1 9 6 1 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Premiering on Tuesday 1 August 1961, this BBC series revolved around the titular insurance investigator, played by Andrew Crawford. The indefatigable Mr Ambler – who worked for an old established independent…

Read More

In 1966, at the height of the popularity of his “Supermarionation” TV shows, Gerry Anderson developed a concept for a new television series. He had already designed the puppets, and with the recent success of Thunderbirds behind him, he was…

Read More

The third highest-grossing film of 1956, Trapeze is set in Paris (France) at the Bouglione Circus (the film was shot on location at the Cirque d’Hiv, Paris’ famed one-ring circus) Young American acrobat Tino Orsini (Tony Curtis) persuades his father’s ex-trapeze…

Read More

1 9 9 4 (UK) 5 x 30 minute episodes Premiering on Friday 21 January 1994, this late-night BBC Scotland series for BBC2 presented sharp, topical comedy with Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson bringing his unique brand of humour to a series…

Read More

1 9 6 8 (UK) 10 x 30 minute episodes Premiering on Wednesday 8 May 1968, the 10-week ATV series It Must be Dusty presented pop singer Dusty Springfield with musical guests including Jimi Hendrix, Donovan, Kiki Dee, Manfred Mann, Scott Walker, The…

Read More

1 9 6 5 – 1 9 6 6 (Canada) 30 x 60 minute episodes Made in Canada by England’s ITC television company, this short-lived drama series followed the investigations of Nick King (Stephen Young) and Admiral Henry Fox (Austin Willis)…

Read More

1 9 6 8 (UK) 6 x 25 minute episodes George Treet (Nicholas Evans) is an affected, self-proclaimed genius and part of the Treet family’s group of travelling players entertaining in the hostelries of England. One night, a stranger (Valentine Dyall)…

Read More

James Marshall Hendrix (real name: Johnny Allen Hendrix) was born in Seattle, Washington in 1942. He began his short career by touring with a number of R&B shows from 1961 to 1966. In 1966 Hendrix moved to England and founded The…

Read More

Olive Marie Osmond was born in Ogden, Utah, the eighth of nine children (and the only daughter) born to Olive May and George Virl Osmond. Her brothers are Virl, Tom, Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay, Donny and Jimmy Osmond. From an…

Read More

The inaugural house band at CBGB’s in New York, and contemporaries of Patti Smith and later Blondie, The Ramones and Talking Heads, Television figure large in American punk rock pre-history. The band began in the early 70s as The Neon Boys. Although they were never to play in public,…

Read More

The American male’s obsession with big breasts found its perfect incarnation in the sumptuous 40-19-36 statistics of Jayne Mansfield, who shot to stardom in 1957 in Frank Tashlin’s rock & roll comedy The Girl Can’t Help It, where the 24-year-old former…

Read More

The folks at the Schaper company were definitely the kings of the insect games. They first hit it big in 1949 with the delightful construct-a-bug game, Cootie. In the 1960s, they followed up that deathless hit with Ants In The…

Read More

The Australian music magazine Go-Set was launched in February 1966 by Phillip Frazer, a quietly spoken, blonde 19-year-old who had previously edited the Monash University paper Lot’s Wife. The title was an amalgam of the catchwords “go-go” and “jet set”. The…

Read More

ECSTASY ‘Ecstasy’ was the street name given to methylenedioxymethamphetamine – MDMA for short – which was formulated by the German company Merck in 1914 as a “sleep suppressant”. For decades it was bandied about for experimentation by drug companies, doctors…

Read More

The Daleks were the arch-enemies of the Doctor in the hugely popular BBC television series Doctor Who. They were created by writer Terry Nation and designer Raymond Cusick and first appeared in the series in 1963. Introduced in the fifth…

Read More

The object of Frogger was almost Zen-like: to get to the other side. But considerably less Zen were the many obstacles in your path: zooming cars, trucks and buses, snakes, alligators and unpredictable turtles. What started as the simple twist…

Read More

Californian Nolan Bushnell created a game called Pong in 1971. The following year –  with $250 of his own money and a matching investment from partner Ted Dabney –  Bushnell created Pong’s parent company. He called it Atari, a term used…

Read More

Early 1950s fore-runners of arcade games included photo booths which became a national craze and shuffle games which moved beyond bowling with Deluxe Shuffle Targette. Meanwhile, Auto Test let practising drivers learn the rules of the road, and Two-Player Basketball…

Read More

President Kennedy was assassinated on 22 November 1963 – shot in the head as he was driven through Dallas, Texas, in an open car on his way to a political festival. A number of shots were fired as crowds cheered him on…

Read More

January 01 – West Indies cricketer and politician Sir Learie Constantine becomes Britain’s first black life peer. 01 – Ohio State beats Southern California, 27 – 16, in the Rose Bowl to become US national collegiate football champions. 02 – Australian…

Read More

January 02 – Erica Roe Streaks at Twickenham. 03 – South Korea lifts its night-time curfew after 36 years. 05 – Public donations to the Penlee lifeboat disaster fund amount to £2,000,000. All to be shared by the families of…

Read More

30 January 1969 The Beatles made their last ever live appearance together on 30 January 1969, putting on a free lunchtime concert on a hastily constructed wooden stage on the (very windy) roof of their Apple Corps HQ at 30…

Read More

1 9 5 3 (UK) The British nation came to a standstill on 2 June 1953. Thousands lined the streets of London, while in homes and offices the length and breadth of Britain, colleagues, neighbours and relatives huddled in corners, all…

Read More

Around midnight on 10 July 1985, French secret service agents bombed the Greenpeace environmental patrol ship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand’s Auckland harbour, ripping apart the ship’s hull with two limpet mines. The 420-tonne ship sank at its Princes Wharf mooring…

Read More

Before 1960 the Congo was a Belgian colony. It became independent on 30 June 1960 and the country was soon thrown into chaos. The Belgian government had done very little to prepare for independence. All the important jobs in government, industry…

Read More