1966 “better than the birth of Christ”, according to Brits

England’s World Cup victory in 1966 has been revealed as the landmark moment Brits would love to have witnessed – over the birth of Christ, the construction of Stonehenge and Live Aid.

The game, played at Wembley on July 30, remains the greatest moment in England’s footballing history and made legends of players like the late Bobby Moore and Nobby Stiles.

The match featured Geoff Hurst’s infamous ‘was it, or wasn’t it’ goal and Kenneth Wolstenholme’s immortal ‘They think it’s all over! It is now ….’ line, as fans streamed onto the pitch believing the final whistle had gone.

Bob Geldof’s 1985 benefit concert Live Aid, dubbed ‘The Day Music Changed the World’, appeared in second on the list, with the fall of the Berlin Wall in ’89 coming third.

Greg Tatton-Brown from online live casino Casumo.com, which commissioned the study, said: “England’s victory over West Germany on the pitch in 1966 is held in high regard indeed, and is surely the most iconic moment in British sporting history.

“Still, our dedication to the beautiful game appears to eclipse even our curiosity to explore some of the unknown corners of history, from the construction of Stonehenge and the Pyramids, to the first moment man discovered fire.”


1. England winning the 1966 World Cup
2. Live Aid, 1985
3. The fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989
4. The launch of Apollo 11, 1969
5. Queen Elizabeth II Royal Coronation, 1953
6. The London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, 2012
7. The Beatles playing on the rooftop of Apple Offices, 1969
8. Usain Bolt 100m win, 2012
9. The construction of Stonehenge, 3100 BC
10. Andrew Murray wins Wimbledon, 2013
11. Torvill and Dean Olympic ice skating performance, 1984
12. The Christmas truce between the German and Allied Lines in No Man’s Land, 1914
13. Woodstock, 1969
14. The launch of the Titanic, 1911
15. The final stone placed on the Pyramids of Giza, 2490 BC
16. Mo Farah 5,000m and 10,000m double victory, 2012
17. The birth of Jesus Christ, 4 BC
18. A Gladiator fight in the Coliseum, 264 BC
19. Elvis Presley, Hawaii concert, 1973
20. V-E Day, 1945
21. Michael Jackson, Wembley Stadium concert, 1988
22. An original Shakespeare play performed at The Globe, 1599
23. Winston Churchill House of Commons speech, 1940
24. The Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk, 1903
25. Johnny Cash, San Quentin Prison concert 1969
26. David Bowie performing at the Rainbow Theatre, 1972
27. Man’s discovery of fire, early Stone Age
28. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius, 79 AD
29. Andrew Murray wins first Grand Slam against Novak Djokovic, 2012
30. Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile, 1954
31. England winning the rugby world cup, 2003
32. Ian Botham’s Ashes victory, 1981
33. Jessica Ennis wins Olympic Heptathlon, 2012
34. Bjorn Borg v John McEnroe Wimbledon final, 1980
35. The Rolling Stones, Hyde Park concert, 1969
36. The signing of The Magna Carta, 1215
37. Rumble in the Jungle – Ali vs Foreman, 1974
38. Red Rum’s Third Grand National victory, 1977
39. England defeat Germany 5-1, 2001
40. The Great Fire of London, 1666
41. The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, 1997
42. Armistice Day, 1918
43. Jesse Owens winning four Olympic golds, 1936
44. Hearing Beethoven’s 9th symphony performed in Vienna, 1924
45. Steve Redgrave winning his fifth gold medal, 2000
46. England winning the Ashes, 2005
47. Bob Marley, Lyceum Theatre concert, 1975
48. Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards competing in Winter Olympics ski jump, 1988
49. Led Zeppelin, Royal Albert Hall concert, 1970
50. The signing of the Declaration of Independence, 1776


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