Today in BBC Radio History

Historical Events

  • 1922-12-23 BBC Radio began daily newscasts
  • 1940-05-24 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina speaks on BBC radio
  • 1942-01-29 1st broadcast of Roy Plomley's "Desert Island Discs" on BBC radio
  • 1949-07-29 BBC radio begins broadcasting
  • 1955-09-22 (ITV) Commercial TV begins in UK; meanwhile on BBC radio Grace Archer is killed in a barn fire on Brookfield Farm - the BBC denied that this was a spoiler!
  • 1962-03-07 Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio
  • 1963-06-04 1st transmission of "Pop Go the Beatles" on BBC radio
  • 1967-09-30 BBC starts its own popular music radio station (Radio 1)
  • 1969-04-25 5,400th & last episode of BBC Radio serial "The Dales" (formerly "Mrs Dale's Diary" )

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978-03-08 The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.

  • 1985-09-18 BBC Radio reports prime # 2^216091-1 found in Houston
  • 1994-03-28 BBC Radio Five Live broadcasts for first time in United Kingdom

Famous Birthdays

  • 1912-06-24 Brian Johnston, cricketer (BBC radio commentator & cake connoisseur)
  • 1936-08-01 Laurie Taylor, English sociologist and broadcaster (BBC Radio 4), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1939-08-30 John Peel, English DJ and Broadcaster (BBC Radio 1), born in Heswell, Merseyside (d. 2004)
  • 1951-02-23 Nicholas Kenyon, controller (BBC Radio 3)
  • 1975-01-06 Jason King, English radio DJ (Radio 1)
  • 1976-08-09 Aled Haydn Jones, Radio 1's The Chris Moyles show Producer

Famous Deaths

  • 1994-01-05 Brian Johnston, cricketer (BBC radio commentator for 40 yrs), dies
  • 1997-09-06 P. H. Newby, British author and BBC radio director (b. 1918)