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Today in the 'Whoniverse'
1901 - Llewellyn Rees (Pandak III in DW: The Deadly Assassin) was born.
1938 - Michael Sheard was born.
1942 - Paul McCartney, who played himself in DW: The Chase, was born.
1946 - Luan Peters was born.
1948 - Phillip Jackson (Laxton in BFA: Valhalla) was born.
1953 - Cordelia Ditton was born.
1956 - Dominic Guard was born.
1966 - DW: The Savages Episode 4 was first broadcast.
1973 - Roger Delgado was killed in an automobile accident outside Neveshir, Turkey.
1991 - Ronald Allen (Rago in DW: The Dominators and Ralph Cornish in DW: The Ambassadors of Death) died.
1992 - Harriet Reynolds died.
1999 - Aimée Delamain, who played Doña Arana in DW: The Two Doctors, died.
2000 - Derek Sydney and John Caesar died.
2004 - Frederick Jaeger (Jano in DW: The Savages, Sorenson in DW: Planet of Evil and Professor Marius in DW: The Invisible Enemy) died.
2005 - DW: The Parting of the Ways was first broadcast.
Today in History
1429 French forces under the leadership of Joan of Arc defeated the main English army under Sir John Fastolf at the Battle of Patay (slightly north of Orléans, France). The event turned the tide of the Hundred Years' War.
1583 The first Life Insurance policy was sold in London, and when a claim was eventually made, it was disputed.
1633 Charles I was crowned King of Scotland, at Edinburgh.
1767 Navigator Samuel Wallis sighted Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island.
1769 The birth of Viscount Castlereagh, 2nd Marquis of Londonderry, a British statesman born in Ireland who, as foreign secretary to Lord Liverpool, organized the coalition against Napoleon.
1815 The Battle of Waterloo:- Napoleon Bonaparte suffered defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington, bringing an end to the Napoleonic era of European history.
1817 Waterloo Bridge across the River Thames was opened. Originally it was called Strand Bridge but was re-named in honour of the British victory at Waterloo in 1815.
1822 London unveiled its first nude statue - a bronze figure of Achilles in Hyde Park by sculptor Sir Richard Westmacott. The statue later acquired a discreet fig leaf.
1858 Charles Darwin received a paper from Alfred Russel Wallace that included almost identical conclusions about evolution as Darwin's own, prompting Darwin to publish his theory.
1928 In London, the keel was laid for biggest ship to date, the 1,000 foot, 60,000 ton Oceanic.
1935 Germany signed a treaty with Britain limiting the size of the German fleet to 35 percent that of the Royal Navy.
1945 William Joyce (known as Lord Haw-Haw) was charged with treason for his pro-German propaganda broadcasting during World War II, using the English language radio programme Germany Calling. He was hanged at Wandsworth Prison on 3rd January 1946.
1963 Henry Cooper knocked Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) to the floor in round four at Wembley Stadium, London, but by the sixth, with Cooper badly cut, the fight was stopped and Clay remained world heavyweight boxing champion.
1965 The government announced it would introduce a blood alcohol limit for drivers, with penalties for those caught above it.
1972 A flight from London Heathrow to Brussels crashed minutes after take-off killing all 118 people on board.
1975 The first North Sea Oil was pumped ashore in Britain.
2000 Jamie Andrew, aged 30 years, became the first quadruple amputee to scale Ben Nevis when he reached the snow-covered peak after a climb of 6½ hours. He had lost his hands and feet from severe frostbite after being stranded in the Alps in a fierce blizzard in 1999
Todays UK TV and Radio
Torchwood: Miracle Day
Date: Monday 18th June 2012
Time: 22:00 to 23:00
John Barrowman stars in the science fiction drama. Jack realises he is the most vulnerable man on Earth - and a flight to the USA turns into a desperate battle for survival.
(Part 2 of 10, Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, 2011, 4 Star)
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins, Bill Pullman, Arlene Tur
Date: Tuesday 19th June 2012
Time: 01:00 to 02:00
From Out of the Rain. Series 2, episode 10.
When an old cinema re-opens, past horrors emerge to stalk the streets. Torchwood must act fast to stop the killers.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, 2008, 4 Star)
Director: Jonathan Fox Bassett
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori, Gareth David-Lloyd, Julian Bleach