran
  6. With Ur Love – Cher Lloyd ft Mike Posner
  7. Without You – David Guetta ft Usher
  8. Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO
  9. Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft Christina Aguilera
  10. What Do You Take Me For – Pixie Lott ft Pusha T

2015: Terror attacks in Paris at three locations including music venue the Bataclan, leave at least 129 dead. Isis claims responsibility.

2016: Singer-songwriter Leon Russell dies in Nashville aged 74.

2018: The trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán begins in New York.

BIRTHDAYS: George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, 86; Raymond Froggatt, singer, 80; Howard Wilkinson, football manager, 78; Timmy Thomas, singer, 77; Ron Harris, footballer, 77; Joe Mantegna, actor, 74; Terry Reid, singer-songwriter, 72; Art Malik, actor, 69; Andrew Ranken, drummer, (The Pogues) 68; Tracy Scoggins, actress, 68; Chris Noth, actor, 67; Whoopi Goldberg (Caryn Johnson), actress, 66; Jimmy Kimmel, US chatshow host, 54; Gerard Butler, actor, 52; Nikolai Fraiture, bassist, (The Strokes) 42; Kevin Bridges, comedian, 35; Lando Norris, Formula 1 driver, 22; Emma Raducanu, tennis champion, 18.