It happened today – this day in history – October 30

1470: Henry VI returns to the English throne after the Earl of Warwick defeats Yorkists in battle during the War of the Roses.

1485: Henry VII of England is crowned at Westminster Abbey.

1629: Charles I gives the Bahamas to Sir Robert Heath.

1784: Napoleon Bonaparte admitted to the elite École Militaire in Paris, the start of his military career.

1809: Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck, third Duke of Portland, dies after an operation to remove a kidney stone aged 71.

1873: P T Barnum’s circus, the “Greatest Show on Earth”, debuts in New York.

1886: Britain and Germany agree boundaries in East Africa.

1899: Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill reaches Capetown.

1903: In violation of their promise to evacuate Manchuria, the Russian reoccupy Mukden and reinforce their troops in Manchuria.

1905: George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs Warren’s Profession” premieres in New York.

1914: The Allied offensive at Ypres begins.

1918: Turkey signs an armistice with the Allies, agreeing to end hostilities at noon on October 31.

1923: Prime minister Andrew Bonar Law dies of throat cancer aged 64.

1938: A radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds”, narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes mass panic across the US.

1939: The USSR and Germany agree on partitioning Poland.

1944: Aaron Copeland’s ballet score “Appalachian Spring” premieres in Washington, D.C. On the same day, Anne Frank is transferred from Auschwitz concentration camp to Belsen.

1952: Birdseye sells the first frozen peas

1957: The Government reveals details of plans to reform the House of Lords which include creating the first women life peerages.

1960: Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the UK at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.


1968: Film star Ramon Navarro is murdered at his home aged 69 by two men posing as sex escorts.

1970: Jim Morrison of The Doors is fined and sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of exposing himself during a gig in Miami. An appeal is lodged which keeps him out of jail and he dies before the appeal is heard.

1972: Loyalist paramilitaries carry out a raid on an RUC station in Derry, and steal four British Army Sterling sub-machine guns.

1973: The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting Europe and Asia.

1974: Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in Round 8 of the “Rumble In The Jungle” in Kinshasa, Zaire, to regain the world heavyweight boxing title. On the same day, England beat Czechoslovakia 3-0 in a Euro qualifier at Wembley in Don Revie’s first game as manager.

1977: Singles chart:

  1. Name Of The Game – ABBA
  2. Yes Sir, I Can Boogie -Baccara
  3. You’re In My Heart – Rod Stewart
  4. Black Is Black – La Belle Epoque
  5. Rockin’ All Over The World – Status Quo
  6. We Are The Champions – Queen
  7. Silver Lady – David Soul
  8. 2-4-6-8 Motorway – Tom Robinson
  9. Holidays In The Sun – The Sex Pistols
  10. Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft – The Carpenters
1977 David Bowie – Heroes

Album chart:

  1. 40 Golden Greats – Cliff Richard
  2. 20 Golden Greats – Diana Ross and The Supremes
  3. Heroes – David Bowie
  4. Seconds Out – Genesis
  5. No More Heroes – The Stranglers
  6. Home On The Range – Slim Whitman
  7. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
  8. Thunder In My Heart – Leo Sayer
  9. Live At The London Palladium – Bing Crosby
  10. Oxygene – Jean-Michel Jarre

1978: Ugandan troops attack Tanzania.

1981 : Nicholas Reed, the secretary of the UK’s pro-euthanasia group Exit is sentenced to two and a half years for aiding and abetting suicide.

1986: On TV Today (Thursday)



09.25Thames News

09.30For Schools

12.00Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends

12.10Puddle Lane

12.30The Sullivans

13.00New at One

13.20Thames News

13.30Falcon Crest

14.25Home Cookery Club


15.00Take The High Road

15.25Thames News

15.30Sons and Daughters


16.10The Trap Door

16.20Animals in Action

16.45Henry’s Leg



18.00Thames News



19.00Emmerdale Farm

19.30Film: Linda (1973)
Made for TV film starring Stella Stevens. A woman plans to frame her husband for the murder of her lover’s wife.

21.00Girls on Top
Comedy series starring Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Ruby Wax

21.30This Week

22.00News at Ten

Jack Klugman as the crime solving coroner

23.30The Business of Excellence: The World Turned Upside Down


14.30Film: Jassy (1947)
A young gypsy girl rises from maid-of-all-work to mistress of the manor. Stars Margaret Lockwood.



17.00Film: The Great Moment (1944)
Stars Joel McCrae as a dentist who develops the first effective anaesthetic.

18.30Union World

19.00Channel 4 News


20.00Equinox: The New Magicians

21.00Oh Madeline

21.30Film: Tunes of Glory (1960)
Following World War II in peacetime Scotland, brigade headquarters replaces commanding officer Major Jock Sinclair (Alec Guinness), a boisterous battalion leader, with the strict, temperamental Lieutenant Colonel Basil Barrow (John Mills).

23.30Beyond Belief: Feminine in the Church

23.55 – 00.25Relative Strangers


06.00Ceefax AM

06.50Breakfast Time

09.05On the Throne

09.45Advice Shop


10.25Phillip Schofield

10.30Play School

10.50Henry’s Cat

10.55Five to Eleven

11.00Food and Drink

11.30Open Air

12.25Star Memories

12.55Regional News and Weather

13.00One O’Clock News


13.50Animal Fair

14.00Film: The Elusive Pimpernel (1950)
Period drama starring David Niven

15.50Children’s BBC

16.10Sebastian the Incredible Drawing Dog!

16.15Beat the Teacher

16.30Dungeons and Dragons

16.55John Craven’s Newsround

17.00Blue Peter


18.00Six O’Clock News

18.35Regional news magazines

19.00Top of the Pops
Introduced by Jamice Long, featuring Mel and Kim, Berlin, Gwen Guthrie, Bon Jovi, Kim Wilde, Nick Berry and Status Quo.


20.00The Kenny Everett Television Show


21.00Nine O’Clock News

Esther Rantzen and Sue Cook talk to people who experienced cruelty as children.

22.45Question Time
Among Sir Robin Day’s guests are Paul Channon MP and newspaper editor Andrew Neil.

23.45Rhoda US comedy starring Valerie Harper.


09.00Pages from Ceefax

09.35Daytime on Two

14.35In the Making

15.00Window on the World

15.45Brief Encounters

15.55Regional News and Weather

16.00Favourite Things

16.30The Front Garden

17.30Film 86

18.00Star Trek
The Lights Of Zetar, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

18.45Outback Bash

19.35Open Space


21.00Alas Smith and Jones
Comedy series starring Mel Smith and Gryff Rhys Jones

21.3040 Minutes

22.15Film Buff of the Year



23.40International Tennis

1988: McLaren driver Ayrton Senna wins the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.

1990: Britain and France complete the Channel Tunnel. On the same day, Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose was released on $10,000 bail, after being arrested for allegedly hitting a neighbour over the head with a bottle.

1997: Diego Maradona announces his retirement from football on his 37th birthday.

2002: Jam Master Jay from Run-DMC is murdered at his recording studio in Queens, New York. On the same day, Freeview begins transmitting in parts of the UK.

2007: Linda Stein, former co-manager of punk band The Ramones is found beaten to death at her Manhattan apartment.

2017: President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates are indicted on fraud charges and advisor George Papadopoulos pleads guilty to lying to the FBI.

2018: Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger is killed in prison aged 89. On the same day, the Pentagon sends 5,200 troops to the Mexican border in advance of a migrant caravan on its way from Central America. Also, German former nurse Niels Högel admits in court to killing over 100 patients, making him one of the world’s worst serial killers.

2019: Kashmir officially loses its autonomous status, its flag and constitution as India brings it under federal control.

BIRTHDAYS: Eddie Holland, songwriter, 82; Grace Slick, singer-songwriter, 82; Otis Williams, singer (The Temptations) 80; Bob Wilson, goalkeeper, 80; Henry Winkler, actor, 76; Chris Slade, drummer (Manfred Mann’s Earthband/AC/DC) 75; Timothy B Schmit, bass/vocals (The Eagles) 74; Harry Hamlin, actor, 70; Pauo Power, footballer, 68; Juliet Stevenson, actress, 65; Stefan Dennis, actor, 63; Gavin Rossdale, musician/actor (Bush) 54; Jessica Hynes, actress/writer; 49; Daniel Farker, football manager, 45; Matthew Morrison, actor, 43; Ivanka Trump, former president’s daughter/advisor, 40; Vanessa White, singer (The Saturdays) 32; Sean Longstaff, footballer, 24.