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HG
04-05-2009, 16:44
4th May 1979

Margaret Thatcher became PM.

Like or loathe her there's no doubt she changed British politics and was a big player on the world stage.

branny
04-05-2009, 16:50
My Grandad had nothing but contempt for her. The air would turn blue and the channel on the tv changed as soon as she appeared. Runs in the family because Jonathon Ross has the same effect on me now.

Danny
05-05-2009, 12:50
First wife and her mother plus most females I knew all said these words or similar just before Maggie was voted in..

"That's what the country needs , a woman in charge to sort things out"

When challenged a few years later while the Iron Maiden was decimating industry and their husbands facing a lifetime on the dole they all flatly denied saying any such thing

HG
05-05-2009, 21:10
Saw the SAS storming the Iranian Embassy in London to end the siege that had gone on there for a number of days.

They even took the snooker off the tv so you could watch it live.

I remember watching awestruck as men in black abseiled from helicopters onto the roof of the building and then abseiled down the building smashing there way through the windows with explosions and smoke.

The sas action that evening spawned the film Who Dares Wins starring Lewis Collins.

kazboot
06-05-2009, 17:49
One of the most amazing things I've ever seen live on tv. How they managed to go in, get the hostages out alive and kill the gunmen in such confusion and so quickly still stuns me. Absolutely incredible!

Richard1978
06-05-2009, 18:01
One of the most amazing things I've ever seen live on tv. How they managed to go in, get the hostages out alive and kill the gunmen in such confusion and so quickly still stuns me. Absolutely incredible!

I remember seeing a really good documentary about it a few years ago, all the floor plans of ever embassy are on file so the SAS had time to learn the layout of each room.

HG
06-05-2009, 21:22
I'm going to start an On This day Thread for each month of the year, I will try and add a memorable event from somewhere between the 70's and 90's and update daily where possible.

Feel free to add your own if there's something you know happened on a particular day or if you would like to discuss one of the events please do.

HG
06-05-2009, 21:28
6th May 1994

Saw the Queen and President Mitterand opening the Channel Tunnel or Chunnel

rossobantam
06-05-2009, 23:43
great idea Mike :)

HG
07-05-2009, 17:57
7th May 1999

Bit of a dull day unless you're Scottish.

The first Scottish Parliament for 300 years was elected

HG
08-05-2009, 18:53
8th May 1968

Not quite the 70's but near enough.

The Kray twins and their brother Charlie were arrested after dawn raids by police in London

HG
10-05-2009, 10:12
10th May 1994

Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president.

rossobantam
12-05-2009, 01:36
been out all day, at the memorial....just got back:


11th May 1985 fire at Bradford City football club

54 Bradford fans and 2 Lincoln City fans died on that awful day

Makes me cry every time I read the 'roll call' of those who died....couples young & old, dads & their sons, and - worst of all - grandad, two sons, grandson, 3 generations gone :cry::cry:

RIP

HG
12-05-2009, 21:13
12th May 1994

Labour leader John Smith died in his bath, paving the way for that smarmy git Blair to become leader and eventually PM

kazboot
13-05-2009, 17:57
Do I detect a hint of dislike for our former leader HG ? ;)

HG
13-05-2009, 21:49
Do I detect a hint of dislike for our former leader HG ? ;)

Just a bit :p

Even more dislike for his missus old frog face ;)

kazboot
14-05-2009, 00:43
Just a bit :p

Even more dislike for his missus old frog face ;)
Now say what you feel HG, no holding back! :p;)

When the expenses claims for the last 4 years are investigated, I for one can't wait to see what TB has had!

How unbelievable is all that BTW!

HG
14-05-2009, 21:51
Very believable unfortunately, greedy pigs, anyway....

14th May 1998

George Michael pled no contest in the Beverly Hills Municipal Court to committing a lewd act in a park restroom. He was fined $810, given 80 hours of community service, and ordered to undergo counseling.

Dirty boy :)

HG
16-05-2009, 09:09
16th May 1990

Muppets creator Jim Henson died.

Richard1978
16-05-2009, 12:04
16th May 1990

Muppets creator Jim Henson died.


Quite tragic I remember, especially as it was something which could have been treated had he gone to a doctors earlier.

I really liked Sesame Street & The Muppet Show; & Fraggle Rock & The Muppet Babies were ok as well.

HG
18-05-2009, 20:29
18th May 1991

Helen Sharman becomes the first Briton to go into space

HG
20-05-2009, 20:41
20th May 1970

The Beatles film Let It Be premiered worldwide

HG
21-05-2009, 08:16
21st May 1990

Probably the greatest football song ever released World In Motion was released by England/New Order as England's song for the 1990 World Cup. Who can forget John Barnes's "rap" in the middle of it? :)

Doesn't seem like 19 yeas ago.

Richard1978
21-05-2009, 21:16
21st May 1990

Probably the greatest football song ever released World In Motion was released by England/New Order as England's song for the 1990 World Cup. Who can forget John Barnes's "rap" in the middle of it? :)

Doesn't seem like 19 yeas ago.

I've got that twice, once on New Order's greatest hits & on a best football songs CD.

HG
21-05-2009, 23:49
During the summer of 1990 I used to always stagger home from the nightclub singing that song at the top of my voice. Oh memories :)

HG
22-05-2009, 21:47
22nd May 1981

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe jailed for life for 13 murders between 1976 and 1981.

I really remember the hunt for him due to the north east connection with hoax I'm Jack letters and tapes. He was caught due to false numberplates on his car, a stroke of luck and good policing. He had been questioned several times during the hunt and released.

Richard1978
22-05-2009, 22:23
Interestingly by Brother's birthday is the 22nd of May & he's into true crime.

This is a very good site for background info on the case.

THE YORKSHIRE RIPPER WEBSITE (http://www.execulink.com/~kbrannen/)

HG
25-05-2009, 17:34
25th May 1977

"Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" opened in the USA and became the largest grossing film to date.

25th May 1983

"The Return of the Jedi" opened in USA. It set a new record in opening day box office sales. The gross was $6,219,629.

HG
26-05-2009, 17:58
26th May 1989

Arsenal pip Liverpool to the league title, needing to win by two goals they got their 2nd in the last minute for a 2 - 0 win.

It was also the day I left school, with a leavers ball that night it meant I missed the match but got regular updates during the evening.

Richard1978
26-05-2009, 18:03
My dad remembers that as being the few head to head finishes to the season, & that it was decided on the last kick of the game.

kazboot
27-05-2009, 00:50
26th May 1989

Arsenal pip Liverpool to the league title, needing to win by two goals they got their 2nd in the last minute for a 2 - 0 win.

It was also the day I left school, with a leavers ball that night it meant I missed the match but got regular updates during the evening.

Happy days! :)

HG
28-05-2009, 20:46
28th May 1987

Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old West German, landed a private plane in Moscow's Red Square after evading Soviet air defences.

Richard1978
28-05-2009, 21:17
28th May 1987

Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old West German, landed a private plane in Moscow's Red Square after evading Soviet air defences.

I remember that, he flew from Finland a such a low level that radar couldn't pick him up.

HG
31-05-2009, 20:24
31st May 1985

English clubs were banned from Europe following the Heysel stadium disaster. The ban stayed in place until 1990.

and something less serious

31st May 1998

Ginger left the Spice Girls :eek:

HG
01-06-2009, 20:23
1st June 1968

80's icon (:confused:) Jason Donovan was born.

Richard1978
01-06-2009, 22:06
My sister was born on this day in 1984, I still remember it fairly well.

HG
04-06-2009, 17:17
4th June 1989

Massacre in Tiananmen Square - the chinese army killed hundreds perhaps thousands of protestors.

This image became famous world over as a protestor faced down tanks rolling into the square

http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40256000/jpg/_40256105_man_blocks_tank_238.jpg

kazboot
04-06-2009, 21:02
Unforgettable image.

I believe this brave man was executed.

HG
06-06-2009, 09:35
Not the 70's - 90's but I'm posting anyway

June 6th 1944 D Day

Operation Overlord commenced to liberate western europe. 130,000 Allied troops sailed to Normandy and began the invasion of europe.

HG
07-06-2009, 20:14
June 7th 1977

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her silver jubilee.

Discussed at length in this thread https://forums.doyouremember.co.uk/world-events/2041-1977-queens-jubilee.html

HG
11-06-2009, 20:30
11th June 1982

ET opens in the USA

11th June 1987

Margaret Thatcher wins her 3rd general election

11th June 1993

Jurassic Park opens in the USA

HG
12-06-2009, 22:15
12th June 1980

Billy Butlin opened his great holiday camp in the sky.

HG
14-06-2009, 20:21
14th June 1982

Britain and Argentina agree a ceasefire bringing to an end the Falklands conflict.

HG
15-06-2009, 19:59
15th June 1992

U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle instructed a student to spell "potato" with an "e" on the end during a spelling bee. He had relied on a faulty flash card that had been written by the student's teacher.

Richard1978
15-06-2009, 20:55
15th June 1992

U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle instructed a student to spell "potato" with an "e" on the end during a spelling bee. He had relied on a faulty flash card that had been written by the student's teacher.

I remember that happening, & a few weeks later I noticed that a shop had intentionally mispelt both Potatoe & Tomatoe.

HG
16-06-2009, 21:04
16th June 1978

The film version of Grease premiered in New York.

Altogether now, "Those summmeeerrrrr nighhhttttttttttttsssssssss, tell me more , tell me morreeee" :)

HG
17-06-2009, 20:23
17th June 1994

OJ Simpson was pursued through LA by half the LAPD watched live on TV by millions. When he was caught he was charged with the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

rossobantam
17-06-2009, 22:38
17th June 1994

OJ Simpson was pursued through LA by half the LAPD watched live on TV by millions. When he was caught he was charged with the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

15 years ago :eek::eek::eek: jeez

kazboot
18-06-2009, 00:46
17th June 1994

OJ Simpson was pursued through LA by half the LAPD watched live on TV by millions. When he was caught he was charged with the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
I wonder if he did it. ;)

rossobantam
18-06-2009, 16:25
didn't her family take him to a civil court, and won?

HG
18-06-2009, 20:42
18th June 1976

ABBA performed for Sweden's King and his Queen-to-be on the eve of their Royal Wedding.

Question: what song was written for this performance?

No prizes, just for fun :)

andyccm
19-06-2009, 14:01
June 19th 1978

Joy Division released their Unknown Pleasures Album, its 30yrs old today!!!!!

andyccm
19-06-2009, 14:05
18th June 1976

ABBA performed for Sweden's King and his Queen-to-be on the eve of their Royal Wedding.

Question: what song was written for this performance?

No prizes, just for fun :)


They performed Dancing Queen, but I dont think it was written specifically for the event as Benny and Bjorn wrote it in 1975

HG
19-06-2009, 19:43
June 19th 1988

Over 3,000 East Germans gathered at the Berlin Wall to hear Michael Jackson. Jackson was performing a concert on the other side of the wall in West Berlin.

HG
19-06-2009, 19:44
They performed Dancing Queen, but I dont think it was written specifically for the event as Benny and Bjorn wrote it in 1975

Quite right, I stand corrected :)

It was released in 1976 though.

andyccm
22-06-2009, 01:42
June 22nd 1981

Mark Chapman pleaded guilty to the murder of John Lennon

HG
01-07-2009, 20:29
1st July 1979

Sony introduced the Walkman.

HG
02-07-2009, 20:09
2nd July 1994

Colombian football player Andres Escobar was shot, 10 days earlier he had scored an own goal in a World Cup finals match.

HG
03-07-2009, 16:04
3rd July 1971

Doors singer Jim Morrison was found dead in his bath in Paris, he died from heart failure after a heavy drinking session.

HG
06-07-2009, 20:48
6th July 1988

The oil platform Piper Alpha caught fire in the North Sea killing all 167 people on board.

HG
07-07-2009, 17:45
7th July 1982

Michael Fagin broke into Buckingham Palace and sat on the Queen's bed whilst she was in bed :)

HG
08-07-2009, 21:01
8th July 1996

The Spice Girls debut single "Wannabe" was released :eek:

HG
09-07-2009, 20:33
9th July 1984

York Minister was severly damaged by a fire.

Richard1978
09-07-2009, 21:25
9th July 1984

York Minister was severly damaged by a fire.

I remember Blue Peter had a competition to help redesign part of the new roof.

HG
09-07-2009, 21:32
Thats right, there was a ceremony there today and they had the winner of the competition there.

HG
10-07-2009, 20:15
10th July 1985

The French show their military prowess by blowing up the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand.

HG
13-07-2009, 20:04
13th July 1985

Live Aid took place in London and Philadelphia. Phil Collins performed at both concerts after flying on Concorde to the USA following his performance in London.

Noel Edmonds took him by helicopter from Wembley to Heathrow.

HG
20-07-2009, 20:06
20th July 1969

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step foot on the moon, or did they? ;)

(I know it's not the 70s - 90s but I dont care, it's near enough :) )

HG
21-07-2009, 21:15
21st July 1982

The flagship of the British forces in the Falklands War, HMS Hermes returns to Portsmouth and thousands of waiting families and friends.

21st July 1994

Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party

HG
23-07-2009, 20:45
23rd July 1986

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson wed at Westminster Abbey

HG
25-07-2009, 20:04
25th July 1978

The world's first test tube baby Louise Brown was born in Cheshire.

HG
27-07-2009, 20:35
27th July 1999

The U.S. (http://www.on-this-day.com/us) space shuttle Discovery completed a five-day mission commanded by Air Force Col. Eileen Collins. It was the first shuttle mission to be commanded by a woman.

Who says women can't read a map? :)

rossobantam
27-07-2009, 23:25
27th July 1999

The U.S. (http://www.on-this-day.com/us) space shuttle Discovery completed a five-day mission commanded by Air Force Col. Eileen Collins. It was the first shuttle mission to be commanded by a woman.

Who says women can't read a map? :)

ah but to be fair Mike, she had a clear route ahead ;)

HG
28-07-2009, 20:22
28th July 1976

Over 240,000 people are feared dead following an 8.3 magnitude earthquake in China.

The quake destroyed the city of Tangshan, north-east of Beijing.

HG
29-07-2009, 20:36
29th July 1981

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer marry at St Paul's Cathederal.

2 things I remember from this.

First we were given a commemorative coin at school to mark the occasion and mine was stolen from me on the way home from school by some kids from another school. They traced and made to give it back to me along with a big bag full of chocolate bars and sweets :)

Secondly I was on holiday at the time of the wedding in Sussex and watched it on tv in the guesthouse.

Richard1978
29-07-2009, 20:56
29th July 1981

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer marry at St Paul's Cathederal.

2 things I remember from this.

First we were given a commemorative coin at school to mark the occasion and mine was stolen from me on the way home from school by some kids from another school. They traced and made to give it back to me along with a big bag full of chocolate bars and sweets :)

Secondly I was on holiday at the time of the wedding in Sussex and watched it on tv in the guesthouse.

This is one of the first major events I remember.

My parents still have my commemorative coin, which came in a blue presentation box.

kazboot
29-07-2009, 22:28
First we were given a commemorative coin at school to mark the occasion and mine was stolen from me on the way home from school by some kids from another school. They traced and made to give it back to me along with a big bag full of chocolate bars and sweets :)
Cor! Result! :D

My street had a big party in one of the back gardens and I felt I had to go. :rolleyes:
Never been so bored!

HG
30-07-2009, 20:12
30th July 1966

Especially for the Scots on the forum...England won the World Cup beating West Germany 3 -2 at Wembley :)

HG
02-08-2009, 11:06
2nd August 1990

Iraq invaded Kuwait, a move that would spark Operation Desert Storm.

HG
06-08-2009, 20:12
6th August 1986

Timothy Dalton became the 4th James Bond actor.

HG
08-08-2009, 20:33
8th August 1991

John McCarthy is released after being held by Islamic Jihad for 5 years in Beiruit.

HG
09-08-2009, 20:13
9th August 1979

Brighton became the first major resort in Britain to officially set aside part of its seafront to nudists.

HG
11-08-2009, 20:50
11th August 1999

The last solar eclipse of the 20th Century occurred in Europe and Asia witnessed by approximately 350 million people.

I can't believe this was 10 years ago, I remember it was very eerie when it happened.

Richard1978
11-08-2009, 22:28
11th August 1999

The last solar eclipse of the 20th Century occurred in Europe and Asia witnessed by approximately 350 million people.

I can't believe this was 10 years ago, I remember it was very eerie when it happened.

I didn't get a full eclipse in Marple, but all the shadows that day looked funny. I made one of those pin hole views, but still hurt my eyes using it.

rossobantam
13-08-2009, 09:37
11th August 1999

The last solar eclipse of the 20th Century occurred in Europe and Asia witnessed by approximately 350 million people.

I can't believe this was 10 years ago, I remember it was very eerie when it happened.

10yrs??? No way :eek::eek::eek:...I remember you could see the eclipse through the cloud cover, without glasses/protection for your eyes....def NOT normally recommended!!

Richard1978
13-08-2009, 13:39
10yrs??? No way :eek::eek:...I remember you could see the eclipse through the cloud cover, without glasses/protection for your eyes....def NOT normally recommended!!

As well as the pin hole thing I made above, I tried looking at the reflection on a darkly painted car bonnet. This was causing me to see blue spots after a minute or so.:cool::eek:

HG
15-08-2009, 20:40
15th August 1998

A car bomb in Omagh, Northern Ireland, killed 29 people and injured 370

HG
16-08-2009, 16:16
16th August 1977

The King is Dead. Elvis Presley died in his bathroom aged 42.

HG
17-08-2009, 19:35
17th August 1998

US President Bill Clinton admits to having an inppropriate relationship with "that woman" Monica Lewinsky.

HG
19-08-2009, 20:56
19th August 1987

Michael Ryan goes on the rampage in Hungerford, Berkshire and kills 16 people.

HG
20-08-2009, 20:48
20th August 1992

Intimate photographs of the Duchess of York and Texas businessman John Bryan were published in the Daily Mirror .

Dirty woman :)

Richard1978
20-08-2009, 21:27
20 years ago today The Marchioness sank in the Thames

BBC NEWS | England | London | Marchioness boat disaster marked (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8211068.stm)

I was in France at the time, but we could get Radio 4 on Long Wave.

kazboot
21-08-2009, 22:14
20th August 1992

Intimate photographs of the Duchess of York and Texas businessman John Bryan were published in the Daily Mirror .

Dirty woman :)
Still makes me feel sick thinking of them!

HG
22-08-2009, 20:24
I know what you mean, wasn't a pleasant picture

HG
22-08-2009, 20:25
22nd August 1979

Led Zeppelin released their last album together, "In Through The Out Door."

HG
26-08-2009, 20:36
26th August 1985

Zola Budd smashed the women's 5k record with a time of 14:48. She is of course best known for making Mary Decker Slaney cry at the LA Olympics in 1984 after they feet became entangled.

HG
27-08-2009, 20:53
27th August 1979

The Queen's cousin, Lord Louis Mountbatten, is killed by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland.

kazboot
28-08-2009, 01:40
27th August 1979

The Queen's cousin, Lord Louis Mountbatten, is killed by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland.
This was a real shock at the time. Absolutely tragic.

Richard1978
28-08-2009, 13:34
I was too young to remember it, but my parents always remember it was the day we visited Foxton Locks.

In a similar way I remember first hearing about the Oklahoma city bomb whle coming back from visting Jodrell Bank.

HG
30-08-2009, 20:37
30th August 1980

Polish workers led by Lech Walesa won the right to form independent trade unions following a summer of strikes

HG
31-08-2009, 10:06
31st August 1997

Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris.

Thread here (https://forums.doyouremember.co.uk/world-events/490-day-thats-princess-diana.html) discussing it

HG
01-09-2009, 20:22
1st September 1985

The wreck of the Titanic was found by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S. and French expedition.

1st September 1998

The film Titanic was released starring Kate Winslet amongst others

Richard1978
01-09-2009, 21:47
The film of Titanic was released in 1997.

HG
01-09-2009, 22:02
http://mail.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/mesg/tsmileys2/22.gif Sorry went on general sale in the USA

HG
02-09-2009, 20:23
2nd September 1994

Trumpitist, entertainer and tv presenter Roy Castle died of cancer aged 62.

HG
06-09-2009, 09:31
6th Septemer 1997

Mass hysteria swamped Britain with the funeral of Princess Diana

HG
10-09-2009, 20:52
9th September 1976

Chairman Mao Zedong leader of the Chinese communist party died at the age of 82.

Kiop
19-09-2009, 14:04
19th September 1970

The first ever Glastonbury Festival is held at Michael Eavis's farm.

Were any forum members there?

HG
22-09-2009, 20:03
22nd September 1980

The eight year war between Iraq and Iran began.

Pity they didnt blow each other to pieces

HG
24-09-2009, 20:26
24th September 1988

Ben Johnson of Canada broke the 100m world record at the Seoul Olympics, he was stripped of the title and record days later after a positive drugs test.

Richard1978
24-09-2009, 22:44
24th September 1988

Ben Johnson of Canada broke the 100m world record at the Seoul Olympics, he was stripped of the title and record days later after a positive drugs test.

I remember seeing that live & thinking that he was running like a zombie.

As a protest my brother drew a syringe sticking of the arm of a picture of Ben Johnson in his Ladybird 1988 Olympics book. We me had to rewrite the medal placings after the result was revised.

HG
26-09-2009, 10:41
26th September 1973

Concorde has made its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time.
The French model of the supersonic airliner flew from the US capital, Washington, to Orly airport in Paris in three hours 32 minutes.

Elbmek
26-09-2009, 20:07
The film of Titanic was released in 1997.

Contains Spoiler!!!!





























it sinks :p

HG
27-09-2009, 09:02
27th September 1986

Metallica bassist Cliff Buron was killed when the band's tour bus overturned in Sweden.

HG
29-09-2009, 08:37
29th September 1981

Legendary former Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly died aged 68.

kazboot
29-09-2009, 11:51
A great manager, scotsman and character. I loved him.

YouTube - Bill Shankly (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USkAmJ_N4m0)

HG
01-10-2009, 20:35
1st October 1975

Muhammed Ali beat Joe Frazier in their third fight which became known as The Thriller in Manilla.

ALi won two out of the three fights.

HG
03-10-2009, 20:26
3rd October 1995

OJ Simpson is found not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman

HG
04-10-2009, 09:50
4th October 1970

Janis Joplin was found dead from a heroin overdose at the age of 27. She had just finished recording her second solo album "Pearl."

HG
06-10-2009, 20:00
6th October 1981

President Sadat of Egypt was assinated after being shot by gunmen at a military parade.

HG
09-10-2009, 16:44
9th October 1991

The first Sumo wrestling tournament ever to be staged outside Japan in the sport's 1500 year history was staged at London's Royal Albert Hall.

HG
10-10-2009, 10:55
10th October 1975

Liz Taylor and Richard Burton remarry in Botswana, 16 months after divorcing.

HG
11-10-2009, 10:39
11th Ocober 1982

The Mary Rose, flagship of King Henry VIII was raised to the surface after 437 years at the bottom of the Solent.

HG
12-10-2009, 20:24
12th October 1984

The IRA bombed the Grand Hotel in Brighton, where the Conservative Party were staying during their party conference.

Five people were killed and 34 injured including most famously Norman Tebbit who was seen on TV being rescued from the building.

HG
15-10-2009, 20:19
15th October 1994

South Africa's President F.W. de Klerk and African National Congress President Nelson Mandela were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end the apartheid system in South Africa.

HG
16-10-2009, 20:18
16th October 1987

Hurricane force winds strike Southern England, despite Michael Fish's denials that they were going to.

18 people were killed and many injured including Allo Allo star Gordon Kaye

kazboot
16-10-2009, 22:46
I remember the hurricane well. A massive tree round the corner from my house blew over and smashed into someone's roof. Couldn't believe the damage that night.

HG
18-10-2009, 20:14
18th October 1989

The Communist leader of East Germany, Erich Honecker, was forced to step down as leader of the country after 18 years in power.

HG
19-10-2009, 20:12
19th October 1989

The Guilford Four were cleared of all charges and released after 14 years in prison. The charges were from the 1975 IRA bombings of public houses in Guildford and Woolwich.

HG
22-10-2009, 20:44
22nd October 1983

CND held its biggest ever protest against nuclear missiles in London with an estimated one million people taking part. Major cities across Europe staged similar events.

HG
23-10-2009, 21:32
23rd October 1987

Jockey Lester Piggott was jailed for three years for tax evasion.

HG
24-10-2009, 20:16
24th October 1983

The trial of serial killer Dennis Nielsen began at the Old Bailey.

HG
25-10-2009, 21:24
25th October 1983

American troops inavded the island of Grenada in the Carribean

HG
29-10-2009, 21:17
29th October 1982

Lindy Chamberlain has been found guilty of the murder of her nine-week-old daughter at Ayres Rock in Australia, after a jury dismissed her claim that a dingo took the baby.

HG
02-11-2009, 12:18
31st October 1984

Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assinated by 2 of her bodyguards.

HG
04-11-2009, 22:00
4th November 1980

Roanald Reagan won the US election with a landslide victory over Jimmy Carter

HG
07-11-2009, 21:24
5th November 1991

The body of newspaper publisher Robert Maxwell was found in the sea off the coast of Tenerife, apparently having fallen off his yacht.

HG
07-11-2009, 21:27
6th November 1999

Australians reject a proposal to break ties with the British monarchy and become a republic.

memoman
08-11-2009, 07:03
November 8






1979 - The program, "The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage", premiered on ABC-TV. The show was planned to be temporary, but it evolved into "Nightline" in March of 1980.

1979 - U.S. (http://www.on-this-day.com/us) Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Mac Mathias (R-MD) introduced legislation to provide a site on the National Mall for the building of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

1980 - Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California (http://www.on-this-day.com/us) announced that they had discovered a 15th moon orbiting the planet Saturn.

1985 - A letter signed by four American hostages in Lebanon was delivered to The Associated Press in Beirut. The letter, contained pleas from Terry Anderson, Rev. Lawrence Jenco, David Jacobsen and Thomas Sutherland to President Reagan to negotiate a release.

1986 - Vyacheslav M. Molotov died at age 96. During World War II, Molotov ordered the mass production of bottles filled with flammable liquid later called the "Molotov cocktail."

1987 - A bomb planted by the Irish Republican Army exploded in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, at a ceremony honoring Britain's war dead. Eleven people were killed.

1990 - U.S. (http://www.on-this-day.com/us) President Bush ordered more troop deployments in the Persian Gulf, adding about 150,000 soldiers to the multi-national force fighting against Iraq.

1991 - The European Community and Canada imposed economic sanctions on Yugoslavia in an attempt to stop the Balkan civil war.

1992 - About 350,000 people rallied in Berlin against racist violence.

1993 - Five Picasso paintings and other artwork were stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, Sweden. The works were valued at $52 million.

1997 - Chinese engineers diverted the Yangtze River to make way for the Three Gorges Dam.

HG
09-11-2009, 18:59
9th November 1989

One of the major milestones in the fall of communism occurred with the opening up of the Berlin Wall allowing East Germans to pass freely to the west for the first time in 30 years.

Elbmek
09-11-2009, 19:27
Many would argue that that was a black day for the west.

HG
10-11-2009, 21:22
10th November 1997

British nanny Louise Woodward was freed from jail in the United States after her conviction for murdering a baby was reduced to manslaughter.

Hard to believe this was 12 years ago, remember watching this at the time and being somewhat gripped by it.

Elbmek
10-11-2009, 23:51
10th Nov 1952, my beautiful wife was born ;) :rolleyes: - sorry!!

HG
11-11-2009, 21:47
Happy Birthday Mrs E :)

11th November 1992

The General Synod of the Church of England voted by a majority of 2 to allow women to become priests.

HG
14-11-2009, 12:08
12th November 1980

The Voyager 1 space probe reached Saturn and sent back the first vivid photographs of the planet showing bands of yellow and orange clouds circling the planet at several hundred miles an hour.

HG
14-11-2009, 12:11
14th November 1973

Princess Anne married Lieutenant Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey

Elbmek
15-11-2009, 01:41
12th November 1980

The Voyager 1 space probe reached Saturn and sent back the first vivid photographs of the planet showing bands of yellow and orange clouds circling the planet at several hundred miles an hour.I was entralled for weeks with all this, then they put out those amazing documentaries later on!

HG
17-11-2009, 21:01
16th November 1979

Margaret Thatcher named Sir Anthony Blunt, a former security service officer and personal adviser on art to the Queen as the "fourth man" in the Cambridge spy ring, ending a 15 year cover up.

Elbmek
18-11-2009, 01:41
............... and failed to presecute a traitor

HG
18-11-2009, 21:36
18th November 1987

27 people were killed after fire broke out under the wooden escalators at London Kings Cross railway station.

HG
20-11-2009, 21:57
20th November 1995

In that famous Panorama interview with Martin Bashir, Princess Di admitted to an affair with James Hewitt. She also said about there were three of us in the marriage referring to Charles's relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles

HG
21-11-2009, 17:30
21st November 1980

An estimated 83 million American viewers tuned in to find out who shot J.R. Ewing on the soap opera Dallas.

Kristin did the deed.

HG
24-11-2009, 18:09
22nd November 1995

Britain's most prolific female serial killer, Rosemary West, is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 10 young women and girls.

HG
24-11-2009, 18:10
24th November 1991

Queen's Freddie Mercury died from AIDS aged 45.

kazboot
24-11-2009, 19:00
I can't believe it's that long ago.

What a huge loss to the music world it was.
Still miss him. :cry:

HG
26-11-2009, 18:54
26th November 1983

Britain's biggest ever robbery took place with £25m worth of gold bullion being stolen from the Brinks Mat warehouse near Heathrow Airport.

HG
27-11-2009, 16:38
27th November 1990

John Major took over from Margaret Thatcher as leader of the Conservative Party and became Britain's new pime minister.

HG
30-11-2009, 21:33
30th November 1995

Bill Clinton becomes the first serving US President to visit Northern Ireland.

HG
01-12-2009, 21:30
1st December 1976

The Sex Pistols infamously appeared on the Today Programme with Bill Grundy. Johnny Rotten swears and Steve Jones refers to Grundy as a dirty b and f :eek:

HG
02-12-2009, 21:44
2nd December 1995

Rogue trader Nick Leeson was jailed for 6 1/2 years his part in the fraud that brought down Britain's oldest merchant bank Barings

HG
05-12-2009, 22:15
3rd December 1984

Hundreds were killed in Bhopal India, following a chemical leak from the American-owned Union Carbide Pesticide Plant.

HG
08-12-2009, 21:26
8th December 1980

John Lennon was shot dead by Mark Chapman, outside his apartment block in Manhatten.

HG
25-12-2009, 11:21
25th December

Uk No 1 singles 1970 to 1999

1970 Dave Edmunds I Hear You Knocking
1971 Benny Hill Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)
1972 Little Jimmy Osmond Long Haired Lover From Liverpool
1973 Slade Merry Xmas Everybody
1974 Mud Lonely This Christmas
1975 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
1976 Johnny Mathis When A Child Is Born (Soleado)
1977 Wings Mull of Kintyre
1978 Boney M Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord
1979 Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
1980 St Winifred's School Choir There's No-one Quite Like Grandma
1981 The Human League Don't You Want Me
1982 Renée and Renato Save Your Love
1983 The Flying Pickets Only You
1984 Band Aid Do They Know It's Christmas?
1985 Shakin' Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone
1986 Jackie Wilson Reet Petite
1987 Pet Shop Boys Always on My Mind
1988 Cliff Richard Mistletoe and Wine
1989 Band Aid II Do They Know It's Christmas?
1990 Cliff Richard Saviour's Day
1991 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are the Days of Our Lives
1992 Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You
1993 Mr Blobby Mr Blobby
1994 East 17 Stay Another Day
1995 Michael Jackson Earth Song
1996 Spice Girls 2 Become 1
1997 Spice Girls Too Much
1998 Spice Girls Goodbye
1999 Westlife I Have A Dream / Seasons in the Sun

HG
30-12-2009, 13:27
27th December 1977

Thousands of people flocked to cinemas as Star Wars went on general release in the UK

HG
01-01-2010, 11:56
1st January 1995

Serial killer Fred West hung himself at Winson Green prison near Birmingham

Elbmek
02-01-2010, 00:29
I KNEW there was some cause to celebrate ;)

Richard1978
03-01-2010, 12:39
One for yesterday:

2nd January 1978

First episode of Blakes 7 transmitted


For today:

3rd January 1970

Jon Pertwee makes his debut in Doctor Who, which is also made in colour for the first time.

HG
07-01-2010, 21:18
4th January 1986

Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott died 11 days after collapsing following a drink and drugs binge.

5th January 1981

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe appeared in court for the first time, 5 days after his arrest for the murder of 13 women.

6th January 1977

EMI sacked The Sex Pistols fropm their recod label

HG
08-01-2010, 21:15
8th January 1989

46 people were killed after a British Midland Boeing 737 crash landed on the M1 following double engine failure on its approach to East Midlands airport

HG
13-01-2010, 21:24
12th January 1976

Author Agatha Christie died aged 85

HG
16-01-2010, 21:30
15th January 1982

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's son, Mark was found safe and well after being missing for 6 days in the Sahara Desert whlst taking part in the Paris-Dakar rally.

16th January 1979

The Shah of Iran went into exile following months of increasing violence in protest at his regieme.

HG
18-01-2010, 20:57
17th January 1991

Operation Desert Storm began to liberate Kuwait from Iraq. Saddam Hussein described it as the Mother of all Battles.

HG
25-01-2010, 21:28
21st January 1981

52 Americans held hostage for 444 in the American Embassy in Tehran were released

22nd January 1979

The biggest mass strike in the UK since 1926 paralyses the country as public sector workers strike over pay

23rd January 1973

US president Richard Nixon announces peace with honour, ending over a decade of war in Vietnam

24th January 1965

WW2 prime minister Sir Winston Churchill died aged 90

25th January 1971

General idi Amin seized power in Uganda whilst President Milton Obote was away on a foreign visit

HG
31-01-2010, 21:26
27th January 1984

Michael Jackson received hospital treatment for serious burns to his head after his hair caught light during a freak accident whilst making a Pepsi commercial.

28th January 1986

The space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lift off from Cape Canaveral killing all 7 astronauts

30th January 1972

British troops opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators in the Bogside district of Londonderry, killing 13 civilians. This event became known as Bloody Sunday.

31st January 1983

The wearing of seat belts in the front seats of cars became compulsory in the UK.

HG
01-02-2010, 22:01
1st February 1984

Chancellor Nigel Lawson announced the 1/2p coin would cease to be produced after the end of February and would cease to be legal tender during the year.

HG
05-02-2010, 11:15
2nd February 1979

Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in New York.