It happened today – this day in history – November 27

8BC: Roman poet Horace dies aged 56.

1295: Edward I calls what later became known as “The Model Parliament” extending the authorities of its representatives.

1382: The French army defeats the Flemish army at the Battle of Westrozebeke, Flemish leader Philip Van Artevelde is killed and his corpse displayed.

1493: Christopher Columbus returns to La Navidad colony, finding it destroyed by the 1st native American uprising against Spanish rule.

1495: Scottish king James IV receives Perkin Warbeck, pretender to the English throne.

1701: Astronomer Anders Celsius is born in Sweden.

1807: The Portuguese Royal Family and its court of nearly 15,000 people leave Lisbon for Brazil to escape Napoleon’s invading troops.

1826: John Walker invents the friction match in England.

1868: General George A Custer’s troops attack a group of Native American Indians at Washita River, Oklahoma, killing their chief Black Kettle.

1895: Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel establishes the Nobel Prize in his will.

1896: “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss debuts in Frankfurt.

1901: Prince Ito of Japan goes to St Petersburg hoping to get the Russians to grant Japan concessions in Korea, but later drops this goal and decides to make an alliance with Britain.

1912: The Albanian National Flag is adopted.

1916: Hartlepool United’s Victoria Ground is bombed by two German zeppelins.

1919: Composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski resigns as Polish Prime Minister.

1926: Italy and Albania sign a peace treaty.

1932: Poland and the USSR sign a non-aggression treaty.

1934: Bank robber Baby Face Nelson (Lester Gillis) is killed in a shoot-out with the FBI.

1941: British 13th Army Corps reaches Tobruk. On the same day, the USSR begins a counter offensive, causing Germany to retreat.

1942: The French navy at Toulon scuttles its ships and submarines so the Nazis can’t seize them. On the same day, Jimi Hendrix is born in Seattle.

1944: 4,000 shells detonate in an RAF arms depot at Fauld, near Stoke-on-Trent, destroying the village of Hanbury and killing at least 70 people.

1951: Ceasefire and demarcation zone accord signed in Panmunjon, Korea.

1953: Playwright Eugene O’Neill dies of cerebellar cortical atrophy at 65.

1956: American Al Oerter wins his first of four consecutive men’s discus gold medals at the Melbourne Olympics.

1957: Bobby Robson makes his England debut against France at Wembley, scoring twice in the 4-0 victory. He had discovered that he had been selected for the squad when he read it in a newspaper.

1958: The USSR abrogates Allied war-time agreements on the control of Germany.

1960: Dr Felix Houphouet-Boigny becomes president of the Ivory Coast.

1961: The RAF begins airlifting supplies to desperate flood victims in Somalia.


1962: The first test flight of the Boeing 727.

1965: Up to 25,000 people demonstrate in Washington D.C. against the war in Vietnam.

1967: French President, Charles de Gaulle, vetoes Britain’s application to join the Common Market for a second time.

1970: Pope Paul VI is wounded in the chest during a visit to Philippines by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.

1971: Soviet Mars 2 becomes the first spacecraft to crash land on Mars. On the same day, two customs officials are shot by an IRA sniper firing upon a British Army patrol investigating a bomb attack on a customs post near Newry, Co Armagh.

1975: BBC TV presenter and co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records, Ross McWhirter, is shot dead by the Provisional IRA outside his home in north London after a press conference where he had announced a reward for the capture of those responsible for multiple bombings and shootings across England.

1978: San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk are assassinated by former supervisor Dan White at City Hall.

1980: Playwright Harold Pinter marries writer and historian Lady Antonia Frazer.

1981: Actress/singer Lotte Lenya dies aged 83.

1982: Yasuhiro Nakasone is elected Prime Minister of Japan, succeeding Zenko Suzuki.

1983: A Colombian Boeing 747 crashes in Madrid killing 181.

On TV today (Sunday)


14.05Irish Angle

14.30Duvidha (In Two Minds)

16.00Built in Britain

16.30City Priest

17.00Book Four; News Headlines and Weather

17.45Face the Press

18.15American Football

19.15The World at War

20.15Tell the Truth


21.20People to People

21.50Murun Buchstansangur

22.00The House of Rothschild


07.25Good Morning Britain


08.30Good Morning Britain

09.25LWT Information

09.30Herbs for All

10.00Morning Worship


11.30Consider Yourself

12.00Weekend World

13.00Police 5

13.15The Smurfs

13.30Operation Raleigh

14.00Credo; London News Headlines

14.30The Big Match Live
West Ham v Manchester United from Upton Park with commentator Brian Moore



17.30Sunday Sunday

18.30ITN News


19.15Bruce Forsyth’s Play Your Cards Right

19.45Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime

20.45Hardcastle and McCormick

21.45ITN News

22.00Clive James on Television

22.30The South Bank Show

23.30Join Us For Bridge; London News Headlines


09.00Heads and Tails

09.15Sunday Worship

10.00Asian Magazine

10.30Let’s Go!

10.40Maths Help


11.20People First


11.45Business Club

12.10See Hear!

12.35The Computer Programme


13.30Discovering Birds

13.55News Headlines

14.00Film: The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
Adventure set in 12th Century Lombardy starring Burt Lancaster and Virginia Mayo

15.25Championship Snooker

17.20Queen and Commonwealth


18.00Jane Eyre

18.30Mind How You Go

18.40Songs of Praise


19.45By the Sword Divided
Historical serial drama ser during the English Civil War

20.35Film: Highpoint (1982)
A man embezzles $10million from a joint Mafia/CIA operation. Comedy thriller starring Richard Harris and Christopher Plummer



22.55From Darkness to Light

23.30Championship Snooker
The Coral UK Championship quarter final between Terry Griffiths and John Virgo


09.00Ceefax In Vision

10.10Open University

12.30Ceefax In Vision



15.20Beethoven Piano Sonatas

16.10The Great Palace: The Story of Parliament

17.00Rugby Special

18.00News Review

18.30The Money Programme

19.15Around with Alliss

19.45The Natural World

20.35News on Two

20.40Did You See…?

21.25Innocent Until Proved Guilty

22.05Mansfield Park
Dramatisation of the Jane Austen novel

23.00Film: Now Voyager (1942)
Drama starring Bette Davis

1985: The Liverpool district Labour Party is suspended by the national leadership after allegations that the socialist group Militant Tendency is operating within it.

1988: Singles chart:

  1. First Time – Robin Beck
  2. Cat Amongst The Pigeons – Bros
  3. Missing You – Chris de Burgh
  4. Left To My Own Devices – Pet Shop Boys
  5. Need You T onight – INXS
  6. Two Hearts – Phil Collins
  7. Mistletoe And Wine – Cliff Richard
  8. Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson
  9. Twist And Shout – Salt n Pepa
  10. Say A Little Prayer – Bomb The Bass ft Maureen
1988: Kylie Minogue – Kylie

Album chart:

  1. Now That’s What I Call Music! 13 – Various Artists
  2. Kylie – Kylie Minogue
  3. Private Collection – Cliff Richard
  4. The Premier Collection – Various Artists
  5. Money For Nothing – Dire Straits
  6. Greatest Hits – Fleetwood Mac
  7. Wanted – Yazz
  8. The Ultimate Collection – Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music
  9. Get Even – Brother Beyond
  10. Soft Metal – Various Artists

1990: John Major wins the Conservative leadership contest and becomes prime minister.

1994: A fire in a disco in Fuxin, northern China kills 233 people.

2000: 10-year-old schoolboy Damilola Taylor dies after being stabbed in the leg by a gang of hooded attackers near his home in Peckham.

2001: A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extra-solar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extra-solar planet.

2005: The first partial human face transplant is completed on Isabelle Dinoire in Amiens, France. On the same day, Tony Meehan drummer with The Shadows died aged 62 from head injuries sustained in a fall at his London flat in Maida Vale.

2006: Actress Pamela Anderson divorces rapper Kid Rock after only four months of marriage. On the same day, actress Selma Blair divorces Ahmet Zappa after two years.

2011: Wales football manager Gary Speed commits suicide at 42. On the same day, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel finishes second in the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix to retain his Formula 1 World Drivers Championship. Also, film director Ken Russell dies aged 84.

2012: The Eurozone announces that it will make loans of €43.7 billion to Greece.

2015: Author P.D. James, Baroness James of Holland Park, dies aged 94.

2016: Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg clinches his only Formula 1 World Driver’s Championship with victory in the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He then announces his shock retirement from F1.

2017: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their engagement.

2020: Iran’s most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is assassinated outside near Tehran.

BIRTHDAYS: John Alderton, actor, 81; Randy Brecker, trumpeter, 76; Dennis Tueart, footballer, 72; Kathryn Bigelow, director, 70; Daryl Stuermer, guitarist, 69; Stephen Bannon, political advisor, 68; Curtis Armstrong, actor, 68; Arthur Smith, comedian/playwright, 67; John McCarthy, journalist, 65; Charlie Burchill, guitarist, (Simple Minds) 62; Mike Bordin, drummer (Faith No More) 59; Fisher Stevens, actor/director, 58; Roberto Mancini, football manager, 56; Myles Kennedy (Bass), singer (Alter Bridge) 52; Sharlto Copley, actor/director, 48; Mike Skinner, singer, songwriter (The Streets) 43; Gary Lucy, actor, 40; Professor Green (Stephen Manderson) rapper, 38; Alison Pill, actress, 36; Oritsé Williams, singer-songwriter (JLS) 35.