'The Doctor' … travelled through time and space in the TARDIS ….
On the 23rd November, 1963 – the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who from the BBC is shown on TV for the first time.
'The Doctor' played by William Hartnell in the first series travelled through time and space in the TARDIS ( A blue 1950s police box ). Over 40 years featuring a number of doctors fighting alien baddies including the Daleks 'Doctor Who' has gained a cult status in Britain and is also the longest-running science fiction television show in the world.
Also on this day:
- 2002 – The Miss World contest is forced to relocate to London from Abuja after riots by Muslim youths opposed to the show left more than 100 people dead and 500 injured in the city of Kaduna.
- 2001 – Convention on Cybercrime is signed by members of the council of Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and the Republic of South Africa in Budapest, Hungary. The treaty's objectives are to pursue a common criminal policy aimed at the protection of society against cybercrime, including computer-related forgery and fraud, child pornography and cyber terrorism. As with any piece of legislation the problems come from balancing civil liberty and privacy concerns with the need to catch criminal elements using the Internet for illegal uses.
- 1963 – Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, becomes the new president of the United States.
- 1935 – Italy made an unconfirmed announcement that they would declare war on France if France cut them off from oil. This action did not seem to make much sense, however, considering that France was not a primary exporter of this particular commodity. Nevertheless, Great Britain vowed to protect France at this time.
- 1979 – Thomas McMahon, a member of the IRA, was sentenced to life imprisonment for preparing and planting the bomb that killed Lord Louis Mountbatten and three others three months before.
- 1980 – An earthquake between 6.5 and 6.8 on the Richter scale struck southern Italy centered on Conza, and the worst hit areas were Sant'Angelo di Lombardi, Lioni, Naples, Teora and Balvano, the death toll was believed to be in the region of 3,000 and had left over 300,000 homeless. In Balvano a small mountain village where more than 100 persons were reported killed, many of them in the collapse of a 600-year-old church during evening vespers services.
Who was born Today in History?:
- 0912 – Otto I, the Great, German King, Holy Roman emperor.
- 1221 – Alfonso X (the Wise), King of Castile & Leon.
- 1705 – Thomas Birch, English historian.
- 1719 – Spranger Barry, Irish actor.
- 1765 – Thomas Attwood, composer.
- 1797 – Gabor Matray, composer.
- 1804 – Franklin Pierce, USA, 14th President.
- 1820 – Isaac Todhunter, British mathematician.
- 1842 – James Lillywhite Jr, cricketer (1st England Test captain).
- 1843 – Josef Sucher, composer.
- 1859 – Billy The Kid, American outlaw.
- 1887 – Henry Moseley, English physicist.
- 1888 – Harpo Marx, [Adolph] USA, actor/comedian (Marx brothers).
- 1893 – Jimmy Blanckenberg, cricket pace bowler (took 60 wickets for S Africa).
- 1914 – Michael Gough, English actor.
- 1934 – Lewis Alan 'Lew' Hoad, Australia, tennis star (Wimbledon 1953, 56).
- 1935 – Vladislav Nikolayevich Volkov, Moscow Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 11).
- 1936 – Robert Barnard, British mystery writer.
- 1941 – Alan Mullery, English football player.
- 1943 – Sue Nicholls, British actress.
- 1944 – Joe Eszterhas, screenwriter (Basic Instinct, Showgirls).
- 1945 – Dennis Nilsen, Scottish serial killer.
- 1946 – Diana Quick, London England, actress (Brideshead, Big Sleep, Odd Job).
- 1959 – Maxwell Caulfield, Derbyshire England, actor (Miles-The Colbys).
- 1968 – Kirsty Young, Scottish television journalist.
- 1970 – Zoe Ball, British television and radio presenter.
- 1978 – Kayvan Novak, English actor.
- 1979 – Kelly Brook, English actress/model.
- 1992 – Miley Cyrus, American actress and singer.
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Quote of the day:
'Silence may be as variously shaded as speech.'