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1380: King Charles VI of France is crowned at age 12.
1524: Francisco Pizarro begins his first great expedition, near Colombia.
1532: Henry VIII secretly marries Anne Boleyn.
1650: Birth of King William III of England in The Hague.
1666: Samuel Pepys reports on the first blood transfusion between two dogs.
1687: Eleanor “Nell” Gwyn, English mistress of King Charles II of England, dies from apoplexy at 37.
1840: Impressionist painter Claude Monet is born in Paris.
1851: Moby Dick by Herman Melville is first published.
1881: Charles J Guiteau is put on trial for the assassination of US President James Garfield.
1883: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson is first published as a book.
1885: Serbia invades Bulgaria, beginning the two-week Serbo-Bulgarian War.
1900: Composer Aaron Copeland is born in New York.
1908: Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light.
1919: The Red Army captures Omsk, Siberia.
1920: The Russian Bolshevik army occupies Sebastopol, ending anti-communist attempts to regain the government of Russia.
1922: The BBC begins daily radio broadcasts from the 2LO transmitter at Marconi House.
1935: US President Franklin D Roosevelt proclaims The Philippines a free commonwealth.
1942: The last Vichy-French troops in Algeria surrender.
1954: Egyptian President Naguib resigns and a state of emergency is declared.
1966: Muhammad Ali TKOs Cleveland Williams in Round 3 for the heavyweight boxing title.
1969: Apollo 12 is launched for the second manned Moon landing.
1973: The wedding of Princess Anne to Capt Mark Phillips takes place at Westminster Abbey. On the same day, eight members of the Provisional IRA are found guilty of exploding car bombs outside the Old Bailey and Scotland Yard.
1977: Firefighters stage their first national strike over a 30% pay demand.
TV on this day (Monday)
|12.00||Chorlton and the Wheelies|
|13.00||News at One|
|16.45||The Feathered serpent|
|17.45||News at 5.45|
|18.00||Thames at 6|
|18.45||Oppotunity Knocks |
Talent show hosted by Hughie Green
|20.00||George and Mildred|
|20.30||World in Action|
|21.00||Van der Valk |
Detective series starring Barry Foster
|22.00||News at Ten|
|22.30||Film: Summer of’ ’42 (1971) |
A 15-year old falls in unrequited love with a married woman whose husband is fighting in the Second World War.
|09.38||For Schools, Colleges|
|14.01||For Schools, Colleges|
|15.15||Songs of Praise|
|16.40||Emu’s Broadcasting Company (EBC1)|
|17.05||John Craven’s Newsround|
|18.50||Are You Being Served? |
Sit com starring Mollie Sugden, John Inman and Wendy Richard. A take-over bid is made for Grace Brothers.
|19.20||The Rockford Files |
Detective adventure starring James Garner
David Taylor investigates the roots of football hooliganism.
|21.00||Nine O’Clock News|
|21.25||The Monday Film: The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) |
The gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger join forces for a bungled bank robbery. Stars Robert Duvall and Cliff Robertson.
|22.55||The Lord Mayor’s Banquet|
|10.00||The Role of the Nurse|
|14.30||Carry on Learning|
|15.30||Signs of Trouble|
|19.00||News on 2 Headlines|
|20.10||Des O’Connor Tonight |
With guest Marti Caine
|21.00||Drama 2: Who Pays the Ferryman?|
|21.50||The Long Search|
|22.40||Late News on 2|
|23.30||The Light of Experience|
1982: Singles chart:
- I Don’t Wanna Dance – Eddy Grant
- Heartbreaker – Dionne Warwick
- Mad World – Tears For Fears
- Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
- Theme From Harry’s Game – Clannad
- Maneater – Hall & Oates
- Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club
- The Girl Is Mine – Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney
- Mirror Man – The Human League
- Young Guns (Go For It) – Wham!
- Kids From Fame – Kids From Fame
- Hello I Must Be Going – Phil Collins
- Heartbreaker – Dionne Warwick
- Singles 45s And Under – Squeeze
- From The Makers Of – Status Quo
- The Singles: The First Ten Years – ABBA
- Reflections – Various Artists
- Famous Last Words – Supertramp
- More Kids From Fame – Kids From Fame
- The Rise And Fall – Madness
1983: The first cruise missile in the UK is placed at Greenham Common.
1990: Michael Heseltine challenges prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s leadership of the Conservative Party.
1991: The US demands Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi hands over two Libyan intelligence officers indicted over the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in December 1988. Abdelbaset ali Mohmed al-Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah would not be brought to trial for another decade.
1994: The first trains begin to run through the Channel Tunnel.
1996: Michael Jackson marries his dermatologist’s assistant Debbie Rowe in Sydney Australia. The couple divorced in 1999 with Rowe giving full custody rights of their children to Jackson with Rowe receiving an $8million settlement.
2000: Convoys of lorries and tractors converge on London and Edinburgh to mark the 60-day deadline for government action to cut fuel tax.
2001: Actress Charlotte Coleman dies from an asthma attack aged 33.
2010: Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel wins the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to claim his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.
2013: Boston gangster Whitey Bulger is sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus five years for his crimes.
2015: A pair of white boots worn by Elvis Presley during his famous 1968 Comeback TV Special performance were bought by a UK collector for £29,500. On the same day, actor Warren Mitchell dies aged 89.
2017: The Zimbabwe Army seizes key sites in the capital Harare following tensions over Robert Mugabe’s dismissal of vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
2018: An impact crater, 31km wide, from an iron meteorite is identified under the Hiawatha Glacier in Greenland. On the same day, the cabinet approves a draft plan for the UK’s exit from the European Union.
BIRTHDAYS: HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, 72; James Young, guitarist (Styx) 71; Steven (Earl) Bishop, singer-songwriter, 69; Condoleeza Rice, former US Secretary of State, 66; Paul McGann, actor, 61; Laura San Giacomo, actress, 58; Joseph ‘Run’ Simmons, rapper (Run DMC) 54; Letitia Dean, actress, 53; Douglas Payne, bassist (Travis) 48; Josh Duhamel, actor, 48; Faye Tozer, singer (Steps) 45; Travis Barker, drummer, (Blink 182) 45; Olga Kurylenko, actress, 41; Russell Tovey, actor, 39; Vanessa Bayer, actress, 39; Joy Williams, singer (The Civil Wars) 38; Thomas Vermaelen, footballer, 35.