Fifty-three years ago today, on November 23rd, 1963, viewers settled in front of their grainy black and white television sets to watch “An Unearthly Child”, the first episode of a new BBC sci-fi drama.
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The national focus on the annual Service of Remembrance earlier this month was, as usual, on the Cenotaph, in Whitehall, London. Every year members of the Royal Family, senior politicians, representatives of the armed forces and other dignitaries gather there to remember the dead of two world wars and many other conflicts.
After 11 years at 10 Downing Street, Britain’s first female Prime Minister announced on November 22nd, 1990, that she was standing down from the role.
Last Friday saw the first annual BBC Children in Need appeal without the late and much-missed Sir Terry Wogan, who died last January.
Just four-and-a-half years after the disastrous sinking of the Titanic on her maiden voyage, her sister ship Britannic also went to the seabed a hundred years ago today, on November 21st, 1916.