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On This Day – The Last Roll and Simon Cowell at 53


The Stamp Act

 American newspapers reacted to the Stamp Act with anger and predictions of the demise ofjournalism.

1765 Delegates from nine of the American colonies protested against the British Stamp Act, which raised a direct tax on the colonies.

Carbon Copy

The Automatic Cyclostyle was able to expand the power of carbon paper.

1806 The first carbon paper was patented by its English inventor, Ralph Wedgwood.

Full Time Blue Stocking

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1920 The first women were admitted to study for full degrees at Oxford University

2LO Calling

BBC 2lo logo

1922 The first royal broadcast was made, by the Prince of Wales, on 2LO, 11 days before it changed its named to the BBC.

De-Slime Your Flannels

Jean Metcalfe

1946 The BBC presented its first edition of Woman’s Hour, a daily programme of music, advice and entertainment for those in the home. The programme included an item on how to de-slime your flannels (!) and also broadcast the first episode of the thriller serial ‘Dick Barton, Special Agent’.

Happy Birthday, Jayne Torvill

1957 Jayne Torvill, English ice skater, was born. With fellow skater Christopher Dean, they won a gold medal at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics. The 1984 Winter Olympics led to world fame when they performed to the music of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro and received twelve perfect 6.0 marks, one of five occasions when they were awarded all perfect scores for artistic impression. English ice skater, was born. With fellow skater Christopher Dean, they won a gold medal at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics. The 1984 Winter Olympics led to world fame when they performed to the music of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro and received twelve perfect 6.0 marks, one of five occasions when they were awarded all perfect scores for artistic impression.

Happy Birthday, Simon Cowell

1959 The birth of Simon Cowell, television producer, entrepreneur, and television personality. He is known as a talent judge on TV shows such as Pop Idol, The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and American Idol. He is also the owner of the television production and music publishing house Syco.

The Last Roll

The Rolling Stones in front of The Marquee Club London (Landscape)

1966 The Rolling Stones made their last appearance on ITV’s ‘Ready Steady Go’.

A Very Swedish Shopping Trip

Swedish twins

1977 Ninety sets of Swedish identical twins travelled to Felixstowe for a brief shopping trip!

Independent At Last

Front page

1986 A new British newspaper, The Independent, was published.

Touch the Money

1992 The first Braille cash dispenser was installed, by the Northern Rock Building Society in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

 

 
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