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The pre-decimal halfpenny ceased to be legal tender

Friday the 1st of August, 1969

The second Isle of Wight Festival attracted 150,000 pop music fans, with the appearance of Bob Dylan a major draw

Saturday the 30th of August, 1969

The Beatles released what would be their final album (Abbey Road) recorded together

Friday the 26th of September, 1969

The Post Office became a Statutory corporation

Wednesday the 1st of October, 1969

Monty Python's Flying Circus aired its first episode on the BBC

Sunday the 5th of October, 1969

The new seven-sided 50p coin was introduced as replacement for the 10-shilling note, to a mixed reception from the British public, with many people complaining that it is easily confused with the 10p coin

Tuesday the 14th of October, 1969

Regular colour television broadcasts began on BBC1 and ITV

Saturday the 15th of November, 1969

BBC1 first aired the children's television series Clangers, made by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin's Smallfilms in stop motion animation

Sunday the 16th of November, 1969

The Sun newspaper was relaunched as a tabloid under the ownership of Rupert Murdoch

Monday the 17th of November, 1969

The abolition of the death penalty for murder was made permanent by Parliament

Thursday the 18th of December, 1969

The sixth James Bond film - On Her Majesty's Secret Service - was released in British cinemas. Bond is now played by George Lazenby after Sean Connery starred in the first five films. Starring alongside him is Yorkshire-born actress Diana Rigg

Thursday the 18th of December, 1969

The half crown coin ceased to be legal tender

Thursday the 1st of January, 1970

A Boeing 747 landed at Heathrow Airport, the first jumbo jet to land in Britain

Thursday the 22nd of January, 1970

English band Black Sabbath released their self titled debut album in the U.K., credited as the first major album in the heavy metal genre

Friday the 13th of February, 1970

Martin Peters, who scored for England in their 1966 World Cup final win, became the nation's first £200,000 footballer in his transfer from West Ham United to Tottenham Hotspur

Tuesday the 17th of March, 1970

Paul McCartney announced his departure from The Beatles

Friday the 10th of April, 1970

British Leyland announced that the Morris Minor, its longest running model which had been in production since 1948, would be discontinued at the start of next year and be replaced with a new larger car available as a four-door saloon and three-door fastback coupe, and possibly a five-door estate by 1975

Saturday the 18th of April, 1970

The government made a £20 million loan available to help save the financially troubled luxury car and aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls Royce

Tuesday the 19th of May, 1970

British Leyland created a niche in the four-wheel drive market by launching its luxury Range Rover, which was to be marketed as a more upmarket alternative to the utilarian Land Rover that had been in production since 1948

Wednesday the 17th of June, 1970

The General Election was held, the first in which 18-year-olds could vote

Thursday the 18th of June, 1970

The Methodist Church allowed women to become full ministers for the first time

Monday the 22nd of June, 1970

The last issue of grog in the Royal Navy was distributed

Friday the 31st of July, 1970


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