A 5% wage rise limit set
by the government in late 1978 continues to cause wide
...The winter of discontent.
05 - Striking lorry
drivers cause heating oil and fresh food shortages.
08 - Cambodia falls to the Vietnamese as tanks arrive in
10 - James Callaghan* returns from a summit meeting in the Caribbean
and denies Britain is in chaos.
11 - *He is mis-quoted by the Sun newspaper as saying..."Crisis?
His words were "I don't think other people in the
world would share the view there is mounting chaos."
15 - One day Rail strikes begin.
21 - ECML tunnel reconstruction
programme: Stage Three Penmanshiel Tunnel (21.01.79-15.04.79 - see
22 - A 24hr public employees' strike hits hospitals and
31 - Rubbish is piled high on streets as strikes continue.
01 - Grave diggers end
strike in Liverpool - many bodies await burial.
02 - Sid Vicious (ex Sex Pistols) dies of heroin overdose
in New York.
09 - Trevor Francis is first £1,000,000 football
transfer (Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest).
12 - 1,000 schools close as heating oil runs out.
17 - Chinese troops invade Vietnam.
05 - Marshgate
Junction remodelling (05.03.79 - 31.03.79)
Up trains between Leeds & Doncaster
diverted full period - down trains diverted 26.03.79 - 31.03.79.
07 - Strike by local
government workers ends.
14 - Unions and government reach agreement.
17 - Penmanshiel
Tunnel collapses between Berwick and Dunbar.
.......Many trains terminating at
Newcastle and Berwick - others running via Carlisle (until
.......League Cup: Nottingham Forest 3, Southampton 2.
Forest retain the cup.
29 - A general election is called for 3rd May, after vote
of no confidence.
flees Uganda as regime collapses.
30 - MP Airey Neave is killed in IRA car bomb as he
leaves Westminster car park.
01 - Deep Purple's single
"Black Night" is re-released.
02 - Horrors of Pol Pot's killing fields are exposed in
04 - The 11th victim of the 'Yorkshire Ripper' is found -
the first non prostitute.
.......Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (India's
Prime Minister 1971-77) is hanged following the death
was the onset of the new BR timetable and
Deltics found themselves reduced to semi-fast services
between London and York and Hull.
Confirmed diagrams at the end of May were as follows:
06:06/08:05/12:15/14:14/18:11/19:56 (King's Cross).
14:35 (Edinburgh - ex 07:30 from Plymouth).
07:00/09:35/12:35/16:30 (King's Cross).
09:50 (Plymouth - to York).
04 - Conservatives win
power at general election - Margaret Thatcher is first
08 - 10 die in Manchester Woolworth's fire.
12 - FA Cup: Arsenal 3, Manchester United 2.
13 - Haymarket and
Gateshead Deltics transferred to York.
25 - Milk becomes
15p per pint.
.......Plane crash in Chicago - 273
27 - Troubles in the East causes panic buying of fuel in
the UK (Petrol hits £1.22 per gallon).
29 - All DC10 aircraft are grounded in the wake of 25.05.79
06 - Troy wins the 200th
11 - Actor John Wayne dies.
18 - Brezhnev and Carter sign SALT treaty
26 - Muhammad Ali announces his retirement.
07 - Navratilova and Borg
win through at Wimbledon.
Doncaster Power Box
commissioning 07.07.79 - 09.07.79
17 - Seb Coe runs mile in record 3mins 48.95secs.
30 - 3 million are believed to have been killed by Pol
Pot's Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
14 - Storm hits Fastnet
yacht race - 14 dead.
17 - Fastnet death toll rises to 18.
20 - Penmanshiel
27 - Lord Mountbatten is killed by IRA bomb in
Mullaghmore, County Sligo.
.......A bomb at Warrenpoint, County
Down, kills 15 soldiers.
30 - Two are charged with Lord Mountbatten's murder in
02 - 'Yorkshire Ripper'
claims his 12th victim - 20 year old Bradford student
05 - Lord Mountbatten is buried.
27 - British actress and singer Gracie Fields dies.
01 - A stop at Newark is incorporated
within the "The Hull Executive" -
average speed is 91.8 mph.
27 - DPS chairman
Ray Smith announces repairs to 001/004 & 020 have
been sanctioned at DPS AGM.
30 - British air engineer Barnes Wallis dies.
09 - Four men are found
guilty of the murder of paperboy Carl Bridgewater.
13 - Miners reject 20% wage rise - they demand 65%!!
16 - Pink Floyd release No.1 single "Another Brick
In The Wall" - it sells 340,000 copies in five days.
22 - Mortgages reach 15% record.
23 - Thomas McMahon found guilty of murder of Lord
26 - 160 die as airliner crashes in Saudi Arabia.
28 - 257 die as DC10 crashes in Antarctica.
30 - Pink Floyd release "The Wall" - it sells 1,200,000 copies
by January 1980.
10 - Mother Teresa
receives Nobel Peace Prize.
14 - 55010 is
released from Doncaster Works minus one nameplate.
27 - Russia invades Afghanistan.
31 - Oil prices double.