Today in United Kingdom History (Part 16)

Sub-Topics: Ascension Islands - Bermuda - Cayman Islands - England - Falkland Islands - Gibraltar - Guernsey - Isle of Man - Jersey - Montserrat - Northern Ireland - Scotland - Turks and Caicos Islands - Virgin Islands (British) - Wales

Historical Events

Events 1501 - 1,600 of 1,774

1971-08-14 - British begin internment without trial in Northern Ireland
1971-08-15 - Bahrain gains independence from Britain
1971-09-01 - Qatar declares independence from Britain
1971-09-03 - Qatar regains complete independence from Britain
1971-09-24 - 90 Russian diplomats expelled from Britain for spying
1972-02-17 - British Parliament votes to join European Common Market
1972-03-08 - 1st airship flown over Britain in 20 years (Europa)
1972-03-24 - Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
1972-04-19 - Bangladesh becomes a member of British Commonwealth
1972-05-26 - The British state-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.
1972-05-30 - The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.
1972-06-23 - 45 countries leave the Sterling Area, allowing their currencies to fluctuate independently of the British Pound.
1972-08-03 - British premier Heath proclaims emergency crisis due to harbor strike
1972-08-21 - British harbor strike ends
1972-10-23 - Access credit cards introduced in Great Britain
1973-01-01 - Britain, Ireland & Denmark become 7th-9th members of Common Market
1973-01-07 - British Darts Organisation founded in North London
1974-02-05 - British mine strike
1974-02-07 - Grenada gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1974-02-28 - Labour Party wins British parliamentary election
1974-03-04 - Harold Wilson replaces resigning Edward Heath as British premier
1974-04-01 - In the England the Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties come into being.
1974-05-08 - 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted
1974-05-23 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1974-10-10 - Labour Party wins British parliamentary election
1974-11-08 - British Lord ('Lucky') Lucan disappears
1974-11-25 - Irish Republican Army is outlawed in Britain following deaths of 21
1974-12-22 - 2nd cease-fire between IRA & British; lasts until approx April 1975
1975-01-05 - 14 die when British freighter "Lake Illawarra" rams pylon bridge between Derwent & Hobart, Tasmania & ship sinks
British Prime Minister Margaret ThatcherBritish Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher 1975-02-20 - Margaret Thatcher elected leader of British Conservative Party
1975-06-05 - British population agrees to European Common Market membership
1975-06-06 - British voters decide to remain in Common Market
1975-10-01 - Britain grants internal self-government to Seychelles
1975-11-05 - British government sends troops to Belize
1976-01-21 - Supersonic Concorde, 1st commercial flights, by Britain & France
1976-03-05 - British pound falls below $2 for 1st time
1976-03-16 - British premier Harold Wilson resigns
1976-06-01 - Great-Britain & Iceland terminate codfish war
1976-06-11 - Australian band AC/DC begin their 1st headline tour of Britain
1976-06-29 - Seychelles gains independence from Britain
1976-06-29 - The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom.
1976-07-10 - One American and three British mercenaries are executed in Angola following the Luanda Trial.
1976-07-21 - Christopher Ewart-Biggs British ambassador to the Republic of Ireland is assassinated by the Provisional IRA.
1976-08-21 - Battle East Sussex: Mary Langdon becomes 1st British firewoman
1976-11-01 - Britain gives Gilbert Island (Kiribati) self rule
1977-04-29 - British Aerospace forms
1977-06-01 - British Virgin Islands adopts constitution
1977-09-24 - Ken Hinton of CFL British Columbia Lions returns a punt 130 yards
1977-11-26 - 'Vrillon', claiming to be the representative of the 'Ashtar Galactic Command', takes over Britain's Southern Television for six minutes at 5:12 PM.
1978-03-27 - Rutles "All You Need is Cash" is shown on British TV
1978-04-15 - Great Britain performs nuclear test
1978-09-01 - Jacqueline Smith of Great Britain scores 10 straight dead center strikes on a 4" disk in World Parachute Championships in Yugoslavia
1978-10-10 - British pop magazine "Smash Hits," 1st published
1978-11-05 - Khomeini followers attack British embassy/El Al office in Iran
1978-11-18 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1978-12-10 - 67th Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Rancho Mirage (4-1)
1979-02-22 - St Lucia gains independence from Britain
1979-03-28 - British government of Callaghan falls
1979-03-30 - Airey Neave, a British politician, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.
1979-03-31 - The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
1979-05-03 - 1st woman Prime Minister of Great Britain (Margaret Thatcher)
1979-07-06 - IRA-bomb explodes in British consulate in Antwerp
1979-08-09 - English seaside resort Brighton gets 1st British nude beach
1979-08-27 - 18 British soldiers die in ambush/bomb attack in Northern Ireland
1979-08-29 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1979-11-13 - British newspaper "The Times" resumes publishing after 1 year
1979-12-11 - Great Britain grants independence to Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)
1980-04-26 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1980-05-05 - Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends; British commandos & police stormed the building
1980-07-30 - Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain & France
1980-10-08 - British Leyland starts selling Mini Metro
1980-10-24 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1980-12-17 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1980-12-19 - Anguilla becomes a British dependency separate from St Kitts
1981-01-04 - British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper"
1981-01-05 - British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women
Princess of Wales Diana SpencerPrincess of Wales Diana Spencer 1981-02-24 - Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer
1981-09-21 - Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from UK
1981-11-01 - Antigua & Barbuda gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1981-11-12 - Great Britain performs nuclear test
1982-02-05 - British airline Laker Airways collapses owing 270M pounds ($351M)
1982-04-02 - Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain
1982-04-05 - British fleet sails to Falkland Islands
1982-04-05 - Lord Carrington, British foreign secretary resigns due to Falklands war
1982-04-18 - Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act
1982-04-25 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1982-04-26 - Argentina surrenders to Britain on S Georgia near Falkland Island
1982-05-02 - Falklands War: Argentine cruiser General Belgrano sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men
1982-05-04 - British destroyer HMS Sheffield hit by Exocet rocket off Falkland Islands
1982-05-21 - British troops land on Falkland Islands
1982-05-23 - BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina
1982-05-26 - British ship Atlantic Conveyor carrying Chinook helicopters & destroyer HMS Coventry were hit in Falkland war
264th Pope John Paul II264th Pope John Paul II 1982-05-28 - Pope John Paul II is 1st pope to visit Great Britain
1982-05-29 - 1st papal visit to Britain since 1531
1982-06-08 - US President Reagan addresses joint session of British Parliament
1982-06-14 - Argentina surrenders to Britain on Falkland Is, ends 74-day conflict
1982-06-16 - Britain requests Argentina arrange for return of prisoners
1982-07-09 - Margaret Thatcher begins her 2nd term as British Prime Minster
1982-07-12 - Britain announces it is returning 593 Argentine POWs
1983-01-09 - British PM Margaret Thatcher visits Falkland Islands

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1501 - 1,600 of 2,294

1948-08-01 - Robert Spink, British MP
1948-08-02 - Andy Fairweather Low, British guitarist
1948-08-15 - George Ryton, British engineer
1948-08-18 - Joseph Marcell, British actor
1948-08-22 - Rob Buckman, British broadcaster/actor (Pink Medicine Show)
1948-09-22 - Mark A P Phillips, British ex of princess Anne
1948-09-24 - Bernadette Hingley, British priest
1948-10-24 - Paul and Barry Ryan, British composers-singers
1948-12-22 - Noel Edmonds, British TV personality (Foul-ups, Bleeps & Blunders)
1949-01-04 - Mick Mills, British(?) soccer player
1949-02-09 - Bernard Gallacher, British golfer
1949-02-23 - Maureen Hicks, British MP
1949-02-26 - Emma Kirkby, British(?) soprano
1949-03-12 - David Mellor, secretary of the British treasury/MP
1949-03-14 - Michael Stedman, British World War I Historian and Author
1949-03-22 - Brian Hanrahan, British TV newsman (BBC)
1949-03-29 - Keith Simpson, British politician
1949-03-30 - Sue Cook, British broadcaster
1949-04-02 - Paul Gambaccini, British disc jockey
1949-04-25 - James Fenton, British poet
1949-05-04 - Graham Swift, British author
1949-05-17 - Timothy Cordy, British director (Town/Country Planning Association)
1949-05-21 - Rosalind Plowright, British soprano (Aida, Senta)
1949-06-02 - Heather Couper, British astron
1949-06-09 - Douglas Henderson, British MP
1949-06-11 - Tom Pryce, British racing driver (d. 1977)
1949-06-14 - Jimmy Lea, British musician (Slade)
1949-06-17 - Helen Rosenthal, British teacher/health administrator
1949-07-16 - Ray Major, rock guitarist (British Lions)
1949-07-26 - Roger Taylor, British rock drummer (Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody)
1949-09-04 - Tom Watson, KC Mo, golfer (British Open 1975, 77, 80, 82, 83)
1949-09-18 - Mo Mowlam, British politician (d. 2005)
1949-10-18 - Joe Egan, British musician (Stealers Wheel)
1949-10-19 - Jamie McGrigor, British politician
1949-10-23 - Michael 'Wurzel' Burston, British musician (Motörhead)
1949-11-19 - Dennis Taylor, British snooker champion
1950-01-01 - Morgan Fisher, rock keyboardist (British Lions)
1950-01-20 - Liza Goddard, British actress
1950-01-28 - Glyn Ford, British MEP
1950-02-03 - Michael Dickinson, British(?) reorganizer
1950-02-16 - Peter Hain, British MP
1950-02-25 - Anthony Lloyd, British MP
1950-02-27 - Julia Neuberger, British Rabbi
1950-03-13 - Joe Bugner, Hungarian/British/Australian boxer (European Champ 1971)
1950-04-01 - Leonard van Spirit, Dutch/British fruit/food magnate
1950-05-28 - Ian Bradley, British writer and academic
1950-07-04 - David Jensen, rock British DJ
1950-07-14 - Bruce Oldfield, British mode-designer
Business Magnate Richard BransonBusiness Magnate Richard Branson (1950-07-18) 1950-07-18 - Richard Branson, London, British music enterperneur (Virgin Atlantic)
1950-08-19 - Jennie Bond, British journalist
1950-09-11 - Barry Sheene, British auto maker
1950-09-21 - Charles Clarke, British politician
1950-09-28 - Paul Burgess, British drummer (10cc-Not Alone)
1950-10-24 - Terry Buffin, rock drummer (British Lions)
1950-10-31 - Zaha Hadid, British architect
1951-01-28 - Gordon Prentice, British MP
1951-01-31 - Presiley Baxendale, British QC
1951-02-01 - Andrew Smith, British MP
1951-02-14 - Kevin Keegan, British soccer player/manager (Newcastle United)
1951-02-20 - Gordon Brown, Giffnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, British Labour Prime Minister (2007–10)
1951-02-22 - Elaine Tanner, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canadian swimmer (1966 Commonwealth Games, 1968 Olympics)
1951-03-04 - Kenny Dalglish, Scottish football player (100+ goals) and manager
1951-05-04 - Colin Bass, British bassist (Camel)
British Prime Minister Gordon BrownBritish Prime Minister Gordon Brown (1951-02-20) 1951-06-14 - Paul Boateng, British politician
1951-06-16 - John Salthouse, British(?) actor (American Werewolf in London)
1951-08-01 - David Jasper, British principal (St Chad's College Durham England)
1951-08-19 - John Deacon, British pop guitarist (Queen-Somebody to Love)
1951-09-11 - Richard D. Gill, British-Dutch mathematician
1951-09-27 - Paul Craig, British law professor
1951-10-20 - Patrick Hall, British politician
1951-10-27 - Carlos Frenk, Mexican/British cosmologist
1951-11-19 - Lord Falconer of Thoroton, British lawyer and politician
1951-11-24 - Graham Price, British rugby player
1951-11-30 - June Chadwick, British actress
1951-12-03 - Nicky Stevens, British singer (Brotherhood of Man)
1951-12-26 - Richard Skinner, British DJ
1952-01-09 - Hugh Bayley, British politician
1952-04-13 - David Drew, British politician
1952-04-13 - Erick Avari, British-Indian actor
1952-06-03 - David Richards, CBE, British motor racing entrepreneur
1952-06-19 - Robert Ainsworth, British MP
1952-06-24 - Stephen Pusey, British-born artist
1952-08-01 - Robert Spink, British MP
1952-08-07 - Alexei Sayle, British comedian
1952-08-21 - Joe Strummer, lead singer of the British punk band The Clash (Rock the Casbah)
1952-08-21 - Glenn Hughes, British bassist and vocalist (Finders Keepers/Trapeze/Deep Purple)
1952-09-30 - Jack Wild, British actor (d. 2006)
1953-01-01 - Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)
1953-01-09 - Morris Gleitzman, British-Australian children's author
1953-02-12 - Nabil Shaban, British actor
1953-02-15 - Derek Conway, British MP
1953-02-22 - Nigel Planer, British actor
1953-03-23 - Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, British MP
1953-04-10 - David Moorcroft, British athlete
1953-04-11 - Andrew Wiles, British mathematician
1953-04-19 - Ruby Wax, British television personality
1953-04-20 - Sebastian Faulks, British novelist
1953-05-06 - Tony Blair, British Prime Minister (Labour, 1997-2007 )
1953-05-07 - Ian McKay, British soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
1953-05-16 - David Maclean, British minister of state

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