Today in United Kingdom History (Part 13)

Historical Events

Events 1201 - 1,300 of 1,715

  • 1950-01-06 Britain recognizes Communist government of China
  • 1950-01-12 Swedish tanker rams British submarine Truculent in Thames, 64 die
  • 1950-01-26 India becomes a republic, ceasing to be a British dominion
  • 1950-02-07 US & Great Britain recognize Bao Dai Vietnamese regime
  • 1950-02-24 Labour wins British parliamentary election
  • 1950-04-14 1st edition of British comic "Eagle"
  • 1950-09-23 US Air Force Mustangs accidentally bomb British on Hill 282 Korea, 17 killed
  • 1950-10-29 British Chancellor of the Exchequer (Minister of Finance) Stafford Cripps resigns
  • 1950-11-16 Egyptian King Faruk demands departure of all British troops
  • 1950-12-28 The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park.
  • 1951-01-03 9 Jewish Kremlin physicians "exposed" as British/US agents
  • 1951-04-16 British submarine Affray sank in English Channel, killing 75
  • 1951-05-03 The Festival of Britain opens.
  • 1951-06-23 Treacherous British diplomats Guy Burgess & Donald Maclean flee to USSR
  • 1951-08-13 Great Britain & Iraq sign new oil contract
  • 1951-09-10 British begin economic boycott of Iran
  • 1951-10-17 Egyptian army fires on British troops

Electoral-defeatElectoral Victory

1951-10-26 Winston Churchill re-elected British Prime Minister at the age of 86

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1951-11-18 British troops occupy Ismailiya, Egypt
  • 1951-11-24 British auto manufacturers Austin and Morris Motors merge
  • 1951-12-24 United Kingdom of Libya gains independence from Italy via UN
  • 1952-01-20 British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone
  • 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
  • 1952-06-07 7th Curtis Cup: British Isles, 5-4
  • 1952-10-01 Monte Bello-Island (Great Britain 1st atom bomb explosion)
  • 1952-10-03 1st British nuclear test at Monte Bello Island in Australia

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1953-04-16 British royal yacht Britannia launched by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1953-04-27 1st general elections in British Guyana, won by Jagans PPP
  • 1953-10-09 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill aproves Guyanese Constitution
  • 1953-10-14 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field, Australia
  • 1953-10-26 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field Australia
  • 1953-11-21 Authorities at the British Natural History Museum announce the "Piltdown Man" skull, one of the most famous fossil skulls in the world, is a hoax.
  • 1954-04-25 British raid Nairobi, Kenya (25,000 Mau Mau suspects arrested)
  • 1954-05-06 Roger Bannister of Britain breaks 4 minute mile (3:59:4)
  • 1954-05-07 US, Great Britain & France reject Russian membership of NATO
  • 1954-05-13 Labour Party wins British municipal elections
  • 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
  • 1954-10-01 British colony of Nigeria becomes a federation
  • 1954-10-19 Egypt & Great Britain sign treaty; British troops departs
  • 1954-10-23 Britain, France & USSR agree to end occupation of Germany
  • 1955-02-22 British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sets sail
  • 1955-03-24 British Army patrols withdraw from Belfast after 20 years
  • 1955-04-01 EOKA-bomb attacks against British government buildings in Cyprus
  • 1955-04-04 British government signs military treaty with Iraq
  • 1955-04-05 Winston Churchill resigns as British PM, Anthony Eden succeeds him
  • 1955-05-07 USSR signs peace treaty with France & Great Britain
  • 1955-05-26 Conservatives led by Anthony Eden win British parliamentary election
  • 1955-05-31 Great Britain proclaims emergency crisis due to rail strike
  • 1955-10-26 British troops occupy Saudi Arabian oil field at Boeraimi
  • 1955-11-23 British transfer Cocos (Keeling) Is in Indian Ocean to Australia
  • 1955-12-20 Cardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales
  • 1956-02-22 1st English soccer match at Kunstlicht: Portsmouth vs Newcastle United
  • 1956-04-17 Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain
  • 1956-05-16 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Monte Bello Is Australia
  • 1956-06-03 3rd class travel on British Railways ends
  • 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
  • 1956-08-07 British government sends 3 aircraft carriers to Egypt
  • 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
  • 1956-12-22 Last British & French troops leave Egypt
  • 1957-01-09 British premier Anthony Eden resigns
  • 1957-01-10 Anthony Eden resigns & Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minster of Great Britain
  • 1957-02-16 The "Toddlers' Truce", a controversial television closedown between 6.00pm and 7.00pm, was abolished in the United Kingdom.
  • 1957-02-18 Dedan Kimathi, a Kenyan freedom fighter is executed by the British colonial government.
  • 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.
  • 1957-05-15 1st British H-bomb explosion (over Christmas Island)
  • 1957-05-31 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
  • 1957-06-09 Anthony Eden resigns as British PM
  • 1957-06-10 Harold MacMillan becomes British PM
  • 1957-08-03 British offensive against imam Galeb Ben Ali of Oman
  • 1957-08-24 British soccer player Jimmy Greaves' (17) 1st game for Chelsea

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1957-08-31 federation of malaya gains independence from Great Britain

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • 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
  • 1958-03-12 British Empire Day is renamed "Commonwealth Day"
  • 1958-03-19 Britain's first planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's inbakesr street, 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
  • 1958-06-09 HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport, (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom.
  • 1958-06-14 British parachutists lands on Cyprus
  • 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
  • 1958-10-01 Britain transfers Christmas Island (south of Java) to Australia

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1201 - 1,300 of 2,276

  • 1937-07-24 Baroness Blatch, British minister of state for Education
  • 1937-07-27 Anna Dawson, British comedienne (Violet-Keeping Up Appearances)
  • 1937-08-11 Taki Theodoracopoulos, Greek/British journalist/multi-millionaire
  • 1937-08-14 Brian Curvis, Swansea, Wales, boxer, British welterweight champion (1960-1964), (d. 2012)
  • 1937-08-20 Jim "Bullseye" Bowen, British TV game show host and comedian
  • 1937-08-27 Mark Potter, British court judge
  • 1937-09-02 Derek Fowlds, British actor
  • 1937-09-12 Wesley Hall, West indian/British politician
  • 1937-09-24 Alan Grose, British vice-admiral
  • 1937-09-29 Alice Mahon, British MP
  • 1937-09-29 R B Heywood, director (British Antarctic Survey)
  • 1937-10-04 Jackie Collins, British-American author (The Stud, Lucky), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1937-11-09 Roger McCough, British poet
  • 1937-11-12 Peter Lloyd, British MP
  • 1937-11-30 Tom Simpson, British cyclist (d. 1967)
  • 1937-12-26 John Horton Conway, British mathematician
  • 1937-12-29 Barbara Steele, Birkenhead, Cheshire, English actress (Black Sunday, 8½)
  • 1938-01-01 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (d. 2005)
  • 1938-01-02 Ian Brady, British serial killer
  • 1938-01-21 John Savident, British actor
  • 1938-01-26 Margaret Daly, British MEP
  • 1938-02-15 Lord Justice Ward, British judge
  • 1938-03-11 Malcolm Keith Speed, British high court judge
  • 1938-03-12 Norman Hogg, British MP
  • 1938-03-24 David Irving, British historian
  • 1938-03-29 Margaret Howard, British broadcaster
  • 1938-04-04 Peter Attenborough, British headmaster (Charterhouse)
  • 1938-04-06 Paul Daniels, British magician
  • 1938-05-20 Alan Smithers, British professor
  • 1938-05-31 John Prescott, British Labour MP
  • 1938-06-13 Gwynne Howell, British opera singer
  • 1938-06-27 Kathryn Beaumont, British voice actress
  • 1938-07-18 Dudu Pukwana, [Mtutuzel], South African/British saxophonist/composer
  • 1938-07-19 Nicholas Bethell, British historian (d. 2007)
  • 1938-08-03 Terry Wogan, British broadcaster (Eurovision Song Contest, Blankety Blank), born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 1938-08-31 Martin Bell, British journalist
  • 1938-09-29 Henry Keswick, British businessman (CEO-Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd)
  • 1938-10-08 David Willis, British journalist (BBC World Service)
  • 1938-11-03 Martin Dunwoody, British mathematician
  • 1938-11-08 John Asprey, British jeweler/multi-millionaire
  • 1938-12-28 Richard Sudhalter, British(?) writer/jazz musician
  • 1939-01-07 Tom Kierman, British(?) rugby player
  • 1939-02-17 John Leyton, British singer
  • 1939-02-19 Gwen Taylor, British actress (Life of Brian, Sob Sisters, Screaming)
  • 1939-03-12 David Mlinaric, British interior director
  • 1939-03-18 Kenny Lynch, British entertainer
  • 1939-04-05 Crispian St. Peters, British singer
  • 1939-04-16 Donald MacCormick, British broadcaster
  • 1939-04-25 Veronica Sutherland, British diplomat
  • 1939-04-26 Roger Buckley, British High Court Judge
  • 1939-05-15 Dorothy Shirley, British athlete
  • 1939-06-05 Margaret Drabble, British author (Needle's Eye)
  • 1939-06-15 Brian Jacques, British author
  • 1939-06-20 Budge Rogers, British rugby player
  • 1939-07-16 Mary Parkinson, British broadcaster, born in Doncaster, West Riding
  • 1939-08-16 Sir Trevor Mcdonald, Trinidadian-born British television newsreader
  • 1939-08-17 Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), born in Blackburn, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • 1939-08-18 Robert Horton, British businessman
  • 1939-08-23 Charles Wardle, MP/under sect of state British home office
  • 1939-09-25 Leon Britain, British politician, vice president (Commission of European Communities)
  • 1939-09-28 Rudolph Walker, Trinidadian-born British actor
  • 1939-10-31 Tom O'Connor, British comedian
  • 1939-11-17 Auberon Waugh, British author (d. 2001)
  • 1940-01-04 Brian Josephson, British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • 1940-02-08 Averil Cameron, British(?) historian
  • 1940-02-20 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • 1940-02-20 V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • 1940-02-21 Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • 1940-02-29 Gretchen Christopher, British(?) pop singer
  • 1940-03-15 Frank Dobson, British politician
  • 1940-04-02 Penelope Keith, British actress (Norman Conquests, Priest of Love)
  • 1940-04-03 R S Burman, CEO (Association of British Chambers of Commerce)
  • 1940-04-04 Richard Attwood, British racing driver
  • 1940-04-10 Gloria Hunniford, British broadcaster/actress (Old Curiosity Shop)
  • 1940-04-13 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver (d. 1988)
  • 1940-05-14 'H'. Jones, British Soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • 1940-06-06 Willie-John McBride, British rugby player
  • 1940-06-18 Michael Sheard, British actor (d. 2005)
  • 1940-06-22 Esther Rantzen, British TV presenter
  • 1940-06-25 A.J. Quinnell, British writer (d. 2005)
  • 1940-07-01 Kenneth Clarke, British minister
  • 1940-07-03 Heather Steel, British judge
  • 1940-07-26 Brian Mawhinney, chairman (British Conservative Party)
  • 1940-07-30 Clive Sinclair, British computer inventor (ZX Spectrum)
  • 1940-08-10 Barbara Mills, QC, British Director of Public Prosecutions
  • 1940-08-13 Timothy Wood, British government asst whip
  • 1940-10-17 Peter Stringfellow, British nightclub owner
  • 1940-10-20 Kathy Kirby, British singer
  • 1941-01-07 Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (d. 2004)
  • 1941-01-19 Tony Anholt, British actor (d. 2002)
  • 1941-01-19 Colin Gunton, British theologian (d. 2003)
  • 1941-02-01 Robert Walmsley, British Vice-Admiral
  • 1941-02-26 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer (d. 1972)
  • 1941-02-27 Ian McGarry, general secretary (British Actors' Equity Association)
  • 1941-02-27 Paddy Ashton, New Delhi India, British MP (Soc/Lib Democrat)
  • 1941-03-06 Ann Winterton, British MP
  • 1941-03-19 Lord Vestey, British food magnate/billionaire (Union International)
  • 1941-03-26 Richard Dawkins, British evolutionary biologist
  • 1941-03-29 Eden Kane, British singer
  • 1941-04-07 Gorden Kaye, British actor

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Famous Deaths


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