It happened today – this day in history – November 19

1274: The Mongol army lands at Hakata Bay in Japan during their first invasion attempt and are defeated;. A typhoon destroys most of the fleet as it withdraws.

1493: Christopher Columbus discovers Puerto Rico.

1581: Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovich dies three days after being attacked by his father Ivan the Terrible.

1600: Birth of Charles I in Dunfermline.

1620: The Mayflower reaches Cape Cod.

1798: Irish revolutionary Wolfe Tone dies at 35 in unclear circumstances on the day he was to be hanged.

1824: A storm causes flooding in St Petersburg, killing 10,000.

1828: Austrian composer Franz Schubert dies from typhoid fever aged 31.

1850: Alfred Tennyson becomes Poet Laureate.

1863: Abraham Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg address.

1895: Frederick E. Blaisdell patents the pencil.

1905: 100 people drown when the steamer “Hilda” sinks in the English Channel.

1906: London is selected to host the 1908 Olympics.

1911: New York receives the first Marconi radio transmission from Italy.

1923: Béla Bartòk’s “Tancsuite” premieres.

1926: The miners’ strike ends in Britain after 28 weeks.

1939: Superheroes Flash and Hawkman first appear in Flash Comics No 1 published by DC.

1940: The first major German air raid on Birmingham. 450 people are killed.

1942: Russia launches a winter offensive against the Germans.

1949: Coronation of Ranier III as ruling Prince of Monaco.

1950: General Dwight D Eisenhower becomes supreme commander of NATO-Europe.

1952: Spain joins UNESCO.

1955: Carl Perkins records ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ at Sun Studios in Memphis.


1960: At 20 years 290 days old, Jimmy Greaves becomes the youngest player to score 100 goals in the league as part of a hat trick in Chelsea’s 6-3 victory over Manchester City.

1968: After a military coup in Mali, president Modibo Keita flees.

1969: The Apollo 12 lunar module lands on the Moon.

1972: IRA leader Seán MacStiofáin is arrested in Dublin.

1977: President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat, becomes the first Arab leader ever to visit Israel. On the same day, Libya drops diplomatic relations with Egypt.

1979: Chuck Berry is released from prison after serving a four-month sentence for tax evasion.

1983: Tom Evans, bassist with Badfinger, commits suicide aged 36 by hanging himself in his back garden from a willow tree. He co-wrote the song Without You with fellow band member Pete Ham, who had also killed himself a few years before.

1985: President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet for the first time.

1990: Pop duo Milli Vanilli are stripped of their Grammy Award after the revelation by producer Frank Faron that they did not sing on their album.

1994: Britain’s first national lottery draw is shown on BBC1.

On TV (Saturday)



09.25What’s Up Doc?

11.30The Chart Show


13.00News from ITN, Weather

13.05Regional News

13.10Champions League Special

13.40Music, Games and Videos

14.10WCW Worldwide Wrestling

15.00Saint’s Soccer Skills

15.20Brand New Life

16.15Disaster Chronicles

16.45ITN News and Results

17.05Regional News and Sport

Series starring David Hasselhoff

17.59National Lottery Introduction

Ulrika Jonsson and Jon Fashanu host as contestants take on the muscle bound stars

19.00Blind Date
Cilla Black plays Cupid to another group of hopefuls

20.00Diana: Portrait of a Princess

21.00National News from ITN and Lottery

21.10Regional News

21.15Red Heat (1988)
Buddy cop movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Belushi

23.10The Big Fight – Live!
Prince Naseem Hamed v Laureano Ramirez


05.004-Tel On View

06.35Early Morning


11.00Gazetta Football Italia

12.00Sign ON; Your Views

12.30The Great Maraitra

13.00Film: Easy Money (1948)
Comedy drama chronicling the fortunes of four football pools winners. Starring Jack Warner and Petula Clark

14.40Film: The Love Lottery (1953)
A British film star becomes the prize in a lottery. Ealing comedy starring David Niven

16.20Magoo’s Problem Child

16.25Magoo’s Cruise

16.30No Applause, Just Throw Money


18.30Right To Reply

19.00A Week In Politics

20.00A Short Film About Winning Fortunes

20.20Film: How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Comedy starring Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe

22.05Rory Bremner: Who Else?
Satirical comedy and impersonations

22.45Film: Dollar Mambo (1993)
Musical with English subtitles set in Panama at the time of the US invasion

0.00Late Licence



07.25News and Weather


07.45Marlene Marlowe Investigates

08.05Albert the Fifth Musketeer

08.30The New Adventures of Superman
Lois witnesses the murder of a reclusive scientist, who was about to reveal a powerful industrialist’s scheme to destroy the Amazon rain forests. With Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher and Elliott Gould.

09.15Live and Kicking
Presented by Andi Peters and Emma Forbes. Special guests this morning include
Victoria Wood taking calls in the hot seat, along with footballer Ian Wright, wrestling star British Bulldog, and Paula Danziger with her suggestions for a good read. Music from East 17, David Essex and Catherine Zeta Jones.


Introduced by Steve Rider.. Including Racing From Ascot and Aintree, international rugby union, snooker and final score.

17.15News and Weather

17.25Regional News and Sport

17.30Dad’s Army
Episode of the classic comedy about the Home Guard during the Second World War.

18.00Bruce Forsyth’s Generation Game
Family fun with Bruce Forsyth and Rosemarie Ford.

19.00The National Lottery Live
Coverage of the draw of Britain’s first National Lottery with Noel Edmonds


20.50News and Sport

21.10The National Lottery Live

21.15Film: Roxanne (1987)
Romantic comedy based on Cyrano de Bergerac starring Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah

23.00Match of the Day
Introduced by Desmond Lynam with Alan Hansen and Trevor Brooking.

0.00The Danny Baker Show
With guest Ron Atkinson and music from Roachford


08.05Open University

10.00Asia 2

11.50Film 94 with Barry Norman
Including reviews of The Shadow, Second Best and I Love Trouble.

12.20Film: She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Comedy starring Mae West and Cary Grant

13.25The Sky at Night

13.45The Phil Silvers Show
Bilko is excited at the prospect of finding uranium deposits at Fort Baxter


15.00Glenn Miller: America’s Musical Hero

16.00Top Gear Rally Report

The UK Championship from the Guild Hall, Preston. Introduced by David Vine.

17.15Saturday Week
Including TOTP 2, highlights from last week on The Late Show, with Tracey MacLeod and What the Papers Say with Nigella Lawson of the Evening Standard

19.00News and Sport

Algeria’s Hidden War

20.00Later with Jools Holland
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page with a 12-piece Egyptian orchestra perform classic Led Zeppelin songs from the new album Unledded plus British band Elastica performing material from their soon to be released debut album,

21.00Have I Got News for You
Topical comedy quiz, with host Angus Deayton joined by team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop and guests, comedian Nick Hancock and David Icke.

21.30Performance: The Mother
Season of classic dramas continues with a new BBC production of Paddy Chayefsky’s 1954 television play, introduced by Diana Rigg.

22.30The Last Word
Germaine Greer and her all-women team ask what our responsibilities to our parents should be when we are ourselves adult.

The first showing on network television of the original version of the 1967 French thriller starring Alain Delon

1995: Singles chart:

  1. I Believe/Up On The Roof – Robson and Jerome
  2. Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio ft LV
  3. Missing – Everything But The Girl
  4. Wonderwall – Oasis
  5. The Universal – Blur
  6. You’ll See – Madonna
  7. Anywhere Is – Enya
  8. Father And Son – Boyzone
  9. It’s Oh So Quiet – Bjork
  10. Lie To Me – Bon Jovi
1995: Pulp – Different Class

Album chart:

  1. Robson & Jerome – Robson & Jerome
  2. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis
  3. Made In Heaven – Queen
  4. Something To remember – Madonna
  5. Life – Simply Red
  6. Different Class – Pulp
  7. Up All Night – East 17
  8. Love Songs – Elton John
  9. Stripped – The Rolling Stones
  10. Welcome To The Neighbourhood – Meat Loaf

1998: Vincent van Gogh’s “Portrait of the Artist Without Beard” sells at auction for $71.5 million.

2002: Michael Jackson dangles his baby from a third-floor hotel balcony in Berlin.

2004: Record producer Terry Melcher, the son of actress Doris Day and the Manson gang’s real target in 1969, dies aged 62 after a long battle with skin cancer.

2011: Cricket all-rounder Basil D’Oliveira dies form Parkinson’s disease aged 80.

2014: Film director Mike Nichols (Mikhail Peschkowsky) dies aged 83.

2017: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe refuses to resign in a TV speech after being ousted as leader of ruling ZANU-PF party. On the same day, cult leader Charles Manson dies in prison aged 83. Also, Czech tennis star Jana Novotná, dies from cancer aged 49.

2019: More than 1,000 protesters are detained by police after three-day battle at Hong King Polytechnic University. On the same day, Spurs sack manager Mauricio Pochettino and replace him with Jose Mourinho.

2021: Austria becomes the first country to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory as it announces its fourth lockdown.

BIRTHDAYS: Dick Cavett, US TV personality, 86; Calvin Klein, fashion designer, 80; Fred Lipsius, saxophonist (Blood Sweat and Tears) 79; Eddie Rayner, keyboards, (Split Enz) 70; Bill Sharpe, pianist, (Shakatak) 70; Charlie Kaufman, screenwriter/director, 64; Allison Janney, actress, 63; Matt Sorum, drummer (Guns n Roses/Velvet Revolver) 62; Meg Ryan (Margaret Hyra) actress, 61; Jodie (Alicia) Foster, actress/director, 60; Jason Pierce, singer-songwriter (Spiritualized) 57; Laurent Blanc, football manager, 57; Gail Devers, athlete, 56; Katherine Kelly, actress, 43; Adam Driver, actor, 39; James Tarkowski, footballer, 30.