The United Kingdom in History (Part 16)

Historical Events

Events 1501 - 1,600 of 2,285

  • 1945-02-22 British troops take Ramree Island, Burma
  • 1945-03-01 British 43rd Division under Gen Hubert Essame occupies Xanten

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1945-03-04 In the United Kingdom, Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, joins the British Auxiliary Transport Service as a driver.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1945-03-08 "Kiss Me Kate" opens in Britain
  • 1945-03-16 Würzburg, Germany is 90% destroyed, with 5,000 dead, in only 20 minutes by British bombers.
  • 1945-03-19 British 36th division conquers Mogok (ruby mine)
  • 1945-03-23 British 7th Black Watch crosses the Rhine
  • 1945-03-24 Operation Varsity: British, US & Canadian airborne landings east of the Rhine

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1945-03-26 British premier Winston Churchill looks over at the Rhine (near Ginsberg)

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1945-03-27 British premier Winston Churchill sails to eastern banks of Rhine
  • 1945-04-15 British Army liberates Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen
  • 1945-04-25 British troops reach Grebbe line Neth
  • 1945-04-28 British commandos attack Elbe & occupy Lauenburg
  • 1945-05-03 British troop join in Rangoon
  • 1945-05-07 WWII: British troops enter Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1945-05-09 World War II: The Channel Islands are formally liberated by the British.
  • 1945-05-23 British military police arrest Admiral Karl Doenitz
  • 1945-05-23 German island of Helgoland in North Sea surrenders to British

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1945-07-05 Labour Party under Clement Attlee wins British parliamentary elections (results not declared until 26 July)

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister
Clement Attlee

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1945-10-08 US President Harry Truman announced atomic bomb secret shared with Britain and Canada

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1945-10-09 British troops occupy Andamanen in Gulf of Bengal
  • 1946-02-21 Anti-British demonstrations in Egypt
  • 1946-03-01 British government nationalises and takes control of the Bank of England, after 252 years
  • 1946-03-15 British Prime Minister Clement Attlee agrees with India's right to independence
  • 1946-03-22 Britain signs treaty granting independence to Jordan

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1946-05-01 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery appointed British supreme commander

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1946-05-25 Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day); Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan
  • 1946-06-29 British mandatory government of Palestine arrests 100 leaders of Yishnuv

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1946-07-01 The last White Rajah, Charles Vyner Brooke cedes Sarawak to the British Crown

3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Vyner Brooke
3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Vyner Brooke
  • 1946-07-15 British North Borneo Company transfers its rights to modern day Sabah to the British Crown
  • 1946-08-13 Britain diverts illegal emmigrants bound for Palestine to Cyprus
  • 1946-08-23 Ordinance No. 46 of the British Military Government constitutes the German Land (state) of Schleswig-Holstein.
  • 1946-10-06 US President Harry Truman questions Great Britain Jews about Palestine
  • 1946-10-22 2 British ships sink near Albania
  • 1947-01-01 Britain nationalizes its coal industry
  • 1947-01-10 British stop ships Independence & In-Gathering from landing in Israel
  • 1947-02-07 The UK announces its intention to end the Mandate for Palestine
  • 1947-06-03 British Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten visits Pakistan
  • 1947-07-09 Engagement of Britain's Princess Elizabeth & Lt Philip Mountbatten
  • 1947-07-10 Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is recommended as the first Governor General of Pakistan by then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Clement Attlee.
  • 1947-07-18 British seize "Exodus 1947" ship of Jewish immigrants to Palestine
  • 1947-08-14 Pakistan gains independence from Great Britain
  • 1947-10-26 The British military occupation ends in Iraq.
  • 1947-12-26 British transfer Heard & McDonald Islands (Indian Ocean) to Australia
  • 1948-01-01 British railways are nationalised to form British Rail.
  • 1948-02-29 Stern-group bomb Cairo-Haifa train, 27 British soldiers died
  • 1948-03-18 France & Great Britain & Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels
  • 1948-05-14 Israel declares independence from under British administration
  • 1948-05-15 28 year old British Mandate over Palestine ends
  • 1948-06-28 British begin airlift “Operation Plainfare” to West Berlin
  • 1948-06-30 Last British troops leave Israel
  • 1948-07-05 Britain's National Health Service Act begins
  • 1948-07-15 Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain
  • 1948-09-08 British De Havilland DH108-fighter flies faster than sound
  • 1948-11-17 Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry
  • 1949-04-03 North Atlantic Treaty signed by US, Britain, France & Canada
  • 1949-04-18 Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth
  • 1949-05-09 Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London
  • 1949-05-13 1st British-produced jet bomber, the Canberra, makes its 1st test flight
  • 1949-05-17 British government recognises Republic of Ireland (previously Irish Free State)
  • 1949-06-01 British government grants Cyrenaica (East-Libya) independence
  • 1949-07-30 British warship HMS Amethyst escapes down Yangtze River, having been refused a safe passage by Chinese Communists after 3-month standoff
  • 1949-11-24 British steel & iron industry nationalised
  • 1949-11-26 India adopts a constitution as a British Commonwealth Republic
  • 1949-12-04 Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak is fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by Malay student Rosli Dhoby with help from Morshidi Sidek with the goal of helping neighbouring Indonesia to take over British Sarawak
  • 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 UK parliamentary election by 5 seats
  • 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
  • 1951-10-26 Winston Churchill re-elected British Prime Minister at the age of 86
  • 1951-11-17 Britain reports development of the world's first nuclear-powered heating system
  • 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
  • 1952-01-05 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes an official visit to the US
  • 1952-01-20 British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone
  • 1952-01-26 At least 20 people have been killed and 100s injured during riots in Cairo against the British
  • 1952-02-08 Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc
  • 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
  • 1953-02-05 Sweet rationing imposed in WWII ends in Britain
  • 1953-04-16 British royal yacht Britannia launched by Queen Elizabeth II

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1501 - 1,600 of 2,532

  • 1942-09-27 Tessa Blackstone "the Red Baroness", British politician and educator, born in Bures
  • 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 (d. 2017)
  • 1942-12-14 David Band, British banker (BZW) (d. 1996)
  • 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
  • 1943-03-05 Hugh Scully, British TV presenter (The Antiques Roadshow), born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire (d. 2015)
  • 1943-03-28 Richard Eyre, British director (National Theatre)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1943-03-29 John Major, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1990-97), born in Carshalton, Surrey, England

British Prime Minister John Major
British Prime Minister
John Major
  • 1943-04-04 Ian Robertson, British museum director (National Army Museum)
  • 1943-04-11 John Montagu, 11th Earl of Sandwich, British entrepreneur, politician and nobleman
  • 1943-05-20 Iain Vallance [Baron Vallance of Tummel], CEO (British Telecom)
  • 1943-05-20 Martin Honeysett, British cartoonist (Punch, Private Eye), born in Hereford (d. 2015)
  • 1943-05-24 James Levine, British conductor
  • 1943-05-25 John "Poli" Palmer, British rocker (Family), born in Evesham, Worcestershire
  • 1943-06-14 John Miles, British racing driver
  • 1943-07-26 Roger Smalley, British-Australian composer, born in Swinton, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • 1943-08-02 Rose Tremain, British novelist/playwright (Restoration)
  • 1943-08-04 Rodney Stuart Pattison, British yachtsman (Olympics)
  • 1943-08-14 Keith Hampson, British politician (C), arrested, not charged for sexual assault, born in
  • 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
  • 1943-12-02 David Munden, British drummer (The Tremeloes), born in Essex
  • 1943-12-16 Anthony 'Tony' Hicks, Nelson Lancashire, British rock guitarist (The Hollies)
  • 1943-12-17 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire (d. 2009)
  • 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
  • 1944-04-12 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, born in Oxford, England (d. 2015)
  • 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
  • 1944-05-15 Ian "Tich" Amey, British rock musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), born in Salisbury Wiltshire
  • 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 Alan Horworth, British politician (L), first Conservative to change to Labour party, born in London
  • 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, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (NATO)
  • 1944-10-12 Angela Rippon, British television personality
  • 1944-11-06 Bill Henderson, rock vocalist/guitarist (Chilliwack), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 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
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)
  • 1945-04-22 Robert Key, MP/British undersecretary for National Heritage
  • 1945-05-24 Richard Ottaway, British politician (C), born in Sonning, Berkshire
  • 1945-05-24 Steven Norris, British MP
  • 1945-05-25 Dave Lee Travis [David Griffin], British DJ and presenter (Top of the Pops], convicted of indecent assault, born in Buxton, Derbyshire
  • 1945-05-31 Linda Davies, British Judge
  • 1945-06-14 Rod Argent, St Albans United Kingdom, rock musician (The Zombies, Argent)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1945-06-19 Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician, leader of the National League for Democracy and human rights activist (1991 Nobel Peace Prize), born in Rangoon, British Burma

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi
  • 1945-07-03 Michael Martin, British politician, Speaker of the House of Commons (2000-09)
  • 1945-07-07 Michael Ancram, British politician
  • 1945-07-10 John Motson, British sports (football) commentator
  • 1945-08-02 John Bowis, British MP (C), born in Brighton, East Sussex
  • 1945-08-06 Ron Jones, British TV director (d. 1995)
  • 1945-08-13 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), born in Kenfig Hill, Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1945-09-14 Martin Tyler, British sports broadcaster
  • 1945-09-29 Sarah Tyacke, Keeper of British Public Records
  • 1945-11-08 David Jessel, British TV-reporter
  • 1945-11-17 Jeremy Hanley, British Lower house member

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths