It happened today – this day in history – September 19

1356: English forces under Edward The Black Prince defeat the French at the Battle 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 propaganda broadcaster Lord Haw Haw) is sentenced to death in London.

1952: While sailing to England with his family for the premier of his film Limelight, the US prevents film legend Charlie Chaplin from returning until he is investigated for his political affiliations by Immigration Services. After living in the States for 40 years he comments: “I would not go back there even if Jesus Christ was the president.”

1955: Argentine president Juan Peron resigns and flees.

1957: 16 year-old Cliff Richard, still known by his real name, Harry Webb, joins the Dick Teague Skiffle Group.

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

1961: American couple Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that they were abducted by aliens.

1970: The first Glastonbury Festival, known as the Pilton Blues, Rock & Folk Festival, takes place at Worthy Farm featuring Tyrannosaurus Rex, Quintessence, Stackridge and Al Stewart

1972: A diplomat is killed when a letter bomb explodes at the Israeli embassy in London.

1973: Gram Parsons (Cecil Ingram Connor III), formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, who is credited with creating country rock, dies in Joshua Tree, California from a morphine overdose. Road manager Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin, a former roadie for The Byrds, steal the coffin, drive out to the desert and attempt to cremate the body according to Parsons’ wishes to have his ashes scattered at Cap Rock.

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.


1981: Simon and Garfunkel reunite for a concert in New York’s Central Park in front of 400,000 fans.

1983:St Kitts & Nevis declares independence from Britain.

1985: A massive earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter Scale hits Mexico, killing thousands.

1986: Two passenger trains crash at Colwich Junction near Rugeley, Staffs, killing two people and injuring almost a hundred more.

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: A Swansea-Paddington Intercity 125 ploughs into a freight train ear Southall, west London, killing six people and injuring more than 150. The driver is arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

1999: Bobby Robson’s home debut as manager of Newcastle United is marked with an 8-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday with Alan Shearer scoring five. On the same day, songwriter, and record producer, Ed Cobb dies. He was a member of the Four Preps and wrote the northern soul hit Tainted Love.

2003: Hurricane Isabel hits the east coast of the United States and sweeps through Washington D.C.

2004: Europe retains the Ryder Cup.

Singles chart:

  1. Call On Me – Eric Prydz
  2. Love Machine – Girls Aloud
  3. American Idiot – Green Day
  4. My Place – Nelly
  5. Leave (Get Out) – Jojo
  6. Real To Me – Bryan McFadden
  7. Baby Cakes – 3 Of A Kind
  8. Sunshine – Twista
  9. You Had Me – Joss Stone
  10. That Girl – McFly
2004: Embrace – Out Of Nothing

Album chart:

  1. Out Of Nothing – Embrace
  2. Studio 150 – Paul Weller
  3. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
  4. Songs About Jane – Maroon 5
  5. Greatest Hits – Goldie Lookin’ Chain
  6. Hopes And Fears – Keane
  7. Solarized – Ian Brown
  8. Suit – Nelly
  9. Let’s Bottle Bohemia – The Thrills
  10. Up All Night – Razorlight

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 near Hampstead Heath 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.

2020: Drummer Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heep), dies aged 73 from prostate cancer.

BIRTHDAYS: David McCallum, actor, 88; Anna Karen (Ana Krege), actress, 85; Paul Williams, songwriter, 81; Freda Payne, singer, 79; Kate Adie, journalist, 76; John Coghlan drummer (Status Quo), 75; Lol Creme, musician/songwriter/video director (10cc/Godley & Greme), 74; Ray Cooper, percussionist, 74; Jeremy Irons, actor, 73; Twiggy (Lesley Hornsby), model, 72; (Charlotte) Sally Potter, director/screenwriter, 72; Daniel Lanois, record producer/musician, 70; Nile Rodgers, songwriter/record producer/guitarist, 69; Lita Ford, guitarist (The Runaways) 63; Jarvis Cocker, singer-songwriter, 58; David Seaman, goalkeeper, 58; Patrick Marber, actor/[;aywright/director, 57; Trisha Yearwood, country singer, 57; Goldie (Clifford Price), actor/DJ, 56; Nick Pope, former head of government UFO investigations, 56; Candy Dulfer, saxophonist, 52; Victoria Silvstedt, model, 47; Jimmy Fallon, comedian, chatshow host, 47; Scott Bradlee, musician (Postmodern Jukebox) 40; Skepta (Joseph Junior Adenuga, rapper, 39; Lauren Goodger, reality TV personality, 35; Danielle Panabaker, actress/director, 34; Kieran Trippier, footballer, 31; Connor Swindells, actor, 25.