Today in United Kingdom History (Part 17)

Historical Events

Events 1601 - 1,700 of 1,715

  • 1990-04-11 Customs officers in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, say they have seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.
  • 1990-11-14 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1990-11-22 Margaret Thatcher announces her resignation as British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1990-11-27 British Conservative Party chooses John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher as leader ( and hence as Prime Minister)
  • 1990-11-28 Margaret Thatcher resigns as Britain's PM, replaced by John Major
  • 1990-12-01 British & French workers meet in English Channel's tunnel (Chunnel)
  • 1991-03-04 Iraq releases 6 US, 3 British & 1 Italian POW
  • 1991-03-14 English Court of Appeal frees "Birmingham 6" who had been unjustly sentenced in August 1975 to life imprisonment
  • 1991-04-01 Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years

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1991-05-16 Queen Elizabeth II becomes 1st British monarch to address US congress

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1991-06-29 Britain's Nick Brown, 591st rank beats 10th-seeded Goran Ivanisevic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in 2nd round at Wimbledon
  • 1991-08-08 Shi'ite Muslims release British hostage John McCarthy
  • 1991-11-14 American and British authorities announce indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the downing of the Pan Am Flight 103.
  • 1992-03-19 Britain's Prince Andrew & Sarah, Duchess of York, announce separation
  • 1992-03-25 British scientists find new largest perfect # (2 756839 -1 * 2 756839)
  • 1992-04-06 British Radio Authority licenses Virgin & TV-AM radio licenses
  • 1992-04-08 After 151 years Britain's "Punch Magazine" final issue
  • 1992-04-27 Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.
  • 1992-10-27 Great Britain issues postage stamp on 100th anniversary of JRR Tolkien
  • 1993-04-30 Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom.
  • 1993-07-23 China Northwest Airlines BAe146-300 crashes at Yinchuan, 55 killed
  • 1993-10-16 Anti-Nazi riot breaks out in Welling in Kent, after police stop protesters approaching British National Party headquarters
  • 1993-12-15 British premier Major/Irish premier Reynolds signs Downing Street Declaration concerning Northern Ireland self determination
  • 1994-03-28 BBC Radio Five Live broadcasts for first time in United Kingdom
  • 1994-05-05 Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections
  • 1994-07-21 Tony Blair is declared the winner of the leadership election of the British Labour Party, paving the way for him to become Prime Minister in 1997.
  • 1994-08-10 Last British troops leave Hong Kong (been there since Sept 1841)
  • 1994-09-08 Last US, British & French troops leave West Berlin
  • 1994-11-03 Dutch & British astronomers find spiral nebula Dwingeloo 1
  • 1994-11-27 82nd CFL Grey Cup: British Columbia Lions defeat Balt Stallions, 26-23
  • 1994-11-30 Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at the BBC", is released in Britain
  • 1995-02-25 British super middleweight Nigel Benn puts opponent Gerard McClellan in hospital
  • 1995-03-02 British trader Nick Leeson arrested for collapse of Barings Bank PLC
  • 1995-03-17 British pound hits 2.4545 to Dutch guilder (record)
  • 1995-05-10 Britain lifts a 23-year ban on ministerial talks with Sinn Fein

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1995-07-09 Jack Nicklaus wins Golf's British Open (4th to win all 4 majors)

  • 1995-09-10 35th Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland beats US, 14-10
  • 1995-12-30 The lowest ever United Kingdom temperature of -27.2°C was recorded at Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands. This equalled the record set at Braemar, Aberdeenshire on February 11, 1895 and January 10, 1982.
  • 1996-01-06 Record £42 million ($65.2 million) British lottery won by 3 people (2-3-4-13-42-44)
  • 1996-03-07 British Steel in Workington wins Lithuanian multi-million pound order
  • 1996-03-25 The European Union's Veterinarian Committee bans the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of "mad cow disease" (BSE).
  • 1996-05-10 2 US Marine helicopters collided during joint US & British war games

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1996-05-13 OJ Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
OJ Simpson
  • 1996-06-22 29th Curtis Cup: Great Britain & Ireland wins 11-6
  • 1997-05-27 1st all female (20 British women) team reaches North Pole
  • 1997-06-09 British lease on New Territories in Hong Kong expires

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1997-06-15 British model Naomi Campbell hospitalized due to drug overdose

Supermodel & Actress Naomi Campbell
Supermodel & Actress
Naomi Campbell
  • 1997-07-20 American Justin Leonard wins the British Open shooting at 272
  • 1997-09-11 After a nationwide referendum, Scotland votes to establish a devolved parliament, within the United Kingdom.
  • 1997-09-25 Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (714 mph)
  • 1997-10-15 Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (763.035 mph)
  • 1997-10-31 British au pair Louise Woodward, 19, sentenced to life for the death of Matthew Eappen 8½ months (judge changes to time served)
  • 1997-11-18 70s glam-rock star Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) arrested by British police in child porn probe

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1998-01-25 Britain's Queen Mother, 97, gets an emergency hip replacement

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • 1998-02-03 Stamps commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales, go on sale in Britain
  • 1998-02-27 Britain's House of Lords agrees to end 1,000 years of male precedence by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son
  • 1998-03-06 First time the British Union Flag is flown over Buckingham Palace (following the controversy after Princess Dian's death; formerly the only flag flown was the Sovereign's standard indicating the monarch's presence.)
  • 1998-08-24 First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
  • 1998-11-09 Capital punishment in the United Kingdom, already abolished for murder, is completely abolished for all remaining capital offences.
  • 1998-11-26 Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's parliament.
  • 1998-12-16 Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox - the United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq.
  • 1998-12-26 Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones.
  • 1999-10-26 Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.
  • 1999-11-06 Australians vote to keep the British monarch as their head of state in the Australian republic referendum.
  • 1999-11-30 British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merge to form BAE Systems, Europe's largest defence contractor and the fourth largest aerospace firm in the world.
  • 1999-12-02 The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive.
  • 2000-04-22 The Big Number Change takes place in the United Kingdom.
  • 2000-06-21 Section 28 (outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom) is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote.
  • 2000-09-20 The British MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by a Russian-built Mark 22 anti-tank missile.
  • 2002-03-21 Schoolgirl Amanda Dowler is abducted in broad daylight on her way home from Heathside School in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England
  • 2002-06-10 The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom.
  • 2002-07-07 A scandal breaks out in the United Kingdom when news reports accuse MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, the supposed European Al Qaeda leader.
  • 2002-07-15 Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan hands down the death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life terms to three others suspected of murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
  • 2002-10-30 British Digital terrestrial television (DTT) Service Freeview begins transmitting in parts of the United Kingdom.
  • 2003-03-17 British Cabinet Minister Robin Cook, resigns over government plans for the war with Iraq.
  • 2003-03-18 British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language.
  • 2003-03-19 Invasion of Iraq by American and British led coalition begins without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion
  • 2003-03-24 The Arab League votes 21-1 in favor of a resolution demanding the immediate and unconditional removal of U.S. and British soldiers from Iraq.
  • 2003-03-28 In a "friendly fire" incident, two A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft from the United States Idaho Air National Guard's 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull.
  • 2003-09-18 The United Kingdom's Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, receives Royal Assent.
  • 2003-11-18 In England, the Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial anti-gay amendment Section 28, becomes effective
  • 2003-11-20 After the November 15 bombings, a second day of the 2003 Istanbul Bombings occurs in Istanbul, Turkey, destroying the Turkish head office of HSBC Bank AS and the British consulate.
  • 2004-07-21 The United Kingdom government publishes Delivering Security in a Changing World, a paper detailing wide-ranging reform of the country's armed forces.
  • 2005-05-05 The United Kingdom general election takes place, in which Tony Blair's Labour Party is re-elected for a third consecutive term.
  • 2005-12-05 The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.
  • 2006-01-12 The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany declare that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have reached a dead end and recommend that Iran be referred to the United Nations Security Council.
  • 2006-02-22 At least six men stage Britain's biggest robbery ever, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or 78€ million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent.
  • 2006-03-22 BC Ferries' M/V Queen of the North runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths.
  • 2006-03-22 Three Christian Peacemaker Teams Hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox.
  • 2006-04-01 The Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed the 'British FBI', is created in the United Kingdom.
  • 2006-06-07 British Houses of Parliament temporarily shut down due to anthrax alert.
  • 2006-08-10 Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial aircraft.
  • 2006-11-11 The New Zealand war memorial monument was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army.
  • 2006-12-12 Peugeot produces its last car at the Ryton Plant signalling the end of mass car production in Coventry, formerly a major centre of the British motor industry.
  • 2007-01-18 The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people, Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill, causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe. Other losses include the Container Ship MSC Napoli destroyed by the storm off the coast of Devon, England.
  • 2007-01-22 The jury portion of the trial against Robert Pickton, accused of being Canada's worst serial killer, opens in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 2007-01-31 Suspects are arrested in Birmingham in the UK, accused of plotting the kidnap, holding and eventual beheading of a serving Muslim British soldier in Iraq.
  • 2007-03-07 British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected. (yet to be implemented - 2014)
  • 2007-04-04 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.
  • 2007-05-03 British girl Madeleine McCann disappears from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1601 - 1,700 of 2,274

  • 1954-06-19 Michael O'Brien, British MP
  • 1954-06-20 Alan [Joseph] Lamb, South African/British cricket player (Northampton)
  • 1954-08-26 Steve Wright, Britain's wacky DJ/actor (Funny Man)
  • 1954-09-20 Anne Mcintosh, British member European parliament
  • 1954-11-08 Kazuo Ishiguro, British author
  • 1954-11-18 John Parr, British pop singer
  • 1954-12-25 Robin Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1954-12-28 Rosie Vela, British singer (Zazu, Fools Paradise)
  • 1955-01-27 Alexander Stuart, British author
  • 1955-02-03 Kirsty Wark, British broadcast journalist
  • 1955-02-10 Chris Adams, British pro wrestler and judoka (d. 2001)
  • 1955-02-15 Clive Aslet, British editor (Country Life)
  • 1955-02-21 Sir Steven Fayburgh, British diplomat
  • 1955-04-02 Michael Stone, British terrorist
  • 1955-04-05 Janice Long, British radio host (Crash FM)
  • 1955-04-10 Lesley Garrett, British soprano
  • 1955-04-23 Mike Smith, British DJ
  • 1955-04-23 Su Ingle, British TV hostess
  • 1955-04-25 John Nunn, British chess player
  • 1955-04-28 Nicky Gumbel, British author and priest
  • 1955-05-21 Paul Barber, British field hockey player
  • 1955-05-25 Alistair Burt, British politician
  • 1955-05-31 Ben de Lisi, British fashion designer
  • 1955-06-01 Ralph Morse, British actor, singer and writer of historical dramas
  • 1955-08-11 Sylvia Hermon, British politician
  • 1955-08-13 Keith Ahlers, British racing driver
  • 1955-09-20 Christine Oddy, British member European parliament
  • 1955-09-25 Steven Severin, British pop bassist (Siouxsie & Banshees-Wild Thing)
  • 1955-10-15 Kulbir Bhaura, British field hockey player
  • 1955-10-18 Timmy Mallett, British TV presenter
  • 1955-11-09 Karen Dotrice, British actress
  • 1955-11-20 Timothy Kristian Charles Mace, Great Britain, cosmonaut
  • 1955-11-25 Bruno Tonioli, Italian born British dancer
  • 1956-01-09 Imelda Staunton, British actress
  • 1956-02-13 Liam Brady, British soccer player
  • 1956-03-14 Colin Ayre, British football player
  • 1956-03-20 Phillip Oppenhein, British MP
  • 1956-03-23 Andrew Mitchell, British MP
  • 1956-05-07 Anne Dudley, British composer
  • 1956-05-11 Alex Lester, British broadcaster
  • 1956-09-07 Byron Stevenson, British footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1956-09-08 Frank Tovey, British musician (d. 2002)
  • 1956-09-12 Barry Andrews, British musician
  • 1956-09-15 Jaki Graham, British R&B singer-songwriter, born in Birmingham
  • 1956-10-01 Theresa May, British politician
  • 1956-10-12 David Vanian, British singer, (The Damned)
  • 1956-10-27 Jaq D. Hawkins, British author, occultist and lecturer
  • 1956-11-01 Charles Moore, British editor-in-chief (Sunday Telegraph)
  • 1956-11-08 Richard Curtis, British screenwriter
  • 1957-01-24 Adrian Edmondson, British comedian
  • 1957-02-07 Richard Cook, British jazz writer (d. 2007)
  • 1957-02-19 Ray Winstone, British actor
  • 1957-02-25 Jane Ackroyd, British sculptor
  • 1957-02-28 Ainsley Harriott, British celebrity chef
  • 1957-03-14 Andrew Robinson, British author
  • 1957-03-27 Nicholas Hawkins, British politician (Conservatives 1992-2005)
  • 1957-04-04 Graeme Kelling, British pop guitarist (Deacon Blue-Real Gone Kid)

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1957-04-09 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88), born in Pedrena, Spain (d. 2011)

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 1957-04-09 Brian Alexander, British broadcaster
  • 1957-04-24 David J, British musician
  • 1957-04-24 Boris Williams, British musician
  • 1957-05-05 Peter Howitt, British actor and film director
  • 1957-05-21 Nadine Dorries, British politician
  • 1957-05-31 Stephen Jones, British milliner
  • 1957-06-10 Lindsay Hoyle, British politician
  • 1957-07-05 David Pinkney, British Touring Car Racer
  • 1957-07-09 Paul Merton, British comedian
  • 1957-07-11 Peter Murphy, British musician (Bauhaus)
  • 1957-07-31 Daniel Ash, British musician (Bauhaus)
  • 1957-09-16 Keith Connor, Anguilla, British triple jumper (Olympic-bronze-1984)
  • 1957-09-29 Mari Wilson, British singer
  • 1957-10-12 Kristen Bjorn, British film director
  • 1957-11-08 Porl Thompson, British musician (The Cure)
  • 1957-11-20 James Brown, British reggae singer/drummer (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1957-11-30 Richard Barbieri, British keyboardist (Porcupine Tree)
  • 1957-12-07 Tom Winsor, British lawyer and economic regulator
  • 1957-12-22 Ricky Ross, British rock vocalist (Deacon Blue-Raintown)
  • 1957-12-26 Dermot Murnaghan, British broadcaster
  • 1958-01-09 Stephen Neale, British philosopher
  • 1958-01-24 Jools Holland, British musician
  • 1958-01-26 Norman Lamont Hassan, British reggae musician (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1958-01-27 Alan Milburn, British MP
  • 1958-02-07 Matt Ridley, British science writer
  • 1958-02-13 Derek Riggs, British artist
  • 1958-02-13 Tip Tipping, British actor and stuntman (d. 1993)
  • 1958-03-04 Lennie Lee, British artist
  • 1958-04-10 Bob Bell, British engineer
  • 1958-04-15 Dolores Gordon-Smith, British Writer
  • 1958-04-15 Benjamin Zephaniah, British writer
  • 1958-04-16 Philip Bainbridge, British cricketeer
  • 1958-04-24 Brian Paddick, British former deputy assistant commissioner and most senior openly gay police officer
  • 1958-07-03 Matthew Fraser, Canadian-British journalist
  • 1958-07-05 Paul Daniel, British opera and symphony conductor
  • 1958-08-29 Lenny Henry, British comedian (3 of a Kind)
  • 1958-09-06 Buster Bloodvessel, British singer
  • 1958-09-23 Danielle Dax, British musician
  • 1958-10-12 Bryn Merrick, British musician, (The Damned)
  • 1958-11-28 Kriss Akabusi, Great Britain, 4X400 runner (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • 1958-12-06 Nick Park, British filmmaker and animator
  • 1958-12-19 Limahl, British rocker (Kajagoogoo-Too Shy)

Famous Weddings


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Famous Divorces


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Famous Deaths


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