Monday, 9 May 2016

Welcome Back to ... 1966

Fifty years!
1966 was a watershed year.
We'll find out why together as we reminisce about the good, the bad and the amusing of sport, media, politics and real life of that exciting year. Here goes, a quick catch up!

1966, the story so far!
4 January – More than 4,000 people attend a memorial service at Westminster Abbey for the much loved and respected BBC broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, who had died in December aged 52.

2 February - First issue of SMASH! published, the comic that brought Marvel superheroes to Britain- eventually-  and presented the adventures of Grimly Feendish, the rottenest crook in the world!

1 March – It's announced there will be decimalisation of the pound within ten years

4 March - In an interview with Maureen Cleeve, published in the London Evening Standard, talking about his recent in-depth reading about religions, John Lennon says:  "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I'll be proved right. I mean, look at it, we're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first—rock and roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples are thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."
Although his remarks pass without comment in Britain, when they are published out of context in an American Teen magazine two months later, on the eve of a Beatles tour to the US, they spark a major furore.

27 March – Pickles the dog finds the FIFA World Cup Trophy which had been stolen, in a London garden
Read the full story here!

 31 March – A General  Election, and The Labour Party,  Harold Wilson, Prime Minister are returned to power with an increased majority.

15 April – TIME magazine calls London "The Swinging City". Groovy!

Liverpool FC win the First  Division in the League title for the second time in three seasons.
Meanwhile, Everton FC beat Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup Final at Wembley.

Sweet time for Merseysiders!

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