Browsing: Decades

January 01 – Radio Beijing announces that Tibet will shortly be “liberated”. 03 – Wafd Party wins Egyptian elections. 04 – Britain asks the US…

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January 01 – Chinese and North Korean forces advance across the 38th Parallel and through UN lines. 01 – First episode of The Archers is broadcast…

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January 05 – Winston Churchill arrives in Washington for talks with Truman. 07 – General Dwight D Eisenhower says he will run for US President. 12 – The prototype Vickers…

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January 01 – The Maldive Islands become a republic. 01 – Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris is knighted in the New Year Honours list. 01 – Hank…

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January 01 – Flashing indicator lights become legal on motor vehicles in Britain. 10 – A BOAC Comet jet airliner on its way from Singapore…

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January 01 – The US gives $216 million in aid to South Vietnam. 01 – The 1955 Cotton Bowl Classic American football game is won…

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January 01 – Sudan becomes an independent Republic. 03 – USSR gives technical aid to China. 03 – Movie star Mel Gibson is born in…

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January 01 – Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler) born. 04 – A London man upset with the shape of his nose is jailed for ten years…

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January 01 – Albanian fighters shoot down a British freight plane that allegedly strayed into Albanian airspace. 01 – The European Economic Community (the “common…

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January 01 – The dictator of Cuba, Fulgencio Batista, is overthrown by Fidel Castro’s guerrillas and flees to the Dominican Republic. 02 – Fidel Castro…

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January 01 – French Cameroon becomes the Republic of Cameroon with Ahmadun Ahidjo as its first president. 01 – Johnny Cash performs a New Year…

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January 01 – In Britain, the Farthing (¼ of a penny) is withdrawn from circulation and ceases to be legal tender. 02 – Oral contraceptives…

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January 01 – Western Samoa becomes independent. 01 – The Beatles are turned down by Decca Records, whose A&R man Dick Rowe enters the history…

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January 01 – In Australia, the Bogle/Chandler case mystifies police who believe poison may have been used to kill the couple. 02 – UPI reports…

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January 01 – In Britain, the first edition of Top of the Pops screens on the BBC. Host Jimmy Savile introduces The Rolling Stones, Dusty…

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January 01 – Stanley Matthews is the first-ever professional footballer to be knighted. 01 – The first hydrofoil service begins in Sydney Harbour in Australia.…

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January 01 – Pope Paul VI appeals for peace in Vietnam. 01 – In Central African Republic, Colonel Jean-Bedel Bokassa seizes power. 05 – Pentridge…

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In 1966 England hosted the World Cup, in a climate of football fever generated in-part by the much-loved mascot World Cup Willie. The cartoon lion appeared…

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