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2603 - Photo: David Hayes.

With the glorious summer of 1976 just getting into its stride 55005 (D9005) "THE PRINCE OF WALES'S OWN REGIMENT OF YORKSHIRE" pauses at Newcastle on the 8th June, Peak class 45 No.45069 is in the adjacent platform.


 

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.1976
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January

01 - Lebanese plane crashes in Saudi Arabia - 82 dead.
02 - Hurricane force winds sweep Britain - 22 dead.
07 - First SAS units go into Ireland.
13 - Author Dame Agatha Christie dies.
19 - UK agrees to withdraw RN from Icelandic waters pending talks.
21 - Concorde begins commercial flights. BA fly London - Bahrain, Air France fly Paris - Rio de Janerio.
24 -
'Deltic Society' formed in order to secure loco for preservation.

February

02 - Birmingham NEC opens.
04 - An Argentine destroyer fires shots across bows of British research ship 'Shackleton'.
08 - Last weeks Guatemalan earthquake toll rises to 12,000.
18 - A pile of bricks is exhibited at the Tate gallery.
19 - Iceland breaks off relations with Britain over 'Cod War'.
23 - Painter Laurence Stephen Lowry dies.
24 - RN sends 4th gunboat to Iceland.
27 - Post Office announces Sunday collections will end and offices will close Saturday afternoons.

March

01 - Road Traffic Bill is approved - it will make seat belts compulsory.
09 - Cable car falls in Italy's Dolomites - 42 dead.
12 - Deep Purple release the single "You Keep On Moving"
15 - A tube driver is shot dead as he chases gunman following bomb explosion in West Ham.
.......Deep Purple Mk IV play their final gig at the Liverpool Empire Theatre (Mk II reform in 1984).
16 - Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson quits.
24 - Field Marshal Montgomery dies.
25 - Michael Foot beats Jim Callaghan in first ballot for Labour leadership.
27 -
BR abandon individual mileage records for class 55's.

April

01 - Coal Board has go ahead for super pit at Selby.
02 - British Rail sacks 27 for failing to comply with closed shop policy.
05 - James Callaghan is new Prime Minister.
03 - Rag Tag wins Aintree Grand National.
26 - Actor and comedian Sid James dies.
30 - Boxing: Muhammed Ali beats Jimmy Young.

May

01 - FA Cup: Manchester United 0, Southampton 1.
04 - Liverpool are league champions for record 9th time.
06 - 2,000 feared dead in Italian earthquakes.
24 - Two Concorde's land in US at end of first transatlantic flights.
31 - Reservoirs are running dry as drought hits UK.

June

01 - UK and Iceland sign deal to end 3rd Cod War.
02 - Empery wins Derby - ridden by Lester Piggott (record 7th win).
20 - 263 Britons and Americans evacuated from Beirut.
26 - London records record temperature of 95F (35C).

July

01 - 'Black Panther' Donald Nielson is found guilty of murdering heiress Lesley Whittle.
03 - Chris Evert beats Evonne Cawley in women's final at Wimbledon, Borg beats Nastase.
20 - US space probe Viking sends back pictures of Mars.
29 - Southend pier - the worlds longest - is damaged by fire.

August

01 - Motor racing champion Niki Lauda is seriously burned in German Grand Prix accident.
08 - Women's peace movement begins in Northern Ireland.
24 - UK unemployment reaches 1.5 million.
31 - Hose pipe bans are imposed in UK as drought continues.

September

01 - Standpipes are installed in Yorkshire as water supplies run out.
09 - Chinese statesman Mao Tse-tung dies.
10 - Mid-air crash over Yugoslavia - 176 dead.
28 - Boxing: Ali beats Ken Norton.

October

01 - The live album "Deep Purple...Made In Japan" is released
.......(a Mk III live set released after the band had split).
04 -
HST services begin on Western Region - the worlds fastest diesel rail service.
24 - James Hunt is world motor racing champion.

November

02 - Jimmy Carter is elected US President.
19 - UK architect Sir Basil Spence dies.
27 - 4,000,000th Mini rolls off production line.

December

03 - TV presenter Bill Grundy is suspended for allowing Sex Pistols to run riot on ITV's 'Today' show.
.......A 40 foot pink pig is on the loose over Battersea. A helium filled prop for the front cover of the
... ...forthcoming Pink Floyd album "Animals" broke loose and achieved altitude of 18,000 feet!!
04 - British composer Edward Benjamin Britten dies.
.......US rock guitarist Tommy Bolin (ex Deep Purple) dies of drug overdose.

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