History Quiz / The UK in the 20th Century: 1979

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Can you name the notable people, places and events of the United Kingdom in 1979?

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The Sun prints this headline in response to James Callaghan's flippant comments on returning from an international summit in the Caribbean.10th January
Tens of thousands of public sector workers strike, beginning this period, named from the first line of Shakespeare's Richard III.22nd January
This former Sex Pistols guitarist is found dead in New York, having choked to death on his own vomit as the result of a heroin overdose.2nd February
This English striker becomes England's first £1 million player in a move from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest.9th February
This Caribbean nation gains independence from the UK.22nd February
Sir Richard Sykes, ambassador to this European country, is shot dead by a Provisional IRA member.22nd March
This politician, who escaped from Colditz during WWII and later became Shadow Secretary of State for N. Ireland, is assassinated by a car bomb outside the Houses of Parliament.30th March
This London Underground line is inaugurated.1st May
This politician becomes Prime Minister as the Conservatives win a 43-seat majority in the General Election, called after Callaghan lost a vote of confidence in late March.4th May
This musician becomes the first from the West to perform live in the Soviet Union.21st May
This theme park is opened in Surrey.24th May
The Queen attends the millennium celebrations of this island's parliament, Tynwald.5th July
This athlete sets a new world record time for running a mile, completing it in 3' 48''.17th July
This television network is shut down for 2 and a half months by a technicians' strike.10th August
This distant royal figure, the last man to hold the position of Viceory of India, is assassinated by a Provisional IRA bomb whilst holidaying in Ireland.27th August
An RAF jet of this type crashes into a house in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, killing two men and a boy.21st September
The first issue of this bawdy comic is published in Newcastle.27th October
The last episode of the first series of this BBC sitcom, starring Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles, recieves 23.95 million viewers, the highest ever for a recorded programme.11th November
Vauxhall launch this hatchback model, their first ever front wheel drive car.14th November
The Clash release this single.7th December
Tim Martin opens the first of this pub chain, in Muswell Hill, North London.Undated

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