It happened today – this day in history – October 9

768: Charlemagne and his brother Carloman I are crowned Kings of The Franks.

1192: Richard I leaves Jerusalem in disguise.

1665: Due to the Great Plague, Parliament meets at the University of Oxford rather than the Palace of Westminster.

1781: Americans under George Washington and the French under Comte de Rochambeau begin the bombardment of Yorktown, the last battle of the American Revolutionary War.

1799: Sinking of the British frigate HMS Lutine, with the loss of 240 men and cargo worth £1,200,000 off the Dutch coast.

1806: Prussia declares war on France.

1831: Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first head of state of modern Greece, is assassinated in Nafplion.

1835: Birth of composer Camille Saint-Saëns in Paris.

1854: The siege of Sevastopol begins during the Crimean War.

1855: Isaac Singer patents the sewing machine motor.

1876: The first two-way telephone conversation over outdoor wires.

1914: German troops take Antwerp.

1932: Joseph Stalin expels Lev Kamenev and Grigory Zinoviev from the Communist Party after a power struggle.

1934: King Alexander I of Yugoslavia and French Foreign Minister Louis Barthou are assassinated in Marseille by a member of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization.

1940: John Lennon is born in Liverpool.

1941: President Franklin D Roosevelt approves an atomic program that will become the Manhattan Project. On the same day, Ricardo Adolfo de la Guardia Arango is declared president of Panama after a coup.

1944: Prime minister Winston Churchill arrives in Russia for talks with Joseph Stalin.

1945: British troops occupy Andamanen in the Gulf of Bengal.

1946: Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh” premieres in New York.

1949: English ballerina Margot Fonteyn debuts in America with her performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

1953: Konrad Adenaur is elected Chancellor of West Germany.

1959: The Conservatives win a third consecutive general election. Harold Macmillan becomes prime minister.

Singles chart:

  1. Here Comes Summer – Jerry Keller
  2. Only Sixteen – Craig Douglas
  3. Mack The Knife – Bobby Darin
  4. Living Doll – Cliff Richard and the Drifters
  5. (Til) I Kissed You – The Everly Brothers
  6. Someone – Johnny Matthis
  7. Lonely Boy – Paul Anka
  8. The Three Bells – The Browns
  9. China Tea – Russ Conway
  10. High Hopes – Frank Sinatra
1960: Elvis Presley – Elvis Is Back

1960: Album chart:


  1. South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  2. Down Drury Lane To Memory Lane – 101 Strings
  3. Elvis Is Back – Elvis Presley
  4. The King And I – Original Soundtrack
  5. At The Oxford Union – Gerard Hoffnung
  6. Rodgers And Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! – Original Soundtrack
  7. It’s Everly Time – The Everly Brothers
  8. Me And My Shadows – Cliff Richard and the Shadows
  9. Eddie Cochran Memorial Album – Eddie Cochran
  10. My Fair Lady – Original Broadway Cast

1961: Tanganyika becomes independent within the Commonwealth. On the same day, there are Volcanic eruptions on Tristan de Cunha in the south Atlantic.

1962: Uganda becomes independent from the UK.

1963: Prime minister Harold Macmillan resigns and is replaced by Alec Douglas-Home. On the same day, Hurricane Flora ravages Cuba and Haiti, killing 6,000 people.

1968: 2,000 students from Queen’s University Belfast try to march to Belfast City Hall in protest against police brutality, but are blocked by loyalists led by Ian Paisley.

1973: Elvis and and Priscilla Presley divorce after six years of marriage.

1975: A homeless man is killed when an IRA bomb detonates in Picadilly. On the same day, Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov wins the Nobel Peace Prize.

1976: Aston Villa’s attempt to fill an international weekend with a prestige friendly against Glasgow Rangers backfires. Scots fans descended on Birmingham, causing problems in the city centre before arriving at Villa Park. At the ground missiles are thrown, there are pitch invasions and battles with police which leave more than 100 spectators injured. The match is abandoned in the 53rd minute.

1978: Belgian singer songwriter Jacques Brel dies of cancer aged 49.

1981: Capital punishment is abolished in France.

1984: Kathy Sullivan becomes the first US woman to walk in space during a Space Shuttle mission.

TV on this day (Tuesday)


06.25Good Morning Britain

09.25Thames News Headlines

09.30For Schools

12.00Thomas The Tank Engine and Friends


12.30The Sullivans

13.00News at One

13.20Thames News

13.30Shine On Harvey Moon


15.00Take The High Road

15.25Thames News Headlines

15.30The Young Doctors

16.00Children’s ITV


16.20On Safari

16.45Adventures of a Lifetime

17.15Emmerdale Farm

17.45News at 5.45

18.00Thames News



18.55Reporting London

19.30Give Us A Clue

20.00FILM: Any Which Way You Can (1980)
Comedy adventure starring Clint Eastwood and an orangutan

22.00News at Ten

22.30A Shred of Evidence



09.30 – 12.30Conservatives ‘84

14.30Conservatives ‘84

17.30Listening Eye

18.00The Mississippi

19.00Channel Four News



20.304 What It’s Worth

21.00A Question Of Love

22.50Moving Hearts Play At Home


06.00Ceefax AM

06.30Breakfast Time

09.00Under Sail

09.15Conservative Party Conference 1984

10.30Play School

10.50Conservative Party Conference 1984

12.30News After Noon

13.00Pebble Mill at One

13.45Hokey Cokey

14.00Village School

14.30Conservative Party Conference 1984

15.50Play School: It’s Tuesday

16.10Wacky Races

16.20Beat the Teacher


17.00John Craven’s Newsround

17.10Star Trek
The Galileo Seven starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy


18.00The Six O’Clock News

18.30Regional news magazines

18.55Pop Quiz
Mike Read asks the questions with teams including Phil Collins, Elvis Costello, John Martyn, Midge Ure, Nick Lowe and Huey Lewis.

19.30The Lenny Henry Show

20.00The Invisible Man
Last of six episodes in dramatisation of the H G Wells story.

Sit com starring Wendy Craig

21.00Nine O’Clock News

21.25SOE: Greek Entanglement

22.25Sink or Swim

22.55Claire Rayner’s Casebook

23.18News Headlines

23.20Late Night in Concert
Aswad at the Montreux Jazz Festival.



09.00Shakespeare in Perspective

09.26Twentieth-Century History

09.48Mathscore Two

10.10Look and Read Badger Girl

10.35Update USA



11.40Job Bank

12.00Une annee chez les Francais

12.30Life Power

13.00Maths Help

13.15Science Topics

13.38Let’s See

14.00You and Me

14.15Near and Far

14.40Junior Craft, Design and Technology


15.45Conservative Party Conference 1984

17.30News Summary

17.35Inside Women’s Magazines

18.00The Rockford Files

18.45International Pro-Celebrity Golf
Kenny Dalglish and Lee Trevino v
Bruce Forsyth and Jerry Pate.

19.35Wildlife on Two
The Mouse’s Tale Narrated by David Attenborough.


21.00FILM: Just You and Me Kid (1979)
Comedy starring George Burns and Brooke Shields

22.30Jack High
Bowls tournament


23.55Open University

1986: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” premieres in London.

1988: Cliff Gallup, hugely influential guitarist with Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps dies of a heart attack.

1990: The Stone Roses are each fined £3,000 after being found guilty of criminal damage at their former record company offices.

1991: The first Sumo wrestling tournament ever held off Japanese soil in the sport’s 1500 year history begins at the Royal Albert Hall.

1995: Sir Alec Douglas-Home dies aged 92, 32 years to the day after he became prime minister.

1996: Scotland object to temporary floodlights for a World Cup qualifier against Estonia in Tallinn. FIFA brings the game forward to an afternoon kick off but the home team refuse to turn up and Scotland kick off as the only team on the pitch. The game is abandoned and has to be played at a neutral venue (Monaco).

2011: Paul McCartney marries Nancy Shevell in a civil ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall.

2012: Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai is shot three times by a Taliban gunman as she sits on her school bus in the Swat district of northwest Pakistan.

2015: Former Tory government minister Geoffrey Howe dies aged 88. On the same day, broadcaster Gordon Honeycombe dies aged 79.

2017: Film producer Harvey Weinstein is fired from The Weinstein Company after allegations of sexual abuse.

2019: Turkey launches air strikes on Kurdish forces in Northern Syria after US President Donald Trump pulls back American forces.

BIRTHDAYS: Bill Tidy, cartoonist, 88; The Duke of Kent, 86; Brian Blessed, actor, 85; John Pilger, journalist, 82; Nona Hendryx, singer, 77; Jackson Browne, singer-songwriter, 73; Sharon Osbourne, TV personality/Ozzy’s manager, 69; Tony Shalhoub, actor, 68; James Fearnley, accordionist (The Pogues) 67; Scott Bakula, actor, 67; Steve Ovett, athlete, 66; Michaell Pare, actor, 63; Guillermo del Toro, director, 57; David Cameron, former prime minister, 55; Mat Osman, guitarist (Suede) 54; Steve McQueen, director, 52; P J (Polly Jean) Harvey, singer-songwriter, 51; Sean Ono Lennon, musician, 46; Mark Viduka, footballer, 46; Nicky Byrne, singer (Westlife) 43; Brandon Routh, actor, 42; Chris O’Dowd, actor, 42; Jess Phillips, Labour MP, 40; Jonny Williams, footballer, 28; Bella Hadid, model, 25.