Oct 14, 2017
On this day in 1996 A lone gunman kills 16 children and their teacher at a school in Dunblane
On this day in 1963 Large parts of the British railway system are uneconomic and under-used, says a report from the chairman of the British Transport Commission, Dr Richard Beeching
On this day in 1982: The Falklands War begins, after the Argentine flag is hoisted over South Georgia,
Oh and Exactly 25 years ago, on August 17, 1982, Royal Philips Electronics manufactured the world's first compact disc at a Philips factory in Langenhagen,
On this day in 2013 Britain's first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, dies aged 87
On this day in 1912 RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton for her maiden - and final - voyage
On this day in 1955 A safe and effective vaccine against polio is revealed to the world
On this day in 1942 The people of Malta are awarded the George Cross in recognition of their continuing struggle against attack by Germany.
On this day in 1964 Twelve men involved in the Great Train Robbery of 1963 are sentenced to a total of 307 years in prison.
Oh, and on this day in 2019 the Notre Dame du Paris burnt down.
On this day in 1984 Police officer Yvonne Fletcher is killed and 10 people are injured as shots are fired from the Libyan People's Bureau in central London.
Thank you Harold.
On this day in 1956 British Chancellor Harold Macmillan unveils plans for the premium bond state saving scheme, offering cash prizes - including a £1,000 jackpot - instead of interest.
On this day in 1906 The Great San Francisco Earthquake, a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck the Northern California coastline.
On this day in 1982 Britain re-establishes its presence in the Falkland Islands after a two-hour assault by Royal Marines on the remote island of South Georgia.
On this day in 1975 A one-day conference of the Labour Party votes by almost 2-1 to leave the European Economic Community.
On this day in 1951 King George opens the Festival of Britain, demonstrating the UK's contribution to civilisation - past, present, and future - in the arts, in science and technology, and in industrial design.
Me aged nine at the Festival of Britain in 1951
The Iranian Embassy siege took place from 30 April to 5 May 1980, after a group of six armed men stormed the Iranian embassy in South ...Kensington, London.
On the sixth and final day of the the Iranian Embassy siege, the militants executed one hostage, prompting Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to green light a prompt military response.
On May 5 - utilizing building blueprints, fiber-optic probes and some noise assistance from overhead planes instructed to fly low - the British Special Air Services (SAS) stormed the building in five teams of four.
A gun fight ensued, leaving six dead - five militants, and one hostage.
In military terms it was a stunning success and characterised the uncompromising attitude of the Thatcher era: neither she nor her soldiers would bow to the demands of the terrorists.
"Gentlemen, there is nothing sweeter than success and you boys have got it, " the Prime Minister said as she toasted the SAS, sipping from a can of Foster's lager that had been thrust into her hand.
On this day in 1945 Germany signs an unconditional surrender, bringing to an end six years of war in Europe.
On this day in 1957 Petrol rationing, which has been in force in Britain for five months following the Suez crisis, is abolished.
On this day in 1978 The coffin containing Charlie Chaplin's body - missing since his grave was robbed 11 weeks ago - is found near Lausanne, Switzerland
Tiananmen Square massacre June the 4th 1989.
Bloody hell, was that really 30yrs ago?
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