THAT WAS THE NEWS THAT WAS 26th September to 7th October

THAT WAS THE NEWS THAT WAS 26th September to 7th October BLOG Tuesday 8th October 2019


THAT WAS THE NEWS THAT WAS 26th September to 7th October


The last few days of September and the first week of October have seen some incredible events over the years. Here’s a few.


26 September 1969

The Beatles release their Abbey Road album.


30 September 1955: American icon James Dean is killed in a car crash aged 24

American actor James Dean was just 24 and had Hollywood at his feet when he was killed in a car crash near Cholame, California. The Rebel Without A Cause star was traveling to a sports car racing competition.


30 September 1938: Neville Chamberlain signs a non-aggression pact with Germany

Neville Chamberlain was hailed as bringing ‘peace to Europe’ after signing a non-aggression pact with Germany in which Hitler had agreed never to go to war with Britain again. We all know how that turned out…


30 September 1967: Tony Blackburn broadcasts the first show of Radio One

Tony Blackburn was an enthusiastic 22-year-old when he made his first broadcast for the brand-new station Radio One. It launched at 7am on this day in 1967, and more than 50 years later is still going strong! Blackburn continues to work as a DJ today.


1 October 1975: Muhammad Ali wins ‘Thrilla in Manila’

In their third and arguably greatest fight, Muhammad Ali retained the world heavyweight boxing championship after defeating Joe Frazier in the Philippines. The contest’s name comes from Ali’s rhyming boast that the fight would be a ‘killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila.’


2 October 1968: Birth of sextuplets stuns Britain

Sheila Thorns from Birmingham underwent a high-risk Caesarean section on this day in 1968 during which six children – four boys and two girls – were safely delivered. It was hailed as the first recorded case of live sextuplets in Britain.


3 October 1952: The Ministry of Food announce an end to tea rationing

Good news for Britons everywhere – the country was relieved to learn they would soon be able to enjoy unlimited cuppas for the first time in 12 years following the announcement from the Ministry of Food that tea rationing was over. Put the kettle on!


4 October 1957: Sputnik satellite blasts into space

A Russian satellite was launched into space on this day in 1957, it was the first man-made object ever to leave the Earth’s atmosphere. It wasn’t until 1969 when Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon.


4 October 1976: New train speeds into service

British Rail began its new 125mph High-Speed Train (HST) service. The Inter-City 125 was introduced to provide a regular high speed service between Cardiff, Bristol, and London initially. Powered by two diesel motors it had recorded a top speed of over 140mph in trial runs, – making it the fastest diesel-powered train in the world.


5 October 1969: Monty Python’s Flying Circus begins airing on BBC TV

Their innuendo-laden humour and silly sketches captured the nation’s imagination. The very first episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus was broadcast on this day in 1969. The shows were such a success the Pythons carried on making them until 1974.


5 October 1963: The Beatles release their first single, Love Me Do

Four young men from Liverpool, calling themselves The Beatles, released their debut single Love Me Do. As we soon discovered, it was the first of many, many hits for the lads John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.


5 October 1999: Paddington Rail crash kills 31 people

When two trains collided at Ladbroke Grove in west London, 31 people were killed and over 500 were injured in one of the worst rail accidents in Britain in the past 20 years.


7 October 1959: Southend Pier fire traps hundreds

Three hundred people were been rescued after being cut off by a blaze on the world’s longest pleasure pier on England’s south-east coast. The visitors became stranded when a large wooden pavilion at the shore end of the pier caught fire in the early evening. The fire caused damage estimated at £100,000.


7 October 1962: Zena Marshall and Sean Connery attend the premiere of Dr No, the first ever James Bond film

In the film that launched the James Bond saga, Agent 007 (Sean Connery, right) battles mysterious Dr. No, a scientific genius hell bent on destroying the U.S. space program. The Bond girls in the movie were Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) and Chinese SPECTRE agent Miss Taro (Zena Marshall, left)




The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.

-Marjorie Pay Hinckley


Happiness is…Monty Python’s Flying Circus – You’ll never find a better circus anywhere


My Grandad always said, “as one door closes, another opens”,

lovely man, terrible cabinet maker.


Love is…letting her have the first bite


Love Ne Do – The Beatles

Highest Chart Position: No.17th October 1962  & No.4 16th October 1982


Tuesday 8th October 2019

Ada Lovelace Day

World Octopus Day

American Touch Tag Day

Face Your Fears Day

Own Business Day



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