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Historical Events

Events 1 - 56 of 56

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".
1930-10-22 - 1st concerto of BBC Symphony Orchestra, under Adrian Boult
1932-08-22 - The BBC first experiments with television broadcasting. (See also Timeline of the BBC.)
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
French President Charles de GaulleFrench President Charles de Gaulle 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) (...-) 5th of Beethoven
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
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
Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo MarconiInventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi 1967-05-20 - BBC bans Beatle's "A Day in the Life" (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
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
Author Douglas AdamsAuthor Douglas Adams 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's Juke Box Jury
1982-05-23 - BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina
1984-10-23 - NBC airs BBC footage of Ethiopian famine
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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