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    Channel Islands cut off from the outside world

    The Channel Islands are cut off from the outside world when the cable connecting them to the mainland snaps, Aurigny is founded, and the Guernsey Railway runs its last services. Meanwhile, Charles II is declared king in St Helier while still on the run from England, and Jersey's courts were criticised by the Home Office for leaving a man in limbo. St Sampson, Guernsey's patron saint, was ordained a bishop, and the recently deceased Lillie Langtry was brought back to Jersey to lie in her parents' tomb.

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    A messy execution and a curious case of smuggling

    Guernsey's last execution doesn't go according to plan, despite being conducted in front of 200 ticket-holding spectators. In Jersey, senators vote to flood Queen's Valley to create a new reservoir, and four housewives are jailed for smuggling currency off the island in their underwear. Alderney's first full-time radio station goes on air after years of short-term broadcasts, and a new name appears on Channel Island departure board as Blue Islands takes to the skies.

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    Channel Television disappears

    Channel Television disappeared from the airwaves, Guernsey featured in the Channel Four gameshow Treasure Hunt, and Sibyl Beaumont, who would go on to rule Sark for almost five decades, was born. Jersey's Fort Regent was nearly destroyed by a fierce blaze that came close to igniting the arsenal, an 80-year-old murderer died after suffering a heart attack in court, and the man who devised St Helier's sewage system ducked out at a terribly early age.

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    The world’s first underwater arrest

    Guernsey zoo is put up for sale, Jersey makes its first ever weather observation, Alderney elects its first president, a Jersey wartime hero is commended for his exceptional bravery, and Guernsey Police makes the world's first ever underwater arrest.

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    The Red Cross saves the Channel Islands from starvation

    The BBC broadcasts the last ever episode of Bergerac, a wrecked Roman trading ship is discovered in the mouth of St Peter Port harbour, the Red Cross saves the Channel Islands from starvation, and Wombles author Liza Beresford dies in Alderney.

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Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney: little islands with big stories to tell. They’ve seen earthquakes and witchcraft trials, been caught up in the English civil war, faced invasion from France, and welcomed the Beatles and Rolling Stones on tour. From the construction of Corbiere Lighthouse and Victor Hugo’s flight to Guernsey, to the day a UFO appeared above Alderney, all of these stories and more feature in the Channel Islands’ remarkable history. Subscribe today.

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