Star Wars comes out at the pictures (1977)

Elvis Presley dies (1977)

Serial killer Ted Bundy is arrested (1978)

It snows in the Sahara Desert (1979)

Margaret Thatcher becomes prime minister (1979)

Robert Mugabe is named president of Zimbabwe (1980)

Teams which have won the league since 1976: Nottingham Forest (Championship), Everton, Leeds United (Championship), Aston Villa, Everton, Blackburn, United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Peter Sutcliffe is arrested (1981)

Bucks Fizz win the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Making Your Mind Up’ (1981)

Falklands War begins (1982)

The Red Hot Chili Peppers launch their first album (1983)

Comedian Tommy Cooper suffers a massive heart attack and dies while live on TV (1984)

Josef Fritzl drugs and incarcerates his daughter Elisabeth in a secret cellar (1984)

Heysel disaster (1985)

Back to the Future comes out at the pictures (1985)

Mexico host the World Cup (1986)

Terry Waite is kidnapped in Beirut (1987)

Microsoft releases Windows 2.1 (1988)

Serial killer Ted Bundy is executed (1989)

Margaret Thatcher introduces the Poll tax (1990)

Teams which have won the FA Cup since 1976: Ipswich Town (Championship), West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Coventry City (Championship), Wimbledon (now MK Dons – League 1), Portsmouth (Championship), United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

A curfew is imposed on black townships in South Africa, after fighting between rival political gangs kills 49 (1991)

Boris Yeltsin announces that Russia will stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons (1992)

The Euro Disney Resort (later Disneyland Paris) opens (1992)

Bill Clinton becomes President of USA (1993)

Church of England ordains its first female priests (1994)

Silvio Berlusconi’s right-wing coalition wins the Italian general election (1994)

A Patrick Kluivert goal wins the European Cup for Ajax against AC Milan (1995)

Jacques Chirac is elected president of France (1995)

Dunblane massacre (1996)

Divorce becomes legal in the Republic of Ireland (1997)

The House of Commons votes for a total ban on handguns (1997)

Omagh bombing (1998)

White supremacist John William King is found guilty of kidnapping and killing African American James Byrd Jr. by dragging him behind a truck for 2 miles (1999)

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is released (1999)

Dr. Harold Shipman is found guilty of murdering 15 patients (2000)

Teams which have won the League Cup since 1976: Wolves, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Norwich (Championship), Oxford United (League 2), Leicester City (Championship), Tottenham Hotspur, Blackburn, Middlesbrough (Championship), United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Two planes fly in to the World Trade Centre in New York (2001)

Euro notes and coins are issued for the first time in countries across Europe (2002)

Global alert on SARS is announced (2003)

Facebook is founded (2004)

Live 8, a set of 10 simultaneous concerts, takes place throughout the world, raising interest in the Make Poverty History campaign (2005)

Steve Irwin dies (2006)

Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd and Jo O’Meara were accused of being racially abusive towards Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty on Celebrity Big Brother (2007)

Fidel Castro announces his resignation as President of Cuba (2008)

Barack Obama becomes the first African American President of the United States (2009)

Volcanic ash from one of several eruptions beneath Eyjafjallajökull, an ice cap in Iceland, begins to disrupt air traffic across northern and western Europe (2010)

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigns after widespread protests calling for his resignation (2011)

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