THAT WAS THE NEWS THAT WAS BLOG Friday 30th  August 2019

26th August 1959: The Mini Morris Minor is introduced

On this day back in 1959, the British Motor Corporation began production on the Morris Minor. It was designed and built as a direct response to the crippling fuel shortages caused by The Suez Canal Crisis. The new – smaller – cars were much more fuel efficient. Although performance suffered a little.

26th August 1994: The first ‘metal heart’ saves a human life

The world-famous Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire became even more famous in 1994 when they fitted the very first battery-operated heart in what has gone down as a seriously pioneering operation to fit an implantable LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device).


26th August 1999: Michael Johnson breaks the 400 metres world record

With a time of just 43.18 seconds, American athlete Michael Johnson smashed the 400 metres world record at the World Championships in Seville, Spain.


27th August 1955: The Guinness Book of World Records is first published

The big book of records and impressive achievements, The Guinness Book of World Records, was born in 1955. Here’s Norris McWhirter, who co-founded the premise and book with his brother Ross, holding a copy.


27th August 1967: The Beatles’ manager Epstein dies

The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, is found dead at his Belgravia home in London. Often referred to as the ‘fifth member’ of the group, his official cause of death was recorded as ‘accidental barbiturate overdose along with alcohol intoxication


27th August 2008: Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be nominated for US President

It was in this very week eleven years ago that Barack Obama became the very first person of colour to be nominated by a major political party for the prestigious position of President of the United States of America. He would, of course, go on to bag the job and become one of the country’s most popular ever presidents.


27th August 1970: Jimi Hendrix lays down his final ever studio recording

He was arguably the coolest man on the planet. Jimi Hendrix was a peerless musician that wasn’t to know when he recorded ‘Slow Blues’ at Electric Lady Studios in New York City that he had created his last ever studio recording. Within weeks he would be dead.


28th August 1994: Sunday trading is finally legalised

Seems weird to think now that 25 years ago, shops couldn’t open on a Sunday. That was the case, though. That all changed on the 28th of August 1994 when thousands of shops in England and Wales legally opened their doors for the first time following a change in what’s known as ‘The Sunday Trading Laws’.


28th August 1965: Dylan booed for playing an electric guitar

Bob Dylan was booed by music fans for playing electric guitar at a concert in New York’s Forest Hills. It was a major moment that split the world of folk music and – eventually – helped progress and evolve popular music.


28th August 1963: Martin Luther King delivers his famous speech

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal. I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream today.”


28th August 2005: Hurricane Katrina destroys large parts of New Orleans

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, it devastated the city beyond belief. High winds and hard rain cut power and flooded homes. The damage would be utterly catastrophic and 1,833 people would lose their lives.


28th August 1994: Oasis release Definitely Maybe album

Now widely regarded as a rock n’ roll classic, when it was released, this album was looked upon with some disdain. Who were these Mancunian upstarts…? Well, they were The Gallagher Brothers and they’d change the face of British guitar music forever.


29th August 1958: Cliff Richard releases his debut song

Cliff Richard and the Drifters release their first single ‘Move It’. It is credited with being the very first British rock n’ roll song.


29th August 1976: ABBA bag yet another number one hit

ABBA’s single Dancing Queen went to number one on 29th August 1976 and stayed there for six weeks. It went on to become one of their biggest hits and catchiest singles.


31st August 1997: Princess Diana dies in a car crash in Paris

The Princess of Wales was sadly killed in a car accident in a Paris underpass in this week back in 1997. Her driver and her boyfriend Dodi Fayed also died. The news shook the entire world.


1st September 1976: Drought rocks Yorkshire

The first of nearly 12,000 standpipes are connected up in Yorkshire as droughts cause local reservoirs in Yorkshire to reach their lowest levels in decades.


1st September 1954: The Hitchcock classic Rear Window is released

Directed by the legendary master of suspense and tension Alfred Hitchcock, this week in 1954 saw the cinematic release of one of his greatest ever films. Rear Window saw a career best turn from star James Stewart and able support from the future Princess of Monaco, Ms. Grace Kelly.


Well-behaved women seldom make history. – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


Happiness is…listening to : Jimi Hendrix, Dylan playing an electric guitar, Oasis Definitely Maybe album, Cliff Richard and the Drifters first single ‘Move It’, ABBA’s Dancing Queen and watching the Hitchcock classic Rear Window, whilst driving a Mini


They say some people ‘inhale books’. I know someone who injects books right into his veins. Particularly ones with female protagonists. He’s a heroine addict. – Izzy Mant


Love is… a day in the sun together


Dancing Queen Abba

Highest Chart Position: No.1 29th August 1976


Friday 30th  August 2019

Slinky Day

Toasted Marshmallow Day

Frankenstein Day

International Whale Shark Day



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