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1963 - The first Doctor Who episode is aired
‘An Unearthly Child’ is aired on the BBC, the first episode the popular Sci-Fi series Doctor Who. This episode introduced William Hartnell, the first doctor, who had arrived from his original home planet Gallifrey, in the TARDIS, the doctor’s time machine, which appears bigger on the outside than it does on the inside. Doctor Who is now the longest-running science fiction show in the world, with 826 episodes and 12 different doctors. The most popular episode was aired in 1979, called City of Death, with 16 million viewers tuning in.
1976 - Jacques Mayol dives to a depth of 100 metres without breathing apparatus
The French diving enthusiast Jacques Mayol becomes the first person in history to reach a depth of 100m free diving. Jacques was always fascinated in finding out whether man had a hidden aquatic potential that could be induced by extensive physiological and psychological training. During this dive his heartbeat was shown to drop from 60 to 27 beats/minute, a heart rate that would cause most normal people to faint.
1966 - Tamagotchi virtual pets released in Japan
Bandai release their generation one Tamagotchi to try and teach teenage girls how to look after children. By 2010 over 76 million tamagotchis have been sold worldwide with over 20 characters. Tamagotchis are ‘cyber pets’ with a hunger meter, happy meter, bracelet meter and discipline meter and it is up to the player to keep these levels high. The first generation the screen displayed a 16x32 square dot matrix which displayed the character.
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