The United Kingdom in History (Part 18)

Historical Events

Events 1701 - 1,800 of 2,292

  • 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

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
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 James Watson (US), Francis Crick (UK) and Maurice Wilkins (UK) win the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their work in determining the structure of DNA

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
Molecular biologist James Watson
Molecular biologist
James Watson
  • 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

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1963-10-20 Alec Douglas-Home forms British government

British Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home
British Prime Minister
Alec Douglas-Home
  • 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.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1964-10-16 Harold Wilson's Labour party wins British election

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • 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
  • 1967-09-10 Gibraltar votes 12,138 to 44 to remain British & not Spanish
  • 1967-09-20 British liner Queen Elizabeth II launched at Clydebank Scotland

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1967-11-05 The Hither Green rail crash in the United Kingdom kills 49 people. The survivors include Bee Gee Robin Gibb.

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb
  • 1967-11-08 1st local British radio station begins broadcasting (Radio Leicester)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1701 - 1,800 of 2,535

  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1953-05-06 Tony Blair, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1997-2007), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • 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 comedian and actress (Dinner Ladies), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 2016)
  • 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)
  • 1953-09-27 Diane Abbott, British politician (L) 1st black woman elected to UK parliament, born in London

Famous Weddings


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Famous Divorces


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Famous Deaths


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