Here are the top 50 iconic cultural moments – PR News Blog

Live Aid, the opening of the Channel Tunnel and Abba’s 1974 Eurovision win have been named among the 50 most significant cultural moments of the past 50 years.
London’s first Gay Pride march and the release of David Bowie’s iconic ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ – both in 1972 – were the first events to make the list.
The 1980s saw the most cultural highs – 14 – including Torvill and Dean’s unforgettable ice skating performance at the Winter Olympics, the launch of satellite television and the first episode of EastEnders.
Other significant events include the first Sex Pistols concert (1975), the opening of Buckingham Palace to the public by the Queen (1993), the publication of the first Harry Potter book and the appearance of the first mural of Banksy (both in 1997).
This year’s reappearance of Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’, courtesy of Netflix’s final season of Stranger Things, also made the list.
Dr Ruth Adams, lecturer in cultural and creative industries at King’s College London, was commissioned by Honda to curate the list on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Honda Civic.
The car, which was launched on July 12, 1972, has sold more than 27.5 million units worldwide, with order books for the 11th generation hybrid model opening today ( July 12).

Cultural events are the “social cement”
Dr Ruth Adams said: “Certain cultural events take on meaning not only for the individuals who were there, they become part of our collective memory and identity.
“These events represent our shared experience and sensitivity. We see ourselves reflected in them – often at our best, sometimes at our worst.
“They shape what sociologist Benedict Anderson has described as the ‘imagined community’ of a nation, the ‘social glue’ that binds us together.
“Mass media and more recently social media have brought these events into our homes and onto our screens, giving us a sense of oneness with others in this national audience.
“The UK has become a ‘smaller’ country over the last half century; we are “closer” to each other than ever. Car ownership has become a reality for most people, allowing people to travel more freely than previous generations, broadening opportunities and facilitating mass participation in leisure and culture.
“Opportunities were seized to transform cultural moments into lasting movements capable of changing attitudes and even legislation, making manifest the vision of a more mobile, diverse and tolerant culture.”

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Timeless emotional attachment
A OnePoll survey of 2,000 people commissioned by Honda revealed the life events they associated with the car they owned at the time, with a first job (22%), being on vacation (20%) and having a child (19%) emerging peak.
Additionally, 41% said they were driving out to deal with big news and almost a third (30%) said they were in the car listening to the radio when a major world event has occurred.
Rebecca Adamson, Head of Automotive at Honda, said: “Fifty years and eleven versions of the Civic have given us the opportunity to reflect on what was happening at the time and the exponential progress in so many aspects of the society.
“Cars are part of our movement, and although the cars we drive have constantly evolved over the past five decades, the emotional attachment we feel with them, and the association of memories with them, is timeless.”
50 Iconic Cultural Moments
1972 – London’s first Gay Pride march takes place
1972 – David Bowie releases “The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars”
1973 – Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody” takes the No. 1 Christmas spot for the first time
1974 – ABBA wins the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Waterloo’ at the Brighton Dome
1975 – The Sex Pistols play their very first live show
1977 – Saturday Night Fever brings disco to the movies
1977 – Star Wars hits UK cinemas
1979 – UK elects first ever female Prime Minister
1980 – Launch of the Rubiks Cube in the UK
1980 – PacMan computer game released
1981 – MTV launched with the first “Video Killed the Radio Star” video
1981 – The first London Marathon and Great North Run are held
1982 – Launch of Channel 4 on November 2
1983 – Breakfast TV launches on BBC1 at 06:30 on 17 January
1984 – Launch of London Fashion Week at Olympia
1984 – Torvill and Dean make history with their ice skating performance at the Winter Olympics
1984 – Launch of satellite television in the UK
1984 – Band Aid is formed and releases ‘Do they Know It’s Christmas’
1985 – The first episode of Eastenders airs on BBC One
1985 – The original Live Aid event takes place at Wembley Stadium
1987 – Scott (Jason Donovan) and Charlene (Kylie Minogue) marry in “Neighbours”
1988 – The Acid House scene erupts across the UK, leading to the birth of rave culture
1991 – Linda McCartney launches the first range of meatless foods in UK supermarkets
1993 – The Queen announces the opening of Buckingham Palace to the public for the first time
1994 – The Channel Tunnel (or “Chunnel” as it was known) opens, linking the UK to mainland Europe by road
1994 – First Glastonbury Festival TV broadcast
1995 – Damien Hirst wins the Turner Prize
1996 – The Girl Power movement begins with the arrival of the Spice Girls
1996 – England host and reach the semi-finals of Euro 96, with “Three Lions” becoming the unofficial national anthem
1997 – The first Harry Potter book, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ is published, introducing a new generation to reading
1997 – New Labor comes to power, with D:Reem’s “Things Can Only Get Better” as the theme song
1997 – Banksy’s first mural appears in Bristol
2000 – The first series of Big Brother is launched in the UK
2000 – the first home broadband service is installed in Basildon
2000 – Tate Modern opens in London, attracting over 40 million visitors since its launch
2002 – Pop Idol’s first season airs, with Will Young declared the winner
2003 – England win the Rugby World Cup
2004 – The first season of Strictly Come Dancing airs, won by Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole
2005 – Launch of YouTube, changing the way videos are shared and watched
2010 – The first episode of The Great British Bake Off airs on BBC Two
2011 – 50 Shades of Gray is published and becomes the best-selling British book of all time
2011 – Prince William marries Kate Middleton
2012 – London basks in the glory of the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
2013 – Disney’s ‘Frozen’ inspires children around the world…hear the sing of ‘Let it Go’
2014 – Everyone (apparently!) took on the Ice Bucket Challenge
2014 – The first same-sex marriages take place in the UK
2017 – TikTok launched, bringing dance routines to social media
2020 – Sir Captain Tom Moore achieves UK No. 1 cover with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ alongside Michael Ball
2021 – England host and reach the Euros final
2022 – ‘Stranger Things’ sends Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ to No. 1 37 years after its launch
Honda Civic Model History Highlights
1972 – Civic Gen 1 launched on July 12 and sold 27.5 million units over the next 50 years
1979 – Civic Gen 2 launched and lineup expanded to include sedan, hatchback and wagon
1983 – Honda introduces the Civic Gen 3, with a wider wheelbase and a more angular design
1987 – A new engine lineup comes with the Civic Gen 4, featuring Honda’s Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system
1991 – The Civic Gen 5 debuts a sleeker, more aerodynamic shape
1995 – The Civic Gen 6 arrives and in 1997 the first performance-oriented Civic Type-R is unveiled
2000 – A new Civic is launched for the new millennium, the Civic Gen 7 which adds hybrid technology in 2001
2005 – The Civic Gen 8 offers even more futuristic styling, making it one of the most distinctive cars on the road
2011 – The Civic Gen 9 combines high performance and efficiency with improved interior comfort
2017 – The all-new Civic Gen 10 arrives and is a big step forward
2022 – Civic Gen 11 Completes Honda’s 2022 “Electric Vision” Pledge to Electrify All Mainstream Models

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