The United Kingdom in History (Part 18)

Historical Events

Events 1701 - 1,800 of 2,297

  • 1960-10-18 In Britain, News Chronicle & Daily Mail merge and 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

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1961-08-21 Kenyan political activist Jomo Kenyatta released from jail after 9 years. Imprisoned during 1952 Mau Mau rebellion with other nationalist leaders by British authorities

Kenyan Prime Minister and President Jomo Kenyatta
Kenyan Prime Minister and President
Jomo Kenyatta
  • 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
  • 1961-12-04 The female contraceptive 'pill' becomes available on the National Health Service in Britain
  • 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

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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

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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
  • 1963-07-22 Sarawak achieves independence from British colonial rule
  • 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

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1964-03-25 Britain sets memorial for the late President John F. Kennedy

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1964-04-16 9 men sentenced 25-30 years for Britain's 1963 "Great Train Robbery"

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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 (National Day)
  • 1965-07-31 Cigarette advertsing banned on British TV
  • 1965-08-12 Dame Elizabeth Lane becomes first female English High Court judge
  • 1965-09-10 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1965-09-26 Queen Elizabeth decorates the 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
  • 1966-01-12 3 British Members of Parliament are attacked in a hotel in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)
  • 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
  • 1967-04-08 12th Eurovision Song Contest: Sandie Shaw for United Kingdom wins singing "Puppet on a String" in Vienna
  • 1967-04-25 Britain grants internal self-government to Swaziland
  • 1967-05-11 Great Britain, Ireland & Denmark apply for membership of the EEC
  • 1967-06-04 Stockport Air Disaster: British Midland flight G-ALHG crashes in Hopes Carr, Stockport, killing 72 passengers and crew.
  • 1967-07-01 1st British colour TV broadcast, on BBC 2
  • 1967-07-01 Canada celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 1867 British North America Act which served as Canada's constitution for over 100 years
  • 1967-07-15 Roberto DeVicenzo of Argentina wins golf's British Open
  • 1967-08-04 British pirate radio station Radio 355 resigns air
  • 1967-08-05 Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) & Radio London close down
  • 1967-09-08 The formal end of steam traction in the North East of England by British Railways.
  • 1967-09-09 Uganda declares independence from Great Britain

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1701 - 1,800 of 2,543

  • 1948-09-22 Mark A P Phillips, British ex of princess Anne
  • 1948-09-24 Bernadette Hingley, British priest
  • 1948-10-24 Paul and Barry Ryan, British composers-singers
  • 1948-12-22 Noel Edmonds, British TV personality (Foul-ups, Bleeps & Blunders)
  • 1949-01-04 Mick Mills, British(?) soccer player
  • 1949-02-09 Bernard Gallacher, British golfer
  • 1949-02-23 Maureen Hicks, British MP
  • 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
  • 1949-05-13 Jane Glover, British conductor
  • 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)
  • 1949-06-12 John Wetton, Willington Derbyshire, British rock vocalist/bassist (Asia, King Crimson)
  • 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, golfer (British Open 1975, 77, 80, 82, 83), born in Kansas City, Missouri

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
  • 1949-12-08 Ray Shulman, British musician, born in Portsmouth
  • 1950-01-01 Morgan Fisher, rock keyboardist (British Lions)
  • 1950-01-20 Liza Goddard, British actress
  • 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
  • 1950-05-17 Alan Johnson, British politician (Home Secretary 2009-10), born in London
  • 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
  • 1950-08-19 Jennie Bond, British journalist
  • 1950-08-30 Antony Gormley, British sculptor (Angel of the North), born in London, England
  • 1950-09-11 Barry Sheene, British auto maker
  • 1950-09-21 Charles Clarke, British politician
  • 1950-09-28 Paul Burgess, British drummer (10cc-Not Alone)
  • 1950-10-24 Terry Buffin, rock drummer (British Lions)
  • 1950-10-31 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2016)
  • 1951-01-28 Gordon Prentice, British MP
  • 1951-01-31 Presiley Baxendale, British QC
  • 1951-02-01 Andrew Smith, British MP
  • 1951-02-14 Kevin Keegan, British soccer player/manager (Newcastle United)

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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
  • 1951-04-25 Ian McCartney, Kirkintilloch, United Kingdom, British MP (1987-2010)
  • 1951-05-04 Colin Bass, British bassist (Camel)
  • 1951-05-17 Simon Hughes, British politician and government minister (SD)
  • 1951-05-27 John Conteh, British boxer, WBC Light Heavyweight crown (1974-77), born in Liverpool
  • 1951-06-14 Paul Boateng, British politician
  • 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
  • 1952-05-10 Lee Brilleaux, Durban South Africa, British musician (Dr Feelgood)
  • 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)
  • 1952-10-26 Andrew Motion, English poet (British Poet Laureate 1999-2009), born in London
  • 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
  • 1953-04-13 Stephen Byers, British politician (L), (MG Rover Group controversy), born in Wolverhampton
  • 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)

Famous Weddings


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Famous Divorces


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Famous Deaths


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