Attenborough, David Frederick, Sir
Born: May 08, 1926 AD
Currently alive, at 87 years of age.
1926 - Born on the 8th of May in London, England.
1947 - He was called up for National Service in the Royal Navy and spent two years stationed in North Wales and the Firth of Forth.
1950 - Attenborough married Jane Elizabeth Ebsworth Oriel.
- He soon became disillusioned with the work, however, and he applied for a job as a radio talks producer with the BBC.
1954 - The result was Zoo Quest, first broadcast, which Attenborough presented at short notice, due to Lester being taken ill.
1957 - The BBC Natural History Unit was formally established in Bristol.
1965 - Attenborough was Controller of BBC2.
1967 - Under his watch, BBC2 became the first television channel in the United Kingdom to broadcast in colour.
1969 - He was BBC Television's Director of Programmes, but turned down the offer to become Director General of the BBC.
1972 - He resigned his post and returned to programme making.
1979 - Life on Earth.
1983 - Attenborough worked on two environmentally-themed musicals with the WWF and writers Peter Rose and Anne Conlon.
1984 - The Living Planet.
1990 - The Trials of Life.
1991 - Yanomamo was the first, about the Amazon rainforest, and the second, Ocean World, premiered at the Royal Festival Hall.
2005 - Attenborough also narrated over 250 editions of the half-hour BBC1 nature series Wildlife on One.
2007 - Attenborough presented "Sharing Planet Earth", the first programme in a series of documentaries entitled Saving Planet Earth.
- He used footage from his previous series to illustrate the impact that mankind has had on the planet. "Sharing Planet Earth" was broadcast on the 24th of June.
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