Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse' Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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Today in the 'Whoniverse'

Behind the scenes  

1947 - Christopher Farries (Sauvix in DW: Warriors of the Deep) was born.

1965 - "Journey Into Terror", Episode 4 of DW: The Chase, was first broadcast.

1971 - Episode 4 of DW: The Dæmons was first broadcast.

Today in History

1429 In the Hundred Years' War, Joan of Arc led the French army in their capture of the city of Jargeau (France) against the English commander, William de la Pole, the 1st Duke of Suffolk. The English suffered heavy losses.

1458 Magdalen College, Oxford, was founded.

1667 The Dutch fleet, under Admiral de Ruyter burned Sheerness, sailed up the River Medway, raided Chatham dockyard, and then escaped with the royal barge, the Royal Charles.

1673 The future King James I of England was forced to resign as Lord High Admiral because of his Catholic faith.

1683 The Rye House Plot, to assassinate English king Charles II and his brother James, Duke of York, was discovered.

1819 Charles Kingsley, English clergyman and author of The Water Babies, was born.

1889 Seventy eight people were killed and 260 injured, almost a third of them children, in the Armagh rail disaster in Northern Ireland. A crowded Sunday school excursion train had to negotiate a steep incline but the steam locomotive was unable to complete the climb and the train stalled. The crew divided the train but the rear portion ran back down the gradient and collided with a following train. It was the worst rail disaster in the UK in the nineteenth century, and remains Ireland`s worst ever railway disaster.

1922 George Leigh Mallory and two British climbers reached a height of 25,800 feet on Mount Everest without the aid of oxygen; the highest point ever achieved. Two years later, this same month, Mallory made another attempt with Andrew Irvine. Less than 1,000 feet from the summit, they were trapped by bad weather and were never seen alive again. (His body was eventually found on 3rd May 1999)

1980 Billy Butlin, English holiday camp entrepreneur, died. He opened his first Butlins camp at Skegness on 11th April 1936. It was officially opened by Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia.

1983 Following Mrs. Thatcher's landslide victory in the General Election, Michael Foot resigned as Leader of the Labour party.

1986 Derek Hatton, the controversial deputy leader of Liverpool Council, was expelled from the Labour Party for belonging to the left wing militant faction.

1989 Members of Parliament voted to allow television cameras to broadcast proceedings in the House of Commons.

1995 Two business colleagues from Sussex shared a record (at the time) National Lottery jackpot of more than £22m.

1997 Law lords ruled that the former Home Secretary Michael Howard acted illegally when he raised the minimum sentence imposed on Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, the killers of two year old James Bulger in February 1993. James's mutilated body was found on a railway line two-and-a-half miles away from where he had disappeared, two days previously.

1997 Queen Elizabeth II reopened the Globe Theatre in London. The new theatre was approximately 750 feet (230 m) from the site of Shakespeare's original theatre, built in 1599.

Todays UK TV and Radio

On: Watch
Date: Wednesday 13th June 2012
Time: 01:00 to 02:00
Adam. Series 2, episode 5.
 An alien with the power to change memories infiltrates the Torchwood team.
(Widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1, 2008, 4 Star)
Director: Andy Goddard
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen

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