This week in history

This week in history

Every week we go back to re-visit some of the significant happenings that took place in living memory; just about, for some of us.

To remind ourselves of how life has changed and how some things stay the same it is fascinating to note what made the news this week, starting 29th December in years past.

Some of the events that seemed momentous at the time have now been absorbed into everyday life.

1958   Sir Edmund Hillary   reaches the South Pole, the first explorer since Captain Scott in 1912

1973   Britain joins the EEC  as a fully fledged member

euro1975  The Sex Discrimination Act becomes law making it illegal to favour men over women

1999   The Biggest global party is  about to start for the Millennium

2000     Freezing Britain       grinds to a halt after a blanket of snow and arctic conditions hit UK

2002   The Euro becomes the currency of 12 of the 15 EU member countries

aled jones 2This week’s Birthdays

29th Singer  Marianne Faithfull is 69 and presenter Aled Jones is 44

30th Goalkeeper Gordon Banks is  77

rick stein31st Actor Anthony Hopkins is  77 and politician Alex Salmond is 60

1st TV historian Mary Beard is 59 and presenter and Alzheimer’s campaigner Fiona Phillips is 54

2nd Photography David Bailey is 77

4th TV chef    Rick Stein is 68 and writer Andy McNab is 53