Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Book of Me, Written by You - Week 12 - The Year I Was Born

Each week there are prompts which require answering. 

Week 12 - The Year I Was Born

The year I was born was designated the International Youth Year by the United Nations.

Titanic Wreck
(Image link: www.wikipedia.org, Author:
Courtesy of NOAA/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island
(NOAA/IFE/URI), June 2004
Queen Elizabeth II was on the throne and Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister.

Significant Events

  • South Africa ends its ban on interracial marriages
  • Coco-cola releases NEW COKE, but it was not popular & only lasted 6 months
  • Discover a hole in the Ozone Layer
  • The wreck of the Titanic is located
  • Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior in bombed and sinks in Auckland Harbour
  • A total solar eclipse occurs over the Antarctic
  • Calvin & Hobbes debuts
  • Comic relief is launched
  • BT began phasing out their iconic red phone boxes
  • First British mobile phone call is made
  • DNA is first used in a criminal case
  • Windows first version is released by Microsoft
  • Nintendo's first home video game console is released
  • Tetris is released


  • Boris Becker, aged 17, is Wimbledon's youngest winner
  • Bradford City football stadium goes up in smoke, killing 56 people


  • Norway wins Eurovision
  • Live Aid raises >£50 million for the famine in Ethiopia
  • 'The Power of Love' by Jennifer Rush was the biggest selling single of the year
  • 'Merry Christmas Everyone' by Shakin' Stevens was the Christmas Number 1
  • Number 1 singles:
  • Live Aid
    (Image link: www.wikipedia.org,
    Author: Alfabille, 14 Dec 2012
    • 'We Are The World' by Band Aid
    • 'I Want to Know What Love Is' by Foreigner
    • 'I Know Him So Well' by Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson
    • 'You Spin Me Around (Like A Record)' by Dead or Alive
    • 'Easy Lover' by Philip Bailey & Phil Collins
    • 'We Are The World' by USA Africa
    • 'Move Closer' by Phyllis Nelson
    • '19' by Paul Hardcastle
    • 'You'll Never Walk Alone' by The Crowd
    • 'Frankie' by Sister Sledge
    • 'There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)' by Eurythmics
    • 'Into the Groove' by Madonna
    • 'I Got You Babe' by UB40 & Chrissie Hynde
    • 'Dancing In The Street' by David Bowie & Mick Jagger
    • 'If I Was' by Midge Ure
    • 'The Power Of Love' by Jennifer Rush
    • 'A Good Heart' by Feargal Sharkey
    • 'I'm Your Man' by Wham!
    • 'Saving All My Love For You' by Whitney Houston
    • 'Merry Christmas Everyone' by Shakin' Stevens

Bacup Police Station featured in Juliet Bravo
(Image link: www.geograph.org.uk,
Photographer: Dr Neil Clifton,  30 Jun 2011

Films & TV

  • Back to the Future, was the highest grossing film
  • Eastenders is first aired on BBC 1.
  • James Bond film, A View To A Kill is released
  • Juliet Bravo, ended (filmed in the town where I lived)
  • Open All Hours, ended

Famous Births

  • Lewis Hamilton, British F1 driver
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese footballer
  • Keira Knightley, English actor
  • Leona Lewis, English singer
  • Lily Allen, British singer
  • Wayne Rooney, British footballer

Famous Deaths

  • EB White, the author of Charlotte's Web & Stuart Little
  • Laszlo Biro, inventor of the ballpoint pen

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