It happened today – this day in history – November 5

1492: Christopher Columbus first learns about growing and harvesting maize (corn) from Cuba’s indigenous population.

1605: Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes attempts to blow up King James I and the British Parliament. The plot is discovered before Fawkes can light the gunpowder.

1630: England and Spain sign a peace treaty.

1811: El Salvador’s first battle against Spain in its fight for independence.

1854: The British and French defeat a Russian force of 50,000 at Inkerman during the Crimean War.

1872: Ulysses S Grant is re-elected as US President.

1912: Woodrow Wilson is elected president of the US.

1914: Britain declares war on Turkey and annexes Cyprus.

1916: Emperors Wilhelm II of Germany and Franz Joseph I of Austro-Hungary establish the kingdom of Poland.

1925: Mussolini disbands Italian socialist parties.

1930: Sinclair Lewis wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.

1933: Basques vote for autonomy in Spain.

1935: Launch of the board game Monopoly.

1937: Adolf Hitler informs his military leaders in a secret meeting of his intention of going to war.

1940: Franklin D Roosevelt is re-elected president of the US for an unprecedented third term.

1943: The Vatican is bombed by an unknown source.

1944: Canadian and British troops liberate Dinteloord in The Netherlands.

1945: Colombia joins the United Nations.

1946: John F Kennedy is elected to the US House of Representatives.

1956: Britain and France land airborne forces at Port Said, Egypt, escalating the Suez Crisis. On the same day, jazz pianist Art Tatum dies aged 47.

1960: Country & western singer Johnny Horton is killed in a car crash.

1967: 49 people are killed when a passenger train derails between Hither Green and Grove Park in south-east London. Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees was a passenger. He was treated for shock.

1968: Richard Nixon is elected president of the US.

1971: Bolivia passes the death penalty for political kidnapping.

1972: Vice-President of Sinn Féin, Maire Drumm, is arrested in the Republic of Ireland.


1977: The manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham, is arrested for displaying a large poster advertising the new Sex Pistols album, ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols. High street stores banned the album after police warned they could be fined under the 1898 Indecent Advertising Act.

1978: Iran’s Prime Minister Jaffer Sharif-Emami resigns after two days of virtual mob rule.

1982: Channel 4’s music show The Tube is broadcast for the first time.

1983: The Clash drummer, Nicky “Topper” Headon, is arrested for walking his dog while drunk on London’s Fulham Road.

On TV (Saturday)


06.25Good Morning Britain

08.30Rat Rapping

08.40Data Run

09.25LWT Information

09.30Sesame Street

10.30The Saturday Show

12.15World of Sport

17.00ITN News

Crime series starring Erik Estrada

18.00Game for a Laugh
Madcap trickery from Jeremy Beadle, Sarah Kennedy, Henry Kelly and Matthew Kelly

19.00Russ Abbot’s Madhouse


20.00Hart To Hart
Starring Robert Wagner and Stepfanie Powers

21.00ITN News and Sport

21.15The Mercenaries

23.05Pop Goes Guy Fawkes

23.55London News Headlines


14.05Film: Napoleon, Part I (1927)
Six-hour reconstruction of Abel Gance’s silent masterpiece


18.00Video Video

19.00News Headlines and Weather

19.05Brigitte Bardot – My Own Story

20.10Film: And God Created Woman (1956)
Roger Vadim-directed romantic drama starring Brigitte Bardot


22.50For 4 Tonight

23.25Film: The Wild Women of Wongo (1958)
From The Worst of Hollywood series


08.35Inch High Private Eye

09.00Saturday Superstore
with Mike Read, Keith Chegwin, Sarah Greene and David Icke
In store this morning: Paul Nicholas, Paul Daniels, Eddie Grant and Gary Wilmot




17.15Sport/Regional News

Jeffrey Fairbrother decides that a change of voice would be a good idea on Radio Maplin.

17.50The Noel Edmonds Late Late Breakfast Show

18.35Blankety Blank
Terry Wogan hosts the comedy quiz game with star guests. Lorraine Chase, Pat Coombs, Sandra Dickinson, Roy Hudd, John Inman and Derek Nimmo.

19.10Juliet Bravo

20.00The Paul Daniels Magic Show

20.40News and Sport

20.55Remington Steele
starring Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan

21.45Match of the Day

starring Jasper Carrott

23.15Film: From Beyond the Grave (1973)
Anthology of horror stories starring Peter Cushing, David Warner, Ian Carmichael, Diana Dors, Ian Bannen, Margaret Leighton, Donald Pleasence and Nyree Dawn Porter



10.10Open University


15.15Film: Come Blow Your Horn (1963)
When Buddy Baker finally decides to leave his parents’ home, he finds an enthusiastic welcome at his elder brother’s bachelor apartment. Stars Frank Sinatra Tony Bill, Lee J. Cobb and Jill St John. Based on the play by Neil Simon.

17.05Championship Bowling
The CIS Insurance UK Indoor Bowls Championship

18.10Greek – Language and People

18.35Grand Slam
Bridge tournament

19.00News and Sport

19.15Shakespeare in Perspective
Crime writer Julian Symons offers his personal view of Macbeth, which he believes illustrates a classic case of the psychological condition known as folie a deux.

19.40Mansfield Park Preview
Behind the scenes of BBC2’s serialisation of the Jame Austen novel.

19.45Championship Bowling

20.10Fly on the Wall: The Family
A look at the first experiment into reality TV from 1974

20.40The BBC Television Shakespeare: Macbeth

23.10News on Two

23.15Championship Bowling

1984: Nicaragua’s ruling Sandinista Front claims a decisive victory in the country’s first elections since the revolution five years earlier.

1986: Bobby Nunn of vocal group The Coasters dies of heart failure in Los Angeles.

1987: TV presenter Eamon Andrews dies aged 64.

1989: McLaren driver Alain Prost withdraws early in a wet Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide but wins his third Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.

Singles chart:

  1. All Around The World – Lisa Stansfield
  2. Girl I’m Gonna Miss You – Lisa Stansfied
  3. That’s What I Like – Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
  4. Never Too Late – Kylie Minogue
  5. Street Tuff – Rebel MC and Double Trouble
  6. Room In Your Heart – Living In A Box
  7. I Feel The Earth Move – Martika
  8. Another Day In Paradise – Phil Collins
  9. Leave A Light ON – Belinda Carlisle
  10. If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher
1989: Belinda Carlisle – Runaway Horses

Album chart:

  1. The Road To Hell – Chris Rea
  2. Holding Back The River – Wet Wet Wet
  3. Enjoy Yourself – Kylie Minogue
  4. Runaway Horses – Belinda Carlisle
  5. Wild! – Erasure
  6. Greatest Hits – Billy Ocean
  7. All Or Nothing/2×2 – Milli Vannilli
  8. Welcome To The Beautiful South – The Beautiful South
  9. Stronger – Cliff Richard
  10. Spark To A Flame: The Very Best Of – Chris De Burgh

1991: The body of Daily Mirror publisher, Robert Maxwell, is found in the sea off the coast of Tenerife.

1992: American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer defeats Russian Boris Spassky to win an unofficial match in Belgrade.

1994: Space probe Ulysses completes its first passage behind the sun. On the same day, 45-year old George Foreman KOs Michael Moorer to reclaim the world boxing Heavyweight title 20 years after losing it to Muhammad Ali.

1996: Bill Clinton is re-elected President of the US.

2000: Haile Selassie is laid to rest 25 years after his death following a funeral procession through Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2003: Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers is found dead in his hotel room in Michigan, 30 minutes before he is due on stage, aged 63.

2005: Guitarist Link Wray dies aged 76.

2006: Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq, and co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar are sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for their role in the massacre of Shi’as in 1982.

2009: US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan kills 13 and wounds 43 at Fort Hood, Texas in the largest mass shooting ever at a US military installation.

2017: A gunman shoots 26 dead and injures 20 at a church in Sunderland Springs, Texas.

2018: NASA’s Voyager 2 probe leaves the solar system, becoming the second human-made object to reach interstellar space. On the same day, more than 80 students and teachers are kidnapped from a boarding school in Bamenda, Cameroon.

2019: In an interview with Vogue magazine, actress Emma Watson describes herself as “self partnered.”

2020: Gunmen kill at least 32 people and set fire to homes in Oromia state, Ethiopia, in an attack blamed on the rebel Oromo Liberation Army.

BIRTHDAYS: Elke Sommer (Schletz), actress, 82; Art Garfunkel, singer/actor, 81; Peter Noone, singer (Herman’s Hermits) 75; Peter Hammill, singer-songwriter/musician (Van der Graaf Generator) 74; Kris Jenner, American TV personality, 67; Robert Patrick, actor, 64; Bryan Adams, singer-songwriter/guitarist, 63; Tilda Swinton, actress, 62; Tatum O’Neal, actress, 59; Famke Janssen, actress/director, 57; Sam Rockwell, actor, 54; Tamzin Outhwaite, actress, 52; Johnny Grenwood, musician/composer (Radiohead) 51; Daniella Westbrook, actress, 49; Ryan Adams, singer-songwriter, 48; Lisa Scott-Lee, singer (Steps) 47; Luke Hemsworth, actor, 42; Alexa Chung, TV presenter/model, 39; Kasper Schmeichel, goalkeeper, 36; Kevin Jonas, musician/actor, 35; Virat Kohli, cricketer, 34.