A Year To Remember

Cliff Michelmore captures the essence of some memorable years.

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0101194620010722

The year that Nazi war criminals went on trial in Nuremberg and Britain staged a Victory Parade. Rationing and shortages continued, and 50,000 GI brides headed for a better life in America. A new Labour government launched the National Health Service and nationalised the coal and steel industries.

0102192420010729

The year in which Britain's first Labour government lasted only nine months, Eric Liddell triumphed at the Paris Olympics, and British archaeologists discovered the fabulous golden effigy of Tutankhamun.

0103191220010805

The year in which the Titanic sank, Captain Scott and his companions died in the Antarctic, and Britain suffered an outbreak of foot and mouth disease. And Ragtime, a shocking new music form from America, was all the rage.

0104197720010812

The year in which the Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee, Elvis died aged 42, Virginia Wade won Wimbledon, and the Sex Pistols caused mayhem with their version of `God Save the Queen'.

0105191920010819

The year in which soldiers returning from the Great War found widespread unemployment, Nancy Astor became the first female MP, Alcock and Brown flew the Atlantic, and Suzanne Lenglen shocked Wimbledon with her short tennis dress.

0106 LAST193220010826

The year in which the parking meter was invented, Malcolm Campbell topped 254 miles per hour at Daytona, Amelia Earhart flew the Atlantic solo and the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped. Also Broadcasting House opened its doors, and King George V delivered the first live Christmas message to the Empire.

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The year that world peace was shattered by the outbreak of the Korean War, and Britain ushered in the jet age as the Comet took to the skies.

0202196019981004

The year in which Harold Macmillan identified a wind of change blowing across the African continent, Princess Margaret got married, Kennedy was elected president, and `Lady Chatterley' was put on trial.

0203193819981011

The year in Neville Chamberlain returned from Germany to proclaim `peace in our time', Orson Welles caused a nationwide panic in America with his broadcast of `War of the Worlds', and Disney's `Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' dominated the silver screen.

0204195619981018

The year of the Suez Crisis, the Hungarian Uprising and Grace Kelly's marriage to Prince Rainier, and the year Britain rocked around the clock.

0205197019981025

The year in which strikes paralysed Britain, Harold Wilson lost the election, the Beatles split up and American women burned their bras.

0206194519981101

The year in which the war finally came to an end and the radio programme `Family Favourites' was born.

0207196819981108

An eight-part series in which Cliff Michelmore catches the essence of memorable years gone by. 7: 1968. The year in which Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King were assassinated.

0208 LAST195919981115

the year in which the Mini was launched and the M1 opened. The Cold War continued, and Britain's cod war began.

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The year in which wartime rationing finally came to an end, America exploded a hydrogen bomb and Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile.

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The year in which the Boer War raged, Victoria reigned, and women abandoned their bustles and got on their bikes.

0303196520000206

Sir Winston Churchill died, the Beatles got their MBEs, Mary Whitehouse started her clean-up-TV TV' campaign, and the BBC's decision to move `The Magic Roundabout' to a pre-5.00pm slot was met by adult opposition.

0304192620000213

The year in which the General Strike paralysed Britain, inventor John Logie Baird pioneered television, and screen idol Rudolph Valentino died.

0305197620000220

the year of the drought, the Cod War, Harold Wilson's resignation honour's list, and a new title for Mrs Thatcher.

0306193320000227

Churchill warns of `evil and dangerous storm clouds' as Hitler rises to power; England wins the Ashes during the controversial bodyline tour; `King Kong' hits cinema screens; and British scientists isolate the virus responsible for flu.

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Short skirts scandalised Wimbledon; Americans looked for ways around Prohibition; Ireland exploded over home rule; and Charlie Chaplin was divorced by his wife.

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The year of the Cuban Missile Crisis thalidomide, `That Was the Week That Was', and the twist.

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The year which saw the outbreak of war was also noteworthy for the first parachute jump, militant action by suffragettes, and George Bernard Shaw's `Pygmalion'.

0310 LAST194820000326

He ends the series by recalling 1948, when as a 28-tear-old squadron leader he took part in the Berlin Airlift, when the railways were nationalised, the NHS was born, and Princess Elizabeth gave birth to a son.

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He begins with one of the most dramatic years of the century - 1940.

0402193619971116

This year saw Hitler's Olympic Games and the launch of the Queen Mary.

0403195219971123

In this year, Britain fought off the hardships of the war years, said farewell to the London trams and entered the modern era of jet travel and cinema.

0404197419971130

This year saw the three-day week, `bath with a friend', streaking at Twickenham and the death of Rutland.

0405195519971207

Churchill resigns the premiership, 15,000 West Indians arrive in Britain, and Mickey Mouse becomes flesh and blood at Disneyland.

0406196319971214

Cliff Richard took a `Summer Holiday', Cathy McGowan said `Ready, Steady, Go!' and John Profumo nearly brought down the Conservative government.

0407197919971221

Rubbish piled up and strike-hit hospitals during a winter of discontent. In the summer nude, bathing became de rigeur in Brighton, and Britain had a new - female - prime minister.

0408196619971228

Britain was swinging, the Gemini IX space mission was in trouble, Chi Chi the panda was sent on a blind date to Russia, Mohammed Ali refused to fight in Vietnam, and the World Cup took place.

0409194419980104

D-Day and the liberation of much of Europe spelled victory, the first prefab was constructed, street lights lit up Nottingham's market place and the Home Guard hung up their guns.

0410 LAST195819980111

The year of the first Antarctic crossing, the first motorway, the arrival of teenagers and the last appearance of debutantes.