Monday, 4 June 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse' Monday, June 04, 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse'


1926 - The cargo ship SS Bernice vanished on the Indian Ocean. (DW: Carnival of Monsters)

Behind the scenes

1927 - Geoffrey Palmer (Masters in Doctor Who and the Silurians, the Administrator in The Mutants and Hardaker in Voyage of the Damned) was born.

1933 - Bill Wiesener (a White Robot in DW: The Mind Robber) was born.

1933 - Ric Felgate, who appeared in several Doctor Who serials, was born.

1939 - John Joyce, who played Garvin in The Dæmons, was born.

1951 - David Yip was born.

1964 - Ralph Salmins (a member of The Lorells in DW: Delta and the Bannermen) was born.

1966 - DW: The Savages Episode 2 was first broadcast.

1969 - Julie Gardner (executive producer of Doctor Who from Series 1 through Series 4) was born.

1980 - Philip Olivier was born.

2005 - DW: Boom Town was first broadcast.

2011 - Donald Hewlett (George Hardiman in DW: The Claws of Axos) died.

Today in History

1704 The birth of Benjamin Huntsman who experimented in steel manufacture at Handsworth, near Sheffield. The local cutlery manufacturers initially refused to buy his steel as it was harder than the German steel they were accustomed to using. Huntsman did not patent his process, and his secret was discovered by a Sheffield iron-founder called Walker who, according to a popular story, got into Huntsman's works in the disguise of a starving beggar asking to sleep by a fire for the night. One of the original main buildings at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital is named after Huntsman, and in Sheffield city centre is a Wetherspoons pub called The Benjamin Huntsman.

1738 The birth of George III, King of England from 1760. There was continual friction between him and his Prime Minister, Pitt, who was highly popular with the people. During his reign he mishandled the conflict with the American colony, which led to the War of Independence. He went insane in 1811 and the Prince of Wales was appointed Regent.

1805 The first official Trooping The Colour took place at Horse Guards Parade in London.

1879 The birth of Lucie Attwell, English children's author and illustrator. She was known for her cute, nostalgic drawings of children, based on her daughter, Peggy. In 1921, J.M. Barrie personally requested her to illustrate the gift-book edition of Peter Pan. The Lucie Attwell Annual was published for more than 50 years, from 1922 to 1974.

1910 Christopher Cockerell, the English engineer who invented the hovercraft, was born.

1913 Suffragette Emily Davison ran out in front of King George V's horse, Anmer, at Tattenham Corner on the Epsom racecourse. She was trampled, never regained consciousness and died a few days later.

1940 World War II: The Dunkirk evacuation ended. British forces completed the evacuation of 300,000 troops from Dunkirk in France. To rally the morale of the country, Winston Churchill delivered his famous 'We shall fight on the beaches ... we shall never surrender' speech to the House of Commons.

1962 The Beatles signed a recording contract with EMI Parlophone.

1967 British Midland flight G-ALHG crashed in Hopes Carr, Stockport, killing 72 passengers and crew.

1977 Five British plane-spotters imprisoned in Greece for alleged spying were released after 10 weeks in jail.

1977 Scottish football fans caused at least £15,000 damage by breaking the goals and digging up the pitch at Wembley after Scotland beat England 2-1.

1991 Defence Secretary Tom King confirmed Britain would reduce the amount it spent on the army.

1998 The five major nuclear powers (the United States, Russia, China, France and Great Britain) renewed their appeal for India and Pakistan to stop development of nuclear arms and offered to help the two antagonists resolve their conflict over the Kashmir region.

1999 A man who had all his fingers severed in a horrific accident at work became the first person to have all his fingers re-attached. Two teams of doctors along with nurses and theatre technicians performed the delicate micro-surgical procedure in a marathon 18-hour operation at Withington Hospital, Manchester.

Todays UK TV and Radio

The Architect of History
On: BBC Radio 4 Extra
Date: Monday 4th June 2012
Time: 18:30 to 19:00 and 12:30 to 01:00
As the Selachians' grip tightens on Moon base, the Time Lord reveals his true purpose. Stars Sylvester McCoy and Tracey Childs. episode 4 of 4.

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