Chronology

21st September 2001 at 01:00
1939 WWII breaks out

1940 John Lennon born in Liverpool

1945 First atom bomb

WWII ends

1947 India and Pakistan achieve independence

1948 NHS founded

Prince Charles born

1950 Elvis Presley releases Heartbreak Hotel

1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay conquer Mount Everest

1957 John Lennon meets Paul McCartney

Rock and roll hits Britain with Bill Haley's Rock Around the Clock

1959 The Mini goes on sale

1961 The Beatles debut at the Cavern Club, Liverpool

1962 Nelson Mandela imprisoned in South Africa

Beatles release first single, Love Me Do

John Lennon marries Cynthia

1963 Kennedy assassinated in Dallas

Beatles have first No. 1, Please Please Me

1964 Beatlemania sweeps US

1965 Beatles awarded the MBE

1966 England defeats Germany to win World Cup

1967 Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band released

Summer of love

Radio 1 goes on the air

First heart transplant

1968 Student unrest across Europe and the US

John Lennon sings Revolution

1969 First man on moon

John Lennon marries Yoko Ono, holds bed-in for peace, records Give Peace a Chance

1970 Beatles split up

1975 Vietnam War ends

1977 Queen's Silver Jubilee

Punk Rock hits as Sex Pistols have No 1 hit with God Save the Queen

1978 First test tube baby

1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes PM

1980 John Lennon killed by obsessive fan in New York

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