Today in United Kingdom History (Part 17)

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 1601 - 1,700 of 1,753

1985-05-29 - Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months.
1985-12-05 - Great Britain performs nuclear test
1986-01-06 - British Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns
1986-03-05 - "Today" tabloid launched (Britain's 1st national color newspaper)
1986-05-24 - Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British PM to visit Israel
1986-09-30 - Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed details of Israel covert nuclear program to British media, was kidnapped in Rome, Italy.
1986-10-07 - 1st edition British newspaper "Independent" published
1986-10-12 - Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit the People's Republic of China
1986-10-24 - Great Britain drops diplomatic relations with Syria
1986-10-27 - The United Kingdom government suddenly deregulates financial markets, leading to a total restructuring of the way in which they operate in the country, in an event now referred to as the Big Bang.
1987-01-12 - Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training
Earl of Wessex Prince EdwardEarl of Wessex Prince Edward 1987-01-26 - Hart Foundation beat British Bulldogs for WWF tag team title
1987-02-11 - British Airways begins trading stocks
1987-04-16 - British Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears at Bow Street Magistrates' Court in London charged with gross indecency.
1987-06-11 - Margaret Thatcher is 1st British PM in 160 years to win 3rd consecutive term
1987-07-15 - Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence
1987-07-16 - Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
1987-08-11 - France & Great-Britain send minesweepers to Persian Gulf
1987-08-19 - Hungerford Massacre: in the United Kingdom, Michael Ryan kills sixteen people with an assault rifle and then commits suicide.
1987-09-13 - Paul Lynch of Great Britain does 32,573 push-ups in 24 hours
1988-01-03 - Margaret Thatcher becomes longest-serving British PM this century
1988-03-11 - British pound note ceases to be legal tender, replaced by one pound coin
1988-03-19 - 2 British soldiers lynched in Belfast, North Ireland
1988-04-04 - Last broadcast of "Crossroads" on British TV
1988-05-24 - Section 28 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom.
1988-06-11 - 25th Curtis Cup: British Isles, 11-7
1988-10-19 - Britain bans broadcast interviews with IRA members
1988-10-20 - Britain ends suspects' right to remain silent in crackdown on IRA
1989-01-13 - "Friday the 13th" virus strikes hundreds of IBM computers in Britain
1989-01-13 - Computers across Britain hit by "Friday the 13th" virus
1989-02-20 - An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England
1989-03-07 - Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses"
1989-08-17 - 32nd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 12½-11½
1989-08-24 - British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain
1989-09-22 - IRA-bomb kills 10 British marines in Kent
1989-11-21 - TV cameras permitted in British House of Commons
1989-12-08 - Great Britain performs nuclear test
1990-04-11 - Customs officers in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, say they have seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.
1990-11-14 - Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1990-11-22 - Margaret Thatcher announces her resignation as British Prime Minister
1990-11-27 - Britain's conservatives chose John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher
1990-11-28 - Margaret Thatcher resigns as Britain's PM, replaced by John Major
1990-12-01 - British & French workers meet in English Channel's tunnel (Chunnel)
1991-03-04 - Iraq releases 6 US, 3 British & 1 Italian POW
1991-03-14 - English Court of Appeal frees "Birmingham 6" who had been unjustly sentenced in August 1975 to life imprisonment
1991-04-01 - Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years
1991-05-16 - Queen Elizabeth II becomes 1st British monarch to address US congress
1991-06-29 - Britain's Nick Brown, 591st rank beats 10th-seeded Goran Ivanisevic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in 2nd round at Wimbledon
1991-08-08 - Shite Moslems release British hostage John McCarthy
1991-11-14 - American and British authorities announce indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the downing of the Pan Am Flight 103.
1992-03-19 - Britain's Prince Andrew & Sarah, Duchess of York, announce separation
1992-03-25 - British scientists find new largest perfect # (2 756839 -1 * 2 756839)
1992-04-06 - Britain Radio Authority licenses Virgin & TV-AM radio licenses
1992-04-08 - After 151 years Britain's "Punch Magazine" final issue
1992-04-27 - Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.
1992-10-27 - Great Britain issues postage stamp on 100th anniversary of Tolkien
1993-04-30 - Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom.
1993-07-23 - China Northwest Airlines BAe146-300 crashes at Yinchuan, 55 killed
1993-10-16 - Anti-Nazi riot breaks out in Welling in Kent, after police stop protesters approaching British National Party headquarters
1993-12-15 - British premier Major/Irish premier Reynolds signs Downing Street Declaration concerning Northern Ireland self determination
1994-03-28 - BBC Radio Five Live broadcasts for first time in United Kingdom
1994-05-05 - Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections
1994-07-21 - Tony Blair is declared the winner of the leadership election of the British Labour Party, paving the way for him to become Prime Minister in 1997.
1994-08-10 - Last British troops leave Hong Kong (been there since Sept 1841)
1994-09-08 - Last US, British & French troops leave West Berlin
1994-11-03 - Dutch & British astronomers find spiral nebula Dwingeloo 1
1994-11-27 - 82nd CFL Grey Cup: British Columbia Lions defeat Balt Stallions, 26-23
1994-11-30 - Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at BBC" is released in Britain
1995-02-25 - British super middleweight Nigel Benn puts opponent Gerard McClellan in hospital
1995-03-02 - British trader Nick Leeson arrested for collapse of Barings Bank PLC
1995-03-17 - British pound hits 2.4545 to Dutch guilder (record)
1995-05-10 - Britain lifts a 23-year ban on ministerial talks with Sinn Fein
Golfer Jack NicklausGolfer Jack Nicklaus 1995-07-09 - Jack Nicklaus wins Golf's British Open (4th to win all 4 majors)
1995-09-10 - 35th Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland beats US, 14-10
1995-12-30 - The lowest ever United Kingdom temperature of -27.2°C was recorded at Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands. This equalled the record set at Braemar, Aberdeenshire on February 11, 1895 and January 10, 1982.
1996-01-06 - Record $65.2 million British lottery won by 3 people (2-3-4-13-42-44)
1996-03-07 - British Steel in Workington wins Lithuanian multi-million pound order
1996-03-25 - The European Union's Veterinarian Committee bans the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of "mad cow disease" (BSE).
1996-05-10 - 2 US Marine helicopters collided during joint US & British war games
1996-05-13 - OJ Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict
1996-06-22 - 29th Curtis Cup: Great Britain & Ireland wins 11-6
1997-05-27 - 1st all female (20 British women) team reaches North Pole
1997-06-09 - British lease on New Territories in Hong Kong expires
1997-06-15 - British model Naomi Campbell hospitalized due to drug overdose
1997-07-20 - American Justin Leonard wins the British Open shooting at 272
1997-09-11 - After a nationwide referendum, Scotland votes to establish a devolved parliament, within the United Kingdom.
1997-09-25 - Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (714 mph)
Supermodel & Actress Naomi CampbellSupermodel & Actress Naomi Campbell 1997-10-15 - Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (763.035 mph)
1997-10-31 - British au pair Louise Woodward, 19, sentenced to life for the death of Matthew Eappen 8½ months (judge changes to time served)
1997-11-18 - 70s glam-rock star Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) arrested by British police in child porn probe
1998-01-25 - Britain's Queen Mother, 97, gets an emergency hip replacement
1998-02-03 - Stamps commemorating Princess Diana go on sale in Britain
1998-02-27 - Britain's House of Lords agree's to end 1,000 years of male preference by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son
1998-03-06 - 1st time the British flag is flown over Buckingham Palace
1998-08-24 - First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
1998-11-09 - Capital punishment in the United Kingdom, already abolished for murder, is completely abolished for all remaining capital offences.
1998-11-26 - Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's parliament.
1998-12-16 - Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox - the United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq.
1998-12-26 - Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones.
1999-10-26 - Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1601 - 1,700 of 2,292

1953-06-04 - Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (d. 2002)
1953-07-21 - Brian Talbot, British footballer
1953-08-02 - Anne Leuchars, British TV journalist
1953-09-25 - Richard Harvey, British musician and composer (Gryphon)
1953-10-01 - John Hegley, British poet
1953-10-21 - Peter Mandelson, British politician
1953-11-16 - Griff Rhys Jones, British humorist/actor (Morons From Outer Space)
1953-11-18 - Alan Moore, British comic book writer and novelist
1953-11-26 - Hilary Benn, British politician
1954-01-26 - Martin Dunn, British editor (Today)
1954-04-09 - Iain Duncan Smith, British politician
1954-04-19 - Trevor Francis, British soccer manager
1954-05-26 - Alan Hollinghurst, British novelist
1954-06-19 - Michael O'Brien, British MP
1954-06-20 - Alan [Joseph] Lamb, South African/British cricket player (Northampton)
1954-08-26 - Steve Wright, Britain's wacky DJ/actor (Funny Man)
1954-09-20 - Anne Mcintosh, British member European parliament
1954-11-08 - Kazuo Ishiguro, British author
1954-11-18 - John Parr, British pop singer
1954-12-25 - Robin Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
1954-12-28 - Rosie Vela, British singer (Zazu, Fools Paradise)
1955-01-27 - Alexander Stuart, British author
1955-02-03 - Kirsty Wark, British broadcast journalist
1955-02-10 - Chris Adams, British pro wrestler and judoka (d. 2001)
1955-02-15 - Clive Aslet, British editor (Country Life)
1955-02-21 - Sir Steven Fayburgh, British diplomat
1955-04-02 - Michael Stone, British terrorist
1955-04-05 - Janice Long, British radio host (Crash FM)
1955-04-10 - Lesley Garrett, British soprano
1955-04-23 - Mike Smith, British DJ
1955-04-23 - Su Ingle, British TV hostess
1955-04-25 - John Nunn, British chess player
1955-04-28 - Nicky Gumbel, British author and priest
1955-05-21 - Paul Barber, British field hockey player
1955-05-25 - Alistair Burt, British politician
1955-05-31 - Ben de Lisi, British fashion designer
1955-06-01 - Ralph Morse, British actor, singer and writer of historical dramas
1955-08-01 - David Jasper, British principal (St Chad's College Durham England)
1955-08-11 - Sylvia Hermon, British politician
1955-08-13 - Keith Ahlers, British racing driver
1955-09-20 - Christine Oddy, British member European parliament
1955-09-25 - Steven Severin, British pop bassist (Siouxsie & Banshees-Wild Thing)
1955-10-15 - Kulbir Bhaura, British field hockey player
1955-10-18 - Timmy Mallett, British TV presenter
1955-11-09 - Karen Dotrice, British actress
1955-11-20 - Timothy Kristian Charles Mace, Great Britain, cosmonaut
1955-11-25 - Bruno Tonioli, Italian born British dancer
1956-01-09 - Imelda Staunton, British actress
1956-02-13 - Liam Brady, British soccer player
1956-03-14 - Colin Ayre, British football player
1956-03-20 - Phillip Oppenhein, British MP
1956-03-23 - Andrew Mitchell, British MP
1956-05-07 - Anne Dudley, British composer
1956-05-11 - Alex Lester, British broadcaster
1956-07-15 - Ian Curtis, British musician (d. 1980)
1956-09-07 - Byron Stevenson, British footballer (d. 2007)
1956-09-08 - Frank Tovey, British musician (d. 2002)
1956-09-12 - Barry Andrews, British musician
1956-09-15 - Jaki Graham, British personality
1956-10-01 - Theresa May, British politician
1956-10-12 - David Vanian, British singer, (The Damned)
1956-10-27 - Jaq D. Hawkins, British author, occultist and lecturer
1956-11-01 - Charles Moore, British editor-in-chief (Sunday Telegraph)
1956-11-08 - Richard Curtis, British screenwriter
1957-01-24 - Adrian Edmondson, British comedian
1957-02-07 - Richard Cook, British jazz writer (d. 2007)
1957-02-19 - Ray Winstone, British actor
1957-02-25 - Jane Ackroyd, British sculptor
1957-02-28 - Ainsley Harriott, British celebrity chef
1957-03-14 - Andrew Robinson, British author
1957-03-27 - Nicholas Hawkins, British politician (Conservatives 1992-2005)
1957-04-04 - Graeme Kelling, British pop guitarist (Deacon Blue-Real Gone Kid)
1957-04-09 - Severiano Ballesteros, Spain, golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88)
1957-04-09 - Brian Alexander, British broadcaster
1957-04-24 - David J, British musician
1957-04-24 - Boris Williams, British musician
1957-05-05 - Peter Howitt, British actor and film director
1957-05-21 - Nadine Dorries, British politician
1957-05-31 - Stephen Jones, British milliner
1957-06-10 - Lindsay Hoyle, British politician
1957-07-05 - David Pinkney , British Touring Car Racer
1957-07-09 - Paul Merton, British comedian
1957-07-11 - Peter Murphy, British musician (Bauhaus)
1957-07-18 - Nicholas Alexander Faldo, England, PGA golfer (1992 British Open)
1957-07-31 - Daniel Ash, British musician (Bauhaus)
1957-09-16 - Keith Connor, Anguilla, British triple jumper (Olympic-bronze-1984)
1957-09-29 - Mari Wilson, British singer
1957-10-12 - Kristen Bjorn, British film director
1957-11-08 - Porl Thompson, British musician (The Cure)
1957-11-20 - James Brown, British reggae singer/drummer (UB40-Red Red Wine)
1957-11-30 - Richard Barbieri, British keyboardist (Porcupine Tree)
1957-12-07 - Tom Winsor, British lawyer and economic regulator
1957-12-22 - Ricky Ross, British rock vocalist (Deacon Blue-Raintown)
1957-12-26 - Dermot Murnaghan, British broadcaster
1958-01-09 - Stephen Neale, British philosopher
1958-01-24 - Jools Holland, British musician
1958-01-26 - Norman Lamont Hassan, British reggae musician (UB40-Red Red Wine)
1958-01-27 - Alan Milburn, British MP
1958-02-07 - Matt Ridley, British science writer
1958-02-09 - Sandy Lyle, British golfer

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