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#OnThisDay 1987: Prince Philip explained the philosophy behind the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme to his son, Prince Edward. Explore the duke's extraordinary life in landmark moments here -

#OnThisDay 1993: Sports cars, five-star hotels and dealing with overly familiar fans were all in a day's work for 25-year-old Birmingham City managing director Karren Brady. Sporting Room Only followed the high-flyer on match day as the Blues faced West Ham in a crunch clash.

"We are slandered - constantly, endlessly, perpetually slandered." #OnThisDay  1971: Journalist Andrew Lumsden of the Gay Liberation Front told Panorama about homophobia in British society.

#OnThisDay 1985: Pop star-turned-showbiz reporter Simon Le Bon interviewed pop stars-turned-music promo directors Godley and Creme on the set of the ace new Duran Duran video.

"Tonight you'll watch Barcelona against Newcastle United in the European Super League." In this clip from 1994, Standing Room Only made some big predictions about the future of football in the year 2004. #SuperLeague 

#OnThisDay 1982: Simon and Garfunkel were back together, but there were a few signs that the reunion might not last too long...

#OnThisDay 1964: BBC 2 launched, sort of... Click here for more info on the history of the BBC:

#OnThisDay 1967: Blue Peter began bulk buying beans: The bigger the bean can, the bigger the bargain.

"When I had an opportunity to display technique, I displayed it." Late Night Line Up spoke to legendary jazz drummer, Buddy Rich, #OnThisDay  in 1967.

#OnThisDay 1977: 'In the Making' visited Outhwaite's in the Yorkshire Dales to learn about rope-making, and the couple who bought the business in search of a slower pace of life.


“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 -

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 1984: Moira Stuart read out the 'other' candidates in the Chesterfield by-election. Glorious!

Enjoy a few relaxing minutes of the great Tony Hart drawing with pastels, on Hartbeat#onthisday  in 1987.

#OnThisDay 1930: the BBC's news announcer said, "there is no news" and piano music was played for the remainder of the 15 minute segment.

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

#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.