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#OnThisDay 1982: 40 year old sugar cube? We'll pass, thanks. BBC News got a look inside the bunker Churchill used in WWII.

#OTD 2001: The first episode of 'The Office' was screened on BBC Two.

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#OTD 1957 Marc Almond was born. A fine pretext to relive his 1982 appearance on ‘Riverside’ making mince pies!

#OnThisDay 1962: New vaccines and ways of delivering them were being developed. Now, BBC Archive promises it won't hurt... much.

#OTD 1933 Oliver Sacks was born. In 1990 he spoke with Jeremy Isaacs about matters of religion and science.

#OTD 1986: Michael Caine was on 'Wogan' to talk about class in the UK and getting started as an actor.

#OnThisDay 1963: Taxi!, the comedy-drama starring Sid James as cab driver Sid Stone, was first broadcast.

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#OnThisDay 1967: Blue Peter had daredevil strongman Walter Cornelius in the studio. He performed a series of feats so dangerous that - even in the 60s - they saw fit to issue a safety warning. DO NOT TRY ANY OF THIS!

#OnThisDay 1970: Nationwide was at the scene of an invasion - by giant hogweed.

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

#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.

Florian Schneider, co-founder of highly influential electronic pop group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Here’s a clip of the group showing Tomorrow’s World their studio back in 1975. For more archive clips of electronic music, you can visit -

It’s day 4 of the BBC Archive quarantine fitness regime! Time to don some tight clothing that doesn't quite fit and limber up with the one and only Tony Britts!

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

In 1989, Tomorrow’s World predicted what the home of the future would look like in 2020. Only a few hours left to make some adjustments.

#OnThisDay 1982: The Young Ones was first broadcast. Once in every lifetime comes a love like this...

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Timing is everything. Behold the greatest piece to camera in the BBC archives, courtesy of broadcasting giant, James Burke.

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