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Summer in the Sixties
Not Cricket: The Basil D'Olivera Conspiracy

Summer in the Sixties

Snapshot of the era - Sport

The Sixties were an era of memorable events, fads and fashions. To jog your memory, we have highlights for art, social/political moments, sport, music, TV, films, style and toys along with information about related programming in the BBC FOUR season.

Sport programmes in the BBC FOUR season:

Sport in the Sixties: a TV Revolution

Not Cricket: The Basil D'Olivera Conspiracy

England winning the football world cup in 1966 will be forever ingrained in the memories of football fans but what other sporting events were making the headlines?

The Grand National hit British TV screens live for the first time ever in 1960 while the new Eurovision television circuit meant the Rome Olympics reached a greater worldwide television audience than ever before.

While Anita Lonsborough and David Broome won gold for Britain, perhaps the most enduring domestic memory of the games is Don Thompson, who prepared for the heat by training in his bathroom and triumphed in the 50 kilometres walk.

• England were the only British side to reach the 1962 Football world cup finals. But Brazil knocked them out in the quarter finals and went home with the trophy.

• A left hook from British Boxer Henry Cooper floored Cassius Clay at Wembley in 1963. But Clay was saved by the bell and went on to triumph over Cooper.

It later transpired that Clay's trainer, Angelo Dundee, had tampered with one of Clay's gloves to buy him time.

Three years later in 1966, already heavyweight champion of the world, Cassius Clay was Muhammad Ali when he faced Cooper again.

The match went to six rounds before Cooper was again forced to surrender.

• Asia hosted its first Olympic Games in 1964 in Tokyo. Britain picked up a long jump double with Mary Rand picking up Great Britain's first ever gold in women's athletics and Lynn Davies upsetting the form book in the men's event. Ann Packer matched their achievements with a stunning run in the 800 metres.

• Geoff Hurst hit a hat-trick as England clinched their only football World Cup victory in 1966. England beat West Germany 4-2 at Wembley and the nation went wild.

Wimbledon in 1967 was the first scheduled television transmission in the UK in colour. It was a landmark moment in the history of sport TV.

• Celtic boosted British spirits when they lifted the European Cup in 1967.

Manchester United emulated their success when they lifted the trophy the following year.

• All the technical developments of the decade synthesised at the 1968 Mexico Olympics. They were broadcast live and in glorious colour, and largely due to the altitude, a total of 34 world and 38 Olympic records were set.

Bob Beamon broke the World Long jump record and American high jumper Dick Fosbury won gold with his 'flop' style that was to revolutionise the event and replace the conventional straddle technique.

The highlight from a British point of view came when David Hemery broke the world record as he stormed to victory in the 400 metres hurdles.

But perhaps the most potent memory of the games was the medal ceremony of the men's 200 metres when American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their black-gloved fists in a symbol of the black-power movement.

• The decade ended with a double success for the Brits in 1969: Anne Jones won the ladies single finals at Wimbledon and Tony Jacklin the British Open.

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