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They say you never forget your first time. Here at Virgin we've had quite a few...
May 21 '13

May 25 2013: 40 years of disruption. Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells was the first Virgin Records release on May 25 1973. How many other records in this video do you remember?

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Apr 30 '13

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.

Although Virgin Radio UK is no more, Virgin Radio International now spans Canada, France, Italy, Dubai, Thailand and India.

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Apr 29 '13

2010: Virgin sponsored the London Marathon for the first time - and Richard ran it (sporting a huge pair of butterfly wings, naturally).

Virgin Money will now sponsor the marathon until 2017 at least.

The ballot for the 2014 race opened this morning and reached its 125K target within a few hours…

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Apr 9 '13

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.  
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Mar 19 '13

2000: 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.
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Jan 26 '13

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.
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