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1066: The English army under Harold II defeat invading Norwegians led by King Harald Hardrada and Harold’s brother Tostig, who are both killed at the Battle of Stamford Bridge.
1340: England and France sign a disarmament treaty.
1513: Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa crosses the Panama Isthmus becoming first European to see the Pacific Ocean.
1789: US Congress proposes the Bill of Rights.
1804: The Twelfth Amendment to the US Constitution, establishing the procedure for electing the President and Vice President, becomes effective.
1820: French Physicist François Arago announces electromagnetism in his discovery that a copper wire between the poles of a voltaic cell could laterally attract iron filings to itself.
1829: Failed assassination attempt on Simon Bolívar.
1846: US troops under General Zachary Taylor occupy Monterey, Mexico, during Mexican-American War.
1868: The Imperial Russian steam frigate Alexander Nevski is shipwrecked off Jutland while carrying Grand Duke Alexei of Russia.
1878: British physician Dr. Charles Drysdale warns against the use of tobacco in a letter to The Times newspaper in one of the earliest public health announcements on the dangers of smoking.
1906: Composer Dmitri Shostakovich is born in St Petersburg, Russia.
1907: Premiere of Jean Sibelius’ 3rd Symphony.
1919: US President Woodrow Wilson collapses in Colorado.
1924: Malcolm Campbell sets world auto speed record at 146.16mph.
1929: Birth of comedian Ronnie Barker in Bedford.
1950: UN forces take control of the South Korean capital Seoul.
1954: Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier wins the Haitian presidential election.
1957: On the direct orders of President Eisenhower, more than 1,000 paratroopers in full battle dress escort nine black children into Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1962: Sonny Liston KO’s Floyd Patterson in 2:06 of round 1 at Comiskey Park, Chicago, to win the world heavyweight boxing title.
1969: John Lennon records the track Cold Turkey with Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman and Yoko Ono. He presented it to Paul McCartney as a potential Beatles single, but was turned down so he released it as a Plastic Ono Band single with a sole writing credit.
1972: Norway votes to join the common market.
1974: Scientists first report that freon gases from aerosol sprays are destroying the ozone layer.
1975: Jackie Wilson has a heart attack while performing on stage at the Latin Casino, New Jersey, hitting his head heavily as he falls to the stage. He remained semi comatose for nine years until his death.
1976: David Evans, his brother Dik and friend Adam Clayton respond to an advertisement on a bulletin board at Mount Temple posted by fellow student Larry Mullen Jr. to form a rock band, which would eventually become U2.
1980: Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham dies aged 32 after a heavy drinking session at Jimmy Page’s house.
1982: Keke Rosberg becomes the first Fin to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship when he finishes fifth in the season-ending Caesar’s Palace Grand Prix in Las Vegas.
On TV today (Saturday)
|10.45||Saturday Morning Pictures|
|12.15 – 17.00||World of Sport|
|17.45||The Pyramid Game|
|18.10||Game for a Laugh |
Prank Sshow introduced by Jeremy Beadle, Matthew Kelly, Henry Kelly and Sarah Kennedy.
|19.00||Buck Rogers – the Movie |
Starring Gil Gerard as an astronaut who journeys to the future.
|20.45||The Bob Hope Classic Cabaret|
|22.05||ITN News and Sport|
|22.20||The Big Match |
Highlights of today’s game between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage.
|11.00||Film: Return of the Bad Men (1948) |
Western starring Randolph Scott
|17.10||Donald Duck’s Frantic Antics|
|17.45||Kung Fu |
Starring David Carradine
|18.35||The Late-Late Breakfast Show |
Introduced by Noel Edmonds
|19.15||Blankety Blank |
Terry Wogan with guest panelists Judith Chalmers, Leslie Crowther, Sandra Dickinson, Ken Dodd, Liza Goddard and Jonathan King.
|19.50||Juliet Bravo |
Police drama series
|20.35||Summertime Special |
Holiday show from Eastbourne starring Shirley Bassey with Bernie Clifton and Norman Collier.
|21.25||News and Sport|
|21.40||The Saturday Film: Klute (1971) |
Thriller starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland
Detective series starring William Conrad
|15.10||Film: Taras Bulba (1962) |
Epic story of the 16th-century Cossack chieftain starring Yul Brynner and Tony Curtis.
|18.35||The Old Grey Whistle Test |
David Hepworth and Mark Ellen with Kissing The Pink and Fashion in the studio.
|19.15||News and Sport|
Opera from the Theatre Royal, Glasgow.
|22.00||Championship Darts |
The Unipart British Professional Championship from Middlesbrough.
|23.05||News on 2|
|23.10||Grand Prix |
Highlights of the Formula 1 season’s final race, the Caesar’s Palace Grand Prix from Las Vegas.
|23.45||Film: The Wrong Man (1956) |
Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Henry Fonda and Vera Miles.
1983: Thirty-eight prisoners escape from The Maze prison in Northern Ireland.
1988: American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner wins the women’s 100m at the Seoul Olympics.
- He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother – The Hollies
- Groovy Kind Of Love – Phil Collins
- Desire – U2
- Teardrops – Womack and Womack
- Lovely Day – Bill Withers
- Nothing Can Divide Us – Jason Donovan
- Domino Dancing – Pet Shop Boys
- One Moment In Time – Whitney Houston
- Big Fun – Inner City
- She Wants To Dance With Me – Rick Astley
- New Jersey – Bon Jovi
- Staring At The Sun – Level 42
- Rap Trax – Various Artists
- Conscience – Womack and Womack
- Hot City Nights – Various Artists
- Buster – Original Soundtrack
- Kylie – Kylie Minogue
- Sunshine On Leith – The Proclaimers
- Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman
- Bad – Michael Jackson
1990: Drummer Dave Grohl auditions for Nirvana and is instantly given the job.
1992: Two fans are stabbed and 20 arrests made after trouble breaks out at an Ozzy Osbourne gig in Oklahoma City. On the same day, the US Mars Observer is launched from the Space shuttle.
1994: Oliver McCall TKO’s Lennox Lewis in Round 2 for the heavyweight boxing title.
1995: Courtney Love receives a one-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, is fined $1000 and ordered to attend an anger management course after being found guilty of assaulting Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Hanna.
1996: Taliban fighters in Afghanistan reach the eastern suburbs of Kabul.
1997: Britain’s Andy Green sets the speed record for a jet-powered car (714mph).
1999: Stephen Canaday of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils is killed when the vintage WW II plane he is flying in, rolls and crashed into a tree.
2003: On the final day of the Hutton Inquiry into the death of weapons expert Dr David Kelly, the court hears closing statements bitterly criticising the Ministry of Defence and the BBC.
2005: Renault driver Fernando Alonso clinches his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with a third place in the Brazilian Grand Prix.
2008: China launches the spacecraft Shenzhou 7.
2011: The New York Post reported that music legend Sly Stone was living in a van, parked in the notoriously rough Los Angeles neighbourhood of Crenshaw.
2012: Singer Andy Williams dies aged 84.
2015: Caitlyn Jenner officially changes her name from Bruce.
2016: Golfing legend Arnold Palmer dies aged 87.
2017: Uber’s licence to operate is not renewed by Transport for London.
2018: Comedian Bill Cosby is sentenced to 3-10 years in jail for sexual assault.
BIRTHDAYS: Michael Douglas, actor/producer, 77; Onnie (Owen) Mcintyre, guitarist (Average White Band) 76; Felicity Kendal, actress, 75; John Fiddler, musician (Medicine Head) 74; Pedro Almodovar, director/writer, 72; Mark Hamill, actor, 70; Steve Severin (Bailey), bassist (Siouxsie and the Banshees) 66; Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, German footballer, 66; Michael Madsen, actor, 63; Will Smith, actor, 63; Ronnie Whelan, footballer/manager, 60; Heather Locklear, actress, 60; Maria Doyle Kennedy, actress, 57. Jason Flemyng, actor, 55; Catherine Zeta Jones, actress, 52; Hansie Cronje, South African cricketer, 52; Declan Donnelly, TV personality, 46; Georgie Thompson, TV presenter, 44; Jodie Kidd, model/racing driver, 43; Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) rapper/DJ/actor, 38; Glen Murray, footballer, 38; Jamie O’Hara, footballer/manager, 35; James Blake, singer-songwriter, 33; Jordan Gavaris, actor, 32.