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Date: 9 August , 2007

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'1968 - Protestors gather outside Radio 1 studios to complain about R1 being inferior to 'pirate' stations.'

Britain's first national pop station celebrates its 40th anniversary this weekend. DJ AC Chapman goes pop picking through the archives to give us its chart from 40 down to one

1967 - Radio 1 launches on 30 September, with Tony Blackburn the first DJ to broadcast. He and Chris Moyles are hosting a special breakfast show over the birthday weekend.

1968 - Protestors gather outside Radio 1 studios to complain about R1 being inferior to 'pirate' stations.

1969 - Terry Wogan given his first daily breakfast show.

1970 - DJ Kenny Everett is sacked for comments about the Minister of Transport's wife.

1971 - Blackburn, Wogan, Jimmy Young and others sign the longest-ever contracts (three years) in BBC history so far.

1972 - Terry Wogan moves to Radio 2, replaced at Radio 1 by the late, great Alan "Fluff" Freeman.

1973 - R1 DJs are criticised for influencing children with their use of slang.

1974 - The Story of Pop history series is broadcast.

1975 - Paul Gambaccini began his series playing US chart hits.

1976 - David "Kid" Jensen and Simon Bates both join the station.

1977 - Only Tony Blackburn remains from the original line-up of daytime DJs.

1978 - Peter Powell joins from Radio Luxembourg.

1979 - Tony Blackburn takes over the Chart Show from Simon Bates.

1980 - Steve Wright joins the station.

1981 - Mike Read takes over the breakfast show from Dave Lee Travis.

1982 - R1 celebrates 15 years, and Mike Smith joins.

1983 - Steve Wright enters the charts himself with 'Get Some Therapy'.

1984 - Mike Read refuses to play 'Relax' by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and it is later banned officially ... but it still goes to No 1.

1985 - Radio 1 broadcasts the whole of the Live Aid concert.

1986 - Simon Mayo joins from Radio Nottingham. The Greenbelt fan now hosts the afternoon show on Radio 5 Live

1987 - Nicky Campbell joins. He hosts the breakfast show on Radio 5 Live.

1988 - Radio 1 gets its first dedicated FM frequency.

1989 - R1 DJ Roger Scott dies of cancer.

1990 - Jakki Brambles joins from Capital Radio.

1991 - Steve Wright runs the first broadcast interview with Prime Minister John Major.

1992 - R1 holds the first Party in the Park, at Sutton Park in the West Midlands.

1993 - Dave Lee Travis is sacked (replaced later by Danny Baker) and Simon Bates resigns.

1994 - Chris Morris joins and has to apologise for announcing the death of Michael Heseltine and Jimmy Saville.

1995 - New head of production Trevor Dann bans the station from playing Staus Quo and the Beatles.

1996 - Radio 1 moves from Egton House to its current studios on Great Portland Street.

1997 - Chris Moyles and Zoe Ball join; Chris Evans resigns.

1998 - Andy Parfitt becomes controller of Radio 1, a post he still holds.

1999 - Radio 1 splits on Thursday nights with different shows for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

2000 - The Radio 1 Roadshows are replaced by 'One Big Sunday' events.

2001 - Radio 1 shows its presenters on the internet for the first time.

2002 - Mark Goodier leaves the Chart Show and the format changes.

2003 - One Big Weekend events launched; Wes Butters takes over Chart Show but lasts just a year. He is replaced by JK and Joel, whose last chart show is September 30th, 2007.

2004 - John Peel, the only original R1 DJ remaining with the station, dies. After concern from listeners, the station makes sure that new music and bands continue to get air time. It also establishes the annual John Peel Day.

2005 - Sirius Satellite Radio begins broadcasting R1 to the USA.

2006 - Radio 1 wins a best station award, with Chris Moyles and others winning Sony Gold Radio awards.

2007 - Fearne Cotton becomes the first regular female host in the history of the top 40 Chart Show. She is joined by Reggie Yates, who has presented the weekend breakfast shows with Cotton.

Find out more by visiting the Radio 1 website