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Living: Time Warp... December 31.

1960

Headline News:

Eight chimps were being trained for a rocket flight in New Mexico. Their flight would pave the way for manned space flight.

A toddler was run over in Lozells, bringing the number of casualties on Birmingham roads this year to a record 143.

Bus crews at a Midland garage were looking for a man who worked on his own car, breaking an official strike day.

Question of Sport: Wolves beat Chelsea 2-0 against the run of play and thanks to two goals from Jim Murray.

Top of the Pops: I Love You by Cliff Richard and the Shadows.

That's Entertainment: The variety show Saturday Spectacular was on TV starring Shirley Eaton and Cliff Richard.

1970

Headline News:

President Nixon was given a clean bill of health after a two-hour check-up at the White House. Doctors said his blood pressure was low and he was as healthy as someone a lot younger.

Thirty-nine people died when an explosion ripped through a mine in Kentucky in the worst mining disaster in the American state's history.

Weathermen said there was no chance of snow in the Midlands - despite most of the south of England being covered. The AA said it was chaos on the roads.

Question of Sport: Coventry City were under fire from League bosses over their plans to play a match at Highfield Road on a Sunday. League President Len Shipman said it was 'unworkable'.

Top of the Pops: I Hear You Knockin' by Dave Edmunds.

That's Entertainment: The Morecambe and Wise show featured Dusty Springfield and Michael Redgrave.

1980

Headline News:

A Sutton Coldfield gardener was left a pounds 40,000 bungalow by the woman he worked for. The gardener was left the property after his boss died 'in gratitude for all he has done over many years'.

Stores in Birmingham broke records on the first day of sales.

Margaret Thatcher defended her decision to exclude athletes who went to the Moscow Olympics from the New Year's Honours List. She said the Government thought it had been wrong to attend the Games.

Question of Sport: Birmingham City learned they would have to cope without full-back Mark Dennis for two months after he was ruled out with cartilage problems.

Top of the Pops: There's No-One Quite Like Grandma by St Winifred's School Choir.

That's Entertainment: Robert Lindsay was having trouble with his girlfriend in Citizen Smith.

1990

Headline News:

Police were probing the theft of classified war documents from an RAF officer's car.

A Midland climber cheated death after falling 400ft down a mountain in the Lake District. The climber suffered only a broken rib and severe bruising.

Birmingham-born racing driver Nigel Mansell received an OBE in the New Year's Honours List.

Question of Sport: Dave Mackay refused to submit to calls for him to resign as the manager of Birmingham City. He insisted his team 'could not have played better', despite losing 3-1 to Bolton Wanderers.

Top of the Pops: Saviour's Day by Cliff Richard.

That's Entertainment: Wogan takes a look back at the year with guests Shirley MacLaine and Richard Gere.

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