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Today in History
1549 The Church of England adopted the Book of Common Prayer, compiled by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer.
1623 British Forces made a treaty with the 'Potomac River tribes' proposing a toast to perpetual friendship. The Indian chief and 200 men then dropped dead from poisoned wine.
1667 The Raid on the Medway, sometimes called the Battle of Chatham began. It lasted for five days and resulted in a decisive victory for the Dutch over the English in the Second Anglo-Dutch War. The Dutch bombarded and then captured the town of Sheerness and sailed up the River Medway to Chatham, where they burned ten naval vessels and towed away the HMS Unity and the HMS Royal Charles, the pride of the English fleet. It was the worst defeat in the Royal Navy's history.
1781 The birth of George Stephenson, locomotive engineer who designed the 'Rocket'. Stephenson was renowned as being the 'Father of Railways'. His rail gauge of 4 feet 8 1⁄2 inches (1,435 mm), sometimes called 'Stephenson gauge, is the world's standard gauge.
1836 Birth of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, English physician who was refused admission to medical schools, so studied privately and was licensed to practice in 1865. She created a medical school for women which became the New Hospital for Women.
1870 Charles Dickens, English novelist died at his home - Gad's Hill Place, Kent. Dickens rocketed to fame with his 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. His other notable works are Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Hard Times, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations.
1873 Alexandra Palace in London burned down, after being open for only 16 days. It was built as a public centre of recreation, education and entertainment and as North London's counterpart to the Crystal Palace in South London. With typical Victorian vigour, the palace was quickly rebuilt and it reopened on 1st May 1875.
1898 An agreement was signed under which Hong Kong was leased to Britain, by China, for a period of 99 years.
1899 Boxer Bob Fitzsimmons, the first British world heavyweight champion, lost his title to American James Jeffries at Coney Island, New York.
1904 Musicians who left the Henry Wood Orchestra after a disagreement, formed the London Symphony Orchestra.
1933 Baird demonstrated high definition television at his Long Acre studio in London, showing the difference between the previous 30-line picture and the new 120-line tubes.
1958 The Queen opened an extended airport at Gatwick, south of London, modernised at a cost of £7m.
1960 It was announced that one of Britain's oldest quality cars, the Armstrong Siddeley, was to go out of production.
1975 The first live transmission from the House of Commons was broadcast by BBC Radio and commercial stations.
1983 Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party won a landslide second term election victory.
Todays UK TV and Radio
On: BBC 3
Date: Saturday 9th June 2012
Time: 19:00 to 19:50
Cold Blood. Series 31, episode 9.
Mankind and the Silurians teeter on the brink of all-out war. Can the Doctor ensure the two species' survival?
(Repeat, Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, Audio Described, 5 Star)
Starring: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Neve McIntosh, Meera Syal, Robert Pugh
Date: Sunday 10th June 2012
Time: 09:00 to 10:00
Evolution of the Daleks. Series 29, episode 5.
As a Dalek Empire rises in 1930s New York, the Doctor must enter an unholy alliance.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 5 Star)
Starring: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman