The United Kingdom in History (Part 19)

Historical Events

Events 1801 - 1,900 of 2,297

  • 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)
  • 1967-11-18 British government devalues pound from US equivalent of $2.80 to $2.40

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1967-11-27 French President Charles de Gaulle said 'Non!' to British entry to the European Common Market for the second time

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1967-11-29 British troops withdraw from Aden and South Yemen
  • 1967-11-30 Kuria Muria Islands ceded by Britain to Oman

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1968-01-02 Cecil Day-Lewis is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1968-02-04 Around 100 Indians and Pakistanis from Kenya arrive in Britain, escaping discrimination
  • 1968-02-18 Britain adopts year-round daylight savings time as a trial
  • 1968-03-12 Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1968-03-15 British Foreign Secretary George Brown resigns
  • 1968-04-23 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)
  • 1968-07-01 US, Britain, USSR & 58 nations sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
  • 1968-08-11 The last steam passenger train service runs in Britain. A selection of British Rail steam locomotives make the 120-mile journey from Liverpool to Carlisle and returns to Liverpool before having their fires dropped for the last time - this working was known as the Fifteen Guinea Special.
  • 1968-08-28 Gerry Fitt, MP, tables a House of Commons motion criticising Royal Ulster Constabulary action in Dungannon on 24 August 1968 and demands that: "citizens of Northern Ireland should be allowed the same rights of peaceful demonstration as those in other parts of the United Kingdom"
  • 1968-09-06 Swaziland gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1968-09-26 Theatre censorship ends in Britain
  • 1968-10-01 The Guyanese government takes over the British Guiana Broadcasting Service (BGBS).
  • 1968-10-30 Jack Lynch, Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), meets with Harold Wilson, then British Prime Minister, in London, calling for the ending of partition as a means to resolve the unrest in Northern Ireland
  • 1968-11-04 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill meets British Prime Minister Harold Wilson for talks about the situation in Northern Ireland; Wilson states that there will be no change in the constitutional position of Northern Ireland without the consent of the Northern Ireland population
  • 1969-03-19 British invade Anguilla
  • 1969-03-19 The 385 metre tall TV-mast at Emley Moor, United Kingdom, collapses due to ice build- up.
  • 1969-03-29 14th Eurovision Song Contest: Salome for Spain ("Vivo cantando"), Lulu of United Kingdom ("Boom Bang-a-Bang"), Lenny Kuhr of Netherlands ("De troubadour"), and Frida Boccara of France ("Un jour, un enfant") all win in Madrid
  • 1969-04-21 The Ministry of Defence in London announces that British troops would be used in Northern Ireland to guard key public installations following a series of bombings
  • 1969-04-24 Car firm British Leyland launch the Austin Maxi in Oporto Portugal
  • 1969-05-02 British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves on maiden voyage to NY
  • 1969-05-29 Britain's Trans-Arctic expedition makes 1st crossing of Arctic Sea ice

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1969-06-14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on David Frost's British TV Show

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1969-06-18 A report published by the International Commission of Jurists on the British government's policy in Northern Ireland is critical of both the British government and the Northern Ireland government
  • 1969-08-14 British Army deploys on the streets of Northern Ireland, marking the beginning of Operation Banner
  • 1969-10-14 The United Kingdom introduces the 50p (fifty-pence) coin, replacing the ten-shilling note, in anticipation of currency decimalisation in 1971.
  • 1969-10-27 St Vincent & Grenadines gains associated status with Britain
  • 1970-01-01 The Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), an infantry regiment of the British Army, comes into existence
  • 1970-02-01 Northern Ireland PM Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary James Callaghan to discuss the economy of Northern Ireland
  • 1970-03-01 White government of Rhodesia declares independence from Britain
  • 1970-03-06 A Catholic man is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1970-03-31 Following an Orange Order parade, intense riots erupt on the Springfield Road in Belfast; violence lasts for three days, and the British Army used CS gas for the first time in large quantities
  • 1970-04-01 Serious riots continue in the Ballymurphy estate in Belfast between Catholic residents and the British Army
  • 1970-04-03 As part of a new 'get tough' policy in Northern Ireland, Ian Freeland of the British Army, warned that those throwing petrol bombs could be shot dead
  • 1970-04-20 74th Boston Marathon: Ron Hill of Great Britain 1st man in 2:10:30 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:05:07
  • 1970-05-27 British expedition climbs south face of Annapurna I
  • 1970-06-05 The Falls Road curfew in North Ireland, imposed by the British Army while searching for IRA weapons, is lifted after a march by women breaches the British Army cordon
  • 1970-06-19 Conservatives led by Edward Heath win British parliamentary election

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970-06-20 British government of Edward Heath forms (with Margaret Thatcher in the Cabinet)

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1970-06-26 Two young girls die in a premature explosion in Derry after their father, a member of the Irish Republican Army, was making an incendiary device, presumably for use against the British Army
  • 1970-07-01 British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling visits N. Ireland and is reported as saying: "For God's sake bring me a large Scotch. What a bloody awful country!"
  • 1970-07-03 British aircraft crashes at Barcelona, 112 killed
  • 1970-07-03 The British Army imposed a curfew on the Falls Road area of Belfast as they search for weapons; during the operation they come under attack from the Official IRA (OIRA) and republican rioters
  • 1970-07-04 The Falls Road curfew in North Ireland, imposed by the British Army while searching for IRA weapons, continues throughout the day; a man is killed by the British Army.
  • 1970-07-06 Irish Minister for External Affairs Partick Hillery pays an unofficial visit to the Falls Road area of Belfast, an areas only just subject to a curfew by British Army
  • 1970-07-31 Daniel O'Hagan (19), a Catholic civilian, is shot dead by the British Army during a serious riot in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1970-08-10 British Home Secretary Reginald Maulding threatens to impose direct rule on Northern Ireland if the agreed reform measures are not carried out
  • 1970-10-05 Quebec separatists kidnap British trade commissioner James Cross
  • 1970-10-10 Fiji gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1970-10-21 Caledonian Airways takes over British United Airways
  • 1970-10-30 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British Home Secretary Reginald Maulling to discuss matters related to reforms and security
  • 1970-11-08 5th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 12-7
  • 1970-11-17 British newspaper Sun puts 1st pinup girl on page 3 (Stephanie Rahn)
  • 1971-01-18 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling
  • 1971-01-23 Britain allowed to sell arms to S. Africa, after Commonwealth Conference in Singapore ends in compromise
  • 1971-02-03 A series of house searches by the British Army in Catholic areas of Belfast, resulting in serious rioting and gun battles
  • 1971-02-04 British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt
  • 1971-02-04 Lieutenant-General Vernon Erskine-Crum becomes General Officer Commanding of the British Army in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-02-06 The Irish Republican Army shoots and kills Gunner Robert Curtis, the first British soldier to die during the 'Troubles'
  • 1971-02-06 Bernard Watt (28), a Catholic civilian, is shot and killed by the British Army (BA) during street disturbances in Ardoyne, Belfast
  • 1971-02-06 James Saunders (22), a member of the IRA, is shot and killed by the British Army during a gun battle near the Oldpark Road, Belfast
  • 1971-02-15 After 1,200 years Great Britain abandons pence & shilling system for decimal currency
  • 1971-02-15 A British soldier dies 7 days after being mortally wounded in an Irish Republican Army attack in North Ireland
  • 1971-02-28 A British soldier dies in Derry after his vehicle had been attacked with petrol bombs (he died as a result of inhaling chemicals from fire extinguisers that were used to put out the fire)
  • 1971-03-10 Three members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers (a regiment of the British Army) are killed by members of the Irish Republican Army
  • 1971-03-16 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Chichester-Clark meets with British PM Heath to disucss the security situation in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-03-20 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark resigns in protest at what he views as a limited security response by the British government
  • 1971-04-01 United Kingdom lifts all restrictions on gold ownership
  • 1971-05-15 Irish Republican Army member William 'Billy' Reid is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast
  • 1971-05-22 A British soldier is killed by members of the Official Irish Republican Army in Belfast
  • 1971-05-25 The Provisional Irish Republican Army throw a time bomb into Springfield Road British Army base in Belfast, killing British Army Sergeant Michael Willetts and wounding seven officers
  • 1971-05-27 23rd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 13-11
  • 1971-06-08 General Officer Commanding the British Army Harry Tuzo, then claims that a permanent military solution to the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland could not be achieved
  • 1971-07-01 Britain & Argentina sign accord about Falkland Islands
  • 1971-07-08 During street disturbances, British soldiers shoot dead two Catholic civilians in Free Derry; as a result, riots erupted in the city and the Social Democratic and Labour Party withdraws from Stormont in protest
  • 1971-07-23 The British Army carry out early morning raids across Northern Ireland and arrest 48 people
  • 1971-08-05 The British Parliament debate the security situation in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-08-07 A Catholic man is shot dead by a British soldier in Belfast
  • 1971-08-08 A British soldier is shot dead by the Irish Republican Army in Belfast
  • 1971-08-11 4 people are shot dead in separate incidents in Belfast; three of them by the British Army, as violence continues following the introduction of Internment and Operation Demetrius
  • 1971-08-14 Bahrain proclaims independence after 110 years of British rule
  • 1971-08-14 British begin internment without trial in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-08-15 Bahrain gains independence from Britain
  • 1971-09-03 Qatar regains complete independence from Britain
  • 1971-09-06 British Prime Minister Edward Heath meets with Irish Prime Minister/Taoiseach Jack Lynch at Chequers in England to discuss the situation in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-09-14 Two British soldiers are killed in separate shooting incidents in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • 1971-09-16 A number of Unionists resign over the proposed tripartite talks involving Northern Ireland, the UK, and the Republic of Ireland
  • 1971-09-24 90 Russian diplomats expelled from Britain for spying
  • 1971-09-27 Tripartite talks involving the prime ministers of Northern Ireland, Britain, and the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland take place at Chequers, England
  • 1971-10-07 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Brian Faulkner meets with British Prime Minister Edward Heath; they agree to send an additional 1,500 British Army troops to Northern Ireland
  • 1971-10-20 Senator in the US Congress Edward Kennedy calls for a withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland and all-party negotiations to establish a United Ireland
  • 1971-10-23 Two female members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) are shot dead by the British Army in the Lower Falls area of Belfast
  • 1971-10-23 Three Catholic civilians are shot dead by the British Army during an attempted robbery in Newry, County Down

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1801 - 1,900 of 2,543

  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1954-03-12 Anish Kapoor, Indian born British sculptor, born in Mumbai
  • 1954-04-09 Iain Duncan Smith, British politician
  • 1954-04-13 Barbara Roche, British politician (L), immigration minister
  • 1954-04-19 Trevor Francis, British soccer manager
  • 1954-05-26 Alan Hollinghurst, British novelist
  • 1954-06-07 Lui Passaglia, CFL place kicker (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1954-06-19 Michael O'Brien, British MP
  • 1954-06-20 Alan Lamb, South African/British cricket player (79 tests for England), born in Langebaanweg, Cape Province
  • 1954-08-02 Sammy McIlroy, Irish soccer star (Manchester United), born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 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
  • 1955-05-06 John Hutton, British politician and cabinet minister (L), born in London
  • 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
  • 1955-06-16 Simon Bailey, priest, 1st British priest to say he had AIDS, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire (d. 1995)
  • 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 Kristine Winder, playmate (Oct, 1977), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 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
  • 1955-12-23 Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet (British Poet Laureate 2009-), born in Glasgow
  • 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
  • 1956-07-02 Leslie Reid, equestrian dressage (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 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
  • 1956-09-29 Sebastian Coe, British 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1980, 84), born in London, England
  • 1956-10-01 Theresa May, British politician (C), Prime Minister (2016-), born in Eastbourne, England
  • 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
  • 1957-07-02 Mick Anker, British rocker and bass guitarist (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • 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)

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1957-08-26 Rick Hansen, Canadian paraplegic athlete (3 gold medals), born in Port Alberni, British Columbia

Paralympian and Philanthropist Rick Hansen
Paralympian and Philanthropist
Rick Hansen
  • 1957-09-16 Keith Connor, Anguilla, British triple jumper (Olympic-bronze-1984)
  • 1957-09-29 Mari Wilson, British singer

Famous Weddings


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Famous Divorces


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Famous Deaths


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