Today in the 'Whoniverse'
1613 - Francis Pearson set fire to the Globe Theatre on opening night for William Shakespeare's last play, Henry VIII. Pearson was later attacked and consumed by the Mimic, becoming the being later known as Persona. (MA: Managra)
1934 - Hitler ordered a blood purge of the SA Brown Shirts. As many as two thousand were executed in one day. (NA: Timewyrm: Exodus)
2006 - Mickey Smith initiated the launch of a cruise missile at 10 Downing Street using a password given by the Ninth Doctor, under orders of Harriet Jones. (DW: World War Three)
Today in History
1613 The original Globe Theatre in London burned down after a cannon was fired during a performance of a Shakespearean play and set fire to the straw roof. The theatre was totally destroyed, but rose again in June 1614, this time with a tiled roof. That theatre closed in 1642 and a modern reconstruction of the Globe opened in 1997, approximately 250 yards (230 m) from the site of the original theatre.
1620 After denouncing smoking as a health hazard, King James I of England banned the growing of tobacco in Britain.
1644 Charles I of England defeated a Parliamentarian detachment at the Battle of Cropredy Bridge (near Banbury, Oxfordshire). It was the last battle won by an English King on English soil.
1801 Britain held its first population census - producing a population figure of 8,800,000.
1829 The first policeman to be murdered in Britain was Constable William Grantham in Somers Town. He went to the aid of a woman involved in a fight between drunken men and when he fell, all three proceeded to kick him to death.
1855 Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper was first published, a result of the publisher's anger over the Crimean War and a desire to express it.
1871 The Trade Union Act was passed, giving trade unions legal status for the first time.
1905 The Automobile Association was set up by motorists angered by police harassment and to warn drivers of speed traps.
1916 The British diplomat Sir Roger Casement, an Irish patriot, poet, revolutionary, and nationalist, was sentenced to death for his part in the Easter Rising, an attempt to end British rule in Ireland.
1927 For the first time in 200 years, a total eclipse of the sun was seen in Britain. Those at Giggleswick in Yorkshire were able to see a perfect, full eclipse which lasted for less than 1/2 minute
1966 Barclays Bank introduced the Barclaycard - the UK's first credit card.
1986 Millionaire Richard Branson smashed the world record for the fastest powerboat crossing of the Atlantic.
1993 The birth of George Sampson, street dancer and actor from Warrington. He won the second series of Britain's Got Talent in 2008 at the age of 14.
1995 Lisa Clayton, from Birmingham, became the first British woman to sail solo around the world from the northern hemisphere. Her voyage, in a 39 ft sloop, Spirit of Birmingham, took 285 days.
2001 The government announced that a memorial fountain in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales, was to be built in London's Hyde Park.
2010 The England football team returned home after being knocked out of the second round of the World Cup by Germany. The 4-1 defeat was England's worst in the tournament's history.
Todays UK TV and Radio
On: BBC Radio 4 Extra
Date: Friday 29th June 2012
Time: 18:00 to 18:30 and 00:00 to 00:30
The Time Lord is forced down into Gestapo-run Paris, where he meets 'The Most Assassinated Man in the World'. Stars Paul McGann. episode 1 of 2.
Torchwood: Children of Earth
Date: Saturday 30th June 2012
Time: 00:55 to 02:10
Day Four. Episode 4.
Torchwood learns the truth about the events of 1965, but Britain is in danger of becoming a rogue state.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, 4 Star)
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen, Peter Capaldi, Paul Copley