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Drivetime Rewind

It was a good year for Oasis – Liam Gallagher married Patsy Kensit and  Noel Gallagher married Meg Matthews. They also released their 3rd Studio album Be Here Now – it became the fastest-selling album in British chart history and topped the albums chart in 15 countries and was the biggest selling album of the year – but what was the year?

Buying a house would have set you back £55,789

Petrol 60p / litre

In the news:

The handover the largest remaining British colony, Hong Kong to China took place

Construction began on the Millennium Dome

A new style of fifty pence coin is introduced

And the Digital Versatile Disc – the DVD became the must-have gadget

The Battersby family, described by the media as a “family from hell”, makes its debut in Coronation Street.

Derek Wilton is killed off in Coronation Street

And there’s something new in the way of childrens TV…. [clip]

The Grand National is delayed after a suspected bomb threat. The race is eventually run on 7 April. It was the last of Grand Nationals, to be commentated by Peter O’Sullevan.

British Airways replaced the Union flag on the tails of its planes with ethnic designs.

Oscars went to Jack Nicholson for Best Actor in As Good As it Gets and Best Actress went to Helen Hunt for the same movie. Best Director was James Cameron for Titanic

Pint of beer was £1.84

Packet of 20 Cigarettes was just over £3

Now That’s What I Call Music! 37 and 38 were released in this year and The Spice Girls – Spice album was one of the biggest selling albums.

They also had the Christmas No.1: with Too Much but what was the year?

At the movies we went to see: Bean, Evita, Men in Black, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and these guys – but what was the year> [clip]

It was definitely the year of The Spice Girls – At the Brit Awards Geri Halliwell wears her iconic Union Jack dress

Channel 5, Britain’s fifth terrestrial television channel is launched

Katrina and the Waves win the Eurovision Song Contest (held in Dublin) with the song Love Shine a Light

Publication of J. K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

MTV launches on all satellite and cable platforms in the UK and Ireland.

After 17 years, Peter Snow presents Newsnight for the last time

Magnus Magnusson hosts his final episode of Mastermind

In the charts:

Aqua – Barbie Girl

Puff Daddy & Faith Evans – I’ll Be Missing You

Along with

Natalie Imbruglia – Torn

Chumbawamba – Tubthumping

And we had a new Prime Minister – but what was the year? [clip]

Average salary £14,367 and a pint of milk ws 35p

The A30 underground anti-road protest ends as the last protester, known as Swampy, emerges from the network of tunnels beneath the site

Introduction of the Nursery Education Voucher Scheme

Seven die and 139 are injured in the Southall rail crash

The Royal Yacht Britannia is decommissioned after 44 years in service

Pete Sampras and Martina Hingis won their respective Wimbledon titles.

At 22, David Beckham was Young Player of the Year

The biggest selling song of the year was also the biggest news story of the year – but, what was the year? [clip]

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