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On This Day…

By ATWadmin On November 1st, 2006

1848 – WHSmith opens its first ever outlet – at London’s Euston Station.

1945 – In Britain, it is announced that all available evidence supports the theory that German Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler, has committed suicide in Berlin.

1950 – ERNIE bonds go on sale in the UK for the first time.

1963 – During a military coup in South Vietnam, President Ngo Dinh Diem is assassinated.

1976 – Jimmy Carter is elected President of the United States.

1982 – Channel 4 begins broadcasting across the UK – the first programme shown is Countdown.

5 Responses to “On This Day…”

  1. I remember very well Channel 4’s opening week. As a young teenager, (and this was well before the days of Sky), Channel 4 was the first time ever in my experience that a new TV channel started. I think I actually watched Countdown that night! After that, if I recall correctly, was the Paul Hogan comedy show. Hogan was an Australian stand-up comedian, and at the time, Fosters Lager had an advertising campaign going, the slogan of which was "Fosters – Australian for Lager". Ch4 promoted the Hogan show as "Paul Hogan – Australian for laughter". I wonder what became of him…?
    And of course, the Friday evening of that week in 1982 saw the first episode of "The Tube"! Ah, memories!

  2. Ah, Jimmy Carter – ATW’s favourite President! Mind you, close run constest with President Clinton – and where will President Hilary and President Cindy stand in david’s Hall of Fame ? 😉

  3. I had noted that day of peanut infamy, Madradin!

  4. Flag at half mast in Donaghcloney ?

  5. Carter, the liberals’ pin-up boy.