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Wednesday 17 September 2014

77 years of hurt ended at Wimbledon

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07:  Fans cheer and take photographs as Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy following his victory in the Gentlemen's Singles Final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Fans cheer and take photographs as Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy following his victory in the Gentlemen's Singles Final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Great Britain's Andy Murray kisses the trophy after beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo by Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Great Britain's Andy Murray kisses the trophy after beating Serbia's Novak Djokovic on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo by Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Downing Street flying the Scottish Saltire to mark the occasion of Andy Murray playing in the Wimbledon final. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Downing Street flying the Scottish Saltire to mark the occasion of Andy Murray playing in the Wimbledon final. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

Andy Murray has ended 77 years of hurt since Fred Perry was the last British man to win the Wimbledon singles title, in 1936. Much has changed in the years since that historical moment. Here we look at some of those changes:

:: Stanley Baldwin was in his third spell as Prime Minister. He had governed the country twice before, and for his third term took over from Ramsay MacDonald, whose physical health began to fail him at the age of 70.

:: There was a double change of the monarch. When George V died on January 20, he was succeeded by his son Edward, who became King Edward VIII. He abdicated the throne by the end of the year, meaning his brother became King George VI.

:: Billy Butlin opened his first holiday camp, Butlins Skegness. It cost 35 shillings a week (less than £2) for three meals a day, and free entertainment.

:: The original speaking clock was introduced for people who did not have a watch or clock to hand. Initially the accuracy of the clock was one-tenth of a second.

:: The Anglo-Egyptian Treaty was signed in London, proclaiming Egypt to be an independent sovereign state. But it allowed British troops to continue to be stationed in the Suez Canal zone to protect Britain's financial and strategic interest for nearly two decades.

:: The most common type of telephone box - the K6 or Jubilee kiosk - was introduced. It became Britain's standard kiosk for more than 30 years, with around 60,000 erected during that time.

:: Back in 1936, a loaf of bread cost four and a half pence, and a pint of beer was the equivalent of 14 pence, compared with 2013 prices, where the average price of a loaf was £1.32, with a pint of beer costing on average £3.25.

:: In 1936, Arsenal won the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over second division Sheffield United at Wembley, where Ted Drake scored. This year Manchester United won a record 20th Premier League title, wrestling the crown away from rivals Manchester City, who also suffered a shock loss to Wigan in the FA Cup final.

:: Seventy-seven years ago, host nation Germany topped the medals table at the 1936 Olympics, registering nine more golds than runners-up the United States, while Great Britain came 10th in the standings.

:: In 1936, Pius XI, the 259th incumbent, reigned as Pope for a 14th year.

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