LOSE YOUR­SELF IN 1971

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ROLLS-ROYCE STOPS ROLLING

Rolls-Royce Limited goes bank­rupt in Fe­bru­ary and is na­tion­alised. The com­pany, founded in 1904, in­cludes the avi­a­tion and luxury car-build­ing arms but has been fi­nan­cially crip­pled by devel­op­ing the RB211 jet en­gine. The car divi­sion is hived off as Rolls-Royce Mo­tor Hold­ings Ltd in 1973, to al­low the aerospace side to con­cen­trate on jet mo­tors.

THE OPEN UNI­VER­SITY, UM, OPENS

Al­though founded in 1969, the Open Uni­ver­sity sees its first stu­dents en­rolled in Jan­uary ‘71, when BBC tele­vi­sion broad­casts also be­gin. Cue decades of late-night pro­grammes fea­tur­ing earnest aca­demics sport­ing ex­ces­sive fa­cial hair and ap­pallingly colour­ful knitwear. Th­ese ceased on 15 De­cem­ber 2006 but the dis­tance learn­ing in­sti­tu­tion it­self con­tin­ues, very suc­cess­fully.

AND TIME FOR DOTOR WHO

Ac­tor David McDon­ald (later Ten­nant on stage) is born in West Loth­ian in April. Af­ter an early part as a trans­sex­ual bar­maid named Dav­ina in Rab C Nes­bitt, he finds con­sid­er­ably more fame as the tenth and hugely pop­u­lar in­car­na­tion of the TARDIS’ timelord in Doc­tor Who, play­ing the role from 2005 to 2010, with a reap­pear­ance for the 50th an­niver­sary in 2013.

MIL­LEN­NIUM TIME

Blue Peter pre­sen­ters Va­lerie Sin­gle­ton, John Noakes and Peter Purves bury the show’s first time cap­sule in the Blue Peter Gar­den. It’s dug up in 2000 and con­tains some wa­ter­logged film/au­dio tapes, BBC badges and a set of newly in­tro­duced dec­i­mal coins.

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