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Brickset Bonus Ball Birthday Bonanza (my birthday not Brickset's)

bendybadgerbendybadger ::1Member Posts: 1,139
Welcome all to the bonus ball weekly draw.

This week is my <cough> 50th Birthday so it will be a special prize this week.

As usual just answer the question to get a number allocated to you.  The first 59 answers get a number that corresponds to the UK national lottery bonus ball.  If you number comes up on January the 7th's draw then you are a winner, well you are all winners in my eyes, apart from @Legoboy (far too busy looking at alerts on his watch) and @SumoLego (late to the party again no doubt)

So the question this week is tell me something interesting about the year you were born.

Mine is - The first ATM cash dispenser was used, which didn't use cards but instead used paper cheques laced with radioactive substance carbon-14 (aka radiocarbon) which the machine detected and matched to four digit pin.

Good luck all.



  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,825
    edited January 2017
    I'm told it was very hot summer whereby we received 15 consecutive days of temps. in excess of 32 deg C. with five of them being in excess of 35 deg C. 

    Thanks Bendy.  Trying to work, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

  • obi_gobi_g BlightyMember Posts: 607
    edited January 2017
    the conservatives chose the first female prime minister...

    happy birthday :)
  • theLEGOmantheLEGOman UKMember Posts: 1,524
    First of all, your 50, WTF, moving on,

    The first DeLorean DMC-12, later immortalised in the film Back to the Future, is produced in Northern Ireland

    The first London marathon is held

    Rupert Murdoch buys The Times and The Sunday Times

    Raiders of the Lost Ark opens in the US

    John McEnroe launches a tirade at the umpire in his first round match at Wimbledon, shouting "You cannot be serious!" (He later goes on to win the championship)

    Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer get married at St Paul's Cathedral

    MTV starts broadcasting in the US

    Buckingham Palace announces the Princess of Wales's pregnancy. Prince William would be born in June 1982

    Britain hit by 105 tornadoes in a single night

  • iso3200iso3200 97 miles from Brickset TowersMember Posts: 2,065
    It was a good year for men walking on the moon, but a bit shit if your name was Michael Collins having to house sit while your mates partied below. Man Utd beat Liverpool 4-1 on my birthday.
  • catwranglercatwrangler Northern IrelandMember Posts: 1,894
    It was the year of the first flight of the space shuttle. :)
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,096
    edited January 2017
    Not first, but close!

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released.

  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,764
    Born in 1971, which was the year Starbucks opened their first store.
    Drinking from one of these:

  • CaptainPirateManCaptainPirateMan MichiganMember Posts: 353
    edited January 2017
    1981- Raiders of the lost Ark
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,659
    Apollo 13
  • MrJ_NYMrJ_NY A flick missle away from Brickagara FallsMember Posts: 592
    Marvel's Spider-Man superhero makes his first appearance in a Amazing Fantasy #15 comic book
  • FodderFodder AustraliaMember Posts: 344
    The first computer virus was written
  • LegogramLegogram PA USAMember Posts: 321
    Happy Birthday, and welcome to the "50's"!

    The US launched its first satellite,  the Explorer 1.

    The modern LEGO brick design was patented on January 28th.....and it took me 50 some years to discover it's joys.  Better late than never.
  • CupIsHalfEmptyCupIsHalfEmpty CanadaMember Posts: 545
    The year I was Born, @bendybadger turned 20. 
  • starwars4everstarwars4ever The Forest Moon of EndorMember Posts: 489
    In my home state of Oregon we had one of our coldest winters to date. Not very interesting, but it's the best thing I could think of. Anyway, Happy Birthday!
  • SalamalexSalamalex UKMember Posts: 297
    edited January 2017
    When JFK was assassinated I was a day old. 

    Happy Birthday. 
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 2,347
    Happy Birthday @bendybadger, hope it's a good one.

    Apparently 'Pong' the video game was first released on the Atari and The Godfather came out in the Cinema (or picture house) in the year I was hatched.

    (I had to look these up as I wasn't paying much attention at the time).     ;)
  • CoviCovi BelgiumMember Posts: 319
    Happy Birthday @bendybadger!!!

    In 1980 :
    - West-Germany wins the EK football.
    - CNN launches.
    - the Gotthardtunnel important tunnel between Italy and Switserland.
    - Ronald Reagan wins the election for president of the USA.
    - John Lennon gets shot.
    - 3M starts the production of the yellow post-its.

  • Pate5346Pate5346 Member Posts: 880
    Apple computer company founded,
    Rocky, Taxi driver and One flew over the cockoo nest were in cinemas att. 

    Enjoy you 50 th @bendybadger
  • carnage717carnage717 U.S.AMember Posts: 166
    I'm A Nixon Baby, was born before President Nixon resigned in 1974
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,450
    The original Nintendo Gameboy was released :-)
  • MextenMexten MexicoMember Posts: 73
    Well, I don´t remember much from the year I was born, so I had to google it, and according to The Guardian 1968 was "The Year That Changed History". There were a couple of assasinations and Charlton Heston damned us all to hell in Planet of the Apes. 
  • thedingman5thedingman5 Great Lakes, USAMember Posts: 291
    Learned this year that the Bahamas gained their independence the same year.
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 3,156
    Charlie Chaplin was knighted by the Queen at age 85 - you had to achieve a bit more and wait a bit longer than the sports personalities (does Andy Murray have a personality?) have to these days.

    Born in 1975.
  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Chicago Burbs USA (and sometimes Ireland)Member Posts: 1,003
    The Beatles broke up
  • flordflord CanadaMember Posts: 796
    I am also born in 1975 and the biggest hit song that year was Love Will Keep Us Together by Captain and Tenille.

    Happy birthday @bendybadger!
  • eggsheneggshen Middleton, WIMember Posts: 590
    The Heimlich maneuver was first published in a medical journal, and people have been getting rescued from food ever since!

    Happy birthday!
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,758
    The smartest person in the world was born, duh...

  • Coolguy5000Coolguy5000 Ireland Member Posts: 1,574
    Can't think of anything at the minute but #886 space buggy was released which I would like to own sometime in the future
  • MugenPowerMugenPower Member Posts: 620
    "E.T. phone home." was coined.
    End of the Vietnam conflict, first transatlantic Concorde flight and the invention of the Barcode.
    Happy Birthday Bendy
  • leetshoeleetshoe USAMember Posts: 255
    HW Bush elected
  • the1whitetigerthe1whitetiger in a pile of LegoMember Posts: 20
    The Ferrari F40 was introduced :-) I really have to build it now...
  • RailsRails Brierley Hill, UKMember Posts: 153
    The lowest natural temperature ever directly recorded at ground level on Earth is −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F; 184.0 K), which was at the Soviet Vostok Station in Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.

    I didn't know this before consulting Wikipedia so learnt something new today :)
  • SithLord196SithLord196 Member Posts: 1,161
    I was born... Isn't that interesting enough?

    Although according to Wikipedia, the Malaysian Constitutional Crisis also occurred that year.
  • mmozzanommozzano UKMember Posts: 417
    1978 - The year of mass public services strikes!  Great!

    Happy birthday @bendybadger
  • YodaliciousYodalicious DagobahMember Posts: 1,366
    The one-child policy was instituted in China. The movie Super 8 takes place in the year of my birth. And I'll do you one better...

    On the day I was born, Magic Johnson lead Michigan State to a national championship over Larry Bird and Indiana State.

    BTW, it's 1979.
  • dspigeldspigel Newport NewsMember Posts: 471
    I was born in 1979 and that was the year Margaret Thatcher was elected the U.K. Prime Minister. Additionally Russia invaded Afghanistan that year too.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 2,865
    Oh 1986, a year of blessing: 

    The Oprah Winfrey Show starts its reign of terror on housewives everywhere. But ALF and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse also premieres so it all evens out.
  • BoomDiggityBoomDiggity Member Posts: 107
    1987 - first appearance of the Simpsons.
  • thebeermonkeythebeermonkey GlasgowMember Posts: 390
    edited January 2017

    I'm a product of the free love hippie movement!

    Celtic won the European Cup this year and Top of the Pops started!
  • mampepinmampepin CanadaMember Posts: 66
    In 1988 the first well known computer virus was created, as well as the first intercontinental internet link ( between the US and Europe).
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 2,078
    1988 - George Bush Senior was elected president, The Iraq - Iran conflict ends, Roy Orbison dies, The liberal Democrats and Al-Qaeda are formed. The last two events may well be linked.
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,556
    edited January 2017
    January 31 – Apollo program: Apollo 14 (carrying astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell) lifts off on the third successful lunar landing mission.
    June 13 - Gijs van Lennep (The Netherlands) and co-driver Helmut Marko (Austria) win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Martini Racing Porsche 917K.
    July 3 – Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors is found dead in his bathtub in Paris, France.
    June 21 – Britain begins new negotiations for EEC membership in Luxembourg.
    July 26 – Apollo 15 (carrying astronauts David Scott, Alfred Worden, and James Irwin) is launched.
    July 31 – Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin become the first to ride in a lunar rover, a day after landing on the Moon.
    August 15 - Jackie Stewart becomes Formula One World Drivers' Champion in the Tyrrell 003-Cosworth.
    November 8 – Led Zeppelin releases their Fourth Studio album "Led Zeppelin IV", which goes on to sell 23,000,000 copies.
    December 4 - The Montreux Casino burns down during a Frank Zappa concert (the event is memorialized in the Deep Purple song "Smoke on the Water"). The casino is rebuilt in 1975.
  • WatfordScottyMWatfordScottyM Member Posts: 485
    1978 - The first Lego minifigure (as we know it) was released
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,059
    Happy birthday @bendybadger

    The newspaper on my birth - day proclaimed that Argentina had invaded the Falkland islands.
  • vizzitorvizzitor IrelandMember Posts: 453
    1982 - The DeLorean company in Belfast went bankrupt but that didn't stop it going on to be one of the stars in the Back to the Future trilogy.
  • MasterBeefyMasterBeefy US of AMember Posts: 121
    Something about a televised police chase involving a white Bronco?
  • tcctcc Washington, DCMember Posts: 73
    Happy birthday!

    I was going to say CNN was launched, but @Covi beat me to it...

    Apparently, Pac-Man was released in Japan that year too!
  • SirBenSirBen In the Hall of the Mountain KingMember Posts: 589
    The Empire Strikes Back was released. 
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