Today in United Kingdom History (Part 16)

Historical Events

Events 1501 - 1,600 of 1,715

  • 1978-10-10 British pop music magazine "Smash Hits" first published

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1978-11-05 Khomeini followers attack British embassy/El Al office in Iran

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 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
  • 1979-03-28 British government of Callaghan falls
  • 1979-03-30 Airey Neave, a British politician, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.
  • 1979-03-31 The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
  • 1979-07-06 IRA bomb explodes in British consulate in Antwerp
  • 1979-08-09 English seaside resort Brighton gets 1st British nude beach
  • 1979-08-29 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1979-11-13 British newspaper "The Times" resumes publishing after 1 year
  • 1980-04-26 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1980-05-05 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends; British SAS & police storm the building
  • 1980-07-30 Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain & France
  • 1980-10-08 British Leyland starts selling Mini Metro
  • 1980-10-24 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1980-12-17 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1980-12-19 Anguilla becomes a British dependency separate from St Kitts
  • 1981-01-04 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper"
  • 1981-01-05 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women

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1981-02-24 Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles
  • 1981-09-21 Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from UK
  • 1981-11-01 Antigua & Barbuda gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1981-11-12 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • 1982-02-05 British airline Laker Airways collapses owing 270M pounds ($351M)
  • 1982-04-02 Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain
  • 1982-04-05 British fleet sails to Falkland Islands
  • 1982-04-05 Lord Carrington, British foreign secretary resigns due to Falklands war
  • 1982-04-18 Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act
  • 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
  • 1982-05-02 Falklands War: Argentine cruiser General Belgrano sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men
  • 1982-05-04 British destroyer HMS Sheffield hit by Exocet rocket off Falkland Islands: 20 of her crew died.
  • 1982-05-21 British troops land on Falkland Islands
  • 1982-05-23 BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina
  • 1982-05-26 British ship Atlantic Conveyor carrying Chinook helicopters & destroyer HMS Coventry were hit in Falkland war: 39 crew members died

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1982-05-28 Pope John Paul II is 1st reigning pope to visit Great Britain (Adrian IV was born in England, as Nicholas Breakspear)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 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

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1983-01-09 British PM Margaret Thatcher visits Falkland Islands

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1983-01-26 Dutch/British infrared satellite IRAS launched from Calif
  • 1983-04-21 1 pound coin introduced in United Kingdom
  • 1983-04-22 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1983-06-09 Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party wins British parliamentary election
  • 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
  • 1984-03-06 Twelve-month-long strike in British coal industry begins.
  • 1984-03-12 British ice dancing team, Torvill & Dean, become 1st skaters to receive 9 perfect 6.0s in world championships
  • 1984-04-16 88th Boston Marathon: Geoff Smith of Great Britain 1st man in 2:10:34 and Lorraine Moller of New Zealand 1st woman in 2:29:28
  • 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)
  • 1984-08-09 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
  • 1985-01-01 The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone.
  • 1985-01-14 British pound sinks to record low $US1.11
  • 1985-01-23 Britains House of Lords debate 1st televised
  • 1985-04-15 89th Boston Marathon: Geoff Smith of Great Britain 1st man in 2:14:05 and Lisa Larsen Weidenbach of United States 1st woman in 2:34:06
  • 1985-05-27 Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
  • 1985-05-29 Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months.
  • 1985-12-05 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • 1986-01-06 British Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns after the 'Westland affair'
  • 1986-03-05 "Today" tabloid launched (Britain's 1st national colour newspaper); it folded in 1995
  • 1986-05-24 Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British PM to visit Israel
  • 1986-09-30 Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed details of Israel covert nuclear program to British media, was kidnapped in Rome, Italy.
  • 1986-10-07 First edition of new British newspaper "Independent" published

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1986-10-12 Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visit the People's Republic of China

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1986-10-24 Great Britain drops diplomatic relations with Syria
  • 1986-10-27 The United Kingdom government deregulates financial markets, leading to a total restructuring of the way in which they operate in the country, in an event now referred to as the Big Bang.

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1987-01-12 Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward
  • 1987-01-26 Hart Foundation beat British Bulldogs for WWF tag team title
  • 1987-02-11 British Airways begins trading stocks
  • 1987-04-16 British Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears at Bow Street Magistrates' Court in London charged with gross indecency.
  • 1987-06-11 Margaret Thatcher is 1st British PM in 160 years to win 3rd consecutive term
  • 1987-07-15 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence
  • 1987-07-16 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1987-08-11 France & Great-Britain send minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • 1987-08-19 Hungerford Massacre: in England, Michael Ryan kills sixteen people with an assault rifle and then commits suicide.
  • 1987-09-13 Paul Lynch of Great Britain does 32,573 push-ups in 24 hours
  • 1988-01-03 Margaret Thatcher becomes longest-serving British PM this century
  • 1988-03-11 British pound note ceases to be legal tender, replaced by one pound coin
  • 1988-03-19 2 British soldiers lynched in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1988-04-04 Last broadcast of "Crossroads" on British TV
  • 1988-05-24 Section 28 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom (prohibiting promotion of homosexuality). Repealed 2001/2004
  • 1988-06-11 25th Curtis Cup: British Isles, 11-7
  • 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
  • 1989-02-20 An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England
  • 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
  • 1989-08-24 British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain
  • 1989-09-22 IRA-bomb kills 10 British marines in Kent
  • 1989-11-21 TV cameras permitted in British House of Commons
  • 1989-12-08 Great Britain performs nuclear test

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1501 - 1,600 of 2,276

  • 1949-02-26 Emma Kirkby, British(?) soprano
  • 1949-03-12 David Mellor, secretary of the British treasury/MP
  • 1949-03-14 Michael Stedman, British World War I Historian and Author
  • 1949-03-22 Brian Hanrahan, British TV newsman (BBC)
  • 1949-03-29 Keith Simpson, British politician
  • 1949-03-30 Sue Cook, British broadcaster
  • 1949-04-02 Paul Gambaccini, British disc jockey
  • 1949-04-25 James Fenton, British poet
  • 1949-05-04 Graham Swift, British author (Waterland, Last Orders), born in London
  • 1949-05-17 Timothy Cordy, British director (Town/Country Planning Association)
  • 1949-05-21 Rosalind Plowright, British soprano (Aida, Senta)
  • 1949-06-02 Heather Couper, British astron
  • 1949-06-09 Douglas Henderson, British MP
  • 1949-06-11 Tom Pryce, British racing driver (d. 1977)
  • 1949-06-14 Jimmy Lea, British musician (Slade)
  • 1949-06-17 Helen Rosenthal, British teacher/health administrator
  • 1949-07-16 Ray Major, rock guitarist (British Lions)
  • 1949-07-26 Roger Taylor, British rock drummer (Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody)

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1949-09-04 Tom Watson, KC Mo, golfer (British Open 1975, 77, 80, 82, 83)

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • 1949-09-18 Mo Mowlam, British politician (d. 2005)
  • 1949-10-18 Joe Egan, British musician (Stealers Wheel)
  • 1949-10-19 Jamie McGrigor, British politician
  • 1949-10-23 Michael 'Wurzel' Burston, British musician (Motörhead)
  • 1949-11-19 Dennis Taylor, British snooker champion
  • 1950-01-01 Morgan Fisher, rock keyboardist (British Lions)
  • 1950-01-20 Liza Goddard, British actress
  • 1950-01-28 Glyn Ford, British MEP
  • 1950-02-03 Michael Dickinson, British(?) reorganizer
  • 1950-02-16 Peter Hain, British MP
  • 1950-02-25 Anthony Lloyd, British MP
  • 1950-02-27 Julia Neuberger, British Rabbi
  • 1950-03-13 Joe Bugner, Hungarian/British/Australian boxer (European Champ 1971)
  • 1950-04-01 Leonard van Spirit, Dutch/British fruit/food magnate
  • 1950-05-28 Ian Bradley, British writer and academic
  • 1950-07-04 David Jensen, rock British DJ
  • 1950-07-14 Bruce Oldfield, British mode-designer

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1950-07-18 Richard Branson, British music enterperneur (Virgin Atlantic), born in London, England

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson

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1951-02-20 Gordon Brown, Giffnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, British Labour Prime Minister (2007–10)

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown
  • 1951-02-22 Elaine Tanner, Canadian swimmer (1966 Commonwealth Games, 1968 Olympics), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1951-03-04 Kenny Dalglish, Scottish football player (100+ goals) and manager
  • 1951-05-04 Colin Bass, British bassist (Camel)
  • 1951-06-14 Paul Boateng, British politician
  • 1951-06-16 John Salthouse, British(?) actor (American Werewolf in London)
  • 1951-08-01 David Jasper, British theologian (University of Glasgow)
  • 1951-08-19 John Deacon, British pop guitarist (Queen-Somebody to Love)
  • 1951-09-11 Richard D. Gill, British-Dutch mathematician
  • 1951-09-27 Paul Craig, British law professor
  • 1951-10-20 Patrick Hall, British politician
  • 1951-10-27 Carlos Frenk, Mexican/British cosmologist
  • 1951-11-19 Lord Falconer of Thoroton, British lawyer and politician
  • 1951-11-24 Graham Price, British rugby player
  • 1951-11-30 June Chadwick, British actress
  • 1951-12-03 Nicky Stevens, British singer (Brotherhood of Man)
  • 1951-12-26 Richard Skinner, British DJ
  • 1952-01-09 Hugh Bayley, British politician
  • 1952-04-13 David Drew, British politician
  • 1952-04-13 Erick Avari, British-Indian actor
  • 1952-06-03 David Richards, CBE, British motor racing entrepreneur
  • 1952-06-19 Robert Ainsworth, British MP
  • 1952-06-24 Stephen Pusey, British-born artist
  • 1952-08-07 Alexei Sayle, British comedian
  • 1952-08-21 Joe Strummer, lead singer of the British punk band The Clash (Rock the Casbah)
  • 1952-08-21 Glenn Hughes, British bassist and vocalist (Finders Keepers/Trapeze/Deep Purple)
  • 1952-09-30 Jack Wild, British actor (d. 2006)
  • 1953-01-01 Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)
  • 1953-01-09 Morris Gleitzman, British-Australian children's author
  • 1953-02-12 Nabil Shaban, British actor
  • 1953-02-15 Derek Conway, British MP
  • 1953-02-22 Nigel Planer, British actor
  • 1953-03-23 Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, British MP
  • 1953-04-10 David Moorcroft, British athlete
  • 1953-04-11 Andrew Wiles, British mathematician
  • 1953-04-19 Ruby Wax, British television personality
  • 1953-04-20 Sebastian Faulks, British novelist
  • 1953-05-06 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister (Labour, 1997-2007 )
  • 1953-05-07 Ian McKay, British soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • 1953-05-16 David Maclean, British minister of state
  • 1953-05-19 Victoria Wood, British comic actress
  • 1953-05-26 Michael Portillo, British politician
  • 1953-06-04 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (d. 2002)
  • 1953-07-21 Brian Talbot, British footballer
  • 1953-08-02 Anne Leuchars, British TV journalist
  • 1953-09-25 Richard Harvey, British musician and composer (Gryphon)
  • 1953-10-01 John Hegley, British poet
  • 1953-10-21 Peter Mandelson, British politician
  • 1953-11-16 Griff Rhys Jones, British humorist/actor (Morons From Outer Space)
  • 1953-11-18 Alan Moore, British comic book writer and novelist
  • 1953-11-26 Hilary Benn, British politician
  • 1954-01-26 Martin Dunn, British editor (Today)
  • 1954-04-09 Iain Duncan Smith, British politician

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Famous Deaths


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