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The Cartridge Years: 1965, 1976 and 2006

Richard turns back the clock with the hits and local headlines from 1965, 1976 and 2006.

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Sun 7 Jul 2013 14:00

July 1965

July 1965
  • Train robber Ronnie Biggs and three others escaped from Wandsworth prison.
  • Hollywood stuntman Paul Mantz was killed whilst filming.
  • An RAF training aircraft crashed in Oxford.
  • A bomb exploded ouside the American Express offices in Piccadilly.
  • 'The Londoner' cross Channel car ferry made it's maiden voyage between Dover & Calais.
  • The government announced a scheme for quicker conveyancing of houses, which they hoped would eventually see a 25% saving of lawyer's fees.
  • The government announced plans for the introduction of a blood alcohol limit for drivers in its clampdown on drink-driving.
  • There were hysterical scenes in the UK as The Beatles came home following their European tour.
  • The Indian city of Calcutta was deluged by flood waters after five hours of rain.
  • Jim Clarke won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
  • Peter Thompson won the open golf at Royal Birkdale.
  • England were playing New Zealand in the 3rd test.

July 1976

July 1976
  • Many acres of trees were destroyed and camp sites were threatened, as a fire broke out in the new Forest.
  • Blind sailors were undergoing a seamanship course in Poole harbour.
  • Radio One DJs Paul Burnett and Tony Blackburn were in Southsea with the BBC One variety show 'Seaside Special'.
  • Southsea hosted a rowing regatta hosted over 200 teams in a rowing regatta.
  • The 36th Southampton show was held in the city.
  • Arthur Skingle, who escaped from Parkhurst Prison was re-arrested.
  • There was opposition to the proposed M27 motorway at the inquiry in Eastleigh.
  • The great heat wave reached its peak.
  • Donald Neilson - known as The Black Panther was on trial for the murder of 3 postmasters.  He had already been found guilty of murder of Lesley Whittle.
  • Prime Minister James Callaghan made a plea for the lives of four mercenaries who had been held captive in Angola. News of their execution was released a few hours later.
  • Former Prime Minister Harold MacMillan left hospital after a blood infection.
  • The Schools Council urged the government to replace the present GCE O-level & CSE exams with a new common exam to be taken at age 16.
  • £2 million of foreign currency was stolen in a raid at Heathrow airport.
  • HM The Queen visited a Harlem shop as part of her tour to mark America's bi-centenary.
  • Matsushita introduces the VHS home video cassette recorder to compete with Sony's Betamax system.
  • Johnny Miller won the British Open Golf championships, beating Severiano Ballesteros.
  • England were all out for 71 in the test match against the West Indies. 

July 2006

July 2006
  • £1 Million was stolen from a Dorchester company by an employee to fund his gambling addiction.
  • Passengers on a double decker bus in Southampton had a lucky escape after it hit a low bridge on Canute Road, slicing off the top deck. 
  • It was revealed that volunteers of the Coastguard Rescue Teams on the Isle of Wight last year dealt with 84 incidents, this year they've already had 64 calls.
  • Portsmouth FC Chairman Milan Mandaric said he was selling his controlling stake in the company.
  • Isle of Wight film director Anthony Minghella received an honorary degree of letters from the University of Reading.
  • 1500 knifes and other weapons were handed in during an amnesty in Dorset.
  • The white horse at Osmington was undergoing a clean up.
  • Patrols were increased after a number of beach huts in Bournemouth were vandalised.
  • Former Manchester City striker Nicholas Ankela claimed that Portsmouth had made an £8 million pound bid for him. 
  • The Isle of Wight was awarded the 2011 Island Games.
  • Southampton fans will be watching Pele next season, a Portuguese player who's called 'Pele' for short. The defender has signed at St Mary's subject to international clearance.
  • 750, 000 people in South Hampshire could be the first in the country to be allowed to generate their own energy using micro turbines after a pioneering agreement was drawn up between council planning departments.
  • Leading experts expressed concern that junior doctors may be putting patients at risk because they know too little about the drugs they are prescribing.
  • For an eighth day, Israeli forces bombed targets in Lebanon, killing at least forty people. 
  • Fifteen top officials are being removed from their posts as Home Secretary John Reid announced the biggest shake-up in his department's history.
  • Roads melted, rail lines buckled and elephants were hosed down in Twycross zoo on the hottest July day ever recorded.
  • HM The Queen and Prince Phillip were guests at a BBC Proms concert to celebrate her Majesty's 80th birthday.