Today in United Kingdom History (Part 18)
UK Countries & Territories: 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
Events 1701 - 1,729 of 1,729
2006-02-22 - At least six men stage Britain's biggest robbery ever, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or 78€ million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
2006-03-22 - BC Ferries' M/V Queen of the North runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths.
2006-03-22 - Three Christian Peacemaker Teams Hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox.
2006-04-01 - The Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed the 'British FBI', is created in the United Kingdom.
2006-06-07 - British Houses of Parliament temporarily shut down due to anthrax alert.
2006-08-10 - Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial airplanes.
2006-11-11 - The New Zealand war memorial monument was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army.
2006-12-12 - Peugeot produces its last car at the Ryton Plant signalling the end of mass car production in Coventry, formerly a major centre of the British motor industry.
2007-01-18 - The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people, Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill, causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe. Other losses include the Container Ship MSC Napoli destroyed by the storm off the coast of Devon, England.
2007-01-22 - The jury portion of the trial against Robert Pickton, accused of being Canada's worst serial killer, opens in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.
2007-01-31 - Suspects are arrested in Birmingham in the UK, accused of plotting the kidnap, holding and eventual beheading of a serving Muslim British soldier in Iraq.
2007-03-07 - British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected. (yet to be implemented - 2014)
2007-04-04 - 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.
2007-05-03 - British girl Madeleine McCann disappears from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
2007-06-01 - Smoking is banned from United Kingdom's public places.
2007-06-25 - 2007 United Kingdom floods, parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire flood including Louth, Horncastle and worst affected, Hull.
2007-07-31 - Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.
2007-10-01 - Most of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 came into force in the United Kingdom.
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II 2007-12-20 - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.
2009-04-30 - The United Kingdom formally ends combat operations in Iraq.
2011-07-10 - British tabloid News of the World publishes its last edition after 168 years in the wake of a phone hacking scandal.
2011-08-05 - Svalbard Polar Bear Attack (2011) - a rogue Polar Bear attacks and kills a British schoolboy.
2012-02-06 - Queen Elizabeth II marks her 60th anniversary of becoming British monarch, becoming only the second to do so
2012-02-15 - United Kingdom unemployment rate reaches 17 year high of 8.4%
2012-03-09 - Senior members of hacking group Lulz Sec are arrested, including one member of the FBI, in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland
2012-03-25 - Peter Cruddas, treasurer of Britain's Conservative Party, resigns after being caught on film selling access to British Prime Minister David Cameron
2012-04-17 - The St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book, purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds
2012-04-25 - The United Kingdom dips back into recession after the economy shrank 0.2% in the first quarter of 2012
Physicist Stephen Hawking 2012-12-11 - British physicist, Stephen Hawking, wins the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world
Birthdays 1701 - 1,800 of 2,289
1958-04-10 - Bob Bell, British engineer
1958-04-15 - Dolores Gordon-Smith, British Writer
1958-04-15 - Benjamin Zephaniah, British writer
1958-04-16 - Philip Bainbridge, British cricketeer
1958-04-24 - Brian Paddick, British former deputy assistant commissioner and most senior openly gay police officer
1958-07-03 - Matthew Fraser, Canadian-British journalist
1958-07-05 - Paul Daniel, British opera and symphony conductor
1958-08-29 - Lenny Henry, British comedian (3 of a Kind)
1958-09-06 - Buster Bloodvessel, British singer
1958-09-23 - Danielle Dax, British musician
1958-10-12 - Bryn Merrick, British musician, (The Damned)
1958-11-28 - Kriss Akabusi, Great Britain, 4X400 runner (Olympic-silver-1984)
1958-12-06 - Nick Park, British filmmaker and animator
1958-12-19 - Limahl, British rocker (Kajagoogoo-Too Shy)
1958-12-20 - Billy Bragg, British rocker (It Says Here, Ideology)
1958-12-26 - Adrian Newey, British engineer
1958-12-28 - Terry Butcher, British soccer player
1959-01-23 - Earl Falconer, British reggae bassist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
1959-02-07 - Sammy Lee, British soccer player
1959-02-15 - Ali Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
1959-03-17 - Mike Lindup, British rock keyboardist/singer (Level 42-Hot Water)
1959-03-20 - Steve McFadden, British actor
1959-05-06 - Charles Hendry, Cuckfield Sussex, British Conservative Party politician
1959-05-22 - Morrissey, British rock vocalist (Everyday is Like Sunday)
1959-05-25 - Julian Clary, British television personality
1959-05-28 - John Morgan, British etiquette expert (d. 2000)
1959-06-01 - Martin Brundle, British race car driver and F1 television commentator
1959-07-09 - Clive Stafford Smith, British human-rights lawyer
1959-07-18 - Pauline Quirke, British actress
1959-10-26 - Brian Bovell, British actor
1959-11-09 - Tony Slattery, British actor
1959-11-25 - Charles Kennedy, British politician
1959-11-30 - Lorraine Kelly, British presenter and journalist
1959-12-23 - Geoff Willis, British engineer
1959-12-24 - Keith Deller, British darts player
1960-01-05 - Steve Jones, British aviator (Red Bull Air Race World Series)
1960-01-31 - Grant Morrison, British comic book author
1960-02-04 - Tim Booth, British singer (James)
1960-02-04 - Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish author (d. 2007)
1960-02-08 - Alex Scott, British horse trainer
1960-02-10 - Robert Addie, British actor (d. 2003)
1960-02-18 - Carol McGiffin, British TV and radio presenter
1960-02-19 - Prince Andrew, Albert Christian Edward, of Britain/Duke of York
1960-02-26 - Jaz Coleman, British musician
1960-02-29 - Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician
1960-03-28 - Chris Barrie, British actor
1960-04-01 - Michael Praed, British actor
1960-04-04 - Jonathan Agnew, Macclesfield, Cheshire, English cricket broadcaster
1960-04-11 - Jeremy Clarkson, British journalist
1960-05-31 - Peter Winterbottom, British rugby player
1960-06-04 - Bradley Walsh, British actor
1960-06-18 - Ralph Brown, British actor
1960-06-19 - Luke Morley, British guitarist
1960-09-27 - Nick della Casa, British/Brazillian/Argentine cameraman (Emmy Award)
1960-10-06 - Richard Jobson, British TV person/rocker (Skids-Scared to Dance)
1960-10-24 - Ian Baker-Finch, Nambour Queensland, PGA golfer (1991 British Open)
1960-11-03 - James Prime, British rock keyboardist (Deacon Blue-Pay Day)
1960-11-17 - Jonathan Ross, British talk show host (Tall Guy)
1960-12-02 - Nicholas Dingley alias Razzle, British Drummer (Hanoi Rocks)
1960-12-20 - Carolyn Seaward, Devonshire England, Miss United Kingdom (1979)
1960-12-24 - Carol Vorderman, British television presenter
1960-12-25 - Ron Bottitta, British actor
1961-01-01 - Fiona Phillips, British television presenter
1961-01-01 - Mark Wingett, British actor
1961-01-11 - Jasper Fforde, British author
1961-02-28 - Barry McGuigan, British(?) boxer
Actor Robert Carlyle (1961-04-14) 1961-04-14 - Robert Carlyle, Glasgow, Scotland, British actor (Trainspotting, The Full Monty)
1961-04-19 - Richard Phelps, British pentathelete
1961-05-07 - Phil Campbell, British musician (Motörhead)
1961-05-15 - Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (d. 2002)
1961-06-27 - Meera Syal, British-Indian comedienne and actress
1961-07-01 - Malcolm Elliott, British cyclist
1961-09-11 - Philip Ardagh, British writer
1961-09-16 - Bilinda Butcher, British singer (My Bloody Valentine)
1961-09-22 - Dr. Liam Fox, British Conservative politician
1961-10-09 - Julian Bailey, British racing driver
1961-11-09 - Jill Dando, British television presenter (d. 1999)
Boxer Frank Bruno (1961-11-16) 1961-11-16 - Frank Bruno, Hammersmith, British boxer (European champ)
1961-11-20 - Tim Harvey, British racing driver
1961-11-22 - Stephen Hough, British concert pianist
1961-11-28 - Martin Clunes, British actor
1961-12-23 - Carol Smillie, British television personality
1962-02-07 - Eddie Izzard, British actor and comedian
1962-02-21 - Vanessa Feltz, British television presenter
1962-03-04 - Simon Bisley, British comic book artist
1962-06-03 - Susannah Constantine, British fashion guru
1962-08-04 - Paul Reynolds, British musician
1962-09-24 - Jack Dee, British comedian
1962-09-28 - S C Grant, British Lt-General
1962-10-05 - Caron Keating, British television personality (d. 2004)
1962-10-25 - Nick Hancock, British television presenter
1962-12-25 - Darren Wharton, British Keyboardist (Thin Lizzy and Dare)
1962-12-31 - Heather McCartney, British activist and former wife of Paul McCartney
1963-01-03 - Alex Wheatle MBE, black British novelist
1963-03-12 - Paul Way, British golfer
1963-04-02 - Mike Gascoyne, British engineer
1963-04-16 - Nick Berry, Britain, actor (Wicksy-EastEnders)
1963-04-20 - Aubrey de Grey, British biomedical gerontologist
1963-05-03 - Jamie Reeves, British strongman
1963-05-06 - Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)
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