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The Beatles, Berlin Wall and Baby Jesus: The 20 moments in history Britons wish they'd seen

Georgie Darling
Yahoo News UK

They’re the unforgettable, iconic moments which defined a generation or even our own human history.

Now Britons have voted on the landmark event they’d most like to time travel back to witness themselves.

The top 20 most popular moments are a mixture of sporting achievement, pop culture landmarks and historical events.

The countdown, commissioned by online live casino Casumo.com, found more Brits would go back to watch Torvill and Dean perform the Bolero at the 1984 Winter Olympics than witness the birth of Jesus Christ.

Other major events we’d love to have witnessed includes the launch of the Titanic, The Beatles’ rooftop performance at Apple Offices and the Christmas Truce between German and Allied lines in 1914.

Scroll through our slideshow above to see which event Britons wish they’d witnessed most…

Contrary to belief, many gladiators didn’t fight with the intention to die – many were highly trained professionals who made their living fighting. Fights weren’t always human vs animal either, on many occasions animal-on-animal clashes occurred. The first Roman gladiator games happened in 264 BC and lasted for nearly 1000 years. (Getty)

In Christian theology the nativity marks the birth of Jesus in fulfillment of the divine will of God, to save the world from sin. The story of Jesus’ birth (the nativity) is often retold by children through Nativity plays.
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The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex. It is also the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Experts believe the pyramid was built as a tomb over a 10 to 20-year period finishing around 2560 BC. Initially at 146.5 metres (481 feet), the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years.
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The RMS Titanic launched 31 May 1911. It was a passenger liner that sank after hitting an iceberg in the early morning of April 15 1912. The launch of the White Star Liner Titanic took place at Harland & Wolff’s yard in the afternoon. Its collision happened during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.
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The Woodstock Music & Art Fair was hailed as ‘as one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll’ according to Rolling Stones magazine. It took place in the United States in 1969 and attracted more than 400,000 people.
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The Christmas truce during World War One was a series of unofficial but widespread ceasefires along the Western Front. The truce happened early on in the war (the fifth month of 51). In the week leading up to the 25th, French, German, and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk.
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Competing at the Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo in 1984, Great Britain’s Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean earned themselves perfect marks and a gold medal for their ice-skating routine. It was shown to TV audience that included 24 million spellbound viewers back home in the UK. Their perfect score has never been repeated since.
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Stonehenge is a large earthwork or Henge in Amesbury, Salisbury. Construction started in 3100. Many years on, no one is truly sure as to why it was built. In the 17th and 18th centuries, many believed Stonehenge was a Druid temple.
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20: V-E Day, May 8, 1945

Victory in Europe Day marked the end of six years conflict during the Second World War. The day after Supreme Allied Commander General Eisenhower accepted the unconditional surrender of all German forces, street parties with bunting and flags started across Britain. (Getty)

19: Elvis Presley, Hawaii concert, January 14, 1973

Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite was a concert headlined by Elvis Presley, and was broadcast live via satellite on January 14, 1973. It took placer at the Honolulu International Centre and was aired in more than 40 countries across Asia and Europe. However, it didn’t air in the United States at the same time as the concert took place on the same day as the Super Bowl. (Getty)

18: A Gladiator fight in the Coliseum, 264 BC.

Contrary to belief, many gladiators didn’t fight with the intention to die – many were highly trained professionals who made their living fighting. Fights weren’t always human vs animal either, on many occasions animal-on-animal clashes occurred. The first Roman gladiator games happened in 264 BC and lasted for nearly 1000 years. (Getty)

17: The birth of Jesus Christ, 25 December

In Christian theology the nativity marks the birth of Jesus in fulfillment of the divine will of God, to save the world from sin. The story of Jesus’ birth (the nativity) is often retold by children through Nativity plays.
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16: Mo Farah 5,000m and 10,000m double victory, 2012. (Getty)

Mo Farah is the seventh man to have won 5,000m and 10,000m gold at an Olympics. In 2012, the 29-year-old created history in time of 13min 41.66sec. Four years previously Farah had failed to qualify for the 5,000m Olympic final and struggled through a period of bad depression.

15: The final stone placed on the Pyramids of Giza, 2490 BC

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex. It is also the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Experts believe the pyramid was built as a tomb over a 10 to 20-year period finishing around 2560 BC. Initially at 146.5 metres (481 feet), the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years.
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14: The launch of the Titanic, 1911

The RMS Titanic launched 31 May 1911. It was a passenger liner that sank after hitting an iceberg in the early morning of April 15 1912. The launch of the White Star Liner Titanic took place at Harland & Wolff’s yard in the afternoon. Its collision happened during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.
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13: Woodstock, 1969

The Woodstock Music & Art Fair was hailed as ‘as one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll’ according to Rolling Stones magazine. It took place in the United States in 1969 and attracted more than 400,000 people.
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12: The Christmas truce between the German and Allied Lines in No Man’s Land, 1914

The Christmas truce during World War One was a series of unofficial but widespread ceasefires along the Western Front. The truce happened early on in the war (the fifth month of 51). In the week leading up to the 25th, French, German, and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk.
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11: Torvill and Dean Olympic ice skating performance, 1984

Competing at the Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo in 1984, Great Britain’s Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean earned themselves perfect marks and a gold medal for their ice-skating routine. It was shown to TV audience that included 24 million spellbound viewers back home in the UK. Their perfect score has never been repeated since.
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10: Andrew Murray wins Wimbledon, July 7, 2013

Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title and simultaneously ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion. His fine game ended with a win of 6-4 7-5 6-4 against Novak Djokovic. The tiresome game lasted three hours and nine minutes.

9: The construction of Stonehenge, 3100 BC

Stonehenge is a large earthwork or Henge in Amesbury, Salisbury. Construction started in 3100. Many years on, no one is truly sure as to why it was built. In the 17th and 18th centuries, many believed Stonehenge was a Druid temple.
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8: Usain Bolt 100m win, August 5, 2012

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt won the 100m at London 2012 in 9.63 seconds. He’d previously won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold at past three Olympic Games – Beijing 2008, London 2012 and also in Rio 2016. (Getty)

7: The Beatles playing on the rooftop of Apple Offices, January 30, 1969

The Beatles’ rooftop concert on January 30 was the final public performance of the English rock band the Beatles. It took place on the roof of the headquarters of the band’s multimedia corporation Apple Corps at 3 Savile Row and lasted for 42 minutes. The band played five songs before the police told them to turn down the volume. (Getty)

6: The London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, 2012

The London Olympic Games ceremony included welcoming speeches, the hoisting of flags and a parade of athletes. It also showcases artistic works from the nation’s culture. The games were formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II and the spectacle was entitled Isles of Wonder. (Getty)

5: Queen Elizabeth II Royal Coronation, 1953

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as monarch of the United Kingdom took place 2 June 1953. Elizabeth took on her role at the throne at the age of 25 after her father, King George VI, passed away in 1952. It was the first British coronation to be televised. (Getty)

4: The launch of Apollo 11, July 16, 1969

Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two humans on the Moon – Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. The object used to be on display at the National Air and Space Museum but is now either on loan or in storage. (Getty)

3: The fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989

The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. It was constructed by the German Democratic Republic and split the nation in half from East to West. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and finished in 1992. (Rex)

2: Live Aid, 13 July, 1985

Live Aid was a benefit concert held in 1985 and is now an ongoing music-based fundraising initiative. The original event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. It was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London and the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. (Getty)

1: England winning the 1966 World Cup

England’s only World Cup Trophy to date was won on July 30 1966 by beating West Germany 4-2 in the final. England won the Jules Rimet Trophy. The team was managed by Alf Ramsey and captained by Bobby Moore. (Getty)

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