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#OTD 1986: Michael Caine was on 'Wogan' to talk about class in the UK and getting started as an actor. https://t.co/ux3vvFy9bs#OTD 1933 Oliver Sacks was born. In 1990 he spoke with Jeremy Isaacs about matters of religion and science. https://t.co/bSUjHiWDUa#OnThisDay 1962: New vaccines and ways of delivering them were being developed. Now, BBC Archive promises it won't… https://t.co/TvpDPHUsJP#OTD 1957 Marc Almond was born. A fine pretext to relive his 1982 appearance on ‘Riverside’ making mince pies! https://t.co/2E7Fny7luG#OTD 2001: The first episode of 'The Office' was screened on BBC Two. https://t.co/dc2WTKnHP0
7/9
2020
#OnThisDay 1982: 40 year old sugar cube? We'll pass, thanks. BBC News got a look inside the bunker Churchill used i… https://t.co/4RHjZ3tdvg#OnThisDay 1982: Pyjamas were the next big thing in fashion. Everyone wears them round BBC Archive's local shops. https://t.co/1L6uzV9vcH#OnThisDay 1967: The BBC's outside broadcast of the climb of the Old Man of Hoy continued. Future Micro Live presen… https://t.co/xoIZ43TShn#OnThisDay 1983: Fun to Imagine was first broadcast. All you need to make great television is renowned physicist Ri… https://t.co/yHingBUUj6
7/8
2020
#OTD 1978: Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon for the first time. You can hear more about the career of the tennis l… https://t.co/lFAqKPG0XiHappy #WorldChocolateDay! BBC Archive agrees with Roald Dahl that everyone should know their chocolate history. https://t.co/NBCnM0LTgQ#OnThisDay 1965: Tomorrow's World was first broadcast. You can view the entire first episode at -… https://t.co/J8bDYC3SkkYou’ve heard of silver, golden and diamond weddings but have you ever heard of a straw wedding? Roving reporter par… https://t.co/AztWlq9m9M#OnThisDay 1989: Audrey Hepburn appeared on Wogan and spoke about what, if anything, it felt like to be a "star". https://t.co/7WJ3guRIVu#OnThisDay 1983: Esports came to breakfast television, in the form of the Breakfast Time Video Games Championship. https://t.co/kQ0sd8Illj#OTD 1940: Ringo Starr was born. In 1971, he appeared on Blue Peter (with his technicolour dreamcoat) to show off s… https://t.co/RGAewdfbLZ
7/7
2020
#OnThisDay 1973: A Blast from the Past looked at teenagers causing a stir in 1958 with their gay clothing and slick… https://t.co/DdiW98wMya#OnThisDay 1958: Monitor profiled the artist Feliks Topolski. Fun fact: Toploski was responsible for the caricatu… https://t.co/40DN4gRuD6#OnThisDay 1959: "You have to appeal to the adult... the children don't have any money!" Walt Disney was a guest on… https://t.co/tH49pDgMdx#OnThisDay 1977: James Bond and Nationwide - together at last! For more James Bond clips, visit -… https://t.co/Sva46G8huA#OnThisDay 1971: Our Town went to Armagh, to film a spot of road bowling and hear a ballad about the epic 1964 All-… https://t.co/nNFPaJrTic
7/6
2020
#OnThisDay 1991: The Ministry of Agriculture and Reg Turnill were at loggerheads over space tomatoes. https://t.co/i3NTz1p8Tv#OTD 1965: US journalist Joseph C. Harsch - who was leaving London after 8 years - shared his impression of Britain… https://t.co/4f8lCxAUvI#OnThisDay 1983: Toplessness was trendy on British beaches. Clearly, this was the fault of the French. Warning: Thi… https://t.co/6Sxagietsn#OnThisDay 1977: Bernard Clark visited a charming miniature railway in Surrey. https://t.co/0YwyIMtWmr
7/5
2020
#OnThisDay 1973: Fyfe Robertson had a go in a racecar on a high-performance driving course and had a mighty good ti… https://t.co/Mqe3wG267D#OnThisDay 1973: Nationwide contemplated life after Ziggy Stardust https://t.co/rpaX8gVO4f#OnThisDay 1972: BBC News attempted to explain how the new ring junction in Colchester worked. https://t.co/j25c0td8My#OnThisDay 1951: Newsreel covered a sailing barge race on the river Medway, which was won by the Henry... again. https://t.co/zD4jRkIqcU#OnThisDay 1994: Room 101 was first broadcast on @BBCTwo. The first ever guest was Bob Monkhouse, who put Elvis, ve… https://t.co/C0mPKnq0yS
7/4
2020
#OTD 1963: Tracey Emin was born. In 2006 she showed Kirsty Wark some trinkets she’d collected over the years and sp… https://t.co/8w17ODdqHs#OTD 2018: England won their first ever World Cup penalty shoot-out against Colombia. Hear about the redemption in… https://t.co/u53fSgRHoT#OTD 1985: “Which pair of golden, hairy thighs will she be transporting home tonight?” Breakfast looked at the glam… https://t.co/KBad5RCCfW#OTD 1883: Franz Kafka was born. Sadly, we have no archive of the man himself but Orson Welles On Monitor discussin… https://t.co/jpAGGe5amU#OTD 1969: Lulu the elephant appeared on Blue Peter. What happened next? You can find out here -… https://t.co/qsxPdiRU4K#OTD 1927: Ken Russell was born. In 1974 he met up with Andre Previn and talked about his love of music and his des… https://t.co/lDaxn0zaPr
7/3
2020
#OnThisDay 1977: Tell Me More attempted to answer a question for the ages: who's naughtier - boys or girls? https://t.co/0DUxsCOKAG#OnThisDay 1984: Mr Scott of South Shields was terribly disappointed by the lack of English Bull Terrier representa… https://t.co/NHK81XmnLJ#OnThisDay 1990: The original series of MasterChef debuted, presented by Loyd Grossman. The first episode featured… https://t.co/jxDS33wrEd#OnThisDay 2000: Motorcycling legend Joey Dunlop died, aged 48. He was interviewed in 1985 about his exceptional ca… https://t.co/Zz9Dn4UNkeIt's #UFODay! Strange lights in the sky have fascinated us for centuries, but how did we get so obsessed? Keep watc… https://t.co/CyaVBl7I1z#OnThisDay 1978: "My relationship began with having him as a sweet little baby bat..." Kieran Prendiville met zoo… https://t.co/NMusOPu8hu
7/2
2020
#OTD 1997: There was an end to British rule in Hong Kong as it was returned to China. https://t.co/NZJiwwwo3Q#OTD 1935: David Prowse was born. In 1980, he appeared on ‘Saturday Night At The Mill’ and spoke about landing the… https://t.co/0fquCySfNa#OTD 1983: “They may not look very fashionable but at least they’re cheap.” The first new NHS frames for 30 years d… https://t.co/7F8xtrOJqC#OTD 1991: Bros appeared on 'Wogan' and spoke about their musical ambitions and dealing with the pressures of fame. https://t.co/MdERouk5iTIt's 48 years since the first official London Gay Pride and @theonlyvinegar wants you to learn all about your herst… https://t.co/P8wVpkpKSY
Retweeted by BBC Archive#OTD 1977: Virginia Wade won Wimbledon. It was Wade's third Grand Slam title but her first on home soil. She spoke… https://t.co/Jdiu65ulKT#OTD 1983: The Green Goddess, Diana Moran was aboard a cruise ship with an exercise routine inspired by Russian dan… https://t.co/aS4lVZVNmY#OTD 1945: Debbie Harry was born. In 1981, 'Newsnight' caught up with her on the set of her H.R. Giger directed mus… https://t.co/5KXh0SgH2V
7/1
2020
#OnThisDay 1971: "I really started just by building a shelf." Nationwide got a guided tour of a very fancy treeho… https://t.co/P7zJ0aHunC#OnThisDay 1961: Automation was coming, and it was either going to be a utter nightmare or handy for your laundry. https://t.co/kKiUtuIKaW#OnThisDay 1961: David Attenborough talked about lemurs - but he didn't have one in the studio, so he used the next… https://t.co/Gj7wLXivsM#OnThisDay 1972: Cabbages and Kings, a historical children's series starring Johnny Ball, Derek Griffiths and Julie… https://t.co/kuOY0yACsp
6/30
2020
#OTD 2007: Bruce Willis appeared on Jonathan Ross and spoke about fatherhood, doing his own stunts and the business… https://t.co/OAmfVhCti2#OTD 1990: “There’s just something about it. It just gets to you!” Nessun Dorma was close to topping the UK singles… https://t.co/cDwTEMQg9m#OTD 1984: The stars were out for Stevie Wonder’s first UK appearance in 4 years. https://t.co/6irlHqVz1y#OTD 1990: With the UK enjoying a veritable "Summer of Sport", breakfast took a slightly odd look at how it was af… https://t.co/mfwvgywvRC#OTD 1960: Television Centre, the world's first purpose-built television production complex - described as the “Hol… https://t.co/RDKtuAbwEK
6/29
2020
Oh, for the days when the BBC had helpful studio robots serving ice-cold drinks - like this one #OnThisDay in 1981. https://t.co/YZpMGny9kP#OnThisDay 1981: That's Life investigated the mystery prankster of Maldon Close. https://t.co/GqKim0FdDm#OnThisDay 1948: Newsreel broke the news that there was a place called Liechtenstein, and it was charming. https://t.co/pMQ5rxJ7v3#OnThisDay 1927: The first ever radio coverage of tennis from Wimbledon aired, with commentary from Captain Henry B… https://t.co/k0QI6esdRf#OnThisDay 1990: Waiting for God, a comedy about the happenings at Bayview Retirement Home, first aired. It starred… https://t.co/HtdbUMwYX2
6/28
2020
#OnThisDay 1986: For sale: Dalek, good condition. Descendant of Kaled from planet Skaro, sworn enemy of humankind… https://t.co/KyhRqbQVG5#OnThisDay 1973: Fyfe Robertson was looking for good, clean, utterly useless fun. Perhaps some earnest but slightly… https://t.co/WkYD2RDgib#OnThisDay 1980: England cricketing legend Kevin Pietersen was born in South Africa. You can listen to his reveali… https://t.co/mBbyvUkM8S#OnThisDay 1949: Newsreel covered the traditional Medway barge race. This is lovely footage. https://t.co/P84dC9h2YB
6/27
2020
It's #NationalSunglassesDay! Did you know that you can use your sunglasses to commune with intelligent life on Venu… https://t.co/OYAVVUvqbU#OnThisDay 1966: The Blue Peter lot lauded a large litter of lively pups for their dogs alphabet. Just lovely. https://t.co/E3DSt94pbt#OnThisDay 1987: A curious car crime wave was causing consternation - the culprits? The Beastie Boys, of course. https://t.co/HjFvqLCaZB#OnThisDay 2031: Inhabitants of the future looked back at the cutting-edge technology of 1981. https://t.co/KqeEfWqF51#OnThisDay 1978: After 12 years and 3 months of incredible service, John Noakes left Blue Peter. https://t.co/cY8mjgdFQ3
6/26
2020
#OTD 1985: Diana Moran was in Brixton to meet up with a dance group that were “South London’s answer to ‘Fame’” https://t.co/pzoyah1w2LHave you tried our massive BBC Archive quiz yet? There are ten tough telly and radio trivia questions, with new one… https://t.co/FFB9dHTJj6#OTD 1985: “White is THE colour for the summer!” With Wimbledon set to get underway, breakfast had some tennis-insp… https://t.co/Y8D4LvKw6a#OTD 1985: Time now for some 80s fashion, as designer Zandra Rhodes dropped into BBC Breakfast to show off her late… https://t.co/o1R90MbJmn#OTD 1961: Ricky Gervais was born. Here’s a clip from his 2002 appearance on ‘Parkinson’ where he talked about the… https://t.co/s0EOxq7Gy8
6/25
2020
#OnThisDay 1984: That's Life took to the streets in search of unusual talents. https://t.co/4BZayHFOjZ#OnThisDay 1971: Nationwide sent Nicky Woodhead out to pinch men's bottoms, in the name of sexual equality https://t.co/FfRG0DOr7w#OnThisDay 1981: The Post Office reminded people to address their letters correctly, lest they end up in Dead Lette… https://t.co/gD1h2ZqQllOnThisDay 1971: The art of 'woggle-hopping' was ably demonstrated by sprightly septuagenarian, 'Jumping' George Cor… https://t.co/KFNQ2S8G5n#OnThisDay 1938: BBC Television broadcast live Test coverage for the first time - the second Test between England a… https://t.co/LwdU9tPsgh
6/24
2020
#OnThisDay 1983: “Video game wonderkid” Brendan from Belfast was on his way to the UK championships in London. He w… https://t.co/ytQIhw7vPA#OTD 1964: If you wanted to go on a witch-hunt, this @BBCWalesToday documentary listed the best places to find the… https://t.co/fjPQ266BLr#OTD 1912: Alan Turing was born. In 1987, Micro Live visited the Turing Institute in Glasgow to report on the AI an… https://t.co/n9NsXNTDB1#OTD 1940: BBC institution ‘Music While You Work’ was created to give wartime productivity a boost. The photo is Mr… https://t.co/CrxK5qULXG
6/23
2020
Hello, you two! #OnThisDay in 1984, Princess Margaret played herself in an episode of BBC Radio 4's agricultural so… https://t.co/nKskM3NY7y#OnThisDay 1973: Television finally came to the Scottish village of Arisaig. It was very exciting - for both reside… https://t.co/SvdIQJWyoF#OnThisDay 1984: It was two days until Wimbledon, and a potential strawberry crisis was on the horizon. The horror! https://t.co/sJ72z1RDPc#OTD1986: Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" helped England out of the World Cup. You can relive the drama in the lates… https://t.co/fh4uSNuxle#OnThisDay 1940: TV presenter, journalist, and founder of Childline, Esther Rantzen was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfo… https://t.co/EeVMCAJilY#OnThisDay 1971: "Coleraine's a very annoying place to live for the fashion-conscious." Two students, who had trade… https://t.co/Wgm40nNkHR#OnThisDay 1976: Do any of you lolloping landlubbers want to know how Captain Pugwash was made? Well, coddling catf… https://t.co/eWxXnBXgLB
6/22
2020
#OnThisDay 1972: Nationwide sent Brian Ash to cover a classical quartet looking to make some extra dough. That's no… https://t.co/1ALAWLFnvk#OnThisDay 1967: A government committee advised ending the Lord Chamberlain's theatre censorship, possibly dooming… https://t.co/0pQWYfS6PI#OnThisDay 1996: To Me...To You, a gameshow featuring (who else?) the Chuckle Brothers, was first broadcast. https://t.co/aBBMnBrzmOHappy #FathersDay! Enjoy this video of one of the best feline fathers to appear on Blue Peter - Moddy the tomcat. A… https://t.co/oQVw9UhB96#OnThisDay 1948: At Leigh-on-Sea, cameras captured cockle-collectors collecting, carrying, cleaning and cooking coc… https://t.co/KUZFGrhLIA
6/21
2020
#OnThisDay 1966: One of WOTAN's War Machines invaded the Blue Peter studio. https://t.co/CbghgcJafx
6/20
2020

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