The United Kingdom in History (Part 22)

Historical Events

Events 2101 - 2,200 of 2,285

  • 1987-04-16 British Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears at Bow Street Magistrates' Court in London charged with gross indecency.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987-06-11 Margaret Thatcher is 1st British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1987-07-15 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence
  • 1987-07-16 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1987-08-11 France & Great-Britain send minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • 1987-09-13 Paul Lynch of Great Britain does 32,573 push-ups in 24 hours
  • 1988-01-03 Margaret Thatcher becomes longest-serving British PM this century
  • 1988-02-04 Despite union calls to end the strike, rank-and-file seamen at major British ports refuse to return to work
  • 1988-03-11 British pound note ceases to be legal tender, replaced by one pound coin
  • 1988-03-19 2 British soldiers lynched in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1988-04-04 Last broadcast of "Crossroads" on British TV
  • 1988-05-24 Section 28 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom which prohibited the promotion of homosexuality. Repealed 2001/2004.
  • 1988-06-11 25th Curtis Cup: British Isles, 11-7
  • 1988-10-19 Britain bans broadcast interviews with IRA members
  • 1988-10-20 Britain ends suspects' right to remain silent in crackdown on IRA
  • 1989-01-13 Computers across Britain hit by "Friday the 13th"/Jerusalem virus
  • 1989-02-20 An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England
  • 1989-03-07 Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses"
  • 1989-08-17 32nd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 12½-11½
  • 1989-08-24 British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain
  • 1989-09-22 IRA bomb kills 10 Royal Marines bandsmen in Kent
  • 1989-11-21 TV cameras permitted in British House of Commons
  • 1989-12-08 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • 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
  • 1990-11-22 Margaret Thatcher announces her resignation as British Prime Minister

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990-11-28 Conservative Party chooses John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher as leader and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister John Major
British Prime Minister
John Major
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 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
  • 1991-04-01 Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.
  • 1992-01-09 Alison Halford, Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside Police (Britain's most senior policewoman) is suspended after allegations of misconduct
  • 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.
  • 1992-10-24 10th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 10-6
  • 1992-10-27 Great Britain issues postage stamp on 100th anniversary of JRR Tolkien
  • 1993-01-11 British Airways ends one of the longest libel actions in its history
  • 1993-01-13 French, British, and US fighter jets launch bombing raids in southern Iraq
  • 1993-04-30 Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom.
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • 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
  • 1995-09-10 35th Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland beats US, 14-10
  • 1995-12-30 Lowest ever UK temperature recorded of -27.2°C iat Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands, equaling 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)
  • 1996-02-05 British supermarket chains stock genetically modified tomato puree - the first GM food to be sold in the country
  • 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).

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1996-05-13 O.J. Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1996-06-22 29th Curtis Cup: Great Britain & Ireland wins 11-6
  • 1996-07-03 British House of Commons annouces Stone of Scone, used in the coronation of Scottish and British monarchs, will be returned to Scotland after 600 years
  • 1997-05-03 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing "Love Shine a Light" in Dublin
  • 1997-05-27 1st all female (20 British women) team reaches North Pole
  • 1997-06-09 British lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong expires

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Supermodel & Actress Naomi Campbell
Supermodel & Actress
Naomi Campbell
  • 1997-07-01 United Kingdom returns Hong Kong and the New Territories to the People's Republic of China
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998-02-03 Stamps commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales, go on sale in Britain

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • 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.)
  • 1998-04-10 The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish goverments
  • 1998-08-24 First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
  • 1998-09-04 1st ever "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" hosted by Chris Tarrant debuts on ITV in Britain
  • 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.
  • 1999-05-19 Andrew Motion is appointed British Poet Laureate for 10 years, the first to request a definite term

Music releaseAlbum Release

1999-06-01 British singer Dido's debut album, "No Angel", is released in the United States

Singer Dido
  • 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
  • 2000-01-06 The flu outbreak in Britain puts pressure on NHS
  • 2000-01-31 Family GP Dr Harold Shipman is jailed for life for murdering 15 of his patients, making him Britain's most prolific convicted serial killer
  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2101 - 2,200 of 2,533

  • 1967-01-22 Nicholas Gillingham, British swimmer (world record 200m freestyle)
  • 1967-02-14 Stelios Haji-Ioannou, British entrepreneur
  • 1967-02-25 Nick Leeson, British banker (Baring bank)
  • 1967-03-21 Adrian Chiles, British television and radio presenter
  • 1967-03-21 Maxim Reality, British MC (The Prodigy)
  • 1967-04-02 Helen Chamberlain, British television presenter
  • 1967-04-15 Frankie Poullain, British musician (The Darkness)
  • 1967-04-26 Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Academy Award nominated British actress
  • 1967-04-30 Steven Mackintosh, British actor
  • 1967-05-10 Jon Ronson, British journalist and author
  • 1967-06-10 Emma Anderson, British guitarist and songwriter (Lush, Sing-Sing)
  • 1967-06-23 Helen Geake, British archaeologist
  • 1967-07-22 Lauren Booth, British journalist
  • 1967-08-22 Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, British actor
  • 1967-09-07 Toby Jones, British actor
  • 1967-10-16 Davina McCall, British television presenter
  • 1967-10-20 Susan Tulley, British actress (Michelle-EastEnders)
  • 1967-12-23 Tim Fountain, British playwright
  • 1968-02-16 Warren Ellis, British comic book writer
  • 1968-03-18 Paul Marsden, British politician
  • 1968-03-28 Jon Lee, British drummer (d. 2002)
  • 1968-03-28 Tim Lovejoy, British television presenter
  • 1968-04-28 Howard Donald, British musician
  • 1968-05-10 Al Murray, British comedian
  • 1968-05-12 Catherine Tate, British comedian
  • 1968-05-22 Carmie Vairo, softball infielder (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-06-02 Jon Culshaw, British comedian and impressionist
  • 1968-06-11 Sophie Okonedo, English actress (Hotel Rwanda), born in London
  • 1968-06-13 David Gray, British musician
  • 1968-06-21 Sonique [Sonia Marina Clarke], British musician and DJ, born in London
  • 1968-07-13 Christian Taylor, British screenwriter
  • 1968-09-10 Guy Ritchie, British film director (Sherlock Holmes), born in Hartfield
  • 1968-10-02 Victoria Derbyshire, British radio presenter
  • 1968-10-07 Thom Yorke, British musician and lead singer of Radiohead ('Creep', 'Paranoid Android''), born in Wellingborough
  • 1968-10-19 Sinitta, British-American singer (So Macho, Toy Boy), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968-11-03 Debbie Rochon, actress (Tromeo & Juliet), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-11-12 Aaron Stainthorpe, British singer (My Dying Bride)
  • 1968-12-01 Justin Chadwick, British actor and director
  • 1968-12-20 Joe Cornish, British comedian
  • 1969-01-17 Naveen Andrews, British actor
  • 1969-01-20 Nicky Wire, British Musician (Manic Street Preachers)
  • 1969-03-05 Paul Blackthorne, British actor
  • 1969-03-06 Greg Scott, British TV personality
  • 1969-04-27 Mica Paris, British Rhythm & Blues singer (So Good), born in London
  • 1969-04-27 Darcey Bussell, British ballerina

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1969-07-07 Joe Sakic, Canadian NHL center (Colorado Avalanche, Canada 1998-2002), born in Burnaby, British Columbia

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 1969-08-25 Catriona Matthew, golfer (1995 British Open-12th), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1969-08-28 Jason Priestley, actor (Brandon-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1969-09-26 David Ferguson, British murderer
  • 1969-10-15 Dominic West, British actor
  • 1969-12-03 Bill Steer, British guitarist
  • 1970-01-20 Anita St Rose, Miss Universe-Great Britain (1996)
  • 1970-02-03 Warwick Davis, British actor
  • 1970-02-10 Myrea Pettit, British illustrator
  • 1970-02-14 Simon Pegg, British comedian and actor
  • 1970-03-27 Brendan Hill, British drummer (Blues Traveler)
  • 1970-05-11 Glenn Hugill, British television presenter and producer
  • 1970-05-27 Tim Farron, British politician
  • 1970-06-04 David Pybus, British musician
  • 1970-06-25 Lucy Benjamin, British actress
  • 1970-07-10 John Simm, British actor
  • 1970-07-18 Margaret Langford, canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-08-12 Charles Mesure, British actor
  • 1970-09-13 Louise Lombard, British actress
  • 1970-09-18 Dan Eldon, British photojournalist (d. 1993)
  • 1970-10-08 Sadiq Khan, British politician, 1st Muslim Mayor of London, born in London
  • 1970-10-13 Paul Potts, British Opera singer and winner of Britain's Got Talent
  • 1970-10-24 Rob Leslie-Carter, British Engineer and Project Manager
  • 1970-11-12 Harvey Stephens, British child actor
  • 1970-11-17 Paul Allender, British guitarist (Cradle of Filth)
  • 1970-11-22 Stel Pavlou, British novelist
  • 1970-11-23 Zoë Ball, British television and radio presenter
  • 1970-12-15 Michael Shanks, Canadian actor and director (Stargate), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-01-23 Lorne Spicer, British TV presenter
  • 1971-01-30 Darren Boyd, British actor
  • 1971-02-11 Damian Lewis, British actor
  • 1971-02-13 Sonia [Evans], British singer, born in Liverpool
  • 1971-02-17 Jeremy Edwards, British actor
  • 1971-02-27 Derren Brown, British psychological illusionist
  • 1971-03-07 Matthew Vaughn, British producer and director
  • 1971-03-10 Steve Arnold, British racing driver
  • 1971-03-23 Gail Porter, British television presenter
  • 1971-04-15 Katy Hill, British television presenter
  • 1971-04-21 Samantha Druce, British swimmer, youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • 1971-04-27 Tess Daly, British television presenter
  • 1971-06-04 James Callis, British actor
  • 1971-07-07 Alistair Potts, British rower
  • 1971-08-20 David Walliams, British comedian
  • 1971-08-21 Liam Howlett, British musician (The Prodigy)
  • 1971-09-04 Brian Storey, 470 sailor (Olympics-96), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • 1971-09-11 Richard Ashcroft, British singer
  • 1971-09-29 Mackenzie Crook, British actor and comedian
  • 1971-10-06 Phil Bennett, British racing driver
  • 1971-10-07 Paul Hannam, 470 sailor (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-10-09 Simon Atlee, British photographer (d. 2004)
  • 1971-10-10 Bryn Parry, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 BC Amateur-2nd), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-10-15 Andy Cole, British footballer
  • 1971-10-31 Toby Anstis, British radio presenter
  • 1971-12-23 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite, born in Hampshire (d. 2017)
  • 1972-01-09 Sarah Beeny, British TV personality

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths