Liberation Memories Of 1993

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For the first time Islamic Fundamentalists bomb World Trade Center. A devastating tsunami, caused by an earthquake off Hokkaido, Japan kills 202 on the small island of Okushiri. The ever popular Beanie Babies are launched . In technology the first bagless vacuum cleaner is invented and Intel introduces the Pentium Processor. World Trade Center bombing: In New York City, a van bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over 1,000. Fighting occurs between Muslims and Croats in Bosnia. Britain's longest recession since the 1930s was officially over as the economy grew during the first three months of the year. The Conservatives claimed credit for the upturn in fortunes but critics claimed it was luck more than anything else. However it was achieved, it was welcomed by the nation's people who could now look forward to spending again. One new place they could spend at being Buckingham Palace; the public being allowed inside for the first time ever during the summer of '93. With the entrance fee being set at £8, it wasn't cheap, but that did nothing to hold back demand; within a week of going on sale, all advance group booking slots to visit Buckingham Palace had been filled for the next three years. Other news included an oil tanker carrying running aground near the Shetland Islands (resulting in 84,700 tonnes of crude oil being spilled into the North Sea and a major ecological catastrophe); and anti-racist demonstrations being held across London in response to criminal charges being dropped against two youths accused of murdering black teenager Stephen Lawrence. On a personal mission to resolve alien related 'chaos', were FBI agents 'Mulder & Scully'; their popular US series 'X-Files' coming across the Atlantic to UK screens. Motivated by the belief that Mulder's sister had been abducted by little green men, they set about trying to find the 'truth'. One place where the truth definitely wasn't was on 'Beavis & Butthead's sofa. These boys spent '93 becoming world famous for flicking between TV channels and playing football with frogs. With Britain itself still struggling to come up with any blockbuster movies of it's own, 'Jurassic Park' and 'Indecent Proposal' were the major films to hit cinemas during the year. 'Jurassic Park' involved dinosaurs (really quite scary-looking, genuine ones!) running riot around a theme park created by an eccentric millionaire. 'Indecent Proposal' was another tale to involve a rich man (this time a billionaire played by Robert Redford); this guy offering a couple, who had just lost a fortune in Las Vegas, $1m to spend the night with the wife. 11 killed and scores injured over holiday: Britain 1993: Drivers fail to stop after fatal accidents A 19-year-old man will appear in court today charged with the murder of a man in Shotts, Strathclyde. Four of those killed were believed to have been returning home after new year celebrations when they were hit by vehicles, three of which did not stop. In Plymouth, a 27-year-old woman was raped as she walked through the Mutley area of the city, and a young man died after a fight at a wine bar. Thames Valley and Dorset police forces said they were overwhelmed by the number of arrests; however, no serious disorder was reported among large crowds in Edinburgh and London. Police blamed speeding traffic for a 44-vehicle crash in dense fog on the A2 trunk road in Kent; one woman died and 30 people were injured. The James Bulger murder, a crime that shook Britain The image of toddler James Bulger being led away from a shopping arcade by his killers still haunts years on. Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were convicted of torturing and murdering the youngster, but their life sentences were set to a minimum of just eight years. The case is one of the most shocking crimes in recent UK history. James Bulger, who was just short of his third birthday, was murdered in February 1993 by two 10-year-old boys who lured him away from a Liverpool shopping arcade while his mother was distracted. The boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, led the crying toddler on a two and a half mile walk across the city to Walton. There, on a rarely used piece of railway, they used bricks and sticks to beat and torture him and finally killed him by repeatedly dropping a 22lbs piece of steel railway track on his head. The killers then placed his body across a rail hoping people would think he had been killed by a train. When he was found two days later his body had been cut in half by a freight train but police examinations showed he was already dead before he was run over. CCTV from the shopping centre showed him being led away by the two older boys, who were soon caught. Thompson and Venables were tried and convicted, becoming the youngest murderers ever in British history. www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfQHXB0jHzg Bishopsgate Bombing The sheer numbers tell the story of the Bishopsgate bomb which exploded in the City of London on April 24 1993. The device is calculated to have weighed a tonne; it caused some 500 tonnes of glass in the financial district to break; and the damage, which included the demolition of a medieval church, St Ethelburga’s, has been estimated at around £500 million. A far smaller number in the end is more significant: the bomb cost the life of one man, Ed Henty a News of the World photographer. It also injured 44 more people. It was later found that the Provisional IRA had planted the bomb, loaded on the back of a tipper truck beneath some asphalt. They chose a Saturday morning to minimise casualties, and gave a warning well in advance of the 10.25am explosion, but this was a cynical move in the negotiations about the future of Ireland then being held. It probably delayed the eventual settlement and hardened attitudes against the IRA; and it led to the City of London adopting ring-of-steel measures to defend against further attacks. www.youtube.com/watch?v=saCKGjpH8hk IRA Bombs Warrington For most of Britain The Troubles in Northern Ireland were a tribal conflict that happened somewhere else. London was often targeted; Birmingham suffered a devastating series of attacks; and Manchester’s centre was destroyed. But for the majority of us living in smaller cities, towns and villages there was a sense of detachment from the horror. For Warrington that changed in early 1993. On February 26 a three-man IRA gang bombed a gasworks in the town, shooting a policeman as they escaped. That gang was quickly captured. Less than a month later, however, two more bombs exploded in the town centre on a busy shopping street. More than 50 people were injured, some horrifically, as the devices had been carefully placed in cast-iron bins where they became giant grenades that sent shrapnel through the crowds. And tragically two children were murdered by the March 20 blasts: three-year-old Johnathan Bell died at the scene; 12-year-old Tim Parry held on to life until March 25, the most innocent victims imaginable. Perhaps the attack on a rather anonymous Cheshire town was planned by the leaders of the IRA to bring what it called ‘the struggle’ closer to middle England, middle Britain. Or maybe it was a soft target far from the normal view of the security services. Perhaps the child-killers excuse themselves by remembering that they telephoned a warning – just 14 minutes before the first explosion, and citing Liverpool not Warrington. But it is to be hoped that those killers, who have still not been found, never pass a day without remembering their victims. www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOAHVcxA1No The Grand National That Never Was Whatever broadcasters and the press may say, there really are very few sporting events that capture the British imagination year after year. But The Grand National at Aintree combines all the elements required to make it truly special: there is danger (sadly occasionally fatal danger for some of the horses); endurance over the 4.5 mile course; tradition as it dates back to 1839, or arguably 1836 though under other names; the colour of the silks; the skill of both horse and rider; big excited crowds; and gambling. No wonder that in workplaces around the land we run sweepstakes; that grannies scan the racing pages for a nice name or a family connection before getting someone to nip down the bookies for them. And no wonder that we all felt somehow cheated by the 1993 event, a fiasco of false starts and failed communication that ended in the first void Grand National ever. Extenuating circumstances included problems with demonstrators and wet weather. But a race watched by 300 million people worldwide and with tens of millions of pounds staked on it deserved a better recall system than one man with a little flag alerted by another man with a little flag. For the record the horses that set off on the last (again false-started) attempt to get the race underway were headed home by Esha Ness, ridden by John White and trained by Jenny Pitman. At 50-1 it was a long-shot; but it would have been a worthy winner, setting the second fastest time in history in less than perfect conditions. www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2jHwZ1JerY Shane Warne bowls 'Ball of the Century' They call it the ball of the century now, which may just be hyperbole – not many of us saw all of the rest. Whatever title it is given, it was very special indeed – Shane Warne’s introduction to The Ashes . Mike Gatting, solid (not as solid as the pies made him and indeed Warne later on), unflappable, reputed to be one of the best English players of spin is facing Ashes debutant Shane Warne, at that time a very rare bird – a leg-spinner. It is day two of the 1993 Old Trafford Ashes test, England are 80 for 1 in reply to what looks like a disappointing 289 all out by Australia, Gatting has been in for over a quarter of an hour for just four, made in one stroke on what is a tricky wicket. Enter Shane Warne. Warne looks like some bloke off Bondi Beach, hair bleached by the sun, zinc cream on his lips to protect against the piercing heat of Lancashire in June. Having played for – and not been retained by – Accrington in the Lancashire League ignorance is not an excuse for the war-paint. We all expect a first-ball loosener; something gentle to make sure the action is working ok. He ambles up to the wicket and bowls a leg-break that drifts right a little to pitch about 9 inches outside the leg stump and then spins viciously to hit Gatting’s off peg. The batsman had moved to leg to cover the expected spin that would threaten leg stump. But the ball has veered about 18 inches left while progressing perhaps five or six feet forwards, deviating from its original trajectory by about 35 degrees. For me the wonderful thing about that ball was what happened afterwards. Not a bunch of nasal Aussies congratulating their team-mate with manly hugs and back-slaps, but Mike Gatting walking off the pitch then pausing to look back at the stumps. Behind his helmet visor you can see the bemused look on his face; you can see him trying to work out what the hell just happened. And at the other end umpire Dickie Bird ’s eyes are as wide as Bob Willis’s feet. Gatting shakes his head in disbelief, as if saying ‘that can’t be right – did that really happen?’ But for the next 14 years England would see plenty more of the same. Not exactly the same, as they knew what Warne could do. Sadly, however, knowing what was coming all too often didn’t mean being able to do anything about it. www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iJvSfAd1ko 1993 Timeline 1 January - Teletext Ltd. launches a new Teletext service on ITV and Channel 4, replacing the 14-year-old ORACLE teletext service. The ITC removes the limit on the value of prizes which can be given away on ITV game shows in the UK (set at £6000 per episode since 1981), paving the way for the big money game shows of the late 1990s and 2000s. Ben Silcock, an inadequately treated schizophrenic patient, enters the lion enclosure in London Zoo. 5 January – Oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on Shetland, spilling 84,700 tonnes of crude oil into the sea. 8 January – Ford unveils its new Mondeo, a range of large hatchbacks, saloons and estates which will reach showrooms on 22 March as replacement for the long-running Sierra. 10 January - British newspapers carry reports that The Princess of Wales wants a divorce from The Prince of Wales, despite the announcement of their separation (issued the previous month) stating that there were no plans for a divorce. Braer Storm at peak intensity across the British Isles, breaking up the wrecked tanker Braer. 11 January – British Airways admits liability and apologises "unreservedly" for a "dirty tricks" campaign against Virgin Atlantic. 13 January – Wayne Edwards, a 26-year-old Lance Corporal, becomes the first British fatality in the conflict in Bosnia, former Yugoslavia. 17 January – Bookmakers cut their odds on the monarchy being abolished by the year 2000 from 100 to 1 to 50 to 1. 21 January – Unemployment has increased for the 31st month running, but is still just short of the 3,000,000 total that was last seen nearly six years ago. Economists warn that it could hit a new high of more than 3,500,000 by the end of this year. However, the Conservatives have still managed to cut Labour's lead in the opinion polls from 13 points to eight points, according to the latest MORI poll. 26 January – The Bank of England lowers interest rates to 6% – the lowest since 1978. 1 February – Economists warn that unemployment could reach a new high of 3,400,000 this year. February 6 – Former tennis player Arthur Ashe, 49, dies of the AIDS virus in New York. Ashe was believed to have contracted the virus from a blood transfusion during heart surgery 10 years ago. 12 February - James Bulger murdered. 14 February – Unemployment is reported to be increasing quicker in Tory seats than in Labour ones. 15 February – The number of unfit homes in Britain is reported to have increased from 900,000 to more than 1,300,000 between 1986 and 1991. 17 February – Shadow chancellor Gordon Brown claims that a Labour government could reduce taxation – a dramatic turn for a party known for high taxation. 18 February – Unemployment has reached 3,000,000 (and a rate of 10.6%) for the first time in six years. 19 February – Judith Chaplin, Conservative MP for Newbury in Berkshire, dies suddenly at the age of 53 after less than a year in parliament. 20 February – Economists are now warning that unemployment could rise as high at 3,500,000 within the next year. 25 February – A MORI poll shows that 80% of Britons are dissatisfied with the way that John Major is running the country, and nearly 50% believe that the economy will get worse during this year. 25–26 February – Warrington bomb attacks: Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) bombs are planted and explode at gas holders in Warrington, Cheshire. 27 February – "Boiling Point", an episode of the BBC medical drama series Casualty, is met with great controversy and outrage after it depicts rioting youths setting fire to a hospital's accident and emergency department. The Corporation receives over 700 complaints about the violent nature of the episode, despite showing it after the watershed (at 9:30pm) and warning viewers accordingly. However, the episode achieves viewing figures of 17.02 million - the highest for the show at the time. 6 March – An IRA bomb scare at BBC Television Centre means that the live Saturday night programme Noel's House Party cannot be shown. Instead, after a repeat of the previous year's Noel's Christmas Presents, host Noel Edmonds is forced to introduce a Tom and Jerry cartoon in its place, The Zoot Cat. 16 March – Chancellor Norman Lamont unveils a budget plan which is centred on economic recovery, together with phased introduction of Value Added Tax on domestic fuel bills (8% for 1994). This will be the last Spring budget. 19 March – Unemployment has fallen for the first time since May 1990, now standing at 2,970,000, sparking hopes that the recession is nearly over. 20 March – Warrington bomb attacks: IRA bombs in the town centre of Warrington claim the life of 3-year-old Jonathan Ball and injure more than 50 other people. On 25 March the blasts claim a second fatality when 12-year-old Timothy Parry dies in hospital from his injuries. April – Staples, an American office superstore chain, opens its first store in Britain in Swansea. 2 April – Vauxhall launches its all-new Corsa supermini, replacement for the Nova, which like its predecessor is built at the Zaragoza plant in Spain. 3 April – A false start forces the Grand National to be cancelled. The 1993 Grand National is declared void after 30 of the 39 runners begin the race, and carry on despite there having been a false start. 4 April - Children's BBC begin to repeat the children's drama series Grange Hill from its first series in 1978, on Sunday mornings on BBC2, as part of the show's 15th anniversary celebrations. These repeats end in 1999 with series 16. 5 April – Child Support Agency begins operation. 13 April - A new look is introduced across all of the BBC's television news bulletins, with a studio that is almost entirely computer-generated and features a cut-glass model of the Corporation's coat of arms. 22 April – Black London teenager Stephen Lawrence is stabbed to death at Eltham in south London while waiting for a bus. 24 April – Bishopsgate bombing. A massive IRA truck bomb explodes at Bishopsgate in the City of London. The blast destroys the medieval St Ethelburga's church, and badly damages the NatWest Tower and Liverpool Street tube station. A newspaper photographer is killed. 26 April – Government declares official end of the recession after revealing that the economy grew by 0.6% in the first three months of this year. The recession began nearly three years ago and lasted much longer than most economists expected. 29 April – The Queen announces that Buckingham Palace will open to the public for the first time. 7 May - The Conservatives lose a 12,357 majority in the Newbury by-election, with the Liberal Democrats gaining the seat by 22,055 votes under new MP David Rendel. The Conservative majority now stands at 19 seats. Grimethorpe Colliery in South Yorkshire is closed. 13 May – Robert Adley, Conservative MP for Christchurch in Dorset, dies from a heart attack aged 58. 14 May – The economic recovery continues as business failures are reported to have fallen for the second quarter running. 16 May – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone appear as guests on the ITV chat show Aspel & Company. The edition is later censured by the Independent Television Commission because the actors were promoting their joint business venture Planet Hollywood. 20 May – The latest MORI poll shows that the Conservative government has yet to benefit from bringing the economy out of recession, as they trail Labour (who have 44% of the vote) by 16 points. 22 May – Inflation reaches a 29-year low of 1.3%. 25 May – Stars in Their Eyes returns with a new presenter. Matthew Kelly takes on the role from Leslie Crowther, who is still recovering from head injuries received in a car crash the previous year. 27 May – Kenneth Clarke succeeds Norman Lamont as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Sunday newspaper The Observer is acquired by Guardian Media Group. 4 June – When Roy Hattersley fails to appear for that day's edition of Have I Got News for You — the third time he has cancelled at the last minute — he is replaced with a tub of lard (credited as "The Rt. Hon. Tub of Lard MP"), as it is "imbued with much the same qualities and liable to give a similar performance". 17 June – Unemployment now stands at less than 2,900,000 after the fourth successive monthly fall. 20 June – A high speed train makes the first journey from France to England via the Channel Tunnel, which will open to the public next year. 21 June – Andrew Wiles announces a proof to Fermat's Last Theorem at the Isaac Newton Institute. The proof is slightly flawed, but Wiles announces a revised proof the following year. 24 June - Northern Ireland Minister Michael Mates resigns over links with fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir. Despite the recent end of the recession, support for the Conservative government has failed to recover, with the latest MORI poll showing that Labour has an 18-point lead over them with 46% of the vote. 30 June – Michael Hunt, former deputy chairman of Nissan UK, is jailed for eight years for his involvement in Britain's worst case of tax fraud. July – The public sector trade union UNISON is formed by merger of the National and Local Government Officers Association (NALGO), the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) and the Confederation of Health Service Employees (COHSE). 9 July – BBC1 airs the final episode of Eldorado. The soap was axed due to poor ratings. 16 July – MI5 publishes a booklet, The Security Service, revealing publicly for the first time its activities, operations and duties, as well as the identity and photographs of Stella Rimington as Director General. 22 July – Government almost defeated by "Maastricht Rebels", however a vote of no confidence does not succeed. 24 July – The fourth series of ITV's Stars in Their Eyes concludes with the programme's first live Grand Final, enabling viewers to vote for their favourite act. The series is won by Jacquii Cann, performing as Alison Moyet. 29 July – Conservative Party loses the Christchurch by-election to the Liberal Democrats – a seat they have held since 1910. New MP Diana Maddock gains more than 60% of the vote – twice as many as the Conservative candidate Robert Hayward. This sees the Conservative parliamentary majority fall to 17 seats. 4 August – Labour Party leader John Smith opens Millwall F.C.'s New Den stadium in Bermondsey, London, which cost £16million to build and is the largest new football stadium to be built in England since before World War II. 11 August – The Department of Health reveals that the number of people on hospital waiting lists has reached 1,000,000 for the first time. 1 September - Murder of Georgina Robinson, an occupational therapist in the Edith Morgan Centre, Torbay. 2 September – Sky Multichannels launches in the UK. CMT UK, Challenge TV, Nickelodeon UK, and UK Living launch. 3 September – The UK Independence Party, which supports breakaway from the European Union, is formed. 16 September – Unemployment has risen for the second month running, now standing at 2,922,100 (10.4% of the workforce), sparking fears that the economic recovery could be stalling and the economy could soon slide back into recession just months after coming out of it. 17 September – The British National Party wins its first council seat on Tower Hamlets. 18 September - TNT and Cartoon Network launches in the UK. 19 September – Production of the Ford Orion compact saloon ends. 30 September – The Queen approves an honorary knighthood for General Colin Powell, who retired yesterday as chief of American armed forces. 1 October – QVC UK launches in the United Kingdom, becoming the UK's first home shopping channel. The channel had originally launched in the United States in 1986. 8 October – John Major launches his Back to Basics campaign. 16 October - Welling Demonstration against BNP. Unemployment falls this month by 49,000 – the biggest monthly fall since April 1989 – as the economic recovery continues. 20 October – Kirsty Wark debuts as anchor on BBC2's Newsnight. The ITC issues Channel 4 with a formal warning for an episode of the soap Brookside aired on 7 and 8 May, which depicted a wife stabbing her abusive husband to death. 1 November – Women's Royal Naval Service disbanded, its members being fully absorbed into the regular Royal Navy. 2 November – Prime Minister John Major announces a review of the 1988 broadcasting ban, telling the House of Commons that broadcasters are stretching it "to the limit and perhaps beyond". 5 November – Civil servants stage a one-day strike. 8 November – The first TV advert for an undertaker's is broadcast during an early evening episode of Scottish soap opera Take the High Road on ITV. 9 November – Princess Diana sues the Daily Mirror over photographs that were taken of her at a gym. 16 November – Patsy Palmer makes her EastEnders debut as long-running character Bianca Jackson. 17 November – The England national football team fails to qualify for the World Cup in America next summer, despite winning their final qualifying match 7–1 against San Marino. National manager Graham Taylor is expected to leave the job imminently. The Welsh national side also missed out on a place in the World Cup after Paul Bodin misses a penalty in a 2–1 defeat at home to Romania. At the Welsh game, a 67-year-old fan is killed by a rocket flare let off in the stands at Cardiff Arms Park. 18 November – M40 minibus crash: In the early hours of the morning, ten children and a woman teacher from Hagley RC High School in Worcestershire are killed in a minibus crash on the M40 motorway near Warwick. An eleventh child dies in hospital several hours later and a twelfth in hospital as a result of their injuries on the following day, leaving just two girls surviving. 20 November – Leslie Crowther makes his first television appearance since his accident on The Royal Variety Performance, appearing alongside Cilla Black. 23 November – 30th anniversary of the first broadcast of Doctor Who in the UK. 24 November – Graham Taylor resigns as manager of the England football team after three years in charge. 25 November – TV entertainer Roy Castle, 61, announces that he is suffering from a recurrence of the lung cancer which he was believed to have overcome one year ago. 26–27 November – BBC 1 airs the two-part Doctor Who special Dimensions in Time, a crossover with EastEnders. The episode is part of the 1993 Children in Need telethon, and the first Doctor Who episode to be televised since the series ended in December 1989. 29 November – The Conservative government comes under a vitriolic attack in the House of Commons over allegations that it has secret contacts with the Provisional Irish Republican Army. 3 December – Diana, Princess of Wales, announces her withdrawal from public life. 9 December – Despite the steady economic recovery, the Conservative government is now 18 points behind Labour (who have 47% of the vote) in the latest MORI poll. The Liberal Democrats have also eaten into their support and now have 20% of the vote. 10 December – Richard J. Roberts wins the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with Phillip Allen Sharp "for their discoveries of split genes". 14 December – Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, makes his first official visit to Britain. 15 December – The Downing Street Declaration signed between the UK and Irish governments on the future of Northern Ireland. 25 December – The Queen speaks of her hopes for peace in Northern Ireland in her Christmas Day speech. 29 December – The Provisional IRA vows to fight on against the British presence in Northern Ireland. 30 December – Episodes of Emmerdale featuring the controversial plane crash storyline begin airing on ITV. The storyline was developed to win higher ratings for the series, which was threatened with cancellation due to low viewing figures. However, although it succeeded in turning around the fortunes of the series, ITV received many complaints about the timing of the story which came shortly after the fifth anniversary of the Lockerbie Disaster. With the economy growing for the first time since spring 1990, inflation is at a 33-year low of 1.6%. Closure of Ravenscraig steelworks brings an end to steelmaking in Scotland. Completion of Thames Water Ring Main beneath London (80 km). New car sales enjoy an increase this year for the first time since 1989. The Ford Escort is Britain's best selling car for the second year running, while the new Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Corsa enjoy strong sales in their first year on the British market. Television BBC1 3 January – Breakfast with Frost (1993–2005) 6 January – The Animals of Farthing Wood (1993–1995) 27 January – The Detectives (1993–1997) 11 March - Chef! (1993–1996) Run the Risk (1993–1998) 2 October – Live & Kicking (1993–2001) 19 October - Children's Hospital (1993-2003) 18 November – Goodnight Sweetheart (1993–1999) BBC2 4 June – One Foot in the Past (1993–2000) 23 September - Come Outside (1993–1997) 26 December - The Wrong Trousers (1993) 27 December – Shooting Stars (1993–1997, 2002, 2008–2011) ITV 1 January – GMTV (1993–2010) 3 January – Tots TV (1993–1998) 5 January – Doctor Finlay (1993–1996) 8 January – ZZZap! (1993–2001) 23 January – Saturday Disney (1993–1998) 17 February - Mr. Bean in Room 426 10 May – Peak Practice (1993–2002) 6 September – Dale's Supermarket Sweep (1993–2001, 2007) Sooty & Co. (1993-1998) 27 September – Cracker (1993–1996, 2006) Channel 4 30 December – Jo Brand Through the Cakehole (1993–1996) Music 19 February - Elton John is forced to end a concert in Melbourne, Australia a half hour early when a swarm of grasshoppers invades the stage. 16 April – Paul McCartney headlines a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, USA to celebrate "Earth Day". Other performers included Ringo Starr, Steve Miller and Don Henley. 21 April – Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman marries designer Suzanne Accosta in France. 22 April - The Who's Tommy opens on Broadway. 5 June - premiere of Jonathan Harvey's Inquest of Love at the London Coliseum. 28 August - Bruce Dickinson plays his final show with Iron Maiden after announcing his departure from the band earlier in the year. He would rejoin the band in 1999. Rick Astley retires from the music industry at the age of 27 after selling 40 million records in a five-year period. The biggest selling single of the year came from Meat Loaf, who hit #1 for seven weeks from October with "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)". It came from the album Bat out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, also the biggest selling of the year. Charts Number-one singles "I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston "No Limit" - 2 Unlimited "Oh Carolina" - Shaggy "Young at Heart" - The Bluebells "Five Live" - George Michael and Queen with Lisa Stansfield "All That She Wants" - Ace of Base "(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You" - UB40 "Dreams" - Gabrielle "Pray" - Take That "Living on My Own" - Freddie Mercury "Mr Vain" - Culture Beat "Boom! Shake the Room" - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince "Relight My Fire" - Take That featuring Lulu "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" - Meat Loaf "Mr. Blobby" - Mr. Blobby "Babe" - Take That

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