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Historical Events

Events 1 - 55 of 55

1922-10-18 - British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation - 'Auntie' BBC) incorporated
1922-11-14 - BBC begins domestic radio service from 2LO at Marconi House
1922-12-23 - BBC Radio began daily newscasts
1922-12-24 - BBC sends 1st British radio play "Truth about Father Christmas"
1923-12-31 - BBC begins using Big Ben chime ID
1924-02-05 - The Royal Greenwich Observatory begin broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the "BBC pips".
Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo MarconiInventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi 1930-10-22 - 1st concerto of BBC Symphony Orchestra, under Adrian Boult
1936-11-02 - 1st high-definition TV broadcast service, by BBC in London
1938-08-14 - BBC's 1st feature film on TV (Student of Prague)
1940-05-24 - Dutch Queen Wilhelmina speaks on BBC radio
1940-06-18 - Gen Charles de Gaulle on BBC tells French to defy nazi occupiers
1941-07-19 - BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) ("...-" in Morse code) (opening of Beethoven's 5th symphony)
1942-01-29 - 1st broadcast of Roy Plomley's "Desert Island Discs" on BBC
1949-07-29 - BBC radio begins broadcasting
1950-08-27 - 1st transmission of a TV program from continental Europe shown on BBC
French President Charles de GaulleFrench President Charles de Gaulle 1954-07-05 - The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin.
1960-01-28 - Goon Show's final episode on BBC
1962-03-07 - Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio
1962-03-08 - Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)
1963-06-04 - 1st transmission of "Pop Go the Beatles" on BBC radio
1963-06-24 - 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
1964-05-18 - David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on BBC
1965-03-04 - David Attenbrough became the new controller of BBC2
1965-11-13 - Director Kenneth Tynan says the word "Fuck" on BBC
1966-02-05 - BBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island
1967-05-20 - BBC bans the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" because of drug references
1967-07-01 - 1st British color TV broadcast, on BBC 2
1967-07-01 - BBC starts their World Radio Club
1967-09-30 - BBC starts their own popular music radio station
1967-11-22 - BBC unofficially bans "I Am the Walrus" by Beatles
1967-12-26 - BBC broadcasts "Magical Mystery Tour"
1968-03-07 - The BBC broadcasts the news for the first time in color on television.
1969-03-28 - Greek poet and Nobel Prize laureate Giorgos Seferis makes a famous statement on the BBC World Service opposing the junta in Greece.
1969-04-25 - 5,400th & last episode of BBC Radio serial "The Dales" (formerly "Mrs Dale's Diary" )
1969-05-23 - BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus
1969-10-05 - Monty Python's Flying Circus begins airing on BBC
1970-06-03 - Ray Davies of Kinks travels round trip NY-London to change 1 word in "Lola," (Coca-Cola to Cherry Cola) because of BBC coml reference ban
1972-02-10 - BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings
1972-11-30 - BBC bans Wings' "Hi, Hi, Hi"
1973-01-14 - Tap dancer Roy Castle measured at 1440 taps/min on BBC TV
Actor, Comedian John CleeseActor, Comedian John Cleese 1973-01-18 - John Cleese's final episode on "Monty Python's Flying Circus," on BBC
1974-09-23 - BBC Ceefax begins 1st teletext service
1974-12-05 - Monty Python's Flying Circus final episode airs on BBC
1978-03-08 - The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.
1978-07-13 - BBC bans Sex Pistols "No One is Innocent"
1979-06-30 - Johnny Rotten & Joan Collins appear together on BBC TV's Juke Box Jury
1982-05-23 - BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina
1984-10-23 - NBC airs BBC footage of Ethiopian famine
Author Douglas AdamsAuthor Douglas Adams 1985-09-18 - BBC Radio reports prime # 2^216091-1 found in Houston
1987-11-13 - 1st condom commercial on BBC TV
1990-02-25 - On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long
1994-03-28 - BBC Radio Five Live broadcasts for first time in United Kingdom
1994-11-30 - Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at BBC" is released in Britain
2001-03-04 - A massive car bomb explodes in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, seriously injuring 11 people. The attack was attributed to the Real IRA.
2006-07-30 - World's longest running music show Top of the Pops is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show had aired for 42 years.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 26 of 26

1889-04-08 - Adrian Boult, Chester England, conductor/composer (BBC Sym Orch)
1889-07-20 - John Charles Reith, 1st Baron Reith, 1st dir-gen BBC (1927-38)
1904-05-08 - John Derrick Mordaunt Snagge, bBC news announcer/commentator
1904-05-08 - John Snagge, commentator (BBC)
1907-08-18 - Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, Executive (BBC)
1909-05-20 - John Arkell, director of administration (BBC)
1912-06-24 - Brian Johnston, cricketer (BBC radio commentator & cake connoisseur)
1915-05-15 - Maurice B Latey, commentator (BBC World Service)
1923-08-29 - Marmaduke Hussey, BBC Chairman (d. 2006)
1926-03-12 - Gudrun Ure, British actress (Lady MacBeth, BBC Sorcerer)
1926-05-08 - Richard F Attenborough, environmentalist/zoologist (BBC)
1928-11-12 - Robert Holness, Natal, South Africa, English radio and television presenter (BBC), (d. 2012)
1930-08-23 - Jack Bannister, cricketer (Warwickshire stalwart)/commentator (BBC)
1931-04-15 - Kenneth Bloomfield, BBC governor (Ireland)
1934-08-22 - Margaret Douglas, chief political adviser (BBC)
1938-10-08 - David Willis, British journalist (BBC World Service)
1941-08-30 - Sue MacGregor, BBC-radio hostess
1946-01-24 - John Harrison, South Africa correspondent (BBC)
1948-01-28 - Gareth Roscoe, legal adviser (BBC)
1949-03-22 - Brian Hanrahan, British TV newsman (BBC)
1951-02-23 - Nicholas Kenyon, controller (BBC Radio 3)
1957-11-17 - Debbie Thrower, BBC News Reader
1958-02-11 - Michael Jackson, controller (BBC2)
1974-04-26 - Adil Ray, English radio presenter (BBC Asian Network)
1979-11-07 - Barney Harwood, CBBC presenter
1981-01-20 - Christine Bleakley, BBC Television Host

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

2005-12-15 - "Eastenders" actress Elaine Lordan (39) weds BBC manager Peter Manuel at Islington Town Hall in London

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 10 of 10

1993-02-09 - David Willis, British journalist (BBC World Service), dies at 54
1994-01-05 - Brian Johnston, cricketer (BBC radio commentator for 40 yrs), dies
1994-03-09 - John Harrison, South African correspondent (BBC), dies at 48
1994-09-08 - Rex Alston, cricketer (distinguished BBC commentator), dies
1995-01-04 - Leonard Hirsch, Brit violinist/conducter (BBC Empire Orch), dies at 92
1996-03-25 - John Derrick Mordaunt Snagge, news commentator (BBC), dies at 91
1996-04-20 - Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, bBC Executive, dies at 88
1997-07-15 - Alan Chaig, paleontologist (Carl Sagan of BBC), dies at 70
1997-09-06 - P. H. Newby, British author and BBC radio director (b. 1918)
2002-09-23 - Veteran BBC/Radio Ceylon Broadcaster, Vernon Corea died in New Malden, Surrey, UK at 75


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