It happened today – this day in history – September 19

Mick Ferris

1356: English forces under Edward The Black Prince defeat the French at theBattle of Poitiers and capture the French King during the Hundred Years’ War.

1796: George Washington gives his farewell address as US president.

1876: The first carpet sweeper is patented by Melville Bissell of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

1879: Blackpool Illuminations are switched on for the first time.

1881: US president James Garfield dies aged 49 from wounds suffered when he was shot in July.

1893: New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all women the right to vote.

1896: Dr Acacio Gabriel Viegas detects the first case of the Bombay plague epidemic in Mandvi. It goes on to kill 12 million people in India.

1908: Gustav Mahler’s 7th Symphony premieres in Prague.

1931: Japanese troops conquer Mukden, South Manchuria.

1934: Bruno Haptmann is arrested for kidnapping the Lindbergh baby.

1940: Polish resistance fighter Witold Pilecki is voluntarily captured and sent to Auschwitz in order to smuggle out information and start a resistance.

1945: William Joyce (German progaganda broadcaster Lord Haw Haw) is sentenced to death in London.

1952: While back in Britain for the premiere of his film Limelight, the US prevents Charlie Chaplin from returning to Hollywood until he is investigated by the Immigration Services.

1955: Argentine president Juan Peron resigns and flees.

1959: Soviet first secretary Nikita Khrushchev is denied entry to Disneyland.

1961: American couple Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them.

1972: An Israeli diplomat was killed when a letter bomb exploded at the embassy in London.

1973: Gram Parsons (Cecil Ingram Connor III), formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died from a heroin overdose in Joshua Tree, California. His coffin was stolen by manager Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin, a former roadie for The Byrds, and taken to Cap Rock in the California desert, where it was set alight in accordance with Parson’s wishes.

1974: The KGB begin a large-scale operation to discredit Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and cut his communications with Soviet dissidents.

1975: Fawlty Towers premieres on BBC2.


09.30Rocket Robin Hood
09.50Nature of Things
10.40Story Hour
11.30White Stone
12.00A Handful of Songs
12.10Once Upon a Time
12.30Home-Made for the Home
13.00News at One
13.20Thames News
13.30For Maddie with Love
14.25Mid-week Racing
16.15The Danedyke Mystery
17.15Emmerdale Farm
17.45News at 5.45
18.00Thames News
18.30 – 19.00Thames Sport

19.00Bruce Forsyth’s Play Your Cards Right

19.30The Incredible Hulk
Starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferigno

20.30Holding the Fort

21.00The Gentle Touch
Police series starring Jill Gascoigne

22.00News at Ten

American comedy series

23.00Seven Ages


06.40Open University
12.45Midday News
13.00Pebble Mill at One
15.20Ddeng Mlynedd yn 61 – neu Fwy
15.53Regional News (exc London)
15.55Play School
16.20Laurel and Hardy
16.25Puzzle Trail
16.40Buford Files and Dinky Dog
17.40Evening News
19.00It’s a Knockout
The sixth international heat, in which eight teams compete for the Jeux sans Frontières Silver Trophy
20.20Terry and June
Terry Scott and June Whitfield sitcom
20.50Points of View
21.00Nine O’Clock News
21.25Starsky and Hutch
Police adventure series starring Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul
22.15Living Legends
22.45News Headlines; Weather
22.50The Late Film: Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
Starring Kirk Douglas and Walter Matthau

06.40Open University
11.00Play School
14.30Racing from Newbury
16.50Open University
18.55International Darts
19.25Mid-Evening News
19.35MacLeod’s America
19.55Gardeners’ World
20.20The Southampton International Boat Show 1980
21.50Ronnie Prophet Entertains
22.20International Darts

1982: Singles chart:

  1. Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
  2. The Bitterest Pill – The Jame
  3. Private Investigations – Dire Straits
  4. Walking On Sunshine – Rocker’s Revenge ft Donnie Calvin
  5. All Of My Heart – ABC
  6. There It Is – Shalamar
  7. Save A Prayer – Duran Duran
  8. The Message – Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
  9. Saddle Up – David Christie
  10. Friend Or Foe – Adam Ant
1982: Kate Bush – The Dreaming

Album chart:

  1. The Kids From Fame – Kids From Fame
  2. Chartbeat Chartheat – Various Artists
  3. The Dreaming – Kate Bush
  4. Upstairs At Eric’s – Yazoo
  5. The Lexicon Of Love – ABC
  6. New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84) – Simple Minds
  7. In The Heat Of The Night – Imagination
  8. Rio – Duran Duran
  9. Breakout – Various Artists
  10. Signals – Rush

1983:St Kitts & Nevis declares independence from Britain.

1985: Mexico City is hit by a devastating earthquake.

1986: Two passenger trains collide at Colwich Junction near Rugeley in Staffs, killing one of the drivers and injuring 75.

1988: British swimmer Adrian Moorehouse wins the 100m breaststroke gold medal at the Seoul Olympics.

1990: Goodfellas, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liota, is released.

1997: An Intercity 125 ploughs into a freight train near Southall station, west London, killing six and injuring more than 150. The driver of the Swansea-Paddington service was arrested by London Transport Police.

1999: Songwriter, and record producer, Ed Cobb died. He wrote the hit ‘Tainted Love’.

2004: Europe retains the Ryder Cup.

2006: The Thai military stages a coup in Bangkok. The constitution is revoked and martial law is declared.

2008: George Michael is arrested in a public toilet in the Hampstead Heath area for possession of Class A and C drugs.

2010: “The King’s Speech” directed by Tom Hooper and starring Colin Firth, wins the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

2015: Author Jackie Collins dies aged 77.

2016: Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt.

2017: Champion boxer Jake LaMotta, subject of the film Raging Bull, dies at 95.

2019: Tropical Depression Imelda hits southeast Texas and Louisiana prompting widespread evacuations.

BIRTHDAYS: David McCallum, actor, 87; Paul Williams, songwriter, 80; Freda Payne, singer, 75; John Coughlan, drummer (Status Quo) 74; Lol Creme, guitarist/singer/songwriter/video director (10cc) 73; Ray Cooper, percussionist, 73; Jeremy Irons, actor, 72; Twiggy (Lesley Hornsby), model, 71; Daniel Lanois, record producer, 69; Nile Rodgers, guitarist/songwriter/producer, 68; Lita Ford, guitarist (The Runaways) 62; David Seaman, goalkeeper, 57; Jarvis Cocker, singer-songwriter (Pulp) 57; Trisha Yearwood, country singer, 56; Candy Dulfer, saxophonist, 51; Victoria Silvstedt, model, 46; Jimmy Fallon, comedian, chatshow host, 46; Ryan Dusick drummer (Maroon 5) 43; Scott Bradlee, musician (Postmodern Jukebox) 39; Danielle Panabaker, actress/director, 33.


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