1960s

1960s

Doc Martins Boots go on sale in the UK in 1960
Prince Andrew is born in 1960
The Beatles play their first concert in 1960
Traffic wardens first appear in London
The first successful kidney transplant takes place in the UK
Coronation Street first aired on TV
Topsy and Tim books are published
Jeremy Clarkson (TV presenter and journalist) was born in 1960
Acker Bilk’s “Stranger on the Shore” released
The Private Eye satirical magazine is launched
Z-cars TV programme first broadcast
The New Coventry Cathedral is consecrated in 1962
The Rolling Stones debut in London
“Telstar” by the Tornados is released
Ford launches the Cortina car in 1962
Golden Wonder release the first Cheese and Onion crisps in the UK
Malorie Blackman (author) was born in 1962
“Summer Holiday” musical film starring Cliff Richard was released in 1963
The Beatles release their first album in 1963 – “Please please me”
The Great Train Robbery took place in Buckinghamshire in 1963
The Vauxhall Viva car is first produced
President John F. Kennedy is shot dead in the U.S.
“Jackie” magazine for girls was first published in 1964
The film “Zulu”, starring Michael Caine, was released in 1964
Prince Edward was born in 1964
The ‘pirate’ radio station, Radio Caroline, started broadcasting from a ship anchored off Folkstone
BBC 2 eventually started successfully broadcasting in 1964
The first ‘under cover’ shopping centre, The Bullring, opened in Birmingham
The Kinks release their record “You Really Got Me”
Match of the Day airs on BBC 2
The Forth Road Bridge opened in 1964
The Sun Newspaper goes into production
The Tokyo Olympics take place
ITV launch their soap ‘Crossroads’
The Death Penalty is abolished in the UK by Parliament
Mary Quant introduces the Minidress to London fashionistas in 1965
BP strikes oil in the North Sea
The Post Office Tower opened in London
James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 car became available for everyone as a Corgi car in 1965
70mph maximum speed limit is imposed on the UK’s roads
J.K.Rowling (author of the Harry Potter books) was born in 1965
Camberwick Green, children’s animated TV series launched in 1966
The first cross-channel hovercraft service started in 1966
The first British credit card was launched in 1966
On 30th July 1966 England beat West Germany at Wembley to win the World Cup
Helena Bonham Carter (Belatrix Lestrange) born in 1966
The first North Sea gas was pumped ashore in 1967
“Puppet on a string” won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sandie Shaw in 1967
The Beatles released the “Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album
Automatic cash machines made their debut at the Barclays Bank in Enfield
Colour television was first broadcast on the BBC in 1967
Pink Floyd released their debut album “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”
The QE2 was launched in September 1967
TV series “The Prisoner” first aired in 1967
Concorde was unveiled
In 1967 major changes were introduced to Scouting in the UK. The name of the organisation was changed from The Boy Scout Association to The Scout Association and the youngest section was renamed the Cub Scouts. The Boy Scouts became the Scouts (with a new uniform including long trousers replacing shorts) and Senior Scouts (age 16–20) became Venture Scouts
In 1968 Ford started production of the iconic Ford Escort car
The first performance of the musical “Joseph” took place
The first heart transplant took place in the UK in 1968
The Beatles film, Yellow Submarine, was released
British Rail’s last steam train ran in August 1968
The M1 motorway was completed
The Mexico City Olympics took place in 1968
Daniel Craig (James Bond actor) was born in 1968
Space Hopper toy was introduced to the UK in 1969
The Ford Capri car came to the market
The Victoria line of London Underground was opened by The Queen in 1969
Lulu’s song “Boom, bang-a-bang” wins joint first place at the Eurovision Song Contest
The “jump jet” enters service for the RAF
Patrick Troughton becomes the first Doctor in 1969
The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Cliff Richard, Ray Charles, Herb Albert, Jimi Hendrix and many more top the charts in the 1960s

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