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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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