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Time Warp: February 25.

1961

Headline News

A coach party of 26 Aston Villa supporters travelling through the night for the match at Newcastle escaped injury when their coach was in collision with a car at Bramham, near Weatherby in Yorkshire.

The Queen rode through Benares on a bejewelled elephant - and then sailed in a barge along the River Ganges while thousands cheered.

Foxy Fowler, last of the eight prisoners who broke out of Parkhurst Prison, Isle of Wight, was recaptured near Cowes.

Question of Sport: West Bromwich Albion's chances of staying in the First Division looked increasingly slim whilst Walsall's hopes of promotion to Division II seemed brighter by the day.

That's Entertainment: Jack Warner starred in The Woman in the Case on BBC.

Top of the Pops: Are you Lonesome Tonight? by Elvis Presley.

1971

Headline News

A court heard how an 18-year-old girl entered a grave at a Walsall churchyard and took a skull which was later used in what appeared to be 'black magic' rites.

Hospitals in the Midlands were so under-staffed that patients often had to go days without a wash, nurses' leaders complained. Patients were also often deprived of hot water bottles.

The Beatles earned pounds 9.1 million in just 19 months up to December, 1970, a High Court hearing into the wrangle between the group and their management was told.

Question of Sport: Aston Villa manager Vic Crowe settled his remaining Wembley League Cup Final problem when he named Scottish international Davie Gibson as substitute against Spurs.

That's Entertainment: Birmingham soap Crossroads faced tough opposition when it went up against rival series The Doctors on BBC1.

Top of the Pops: The Pushbike Song by The Mixtures.

1981

Headline News

The porter at Lady Diana Spencer's home was attacked by two men who demanded his keys - one of which was a pass key to Diana's flat at Colherne Court in the Old Brompton Road.

Toby, a tortoise-shell cat, survived a hair-raising 25-mile journey along the M6 in the engine compartment of a car.

Transport union bosses launched a fight with Allied Brewery chiefs to try to save the embattled Ansells Brewery in Birmingham after a decision to close the Aston Cross site.

Question of Sport: Steve Smith Eccles took the honours at Huntington with a brilliant 141-1 treble on Killer Shark, Ballywackmacroo and Izzyfast.

That's Entertainment: Sue Lawley and Dave Lee Travis presented the British Rock & Pop Awards. Adam and the Ants and Madness perform.

Top of the Pops: Vienna by Ultravox.

1991

Headline News

Allied planes and helicopters pounded a convoy of 80 Republican Guard tanks as the elite Iraqi unit advanced on Kuwait City.

The Birmingham Six looked closer than ever to freedom after the Director of Public Prosecutions announced he would no longer argue that their convictions remained 'safe and satisfactory'.

Question of Sport: Chris Eubank counted himself a lucky man after retaining his WBO middleweight crown in a close-fought title bout with Dan Sherry.

That's Entertainment: Joanne Woodward starred in the film Do You Remember Love? about an English professor and poet who was struck down with Alzheimer's Disease.

Top of the Pops: 3am Eternal by KLF/Children of the Revolution.

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