1978

Chris goes to Liverpool University to study architecture. During 1981 -1982 he spends a year gaining practical experience in a London architectural practice, designing a staircase in an industrial development in Milton Keynes. "It's not a remarkable staircase", he comments when visiting it in 1988, "It's just a functional staircase".

On This Day

1986

'Suburbia' is released as a single.

1988

The Pet Shop Boys perform 'Domino Dancing' on Top of the Pops.

2008

Neil, who had never learned to drive and until now never had a driver's license, passes the test for his license on his first attempt. He celebrates by going out for an afternoon drive all by himself.

2009

The Boys perform the first of two consecutive nights' shows at San Francisco's Warfield Theater.

2011

They make a surprise appearance as after-dinner entertainers at an exclusive white-tie gala at The Stud House, Hampton Court, London—a fundraiser for the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation, a charity devoted to the battle against childhood cancer. Neil and Chris perform 'Go West' and 'West End Girls.'

2013

The Electric Tour comes to Philadelphia.

2015

It's the last full day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Chris and Neil are spending it in the midst of a Southern California heat wave; they're in Los Angeles recording tracks for their next album with producer Stuart Price.

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