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I've had my NASA News iPhone app for a few days and I finally had a chance to get my money's worth with this evening's landing. I was driving downtown Las Vegas and had this on my dash. I took a few screen captures to record the moment. WiFi is not necessary. Now I'm looking forward to the next launch.

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The Voice Finalists perform live at Warringah Mall, Sydney, Australia

Darren Percival, Sarah De Bono and Rachael Leahcar enjoyed a public appearance at Warringah Mall, on Sydney's northern beaches this afternoon.

The former contestants on Channel Nine's 'The Voice' were there to promote their music of course.

Hundreds of passionate fans showed up to offer their support and a few lucky ones who bought CD's of their favourite performers from 'The Voice' got them autographed. Their music can also be enjoyed via iTunes.

Nova sponsored the event.

Music remains a popular medium in the reality TV industry. The Voice (U.S) is currently screening on Australian TV, but has not enjoyed the same ratings success as the Australian version.

We wish all of the performing artists well as their careers continue to evolve in front of appreciative Australian audiences.


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When NASA TV switched to the HUD view I almost forgot I was driving a car and began looking for the gear handle as RY22 at EDW was rushing toward me.

I've had my NASA iPhone app for a few days and I finally had a chance to get my money's worth with this evening's landing. I was driving downtown Las Vegas and had this on my dash. I took a few screen captures to record the moment. WiFi is not necessary. Now I'm looking forward to the next launch.

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Rachael Leahcar
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Image by Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer
The Voice Finalists perform live at Warringah Mall, Sydney, Australia

Darren Percival, Sarah De Bono and Rachael Leahcar enjoyed a public appearance at Warringah Mall, on Sydney's northern beaches this afternoon.

The former contestants on Channel Nine's 'The Voice' were there to promote their music of course.

Hundreds of passionate fans showed up to offer their support and a few lucky ones who bought CD's of their favourite performers from 'The Voice' got them autographed. Their music can also be enjoyed via iTunes.

Nova sponsored the event.

Music remains a popular medium in the reality TV industry. The Voice (U.S) is currently screening on Australian TV, but has not enjoyed the same ratings success as the Australian version.

We wish all of the performing artists well as their careers continue to evolve in front of appreciative Australian audiences.


iTunes - Sarah De Bono

The Voice (Australia)

Warringah Mall


Channel Nine

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr

Eva Rinaldi Photography

Music News Australia

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TV Shows We Used To Watch - 1955 Television advertising
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When ITV launched on 22 September 1955, the BBC's television service had been running unchallenged for almost two decades and was fast gaining popularity.

Less than fifteen months before the first television commercial appeared on British screens, on July 4th 1954, the Minister of Fuel and Power, Geoffrey Lloyd, burned a large replica of a ration book at an open meeting in his constituency to herald the official end of fourteen years of rationing in Britain. The dawning of a new age of prosperity was upon the British public. From a retailers point of view the start of commercial television could not have been better timed.

At 8pm, on September 22, 1955, ITV broadcast its first television programme. Its first advertisement came 12 minutes later advertising Gibbs SR Toothpaste. That first programme is now almost completely forgotten. But the first advertisement has acquired iconic status.

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The USA's first television advertisement was broadcast July 1, 1941. The watchmaker Bulova paid for a placement on New York station WNBT before a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The 10-second spot displayed a picture of a clock superimposed on a map of the United States, accompanied by the voice-over "America runs on Bulova time."

ITV Facts

* The BBC tried to strangle ITV at birth on 22 September 1955 by killing off Grace Archer, a leading character in the radio series, The Archers.

* ITV's launch night was marked with a lavish banquet at London Guildhall, where the menu included clear turtle soup, lobster chablis and roast grouse washed down with 1947 Krug.

* ITV went live at 7.15pm on 22 September 1955, with a line-up including the Hallé Orchestra playing Elgar's Cockaigne Suite and an excerpt from The Importance of Being Earnest, starring Sir John Gielgud.

* The first full day of transmission was on 23 September, and included the weather presented by Squadron-Leader Laurie West.

* ITV had the first female newsreader on British TV, Barbara Mandell, who read the news on the second day on air.

* Before ITV launched, Lord Reith, the founder of the BBC, compared "sponsored broadcasting" to smallpox, bubonic plague and the Black Death (all of which were introduced to England from overseas).

* Opponents of commercial television were incensed when American TV coverage of the Coronation was interrupted for an ad break featuring a celebrity chimp, J Fred Muggs. A clause was included in the commercial television Bill banning ad breaks from broadcasts featuring the Royal Family.

* More words were spoken in Parliament about whether a law allowing commercial television should be passed than are contained in the New Testament.

* The Broadcasting Bill was given Royal Assent on 30 July 1954, paving the way for a new independent television service supervised by the Independent Television Authority.

* Household cleaning products were the most advertised products in ITV's first five years.

* Adverts were placed in the press inviting applications from prospective programme contractors on 25 August 1954, attracting 25 replies.

* It is a myth that Sidney and Cecil Bernstein, the founders of Granada TV, chose to set up their company in the North, because it rained more, so they thought people would stay in to watch more TV.

* Lew Grade's ATV consortium, which held ITV licences in London and the Midlands, changed the face of television entertainment. But the ITA turned down the impresario's first application for a franchise, fearing it would give him too much clout.

* The first advert shown on ITV was at 8.12pm on its launch night for Gibbs SR toothpaste. At the time, more than a third of the population never brushed their teeth.

* ITV was the home of the first US TV shows to be broadcast in the UK, including I Love Lucy and the A-Team.

* Granada needed two transmitters for the northern region to serve both sides of the Pennines, but while the Lancashire transmitter was ready in time for launch night on 3 May 1956, the Yorkshire side was delayed until November.

* In the early days of ITV, the actors' union Equity refused to allow repeats so, if a show was repeated, the actors had to perform it all over again.

* An Oxford postgraduate called Somerset Plantagenet Fry became a celebrity as the first contestant on the quiz show Double Your Money's Treasure Trail in 1955.

* In 1958 Granada covered the Rochdale by-election, the first election to be shown on British television.

* Sunday Night At The London Palladium was one of ITV's most successful shows. At its height in 1958, when it was presented by Bruce Forsyth, it was watched by 28 million people.

* Armchair Theatre, run by Sydney Newman, brought original plays to a broad audience, but in 1958 one of the cast died as Underground was being transmitted. The play went on.

* Gone With The Wind star Vivien Leigh made her TV debut on ITV in 1959, in a production of Thornton Wilder's play The Skin of Our Teeth.

* The first episode of Coronation Street was broadcast on 9 December 1960. Writer Tony Warren originally called it Florizel Street and it almost became Jubilee Street.

* In 1962, the Pilkington report was highly critical of ITV and suggested the licence to run the third channel should be awarded to the BBC.

* In 1965, the ban on advertising cigarettes resulted in an £8m loss of revenue for ITV.

* ITV switched from black and white to colour in November 1969, prompting employees to strike for a pay increase for operating the new system.

* The Beatles made their TV debut in a live performance for People and Places, from Manchester on 17 October 1962.

* ITV's first major ratings clash with the BBC was on 20 July 1969, when the two went head to head with their live coverage of the first man on the Moon.

* The tape of ITV's coverage of the Moon landing has since been erased, along with many other programmes of the 1960s and 1970s, so it could be reused.

* In 1968, London Weekend Television acquired the rights to the one-day cricket contest, the Gillette Cup. The MCC was furious when ITV interrupted play for ads. The MCC took cricket back to the BBC, prompting an ITV lawsuit.

* 'Pop Stars' presenter 'Nasty' Nigel Lythgoe made his first television appearance as a dancer on Sunday Night At The London Palladium.

* Robin Hood was brought to ITV by Hannah Weinstein, who had fled the US in the McCarthy era and employed other blacklisted Hollywood talent to make a show about a character who redistributed wealth from the rich to the poor.

* ITV pioneered the concept of the studio panel to discuss football matches during the 1970 Mexico World Cup.

* Richard Burton was one of the backers for HTV's successful bid for the ITV franchise in Wales in 1967.

* ITV hoped to set up a second terrestrial channel like the BBC, but its hopes were dashed by the 1977 Annan report into the future of broadcasting.

* Lew Grade tried to keep down the cost of employing Roger Moore in The Saint by telling him episodes would last half an hour rather than an hour.

* The name of The Avengers' character Emma Peel was an expression of what the producers were looking for - Man Appeal.

* Mindful of impact, in the making of Jesus of Nazareth, Lew Grade asked: "Why are there only 12 apostles?"

* The Sweeney was the first police drama to be shot on location in real streets rather than in the studio.

* It takes longer to watch ITV's 13-part 1981 costume drama Brideshead Revisited than it does to read Evelyn Waugh's novel.

* The US oil companies who usually sponsored ITV's big dramas at first would not back Jewel In The Crown, saying India was too far away for the US audience.

* In 1973, the ITA banned a World In Action programme about the business affairs of bankrupt architect John Poulson, uniting The Sunday Times and Socialist Worker in a campaign against censorship.

* The South Bank Show first aired in 1978. When writer Richard Curtis applied to work for it, he was not even shortlisted.

* Greg Dyke was hired as editor-in-chief of TV-am in May 1983, when the new show was engaged in a frantic battle with BBC Breakfast and had just 800,000 viewers.

* City analysts reckon ITV's first unsuccessful foray into digital , OnDigital, had losses of up to £1m a day. Even rebranding it as ITV Digital, with a campaign featuring a woolly monkey, couldn't save it from going bust in 2002.

* In the first Pop Idol final, which pitted Will Young against Gareth Gates, on 9 Feburary 2002, the public cast 8.7 million votes and BT said the volume of calls had threatened the network.

* Bryan Ferry has admitted to being a fan of Footballers' Wives. He said the show was: "Wonderful! All these trashy women wandering around done up to the nines. I love it."

* The final of the first series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here inspired some to recreate their own jungles. B&Q reported a 30 per cent rise in online sales of deck chairs, barbecues and garden arches.

* Nearly 13 milion viewers tuned in to watch Ken and Deidre Barlow get remarried on Coronation Street in April 2005; 7 million saw Charles wed Camilla the following day.

* Royal Mail is releasing stamps to mark the 50th birthday, but Kevin Whately's image has had to be cut from the Inspector Morse stamp, as no one living, apart from the Royal Family, is allowed to appear on UK stamps.

* Nearly 90% of people watching timeshifted shows fast-forward the ads, but TV remains the most memorable form of advertising.

* Prior to the 1980s music in television advertisements was generally limited to jingles and incidental music; on some occasions lyrics to a popular song would be changed to create a theme song or a jingle for a particular product. In 1971 the converse occurred when a song written for a Coca-Cola advertisement was re-recorded as the pop single "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" by the New Seekers, and became a hit. Some pop and rock songs were re-recorded by cover bands for use in advertisements, but the cost of licensing original recordings for this purpose remained prohibitive until the late 1980s.

The use of previously-recorded popular songs in television advertisements began in earnest in 1985 when Burger King used the original recording of Aretha Franklin's song "Freeway of Love" in a television advertisement for the restaurant. This also occurred in 1987 when Nike used the original recording of The Beatles' song "Revolution" in an advertisement for athletic shoes. Since then, many classic popular songs have been used in similar fashion.

Songs can be used to concretely illustrate a point about the product being sold (such as Bob Seger's "Like a Rock" used for Chevy trucks), but more often are simply used to associate the good feelings listeners had for the song to the product on display. In some cases the original meaning of the song can be totally irrelevant or even completely opposite to the implication of the use in advertising; for example Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life", a song about heroin use addiction, has been used to advertise Royal Caribbean International, a cruise ship line. Music-licensing agreements with major artists, especially those that had not previously allowed their recordings to be used for this purpose, such as Microsoft's use of "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones and Apple Inc.'s use of U2's "Vertigo" became a source of publicity in themselves.

In early instances, songs were often used over the objections of the original artists, who had lost control of their music publishing the music of Beatles being perhaps the most well-known case; more recently artists have actively solicited use of their music in advertisements and songs have gained popularity and sales after being used in advertisements. A famous case is Levi's company, which has used several one hit wonders in their advertisements (songs such as "Inside", "Spaceman", and "Flat Beat").

Sometimes a controversial reaction has followed the use of some particular song on an advertisement. Often the trouble has been that people do not like the idea of using songs that promote values important for them in advertisements. For example Sly and the Family Stone's anti-racism song, "Everyday People", was used in a car advertisement, which angered among people.

Generic scores for advertisements often feature clarinets, saxophones, or various strings (such as the acoustic/electric guitars and violins) as the primary instruments.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, electronica music was increasingly used as background scores for television advertisements, initially for automobiles, and later for other technological and business products such as computers and financial services.

* Top 10 most controversial ads see link below

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That Was the Year That Was - 2004
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The US elections, the insurgency in Iraq, Yasser Arafat's death, this year had its big news stories. But what else made a splash in 2004?

In 2004, Iraq went badly wrong - except for supporters of the insurgency, in which case it went grimly well.

Holidaymakers could soon be heading for Libya in their droves, thanks to events this year that made the country more accessible to travellers and foreign investors. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's current reconciliation drive with the West reaped rewards. In the first quarter of the year, the US lifted a 23-year travel ban and ended trade sanctions to reward the former international pariah state for giving up weapons of mass destruction and vowing to compensate victims of the Lockerbie bombing. A visit by Tony Blair to Tripoli in March sent a signal that Libya was a safe place to travel, according to some British tour operators.

A “little” site named launched and grabbed the attention of college students everywhere.

In 2004, Apple had only just started working on development of its iPhone and no one outside the company knew about it, Samsung was focused on the South Korean market, and the hottest thing in wireless was the success of the I-mode mobile Internet service in Japan.

The year 2004 began with a war of the computer worms and ended with running robots as technology stories continually hit the news. In January, the MyDoom computer worm caused worldwide annoyance. It spread to thousands of computers in just a few hours in the guise of an administrator's alert. But it also used infected computers to launch a "denial of service" attack on two US companies, Microsoft and SCO. In this kind of attack a target is bombarded with meaningless data so the system overloads and crashes.

The defining tech trend of 2004 probably will be related to the defining trend of 2003 — the laptop’s steady march to overtake the desktop as the face of the PC.

Brando, one of the most influential performers of his generation, died in Los Angeles at the age of 80 in July. His short-lived marriages, bitter divorces, child custody battles and torrid affairs certainly made the headlines, but they never ultimately overshadowed his remarkable talent.

BBC broadcaster John Peel was Britain's champion of new musical talent for nearly 40 years before he died of a heart attack in October. He led the way in promoting new acts, from David Bowie, through Joy Division to the White Stripes.

Former Blue Peter presenter Caron Keating died aged 41 in April, losing her seven-year battle with breast cancer.

In March broadcaster Alistair Cooke died aged 95, weeks after giving up his 58-year position as host of Radio 4's weekly Letter From America.

Bafta-winning television writer Jack Rosenthal , responsible for early episodes of Coronation Street and London's Burning, and TV presenter and steeplejack Fred Dibnah lost their fights against cancer.

Broadcaster and journalist Bernard Levin, Auf Wiedersehen Pet star Pat Roach, US stand-up comic Rodney Dangerfield, Rentaghost star Molly Weir and Guinness Book of Records co-founder and TV presenter Norris McWhirter also passed away in 2004.

Superman star Christopher Reeve, who became paralysed after a riding accident in 1995, died of heart failure in October at the age of 52.

Actor and raconteur Sir Peter Ustinov, who starred in Spartacus and made the role of Agatha Christie sleuth Hercule Poirot his own, died aged 82 in March from heart failure.

Actress Janet Leigh, whose performance as a woman stabbed to death in the shower in Psycho remains a horror archetype, died aged 77 in October, while Hollywood musicals and Dallas star Howard Keel passed away in November aged 85.

Cult film director Russ Meyer, whose hits included 1965's Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, died aged 82 of pneumonia complications in September. Musical actress Ann Miller and King Kong heroine Fay Wray also passed away.

Singer, pianist and soul pioneer Ray Charles died in June aged 73, barely a year after he played his 10,000th concert.

Blind since the age of six, Charles' intense renditions of classic songs earned him 12 Grammy awards and the nickname The Genius. He died of acute liver disease.

Singer Sacha Distel, a huge star in his native France who had a worldwide hit with Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head in 1970, died after a long illness aged 71 in July.

US funk star Rick James, best known for his 1981 hit Super Freak, was found dead at the age of 56 following a heart attack in August. American rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, a founding member of influential hip hop act Wu-Tang Clan, died aged 35 in November after a drug overdose.

Film composers Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith, the writers behind scores to The Great Escape and The Omen, died during the summer.

Rock lost one its biggest stars when Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott, guitarist with Damageplan, was killed on stage during a concert in Ohio.

Les Gray, singer with glam rock band Mud, The Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone, Laura Branigan, who had a 1982 hit with Gloria, and New York Dolls bassist Arthur Kane also died this year.

2004 Timeline

1 January – Papers released under the Thirty Year Rule reveal that, contrary to what was believed at the time, The Princess Margaret would not have lost her title nor Civil List payments had she married Group Captain Peter Townsend, a divorced War hero, in the 1950s.

3 January – The BBC cancels the appearance of Coca Cola sponsorship credits in the music charts in its BBC One Top of the Pops show, after criticism from politicians and health campaigners that it would be promoting junk food and unhealthy drink products to teenagers.

6 January - The coroner's inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and her lover Dodi Al-Fayed is officially opened.

The Daily Mirror publishes the blacked out portion of a letter wherein Diana, Princess of Wales alleged that someone was trying to kill her.

7 January – It is announced that a record of nearly 2,600,000 new cars were sold in the United Kingdom during 2003.

8 January – The Queen Mary 2 is christened by Elizabeth II.

13 January - Robin Cook says that the British Museum's Parthenon Marbles must be returned to Greece.

Serial killer Dr. Harold Shipman is found dead in his cell; suicide is suspected.

The Bichard Inquiry into events preceding the Soham murders formally opens.

14 January – A 45-year old Sudanese man travelling from Washington Dulles International Airport to airport Dubai is arrested en route at London's Heathrow Airport on suspicion of carrying 5 bullets in his coat pocket.

19 January – The English Court of Appeal calls for an end to the prosecution of parents whose babies may have died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cot death) in cases where the only evidence is contended expert testimony.

21 January – The Secretary of State for Defence publishes a White paper Delivering Security in a Changing World, detailing wide-ranging reform of the country's armed forces.

27 January – The vote of Scottish Labour MPs, whose constituents were unaffected by the legislation, help Prime Minister Tony Blair narrowly defeat a rebellion in his own party over the Higher Education Bill – a highly controversial bill to reform higher education funding in England, including the introduction of increased and variable tuition fees – in the House of Commons by 316 votes to 311.

28 January – The Hutton Inquiry into the circumstances of the death of Dr. David Kelly is published. This is taken by most of the press to strongly condemn the BBC's handling of the David Kelly affair and to exonerate the government; the BBC's Director-General, Greg Dyke, chairman of the Board of Governors, Gavyn Davies, and the journalist at the centre of the controversy, Andrew Gilligan, resign. The UK media in general condemns the report as a whitewash.

1 February – Media sources and victim support groups across Britain condemn the £11,000 payouts to the families of the two girls who were murdered at Soham in August 2002 as a "pittance". The compensation was paid out by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

3 February – Foreign Secretary Jack Straw announces an independent inquiry, to be chaired by Lord Butler, to examine the reliability of intelligence on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

5 February/6 February – A party of Chinese cockle pickers is caught by the tides at night in Morecambe Bay, Lancashire, drowning 23 people. 21 bodies are recovered.

6 February – The Home Office confirms that Maxine Carr, convicted with Ian Huntley concerning the Soham murders of 2001, could be released from prison in the next few days.

11 February – Richard Desmond, the owner of the Daily Express and Daily Star tabloids, confirms that he has made a bid for the troubled Daily Telegraph.

15 February – The government are reported to have drawn up plans to break up the BBC in the wake of the Hutton inquiry.

19 February – Foreign Secretary Jack Straw announces that five of the nine Britons held without trial as terror suspects at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba, along with a Dane, are to be released.

21 February – Prime Minister Tony Blair comes under pressure from British human rights groups and MPs because of the government's sweeping powers under the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act, which have allowed the detention of 14 foreign terrorist suspects in the UK at what has been described as 'Britain's Guantanamo Bay'.

24 February – The British Olympic Association bans European 100 meter champion Dwain Chambers from competing in the Olympic Games for life for a positive test for the designer steroid THG.

25 February – Katharine Gun, formerly an employee of British spy agency GCHQ, has a charge of breaching the Official Secrets Act dropped after prosecutors offered no evidence, apparently on the advice of the Attorney General for England and Wales. Gun had admitted leaking American plans to bug UN delegates to a newspaper.

26 February – Clare Short, former Cabinet Minister, alleges on the BBC Today radio programme that British spies regularly intercept UN communications, including those of Kofi Annan, its Secretary-General.

29 February – Middlesbrough F.C. win their first trophy in their 128-year history by defeating Bolton Wanderers F.C. in the Football League Cup Final.

Vauxhall launches the fifth generation of its popular Astra family hatchback. It is initially just available as a five-door hatchback, with a three-door "Sporthatch" and a five-door estate due later this year.

11 March – Tory and Labour support is equal on 35% for the second time in nine months, raising the sceptre of a hung parliament at the next general election which is expected within a year.

16 March – Fifteen-year-old Scottish boy Kriss Donald abducted, tortured and murdered by Pakistani gang in racially motivated attack in Glasgow.

21 March – Architect Zaha Hadid becomes the first female recipient of the Pritzker Prize.

19 April – Tony Blair announces a change in government policy: there is to be a referendum on the proposed EU Constitution.

28 April – Landmark office building 30 St Mary Axe ("The Gherkin") in the City of London, designed by Norman Foster, opens.

10 May – Maxine Carr is released from prison with a new identity after serving half of her sentence for perverting the course of justice.

11 May – Stockline Plastics factory explosion: four people die in an explosion at a factory in Glasgow.

14 May – Piers Morgan is dismissed as editor of the Daily Mirror after the newspaper published fake pictures of Iraqi prisoner abuse.

19 May – Fathers 4 Justice stage a protest in the House of Commons at Prime Minister's Question Time by throwing purple powder at Tony Blair.

22 May – Manchester United beat Millwall 3-0 in the FA Cup final.

27 May – The Member of Parliament for Leicester South, Jim Marshall dies, triggering a by-election.

31 May – Premiere of the children's animation series Peppa Pig (produced by Astley Baker Davies) on Channel 5 television.

2 June – Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese coach who led FC Porto to European Cup glory on 26 May, is named as the new manager of Chelsea F.C. on a three-year contract.

6 June – Sixtieth anniversary of D-Day. Last minute pressure forces First Minister of Scotland Jack McConnell to attend commemorations. Rhodri Morgan, the First Minister of Wales takes flak for not doing the same.

10 June - European, local and regional elections take place. Labour lose many council seats.

A rebranding of the Football League sees Division One become the Football League Championship, Division Two become League One and Division Three become League Two.

11 June – The incumbent Ken Livingstone is announced as the winner of the election for Mayor of London.

14 June – Results of the European elections are announced. United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) are the main gainers, increasing from 3 to 12 MEPs.

16 June – Liverpool F.C. appoint the Spaniard Rafael Benitez as their new manager.

21 June – The Football League club Wimbledon, who relocated to Milton Keynes from South London last autumn, are renamed Milton Keynes Dons to reflect their new location.

24 June – England are knocked out of Euro 2004 by Portugal, on penalties.

2 July - An openly gay cleric, Jeffrey John is installed as the Dean of St Albans.

A court rules that Humberside Police Authority must suspend the Chief Constable, David Westwood, in accordance with the Home Secretary (David Blunkett)'s demands.

6 July – The Queen unveils a memorial fountain to Diana, Princess of Wales.

8 July – Marks and Spencer overheads turn down a takeover bid by retail tycoon Philip Green.

12 July – Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown announces the massive loss of 100,000 civil service jobs in the UK; the savings to be put into front-line services such as Health and Education.

13 July - The Public Administration Committee of the House of Commons recommends massive changes to the British Honours System including scrapping knighthoods and renaming the Order of the British Empire to the 'Order of British Excellence'.

The Countryside Agency publicises a new Countryside Code in advance of the 'Right to Roam' coming into effect in September across England and Wales.

The House of Lords makes a hostile amendment to the Constitutional Reform Bill that would retain the name of the office of Lord Chancellor.

14 July – The Butler Inquiry releases its report, mildly criticising the government in their use of intelligence relating to Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq.

15 July – Leicester South and Birmingham Hodge Hill by-elections held. The Hodge Hill by-election is a Labour hold, but the party loses the Leicester South seat to 37-year-old Liberal Democrat Parmjit Singh Gill, an Indian Sikh who is the party's first ethnic minority MP.

18 July – North Yorkshire police launch a murder hunt after 27-year-old twin sisters Claire and Diane Sanderson are found dead in a flat in Camblesforth, near Selby.

19 July – The Government announces backing for the Crossrail project.

20 July – Government to publish results of review into Council Tax in England.

23 July – Tony Blair announces that Peter Mandelson is to become Britain's new European Commissioner.

9 August – West Bromwich Albion terminate the contract of striker Lee Hughes as he is sentenced to six years in prison after being found guilty causing death by dangerous driving, having killed a 56-year-old man in a collision near Coventry on 22 November 2003.

13–29 August – Great Britain participates in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens winning a total of 9 gold, 9 silver and 12 bronze medals.

16 August – Boscastle flood of 2004: flash floods destroy buildings and wash cars out to sea in Cornwall.

28 August – Kelly Holmes wins her second gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

13 September – A Fathers 4 Justice campaigner dressed as Batman breaches security at Buckingham Palace.

15 September – Parliament is suspended after pro-hunt campaigners break into the House of Commons.

1 October – Tony Blair announces his intention to resign as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom if Labour win the next General Election, so he will not have to stand for a possible fourth term in the position.

7 October – British hostage Ken Bigley, of Liverpool, is beheaded by militants in Iraq.

9 October – Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh, designed by Enric Miralles, is opened.

19 October – British aid worker Margaret Hassan is taken hostage in Iraq.

4 November – A referendum is held in North East England on the establishment of elected regional assemblies. The majority of voters said "no" to the plans.

6 November – Ufton Nervet rail crash: Seven people are killed when a train is derailed by a car deliberately left on a level crossing in Berkshire.

15 November – Children Act clarifies most official responsibilities for children, notably bringing all local government functions for children's welfare and education under the authority of local Directors of Children's Services.

16 November - The government announces plans to prohibit smoking in most enclosed public places (including workplaces) within the next three years.

It is reported that Margaret Hassan is dead after her family receive a video recording supposedly showing her being killed.

18 November – Parliament passes the Hunting Act 2004 banning fox hunting in England and Wales.

20 November – Launch of the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission, a joint United States, UK and Italian developed spacecraft, designed to study gamma-ray bursts.

28 November – Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff is opened.

Ford launches the second generation of its best-selling Focus family car that was originally launched in September 1998.

2 December – David Bieber, a 38-year-old former United States marine, is found guilty of murdering PC Ian Broadhurst in Leeds on Boxing Day last year. He is sentenced to life imprisonment and the trial judge recommends that he should never be released from prison. After his conviction, it is revealed that Bieber was wanted in connection with a 1995 murder in Florida. It is also revealed that he had entered Britain by using the name Nathan Wayne Coleman – who was really a child who had died in infancy in 1968.

14 December – Millau Viaduct in France, designed by British architect Norman Foster, is opened.

15 December – David Blunkett resigns as Home Secretary after three-and-a-half years in the role.

20 December – Northern Bank robbery in Belfast, £26.5 million is stolen.

26 December – A significant number of Britons are among the thousands of people killed by a tsunami in the Indian Ocean. The victims are killed in countries including Indonesia and Thailand.


4 February – ITV announce the comedian Bradley Walsh is to join Coronation Street as the nephew of factory owner Mike Baldwin (Johnny Briggs). The news comes as it is announced that five actors will leave the soap over the next twelve months—Adam Rickitt (Nick Tilsley), Susie Blake (Bev Unwin), Iain Rogerson (Harry Flagg), Katherine Hunt (Angela Harris) and Thomas Craig (Tommy Harris). Beverley Callard (Liz McDonald) and Jane Danson (Leanne Battersby) are also set to return to the series in the summer.

UKTV announce plans to rebrand all their UK prefix channels as UKTV. UK Horizons will also be replaced by UKTV Documentary and UKTV People from 8 March.

Five confirms that The Terry and Gaby Show will be axed when it finishes its current run on 26 March.

5 February - Five actors from Coronation Street are axed by new producer Tony Wood. Adam Rickitt (Nick Tilsley), Susie Blake (Bev Unwin), Iain Rogerson (Harry Flagg), Katherine Hunt (Angela Harris) and Thomas Craig (Tommy Harris) will all leave when their contracts come to an end.

9 February – Kerry McFadden wins the third series of ITV1's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!.


Christmas Eve Wednesday 24th December 2003

ITV1 London

5.05am CITV

5.25am Engie Benjy

5.35am Tractor Tom

5.45am Mopatop's Shop

5.55am Morning News

6.00am GMTV

9.25am CITV

9.35am Hey Arnold!

10.05am Sabrina the Teenage Witch

10.35am The Willows in Winter animation

12.00 Love 2 Shop

12.30pm Lunchtime News

12.50pm Regional News, Weather

1.00pm Today with Des and Mel

2.00pm Kings and Queens

3.00pm Santa Claus Brothers

4.00pm Film : Star Wars Episode 1 : the Phantom Menace (1999)

6.20pm Christmas You've Been Framed!

6.50pm ITV Evening News, Weather

7.00pm Emmerdale

7.30pm The Bill

8.30pm Coronation Street

9.00pm The Real Beckhams

10.30pm Tarrant on TV Christmas

11.10pm ITV News, Regional News, Weather, Regional Weather

11.25pm Christmas Service from Manchester Cathedral

12.50am Film : The Go-Between (1971) starring Julie Christie, Alan Bates

2.55am Film : Rainbow (1995) starring Bob Hoskins, Dan Aykroyd

Christmas Day Thursday 25th December 2003

ITV1 London

4.25am CITV

4.45am Engie Benjy

4.55am Tractor Tom

5.10am Mopatop's Shop

5.15am Yoko! Jakamoko!

5.20am Tractor Tom

5.35am Boobah

5.55am Morning News

6.00am GMTV
Rockabye Bubble

6.20am Ni Ni's Treehouse

6.40am Boohbah

7.00am Diggin' It

9.25am A Small Miracle

10.00am Bethlehem Follow the Star

11.00am My Favourite Hymns

11.30am Film : Doug's 1st Movie (1999) Première

12.50pm Cartoons

1.10pm ITV News, Weather

1.20pm Film : Turner and Hooch (1989)

3.00pm The Queen

3.10pm Film : Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

5.15pm Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire ?

6.15pm ITV Evening News, Regional News, Weather

6.25pm Creature Comforts

6.40pm Emmerdale

7.40pm Coronation Street

8.40pm World Idol

10.10pm Creature Comforts

10.25pm ITV News, Regional News, Weather

10.35pm Celebrity Who Wants to Be a Millionaire ?

11.35pm Film : Fierce Creatures (1997)

1.15am Christmas.........Forever

2.20am Film : The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995)

4.00am-4.50am CD : UK

Boxing Day Friday 26th December 2003

ITV1 London

4.50am CITV

5.10am Engie Benjy

5.20am Tractor Tom

5.35am Boobah

5.55am Morning News

6.00am GMTV
Rockabye Bubble

6.20am Ni Ni's Treehouse

6.40am Boobah

7.00am Diggin' It

9.25am CITV
Meg and Mog

9.30am The Last Polar Bears

9.50am Sabrina the Teenage Witch

10.25am Busted Christmas Special

11.00am World Idol

12.30pm Lunchtime News, Weather

12.45pm On the Ball

1.35pm Rugby World Cup Review

2.45pm Film : Zulu (1964)

5.05pm ITV New, Sport, Weather

5.20pm You've Been Framed!

6.10pm Emmerdale

6.40pm Film : The Grinch (2000) starring Jim Carrey Première

8.30pm Coronation Street

9.00pm Agatha Christie's Poirot : Sad Cypress

11.00pm ITV Weekend News, Regional News, Weather, Regional Weather

11.15pm The Premiership

12.50am Film : The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

2.40am Entertainment Now

3.10-4.50am Film : Little Miss Maker (1980)

BRIT Awards

The 2004 BRIT Awards winners were:

Best British Male Solo Artist: Daniel Bedingfield
Best British Female Solo Artist: Dido
Best British Group: The Darkness
British Breakthrough: Busted
Best British Single: Dido – "White Flag"
Best British Album: The Darkness – "Permission to Land"
Best British Dance Act: Basement Jaxx
Best Pop Act: Busted
Best British Urban Act: Lemar
Best British Rock Act: The Darkness
Best International Female Solo Artist: Beyoncé
Best International Male Solo Artist: Justin Timberlake
Best International Group: The White Stripes
International Breakthrough Artist: 50 Cent
Best International Album: Justin Timberlake – "Justified"
Outstanding Contribution: Duran Duran

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That Was the Year That Was - 1984
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1984 The Aids Virus is identified it is not the worldwide problem it is today. Following on from the PC Apple releases the Macintosh computer. Following the Widespread Famine in Ethiopia many of the top British and Irish USSR pop musicians join together under the Name Band Aid and record the song "Do They Know It's Christmas". Following the boycott by the US of the Moscow Olympics the soviet block boycotts the Los Angeles Olympic games. Recession continues to be a problem in the US and 70 US Banks fail in just one year.

In 1984? the wife of the future king was expecting a second child, England fans sang “No surrender to the IRA”; and Bob Geldof and bunch of famous musicians made a charity record called Do They Know It’s Christmas?, for Africa, which went to No 1 at Christmas. On Television There were only four channels if you missed something, that was it – you missed it. But it didn’t matter because it was probably just Prisoner Cell Block H, or Corrie, or Dallas. Or The Jewel in the Crown if you were posh.

With Frankie Goes to Hollywood dominating the charts, bolero jackets and leg warmers all the rage, and Nelson Mandela still in prison. Jayne and Christopher spun and swirled to fame with their interpretation of Ravel's 'Bolero' at the 1984 Winter Olympics, which made them the highest-scoring ice dancers of all time. Six people died when Britain was battered by hurricane force winds in January. Youth gangs ran riot in Wolverhampton, looting from shops. Peace protesters were evicted from the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp.

Bucks Fizz, the highly successful pop group, are involved in a road accident near Newcastle upon Tyne when their tour bus crashes in icy road conditions after a concert. Bobby Gee, Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston escape with relatively minor injuries, but Mike Nolan is in a serious condition. On 15 April 1984, Tommy Cooper collapsed and soon after died from a heart attack in front of millions of television viewers, midway through his act on the London Weekend Television variety show Live From Her Majesty's, transmitted live from Her Majesty's Theatre. His stage persona required that his act intentionally go wrong for comic purposes, leading to some initial uncertainty about whether this collapse was real. "Relax" reaches number one in the UK singles chart, despite the BBC ban; it will spend a total of 42 weeks in the Top 40.

The Miners Strike

The 1984/5 miners strike was one of the longest strikes in UK history. It started in Yorkshire in early March 1984 in protest at intended pit closures by Margaret Thatcher’s government. The president of the National Union of Mineworkers at the time, Arthur Scargill called a national strike and because this was later declared illegal, striking mineworkers were deprived of any income.

Margaret Thatcher branded the striking miners “the enemy within” setting the tone for police and strikers facing each other across picket lines outside pits and other industrial sites requiring coal.

Women played a large part in the strike and formed support groups as soon as the national strike began on 9 March 1984.

Tens of thousands of Britain's miners have stopped work in what looks like becoming a long battle against job losses. More than half the country's 187,000 mineworkers are now on strike. Miners in Yorkshire and Kent were the first to down tools this morning - by tonight they had been joined by colleagues in Scotland and South Wales.

The trouble began over an announcement by Chairman of the Coal Board Ian MacGregor six days ago that 20 uneconomic pits would have to close, putting 20,000 miners out of work. Miners at Cortonwood colliery in Yorkshire - the first earmarked for closure - walked out at midnight on 5 March in protest at the plans.

National Union of Mineworkers president Arthur Scargill is calling on members across the country to join the action. He is relying on flying pickets to drum up support.

The beginning of the end for British coal

The 1984 miners' strike was the most bitter industrial dispute in British history. But ten years earlier the UK's coal industry appeared to be on the way up.

A cross-party agreement - the "Plan for Coal" - appeared to secure the future of mining in Britain, two years after the February 1972 miners' strike, which had crippled the country's power supplies.

Over 200 million tons was to be produced by 2000, which meant major expansion and investment for the industry.

1 December 1984: Taxi driver killed by striking miners

Two striking miners were last night charged with the murder of a taxi driver who was taking a miner to work at Merthyr Vale colliery in Mid-Glamorgan.

The two men were Mr Reginald Dean Hancock, aged 21, of Rhymney Bridge, Rhymney, Mid-Glamorgan, and Mr Russell Shankland, 20, of Manest Street, Rhymney. Both men are single. Merthyr police said last night they would appear this morning before a specially convened magistrates’ court. A third person was last night still helping police with their inquiries.

Mr David Wilkie, aged 35, was killed when a concrete block and a four foot long concrete post were dropped on his car from a bridge 20 feet above the A465 Heads of the Valleys road near Merthyr Tydfil. The taxi went out of control and crashed into an embankment.

Both missiles hit the car, which was in a police convoy, and the concrete block, measuring 18 inches by 9 inches, smashed the windscreen and pinned Mr Wilkie to his seat. He sustained multiple injuries and was dead on arrival at hospital.

The working miner in the back of the taxi, Mr David Williams, aged 35, was unhurt.

The Chief Constable of South Wales, Mr David East, later told a press conference at Merthyr police station: ‘This is not industrial action. This is not picketing. This is murder. Whoever threw those things down must have known the likely consequences.’

He recalled that in September the assistant chief constable, Mr Viv Brook, had warned that someone would be killed if pickets continued throwing pieces of concrete from motorway bridges.

Striking miners had then been attempting to stop convoys of lorries taking coal to Llanwern steelworks. ‘The style of attack today is similar,’ Mr East said, ‘but with any inquiry you must keep an open mind.’

Twenty-eight policemen have been injured in clashes involving hundreds of police and pickets at the colliery, where two men have been reporting for work for a fortnight.

1984: Libyan embassy shots kill policewoman

A police officer has been killed and ten people injured after shots were fired from the Libyan People's Bureau in central London. WPC Yvonne Fletcher had been helping control a small demonstration outside the embassy when automatic gunfire came from outside. She received a fatal stomach wound and some of the demonstrators were also severely injured.

WPC Fletcher, 25, died soon afterwards at Westminster Hospital. Her fiancé, another police officer who was also at the demonstration, was at her side. After the shooting people were cleared from surrounding offices in St James' Square. Some had witnessed events from their workplace. Film maker Ray Barker said people were stunned by what had happened. "Several of my colleagues burst into tears. It was unbelievable that sort of thing could happen at such an insignificant demonstration," he said.

Journalist Brian Cartmell was in St James' Square just feet away from Yvonne Fletcher when she was hit. "She crumpled to the floor clutching her lower stomach and groin and rolled on to her right-hand side with a look of total surprise on her pretty face," Mr Cartmell said. The Libyan building is now surrounded by armed police officers including specialist marksmen.

However, Home Secretary Leon Brittan has said the police are prepared to wait and deal with the situation in a peaceful way. Police officers are in touch with those inside the Libyan People's Bureau via a special telephone link. The Libyans, led by Colonel Gaddafi, are blaming Britain's police and security forces for "attacking" their embassy.

Britain restored diplomatic relations with Libya in 1999 after the Libyan Government admitted it bore "general responsibility" for WPC Fletcher's death.

It also paid a six-figure sum in compensation to her family.

1984 Timeline

January – General Motors ends production of the Vauxhall Chevette after nine years.

1 January – Brunei regains its independence from the United Kingdom. It became a British protectorate in 1888.

3 January – The FTSE 100 Index starts.

6 January – The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders announces that a record of nearly 1.8million cars were sold in Britain last year. The best selling car was the Ford Escort with more than 174,000 sales.

9 January – Sarah Tisdall, a 23-year-old Foreign Office clerk, is charged under the Official Secrets Act.

13 January – Six people die when Britain is battered by hurricane force winds.

15 January – Left-wing rebel Tony Benn wins the Labour Party's nomination for the Chesterfield by-election, eight months after losing his seat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Bristol in the General Election.

25 January – The government prohibits GCHQ staff from belonging to any trade union.

1 February – Japanese car maker Nissan signs an agreement with the British government to build a car factory in Britain. This landmark deal means that "foreign" cars will be built in Britain for the first time, with the factory set to open during 1986.

7 February –19 February – Great Britain and Northern Ireland compete at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and win one gold medal.

12 February – Austin Rover announces that the Triumph marque will be discontinued this summer after 63 years, as the Triumph Acclaim's successor will be sold as a Rover.

14 February – Torvill and Dean win a gold medal for ice skating at the Winter Olympics.

20 February – The Manchester alternative rock band The Smiths, fronted by Morrissey, release their first album, The Smiths.

1 March – Labour MP Tony Benn is returned to parliament after winning the Chesterfield by-election, having lost his previous seat at the general election last year.

2 March – Just five months after becoming Labour Party leader, Neil Kinnock's ambition of becoming Prime Minister at the next election (due to be held by June 1988) are given a boost when Labour come top of a MORI poll with 41% of the vote (compared to the 38% attained by the Conservatives). Just over six months ago, the Conservatives had a 16-point lead over Labour in the opinion polls. However, Kinnock is still faced with the task of overhauling a triple-digit Conservative majority.

12 March – Miners' strike begins and pits the National Union of Mineworkers against Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government intent on free market reform of the nationalised industries, which includes plans for the closure of most of Britain's remaining coal pits.

14 March – Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams and three others are seriously injured in a gun attack by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).

21 March – European Economic Community summit breaks down over disagreement over Britain's budget rebate with Margaret Thatcher threatening to veto any expansion of spending plans.

23 March – Hilda Murrell, 78-year-old rose grower and anti-nuclear campaigner, is found dead near her home in Shropshire, five days after being reported missing. West Mercia Police launch a murder investigation.

27 March – Starlight Express opens at Apollo Victoria Theatre in London.

28 March – A greenfield site at Washington, near Sunderland, is confirmed as the location for the new Nissan car factory.

2 April – Youth gangs run riot in Wolverhampton, looting from shops.

4 April – Peace protesters evicted from the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp.

9 April – More than 100 pickets are arrested in violent clashes at the Creswell colliery in Derbyshire and the Babbington colliery in Nottinghamshire. It is estimated that 46 out of 176 British coal mines are currently active as miners fight government plans to close 20 coal mines across Britain.

12 April – Arthur Scargill, the leader of the National Union of Mineworkers, rules out a national ballot of miners on whether to continue their strike, which has already lasted five weeks.

15 April – The comedian Tommy Cooper, 63, collapses and dies on stage from a heart attack during a live televised show, Live from Her Majesty's.

17 April – WPC Yvonne Fletcher is shot and killed by a secluded gunman during a siege outside the Libyan Embassy in London in the event known as the 1984 Libyan Embassy Siege. 11 other people are also shot but survive.

22 April – In the wake of Yvonne Fletcher's death, Britain severs diplomatic relations with Libya and serves warning on its seven remaining Libyan diplomats to return to their homeland.

25 April – Austin Rover launches its new Montego four-door saloon, which replaces the outdated Morris Ital and competes head-to-head with the Ford Sierra and Vauxhall Cavalier. The demise of the Ital coincides with the demise of the 72-year-old Morris marque, as the restructuring of Austin Rover will result in the discontinuation of several less popular marques as well as a less extensive model range.

27 April – 30 Libyan diplomats leave Britain.

2 May – The Liverpool International Garden Festival opens in Liverpool.

8 May – The Thames Barrier, designed to protect London from floods, is opened by The Queen.

19 May – Everton win the FA Cup, their first major trophy for 14 years, with a 2-0 win over Watford in the final at Wembley Stadium. The goals are scored by Andy Gray and Graham Sharp. Everton's last FA Cup triumph came in 1966, and they have now won the trophy four times.

21 May – Release of The Smiths' single Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now.

29 May – Fighting at Orgreave colliery between police and striking miners leaves 64 injured.

30 May - The Queen officially opens a new terminal at Birmingham International Airport. The terminal has been in use since the start of last month, replacing the original terminal that opened in 1939.

Liverpool win the European Cup for the fourth time with a penalty shoot-out victory over AS Roma of Italy after a 1-1 draw in the final at Olympic Stadium in Rome.

Liverpool, who have also won the Football League First Division and Football League Cup this season, are the first English club to win three major trophies in the same season.

Arthur Scargill is arrested and charged with obstruction at Orgreave.

June – British unemployment is at a record high of around 3,260,000 - though a higher percentage of the nation's workforce were unemployed during the Great Depression some 50 years ago.

7 June – 120 people are arrested when fighting breaks out outside the Houses of Parliament during a mass lobby by striking miners.

14 June – The European Parliament Election is held. The Tories lead the way with 45 MEPs, with Labour in second place with 32. The SDP–Liberal Alliance gains 18.5% of the vote but fails to elect a single MEP.

15 June – A miner picketing a Yorkshire power station is killed by a lorry.

20 June – The biggest exam shake-up in the education system in over 10 years is announced with O-level and CSE exams to be replaced by a new exam, the GCSE. The first GCSE courses will begin in September 1986 and will be completed in the summer of 1988.

22 June – The inaugural flight of the first Virgin Atlantic plane takes place.

29 June – Control of London Transport is removed from the Greater London Council and transferred to London Regional Transport (reporting to the Secretary of State for Transport) under terms of the London Regional Transport Act.

4 July – The government announces the abolition of dog licences.

6 July - David Jenkins consecrated as Bishop of Durham, despite strong objections from conservative Christians.

Murder of Isabel Schwarz, a social worker, in South London.

7 July – The 10th G7 summit held in London.

9 July – A bolt of lightning strikes York Minster and causes extensive fire damage which is expected to cost millions of pounds to repair.

12 July – Robert Maxwell buys the Daily Mirror for £113.4 million.

18 July – The magazine Tit-Bits closes after 104 years.

19 July - A magnitude 5.4 earthquake with an epicentre in the Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales is felt throughout the United Kingdom.

Neil Kinnock's hopes of becoming Prime Minister are given a boost by the latest MORI poll which puts Labour three points ahead of the Conservatives on 40%.

23 July – Austin Rover announces its second new car launch of the year — the Rover 200, a four-door saloon which replaces the Triumph Acclaim and is the combine's second product from its venture with Japanese car maker Honda. As a result, the Triumph marque is the second to be discontinued by Austin Rover this year.

26 July – Trade Union Act prohibits unions from striking without a ballot.

27 July – British actor James Mason dies in Switzerland aged 75.

28 July–12 August – Great Britain and Northern Ireland compete at the Olympics in Los Angeles, California, and win 5 gold, 11 silver and 21 bronze medals.

2 August – A Surrey business man wins a case in the European Court of Human Rights over illegal phone tapping by the police.

11 August – Barefoot South African runner Zola Budd, controversially granted British citizenship earlier in the year, collides with Mary Decker in the 3000 meters final at the Olympics, neither finishing as medallists.

16 August – John DeLorean, the man behind the collapsed DeLorean carmaker, is cleared on drug trafficking charges in Los Angeles.

24 August – Vauxhall unveils the Mk2 Astra, which will go on sale in October.

4 September – The Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends television series is first broadcast on ITV.

6 September – A MORI poll shows that the Conservatives now have a slim lead over Labour for the first time this year.

7 September – An outbreak of food poisoning in two Yorkshire hospitals has so far claimed 22 lives in the space of two weeks.

10 September – Geneticist Alec Jeffreys discovers DNA fingerprinting.

14 September – The Princess of Wales gives birth to her second son.

16 September – The two-day-old son of The Prince and Princess of Wales is named as Henry Charles Albert David.

24 September – Four pupils and their teacher die and a further six pupils are injured when a roll of steel from a lorry crushes their minibus near Stuart Bathurst RC High School in Wednesbury, West Midlands.

26 September – The United Kingdom and the People's Republic of China sign the initial agreement to return Hong Kong to China in 1997.

28 September – The High Court rules that the miner's strike is unlawful.

1 October – David Jenkins, Bishop of Durham, launches an attack on Margaret Thatcher's social policies. The Durham area has been particularly hard hit by factory and mine closures since her election as Prime Minister five years ago.

3 October – Plans to expand the Urban Enterprise Zone in Dudley, West Midlands, are approved; developers Don and Roy Richardson get the go-ahead to build a retail park and shopping mall on the main part of the site. The first tenants will move to the site next year and the development is expected in the next 18 months, with scope for further service sector developments in the future.

5 October – Police in Essex make the largest cannabis seizure in British criminal history when a multi-million pound stash of the drug is found on a schooner moored on the River Crouch near North Fambridge village.

10 October – The High Court fines the NUM £200,000 and Arthur Scargill £1,000 for contempt of court.

12 October – The Provisional Irish Republican Army attempts to assassinate the Conservative cabinet in the Brighton hotel bombing. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher escapes injury, but Norman Tebbit is trapped among the rubble and his wife Margaret is seriously injured. Five people, including MP Anthony Berry, are killed.

13 October – Darts player John Lowe achieves the first televised nine dart finish.

16 October - There is good news for state-owned car maker Austin Rover. On the day that a facelifted version of the top selling Austin Metro, now available as a five-door as well as a three-door, is launched, it is announced that sales for September have increased by 39% over the same period last year. The pre-facelift Metro was Britain's best selling car last month, while the mid-range Maestro (launched 19 months ago) was the second best seller ahead of its key rival the Ford Escort, and the six-month-old Austin Montego was the fifth best seller ahead of the Ford Sierra.

The Bill, a police TV drama, airs for the first time on ITV. It debuted last year as a pilot show Wooden Top. When the last episode is shown in 2010 it will be the longest-running police procedural in British television history.

18 October – Support for the Conservative government is reported to be improving after several months of dismal poll showings, with the latest MORI poll putting them nine points ahead of Labour on 44%.

23 October – BBC News newsreader Michael Buerk gives powerful commentary of the famine in Ethiopia which has already claimed thousands of lives and reportedly has the potential claim the lives of many as 7 million more people. Numerous British charities including Oxfam and Save the Children begin collection work to aid the famine victims, who are mostly encamped near the town of Korem.

5 November – 800 miners end their strike and return to work.

12 November – The English one pound note is withdrawn after 150 years in circulation.

15 November – The General Synod of the Church of England support the ordination of women as deacons, but not as full priests.

19 November – The number of working miners increases to around 62,000 when nearly 3,000 striking miners return to work.

20 November – British Telecom shares go on sale in the biggest share issue ever. Two million people (5% of the adult population) buy shares, almost doubling the number of share owners in Britain.

23 November – The Oxford Circus fire traps around 1,000 passengers on the London Underground but no-one is killed.

25 November – 36 of Britain and Ireland's top pop musicians gather in a Notting Hill studio to form Band Aid and record the song "Do They Know It's Christmas" in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.

28 November – The British Telecom share offer closes.

30 November - Tension in the miners' strike increases when two South Wales miners are charged with the murder of taxi driver David Wilkie, 35, who died when a concrete block was dropped on his car from a road bridge. The passenger in his car, who escaped with minor injuries, was a miner who had defied the strike and continued going to work.

The British and French governments announce their intention to seek private promoters for the construction of the Channel Tunnel in order to build and operate it without public funding. The tunnel, for which proposals were first made as long ago as 1802, is expected to be open in the early 1990s.

3 December - British Telecom is privatised.

The Band Aid charity single is released.

10 December - Richard Stone wins the Nobel Prize in Economics "for having made fundamental contributions to the development of systems of national accounts and hence greatly improved the basis for empirical economic analysis".

César Milstein wins the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with Niels Kaj Jerne and Georges J. F. Köhler "for theories concerning the specificity in development and control of the immune system and the discovery of the principle for production of monoclonal antibodies".

11 December – Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" goes to the top of the UK Singles Chart.

12 December – Bucks Fizz, the highly successful pop group, are involved in a road accident near Newcastle upon Tyne when their tour bus crashes in icy road conditions after a concert. Bobby Gee, Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston escape with relatively minor injuries, but Mike Nolan is in a serious condition.

14 December – Arthur Scargill, president of the NUM, is fined £250 and ordered to pay £750 for his involvement in the rioting at Orgreave coking plant on 29 May this year. He decides against appealing his convictions, despite his lawyers advising him to do so.

16 December – Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union visits Britain.

18 December – The government announces the privatisation of the Trustee Savings Bank.

19 December - The People's Republic of China and the United Kingdom sign the Sino-British Joint Declaration which will see the whole of the British Overseas Territory of Hong Kong returning to Chinese control in 13 years.

Ted Hughes' appointment as Poet Laureate in succession to Sir John Betjeman is announced, Philip Larkin having turned down the post.

21 December – The three-month-old son of The Prince and Princess of Wales is christened Henry Charles Albert David. (He is and always has been called "Harry").

22 December – Band Aid's charity single is this year's Christmas number one.

31 December – Rick Allen, drummer of Def Leppard, loses his left arm in a car accident on the A57 road at Snake Pass.

Chatham Dockyard in Medway is closed after being used a shipbuilding yard for over 400 years since the reign of Henry VIII.

Vauxhall have a successful year in the motor industry. It reported that its market share has doubled since 1981, and the year ended on an even bigger high when its MK2 Astra range was elected European Car of the Year.

Despite unemployment reaching a peak of nearly 3.3million this year, inflation is still low at 5%.

Youth unemployment (covering the 16-24 age range) stands at a record 1,200,000 - more than a third of the total unemployment count.


4 January – Pat Phoenix leaves Coronation Street for the second and final time as Elsie Tanner goes to live with old flame Bill Gregory in Portugal, having been in the show since its inception in 1960.

16 January – "The Satellite Channel" is renamed "Sky Channel".

30 January – The BBC's Panorama documentary strand broadcasts "Maggie's Militant Tendency" which claims links between several Conservative MPs and far-right organisations both in Britain and Europe. Two of the MPs named, Neil Hamilton and Gerald Howarth subsequently sue the BBC for slander. In 1986 after the BBC withdraws from the case Hamilton is awarded £20,000 damages.

14 February – An estimated 24 million viewers watch Torvill and Dean win Gold at the 1984 Winter Olympics skating to Ravel's Boléro.

16 March – Peter Davison's last serial as the Fifth Doctor in Doctor Who, 'The Caves of Androzani', finished; Colin Baker became the Sixth Doctor in the same episode.

15 April – Comedian Tommy Cooper dies from a heart attack on live television at the age of 63 during Live From Her Majesty's.

7 June – BBC1 airs the first edition of Crimewatch. The first case to be featured on the show is the murder of Colette Aram, which had occurred the previous year. A man is finally charged with the murder in 2009, and sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2010 after pleading guilty.

23 June – ITV broadcasts the rock concert New Brighton Rock recorded at the event staged in the seaside resort of New Brighton, Merseyside over two days on 21 and 22 May.

28 July – The 1984 Summer Olympics begin in Los Angeles.

27 August – Technicians at Thames Television walk out on strike over the use of new cameras and editing equipment along with overtime payments for transmission staff. The strike lasts for two weeks but the station is off the air for just one day over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Management and administration staff take over their roles, broadcasting a skeleton service.

1 September – The Children's Channel launched on satellite television.

4 September – The Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends television series is first broadcast on ITV.

23 September – British single TV drama play Threads premiered on BBC2.

8 October – The Australian soap Prisoner: Cell Block H makes its British television debut when Yorkshire Television becomes the first ITV region to begin airing the programme in a late night slot. It is followed by most other ITV regions in 1987.

15 October – Channel 4's output increases by 25%. The weekday schedules now begin at 2.30pm instead of 5:00pm, while weekend airtime starts at 1:00pm rather than 2:00pm.

16 October – The Bill, a police TV drama, airs for the first time on ITV. It debuted last year as a pilot show Wooden Top. When the last episode is shown in 2010 it will be the longest-running police procedural in British television history.

23 October – BBC News newsreader Michael Buerk gives powerful commentary of the famine in Ethiopia which has already claimed thousands of lives and reportedly has the potential to kill as many as 7million people.

Telstar TV, the UK's first pirate television station goes on air in Birmingham. The channel broadcasts for about eight weeks on the BBC2 transmitter in the Northfield and Rubery areas of the city, showing a mixture of films and pop videos after BBC2 closes at weekends. It goes unnoticed by the authorities for several weeks much to their embarrassment.


19 January – The Living Planet (1984)
29 January – Ever Decreasing Circles (1984–1989)
7 June – Crimewatch (1984–present)
1 September – Bob's Full House (1984–1990)
3 September – BBC News at Six (1984–present)


31 January – Alas Smith and Jones (1984–1998)
23 September – Threads (1984)


7 January – Child's Play (1984–1988)
9 January – The Jewel in the Crown (1984)
13 February – Duty Free (1984–1986)
26 February – Spitting Image (1984–1996)
7 March – Fresh Fields (1984–1986)
24 March – The Price Is Right (1984–2007)
10 April – How Dare You (1984–1987)
24 April – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1988, 1991–1994)
28 April – Robin of Sherwood (1984–1986)
6 May – Surprise Surprise (1984–2001, 2012–present)
1 September - Bottle Boys (1984–1985)
The Saturday Starship (1984–1985)
4 September – Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (ITV 1984–2006, Five 2006–present)
8 October - Prisoner Cell Block H Yorkshire Region only (1984–1998)
13 October – Wide Awake Club (1984–1992)
16 October – The Bill (1984–2010)
The Trap Door (1984–1986)
We Love TV (1984–1986)
James the Cat (ITV 1984–1992, Five 1998–2003)


9 January - first complete performance of Oliver Knussen's Where the Wild Things Are by Glyndebourne Touring Opera at the National Theatre, London.

11 January – BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read announces on air that he will not play the single "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood because of its suggestive lyrics. The BBC places a total ban on the record at about the same time.

21 January – "Relax" reaches number one in the UK singles chart, despite the BBC ban; it will spend a total of 42 weeks in the Top 40.

14 February – Elton John marries studio engineer Renate Blauel.

1 March – Sting plays his last concerts with The Police at the end of the Synchronicity tour; the band takes a "pause" after the tour and only play a few special events together after this, until 2007, when they would organize a reunion tour.

1 May – Mick Fleetwood files for bankruptcy in the United States.

5 August – Now 3 becomes the 300th album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart.

23 October – A report on the Ethiopian famine by BBC journalist Michael Buerk is broadcast in the UK and receives an unprecedented public response. Among those watching is Bob Geldof, who is inspired to release a charity record to raise money to help with famine relief.

25 November – The Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is recorded at SARM Studios in Notting Hill, London, by a gathering of performers that includes Paul Young, Simon Le Bon, Bono, Phil Collins, Paul Weller, Sting, Boy George and Tony Hadley.

28 November – The Bring Me Sunshine charity concert at the London Palladium, in memory of Eric Morecambe, includes musical performances by Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen, Des O'Connor and Ernie Wise.

1 December – Frankie Goes to Hollywood become the first act to take their first three singles to the UK #1 position since Gerry & The Pacemakers in 1963, when "The Power of Love" tops the chart.

3 December – Bob Geldof and Band Aid release the single "Do They Know It's Christmas", which becomes the fastest-selling single of all time in the UK.

11 December - While on tour, Bucks Fizz's tour bus crashes. All members of the group are injured and member Mike Nolan suffers brain damage after falling into a coma.

13 December – George Harrison makes a rare public appearance, joining Deep Purple on stage in Sydney, Australia for their encore rendition of "Lucille".

Number One Singles

"Only You" - Flying Pickets
"Pipes of Peace" - Paul McCartney
"Relax" - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
"99 Red Balloons" - Nena
"Hello" - Lionel Richie
"The Reflex" - Duran Duran
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" - Wham!
"Two Tribes" - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
"Careless Whisper" - George Michael
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" - Stevie Wonder
"Freedom" - Wham!
"I Feel for You" - Chaka Khan
"I Should Have Known Better" - Jim Diamond
"The Power of Love" - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" - Band Aid

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Year: 1844 (1840s)
Subjects: Gardening Agriculture
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Hi 350 team!

In the name of organizers from "my" region I'm sending...

*"350 jabuka iz Nisa za 350 ppm CO2" - "350 Apples From Nis For 350 ppm CO2"
NGO "Green Key" involved its members and local actors to share 350 apples to
citizens of Nis in local park.*
*With apples, Serbian peasants (actors) spread the story about importance of
climate change problem!
After October, 24th, news on local TVs, radios and newspapers, 10 lectures
held in local schools and University,
people of Nis know what is the meaning of number 350!

*Vera Antic

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