The United Kingdom in History (Part 17)

Historical Events

Events 1601 - 1,700 of 2,298


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952-02-26 PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 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

Event of interestEvent 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
  • 1953-08-19 The democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh is overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the United Kingdom (under the name 'Operation Boot') and the United States (under the name TPAJAX Project)
  • 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) at Iffley Road,Oxford
  • 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
  • 1954-11-13 1st Rugby League World Cup: Great Britain beats France 16-12
  • 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 Anthony Eden succeeds Winston Churchill as British PM
  • 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
  • 1955-07-13 The last execution of a woman in Britain, Ruth Ellis, takes place at Holloway Prison, London.
  • 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
  • 1956-02-11 British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean deny working as spies for Soviet Russia after reappearing in the Soviet Union after going missing 5 years earlier
  • 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 Great Britain becomes the third nation to explode a nuclear bomb
  • 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
  • 1957-06-25 2nd Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand beats Great Britain 29-21
  • 1957-06-27 The British Medical Research Council publishes a report suggesting a direct link between smoking and lung cancer.
  • 1957-08-03 British offensive against imam Galeb Ben Ali of Oman
  • 1957-08-24 English soccer player Jimmy Greaves' (17) 1st game for Chelsea

Event of interestEvent 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 United Kingdom 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
  • 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 vessels
  • 1959-07-28 United Kingdom starts using postal codes
  • 1959-08-26 British Motor Corporation introduced the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis it was only 10 ft long but seated 4 passengers
  • 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
  • 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".
  • 1960-05-09 Nigeria becomes a member of British Commonwealth
  • 1960-06-25 Somaliland is granted independence by British government
  • 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
  • 1960-10-08 3rd Rugby League World Cup: Great Britain beats Australia 10-3

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1601 - 1,700 of 2,544

  • 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
  • 1945-11-26 John McVie, British rock bassist (Fleetwood Mac-Rumours, Tusk)
  • 1945-11-30 Roger Glover, British hard rock bassist (Episode Six-Deep Purple)
  • 1945-12-28 Max Hastings, British editor-in-chief (Daily Telegraph)
  • 1946-01-14 Harold Shipman, British serial killer (d. 2004)
  • 1946-01-30 Lord Mackay of Drumadoon, British QC
  • 1946-02-15 Clare Short, British MP
  • 1946-02-15 John Greenway, British MP
  • 1946-02-16 Ian Lavender, British actor (Stupid Boy in Dad's Army)
  • 1946-02-16 J R Farndon, British consultant surgeon
  • 1946-02-18 Michael Buerk, British newsreader
  • 1946-02-21 Anthony Daniels, British actor (Star Wars - C-3PO)
  • 1946-02-28 Robin Cook, British politician (d. 2005)
  • 1946-03-03 John Virgo, British snooker player
  • 1946-03-09 Jim Cregan, British rock musician
  • 1946-03-12 Peter Whalley, British television writer and author
  • 1946-03-18 Martyn Griffiths, British racing driver
  • 1946-04-17 Henry Kelly, British broadcaster
  • 1946-06-09 Peter Kilfoyle, British MP
  • 1946-06-15 Noddy Holder, Walsall United Kingdom, rock vocalist/guitarist (Slade- Cum On Feel The Noize)
  • 1946-06-16 Neil MacGregor, director (British National Gallery)
  • 1946-06-18 Russell Ash, British author
  • 1946-06-21 Kate Hoey, British MP (Lab)
  • 1946-06-21 Malcolm Rifkind, British QC MP (Sect of State for Defense)
  • 1946-07-05 Paul Smith, British fashion designer
  • 1946-07-11 John Lawton, British rock singer (Uriah Heep)
  • 1946-08-03 Jack Straw, British politician
  • 1946-08-06 Allan Holdsworth, British musician
  • 1946-09-05 Freddie Mercury, [Bulsara], British vocalist (Queen-We are Champions)
  • 1946-09-17 Billy Bonds, British soccer player
  • 1946-09-17 Michael Jack, British minister of state-home office
  • 1946-09-24 Richard Spring, British MP
  • 1946-09-24 Robert Jackson, MP/minister of British Civil Service
  • 1946-09-25 Felicity Kendal, Indies/British actress (Shakespeare Wallah)
  • 1946-10-13 Edwina Currie, British politician
  • 1946-10-17 Sir Cameron Mackintosh, British stage producer
  • 1946-10-22 Kelvin MacKenzie, British media tycoon
  • 1946-10-31 Norman Lovett, British actor
  • 1946-11-17 Martin Barre, British pop guitarist (Jethro Tull)
  • 1946-12-27 Janet Street-Porter, British TV personality (Youth)
  • 1947-01-16 Magdalen Nabb, British author (d. 2007)
  • 1947-01-16 Harvey Proctor, British politician
  • 1947-02-01 Adam Ingram, British MP
  • 1947-02-17 Dallas Adams, British actor/painter/writer (Terror From Within)
  • 1947-02-23 Colin Sanders, British computer engineer (Solid State Logic)
  • 1947-02-25 Lewis Moonie, British MP
  • 1947-03-13 Lesley Collier, British ballet dancer
  • 1947-03-14 Pam Ayres, British poet
  • 1947-04-11 Michael Hindley, British MEP
  • 1947-04-19 Wilf Stevenson, director (British Film Institute)
  • 1947-04-29 John Laurence Miller, golfer (US Open 1973, British Open 1976), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1947-05-13 Pete "Overend" Watts, English rock bassist (Mott The Hoople-All Young Dudes), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1947-06-02 Mark Elder, British opera and symphony conductor
  • 1947-06-03 Mickey Finn, British guitarist and percussionist (T. Rex) (d. 2003)
  • 1947-06-19 Salman Rushdie, British Indian novelist (Midnight's Children, Satanic Verses), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1947-06-20 David French, British director (Deep Sleep, Bingo)
  • 1947-06-21 Joseph "Joey" Molland, British rock guitarist (Badfinger-Come & Get It), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1947-06-29 Michael Carter, British actor
  • 1947-07-24 Neil McIntosh, CEO (VSO, Center for British Teaching)
  • 1947-08-15 Brian Hulls, British TV news cameraman
  • 1947-08-23 David Robb, British actor
  • 1947-09-16 Russ Abbott, British TV comedian (September Song)
  • 1947-09-17 Tessa Jowell, British MP
  • 1947-09-19 Tanith Lee, British sci-fi author (Don't Bite the Sun), born in London
  • 1947-09-25 John Fiddler, England, rock vocalist/guitarist (British Lions)
  • 1947-09-28 Peter Hope-Evans, British singer/harmonicaist (Family)
  • 1947-09-28 Jon Snow, British TV journalist (Channel 4)
  • 1947-10-04 Ann Widdecombe, British politician
  • 1947-10-18 Paul Chuckle, British comedian
  • 1947-10-26 Ian Ashley, British racing driver
  • 1947-11-02 Dave Pegg, British pop bassist (Jethro Tull-Crest of a Nave), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1947-12-29 Vincent Winter, British actor (d. 1998)
  • 1948-01-24 Michael Des Barres, British actor and rock singer
  • 1948-02-20 John Browne, group chief executive, British Petroleum Company
  • 1948-02-25 G B Warren, British biochemist
  • 1948-03-12 Virginia Bottomley, British minister of health and heritage
  • 1948-03-17 Alexander Nelson Hood, 4th Viscount Bridport, British-born investment banker
  • 1948-03-30 Nigel Jones, British MP
  • 1948-04-13 Sue Doughty, British politician
  • 1948-04-16 Lynne Franks, British public relations consultant
  • 1948-05-08 John Reid, British politician (L), born in Bellshill, Scotland
  • 1948-05-11 Nirj Deva, Sri Lankan-British politician
  • 1948-05-28 Ray Laidlaw, British rock drummer (Jack the Lad)
  • 1948-06-11 Anthony Nelson, British Sec of Treasury
  • 1948-06-29 Ian Paice, British hard rock drummer(White Snake, Deep Purple)
  • 1948-08-01 Robert [Bob] Spink, British MP
  • 1948-08-02 Andy Fairweather Low, British guitarist
  • 1948-08-15 George Ryton, British engineer
  • 1948-08-18 Joseph Marcell, British actor
  • 1948-08-22 Rob Buckman, British broadcaster/actor (Pink Medicine Show)
  • 1948-09-10 Margaret Trudeau, former Canadian 1st lady, born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Famous Weddings


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Famous Divorces


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Famous Deaths


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