October 2, 1948: Indian model & actress, Persis Khambatta born

Persis Khambatta (1948-1998)

Persis Khambatta (born October 2, 1948) was an Indian model and actress. She was known for her role as Lieutenant Ilia in the feature film Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).

Khambatta’s first appearance at age 13 in advertisements for a soap brand set her on her way to becoming a popular model. In 1965, she entered and won the Femina Miss India contest.

In 1980, Khambatta was seriously injured in a car crash in Germany, which left a huge scar on her head. In 1983, she underwent coronary bypass surgery.

In 1998, Khambatta was taken to hospital in south Bombay, complaining of chest pains. She died of a massive heart attack aged 49. Her funeral was held in Bombay the following day.

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20th Century Works


October 1, 1998 on BBC Two: 3rd Rock from the Sun

3rd Rock from the Sun (1996-2001), logo

21:00 – 3rd Rock from the Sun

“Dick on a Roll”

When Dick breaks his foot and has to use a wheelchair, he starts to campaign for the rights of disabled people.

John Lithgow as “Dick Solomon” in “Dick on a Roll”

Listed Cast

  • Dick Solomon: John Lithgow
  • Sally Solomon: Kristen Johnston
  • Harry Solomon: French Stewart
  • Tommy Solomon: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Officer Don: Wayne Knight
  • Dr Mary Albright: Jane Curtin
  • Leon: Ian Lithgow
  • Vicki: Jan Hooks


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October 1, 1998 on BBC Two: Star Trek Deep Space Nine

“For the Uniform”, title card

18:00 – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

“For The Uniform”

Sisko risks everything to capture a former colleague who betrayed him.

Kenneth Marshall as Maquis leader “Michael Eddington”

Listed Cast

  • Captain Benjamin Sisko: Avery Brooks
  • Odo: Rene Auberjonois
  • Lt Cmdr Worf: Michael Dorn
  • Lt Cmdr Jadzia Dax: Terry Farrell
  • Jake Sisko: Cirroc Lofton
  • Chief O’Brien: Colm Meaney
  • Quark: Armin Shimerman
  • Dr Julian Bashir: Alexander Siddig
  • Major Kira Nerys: Nana Visitor
  • Eddington: Kenneth Marshall
  • Sanders: Eric Pierpoint

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Electric Fire by Roger Taylor

Electric Fire (1998) by Roger Taylor

Electric Fire is the fourth solo album released by Roger Taylor, from the band Queen, on September 28, 1998 [Ultimate Queen]. It features a cover of John Lennon‘s song “Working Class Hero”.

Two singles were released from the album:

  • “Pressure On” (UK #45)
  • “Surrender” (UK #38)

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