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#OnThisDay in 1971: With only four weeks until the big day, Blue Peter got into the festive spirit and made some Christmas cards out of leftover wrapping paper and some tin foil.

Discover the real life stories behind David Stirling, Paddy Mayne and the rest of @BBCOne 's SAS Rogue Heroes with the documentary series SAS: Rogue Warriors

#OnThisDay in 1997: Computer game Grand Theft Auto was released. During a 1996 visit to the Dundee studios of DMA Design, Rory Cellan-Jones took a closer look at the game's development. Watch more on our YouTube channel

#OnThisDay in 1987: Karen Gillan was born. The Scottish actress and model is best known for playing Amy Pond in Doctor Who and Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy.

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#OnThisDay in 1989: Daytime Live caught up with members of the Crossroads and Noele Gordon Appreciation Society to find out what was so special about the show dubbed: "The soap the nation loved to hate."

How have LGBTQ+ lives been viewed through the lens of the BBC over the past 50 years? Dr Matthew Linfoot of @UniWestminster  delves into the BBC archive with people across the generations for podcasts that explore changing experiences and identities. 🎧

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Michael Gambon stars in Dennis Potter's original drama series The Singing Detective. He plays Philip Marlow, a writer suffering from a chronic skin disease and writer's block who is thrown into an altered reality. Watch it tonight on BBC Four at 22:10 and after on @BBCiPlayer .

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"Climbing up a ladder in the pouring rain can be a bit too John Noakes for some people." How to replace a broken window, with Richard Stillgoe, broadcast #OTD  in 1977.

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#OnThisDay in 1997: Rising star Lewis Hamilton (then aged 12) spoke about his ambition to become an F1 racing driver, on the BBC Two show Black Britain.

Today marks 75 years since the partition of India. In June 1953, independent India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru appeared on the BBC for his television debut. 🧵1/4

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. In 1938, Sir Nicholas Winton brought Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia to safety in the UK. Fifty years later, That’s Life reunited him with some of those children.

“How come is everything white?” Muhammad Ali appeared on Parkinson in 1971.

#Onthisday 1970: Wendy Carlos demonstrated how to synthesise electronic noise into musical sound.

#OnthisDay 1979: Frank Prentice, an assistant purser on the Titanic, described how he survived the sinking of the ship. For more archive on the Titanic, you can visit -

How do you live with yourself, after killing another man? What would you have done in WWI? Visit to discover more.

Today is #InternetDay … To mark this auspicious occasion, here’s David Bowie speaking to Jeremy Paxman in 1999 about the "unimaginable" effects on society it was going to have.

#OnThisDay 1977: Thanks for the Memory - The Viewer's View asked people what they thought about television. This woman was likely approached for a snappy vox pop, but ended up delivering something closer to a dramatic monologue. Fantastic stuff.

#OnThisDay 1988: Ian McKellen spoke about Section 28 on Wogan.

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