Thursday, 3 May 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse' Thursday, May 03, 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse'

Behind the scenes
1969 - DW: The War Games, Episode 3 was first broadcast.

1975 - DW: Revenge of the Cybermen, Part 3 was first broadcast.

1988 - David Garth (Grey in DW: The Highlanders and the Time Lord messenger in Terror of the Autons) died.

1989 - William Squire died.

2004 - Anthony Ainley died at Harrow in London.

2008 - DW: The Poison Sky was first broadcast.

Today in History


1497 A rising broke out in Cornwall, provoked by taxation. James Tutchet led an army of 15,000 from Taunton through the southern counties to attack London.

1788 The first daily evening newspaper, the Star and Evening Advertiser, was published in London.

1830 The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway (Kent) was opened. Sometimes referred to colloquially as the Crab and Winkle Line, it was the first steam hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets. It used cable haulage by stationary steam engines over much of its length, with steam locomotives restricted to the level stretch.

1841 New Zealand was declared a British colony.

1844 Richard D'Oyly Carte, producer of Gilbert and Sullivan operas, was born.

1926 Britain's first General Strike, in support of the miners started 'On This Day'. It ended on 12th May.

1934 Science fiction writer H.G.Wells predicted there would be a world war before 1940.

1934 The birth of boxer Henry Cooper, boxer. He was known for the effectiveness of his left hook, "Enry's 'Ammer", and his knockdown of the young Muhammad Ali. Cooper, who died on 1st May 2011, held the British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight titles several times throughout his career and is the only boxer to have been awarded a knighthood.

1951 King George VI opened the Festival of Britain. It was built on an old bomb site near Waterloo Station in London.

1952 Newcastle United became the first team since 1891 to win two FA Cups in succession by beating Arsenal 1-0.

1956 Granada TV broadcast for the first time at 7.30 p.m. With the ending of the BBC's monopoly on broadcasting, viewers saw their first television advertising and four days later Granada did the first sports outside broadcast.

1968 The first heart transplant in Britain was carried out at the National Heart Hospital in Marylebone, London. It was undertaken on an unnamed 45-year-old man.

1999 The body of missing English climber George Mallory was found near the summit of Mount Everest. He had gone missing more than 60 years earlier.

2000 The London Stock Exchange and Germany's Deutsche Boerse merged, creating the world's second largest stock market.

2000 Two Libyan men pleaded not guilty to charges that they were involved in the Lockerbie bombing of PanAm flight 103 in 1988.

2007 Three year old Madeleine McCann went missing from her family's holiday apartment at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz.. To date, she has not been found.

2008 Boris Johnson won the race to become Mayor of London - ending Ken Livingstone's eight year reign at City Hall.

Todays UK TV and Radio

Doctor Who and the Giant Robot
On: BBC Radio 4
Date: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Time: 18:30 to 19:00
Harry infiltrates the Think Tank whilst the Doctor meets with the Giant Robot's creator and mentor. Read by Tom Baker. episode 4 of 8.

Doctor Who and the Giant Robot
On: BBC Radio 4 Extra
Date: Friday 4th May 2012
Time: 00:30 to 01:00
Harry infiltrates the Think Tank whilst the Doctor meets with the Giant Robot's creator and mentor. Read by Tom Baker. episode 4 of 8.

Torchwood
On: Watch
Date: Friday 4th May 2012
Time: 00:30 to 01:30
Cyberwoman. Series 1, episode 4.
Beneath the Torchwood Building, Ianto Jones hides a terrible secret - a half-converted Cyberwoman.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, 2006, 3 Star)
Director: James Strong
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori, Gareth David-Lloyd

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