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Greatest Year

In the author’s opinion 1953 was the greatest year in human history. The list below gives an indication of some of thee historic events in that calendar year. There wasn’t enough room to mention more though I dare say the lot of you well remember this was the year of Myxomatosis in the UK. Tic-tac-toe, it was not.

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

Crick and Watson discover DNA

Two other blokes discover REM sleep.

Hillary reaches the top.

Piltdown Man is rock bottom.

Magnificent England beat Australia to reclaim the Ashes which the Aussies had held since 1934.

Hungary thrash the Horrible English 6-3 at Wembley.

Gordon Richards wins the Derby at long last.

First issue of Playboy.

Two thirds of Rush are born.

Most importantly, the famous Glasgow Rangers win the Scottish Football Championship on goal average.

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  1. February 29, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Jdubya, in fact sherpas had been nipping up and down Everest for millennia. It became news when a non-Sherpa managed it. Like so many ‘records’ really.

  2. O Zangado
    February 29, 2016 at 8:02 am

    The Great Wolves were married in 1953, one result of which was me. They celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary surrounded by family and friends in 2013, which is some achievement these days.

    OZ

  3. February 29, 2016 at 9:36 am

    J, that’s cheating. Any one could do it with a van.

    And well played, The Great Wolves.

  4. Four-eyed English Genius
    February 29, 2016 at 11:01 am

    #2: Afraid Crick and Watson did not discover DNA. It was already known about, They worked out the molecular structure of it based on the fact that the molecule was a double helix, as discovered by Wilkins , Franklin and Gosling. I know, I have seen the at the jolly old Alma Mater.

  5. sheona
    February 29, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Janus, why did Sherpas keep “nipping up and down Everest”? Waste of time and energy. I would have thought their lives were tough enough without that.

  6. February 29, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Sheona, because it’s there.

  7. February 29, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Not forgetting that Everest is a holy place – of the Mother Earth variety. So climbing it is de rigueur.

  8. February 29, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Hello FEEG, thanks for untangling that one for me. Corrections most welcome.

  9. March 1, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    A Good New Year to you, JW.

    I have, of course, been trying to avoid addressing you directly so far this year in the hope that I could fair scunner you by leaving my GNY to you for a few more months.

    Whatever! Well done the Huns in 1953, particularly as you cast sunset on Leith that year by goal difference alone. You won’t need that razor edge against them this year. Country mile this time.

    Looking forward to seeing you back among the Big Teams next year.

  10. March 1, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    I’ve been trying to avoid you too, JM, for the same reason. That must be a record for the latest ever GNY greeting. I could, of course, be wrong.

    May I correct on your assertion that we won the 1953 Championship on goal difference. The Plebees had a better GD than us! The League was decided on goal average.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1952%E2%80%9353_Scottish_Division_One

    Belatedly, thanks for the Rangers video you put on the Whelk’s Sham blog. The Blue Sea of Ibrox is my favourite song in the official songbook. And thanks also for Billy King, Jason Holt and D Wilson.

    Next season will be interesting.

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