Today in the 'Whoniverse'
Behind the scenes
1929 - Damaris Hayman (Olive Hawthorne in DW: The Dæmons) was born.
1932 - Stephen Hubay (Petrov in DW: The War Games) was born.
1939 - Kenneth McMillan, a film cameraman for DW: Planet of Evil, was born.
1973 - DW: The Green Death Episode 5 was first broadcast.
1975 - Fred Koehler (Ralph Coltrane in TW: The Categories of Life and TW: The Middle Men) was born.
1994 - Eileen Way (Old Mother in DW: An Unearthly Child) died.
2007 - DW: Utopia was first broadcast.
Today in History
1722 English general, John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, died.
1779 Spain declared war on Britain, and the Great Siege of Gibraltar began. In February 1783 the siege was lifted and the French and Spanish troops retired, disheartened and defeated, after three years and seven months' conflict. The final peace treaty left Gibraltar with the British, but the victorious British garrison sustained a loss of 1,231 men, and expended 8,000 barrels of gunpowder.
1824 The RSPCA Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded.
1880 The distinctive Salvation Army ladies' bonnets were worn for the first time when they marched in procession in London.
1883 The Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland killed 183 children. At the end of the show an announcement was made that children with certain numbered tickets would be presented with a prize upon exit. Worried about missing out on the treats, many of the estimated 1,100 children in the gallery stampeded toward the staircase leading downstairs. Those at the front became trapped, and were crushed by the weight of the crowd behind them.
1890 Stan Laurel, (Arthur Jefferson) English born comedy actor of Laurel and Hardy fame, was born.
1912 Enoch Powell, British politician was born.
1915 The foundation of the Women's Institute, regularly referred to as simply the WI. Its two aims were to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. It is now the largest women’s voluntary organisation in the UK.
1929 The death of the English religious leader General Bramwell Booth, founder of the Salvation Army.
1930 Mixed bathing was permitted for the first time in Hyde Park, London.
1958 Yellow ‘No Waiting’ lines were introduced to British streets.
1971 Death of the broadcaster and former Director General of the BBC, John Reith.
1982 South Wales Coalfield came to a standstill as miners went on strike in support of health workers who were demanding a 12% pay rise.
1982 England international Bryan Robson scored a goal against France in Bilbao after just 27 seconds of the game. It was the quickest World Cup goal in history.
1992 An explosive new book about the Princess of Wales, including claims that she attempted suicide, was published by author Andrew Morton.
1998 Judges in America upheld the decision to convict British au pair Louise Woodward of manslaughter and the passing of a reduced sentence for the killing of Matthew Eappen - the young boy left in her care in Massachusetts.
Todays UK TV and Radio
On: BBC Radio 4 Extra
Date: Saturday 16th June 2012
Time: 18:00 to 18:30 and 00:00 to 00:30
The Devil of Denge Marsh.
Lionheart faces a watery demise, as Dunning unleashes a being from the dawn of time. Stars Nicholas Courtney and Terry Molloy. episode 3 of 3.
Date: Sunday 17th June 2012
Time: 02:00 to 03:00
Something Borrowed. Series 2, episode 9.
An alien shapeshifter leaves Gwen carrying more than she bargained for.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, 2008, 4 Star)
Director: Ashley Way
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen
Date: Sunday 17th June 2012
Time: 09:00 to 10:00
The Lazarus Experiment. Series 29, episode 6.
Martha returns home, but has to save her family from the schemes of the monstrous Professor Lazarus.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 5 Star)
Starring: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman