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    Channel Island beaches under threat

    Drastic action had to be taken when an oil slick several miles long threatened the Channel Islands' beaches. Soldiers staged a mutiny at Guernsey's Fort George, and, in Jersey, the body of a missing banker was found at t he back of a cave. Two murder cases came to the courts, each with a sensational outcome, and a coup leader was released from Elizabeth Castle when his wife successfully won him his freedom.

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    Channel Islands prepare for disaster

    It was the week in which the Channel Islands' food and fuel supplies were running so dangerously low that the occupying forces had no choice but to mount a raid on mainland France, Jersey's deputies voted to build Corbiere lighthouse, and, in Guernsey, work began on constructing the current airport. Victor Hugo published Toilers of the Sea, his work of fiction set in an dedicated to Guernsey, and Terence Alexander, who would go on to play Charlie Hungerford in Bergerac, was born. And emergency services from Guernsey, Jersey, and France, teamed up for an ambitious exercise in preparation for a maritime disaster.

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    Murderous Scot meets his end in the Channel Islands

    A gruesome Scottish murder results in a Channel Islands suicide, two Jersey locals face questions over their conduct during the occupation, and Guernsey stars in a BBC comedy pilot. Plans for Guernsey's power station at St Sampson get the thumbs up, and the tunnel under St Helier's Fort Regent finally opens to traffic. Guernsey's first banker dies, and two women find themselves stranded on Jersey's Seymour Tower.

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    Channel Island company’s plan for Europe’s biggest nuclear shelter

    ITV's occupation drama Enemy at the Door had its national debut, Sark was designated a dark sky island, making it one of the best places in the world to watch the night sky with the naked eye, and ferry passengers were stranded when rough seas made it too dangerous to dock. The lighthouse keepers at Hanois were cut off for so long food started running short, a Jersey beggar got more than he bargained for, and a Channel Islands company announced plans for the biggest nuclear shelter in Europe. All this and more in the Channel Islands history this week.

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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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