30 April 1993: 20 years ago today - Virgin Radio, the UK’s first commercial rock music station, launches. Richard Branson introduces the first show from the Manchester Virgin Megastore with DJ Russ Williams. The first record played is INXS’ Born To Be Wild and the first interview is with Midge Ure.
1996:V Festival was the first UK music festival to spread itself between two different sites with bands swapping between Chelmsford and Leeds. It was all Jarvis Cocker’s idea apparently. Find out more on virgin.com
2000:virginstudent.com goes online for the first time. An actual, proper community website before all these so-called ‘social networks’ sprang up. The site aimed to source great deals for students and enable them to ‘keep in touch’ with each other (bless). It was all going so well… until 2005 - when it shut. Oh well, it was a great party - while it lasted. Find out more on virgin.com
1968: 16-year-old Richard Branson sets up his first business: Student - a youth culture magazine. The first issue is handed out on January 26. It features the likes of Vanessa Redgrave and David Hockney and protests against the Vietnam War. Find out more on virgin.com