It’s always surprising how much can change over the years; once upon a time the ATM machine was a revolution, now a small device in the palm of our hand can connect us to almost anyone in the world.
A lot has happened in the last 50 years, so we decided to take a closer look at several of these developments that occurred in the UK’s capital. Read below to find out more about what has been going on in London since the 1960s.
- Scotsman John Shepherd-Barron invents the ATM machine and the world's first is installed in Enfield, London in 1967.
- The first Notting Hill Carnival takes place in 1966; inspired by Trinidadian activist Claudia Jones, Rhaune Laslett and the London Free School created the event to celebrate the British West Indian culture.
- In 1966 at Wembley Stadium, England win their first ever FIFA World Cup.
- Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club on Frith Street was the site of Jimi Hendrix’s last public performance in 1970.
- Virginia Wade wins the women's Wimbledon finals in 1977, she is the last British woman to have won a Grand Slam title.
- In 1977 Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Silver Jubilee marking her 25 years on the throne, it was celebrated with large scale parties all around the UK in June.
- The first ever London Marathon took place in 1981; American Dick Beardsley and Norweigan, Inge Simonsen crossed the finishing line holding hands, with a time of 2hrs, 11minutes and 48seconds.
- The first Live Aid concert was held in 1985, organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure with over 72,000 people attending.
- The first ever episode of London based soap opera Eastenders airs on the 18th February 1985, the show is still running and has had over 5000 episodes.
- In 1995 Professor Stephen Hawking became the second physicist ever to sell out the Royal Albert Hall, the first physicist had been Professor Albert Einstein in 1933.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is published by Bloomsbury in London on the 26th June 1997.
- On the 2nd of July 2005 Live 8 takes place in Hyde Park, it was one of the concerts that took place as part of the Make Poverty History campaign. Performers included U2, Paul McCartney, Snoop Dogg and many more.
- In 2000 the world saw another millennium and more than 2million people lined the streets of the Thames to watch the fireworks spectacular.
- London hosts the 2012 Olympics, in the newly built Olympic park in Stratford. Great Britain came third in the medal count, winning 65 medals altogether.
- Sunday 7th July 2013 marked the day Andy Murray won the Wimbledon title, becoming the first Brit to win the title since Fred Perry last won in 1936.
- In April 2011 Katherine Middleton marries Prince William, making her the future Queen of England.
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