Happy 50th Birthday Milton Keynes!

As Milton Keynes celebrates being 50 today, here are a few facts from its birth year of 1967…

Jeremy Thorpe becomes leader of the UK’s Liberal Party
Spurs beat Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final
Concorde is unveiled and the first Boeing 737 takes flight
Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts and Pamela Anderson are born
The first ATM is installed indoors at Barclays Bank in Enfield
The first successful heart transplant is performed in South Africa by Dr Christian Barnard
The first hand held calculator is invented
Puppet on a String by Sandie Shaw wins the Eurovision Song Contest
Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu are married in Las Vegas.
The QE2 sets sail for first time
The Prisoner is first aired
Charles de Gaulle vetoes British entry into the European Economic Community. Again.

and very importantly…

‘Milton Keynes (England) is founded as a new town by Order in Council, with a planning brief to become a city of 250,000 people. Its initial designated area enclosed three existing towns and twenty one villages. The area to be developed was largely farmland, with evidence of permanent settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.’  source wikipedia