Today in United Kingdom History (Part 14)

Historical Events

Events 1301 - 1,400 of 1,715

  • 1959-02-19 Britain, Turkey & Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence
  • 1959-04-23 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
  • 1959-05-06 Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing ships
  • 1959-07-28 United Kingdom starts using postal codes
  • 1959-10-08 Conservatives win British general election
  • 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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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".

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1960-05-09 Nigeria becomes a member of British Commonwealth
  • 1960-06-26 British Somaliland (now Somalia) gains independence from Britain
  • 1960-06-27 British Somaliland becomes part of Somalia
  • 1960-07-01 The independent Somali Democratic Republic, commonly known as Somalia, is formed out of former British and Italian territories
  • 1960-08-16 Britain grants independence to crown colony of Cyprus
  • 1960-10-01 Nigeria gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1960-10-05 British Labour party demands unilateral nuclear disarmament
  • 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
  • 1960-10-21 1st British nuclear sub HMS Dreadnought launched
  • 1960-10-30 Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
  • 1960-12-09 1st broadcast of "Coronation Street" on British ITV
  • 1961-01-16 Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain
  • 1961-02-01 British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive
  • 1961-03-15 South Africa withdrews from British Commonwealth
  • 1961-03-17 South Africa leaves British Commonwealth
  • 1961-04-08 British liner "Dara" explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236
  • 1961-05-01 Tanganyika granted full internal self-government by Britain
  • 1961-10-09 Tanganyika becomes independent within British Commonwealth
  • 1961-10-31 Hurricane Hattie, kills 400 in British Honduras
  • 1961-11-16 United Kingdom limits immigration from Commonwealth countries
  • 1961-12-09 Tanganyika gains independence from Britain, takes name Tanzania
  • 1961-12-18 Britain's EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles
  • 1961-12-21 JFK & British PM MacMillan meet in Bermuda

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1962-01-23 British intellegence officer Kim Philby defects to USSR

  • 1962-03-01 US/British nuclear test experiment in Nevada
  • 1962-03-03 British Antarctic Territory forms
  • 1962-06-29 1st flight Vickers (British Aerospace) VC-10 long-range airliner
  • 1962-08-06 Jamaica becomes independent after 300 years of British rule
  • 1962-08-31 Trinidad & Tobago gain independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1962-09-08 Last run of the famous Pines Express over the Somerset and Dorset Railway line (UK) fittingly using the last steam locomotive built by British Railways, 9F locomotive 92220 'Evening Star'
  • 1962-10-09 Uganda becomes independent from the United Kingdom

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1962-10-18 Dr Watson (US) & Drs Crick & Wilkins (Britain) win Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining structure of DNA

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
  • 1962-11-29 Great Britain & France decide to jointly build Concord(e)
  • 1962-12-07 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1962-12-09 Tanganyika becomes a republic within British Commonwealth
  • 1962-12-17 Beatles 1st British TV appearance (People & Places)
  • 1963-02-16 Beatles top British rock charts with "Please, Please Me"
  • 1963-03-09 Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe & Chris Montez
  • 1963-03-11 Somalia drops diplomatic relations with Great Britain
  • 1963-03-27 Beeching axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.
  • 1963-05-25 Great Britain ends its amateur-professional classes in cricket
  • 1963-06-03 A Northwest Airlines DC-7 crashes in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, killing 101.
  • 1963-06-04 British Minister of War John Profumo resigns due to Christine Keeler scandal
  • 1963-06-17 British House of Commons debates Profumo-Christine Keeler affair
  • 1963-06-24 Zanzibar granted internal self-government by Britain
  • 1963-07-30 British spy Kim Philby found in Moscow
  • 1963-08-05 Britain, USA & USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty
  • 1963-08-09 Britains rock TV show, Ready Steady Go, premieres
  • 1963-09-24 US Senate ratifies treaty with Britain & USSR limiting nuclear testing
  • 1963-10-09 British premier Harold MacMillan resigns
  • 1963-10-20 Alec Douglas-Home forms British government
  • 1963-11-23 "Doctor Who" the long-running British sci-fi series debuts
  • 1963-12-10 Zanzibar gains independenence from Great Britain
  • 1963-12-12 Kenya (formerly British East Africa) declares independence from UK
  • 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"

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1964-06-09 Jack Nicklaus wins British Open golf tournament

  • 1964-07-17 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1964-09-15 Final edition of socialist British newspaper "Daily Herald"
  • 1964-09-21 Malta becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
  • 1964-10-16 Harold Wilson's Labour party wins British election
  • 1964-10-24 Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1964-11-08 IMF grants Great Britain credit of $1 billion
  • 1964-11-17 British Labour Party installs weapon embargo against South Africa
  • 1965-01-28 The Who make their 1st appearance on British TV
  • 1965-02-18 The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
  • 1965-03-05 March Intifada: A Leftist uprising erupts in Bahrain against British colonial presence.
  • 1965-07-24 Rock group "The Animals" 1st time in British charts
  • 1965-07-26 Republic of Maldives gains independence from Britain (Natl Day)
  • 1965-07-31 Cigarette advertsing banned on British TV
  • 1965-08-12 Elizabeth Lane becomes first female British supreme court justice
  • 1965-09-10 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1965-09-26 Queen Elizabeth decorates Beatles with Order of the British Empire
  • 1965-11-08 British Indian Ocean Territory formed
  • 1965-11-11 Rhodesia proclaimed independence from Britain by PM Ian Smith
  • 1965-12-12 The Beatles' last concert in Great Britain (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales)
  • 1965-12-17 British government proclaims ends oil-embargo against Rhodesia
  • 1965-12-22 Great Britain sets national maximum road speed at 70 miles per hour
  • 1966-03-31 Labour Party under Harold Wilson win British parliamentary election
  • 1966-04-16 Rhodesian PM Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain
  • 1966-05-01 Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
  • 1966-05-26 Guyana (formerly British Guiana) declares independence from UK
  • 1966-09-15 First British nuclear ballistic missile submarine HMS Resolution launched
  • 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
  • 1967-04-01 1st British ombudsman Sir Edward Compton begins work

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1301 - 1,400 of 2,276

  • 1941-04-23 Ed Stewart, British DJ and broadcaster (Crackerjack), born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2016)
  • 1941-04-29 Jonah Barrington, British World champion squash player (1966-73)
  • 1941-05-22 Sir Menzies Campbell, British politician
  • 1941-05-24 Martin Mogg, governor (British Durham Prison)
  • 1941-05-26 Reg Bundy, British performer (d. 2003)
  • 1941-05-31 June Clark, British Professor of Nursing (Middlesex U)
  • 1941-07-01 John Gould, British composer/musical comic
  • 1941-07-07 Michael Howard, British politician
  • 1941-07-16 George Young, MP/British minister of housing & planning
  • 1941-07-25 Peter Suschitzky, Polish-British cinematographer
  • 1941-08-20 Dave Brock, British musician and founder of Hawkwind
  • 1941-08-20 Robin Oakley, British journalist
  • 1941-10-31 Derek Bell, British racing driver
  • 1941-12-24 John Levene, British actor
  • 1942-01-03 John Thaw, British actor (d. 2002)
  • 1942-01-29 Richard Needham, British MP
  • 1942-02-10 Michael Bishop, CEO (British Midland Airways)
  • 1942-02-12 Chananjit Vohra, Kenyan/British hotel magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1942-02-24 Stuart Henry, British disc jockey
  • 1942-03-14 Rita Tushingham, British actress
  • 1942-03-27 John E. Sulston, British chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1942-04-02 Graham Bright, British politician private secretary to British PM John Major
  • 1942-04-17 David Bradley, British actor
  • 1942-05-11 Rachel Billington, British writer
  • 1942-05-19 Robert Kilroy-Silk, British politician and television presenter
  • 1942-05-20 Simon Keswick, British financier/merchant (Hong Kong)
  • 1942-05-27 Roger Freeman, British minister of transport
  • 1942-05-31 John Daniel, British Vice-Chancellor (Open U)
  • 1942-07-17 Peter Sissons, British newsreader
  • 1942-08-24 Howard Jacobson, British novelist and newspaper columnist
  • 1942-09-07 Alan Oakes, British Footballer
  • 1942-09-17 Desmond Lynam, British sportscaster
  • 1942-09-30 Gus Dudgeon, British pop producer (Joan Armatrading, David Bowie)
  • 1942-10-26 Bob Hoskins, British actor, (d. 2014)
  • 1942-10-29 Johan Fleming Ramsland, British broadcaster
  • 1942-11-07 Jean Shrimpton, British model/actress (Privilege)
  • 1942-11-09 Thomas Daniel Weiskopf, Massillon OH, PGA golfer (British Open 1973)
  • 1942-12-10 Peter Sarstedt, British musician (Where do you go to my lovely?), born Delhi, India
  • 1943-01-06 Terry Venables, British soccer player/manager
  • 1943-01-07 Sir Richard Armstrong, British conductor
  • 1943-02-11 Iain Cameron, British brigadier
  • 1943-02-16 James Beaton, British GC
  • 1943-02-19 Tim Hunt, British biochemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1943-03-28 Richard Eyre, British director (National Theatre)
  • 1943-03-29 John Major, Carshalton, Surrey, British Prime Minister (C, 1990-97)
  • 1943-04-04 Ian Robertson, British museum director (National Army Museum)
  • 1943-05-20 Iain Vallance [Baron Vallance of Tummel], CEO (British Telecom)
  • 1943-05-24 James Levine, British conductor
  • 1943-06-14 John Miles, British racing driver
  • 1943-08-02 Rose Tremain, British novelist/playwright (Restoration)
  • 1943-08-04 Rodney Stuart Pattison, British yachtsman (Olympics)
  • 1943-08-23 Peter Lilley, MP/sect of state for British social security
  • 1943-09-16 David Wilshire, British MP (C)
  • 1943-09-30 Ian Ogilvy, British Actor
  • 1943-10-02 Anna Ford, British broadcaster/actress (Secret Policeman's Ball)
  • 1943-11-07 Judith Frost, British Columbia, artist (To Red, Dust Drawings)
  • 1943-11-08 Martin Peters, British soccer player
  • 1943-11-23 Sue Nicholls, British actress
  • 1943-12-28 Richard Whiteley, British television presenter (d. 2005)
  • 1944-01-06 Terry Venables, British soccer player/manager [or 1943]
  • 1944-01-28 James Cran, British MP
  • 1944-01-28 John Edmonds, British trade unionist
  • 1944-02-02 Geoffrey Hughes, British actor, (d. 2012)
  • 1944-02-17 Bernie Grant, British politician (Labour)
  • 1944-02-20 Roger Knapman, British MP
  • 1944-02-23 James Cousins, British MP
  • 1944-03-29 John Suchet, British TV journalist (Independent TV News)
  • 1944-04-06 Felicity Palmer, British mezzo-soprano
  • 1944-04-27 Michael Fish, British TV weatherman
  • 1944-05-07 Richard O'Sullivan, British actor
  • 1944-05-13 Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw, British explorer/genealogist
  • 1944-05-18 Peter Ryan, British national director (Police Training)
  • 1944-05-19 Peter Mayhew, British-American actor
  • 1944-05-28 Faith Brown, British actress and impressionist
  • 1944-06-06 David Penhaligon, British politician
  • 1944-06-11 Barry Stevens, British/Neth, choreographer (Personals, Young Again)
  • 1944-08-11 David Pearl, British judge
  • 1944-08-13 Divina Galica, British athlete and racing driver
  • 1944-09-10 Thomas Allen, British opera singer
  • 1944-09-27 IDG Garnett, British Vice-Admiral
  • 1944-10-12 Angela Rippon, British television personality
  • 1944-11-16 Oliver Braddick, British psychologist
  • 1944-12-25 Kenny Everett [Maurice James Christopher Cole], Seaforth Lancashire, British DJ and TV personality (Kenny Everett Show)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1945-01-10 Rod Stewart, British singer (Maggie Mae, Do You Think I'm Sexy), born in London, England

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • 1945-01-14 Maina Gielgud, British ballet dancer and administrator
  • 1945-01-15 Princess Michael of Kent, British royal
  • 1945-01-28 Nick Raynsford, British MP
  • 1945-01-29 James Nicholson, British MEP
  • 1945-02-07 Gerald Davies, British rugby player
  • 1945-02-10 John Hayes, secretary-general (British Law Society)
  • 1945-02-14 K M Jenkins, British director of personnel (Royal Mail)
  • 1945-02-15 John Helliwell, British musician (Supertramp)
  • 1945-03-04 Tara Browne, British socialite (d. 1966)
  • 1945-03-11 Timothy Mason, consultant (British Arts Council)
  • 1945-03-20 Tim Yeo, British MP/under-sect (State of Environment)
  • 1945-03-29 Julie Goodyear, British actress (Bet Lynch-Coronation Street)
  • 1945-04-02 Lord Skelmersdale, British minister (C)
  • 1945-04-07 Martin Lewis, British newsreader
  • 1945-04-08 Derrick Walker, British racing team owner
  • 1945-04-21 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (d. 2000)

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Famous Divorces


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Famous Deaths


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