The first occasion I was reminded of was way back, getting on for fifty years ago now. It was a Saturday afternoon, 30th July, and England had won through to the final of the World Cup. (I'm talking football here, proper football, not rugby football, nor American football, nor Australian football.) Given that the game was invented in England it seems surprising that this was the first time our team had been in the World Cup final. That year the opponents were Germany. England won a famous victory which is still talked about today - and that was the one and only time we won the cup!
The football match was of interest mainly to the men of the country, but some years later both men and women wanted to watch Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean as they took to the ice in Sarajevo for the free dance ice skating routine in the 1984 winter Olympics. Ice sports have never been very popular in this country, but that young couple had almost everybody entranced and their 1984 routine was especially spectacular. I well remember staying up until 2 or 3am to watch their performance but whether it was at the Olympics or the World Championships I don't recall. Possibly the Olympics, the performance delayed because of a power cut. Either way, it was tremendous. And here is the video of their last amateur performance at the World Championships in Ottawa. Spellbinding.