THERE are moments that speak to your very soul and say: “Scotland…I…
October 4, 1914
WITH the country in the early stages of the First World War, the need for news updates from the front was fierce.
March 29, 1969
A WIN’S a win.
August 24, 1930
IT was surely written in the stars that a major milestone in the popularity of astrology was thanks to a Scotsman.
July 18th, 1999
WHEN the world’s best golfers arrived to play at Carnoustie in 1999, they were in for a nasty shock.
First displayed June 23, 1952
THIS iconic painting attracted a huge amount of criticism.
February 14, 1991
FEW people realised it was the birth of a new industry when a group of friends from an amateur computer club in Dundee released a game.
SUNSET Song is regarded as one of the most important Scottish novels of the 20th Century.
October 6, 1980
THE West Highland Way is 96 miles through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery
May to December, 1938
THE very best of the British Empire was on show at the Empire Exhibition in Glasgow.
September 1, 1985
LORD’S had never seen the like before. A team of kilted Scotsmen, piped into cricket’s spiritual home.
THERE is nowhere like Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom.
November 13, 1978
“FAN-DABI-DOZI!” It’s a word guaranteed to give every Scot of a certain age either a guilty thrill of nostalgia or a shudder at the memory.
FOUNDED in 1819, William Collins & Sons published a range of Bibles, atlases, dictionaries and reissued classics.
August 28, 1980
MAGNETIC resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic technique that uses a magnetic field to produce pictures of structures inside the body.
October 21, 1983
IT’S hard now to really appreciate what a big deal it was when the Queen opened the Burrell Collection.
May 18, 1960
IF everyone who has said: “I was there”, actually was, the crowd for the European Cup final at Hampden Park would have been 10 times the official attendance of 127,621.
May 2, 1963
IN 1963 engineering firm the Rootes Group, attracted by the earlier opening of nearby Ravenscraig steelworks, established a car plant in Linwood, near Paisley.
April 27, 1938
EAST Fife Football Club, from Methil, have a distinction no other team has ever managed – winning the Scottish Cup while not in the nation’s top division.
August 8, 1969
GREAT album covers are a thing of the past, you don’t get a cracking image on the front of your digital download nowadays.
December 4, 1937 and July 30, 1938
TODAY’S youngsters have digital entertainment on tap wherever and whenever they want.
September 9, 1973
JACKIE STEWART had already secured two Formula One drivers’ titles…
FOR a generation of Scots, mere mention of the name Stanley Baxter is enough to bring a smile to the face.
December 4, 2011
THEIR cuddly appearance and cute cubs make giant pandas instantly recognisable.
June 4, 1977
THE Tartan Army de-turfs Wembley.
April 26 to September 26, 1988
THE Glasgow Garden Festival was the first event of its type to be held in the city.
November 2, 1967
IT was the moment that gave birth to the modern SNP.
August 31, 1957
SCOTTISH TELEVISION was the brainchild of Roy Thomson.
October 13, 1914
JOHN BUCHAN’S novel was written in a tearing hurry to capture wartime paranoia of the time.
July 11, 1924
FOR Eric Liddell, sport was just a way of passing time until he could fulfil was his true destiny as a missionary in China.
August 27, 1988
SURELY only we could turn a love song into a singalong sporting chant?
January 31, 1919
MORE than 60,000 gathered in what was to become one of Scotland’s most infamous confrontations between police and public.
August 22, 1947
IN the wake of the horrors of the Second World War, Austrian-born Jew Rudolf Bing had a desire to bring the peace-loving people of the world together.
September 15, 1985
AS we all know, Scotland is the Home of Golf.
July 24, 1976
DAVID WILKIE became the first British man to win a swimming gold at the Olympics for 68 years when he won the 200m breaststroke.
August 19, 1981
CHARLES and Diana, along with billions around the globe, had just enjoyed the wedding of the century.
November 20, 1964
MANY drivers have pulled their hair out in frustration when they’ve sat in a traffic jam on this famous motorway.
July 5, 1996
IT used to be that if you said “Dolly” you probably meant country singer Ms Parton.
February 5, 1941
THEY were only doing what any Scot would have done when confronted with a seemingly limitless supply of whisky.
April 14, 1978
WITH its instantly recognisable theme tune, The Beechgrove Garden has been a hardy perennial of BBC Scotland for nearly 40 years.
July 28, 1986
AS the women’s 10,000 metres finalists took their marks at the 1986 Commonwealth Games, Liz Lynch was a complete unknown.
September 4, 1964
THERE may be a new kid on the block in the shape of the Queensferry Crossing but it is hard to get away from the impact the Forth Road Bridge had when it opened.
October 26, 1962
THERE’S no mistaking their silly haircuts, big brothel creepers and gallus Glasgow walk.
Scotland has produced legendary chefs and top-quality ingredients, but one delicacy managed to become world famous (or perhaps infamous) without making an appearance on many restaurant menus.
May 7, 1958
THE White Heather Club was initially conceived to fill the early-evening 6-7pm slot.
October 5, 1962
“THE name’s Bond…James Bond.”
August 21, 1950
SO, the Edinburgh Festival was a mere toddler, a three-year-old just finding its feet.
October 5, 1961
MURIEL SPARK’S 1961 novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie struck a chord when it was written, and continues to do so today.
April 10, 1988
SANDY LYLE was already an Open Champion, but on a sunny spring afternoon, he broke new ground for British golfers.
July 6, 1976
THERE are precious few who could claim to be instantly recognisable from their hat alone.
January 19, 1937 and February 12, 1971
THEY bred ‘em tough in the Gorbals and there was none tougher than Benny Lynch.
SLAINTE! Cheers! Doon the hatch! Here’s mud in yer eye!
February 7, 1953
IT’LL take the Highland Light Infantry to shift him! Bill McLaren’s turn of phrase, such as this description of a hulking French prop, was legendary.
Can you remember the original Lager Lovely?
May 1, 1987
CLOTHES have been washed ever since somebody twigged that soap and water were a pretty nifty combo.
May 24, 1972
SCOTTISH clubs’ triumphs in Europe have been few and far between in 60 years of trying.
February 24, 1923
WITH a great billow of grey-black smoke, a banshee whistle and a flash of apple green, the train thunders past.
February 22, 2002
MORE than six million Brits stayed up after midnight to watch four women with brooms sliding a 42lb lump of granite across an ice rink.
April 21, 2014
NEWCASTLE has the Angel of the North, Kent has a giant horse, but few of the giant sculptures that have sprung up in recent years have been taken to a nation’s heart as quickly and as thoroughly as The Kelpies.
June 23, 2005
MAJOR events in the life of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have become hugely celebrated occasions around the world.
July 30 & 31, 1994
WHERE most people saw a loch, a few trees and a bit of tranquility just 15 minutes down the M74 from Glasgow, Geoff Ellis saw an ideal music venue.
YOU saw the first 100 to 41 moments last week – now…
March 8, 1936
WE love Oor Wullie and The Broons.
September 30, 1978
THE Reverend I M Jolly is one of Scotland’s favourite comedy creations.
September 18, 1971
A DECADE after Beatlemania, Scotland produced its own tartan-clad version in the form of Rollermania.
TUNE in to any Victorian/Edwardian-based TV drama and you can bet on someone dying of consumption.
May 11, 1983
THERE’S a little bit of Sweden that is forever Scotland.
IF they were a stick of rock, The Singing Kettle would have “Scotland” running slap bang through the middle.
January 16, 1982
NOT even Professor Stephen Hawking can explain it.
December 25, 1950
TODAY it sits resplendent on display in Edinburgh Castle.
October 2, 1992
JACK VETTRIANO remembers an art teacher at school saying to him: “That’s a good drawing”.
August 7, 2012
LEGEND has it that a six-year-old Chris Hoy was inspired to cycle by watching the film ET, the Extra-Terrestrial.
1 September, 2002
JOHN CLEESE, Hugh Laurie, Rowan Atkinson – and eh, Jack and Victor.
June 26, 1997
ACTING hopefuls still dream about being talent-spotted at a Hollywood coffee shop.
June 23, 1959
AMERICA has the hamburger, Italy has the pizza, Spain has paella, and Scotland has . . . the Tunnock’s Teacake!
July 30, 1971
JIMMY Reid was the last of the Red Clydesiders and arguably one of the most celebrated.
PRODIGIES tend to fall into one of two camps – troubled genius or level-headed virtuoso.
IN 1935, a young man from Jalandhar, India, arrived in Britain.
November 11, 2013
THE debate has raged since the early 1980s.
July 25th, 1980
ALLAN Wells is something of a rarity in Scottish terms.
September 6, 1983
SOMEHOW, in showing off Glasgow’s sleazy underbelly, Taggart also managed to illustrate a lot that was decent, fair and good about Scotland.
May 31 -June 2, 1982
THE Pope’s visit to Scotland wasn’t so much a moment as a series of unforgettable events.
April 21 1934
WHAT is Scotland’s most famous animal?
September 26, 1934
IT’S estimated that a quarter of a million working-class Scots lined the banks of the Clyde.
April 15, 1967
AS all men know, Scotland is the centre of the universe.
May 7, 2015
THE win wasn’t a surprise, but the margin of it was astonishing.
August 4, 1981
IT’S hard now to imagine the controversy Scotland’s largest city caused…
September 8, 1995
IT has become one of the most quoted movie lines of all time – in Scotland, anyway.
September 28, 1928
THERE is a fair chance you’d be dead if it wasn’t for Alexander Fleming.
March 17, 1990
IF ever a moment stirred a Scottish heart, then Murrayfield 1990 would be one…or two…or three of those moments.
THE black gold from the North Sea changed the face of industry in Scotland.
January 2, 1978
IT all began one morning in 1975 when a Glaswegian taxi driver recognised the hung-over passenger slumped in the back.
December 2, 2006
MADE in Scotland, from girders.
IT IS summer 1940 and with a throaty roar a squadron of Spitfires soars into the clear blue sky from an airfield in the south east of England.
May 25, 1967
CELTIC winning the European Cup in 1967 isn’t just the greatest ever achievement by a Scottish club, it is the greatest achievement in the history of football.
April 11, 2009
WHEN Susan Boyle waddled on stage at the Clyde Auditorium during the Glasgow auditions for the third series of Britain’s Got Talent, few in the audience gave her a chance.
THE guns had been spitting out their deadly hail for four months and three weeks by the time Christmas Eve came round.
June 30, 2007
MANY nations have a strand of defiance woven into the DNA of their people.
July 7, 2013
THE atmosphere on Centre Court was electric.
May 12, 1999
THE Scottish Parliament is no stranger to political jousting.
October 2, 1925
JOHN LOGIE BAIRD was the scientist who cracked the dream other boffins had worked on for decades.
Summer of 2014
PRIDE. Heart-stirring, chest-swelling, fist-pumping, tear-in-the-eye pride.
June 11, 1978
YOU didn’t think we’d miss this out, did you?