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
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
29th Singer Marianne Faithfull is 69 and presenter Aled Jones is 44
30th Goalkeeper Gordon Banks is 77
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