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United Kingdom - Notable Historical Events

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George VMay 6, 1910

Neville ChamberlainMay 28, 1937

Joseph P. KennedyJan 17, 1938

Elizabeth IIMar 4, 1945

George OrwellAug 17, 1946

Robin GibbNov 5, 1967

Margaret ThatcherMay 4, 1979

Gordon BrownJun 27, 2007

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United Kingdom - Historical Events
Date Event
1707-04-29

English and Scottish parliaments accept Act of Union; form United Kingdom of Great Britain

1707-05-01

England, Wales & Scotland form United Kingdom of Great Britain

1761-09-22

Coronation of George III of the United Kingdom and Queen Charlotte.

1773-10-14

American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom's East India Company tea ships' cargo are burned at Annapolis, Maryland.

1782-03-27

Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1801-01-01

The Irish Parliament votes to join the Kingdom of Great Britain, forming the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland

1813-01-28

Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" is published by Thomas Egerton in the United Kingdom.

1813-10-23

The Pacific Fur Company trading post in Astoria, Oregon is turned over to the rival British North West Company (the fur trade in the Pacific Northwest was dominated for the next three decades by the United Kingdom).

1822-07-08

Chippewas turn over huge tract of land in Ontario to the United Kingdom.

1824-03-04

The "National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck" was founded in the United Kingdom, later to be renamed The Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1858.

1829-04-25

Charles Fremantle arrives in the HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom.

1830-11-22

Charles Grey, (2nd Earl Grey), became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1843-11-28

Ka Lahui: Hawaiian Independence Day - The Kingdom of Hawaii is officially recognized by the United Kingdom and France as an independent nation.

1846-01-05

The United States House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.

1856-01-29

Victoria Cross established to acknowledge valour in the face of the enemy (United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries)

1857-03-03

Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declare war on China.

1863-08-15

The Anglo-Satsuma War begins between the Satsuma Domain of Japan and the United Kingdom (Traditional Japanese date: July 2, 1863).

1884-01-18

Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Iesu Grist (Welsh for Jesus Christ) Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom.

1900-01-16

The United States Senate accepts the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 in which the United Kingdom renounces its claims to the Samoan islands.

1900-02-05

The United States and the United Kingdom sign treaty for Panama Canal

1904-02-22

The United Kingdom sells a meteorological station on the South Orkney Islands to Argentina; the islands are subsequently claimed by the United Kingdom in 1908.

1908-05-26

At Masjed Soleyman (مسجد سليمان) in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made. The rights to the resource are quickly acquired by the United Kingdom.

1910-05-06

George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII.

1911-06-22

King George V crowned king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and all his realms and territories beyond the sea.

1913-10-14

Senghenydd Colliery Disaster, the United Kingdom's worst coal mining accident, an explosion claims 439 lives.

1915-05-26

H. H. Asquith forms a coalition government in the United Kingdom

1918-04-01

United Kingdom: the Royal Air Force is created from the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps.

1922-10-23

Conservative Andrew Bonar Law forms government in United Kingdom

1928-05-07

The United Kingdom lowers age of women voters from 30 to 21

1937-05-28

Neville Chamberlain becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1938-01-17

Joseph P. Kennedy becomes the 44th United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom

1941-03-04

The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II.

1944-09-23

Proclamation No. 30 was issued, declaring the existence of a state of war between the Philippines and the United States and the United Kingdom

1944-11-25

World War II: A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth's store in Deptford, United Kingdom, killing 160 shoppers.

1945-03-04

In the United Kingdom, Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, joins the British Auxiliary Transport Service as a driver.

1946-08-17

George Orwell publishes "Animal Farm" in the United Kingdom

1947-07-10

Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is recommended as the first Governor General of Pakistan by then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Clement Attlee.

1950-12-28

The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park.

1951-12-24

United Kingdom of Libya gains independence from Italy via UN

1952-02-08

Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom

1953-08-19

The democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh is overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the United Kingdom (under the name 'Operation Boot') and the United States (under the name TPAJAX Project)

1957-02-16

The "Toddlers' Truce", a controversial television closedown between 6.00pm and 7.00pm was abolished in the United Kingdom.

1958-06-09

HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport, (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom.

1959-11-02

The first section of the M1 motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the United Kingdom, is opened between the present junctions 5 and 18, along with the M10 motorway and M45 motorway

1960-02-08

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor".

1960-10-30

Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

1962-10-09

Uganda becomes independent from the United Kingdom

1963-03-27

Beeching axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.

1964-09-21

Malta becomes independent from the United Kingdom.

1965-02-18

The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.

1967-11-05

The Hither Green rail crash in the United Kingdom kills 49 people. The survivors include Bee Gee Robin Gibb.

1968-08-28

Gerry Fitt, MP, tables a House of Commons motion criticising Royal Ulster Constabulary action in Dungannon on 24 August 1968 and demands that: "citizens of Northern Ireland should be allowed the same rights of peaceful demonstration as those in other parts of the United Kingdom"

1969-03-19

The 385 metre tall TV-mast at Emley Moor, United Kingdom, collapses due to ice build- up.

1969-10-14

The United Kingdom introduces the 50p (fifty-pence) coin, replacing the ten-shilling note, in anticipation of currency decimalisation in 1971.

1971-04-01

United Kingdom lifts all restrictions on gold ownership

1972-06-13

The Irish Republican Army invites Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Whitelaw to 'Free Derry'; Whitelaw rejects offer and reaffirms his policy to not "let part of the United Kingdom ... default from the rule of law"

1972-06-13

The Irish Republican Army invites Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Whitelaw to 'Free Derry'; Whitelaw rejects offer and reaffirms his policy to not "let part of the United Kingdom ... default from the rule of law"

1972-10-30

The Northern Ireland Office issues a discussion document 'The Future of Northern Ireland'; the paper states Britain's commitment to the union as long as the majority of people wish to remain part of the United Kingdom

1976-06-29

The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom.

1979-05-04

Margaret Thatcher 1st woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1983-04-21

1 pound coin introduced in United Kingdom

1986-10-12

Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit the People's Republic of China

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.

1988-05-24

Section 28 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom (prohibiting promotion of homosexuality). Repealed 2001/2004

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.

1993-04-30

Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom.

1994-03-28

BBC Radio Five Live broadcasts for first time in United Kingdom

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.

1997-09-11

After a nationwide referendum, Scotland votes to establish a devolved parliament, within the United Kingdom.

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.

1999-12-02

The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive.

2000-04-22

The Big Number Change takes place in the United Kingdom.

2000-06-21

Section 28 (outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom) is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote.

2002-06-10

The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom.

2002-07-07

A scandal breaks out in the United Kingdom when news reports accuse MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, the supposed European Al Qaeda leader.

2002-10-30

British Digital terrestrial television (DTT) Service Freeview begins transmitting in parts of the United Kingdom.

2003-09-18

The United Kingdom's Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, receives Royal Assent.

2004-07-21

The United Kingdom government publishes Delivering Security in a Changing World, a paper detailing wide-ranging reform of the country's armed forces.

2005-05-05

The United Kingdom general election takes place, in which Tony Blair's Labour Party is re-elected for a third consecutive term.

2005-12-05

The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.

2006-01-12

The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany declare that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have reached a dead end and recommend that Iran be referred to the United Nations Security Council.

2006-04-01

The Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed the 'British FBI', is created in the United Kingdom.

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.

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.

2007-06-01

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.

2007-06-27

Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

2007-10-01

Most of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 came into force in the United Kingdom.

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.

2011-03-30

The global credit information group Experian highlight in a report that the economic recovery for Wales is slower than the rest of the UK, stating a forecasted growth of 1.6% per year over the next decade as compared to 2.2% for the rest of the United Kingdom

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

2012-04-25

The United Kingdom dips back into recession after the economy shrank 0.2% in the first quarter of 2012

2013-03-11

Falkland Islands' sovereignty referendum: 99.8% choose to remain an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom

2013-04-25

The United Kingdom reopens its embassy in Somalia after 22 years

2014-09-18

Scotland votes 'NO' in a referendum deciding whether or not to stay with the United Kingdom

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United Kingdom - Notable Birthdays

Elizabeth IIApr 21, 1926

United Kingdom - Birthdays
Date Event
1737-05-02

William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1805)

1738-04-14

William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1783, 1807-09) Dies 1809.

1762-08-12

King George IV of the United Kingdom (1820-30)

1765-08-21

William IV of the United Kingdom (1830-37)

1768-11-08

Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom, (d. 1840)

1770-05-22

Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (d. 1840)

1777-11-02

Princess Sophia of the United Kingdom (d. 1848)

1779-03-15

Lord Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, (d. 1848)

1783-08-07

Princess Amelia of the United Kingdom (d. 1810)

1792-08-13

Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, Queen consort of William IV of the United Kingdom (d. 1849)

1843-04-25

Alice of the United Kingdom, Grand Duchess of Hesse (d. 1878)

1846-05-25

Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria (d. 1923)

1852-09-12

Herbert Henry Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (L, 1908-16), (d. 1928)

1867-05-26

Mary of Teck, wife of George V of the United Kingdom (d. 1953)

1868-07-06

Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom (d. 1935)

1882-09-19

Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (d. 1965)

1890-12-22

Harry Pollitt, Droylsden United Kingdom, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain

1895-12-14

King George VI of the United Kingdom (d. 1952) Reigned 1936-52.

1916-09-28

Lord Cockfield, Horsham, United Kingdom, British politician (European Commissioner)

1926-04-21

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, London UK, Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, 1952- )

1928-09-14

Sir Angus Ogilvy, London, United Kingdom, husband of English princess Alexandra

1929-08-02

Lord Waddington [David Charles], Burnley, United Kingdom, British politician (Governor of Bermuda)

1934-05-26

Richard Gwyn, Better as a United Kingdom?

1939-01-09

Susannah York, London, United Kingdom, English actress (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Superman)

1945-06-14

Rod Argent, St Albans United Kingdom, rock musician (The Zombies, Argent)

1946-06-15

Noddy Holder, Walsall United Kingdom, rock vocalist/guitarist (Slade- Cum On Feel The Noize)

1946-08-14

Tom Walkinshaw, United Kingdom

1949-02-19

Eddie Hardin, London, United Kingdom, English rock pianist and singer (Spencer Davis Group)

1951-04-25

Ian McCartney, Kirkintilloch, United Kingdom, British MP (1987-2010)

1960-12-20

Carolyn Seaward, Devonshire England, Miss United Kingdom (1979)

1970-01-31

Minnie Driver, London, United Kingdom, British actress and singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting, The Riches)

United Kingdom - Notable Weddings

Rose FitzgeraldOct 7, 1914

Judy GarlandSep 4, 1996

United Kingdom - Weddings
Date Event
1761-09-08

Marriage of George III of the United Kingdom to Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Queen Charlotte).

1914-10-07

44th US Ambassador to the United Kingdom Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (26) weds John F. Fitzgerald's mother, Rose Fitzgerald (24)

1996-09-04

Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft (44) weds musician and musical director Colin Freeman (30) at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, United Kingdom

2011-12-30

Scottish actor David Tennant (40) weds actress Georgia Moffett (27) in London, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Notable Deaths

William Ewart GladstoneMay 19, 1898

Queen MotherMar 30, 2002

United Kingdom - Deaths
Date Event
1764-10-02

William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1805-05-07

William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1737)

1809-10-30

William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1738)

1812-05-11

Spencer Perceval, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (assassinated) (b. 1762)

1820-01-29

King George III of the United Kingdom (b. 1738). Reigned 1760-1820.

1828-12-04

Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1770)

1834-01-12

William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1759)

1837-06-20

William IV of the United Kingdom (b. 1765)

1845-07-17

Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1764)

1849-12-02

Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, wife of William IV of the United Kingdom (b. 1792)

1859-01-28

Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1782)

1878-05-28

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1792)

1898-05-19

William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1809)

1928-02-15

Herbert Henry Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (L, 1908-16) dies at 75

1944-10-26

Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria (b. 1857)

1964-08-13

Peter Anthony Allen is the last person executed (for murder) in England and United Kingdom at Walton Prison, Liverpool

1965-05-22

Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)

2002-02-09

Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom (b. 1930)

2002-03-30

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother of the United Kingdom, dies at 101

2005-03-26

James Callaghan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1912)

2005-07-17

Edward Heath, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1916)

2005-12-07

Lucy d'Abreu, was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from April 2004 until her death (b. 1892)

2010-12-12

Tom Walkinshaw, United Kingdom


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