It happened today – this day in history – November 20

1272: Edward I is proclaimed King of England after the death of his father, Henry III. He would take two years to return to England from the Ninth Crusade.

1755: William Pitt the Elder resigns.

1805: Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio”, premieres in Vienna.

1815: In the Second Treaty of Paris, it is agreed that France will pay indemnities after the Battle of Waterloo, ending the Napoleonic Wars. On the same day, Russia, Prussia, Austria and England sign an alliance “for the maintenance of peace in Europe”.

1817: The first Seminole War begins in Florida.

1866: French inventor Pierre Lallement patents the rotary crank bicycle.

1886: Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes story, “A Study in Scarlet” is accepted by publisher Ward and Lock with a payment of £25.

1889: Gustav Mahler’s 1st Symphony premieres in Budapest and is not well received.

1903: Gunfighter Tom Horn is hanged aged 42.

1906: George Bernard Shaw’s play “Doctor’s Dilemma” premieres in London.

1910: Revolution breaks out in Mexico, led by Francisco I. Madero. On the same day, Russian author Leo Tolstoy dies aged 82.

1911: Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” (Song of the Earth) premieres in Munich.

1914: The US State Department starts requiring photographs for passports.

1917: The first successful use of tanks in battle as Britain uses the new technology to break through German lines at the Battle of Cambrai. On the same day, Ukraine is declared a republic.

1923: Garrett Morgan patents his traffic signal design.

1936: Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Falange in Spain is killed by a republican execution squad.

1940: Hungary, Romania and Slovakia join the Axis powers.

1942: The British 8th Army recaptures Benghazi, Libya.

1945: Twenty of Germany’s Nazi leaders go on trial in Nuremberg charged with war crimes.

1947: Princess Elizabeth marries Lt Philip Mountbatten in Westminster Abbey.

1951: More than 1,000 families of British servicemen begin moving out of the Suez Canal zone town of Ismailia in Egypt. On the same day, Snowdonia becomes a British National Park.

1960: Jack Brabham finishes fourth in the season-ending US Grand Prix to retain his Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.

1961: Bob Dylan started recording his debut album over two days at Columbia Recording Studios in New York.


1962:The USSR agrees to remove bombers from Cuba, and the US lifts its blockade.

1965: The UN Security council calls for a boycott of Rhodesia.

1972: Two British soldiers are killed by a booby trap bomb in Cullyhanna, Co. Armagh.

1974: Keith Moon of The Who collapses during a concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco after his drink is spiked with horse tranquilliser. After the call from Pete Townshend: “Can anyone play drums?” 19 year-old Scott Halpin volunteers to replace him on drums for three numbers before the gig is abandoned.

On TV tonight (Wednesday)


09.30For Schools

12.00Hickory House

12.15The Adventures of Rupert Bear

12.30Sounds Like McEvoy

13.00First Report

13.20Lunchtime Today

13.30Crown Court


14.30Good Afternoon

15.00Crime of Passion

15.55Jokers Wild

16.25Follow That Dog

16.50Rogue’s Rock

17.20The Flintstones



19.00This Is Your Life
Coronation Street’s Jack Howarth is the subject of the big red book

19.30Coronation Street

20.00Man About the House
Comedy series starring Richard O’Sullivan, Sally Thomsett and Paula Wilcox

20.30Bootsie and Snudge
Comedy series starring Alfie Bass and Bill Fraser

21.00Disappearing World

22.00Party Political Broadcast

22.10News at Ten

22.45International Football
Highlights of England v Portugal from Wembley Stadium



09.15For Schools, Colleges

10.45You and Me

11.00For Schools, Colleges

12.30Nai Zindagi Naya Jeevan


13.00Pebble Mill

13.45Along the Trail

14.02For Schools, Colleges

14.40The Forsyte Saga

15.30Help Yourself!

15.58Regional News (ex London)

16.00Play School

16.25Boris the Bold


16.45Yogi’s Gang

17.05John Craven’s Newsround

17.15Chinese Puzzle


17.45National News


18.55Film: Village of the Damned (1960)
Children in a sleepy village have uncanny powers. Sci-fi thriller starring George Sanders and Barbara Shelley.

20.10Softly, Softly: Task Force

21.00Nine O’Clock News

21.25Second Time Around
Comedy series about a 50-year old divorcee who falls in love with a much younger woman. Stars Michael Craig and Patricia Brake



23.30Late Night News



11.00Play School


19.05Representing the Community



20.10George Hamilton IV and Other Folk

20.35The Frost Interview
Civil rights activist Angela Davis speaks about her trial and subsequent acquittal

21.00The Weather Machine


23.05News Extra

1975: Prince Juan Carlos prepares to take the reins of power in Spain following the death of General Franco. On the same day, Bay City Rollers singer Les McKeown is found not guilty of causing the death of a 76-year old woman he had hit with his car the previous May in Edinburgh. Witnesses said that Euphemia Clunie was walking across the road and had changed direction four times. McKeown is convicted of driving recklessly, fined £150 pounds and banned from driving for a year.

1978: Former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe is accused in court of plotting to kill his former lover Norman Scott.

1980: United Nations mediator Olof Palme makes his first unsuccessful peace shuttle between Tehran and Baghdad.

1981: Anatoly Karpov retains the world chess championship.

1983: Singles chart:

  1. Uptown Girl – Billy Joel
  2. Say Say Say – Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
  3. Cry Just A Little Bit – Shakin Stevens
  4. Never Never – The Assembly
  5. Love Of The Common People – Paul Young
  6. All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie
  7. The Sun And The Rain – Madness
  8. The Love Cats – The Cure
  9. Calling Your Name – Marilyn
  10. Thriller – Michael Jackson
1983: Michael Jackson – Thriler

Album chart:

  1. Colour By Numbers – Culture Club
  2. Can’t Slow Down – Lionel Richie
  3. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  4. Stages – Elaine Page
  5. Undercover – The Rolling Stones
  6. Chart Hits ’83 Volumes 1 and 2 – Various Artists
  7. No Parlez – Paul Young
  8. Touch – Eurythmics
  9. An Innocent Man – Billy Joel
  10. Fantastic – Wham!

1986: Afghanistan President Babrak Karmal flees.

1990: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, fails to win outright victory in her battle for the leadership of the Conservative Party, finishing four votes short of the 56 required after 16 MPs abstain.

1992: Fire rages through Windsor Castle.

1993: Winnie Mandela’s bodyguard and chauffeur are murdered in South Aftrica.

1994: The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol in Zambia, ending 19 years of civil war.

1995: Diana Princess of Wales speaks openly for the first time about her separation from the Prince of Wales in a controversial interview with Martin Bashir for the BBC’s Panorama.

1997: Iraq’s Revolution Command Council formally endorses an agreement, arranged by Russia, that enables UN weapons inspection teams to resume operations in Iraq.

2004: Fifty-year old former Brazilian World Cup captain Sócrates appears as a substitute for non league Garforth Town with 12 minutes remaining in the 2-2 draw with Tadcaster Albion. It’s his only appearance for an English club side.

2006: Director/screenwriter Robert Altman dies aged 81.

2019: Prince Andrew announces he is stepping back from public duties after outcry from the disastrous BBC interview on his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

BIRTHDAYS: Joe Biden, US President 79; Norman Greenbaum, singer-songwriter, 79; Veronica Hamel, actress, 78; Ray Stiles, bassist (Mud) 75; Joe Walsh, guitarist/singer-songwriter (The Eagles), 74; Gary Green, guitarist (Gentle Giant) 71; Bo Derek (Mary Collins), actress, 65; Jim Brown, drummer (UB40) 64; Sean Young, actress, 62; Gail Ann Dorsey, bassist, 59; Ming-Na Wen, actress, 58; Mike Diamond, rapper (The Beastie Boys) 56; Joel McHale, actor, 50; Kimberley Walsh, singer (Girls Aloud) 40; Jeremy Jordan, actor, 37; Jared Followill, bassist, (Kings of Leon) 35.