Music - British bands set to go to the US - 1968
Five British pop groups, bound for the United States on a tour which will yield half a million dollars, board their plane at Heathrow Airport, London. The groups are Jimi Hendrix Experience, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Alan Price Set and Eire Apparent. The Jimi Hendrix Experience group will receive in the United States a gold disc from Sinatra's record company for their first LP Are You Experienced' to pass the million dollar sales mark.
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Enoch Powell on London street
Striding out near his London home in South Eaton Place is Mr Enoch Powell, Conservative MP for Wolverhampton South-West, whose controversial speech on race relations in Birmingham has led to his dismissal from Mr Edward Heath's Shadow Cabinet. * A statement from Mr Heath said that he told Mr Powell that he considered the speech "racialist in tone and liable to exacerbate racial tensions..." 31/12/98 Personal papers belonging to Prime Minister Harold Wilson show officials were worried about public unrest surrounding the decision by Attorney General Elwyn Jones not to pursue the maverick Tory defence spokesman for inciting racial hatred in April, 1968. Downing Street was anxious to "play it cool" over the announcement that Enoch Powell was to escape prosecution for his notorious River of Blood speech, it emerged in papers released by the Public Records Office under the 30 year rule.
Concorde takes off maiden flight
MARCH 2: On March 2nd 1969, Concorde made its maiden flight. The Anglo-French plane took off from Toulouse and was in the air for 27 minutes before the pilot made the decision to land. The BA concorde flew its last scheduled flight on Friday 24 October 2003. Impressive picture as the mighty Concorde 002, British prototype of the Anglo-French supersonic airliner project, takes off from Filton, Bristol, on her maiden flight.