It happened today – this day in history – September 10

1547: The English demand that Edward VI, aged 10, marry Mary, Queen of Scots (5).

1659: Birth of English composer Henry Purcell in Westminster.

1823: Simon Bolivar is named President of Peru.

1838: Hector Berlioz’s opera “Benvenuto Cellini” premieres in Paris.

1863: George Bizet’s opera “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” premieres in Paris.

1894: London taxi driver George Smith is the first to be fined for drunk driving.

1897: A sheriff’s posse kills 20 unarmed immigrant miners in Lattimer, Pennsylvania.

1898: Empress Elizabeth of Austria is assassinated by Luigi Lucheni.

1910: Great Idaho Fire destroys 3 million acres of timber.

1919: China becomes a member of the League of Nations.

1923: The Irish Free state joins the League of Nations.

1926: Germany joins the League of Nations.

1931: Lord Cecil of the British government says war was never so improbable.

1933: England’s Fred Perry wins the US National Cha,pionship, beating Jack Crawford of Australia 6-3, 11-13, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1,

1939: Canada declares war on Germany.

1940: Buckingham Palace is damaged by a German bomb.

1942: British troops land on Madagascar. On the same day, the RAF drops 100,000 bombs on Dusseldorf.

1945: Norwegian leader Vidkun Quisling is sentenced to death for collaborating with the Nazis.

1951: Britain begins an economic boycott of Iran.

1954: Singles chart:

  1. Little Thing Mean A Lot – Kitty Kallen
  2. Three Coins In The Fountain – Frank Sinatra
  3. Cara Mia – David Whitfield with Mantovani and his orchestra
  4. My Friend – Frankie Laine
  5. Hold My Hand – Don Cornell
  6. Smile – Nat King Cole
  7. Wanted – Al Martino
  8. The Black Hills Of Dakota – Doris Day
  9. Idle Gossip – Perry Como
  10. Secret Love – Doris Day

1960: Ethiopian Abele Bikila wins the marathon at the Rome Olympics in world record time (2:15:16.2).

1961: German driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators die when his Ferrari crashes into the crowd at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The race is won by Ferrari’s other driver Phil Hill, who becomes the first American to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.

1961: Elvis Presley – G I Blues

Album chart:

  1. The Black And White Minstrel Show – The George Mitchell Singers
  2. South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  3. G I Blues – Elvis Presley
  4. The Shadows – The Shadows
  5. Oliver – Original London Cast
  6. Best Of Barber And Bilk Volume I – Chris Barber and Acker Bilk
  7. His Hand In Mine – Elvis Presley
  8. When Your Lover Has Gone – Frank Sinatra
  9. Sound Of Music – Original Broadway Cast
  10. Listen To Cliff – Cliff Richard

1962: The BBC bans the single ‘Monster Mash’ by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett and the Crypt Kickers saying it is offensive.


1963: American Express opens a credit card service in Britain. On the same day, during a chance meeting at Studio 51 Jazz Club in London, John Lennon and Paul McCartney play an unfinished song they have been writing to the Rolling Stones. I Wanna Be Your Man goes on to become the Stones’ breakthrough hit.

1966: Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in Round 12 to retain the world heavyweight boxing title.

On TV (Saturday)


12.15Science in the Garden

12.35The English Novel

12.55Closedown till 14:35

14.35News from ITN

14.40World of Sport
Athletics, racing from Wolverhampton and professional Wrestling followed by football results

17.15The Adventures of Robin Hood
Trial by Battle starring Richard Greene


17.50Weavers Green

18.15Stagecoach West

19.10Film: The Devil’s Disciple (1959)
Starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier

20.35Mike and Bernie’s Show
Comedy variety with mike and Bernie Winters

21.10Sergeant Cork
The Case of the Fallen Family


22.15Armchair Theatre

23.15Take a Cool Look

23.45A Date With….


10.50Notice Board

Rothmans World Cup at Lord’s. An England XI v Rest Of The World XI

Speedway, cricket, show jumping, racing, swimming and football results

17.15Juke Box Jury
Jackie Trent, Judith Arthy, Pete Murray and Chris Farlowe judge the latest releases with host David Jacobs.

17.40News and Weather

17.50Doctor Who
starring William Hartnell. The Tardis lands in a cave – but where? And in what age?

18.15Quick Before They Catch Us

18.40The Munsters
Comedy series starring Fred Gwynne

19.05The Dick Van Dyke Show

19.30Film: Hell’s Crossroads (1957)
The story of two friends who rode with Jesse James.

20.40Till Death Us Do Part
Johnny Speight comedy about bigot Alf Garnett.
Intolerance … starring Warren Mitchell, Anthony Booth, Dandy Nichols And Una Stubbs.

21.10A.S.A. National Swimming Championships
from the Derby Baths, Blackpool

21.35The Troubleshooters
Drama series starring Geoffrey Keen And Ray Barrett


22.35Match Of The Day
Kenneth Wolstenholme reports with outside broadcast cameras on the game between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. Hosted by Alan Weeks.

23.25Twenty Years After
The twentieth Edinburgh International Festival moves towards its final curtain.



Weekly raid on the BBC archives

20.15The Hunting, Eating, Eccentric, Extravagant, Exploits of that Renowned Sporting Citizen Mr. John Jorrocks
Starring Jimmy Edwards

The latest happenings in archaeology and history with Magnus Magnusson

21.35A World Of Song
with The George Mitchell Choir

22.05Ransom For A Pretty Girl

22.30After Dinner with Cyril Fletcher

23.00News Summary

23.05Late Night Line-Up

23.25Midnight Movie: The Man Who Never Was (1956)
True story of the strangest deception in the annals of British Naval Intelligence.

1967: Elvis Presley records the Jerry Reed song Guitar Man at RCA studio, Nashville.

1972: Three British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Dungannon, Co Tyrone. On the same day, American Frank Shorter wins the marathon at the Munich Olympics. Also, Cuban boxer Teófilo Stevenson wins the first of three consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medals when Munich Games opponent Ion Alexe of Romania withdraws from the final because of a broken thumb.

1973: IRA bombs are exploded at Kings Cross and Euston stations in London. On the same day, Muhammad Ali defeats Ken Norton.

1974: The New York Dolls split up.

1977: Hamida Djandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, is the last person to be executed by guillotine in France.

1978: Lotus driver Ronnie Peterson is killed in a crash at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Team mate Mario Andretti’s sixth place is enough for him to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.

1983: Larry Holmes TKOs Scott Frank in Round 5 for the heavyweight boxing title. On the same day, Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-1, 6-3 for her first US Open singles title.

1985: Scotland manager Jock Stein suffers a fatal heart attack as his team draws against Wales in a World Cup qualifier at Ninian Park, Cardiff.

1988: TV presenters Mike Smith and Sarah Greene are seriously injured when a helicopter he is piloting crashes in Gloucestershire. On the same day, Steffi Graf wins her first US title and completes the Grand Slam, beating Gabriela Sabatini 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

1990: Iran agrees to resume diplomatic relations with Iraq.

2000: One British paratrooper is killed and 11 injured during a mission to rescue six hostages being held by a rebel group in the Sierra Leone jungle.

2002: Switzerland joins the United Nations.

2005: Glamour model Katie Price marries singer Peter Andre. On the same day, television presenter Kate Garraway marries former political lobbyist Derek Draper. Also, guitarist and singer Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown dies in Texas aged 81.

2007: Pamela Anderson’s ex husbands Kid Rock and Tommy Lee get into a tussle at the MTV VMAs in Las Vegas. On the same day, actress Jane Wyman, first wife of Ronald Reagan, dies aged 90.

2008: The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in the history of mankind is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.

2012: Andy Murray wins the US Open, his first Grand Slam title, beating Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2.

2015: Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson resigns in the wake of the killing of former Provisional IRA member Kevin McGuigan.

2016: Actress Anna Camp marries Pitch Perfect co-star Skylar Astin in California.

2018: California passes a law committing to carbon-free electricity sources by 2045. On the same day, South Carolina issues a mandatory evacuation order affecting one million people ahead of Hurricane Florence.

2019: US President Donald Trump fires his third national security adviser John Bolton. On the same day, Iranian woman Sahar Khodayari dies after setting herself on fire during her trial for entering a stadium disguised as a man in Tehran.

BIRTHDAYS: Roy Ayers, composer/vibraphonist, 82; Danny Hutton, singer (Three Dog Night), 80; Jose Feliciano, singer/guitarist, 77; Judy Geeson, actress, 74; Barrie Barlow, drummer (Jethro Tull) 73; Don Powell, drummer (Slade) 72; Joe Perry, guitarist (Aerosmith), 72; Amy Irving, actress, 69; Pat Mastelotto, drummer (King Crimson), 67; Johnnie Fingers (Moylett), pianist (The Boomtown Rats), 66; Carol Decker, singer (T’Pau), 65; Siobhan Fahey, singer (Bananarama/Shakespeare’s Sister), 65; Chris Columbus, director/screenwriter, 64; Colin Firth, actor, 62; Marian Keyes, author, 59; Guy Ritchie, director/screenwriter, 54; Big Daddy Kane (Antonio Hardy), rapper, 54; Ryan (Matthew) Phillippe, actor, 48; Alex Horne, comedian/writer, 44; Mikey Way, bassist (My Chemical Romance) 42; Matthew Followill, guitarist (Kings Of Leon) 38; Laurent Koscielny, footballer, 37; Matt Ritchie, footballer, 33; Jack Grealish, footballer, 27.