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All in the month of January


It was:


150 years ago, on 14th Jan 1872 that Greyfriars Bobby, a Scottish Skye terrier dog died. He was famous for having guarded his master’s grave in Edinburgh for 14 years.


100 years ago, on 5th Jan 1922 that Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Irish-born British Antarctic explorer, died of a heart attack in South Georgia. He had led three British expeditions to the Antarctic.


Also 100 years ago, 16th Jan 1922, that Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Pastoral Symphony was performed for the first time, in London.


80 years ago, on 8th Jan 1942 that Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist and cosmologist was born. Author of A Brief History of Time, he suffered from motor neurone disease for more than 50 years and communicated from his wheelchair via a speech synthesizer. (Died 2018.)


Also 80 years ago, on 17th Jan 1942 that Muhammad Ali (previously Cassius Clay), American heavyweight boxing champion, was born. One of the most significant sports figures of the 20th century.


Also 80 years ago, on 26th Jan 1942 that the first US troops arrived in Europe. 4,508 soldiers from the 34th Infantry Regiment docked in Belfast.


Also 80 years ago, on 29th Jan 1942 that the BBC Radio Show Desert Island Discs was first broadcast. It is Britain’s longest running radio show, and the world’s longest running weekly factual radio programme.


75 years ago, on 1st Jan 1947 that the UK’s coal industry was nationalised when the Coal Industry Nationalisation Act 1946 came into effect. The industry was run by the National Coal Board. It was renamed the British Coal Corporation in 1987 and was subsequently privatised.


Also 75 years ago, on 8th Jan 1947 that David Bowie, pop/glam rock singer, songwriter, and actor, was born. He became one of the most influential musicians of the 20thcentury. (Died 2016.)


70 years ago, on 1st Jan 1952 that the nuclear reactors at Windscale (now Sellafield) in Cumbria began producing enriched plutonium for use in Britain’s first atomic bomb. 


50 years ago, from 9th Jan to 28th Feb 1972 that British miners staged a major strike over pay.  This led to power shortages, and a state of emergency was declared on 9th Feb. The miners returned to work when the National Union of Mineworkers accepted an improved pay offer.


Also 50 years ago, on 20th Jan 1972 that the number of unemployed people in the UK passed one million for the first time.


Also 50 years ago, on 30th Jan 1972 that Bloody Sunday occurred in Northern Ireland. British paratroopers opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in Londonderry, killing 13 people (plus another who died later) and injuring many others.


40 years ago, on 14th Jan 1982 that Mark Thatcher, son of the British Prime Minister, was found safe and well after going missing in the Sahara Desert for six days while competing in the Paris-Dakar rally.


25 years ago, on 15th Jan 1997 that Princess Diana walked through a minefield in Angola, visited victims, and called for an international ban on landmines.


20 years ago, on 11th Jan 2002 that the first prisoners arrived at the USA’s military detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They were members of al-Qaeda who were captured in Afghanistan during the War on Terror. 


Also 20 years ago, on 31st Jan 2002, that the Larsen B Ice Shelf in Antarctica began to collapse. The whole 3,265 sq. km structure disintegrated over the next 35 days.