The 19th Eurovision Song Contest was held at the Dome in Brighton, Katie Boyle hosts the event for the fourth time. Sweden wins the contest with the song "Waterloo", performed by ABBA, who become the first group to win the Contest.

Jon Pertwee makes his final regular appearance as the 3rd Doctor in the concluding moments of Part Six of the Doctor Who serial Planet of the Spiders. Tom Baker briefly appears as the Fourth Doctor at the conclusion of this serial.

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New Year's Day was celebrated as a public holiday for the first time.

The Three-Day Week was introduced by the Conservative Government as a measure to conserve electricity during the period of industrial action by coal miners

The government re-established direct rule over Northern Ireland after declaring a state of emergency

 A bomb exploded at the Houses of Parliament in London, damaging Westminster Hall.

The Fast food chain McDonald's opened its first restaurant in Woolwich, 


Liverpool won the FA Cup for the second time, beating Newcastle United 3-0 in the Wembley final

Manchester United were relegated from the Football League First Division 

Liverpool appointed 55-year-old first team coach Bob Paisley as their new manager