Macau reverted to Chinese rule after more than 400 years under Portugal
Death of Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, British physiologist and biophysicist who described the way the central nervous system controls activities in.
The largest underground fire ever recorded occurred when a freight train carrying 1.1 million litres of petrol derailed in the Summit tunnel in the Pennines, near Todmorden, UK
Death of Bill Brandt, British photographer and photojournalist .
The British Government announced that council tenants would be given the right to buy their homes under a new Housing Act (effective Oct 1980)
Death of John Steinbeck, American novelist .
Russian-born American inventor Vladimir Zworykin received a patent for his ‘kinescope’, now known as the cathode ray tube.
Harry Ramsden opens 1st Fish and Chip Shop
The last General Election held over several days. The Liberals and Conservatives tied with 272 seats. (Liberals took power with Irish Nationalist support).
Theatres banned In Britain by Oliver Cromwell