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02 May 1952: Comet inaugurates the jet age

20 Jul 1952: Zatopek wins gold at Helsinki

15 Apr 1953: Britain honours American hero

25 Apr 1953: Scientists describe 'secret of life'

29 May 1953: Hillary and Tenzing conquer Everest

06 May 1954: Bannister breaks four-minute mile

13 Oct 1954: Chataway beats 5,000m world record

22 Feb 1955: American tennis star 'Little Mo' to quit

03 Nov 1957: Russians launch dog into space

04 Jan 1958: Explorer Hillary arrives at South Pole

20 Jan 1958: Explorers meet at South Pole

26 Jun 1959: Queen and Eisenhower open seaway

20 Jul 1960: Ceylon chooses world's first woman PM

31 Jan 1961: Chimp returns safely after space flight

05 May 1961: Shepard becomes first US astronaut

06 Aug 1961: Russian cosmonaut spends day in space

16 Jun 1963: Soviets launch first woman into space

25 Feb 1964: Cassius Clay crowned world champion

04 Sep 1964: Forth Road Bridge opened

31 Dec 1964: Campbell speeds to double record

30 Jul 1966: Football glory for England

04 Jan 1967: Campbell killed during record attempt

28 May 1967: Sir Francis Chichester sails home

05 May 1967: First all-British satellite 'Ariel 3' launched

29 May 1968: Manchester Utd win European Cup

04 Jul 1968: Alec Rose sails home

22 May 1969: Apollo 10 gets bird's eye view of Moon

21 Jul 1969: Man takes first steps on the Moon

06 Aug 1971: Sailor's record 'wrong way' voyage

26 Sep 1973: Concorde slashes Atlantic flight time

25 Aug 1974: Human cannonball misses target

05 Jul 1975: Ashe's Wimbledon win makes history

24 Sep 1975: First Britons conquer Everest

27 Jul 1978: Transatlantic balloonists in trouble

17 Aug 1978: US balloonists' record Atlantic crossing

10 Dec 1979: Daredevil Kidd's 80ft river jump

11 Oct 1982: Mary Rose rises after 437 years

26 Aug 1985: Budd smashes 5,000m record

15 Aug 1985: Virgin voyage ends in disaster

04 Jul 1985: Teenage genius gets a first

07 Jul 1985: Boris Becker wins Wimbledon at 17

07 Aug 1987: Chilly swim thaws Cold War relations

29 Aug 1986: UK's oldest twins turn 100

31 Dec 1987: Zeebrugge heroes honoured

06 May 1988: Hick makes cricketing history

01 Aug 1989: Britain's oldest person turns 112

10 Aug 1990: Magellan starts mapping Venus

18 May 1991: Sharman becomes first Briton in space

09 Dec 1993: Astronauts put Hubble back in action

06 May 1994: President and Queen open Chunnel

13 Apr 1997: Tiger Woods wins Masters at 21

07 Nov 1998: Oldest astronaut back on Earth

04 Jan 2000: First British women reach South Pole

17 May 2000: First Britons reach North Pole unaided

08 Jul 2000: New Harry Potter most magical yet

23 Sep 2000: Redgrave wins fifth Olympic gold

08 Mar 2001: Donald Campbell's speedboat recovered

28 Apr 2001: First space tourist blasts off

19 Oct 2003: David Blaine ends glass box stunt

22 Nov 2003: England win Rugby World Cup

25 Jan 2004: Nasa rover looks for water on Mars

01 Jul 2004: Cassini captures Saturn's rings

28 Aug 2004: Second gold for Kelly Holmes

03 Mar 2005: Fossett sets solo flight record
 
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