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Britain - Notable Historical Events

MaxentiusNov 11, 308

Charles IIOct 17, 1662

John AdamsSep 27, 1779

NapoleonMay 18, 1803

James BuchananAug 16, 1858

Nicholas IIJun 9, 1908

George VJun 22, 1911

William Jennings BryanOct 21, 1915

Edward VIIIDec 10, 1936

Franco Feb 27, 1938

Adolf HitlerOct 6, 1939

Benito MussoliniMar 18, 1940

Winston ChurchillJun 18, 1940

Hermann GoeringAug 13, 1940

FDRMar 11, 1941

Harry TrumanOct 8, 1945

Drs CrickOct 18, 1962

Elizabeth IIJun 9, 1977

Diana SpencerFeb 24, 1981

John Paul IIMay 28, 1982

Prince EdwardJan 12, 1987

Margaret ThatcherNov 28, 1990

Queen MotherJan 25, 1998

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Britain - Historical Events
Date Event
308-11-11

The Congress of Carnuntum: Attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, the leaders of the Tetrarchy declare Maxentius and Licinius to be Augusti, while rival contender Constantine I is declared Caesar of Britain and Gaul.

355-11-06

Emperor Constantine II crowns cousin Julianus keizer of Britain

1618-07-16

Capt John Gilbert patents 1st dredger in Britain

1632-06-20

Britain grants 2nd Lord Baltimore rights to Chesapeake Bay area

1662-10-17

Charles II of Great Britain sells Dunkirk to France for 2.5 million livres (320,000 English pounds)

1679-07-12

Britain's King Charles II ratifies Habeas Corpus Act allowing prisoners right to be imprisoned to be examined

1689-01-22

Prince William of Orange (future King William III of Britain), summons Convention Parliament to discuss ruling jointly with his wife Mary

1689-04-11

William III & Mary II crowned as joint rulers of Britain

1700-02-27

Pacific Island of New Britain discovered

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

1710-04-10

The first law regulating copyright is issued in Great Britain.

1712-07-20

The Riot Act takes effect in Great Britain.

1713-03-27

Spain loses Menorca and Gibraltar to Britain under the Treaty of Utrecht

1713-04-11

Peace of Utrecht; France cedes Maritime provinces to Britain - English, Prussian, Savoois, Portuguese & French peace treaty

1713-06-23

The French residents of Acadia are given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia, Canada.

1716-10-09

Britain & France sign treaty

1718-12-17

France, Britain and Austria declare war on Spain.

1721-04-03

Robert Walpole becomes Britain's 1st Lord of the Treasury - effective Prime Minister, although that term was never officially used (indeed, it was considered an insult) until much later.

1725-09-03

Britain, France, Hannover & Prussia sign Covenant of Hannover

1727-05-31

France, Britain & Netherlands sign accord of Paris

1728-03-06

Spain & Britain sign (1st) Convention of Pardo

1729-11-09

Spain, France & Britain sign Treaty of Seville

1730-05-15

Robert Walpole becomes effectively Britain's 1st prime minister (was: chief min)

1731-04-09

British mariner Robert Jenkins' ear cut off by Spanish Guarde Costa in the Caribbean, later catalyst for war between Britain & Spain

1739-10-30

Great Britain declares war on Spain: War of Jenkin's Ear [NS=Oct 19]

1743-02-14

Henry Pelham becomes Britain's First Lord of Treasury

1743-06-27

War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: in Bavaria, King George II of Britain personally leads troops into battle. The last time a British monarch would command troops in the field.

1743-09-02

Britain/Austria/Savoye-Sardinia sign Treaty of Worms

1743-09-13

Britain, Austria & Savoye-Sardinia sign Treaty of Worms

1744-03-15

French King Louis XV declares war on Britain

1748-01-26

Britain, Netherlands, Austria & Sardinia sign anti-French treaty

1751-09-13

Britain signs Austrian & Russian alliance

1752-09-02

Last Julian calendar day in Britain and British colonies (no Sept 3-Sept 13th)

1752-09-03

Britain and the British Empire (including the American colonies) adopt the Gregorian Calendar, losing 11 days. People riot thinking the government stole 11 days of their lives

1752-09-14

Britain (and American colonies) adopt Gregorian calendar (no Sept 3-Sept 13th)

1755-09-19

Great Britain & Russia sign military agreement

1756-05-17

Britain declares war on France (7 Years' or French & Indian War)

1757-11-28

Britain condemns Convention of Kloster-Zeven

1758-11-25

Britain captures Fort Duquesne (later Fort Pitt/Pittsburgh) from French

1760-10-25

George III becomes King of Great Britain.

1762-11-03

Britain & Spain sign Treaty of Paris

1763-02-10

Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to Britain

1763-10-07

George III of Great Britain issues Proclamation of 1763, closing lands in North America north & west of Alleghenies to white settlement

1765-03-24

Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers

1766-03-17

Britain repeals the Stamp Act

1771-01-22

Spain cedes Falkland Islands to Britain

1774-03-28

Britain passes Coercive Act against Massachusetts

1774-05-20

Britain gives Quebec, Labrador & territory north of Ohio

1775-05-20

Citizens of Mecklenburg County, NC declare independence from Britain

1776-05-04

Rhode Island declares independence from Britain

1776-07-01

1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain's North American colonies

1776-07-04

US congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain

1777-03-08

Regiments from Ansbach and Bayreuth, sent to support Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, mutiny in the town of Ochsenfurt.

1778-02-06

Britain declares war on France

1778-07-10

American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain.

1779-06-16

Spain declares war on Great Britain in support of the US, and the siege of Gibraltar begins.

1779-09-27

John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Britain

1780-12-20

Britain declares war on Holland

1781-04-29

French fleet stopped Britain from seizing the Cape of Good Hope

1782-11-30

Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence

1783-09-03

Treaty of Paris signed in Paris ends the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain and United States of America

1783-11-25

Britain evacuates New York city, its last military position in United States

1784-03-01

E Kidner opens 1st cooking school, in Great Britain

1784-05-11

Britain & Tippu Sahib of Mysore sign peace treaty

1784-05-20

Britain & Netherlands sign peace treaty (Peace of Paris)

1786-09-26

Britain & France sign trade agreement

1788-04-15

Britain, Netherlands & Prussia sign peace treaty

1791-12-04

Britain's Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, 1st published

1792-06-04

Capt George Vancouver claims Puget Sound for Britain

1793-02-01

France declares war on Great Britain and Netherlands

1794-06-01

Glorious First of June; first naval battle between Britain (under Admiral Lord Howe) and France (Vice-Admiral Louis Thomas Villaret de Joyeuse) during French Revolutionary Wars. Britain gains tactical win.

1794-06-26

Battle of Fleurus; major victory by forces of the First French Republic under General Jean-Baptiste Jourdan over the Coalition Army (Great Britain, Hanover, Dutch Republic, and Habsburgs) first use of reconnaissance balloon

1794-11-19

Jay Treaty, first US extradition treaty, signed with Great Britain

1795-06-24

US & Great Britain sign Jay Treaty, 1st US extradition treaty

1795-09-15

Cape Colony surrenders to Britain

1796-06-01

Last of Britain's troops withdraws from US

1797-02-22

The Last Invasion of Britain by the French, begins near Fishguard, Wales.

1797-02-25

Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrender after the Last Invasion of Britain

1798-09-01

Britain signs treaty with Nizam of Hyderabad, India

1798-12-24

Russia & Britain sign Second anti-French Coalition

1799-03-07

The Royal Institution of Great Britain founded; dedicated to scientific research and education.

1799-06-22

Britain & Russia decide to invade Bataafse Republic

1801-01-01

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

1801-03-10

First census in Great Britain

1801-10-01

Britain & France signs Preliminary of London

1802-03-25

France, Netherlands, Spain & Great Britain sign Peace of Amiens

1802-12-02

Britain sells Suriname to the Netherlands

1803-05-18

Britain declares war on France after Napoleon Bonaparte continues interfering in Italy & Switzerland

1804-10-02

Britain mobilizes to protect against French invasion

1806-01-19

Britain occupies Cape of Good Hope

1807-12-22

Congress passes Embargo Act, to force peace between Britain & France

1809-01-05

Treaty of Dardanelles concluded between Britain & France

1811-02-11

President Madison prohibits trade with Britain for 3rd time in 4 years

1812-06-18

War of 1812 begins as US declares war against Britain

1814-12-24

Treaty of Ghent (end of US-Britain War of 1812) signed

1816-08-14

Great Britain annexes Tristan da Cunha

1818-05-04

Netherlands & Britain sign treaty against illegal slave handling

1818-10-20

US & Britain agree to joint control of Oregon country

1820-01-30

British explorer Edward Bransfield aboard Williams sights Trinity Peninsula, Antarctica claims for Britain

1824-03-17

Britain & Netherlands sign a trade agreement

1825-02-22

Russia & Britain establish Alaska-Canada boundary

1826-06-20

Siam and Britain sign trade/peace treaty

1829-03-22

The three protecting powers (Britain, France and Russia) establish the borders of Greece.

1829-12-04

Britain abolishes "suttee" in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre)

1830-12-20

Great Britain, France, Prussia, Austria and Russia recognize Belgium

1831-09-08

William IV is crowned King of Great Britain.

1833-01-03

Britain seizes control of Falkland Islands in South Atlantic

1833-08-29

Britain's Slavery Abolition Act becomes law

1837-06-20

Britain issues its 1st stamp, 1 penny Queen Victoria

1839-02-26

Jem Mason on Lottery wins 1st Grand National Steeplechase (Britain)

1839-11-04

The Newport Rising is the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain.

1840-05-06

1st postage stamps (Penny Black) issued (Great Britain)

1840-07-15

Great Britain, Russia, Austria & Prussia sign Quadruple Alliance

1841-01-26

Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain

1841-09-24

Britain obtains Sarawak from Brunei (James Brooke appointed Rajah)

1842-08-29

Great Britain & China sign Treaty of Nanking, ends Opium war

1843-05-04

Great Britain annexes Natal

1843-07-19

Brunel's steamship the SS Great Britain is launched, becoming the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull or screw propeller and also becoming the largest vessel afloat in the world.

1846-08-05

Oregon territory divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel

1848-01-01

Britain takes Mosquito Coast from Nicaragua

1849-01-31

Corn Laws abolished in Britain

1849-03-29

Great Britain formally annexs Punjab after defeat of Sikhs in India

1851-07-24

Window tax abolished in Britain

1852-01-01

National debt of Britain & Ireland is 765,126,582 pounds

1854-02-17

Britain recognises independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)

1854-02-23

Great-Britain & Orange Free state sign Convention of Bloemfontein

1854-03-28

Britain & France declare war on Russia (Crimean War)

1854-09-14

Allied armies, including those of Britain & France, land in Crimea

1856-04-29

Peace between Britain & Russia

1857-06-10

Britain passes an act putting Canada on the decimal currency system

1858-08-16

Britain's Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan

1860-01-28

Britain formally returns Mosquito Coast to Nicaragua

1861-03-16

Confederate government appoints commissioners to Britain

1861-05-13

Queen Victoria announces Britain's position of neutrality

1862-03-10

Great Britain & France recognise independence of Zanzibar

1862-06-07

The United States and Britain agree to suppress the slave trade.

1864-03-29

Great Britain gives the Ionian Islands back to Greece

1865-07-05

Great Britain delegate's world 1st maximum speed laws

1868-03-12

Great Britain annexes Basutoland in Africa (later renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho)

1870-09-08

Netherlands & Britain sign "Koelietraktaat" Br-Indian contract work in Suriname

1871-10-17

Great Britain annexes Griqualand South Africa

1872-03-11

Construction of the Seven Sisters Colliery, South Wales, begins; located on one of the richest coal sources in Britain.

1872-07-18

The Ballot Act introduces the secret ballot in elections in Britain; previously votes were made openly.

1872-09-14

Britain pays US$15½m for damages during Civil War

1876-02-18

Direct telegraph link established between Britain & New Zealand

1876-06-03

Lacrosse introduced in Britain & Canada

1877-03-12

Great Britain annexes Walvis Bay at Cape colony, Southern Africa.

1878-06-04

Cyprus ceded by Turkey to Britain for administrative purposes

1881-03-23

Boers & Britain sign peace accord; end 1st Boer war

1882-02-15

1st cargo of frozen meat leaves NZ for Britain, on SS Dunedin

1882-03-04

Britain's first electric trams run in East London.

1883-08-01

Inland postal service begins in Great Britain

1884-09-04

Britain ends its policy of penal transportation to New South Wales in Australia.

1884-12-16

Great Britain recognizes King Leopold II's Congo Free State

1885-02-26

Congress of Berlin; gives Congo to Belgium & Nigeria to Great Britain

1885-03-31

Great Britain declares Bechuanaland a protectorate

1886-04-08

First Home Rule Bill for Ireland presented by Gladstone, the Liberal Prime Minister of Britain, to the House of Commons

1886-08-01

Great Britain annexes Kermadec-Island near New Zealand

1886-10-30

Great Britain and Germany agree boundaries in East Africa

1887-06-21

Britain celebrates golden jubilee of Queen Victoria

1887-12-10

Austria-Hungary, Italy and Great Britain sign Balkan military treaty

1890-03-04

The longest bridge in the Great Britain, the Forth Bridge (railway) (1,710 ft) in Scotland is opened by the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII.

1890-07-01

Great-Britain & Germany sign Zanzibar-Helgoland Treaty

1890-11-04

Great Britain proclaims Zanzibar as a protectorate

1891-03-18

Britain is linked to the continent by Telephone

1892-02-29

Britain & US sign treaty on seal hunting in Bering Sea

1892-07-06

Dadabhai Naoroji elected as first Indian Member of Parliament in Britain.

1893-03-30

Thomas F Bayard becomes 1st US ambassador in Great Britain

1894-08-02

Death duties 1st introduced in Britain

1895-01-12

The National Trust is founded in Britain.

1896-08-27

Britain defeated Zanzibar in a 38-minute war (9:02 AM-9:40 AM)

1897-05-14

Great Britain signs treaty with Emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia

1897-08-10

Automobile Club of Great Britain established (now: Royal Automobile Club)

1898-06-09

China leases Hong Kong's new territories to Britain for 99 years

1898-09-02

Battle of Omdurman: Lord Kitchener retakes Sudan for Britain

1899-10-11

South African Boers declare war on Great Britain

1899-10-12

South Africa Boer Republic declares war on Britain

1900-03-10

Regents for the King of Uganda and leading chiefs sign a treaty with Great Britain agreeing to the organization of the government, taxation, courts, military, and other functions of their country, which is under British protection.

1900-05-18

Britain proclaims protectorate over kingdom of Tonga

1900-05-19

Great Britain annexes Tonga archipelago

1900-08-20

Great Britain beats France in cricket in Olympic Games

1900-09-03

With a proclamation by General Lord Roberts, Britain annexes the Boer Republic of South Africa

1900-10-06

Britain annexes Orange Free State (as Orange River Colony)

1900-10-16

Great Britain and Germany sign the Anglo-German Treaty, in which they agree to maintain the territorial integrity of China and support the 'open door' policy called for by US secretary of State

1900-10-25

Great Britain annexes the former Boer South African Republic, renaming it the Transvaal Colony

1901-01-22

After 63 years Britain stops sale of Queen Victoria postage stamps series & begins King Edward VII series

1901-07-25

Emily Hobhouse addresses public meetings in Britain on the concentration camps during the South African War

1901-08-15

Great Britain issues a proclamation calling on the Boers to surrender by 15 September or face banishment and confiscation of their property

1901-09-26

Great Britain annexes the Ashanti Kingdom and places it under the governor of the Gold Coast (Ghana)

1901-10-25

In Great Britain, Joseph Chamberlain, Colonial Affairs Secretary, makes an anti-German speech in Edinburgh; when word reaches Germany it leads to widespread agitation against the British and eventual breakdown of negotiations for an Anglo-German alliance

1901-11-18

The USA and Great Britain sign the Second Hay-Pauncefote Treaty, or Interoceanic Ship Canal Treaty

1901-11-26

Italy and Britain sign an agreement fixing the frontier between their colonies of Eritrea and Sudan in East Africa

1901-11-27

Prince Ito of Japan comes to St Petersburg hoping to get the Russians to grant Japan concessions in Korea, but later drops this goal and decides to make an alliance with Britain

1902-01-08

The United Irish League, a leading force for unification in all Ireland and independence from Britain, holds its convention in Dublin

1902-01-30

Britain and Japan sign a treaty after months of negotiating which commits each country to supporting an independent China and Korea, although it acknowledges Japan's 'special interest' in Korea

1902-05-19

Great Britain & Boers resume peace talks in Pretoria

1902-05-24

Empire Day 1st celebrated in Britain

1902-05-31

Boer War Ends; Treaty of Unity signed, Britain annexes Transvaal

1902-08-09

Edward VII of Great Britain crowned having succeeded his mother Victoria

1902-12-07

Britain and Germany issue an ultimatum to Venezuela demanding that President Cipriano Castro pay claims for damages caused during his takeover of the government in 1899

1903-05-01

King Edward VII of Great Britain visits Paris, where he is feted in a first step toward improving Anglo-French relations, culminating in the sighing of the Entente Cordiale on 8 April, 1904

1903-05-20

Britain's House of Commons begins a debate on the charges of poor administration and ill treatment of natives in Belgium's colony in the Congo Free State

1903-06-06

President Emile Loubet of France and Minister of Foreign Affairs Theophile Declasse visit London, furthering the cause of Entente Cordiale between Britain and France

1903-10-10

The Women's Social and Political Union was formed by Emmeline Pankhurst to fight for women's rights in Britain.

1904-02-22

The Hague Tribunal gives its decision in claims against Venezuela; it sets the sum to be paid by Venezuela and gives preferential treatment to the three powers that initiated the block - Britain, Germany, and Italy

1904-04-08

Great Britain and France establish their Entente Cordiale, a technical treaty settling long-standing disagreements over Morocco, Egypt, Africa, and the Pacific

1904-07-06

Two Russian cruisers move into the Red Sea and begin to stop ships of Britain, Germany, and other nations they believe friendly to Japan

1904-09-07

British forces in Tibet force the Dalai Lhama to sign a treaty that grants Britain trading posts in Tibet and guarantee that Tibet will not concede territory to foreign powers

1906-02-27

France & Britain agree to joint control of New Hebrides

1906-03-24

"Census of the British Empire" shows Britain rules 1/5 of the world

1906-06-05

Determined to keep pace with Britain as a major naval power, the German Reichstag passes new navy legislation, increasing the total tonnage in Germany's fleet

1906-07-04

Great Britain, France, and Italy declare independence of Ethiopia (Abyssinia), but all lay claim to their own 'spheres of influence' in that land

1906-08-15

Kind Edward VII of Britain visits Kaiser Wilhelm in Germany to discuss the escalating rivalry between their nations' naval forces

1907-01-12

Britain grants responsible government to former colony of Transvaal

1907-05-16

In the Pact of Cartagena, Great Britain, France, and Spain agree to maintain the status quo in the Mediterranean and along the Atlantic coast of Europe and Africa

1907-08-03

Kaiser Wilhelm (Germany) meets with Tsar Nicholas (Russia) to discuss Germany's plan to build a railroad to Baghdad; the discussion helps move Russia towards Britain and eventually the Triple Alliance

1907-08-31

Britain & Russia sign treaty with Afghanistan, Persia & Tibet

1907-08-31

Britain, Russia & France form Triple Entente

1907-09-05

King Edward VII of Great Britain meets Russia's Foreign Minister Alexander Izvolski in an attempt to strengthen Russia's relationship with Britain

1908-01-23

US & Great Britain demand end of abuses in Congo

1908-04-23

Denmark, Germany, Britain, France, Netherlands & Sweden sign North Sea accord

1908-06-09

Kind Edward VII of Great Britain visits Tsar Nicholas II at Reval, Russia, where the two discuss the growing power of Germany and British plans for reform in Macedonia

1908-08-11

King Edward VII of Britain meets with Kaiser Wilhelm of Friedrichshof, Germany; the main point of contention is the increasing size of Germany's navy

1908-08-13

Kind Edward VII of Great Britain meets with Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria at Ischl; the King tries to persuade the Emperor to advise Germany against aggressive (anti-British) policies

1908-10-28

The English Newspaper the Daily Telegraph prints an interview with Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II, who characterises himself as personally friendly to Britain but suggests the German people people are hostile, causing uproar in both countries

1909-01-01

In Great Britain, the Old Age Pension Law is finally instituted, providing pensions for every British subject over 70 with low income

1910-05-20

Funeral for Britain's King Edward VII

1910-09-22

The Duke of York's Cinema opened in Brighton. It is still operating today, making it the oldest continually operating cinema in Britain.

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.

1911-07-13

Great Britain and Japan renew their alliance of 1902 for another four years; the reason Japan joins WWI on the Allies side

1911-08-10

The Great Britain, the House of Commons votes on a salary - of £400 annually - for its members

1911-09-18

Britain's 1st twin-engine airplane (Short S.39) test flown

1911-11-18

Britain's first seaplane flies

1912-02-08

British Emissary journeys to Berlin to suggest that Britain might support German colonial aspirations in Africa if Germany agrees to hold her current naval strength

1912-02-26

Coal miners strike in Britain (settle on 1st March)

1912-05-13

Royal Flying Corps forms in Great Britain

1913-05-26

Emily Duncan becomes Great Britain's first woman magistrate.

1914-08-02

Great Britain mobilizes

1914-08-04

WWI: Germany declares war on Belgium; Britain declares war on Germany

1914-08-12

Great Britain declares war on Austria-Hungary

1914-08-15

The first large public gathering of Boers in South Africa who do not want to support Britain in a war against Germany; British authorities will try to repress this movement, but discontent spreads

1914-09-04

France, Russia, and Britain agree in a Pact of London that none will make a separate peace

1914-09-05

Gr Britain/France/Belgium/Russia sign pact of London

1914-09-09

Meeting held at Gaelic League headquarters between Irish Republican Brotherhood and other extreme republicans; initial decision made to stage an uprising while Britain is at war

1914-09-11

Australia invades New Britain, defeating a German contingent there.

1914-10-01

The first division of Canadian troops, 33,000 sail for Britain; most Canadians are volunteers, anxious to prove their loyalty to the Commonwealth

1914-10-31

Great Britain & France declare war on Turkey

1914-11-02

Great Britain annexes Cyprus

1914-11-02

Great Britain declares the entire North Sea a military area: neutral ships will transit it at their own risk

1914-11-05

Britain declares war on Turkey and annexes Cyprus, occupied since 1878; the immediate reason is to keep it from being taken by Turkey

1914-12-17

Great Britain declares Egypt a protectorate

1915-01-19

1st German Zeppelin attack over Great Britain, 4 die

1915-02-10

US President Wilson protests to Britain on the use of US flags on British merchant ships to deceive the Germans

1915-02-18

Germany begins a blockade of Britain

1915-04-04

Germany protests vigorously to the US, claiming it must insist that Britain lifts its blockade and assert American neutrality

1915-04-26

Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France & Russia

1915-10-16

Great Britain declares war on Bulgaria

1915-10-21

William Jennings Bryan's successor as US Secretary of State, Robert Lansing, sends a note to Britain protesting interference with US shipping

1915-11-12

Britain annexes Gilbert & Ellice archipelago

1916-01-12

Britain proclaims Gilbert & Ellice Is colony in Pacific

1916-01-28

German colony of Cameroon surrenders to Britain & France

1916-02-09

Britain's military service act enforced (conscription)

1916-02-10

Military conscription begins in Britain

1916-02-22

The House-Grey Memorandum, drafted by US and Britain, states: 'Should the Allies accept [the American idea of a conference to end the war] and should Germany refuse it, the United States would "probably" enter the war against Germany'

1916-05-21

Britain begins "Summer Time" (daylight saving time)

1916-05-24

Conscription begins in Britain

1917-11-20

First successful tank use in battle (Britain breaks through German lines) at Battle of Cambrai WWI

1918-02-06

Britain grants women (30 & over) vote

1918-08-20

Britain opens offensive on Western front during WW I

1919-05-03

Afghanistan Emir Amanoellah begins war against Great Britain

1919-05-06

Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; Ger E Africa is assigned to Britain & France, German SW Africa to South Africa

1920-01-21

14th Davis Cup: Australasia beats Great Britain in Sydney (4-1)

1920-11-11

Great Britain's monument to her war dead, the Cenotaph in Whitehall, designed by Edwin Lutyens, unveiled

1921-03-01

Rwanda ceded to Great Britain

1921-03-17

Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)

1921-04-15

Black Friday in Britain: leaders of transport and rail unions announce a decision not to call for strike action in support of the miners; the epithet 'black' derives from a widespread feeling that the decision amounted to a breach of solidarity and a betrayal of the miners

1921-06-19

Census held in Great Britain

1922-02-21

Great Britain grants Egypt independence

1922-02-28

Egypt regains independence from Britain, but British troops remain

1923-01-01

Britain's Railways are grouped into the Big Four: LNER, GWR, SR, and LMSR.

1923-02-23

Great Britain lowers import duty on German products from 26% to 5%

1923-05-25

Britain recognizes Transjordan with Abdullah as its leader

1923-06-19

Baldwin-Mellon-agreement concerning Britain entering the war

1923-09-12

Britain takes over Southern Rhodesia from British South Africa Co

1924-01-22

Government of Stanley Baldwin resigns in Great Britain

1924-01-23

Ramsey MacDonald forms 1st Labour government in Britain

1924-04-01

Imperial Airways forms in Britain

1924-11-22

Britain orders Egyptians out of Sudan

1925-04-03

Great Britain goes back to gold standard

1925-04-28

Netherlands & Great Britain return to gold standard

1925-07-31

Unemployment Insurance Act passed in Britain

1925-12-06

Italy, Britain & Egypt sign Jaghbub accord (Italy)

1927-05-20

Saudi Arabia becomes independent of Great Britain (Treaty of Jedda)

1927-12-14

Iraq gains independence from Britain, but British troops remain

1929-05-27

2nd Ryder Cup: Britain-Ireland, 7-5 at Moortown, England

1929-06-05

Ramsey MacDonald forms minority Labour government in Britain

1930-04-22

US, Britain & Japan sign London Naval Treaty

1930-07-01

Great Britain signs accord for Independence of Iraq

1931-07-26

26th Davis Cup: France beats Great Britain in Paris (3-2)

1931-09-21

Britain abandons gold standard; pound devalues 20%

1931-11-14

Ottawa Mint Act is proclaimed in Britain

1932-06-13

Great Britain & France sign peace treaty

1932-10-03

Iraq gains full independence from Britain, joins League of Nations

1933-06-27

4th Ryder Cup: Great Britain wins, 6½-5½ at Southport & Ainsdale, England

1933-07-30

28th Davis Cup: Great Britain beats France in Paris (3-2)

1933-09-11

Britain's Fred Perry thwarts Australian Jack Crawford's bid for a Grand Slam by defeating him at US Tennis championship

1933-12-21

Newfoundland reverts to being a crown colony of Great Britain

1934-03-26

Driving tests introduced in Britain

1934-07-31

29th Davis Cup: Great Britain beats USA in Wimbledon (4-1)

1935-03-13

Driving tests introduced in Great Britain

1935-07-02

Great Britain boxing team beat US team in 1st international Golden Gloves

1935-07-24

1st greetings telegram sent in Britain

1936-12-10

Britain replaces King Edward VIII stamp series with King George VI

1937-01-01

Safety glass in vehicle windscreens becomes mandatory in Great Britain.

1937-05-12

Coronation of King George VI of Great Britain (and his other realms and territories beyond the sea) at Westminster Abbey.

1937-07-01

Britain begins using 999 emergency phone number

1937-07-27

32nd Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Wimbledon (4-1)

1937-11-17

Britain's Lord Halifax visits Germany, beginning of appeasement

1938-02-27

Britain & France recognize Franco government in Spain

1938-04-16

Great Britain recognizes Italian annexation of Abyssinia

1938-06-04

10th Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland wins 7½-4½ at the Old Course at St Andrews

1939-02-25

1st Anderson bomb shelter in Britain erected in an Islington garden

1939-02-28

Great-Britain recognizes Franco-regime in Spain

1939-03-31

Britain & France agree to support Poland if invaded by Germany

1939-04-06

Great Britain & Poland sign military pact

1939-06-07

George VI & Elizabeth become the 1st king & queen of Britain to visit USA

1939-08-23

John Cobb (Britain) drives 365.85 MPH (593.48 KPH) at Bonneville Flats

1939-09-03

WWII: Britain declares war on Germany after invasion of Poland. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada

1939-09-05

New Zealand Prime Minister, Michael Joseph Savage declares New Zealand's support for Britain in the war with Germany; Savage famously told the nation 'where she goes, we go. Where she stands,we stand'

1939-09-06

1st German air attack on Great Britain in WW II

1939-09-30

Britain first evacuates citizens in anticipation of war.

1939-10-06

Adolf Hitler denies he intends to go to war against France & Britain

1940-01-08

Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter & sugar)

1940-01-08

World War II: Britain introduces food rationing.

1940-03-18

Benito Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain

1940-04-29

Norwegian King Haakon & government flee to Britain

1940-06-10

Italy declares war on France & Britain during WW II

1940-06-18

Winston Churchill's "this was their finest hour" speech urging perseverance during Battle of Britain delivered to British House of Commons

1940-07-02

Hitler orders invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion)

1940-07-05

Diplomatic relations broken between Britain & Vichy government in France

1940-07-10

Battle of Britain begins as Nazi forces attacked shipping convoys in English Channel

1940-07-19

Hitler orders Great Britain to surrender

1940-08-13

Hermann Goering's "Adler Tag" (Eagle day); 45-48 German aircraft shot down over Southern England (Battle of Britain)

1940-08-17

Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain

1940-08-18

Battle of Britain - 'The hardest day": Luftwaffe attacks the RAF in largest ever air battle

1940-08-20

1st Polish squadrons fight along allies in the Battle of Britain

1940-09-03

US gives Britain 50 destroyers in exchange for Newfoundland base lease

1940-09-15

Tide turns in Battle of Britain in WW II, RAF beats Luftwaffe

1940-10-31

Battle of Britain, fought between the RAF and Luftwaffe over the English Channel and southern England, ends

1941-03-11

FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill (lend money to Britain)

1941-03-27

Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years

1941-05-16

Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi Ethiopia

1941-05-16

Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)

1941-05-18

Italian army in Ethiopia under general Aosta surrenders to Britain

1941-12-08

US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II

1942-01-20

Japanese air raid on Rabaul New Britain

1942-01-21

Japanese air raid on Rabaul, New Britain

1942-01-22

Japanese air raid on Rabaul, New Britain

1942-01-23

Japanese troops occupy Rabaul New Britain

1942-03-21

Convoy QP9 departs Great Britain to Murmansk

1942-05-21

Convoy PQ16 departs Great Britain for Russia

1942-10-23

During WW II, Britain launches major offensive at El Alamein, Egypt

1943-01-11

US & Britain relinquish extraterritorial rights in China

1943-05-19

Churchill pledges Britain's full support to US against Japan

1943-10-08

Great Britain establishes bases on Azores

1943-10-12

US bombs Rabaul, New Britain

1944-07-26

The first German V-2 rocket hits Great Britain (nicknamed "gasometer").

1944-12-03

Britain's Home Guard ('Dad's Army') is officially stood down at a special farewell parade in Hyde Park, London.

1945-01-20

The Hungarian Provisional Government concludes an armistice with the USSR, US, and Britain, agree to pay reparations and to join the war against Germany

1945-03-08

"Kiss Me Kate" opens in Britain

1945-06-04

US, Russia, Britain & France agree to split occupied Germany

1945-07-26

Declaration of Potsdam: US, Britain and China demand the Japanese surrender during WWII

1945-07-26

Winston Churchill resigns as Britain's Prime Minister after election defeat

1945-08-08

US, USSR, Britain & France sign Treaty of London, set down procedures for Nuremberg trials

1945-10-08

US President Harry Truman announced atomic bomb secret shared with Britain and Canada

1946-03-22

Britain signs treaty granting independence to Jordan

1946-05-25

Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day); Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan

1946-08-13

Britain diverts illegal immigrants bound for Palestine to Cyprus

1946-10-06

US Pres Harry Truman questions Great Britain Jews about Palestine

1947-01-01

Britain nationalizes its coal industry

1947-07-09

Britain's Princess Elizabeth & Lt Philip Mountbatten's engagement

1947-08-14

Pakistan gains independence from Great Britain

1947-08-15

India gains independence from Great Britain, remains a dominion until 1950

1948-03-18

France & Great Britain & Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels

1948-07-05

Britain's National Health Service Act begins

1948-07-15

Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain

1948-08-14

14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain

1948-11-17

Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry

1949-01-29

Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand & Switzerland recognize Israel

1949-04-03

North Atlantic Treaty signed by US, Britain, France & Canada

1949-04-09

UN Intl Court of Justice held Albania responsible for incidents in Corfu Channel & awards Britain damages

1949-05-09

Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London

1950-01-06

Britain recognizes Communist government of China

1950-02-07

US & Great-Britain recognize Bao Dai Vietnamese regime

1951-05-03

The Festival of Britain opens.

1951-08-13

Great Britain & Iraq sign new oil contract

1952-02-26

PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb

1952-03-01

Helgoland, in North Sea, returned to West Germany by Britain

1952-10-01

Monte Bello-Island (Great Britain 1st atom bomb explosion)

1953-02-05

Sweet rationing imposed in WWII ends in Britain

1953-10-14

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field, Australia

1953-10-26

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field Australia

1954-05-06

Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4)

1954-05-07

US, Great Britain & France reject Russian membership in NATO

1954-06-15

Great Britain's 2 biggest steel factories nationalized

1954-07-03

Food rationing ends in Britain

1954-09-20

Roger Bannister awarded Britain's Silver Pears Trophy

1954-10-19

Egypt & Great Britain sign treaty; British troops departs

1954-10-23

Britain, England, France & USSR agree to end occupation of Germany

1955-05-07

USSR signs peace treaty with France & Great Britain

1955-05-15

Vienna Treaty: Britain, France, US & USSR restore Austria's independence

1955-05-31

Great Britain proclaims emergency crisis due to rail strike

1955-07-13

The last execution of a woman in Britain, Ruth Ellis, takes place at Holloway Prison, London.

1956-04-17

Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain

1956-05-16

Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Monte Bello Is Australia

1956-06-13

After 72 years, Britain gives up Suez Canal to Egyptian control

1956-07-20

Great Britain refuses to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam

1956-09-10

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia

1956-10-04

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia

1956-10-11

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia

1956-10-22

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia

1956-10-31

Britain & France begin to bomb Egypt to reopen Suez Canal

1956-11-05

Britain & France land forces in Egypt in reaction to seizure of Suez Canal

1957-01-10

Anthony Eden resigns & Harold Macmillan becomes PM Britain

1957-03-15

3rd nation to explode a nuclear bomb (Britain)

1957-03-20

Britain accepts NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus, but Greece rejects it

1957-04-11

Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule.

1957-05-31

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)

1957-08-31

Malaysia (formerly Malaya) gains independence from Britain

1957-09-14

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia

1957-09-25

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia

1957-10-05

12th Ryder Cup: Britain-Ireland win, 7½-4½ at Lindrick Golf Club (Rotherham, Yorkshire, England)

1957-10-09

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia

1957-10-17

Britain's Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visit the White House

1957-11-08

Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island

1958-03-19

Britain's 1st planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's in London

1958-03-31

USSR suspends nuclear weapons tests, & urges US & Britain to do same

1958-04-28

Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island

1958-08-18

Great Britain issues regional stamps (N Ireland, Scotland & Wales)

1958-08-22

Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island

1958-09-02

Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island

1958-09-11

Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island

1958-09-23

Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island

1958-09-26

Columbia (US) beats Sceptre (Britain) in 18th America's Cup

1958-10-01

Britain transfers Christmas Island (south of Java) to Australia

1959-02-19

Britain, Turkey & Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence

1959-04-23

1st heliport in Britain opens in London

1959-05-24

Empire Day renamed Commonwealth Day in Great Britain

1959-07-28

Great-Britain starts using postal codes

1960-06-26

British Somaliland (now Somalia) gains independence from Britain

1960-08-16

Britain grants independence to crown colony of Cyprus

1960-10-01

Nigeria gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1960-10-17

US & Britain sign accord for nuclear sub bases

1960-10-18

In Britain, News Chronicle & Daily Mail merge, & London Evening Star merges with Evening News

1961-01-16

Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain

1961-05-01

Tanganyika granted full internal self-government by Britain

1961-11-16

Great Britain limits immigration from Commonwealth countries

1961-12-04

The female contraceptive 'pill' becomes available on the National Health Service in Britain

1961-12-09

Tanganyika gains independence from Britain, takes name Tanzania

1961-12-18

Britain's EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles

1962-08-31

Trinidad & Tobago gain independence from Britain (National Day)

1962-10-18

Dr Watson (US) & Drs Crick & Wilkins (Britain) win Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining structure of DNA

1962-11-29

Great Britain & France decide to jointly build Concord(e)

1962-12-07

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1963-03-11

Somalia drops diplomatic relations with Great Britain

1963-05-25

Great Britain ends its amateur-professional classes in cricket

1963-06-24

Zanzibar granted internal self-government by Britain

1963-07-25

US, Russia & Britain sign nuclear Test ban treaty

1963-08-05

Britain, USA & USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty

1963-09-24

US Senate ratifies treaty with Britain & USSR limiting nuclear testing

1963-12-10

Zanzibar gains independenence from Great Britain

1964-02-06

France & Great-Britain sign accord over building channel tunnel

1964-03-25

Britain sets memorial for the late President John F Kennedy

1964-04-16

9 men sentenced 25-30 years for Britain's 1963 "Great Train Robbery"

1964-07-17

Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

1964-10-24

Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1964-11-08

IMF grants Great Britain credit of $1 billion

1965-07-26

Republic of Maldives gains independence from Britain (Natl Day)

1965-09-10

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1965-11-11

Rhodesia proclaimed independence from Britain by PM Ian Smith

1965-12-12

Beatles' last concert in Great Britain (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales)

1965-12-22

Great Britain sets national maximum road speed at 70 miles per hour

1966-04-16

Rhodesian PM Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain

1966-09-30

Botswana (formerly Bechuanaland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1966-10-04

Lesotho (Basutoland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1966-11-30

Barbados gains independence from Great Britain (National Day)

1966-12-23

Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program

1967-03-01

Dominica & St Lucia gain independence from Britain

1967-03-03

Grenada gains partial independence from Britain

1967-03-16

Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) ship breaks down

1967-04-25

Britain grants internal self-government to Swaziland

1967-05-11

Great Britain, Ireland & Denmark apply for EG membership

1967-05-19

USSR ratifies treaty with Britain & US banning nuclear weapons in space

1967-08-05

Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) & Radio London close down

1967-09-09

Uganda declares independence from Great Britain

1967-11-30

Kuria Muria Islands ceded by Britain to Oman

1968-03-12

Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1968-04-23

1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)

1968-07-01

US, Britain, USSR & 58 nations sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

1968-08-11

The last steam passenger train service runs in Britain. A selection of British Rail steam locomotives make the 120-mile journey from Liverpool to Carlisle and returns to Liverpool before having their fires dropped for the last time - this working was known as the Fifteen Guinea Special.

1968-09-06

Swaziland gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1968-09-26

Theatre censorship ends in Britain

1969-05-29

Britain's Trans-Arctic expedition makes 1st crossing of Arctic Sea ice

1969-10-27

St Vincent & Grenadines gains associated status with Britain

1970-03-01

White government of Rhodesia declares independence from Britain

1970-04-02

Qatar gains independence from Britain

1970-04-20

74th Boston Marathon won by Ron Hill of Great Britain in 2:10:30

1970-10-10

Fiji gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1971-02-15

After 1,200 years Great Britain abandons 12-shilling system for the decimal currency

1971-05-27

23rd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 13-11

1971-07-01

Britain & Argentina sign accord about Falkland Islands

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

1971-09-16

A number of Unionists resign over the proposed tripartite talks involving Northern Ireland, Britain, and the Republic of Ireland

1971-09-24

90 Russian diplomats expelled from Britain for spying

1971-09-27

Tripartite talks involving the prime ministers of Northern Ireland, Britain, and the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland take place at Chequers, England

1971-10-28

Great Britain becomes 6th nation to have a satellite (Prospero) in orbit

1971-11-25

Leader of the British Labour Party Harold Wilson proposes that Britain should work towards a withdrawal from Northern Ireland, with the consent of Protestants, after a period of 15 years; as part of the proposal the Republic of Ireland would rejoin the British Commonwealth

1972-03-08

1st airship flown over Britain in 20 years (Europa)

1972-03-24

Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland

1972-05-30

The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.

1972-10-23

Access credit cards introduced in Great Britain

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

1973-01-01

Britain, Ireland & Denmark become 7th-9th members of Common Market

1973-03-08

The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain, planting four car bombs in London; 10 members of PIRA are arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country

1974-02-07

Grenada gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1974-05-08

50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted

1974-05-23

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1974-11-25

Irish Republican Army is outlawed in Britain following deaths of 21

1975-10-01

Britain grants internal self-government to Seychelles

1976-01-21

Supersonic Concorde, 1st commercial flights, by Britain & France

1976-06-01

Great Britain & Iceland end the "cod war"

1976-06-11

Australian band AC/DC begin their 1st headline tour of Britain

1976-11-01

Britain gives Gilbert Island (Kiribati) self rule

1977-06-09

Silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain celebrated with fireworks

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.

1978-04-15

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

1978-11-18

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

1979-08-29

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1979-12-11

Great Britain grants independence to Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)

1980-04-26

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1980-07-30

Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain & France

1980-10-24

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1980-12-17

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1981-02-24

Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer

1981-11-01

Antigua & Barbuda gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1981-11-12

Great Britain performs nuclear test

1982-04-02

Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain

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

1982-05-23

BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina

1982-05-28

Pope John Paul II is 1st reigning pope to visit Great Britain (Adrian IV was born in England, as Nicholas Breakspear)

1982-05-29

1st papal visit to Britain since 1531

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

1982-07-12

Britain announces it is returning 593 Argentine POWs

1983-04-22

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1983-07-16

20 killed in Britain's worst helicopter accident

1983-11-11

1st US cruise missiles arrive in Great Britain

1983-12-31

Brunei gains complete independence from Britain

1984-03-12

National Union of Mine Workers in Britain begins a 51 week strike

1984-04-16

88th Boston Marathon won by Geoff Smith of Great Britain in 2:10:34

1984-05-01

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1984-06-30

Last sixpence minted in Great-Britain (in use since 1551)

1984-07-11

Britain's MusicBox begins satellite transmission to Europe

1984-08-09

Daley Thomas of Britain sets decathalon record (8,847) in LA Cal

1984-09-19

Britain & China complete a proposed agreement to transfer Hong Kong to China by 1997

1984-09-26

Britain & China initial agreement return Hong Kong to China in 1997

1984-12-09

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1985-04-15

89th Boston Marathon won by Geoff Smith of Great Britain in 2:14:05

1985-05-27

Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997

1985-12-05

Great Britain performs nuclear test

1986-03-05

"Today" tabloid launched (Britain's 1st national color newspaper)

1986-06-24

In Britain, Foreign Office Minister Lynda Chalker, meets Oliver Tambo, president of the African National Congress to discuss means of ending Apartheid without violence

1986-07-13

Zola Budd and Annette Cowley are banned from the Commonwealth Games, a direct consequence of Britain's refusal to support economic sanctions against the apartheid government of South Africa

1986-10-24

Great Britain drops diplomatic relations with Syria

1987-01-12

Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training

1987-07-16

Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site

1987-08-11

France & Great-Britain send minesweepers to Persian Gulf

1987-09-13

Paul Lynch of Great Britain does 32,573 push-ups in 24 hours

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

Computers across Britain hit by "Friday the 13th"/Jerusalem virus

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

1989-12-08

Great Britain performs nuclear test

1990-02-13

US, Britain & France give Germany OK to reunify

1990-10-30

Britain and France complete the "Chunnel" under the English Channel

1990-11-14

Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

1990-11-28

Margaret Thatcher resigns as Britain's PM, replaced by John Major

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

1992-03-19

Britain's Prince Andrew & Sarah, Duchess of York, announce separation

1992-04-06

Britain Radio Authority licenses Virgin & TV-AM radio licenses

1992-04-08

After 151 years Britain's "Punch Magazine" final issue

1992-07-26

Britain honours her dead in the Falklands war

1992-10-27

Great Britain issues postage stamp on 100th anniversary of Tolkien

1994-11-30

Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at the BBC", is released in Britain

1995-05-10

Britain lifts a 23-year ban on ministerial talks with Sinn Fein

1995-09-10

35th Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland beats US, 14-10

1996-06-22

29th Curtis Cup: Great Britain & Ireland wins 11-6

1997-07-01

Britain hands Hong Kong and the New Territories - ceded in 1841 - to the People's Republic of China.

1997-09-25

Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (714 mph)

1997-10-15

Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (763.035 mph)

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

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.

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.

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

2015-11-29

Davis Cup final: Andy Murray clinches title for Great Britain

2016-04-21

Beacons and gun salutes as Britain's Queen Elizabeth turns 90

2016-06-23

Britain votes on EU membership after tight and bitter campaign

2016-06-24

Oil prices dive as Britain votes to leave EU

2016-06-24

Britain votes to leave European Union

2016-06-25

Obama says US special relationship with Britain will endure

2016-07-14

David Cameron steps down as Britain's Prime Minister

2016-07-15

Britain warns citizens after truck attack kills 73 in Nice

2016-08-18

China miffed at falling behind Britain in Olympic medals table

2017-03-17

Britain's GCHQ agency denies wiretapping Donald Trump

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Britain - Notable Birthdays

Thomas PaineJan 29, 1737

Horatio NelsonSep 29, 1758

Robert FultonNov 14, 1765

Alfred Lord TennysonAug 6, 1809

George VJun 3, 1865

Elizabeth IIApr 21, 1926

Edward Anthony Richard LouisMar 10, 1964

Britain - Birthdays
Date Event
40-06-13

Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general and Governor of Britain, conquered Wales and Northern England

1683-03-01

Caroline of Ansbach, wife of George II of Great Britain (d. 1737)

1683-10-30

George II [August], King of Great-Britain (1727-60)

1711-07-10

Princess Amelia Sophia of Great Britain (d. 1783)

1713-05-30

Princess Caroline Elizabeth of Great Britain (d. 1757)

1722-12-30

Charles Yorke, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (d. 1770)

1723-03-05

Princess Mary of Great Britain (d. 1773)

1725-03-11

Henry Benedict Stuart, pretender to the throne of Great Britain (d. 1807)

1737-01-29

Thomas Paine, Thetford Great Britain, English/American political essayist (Common Sense, Age of Reason)

1738-06-04

George III, London England, King of Great Britain (1760-1820)

1753-03-26

Benjamin Thompson, physicist (Royal Inst of Great Britain, Woburn MA)

1758-09-29

Horatio Nelson, Burnham Thorpe Britain, naval hero (Trafalgar)

1765-11-14

Robert Fulton, Little Britain, Pen., inventor and engineer (1st commercial steamboat), (d. 1815)

1778-09-19

Henry Peter Brougham, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (d. 1868)

1809-08-06

Alfred Lord Tennyson, Somersby, England, Poet Laureate of Great Britain

1813-01-04

Isaac Pitman, Britain, inventor (stenographic shorthand)

1819-05-24

Victoria Alexandrine, Queen of Great Britain (1837-1901)

1833-01-21

Norman Willis, union leader (Britain's Trades Union Congress)

1838-03-18

Randal Cremer, Britain, trade unionist, pacifist (Nobel 1903)

1844-12-01

Alexandra, Danish princess/Queen of Great Britain/Ireland

1854-01-01

James Frazer, Britain, anthropologist/author (The Golden Bough)

1863-01-17

David Lloyd George, (L-PM-Britain, 1916-22)

1863-09-13

Arthur Henderson, Britain, socialist/disarmament worker (Nobel 1934)

1865-06-03

George V, Saksen-Coburg [Windsor], King of Great Britain (1910-36)

1866-10-12

Ramsay MacDonald, BBC: The Voice of Britain

1867-08-03

Stanley Baldwin, BBC: The Voice of Britain

1869-03-03

Henry Wood, Naked Britain

1877-08-01

Charlotte Hughes, 1990 (oldest person in Great Britain)

1882-04-24

Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (d. 1970)

1884-10-18

Emanuel Shinwell, Home Fires: Britain - 1940-1944

1887-06-26

Anthony G de Rothschild, Britain, philanthropist

1888-04-06

Leonard Brockington, Listen to Britain

1889-02-22

Robin G Collingwood, English philosopher (Roman Britain)

1890-12-22

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

1891-01-25

Dame Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Britain, actress (Cleopatra)

1895-07-26

Jane Bunford, Britain's tallest-ever person (d. 1922)

1896-05-21

John Verney, The Battle for The Battle of Britain

1904-10-16

Reginald Dixon, Sheffield, Britain, theatre organist, (d. 1985)

1907-05-14

Mohammad Ayub Khan, Britain Welcomes the President of Pakistan

1907-08-19

Humphrey Jennings, Listen to Britain

1908-03-17

Radie Britain, composer

1910-12-10

Sydney Streeter, Battle of Britain

1911-11-10

Harry Andrews, Battle of Britain

1912-05-02

Nigel Patrick, Battle of Britain

1913-9-02

Bill Shankly, Fifty Bighearted Years: The Variety Club of Great Britain's Tribute to Arthur Askey

1914-03-19

Peter Masefield, Great Britain

1914-11-22

Peter Townsend, The Battle for The Battle of Britain

1914-12-27

Stewart McAllister, Listen to Britain

1915-12-07

Lorna Arnold, Windscale: Britain's Biggest Nuclear Disaster

1916-02-07

John Baskcomb, Battle of Britain

1916-07-01

Robert Stanford-Tuck, Battle of Britain

1916-11-27

Gordon Batt, Britain Needs You: The Fighting Few

1917-02-01

'Ginger' Lacey, Battle of Britain

1918-09-27

Martin Ryle, Britain, radio astronomer/astronomer royal (1972-82)

1919-01-21

Eric Brown, Britain's Greatest Pilot: The Extraordinary Story of Captain 'Winkle' Brown

1919-9-08

Chris Doll, The Battle for The Battle of Britain

1920-03-14

Dorothy Tyler-Odam, Great Britain, high jumper (Oly-silver-36, 48)

1920-9-01

Tom Chatto, Battle of Britain

1922-05-27

Wilfred Greatorex, Battle of Britain

1922-9-15

Lady Mary Soames, A Picture of Britain

1923-02-24

Norman Moore, When Britain Went Wild

1923-08-17

W.G. Foxley, Battle of Britain

1925-01-07

Gerald Malcolm Durrell, Britain, zoologist/writer (Mockery Bird)

1926-04-21

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

1928-07-30

Paul Bisciglia, Asterix in Britain

1929-03-06

David Sheppard, The Other Britain

1929-06-28

Peter Hall, Made in Britain

1929-12-28

Brian Redhead, Discover Britain by Train

1930-04-09

Malte Petzel, Battle of Britain

1931-04-17

John Bartlett, tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain)

1932-03-25

Peter Walker, Strike: When Britain Went to War

1932-06-08

Lady Littler, CEO (Gaming Board for Great Britain)

1932-08-14

Dom Philip Jebb, headmaster (Downside School Great Britain)

1933-08-21

Barry Norman, Britain, film critic (Film Greats)

1935-11-10

Faynia Williams, 1st Annual Directors Guild of Great Britain DGGB Awards

1938-01-26

Paul Neuhaus, Battle of Britain

1938-10-28

David Dimbleby, A Picture of Britain

1939-01-10

Tony Soper, When Britain Went Wild

1939-09-25

Leon Britain, British politician, vice president (Commission of European Communities)

1939-10-14

Helmut Kircher, Battle of Britain

1939-11-09

Manfred Reddemann, Battle of Britain

1940-04-01

Martine Messager, Asterix in Britain

1940-06-27

Eric Richard, Made in Britain

1942-02-05

Angus Calder, Home Fires: Britain - 1940-1944

1943-07-19

David Griffin, Battle of Britain

1944-01-02

Nicolas Silberg, Asterix in Britain

1944-01-28

Bobby Ball, The Fattest Man in Britain

1945-9-30

Myles Hoyle, Battle of Britain

1946-05-07

Brian Turner, A Taste of Britain

1946-06-21

Lord Saatchi, Margaret Thatcher: The Woman Who Changed Britain

1946-12-27

Janet Street-Porter, A Taste of Britain

1949-08-27

Dan Cruickshank, Dan Cruickshank & the Family That Built Gothic Britain

1950-06-24

David Freud, What Makes Britain Rich?

1950-07-06

Jonathon Porritt, When Britain Went Wild

1950-10-09

Brian Cumby, The Boats That Made Britain: A Time Team Special

1952-03-24

Jan Sanctorum, Asterix in Britain

1952-06-22

Alastair Stewart, Margaret Thatcher: The Woman Who Changed Britain

1954-08-26

Steve Wright, Britain's wacky DJ/actor (Funny Man)

1955-01-03

Trish Williamson, Good Morning Britain

1955-11-20

Timothy Kristian Charles Mace, Great Britain, cosmonaut

1956-03-06

Colin Wilson, 1st Annual Directors Guild of Great Britain DGGB Awards

1958-05-21

Michael Crick, Britain's High Street Gamble

1958-11-28

Kriss Akabusi, Great Britain, 4X400 runner (Olympic-silver-1984)

1959-03-18

Stephen Copp, Britain's Sexiest Security Videos

1959-06-10

Clint Boon, Britain on Call

1959-12-11

Phil Woolas, Strike: When Britain Went to War

1960-02-19

Prince Andrew, Albert Christian Edward, of Britain/Duke of York

1960-11-19

Sian Busby, 2nd Annual Directors Guild of Great Britain DGGB Awards

1961-01-19

Wayne Hemingway, Bouffants, Beehives and Bobs: The Hairdos That Made Britain

1962-01-04

Simon Steggall, The Untold Battle of Britain

1963-04-16

Nick Berry, Britain, actor (Wicksy-EastEnders)

1963-05-30

Helen Patricia Sharman, Great Britain, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-12)

1963-10-05

Nick Robinson, Five Days That Changed Britain

1964-01-30

Dana Hursey, 14 Days in Great Britain

1964-03-10

Edward Anthony Richard Louis, Prince of Britain/Elizabeth II son

1964-12-31

Lowri Turner, The Most Useless Teenager in Britain

1964-9-25

Jeff Green, Is Britain Christian?

1965-01-28

Stacey Owen, Breast of Britain #8

1966-04-29

Olivia MacDonald, The Day Britain Stopped

1966-05-10

Jonathan Edwards, Britain, triple jumper (Olympics-gold/silver-92, 96)

1967-02-14

Stelios Haji-Iannou, What Makes Britain Rich?

1968-9-17

Barry Austin, The Fattest Man in Britain

1969-08-26

Ricky Bottalico, New Britain CT, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)

1970-01-20

Anita St Rose, Miss Universe-Great Britain (1996)

1970-06-30

Nia Dryhurst, Pagans and Pilgrims: Britain's Holiest Places

1970-07-03

Kim Benson, Made in Britain

1970-10-10

Jade Newman, Ben Dover's Banned in Britain

1970-10-13

Paul Potts, British Opera singer and winner of Britain's Got Talent

1972-01-21

Andrea Carnevali, A Picture of Britain

1972-03-16

Anita Guy, Britain's Got Talent

1972-07-25

Britain Spellings, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

1973-12-27

Bert Appermont, The Story of Britain

1974-04-10

Henning Wehn, An Immigrant's Guide to Britain

1975-04-28

Melinda Smith, Seven Ages of Britain

1975-12-30

Liz Fuller, Miss Great Britain Final 2010

1976-05-16

Gordon Fraser, Coked Up Britain

1978-02-11

Brian Bogulski, Britain's Roswell

1978-11-04

Syrus Mokhtari, 14 Days in Great Britain

1979-02-13

Rachel Reeves, Britain's Trillion Pound Horror Story

1981-05-20

Paul Harrison, Wild Britain with Ray Mears

1982-04-11

Ian Bell, Daily Mirror: The Pride of Britain Awards

1983-08-04

Caroline Carter, Little Britain's Big Swim

1984-01-19

Adam Warner, The Kids Britain Doesn't Want

1985-03-01

Nicholas Ebanks, Idiots Guide to Britain

1988-02-03

Alexander Richardson, When Hitler Invaded Britain

1988-11-22

Fuad Alakbarov, Azerbaijanis in Britain

1988-12-15

Kiki McCaffery, Britain's Biggest Storm

1989-04-10

Richard Perry, Idiots Guide to Britain

1989-07-13

Dexter Britain, Till We Meet Again

1990-03-22

Eugenie, Princess of Britain

1990-04-13

Jon McEvoy, Britain's Cleverest Animal

1996-04-03

Tom Glenwright, Pensioner Britain

Britain - Notable Weddings

Nick FaldoJan 3, 1986

Britain - Weddings
Date Event
1734-03-25

William IV, Prince of Orange-Nassau marries princess Anne of Great Britain, eldest daughter of King George II at St. James' Palace

1973-11-14

Britain's Princess Anne marries commoner, Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey

1986-01-03

Britain's greatest golfer Nick Faldo (28) weds manager's secretary Gill Bennett

1986-07-23

Britain's Prince Andrew (26) weds Sarah Ferguson (26) at Westminster Abbey in London, England

1999-01-23

Princess of Monaco Caroline (42) weds dynastic head of the House of Hanover and Britain's King George I descendant Prince Ernst August (45) in Monaco

Britain - Notable Deaths

Charles IJan 30, 1649

George IJun 11, 1727

George VJan 20, 1936

Winston ChurchillJan 24, 1965

Edward VIIIMay 28, 1972

Britain - Deaths
Date Event
93-08-23

Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman Governor of Britain (b. 40)

1649-01-30

Charles I, King of Great Britain (1625-49), beheaded for treason

1727-06-11

King George I of Great Britain (b. 1660)

1727-07-23

Simon Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain

1737-02-14

Charles Talbot, 1st Baron Talbot of Hensol, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1685)

1737-11-20

Caroline of Ansbach, queen of Great-Britain, dies

1744-10-18

Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britain (b. 1660)

1751-12-19

Louise of Great Britain, wife of Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1724)

1760-10-25

George II (August), king of Great Britain (1727-60), dies at 76

1766-01-01

James III Edward, Old Pretender/king of Gt Britain/Ireland, dies at 77

1770-01-20

Charles Yorke, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1722)

1794-04-18

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1714)

1806-01-23

William Pitt, the Younger, PM Great Britain (1783..1806), dies at 46

1865-07-25

"James Barry", military surgeon, first womanin Great Britain to become a qualified medical doctor

1868-05-07

Henry Peter Brougham, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1778)

1901-01-22

Victoria, [Alexandrine], Britain's Queen (1837-1901), dies at 81

1925-11-20

Alexandra, Danish princess/Queen of Great Britain, dies at 80

1936-01-20

George V, King of Britain (1910-36), dies at 70

1937-11-05

Ramsay MacDonald, BBC: The Voice of Britain

1943-01-09

Robin G Collingwood, English philosopher (Roman Britain), dies at 53

1944-08-19

Henry Wood, Naked Britain

1946-01-03

William Joyce, (Lord Haw Haw), hanged in Britain for treason

1947-12-14

Stanley Baldwin, BBC: The Voice of Britain

1950-09-24

Humphrey Jennings, Listen to Britain

1952-02-06

George VI, King of Britain (1936-52), dies at 56

1953-03-24

Mary, [Victoria Mary] of Teck, Queen of Great Britain and consort of George V, dies at 85

1953-03-24

Mary, queen of Great-Britain/North-Ireland, dies at 85

1960-06-27

Harry Pollitt, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain dies at 69

1965-01-24

Winston Churchill, PM of Britain (C) (1940-45, 51-55), dies at 90

1967-10-08

Clement R Attlee, premier pf Great Britain (1945-51), dies at 84

1970-02-15

Sir Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (b. 1882)

1972-05-28

Edward VIII, King of Great Britain and Northern Ireland dies at 77

1981-09-21

Nigel Patrick, Battle of Britain

1981-09-29

Bill Shankly, Fifty Bighearted Years: The Variety Club of Great Britain's Tribute to Arthur Askey

1982-08-08

Tom Chatto, Battle of Britain

1983-03-08

William Walton, Battle of Britain

1986-05-08

Emanuel Shinwell, Home Fires: Britain - 1940-1944

1986-05-25

John Verney, The Battle for The Battle of Britain

1986-12-29

[Maurice] Harold MacMillan, PM of Great-Britain (1957-63), dies at 92

1987-05-05

Robert Stanford-Tuck, Battle of Britain

1988-02-16

Rosie Newman, Britain at War

1989-03-06

Harry Andrews, Battle of Britain

1989-05-30

'Ginger' Lacey, Battle of Britain

1990-11-14

Malcolm Muggeridge, WW II spy for Britain, dies at 87

1994-01-23

Brian Redhead, Discover Britain by Train

1995-06-19

Peter Townsend, The Battle for The Battle of Britain

1995-10-09

Alec Douglas-Home, PM of Britain (1963-64), dies

1997-08-07

Vincent Gulliver, Britain's oldest man, dies at 109

2002-10-14

Wilfred Greatorex, Battle of Britain

2004-02-04

Gordon Batt, Britain Needs You: The Fighting Few

2004-10-13

Chris Doll, The Battle for The Battle of Britain

2005-03-05

David Sheppard, The Other Britain

2005-06-27

Ray Holmes, Battle of Britain veteran (b. 1914)

2006-02-14

Peter Masefield, Great Britain

2007-01-10

Martine Messager, Asterix in Britain

2007-11-09

Trish Williamson, Good Morning Britain

2008-06-05

Angus Calder, Home Fires: Britain - 1940-1944

2008-07-30

Anne Armstrong U.S. ambassador to Britain (b. 1927)

2010-04-18

Paul Bisciglia, Asterix in Britain

2010-12-05

W.G. Foxley, Battle of Britain

2011-03-23

Peter Hall, Made in Britain

2012-09-04

Sian Busby, 2nd Annual Directors Guild of Great Britain DGGB Awards

2014-03-25

Lorna Arnold, Windscale: Britain's Biggest Nuclear Disaster

2014-05-31

Lady Mary Soames, A Picture of Britain

2015-02-26

Brian Cumby, The Boats That Made Britain: A Time Team Special

2015-10-21

Norman Moore, When Britain Went Wild

2016-03-31

Battle of Britain Hurricane pilot Tony Pickering dies aged 95

2016-05-03

Jonathan Cainer, 'Britain's greatest astrologer' dies aged 58 of suspected heart attack

2016-08-10

Britain's richest landlord Duke of Westminster Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor dies aged 64

2017-02-14

Britain's 'oldest donkey' has died at the age of 53

2017-05-17

Few Mourn as One of Britain's Most Evil Serial Killers, Ian Brady, Dies Aged 79

2017-05-27

Britain's Got Talent star Tina Humphrey dead aged 45 after battle with cancer

2017-07-29

Diversity's Robert Anker dead: Britain's Got Talent star dies aged 27 after car accident


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