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A lot has happened since 1948, especially in the worlds of news, entertainment and sport.

How good will you be at tracking down the clues about these ten popular events? You'll find the answers on the web pages under each question. Click on the link to go there, search for the answer, then use the Back button on your browser to go back to the next question. Your teacher will tell you where to make a note of your answers.

Good luck, and may the best Time Detective win!

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The UK's fifth most popular film of all time was released in 1948. It was called 'Spring In Park Lane'.

What was the name of the 'formidable housekeeper'?

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Thousands of street and village parties were organised to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977.

How many were reported in London?

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The Bill Haley and His Comets song 'Rock Around The Clock' is said to be the record that started rock and roll in 1954.

How many copies is it estimated were sold?

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1n 1985, 1.5 billion people around the world watched the Live Aid concerts on TV, broadcast from London and Philadelphia.

What is the connection between the artist who played at 15.35 and the one who played at 01.04 the next day?

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'Please Please Me' was the Beatles' first number one song, in 1963.

But what was its highest position in the American charts?

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Helen Sharman was the first British person to go into space, in 1991.

For which sweet company did she work before she became an astronaut?

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England won the World Cup in 1966.

What was the name of the team's manager?

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The 1996 Olympic Games were held in Atlanta in the USA.

Who broke the world record for the 200m?

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In 1972, American Bobby Fischer played Russian Boris Spassky in a chess competition that came to be known as The Match Of The Century.

In which country did it take place?

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The Millennium Dome was opened for the first time on the night of 31 December 1999.

Which person officially opened it?

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