October 10, 1975- Liz Taylor remarries Richard Burton
Just 16 months after getting divorced, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton tied the knot again in a secret wedding in Africa. After meeting on the set of the epic Cleopatra, the couple were first married in 1964 where he became her fifth husband and she his second wife. Whilst the first marriage lasted 10 years, the second failed to make it as far as two as they separated again in 1976.
October 11, 1987- the search for the Loch Ness monster ends
We've been fascinated by the idea of some creature lurking under the Loch Ness since the 6th century but on this week in 1987 the search for the monster was finally called off. After years of searching and speculation that had cost £1 million, the Loch Ness was officially declared free of prehistoric life.
October 6, 1962- ABBA's Benny and Anni Frid marry
They had created nations of ‘Dancing Queens' and sent ‘Mamma Mia' fever across the planet, but this was the week Anni Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson finally said ‘I do' to each other, making the ABBA group a complete family unit. Yet the marriage didn't last with the pair splitting up in 1981: a separation that sent fractures through the pop group and eventually saw the band dissolve late in 1982.
October 8, 1973- the arrival of commerical radio
After the BBC's 50 year monopoly on the airwaves, this week saw the London Broadcast Company, the first commercial station, make a sound on our radios for the very first time. Broadcasting news and features 24 hours a day, the LBC hosted the likes of Angela Rippon and Michael Parkinson and had 2.4 million listeners at its peak. It also broadcast the very first radio advertisement, which was from Birds Eye frozen food.
October 9, 1986- Phantom of the Opera opened in London
It was on this week that the world first heard those terrifying opening chords and saw those swinging chandeliers as Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterpiece arrived on stage. Later becoming one of longest running West End musicals and earning a host of awards, this opening production featured Michael Crawford in the title role and Sarah Brightman as Christine.