History of Coventry

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A Unique Timeline


This is the post-blitz Coventry, July 1945 RAF War Film.

Many short films were made during WWII by the RAF Film Production Unit. These pieces were known as GENs or GAFs and showed various aspects of the RAF at war – including ‘on location’ footage to send home, and home-life footage to send out to those serving.


Lady Godiva of #Coventry is a 1955 American Technicolor historical drama film, directed by Arthur Lubin.

It starred Maureen O’Hara in the title role. Alec Harford, the English actor who portrayed Tom the Tailor, died eight months before the film’s release.


In the summer of 1957, Coventry became the subject of national attention when an outbreak of poliomyelitis struck the city. A series of supply issues had led to a shortage of the new polio vaccine, and many who had registered their children for immunisation were yet to receive their course of injections.

Worse, the Ministry of Health refused to divert vaccine from non-epidemic areas to help deal with the crisis, or even to import extra supplies from abroad. 


On 17th November in 1962 and 1963, The Beatles played in Coventry. The second time much more famous than the first! Read more in our article.


#CCFC score a rather unique free kick goal against #Everton in 1970


Check out the full documentary on our below! – http://thecoventrian.co.uk/video-rememb…
HMS #Coventry was a Type 42 destroyer of the Royal Navy. Laid down by Cammell Laird and Company, Limited, at Birkenhead on 29 January 1973, she was launched on 21 June 1974 and accepted into service on 20 October 1978 at a cost of £37,900,000.

On 25th May 1982 – Argentina’s National Day – Fuerza Area Argentina (Argentine Air Force) A-4B Skyhawks from Grupo 5 had been given a mission specifically targeted at Coventry and Broadsword. The two ships had been on picket duty, North-West of the Falkland Islands, acting as both early warning and the first layer of defences. They had become quite a thorn in the side for the Argentine forces as a result. Two raids were scheduled against the ships.


For well over 40 years the #Coventry Scout Gang Show has been the highlight of the Coventry theatre programme, from the College Theatre to the Coventry Hippodrome and now for the last 17 years at the Belgrade Theatre. 

This not to be missed variety show has produced performances of the highest quality that have attracted audiences from around the world. 


16th May 1987 – Man Utd (0) v #Coventry City (1).

1st FA Cup 4th Round with Houchen City’s goal for the epic win!


The History Hunters explored the history of the watchmaking sector in Coventry.


A miracle as newly born Coventrian brought back to life after 6 minutes without a pulse.

Read more – http://thecoventrian.co.uk/miracle-as-new-born-coventrian-brought-back-to-life-after-6-minutes

Victory secured a first return to Wembley for the Sky Blues since their 1987 FA Cup final victory and subsequent Charity Shield appearance.

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