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    lucy4lucy4 Member Posts: 7,124
    On This Day - 31st October.

    1815 Cornishman Sir Humphry Davy patents miner's safety lamp.

    1903 Hampden Park football ground - Glasgow, was opened.

    1915 For the first time during World War I, British troops wore steel helmets.

    1918 Spanish flu kills 21,000 people in the US in a single week.

    1940 World War II: The Battle of Britain ended. Britain had successfully avoided a possible German invasion.

    1951 Zebra crossings came into use for the first time in Britain.

    1971 A terrorist bomb exploded at the top of the Post Office Tower in London. The building has been closed to the public ever since.

    1975 Bob Geldof's first appearance with The Boomtown Rats.

    1982 The Thames barrier, part of London's flood defences, was raised for the first time.

    2019 Brexit did not happen...again.
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    lucy4lucy4 Member Posts: 7,124
    edited November 2021
    On This Day - 1st November.

    1348 The Black Death reaches London on or about this date.

    1688 William III of Orange set out from the Netherlands to invade England and to overthrow James II of England during the Glorious Revolution. William's successful invasion led to him ascending the English throne as William III of England jointly with his wife Mary II.

    1800 John Adams becomes the first US President to live in the White House.

    1834 First published reference to poker (as Mississippi riverboat game).

    1848 WH Smith opened its first railway bookstall, at Euston Station in London.

    1858 Following the blood y events of the Indian Mutiny, Queen Victoria was proclaimed ruler of India, replacing the reign of the East India Company.

    1897 Italian football club Juventus F.C. is founded by students in Turin as Sport-Club Juventus.

    1922 The first radio licences went on sale in Britain at a cost of ten shillings (50p).

    1927 Betting tax was first levied in Britain. Two days later the bookies went on strike at Windsor in protest.

    1944 Britain's Home Guard, formed in 1939 to fight the expected German invasion, was ordered to disband.

    1945 It was announced that all available evidence supported the theory that German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler had committed suicide in Berlin.

    1956 Premium Bonds first went on sale in Britain with the winning numbers picked at random by a machine with the acronym 'ERNIE'. The first Premium Bond was bought by the then Lord Mayor of London, Sir Cuthbert Ackroyd.

    1967 "Cool Hand Luke", starring Paul Newman is released.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTi4OpONOY8

    1970 The Festfolk Quartet, which later becomes ABBA play their first-ever concert at a Gothenburg, Sweden restaurant.

    1975 At the Labor Temple in Minneapolis, Faces play their last concert. Lead singer Rod Stewart is already well into his solo career and guitarist Ron Wood has been playing with The Rolling Stones for months.

    1993 The Maastricht Treaty, the Treaty on European Union comes into effect.

    1997 "Titanic" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet premieres at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

    2009 British Mercedes driver Jenson Button finishes 3rd in inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit to win his first F1 World Drivers Championship.
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    lucy4lucy4 Member Posts: 7,124
    edited November 2021
    On This Day - 2nd November.

    1871 British police began their Rogues' Gallery, taking photographs of all convicted prisoners.

    1896 The first motor insurance policies were issued in Britain, but they excluded damage caused by frightened horses.

    1903 British newspaper "Daily Mirror" begins publishing.

    1924 Almost 11 years after its appearance in America the first crossword puzzle was published in a British newspaper sold to the Sunday Express by C.W. Shepherd.

    1936 The world's first regular TV service was started by the British Broadcasting Corporation at Alexandra Palace at 3:00 p.m. It was defined as 'high-definition' (with 200 lines of resolution) and was renamed BBC1 in 1964.



    1954 The comedy series 'Hancock's Half Hour' was first broadcast on BBC Radio.

    1959 The opening of Watford Gap Services, the oldest motorway services in Britain. Watford Gap has long been hailed as the unofficial cut-off point between the two parts of the country, with 'southerners' sometimes criticised for not venturing north of it.



    1963 Gerry & the Pacemakers reached the number one spot with 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

    1963 Reviewing The Beatles' concert the night before in Cheltenham, England, the British paper Daily Mirror uses the headline "Beatlemania!", effectively inserting the phrase into the popular consciousness for the first time.

    1964 The first episode of the television soap opera 'Crossroads' was broadcast on ITV.

    1972 Carly Simon releases "You're So Vain."

    1976 Jimmy Carter is elected President of the United States,

    1978 The Police release their debut album, Outlandos d'Amour. The working title, "Police Brutality," is changed to make is sound more romantic. The title loosely translates as "Outlaws of Love" but the term "Outlandos" is actually a mix of the words for "Outlaws" and "Commandos."

    1981 Citizens Band radio (CB radio) was legally allowed in Britain.

    1983 "Thriller" single released worldwide by Michael Jackson.

    1982 The first edition of 'Countdown' the British TV game show involving word and number puzzles. It was hosted by Richard Whiteley and Carol Vorderman and was also the first programme to be aired on Channel 4.

    1989 "Blackadder Goes Forth" final episode "Goodbyeee" airs on BBC-TV.

    1991 2nd Rugby World Cup Final, Twickenham: Australia beats England, 12-6 with Wallabies fly-half Michael Lynagh landing 2 penalties and a conversion.

    2008 British McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton finishes 4th in season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace to clinch his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Felipe Massa.

    2013 A goal scored after 13 seconds is rare enough but a goal scored after 13 seconds by a goalkeeper takes some beating. But that happened on this day in 2013 in a Premier League encounter at the Britannia Stadium between Stoke City and Southampton. Stoke 'keeper Asmir Begovic got an early back pass and hoofed the ball upfield. Aided by a very strong wind the first bounce saw it fly over Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc and after the second bounce it was in the net. The official distance of the 'shot' was given as 97.5 yards. The remainder of the match saw just one more goal with the result being 1-1.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfF8s5FWlqI

    2019 9th Rugby World Cup, Yokohama: South African fly-half Handré Pollard lands 6 penalties and 2 conversions as Springboks beat favourites England, 32-12 for their 3rd title.

    2020 Baby Shark by Pinkfong becomes the most-watched video on YouTube with over 7.04 billion views. Now at 9,575,886,211 views.
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    lucy4lucy4 Member Posts: 7,124
    Checking back on the beginnings of this thread I see that I've now caught up with previous postings. So today will be the last post,I've enjoyed doing it and learnt a few things along the way. This final clip seems an apt way to bow out,thanks for reading.

    1989 "Blackadder Goes Forth" final episode "Goodbyeee" airs on BBC-TV.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH3-Gt7mgyM
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    SidV79SidV79 Member Posts: 4,042
    Thank you for all your hard work in producing these posts @lucy4, they have been illuminating, informative and sometimes astounding. I am certain that they will be missed by the many who have read them
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    MAXALLYMAXALLY Member Posts: 17,536
    A big THANKS from me too @lucy4 . A great thread.

    You could always start another thread titled 'On this day Haysie posted this.....' ;)
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    VespaPXVespaPX Member Posts: 12,037
    Cheers @lucy4
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    goldongoldon Member Posts: 8,557
    Mumsie will be along soon to convince you to keep posting.


    Or branch out
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    Red_KingRed_King Member Posts: 2,850
    edited November 2021
    Always enjoyed reading this great thread.

    Can't wait to read "What Lucy4 did next" 👿


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    GlenelgGlenelg Member Posts: 6,557
    @lucy4 ....another BIG thank you for doing this thread. Really enjoyed reading it.
    I have a personal goal of trying to learn something new every day & your thread fitted the bill perfectly. 😁
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    Red_KingRed_King Member Posts: 2,850
    @lucy4
    Will you be posting on 29th Feb when it next comes around? 😕
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    lucy4lucy4 Member Posts: 7,124
    Although this thread should be dead there are some things that you can't ignore and this is one of those.

    THIN LIZZY's WHISKEY IN THE JAR turns 49 today (November 3rd 1972).

    THIN LIZZY’s roaring version of the Irish traditional song WHISKEY IN THE JAR popularised by The Dubliners in the ‘60s stayed at the top of the Irish charts for 17 weeks following its issue in November 1972 and peaked at #6 in the UK singles chart.

    The recording of the song began as something of a lark following a rehearsal in a London pub.

    "We were going to pack up,” recalled guitarist Eric Bell, “and Phil put down the bass and picked up the other six-string guitar – and he just started messing about with various stupid songs. About 20 minutes later, he started singing ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ as one of those stupid songs. Me and [drummer] Brian Downey, at this point we were extremely bored, and we started playing along with him a little bit.”

    The jam happened to coincide with the arrival of manager Ted Carroll who commented that he liked what he was hearing. His proposal was for the song to be recorded to appear as the B-side to ‘Black Boys in the Corner,’ but it ended up as the A-side.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb4dS6INVQ0
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    lucy4lucy4 Member Posts: 7,124
    I will post sporadically on things that I missed the first time around.

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    lucy4lucy4 Member Posts: 7,124
    On this date in 1980, SPANDAU BALLET released their debut single TO CUT A LONG STORY SHORT, (November 4th 1980).

    The first from the Ballet boys and arguably their best, TO CUT A LONG STORY SHORT peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart and was “ an era-defining slice of electronic myth-making and a great dance record to boot”, wrote HighResAudio.com.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE2sCISQmpE
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    SidV79SidV79 Member Posts: 4,042
    lucy4 said:

    On this date in 1980, SPANDAU BALLET released their debut single TO CUT A LONG STORY SHORT, (November 4th 1980).

    The first from the Ballet boys and arguably their best, TO CUT A LONG STORY SHORT peaked at #5 on the UK Singles Chart and was “ an era-defining slice of electronic myth-making and a great dance record to boot”, wrote HighResAudio.com.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE2sCISQmpE

    No disputing this was their best as it was all downhill from here
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    lucy4lucy4 Member Posts: 7,124
    THE POLICE – WALKING ON THE MOON (1979)

    On this date in 1979, THE POLICE released the single WALKING ON THE MOON which went on to become the band's second No. 1 hit in the UK, (November 4th 1979).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPwMdZOlPo8
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    lucy4lucy4 Member Posts: 7,124
    TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL SAXOPHONE DAY AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE IT THAN A BIT OF SAXOPHONE FROM MADNESS.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLLL1KxpYMA
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    lucy4lucy4 Member Posts: 7,124
    On this date in 1980, THE TEARDROP EXPLODES were guests on the ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’.
    This powerful performance captured the band two months before their big chart breakthrough. Julian Cope appears in regulation WWII flying jacket and fine Old English sheepdog hair. With characteristic eccentricity he introduces ‘Reward’ in French.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me8koyuX4YE
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    EssexphilEssexphil Member Posts: 8,122
    Julian Cope. Should have been important. Nearly was.

    Songs like "Reward" and the solo "World Shut Your Mouth" were awesome. But he was sadly inconsistent.
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    lucy4lucy4 Member Posts: 7,124
    edited November 2021
    JOE JACKSON - IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS.

    This week in 1979 saw the release of I'M THE MAN - THE 7-INCH ALBUM, Joe Jackson’s complete second album issued as 5 x 7"-single in a 7"-box with poster, (November 1979)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX2K2Ilt1Yw


    Another underrated performer who done some great songs.
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