It happened today – this day in history – September 24

1493: Christopher Columbus embarks on his second expedition to the New World.

1529: Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his Ottoman troops arrive in Vienna.

1541: Death of Swiss physician and alchemist Paracelsus aged 47.

1625: The Dutch attack San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1657: The first autopsy and coroner’s jury verdict is recorded in Maryland.

1683: Louis XIV expels all Jews from French possessions in America.

1688: France declares war on Germany.

1776: The oldest of the classic horse races, the St Leger, is first run at Doncaster.

1848: Branwell Bronte, brother of the Bronte sisters, dies aged 31. He was the inspiration for the violent drunk, Hindley Earnshaw, in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

1852: The first hydrogen-filled airship, powered by a 3hp steam engine built by Henri Giffard, made its maiden flight at Versailles.

1853: The Northern Daily Times becomes the first provincial newspaper in England.

1877: The Battle of Shiroyama, a decisive victory for the Imperial Japanese Army over the Satsuma Rebellion.

1885: Five German warships depart for Zanzibar.

1906: Prince George of Greece resigns as High Commissioner of Crete.

1930: Private Lives by Noel Coward premieres at the New Phoenix Theatre, London.

1940: The Luftwaffe bombs the Spitfire factory in Southampton.

1943: Soviet forces reconquer Smolensk from the Nazis.

1948: Mildred Gillars (Axis Sally), an American broadcaster employed by the Third Reich to proliferate propaganda during the Second World War, pleads not guilty to eight charges of treason in Washington, D.C. On the same day, the Honda Motor Company is founded in Japan.

1950: Operation Magic Carpet concludes after transporting 45,000 Jews from Yemen to Israel.

1952: Fast food restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken opens its first franchise in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1953: Rocky Marciano TKOs home town favourite Roland LaStarza in Round 11 at New York City’s Polo Grounds to retain his world heavyweight boxing title.

1955: US President Dwight D Eisenhower suffers a heart attack while on vacation in Denver.

1957: Camp Nou, the largest football stadium in Europe, opens in Barcelona, Spain.

1960: The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier is launched.

1966: Jimi Hendrix arrives in London with manager Chas Chandler on a flight from New York City with only the clothes on his back.

1967: The Beatles film the ‘Your Mother Should Know’ finale for their Magical Mystery Tour, at West Malling Air Station, Maidstone, with 160 members of the Peggy Spencer ballroom dancing team.

1969: Ton Duc Thang is elected president of North Vietnam.


1971: 90 Russian diplomats are expelled from Britain for spying.

1973: Guinea-Bissau declares independence from Portugal.

1975: Dougal Haston and Doug Scott become the first Britons to reach the summit of Mt Everest.

1976: The Rhodesian Government agrees to introduce black majority rule to the country within two years. On the same day, Broadway’s longest-running musical revue Oh! Calcutta! opens. Also, kidnap victim newspaper heiress Patti Hearst is sentenced to seven years for her part in a 1974 bank robbery.

1977: On TV (Saturday)


08.35A House for the Future

09.00Our Show

11.30Space 1999

12.30World of Sport
Featuring On the Ball, The ITV Seven, International Sports Special, Wrestling and Results Service


17.15Mr and Mrs

17.45The Masterspy

18.35New Faces
Talent show introduced by Derek Hobson

19.35Man From Atlantis
Pilot TV film of the classic series starring Patrick Duffy as man from beneath the sea.

21.15Police Woman
Starring Angie Dickinson


22.30The Saturday Special
The Edinburgh Festival

23.30The Prisoner
Fantasy spy series starring Patrick Magoohan



09.10The Great Grape Ape Show

09.35Why Don’t You….?

10.00Play Sport
David Vine with a series about ten popular sports rarely seen on TV.

10.25Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars
Classic sci-fi serial starring Buster Crabbe

10.45Film: The Big Job (1965)
British comedy starring Sid James, Sylvia Syms Dick Emery, Joan Sims
Lance Percival, Jim Dale

12.10Keystone Hotel


Introduced by Frank Bough including Football Focus with Bob Wilson,
International Boxing, Modern Pentathlon, Racing from Ascot, The America’s Cup, Hang Gliding, Rugby League: Bradford Northern v Hull KR and Final Score

17.10Bugs Bunny

17.15The Pink Panther Show

17.35News and Weather

17.45Sport/Regional News

17.50Star Turn

18.15Doctor Who
starring Tom Baker in Horror of Fang Rock.The Rutan finally reveals himself in his alien form – and the Doctor and Leela are forced into a desperate battle for survival.

18.40Bruce Forsyth and The Generation Game
starring Bruce Forsyth with Anthea Redfern

19.35The Duchess of Duke Street Drama series

20.30The Dick Emery Show

21.05Starsky and Hutch
Detective series starring Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul.

21.55News and Weather

22.05Match of the Day
Highlights from West Bromwhich Albion v Birmingham City and Brighton v Sheffield Utd

Michael Parkinson with his guests jazz clarinetist Woody Herman and Spike Milligan


07.40Open University


15.30Saturday Cinema: The Big Mouth (1967)
Comedy starring and directed by Jerry Lewis


18.05Open Door

18.35Macon Whoopee
Each August in Macon, Georgia, .Phil Walden, President of Capricorn Records, throws a big open-air party attended by friends and record business people from all over America. Last summer Bob Harris went to Georgia to take a look at this event and at some of the bands emerging from the Southern States.

19.35News and Sport, Weather

19.50The Gun

20.05The Lively Arts – In Performance
Prince Igor by Borodin

22.05Film International: Hotel Pacific
Polish film

23.45News on 2, Weather

from BBC North East. Lindisfarne

1978: The Netherlands wins the World Ladies Hockey Championship.

1980: Iraqi planes bomb Iran’s Kharg Island crude oil export terminal as hostilities increase.

1982: US, Italian and French peacekeeping troops begin arriving in Lebanon.

1988: Ben Johnson of Canada wins the 100m at the Seoul Olympics. But all is not as it seems…

1990: East Germany leaves the Warsaw Pact. On the same day, Iraq invades the French and Dutch missions in Kuwait.

1991: Death of children’s author Dr Seuss (Theodor Geisel) aged 87. On the same day, Ian Wright signs for Arsenal from Crystal Palace for a club record £2.5million.

1992: David Mellor resigns as heritage minister following the disclosure in July of his affair with actress Antonia de Sancha.

1993: Norodom Sihanouk is reinstalled as King of Cambodia.

1994: The National League for Democracy is formed by Aung San Suu Kyi and others fight against dictatorship in Myanmar.

1995: The Charlatans are arrested by 24-armed police after a flight to New York accused of trying to disrupt the plane’s flight path, being drunk, spitting and interfering with in-flight TV sets.

Singles chart:

  1. Fairground – Simply Red
  2. Boombastic – Shaggy
  3. You Are Not Alone – Michael Jackson
  4. Fantasy – Mariah Carey
  5. Who The F*** Is Alice? – Smokie ft Roy Chubby Brown
  6. Stayin’ Alive – N Trance ft Ricardo da Force
  7. I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts
  8. Runaway – Janet Jackson
  9. La La La Hey Hey – The Outhere Brothers
  10. Somewhere Somehow – Wet West Wet
1995: Blur – The Great Escape

Album chart:

  1. The Great Escape – Blur
  2. Greatest Hit 1985-1995 – Michael Bolton
  3. Stanley Road – Paul Weller
  4. On – Echobelly
  5. World – D-Ream
  6. Crazy Sexy Cool – TLC
  7. One Hot Minute – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  8. Paranoid & Sunburnt – Skunk Ananssie
  9. History: Past Present And Future Book 1 – Michael Jackon
  10. Pan Pipe Dream – Inspirations

1997: Barry Loukaitis is convicted of shooting and killing two pupils and a teacher at a school in Washington. His defence team claimed he had copied scenes from Pearl Jam’s video of their 1991 hit Jeremy.

2002: Singer-songwriter Tim Rose dies aged 62.

2006: Europe, captained by Ian Woosnam, wins the Ryder Cup in Ireland.

2015: A stampede of people during the Hajj kills 717 people during the symbolic stoning of the devil at Mina, near Mecca, Saudi Arabia. On the same day, Pope Francis becomes the first pope to address the US Congress.

2016: Death of accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco (Stantley Dural Jr) aged 68.

2017: NFL players kneel, lock arms or stay in their dressing room during the US anthem in protests against comments made by President Donald Trump.

2018: Real Madrid’s Luka Modric is named world’s best male player at the FIFA Awards in London.

2019: The UK Supreme Court rules the suspension of Parliament for five weeks by the Conservative government was unlawful. On the same day, US Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announces a formal impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump. Also, protests are staged outside the Indonesian parliament over proposed new laws banning sex before marriage, abortion and insulting the president.

2020: David Attenborough breaks Jennifer Aniston’s record as the fastest person to reach 1 million followers on Instagram.

BIRTHDAYS: Jerry Donahue, guitarist, 76; John O’Hare, footballer, 76; Phil Boersma, footballer, 73; Harriet Walter, actress, 72; Emilio Castillo, saxophonist/songwriter (Tower of Popwer), 72; Martin Sixsmith, author/TV presenter, 68; Helen Lederer, actress and writer, 68; Kevin Sorbo, actor, 64; Theo Paphitis, entrepreneur (Dragons’ Den), 63; Jack Dee, comedian and actor, 60; Ally McCoist, broadcaster and former footballer, 60; Mike Phelan, football coach, 60; Clown (Shawn Crahan) percussionist (Slipknot) 53; Peter Salisbury, drummer (The Verve) 51; Victoria Pendleton, former track cyclist, 42; Anna Calvi, singer-songwriter, 42; John Arne Riise, former footballer, 42; Frank Nouble, footballer, 31.