The United Kingdom in History (Part 23)

Historical Events

Events 2201 - 2,285 of 2,285

  • 2001-01-22 The British government launches pro-vaccine campaign
  • 2001-07-11 Iraq resumes oil exports, ending a 5-week halt in protest of a US and British-sponsored UN Security Council resolution
  • 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 US A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the 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.
  • 2003-11-20 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.
  • 2004-01-13 Harold Shipman, a British GP who is believed to have killed more than 200 of his patients in Manchester, is found hanged in his prison cell
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005-02-06 Tony Blair, now the longest-serving Labour PM, marks 2,838 days as British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • 2005-02-07 Britain's Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest person to sail solo around the world

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005-02-16 The UK version of "The Apprentice" with British business magnate Alan Sugar premieres on the BBC

Computer Entrepreneur Alan Sugar
Computer Entrepreneur
Alan Sugar
  • 2005-05-05 Tony Blair's Labour Party is re-elected for a third consecutive term in UK general election
  • 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 Hurricane Kyrill: kills at least 44 in Western Europe: strongest British storm in 17 years kills 14 people, worst German storm since 1999 with 13 deaths and causes container Ship MSC Napoli to be destroyed off coast of Devon
  • 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.
  • 2007-06-01 Smoking is banned from United Kingdom's public places.
  • 2007-06-25 Flooding in parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire in the United Kingdom including Louth, Horncastle and worst affected, Hull

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2007-06-27 Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown
  • 2007-07-31 Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.
  • 2007-10-01 Most of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 came into force in the United Kingdom.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007-12-20 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 2009-04-30 The United Kingdom formally ends combat operations in Iraq.
  • 2009-05-01 Carol Ann Duffy is appointed British Poet Laureate - first Scot and woman Laureate

Film release premierFilm Release

2011-01-07 "The King's Speech", starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter, is released in United Kingdom

  • 2011-03-30 Global credit information group Experian report that economic recovery in Wales slower than the rest of the UK, forecasting growth of 1.6% vs 2.2% for the rest of the UK
  • 2011-07-10 British tabloid News of the World publishes its last edition after 168 years in the wake of a phone hacking scandal.
  • 2011-08-05 Svalbard Polar Bear Attack (2011) - a rogue Polar Bear attacks and kills a British schoolboy.
  • 2012-02-06 Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of becoming British monarch, becoming only the second to do so
  • 2012-02-15 United Kingdom unemployment rate reaches 17 year high of 8.4%
  • 2012-03-09 Senior members of hacking group Lulz Sec are arrested, including one member of the FBI, in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012-03-25 Peter Cruddas, treasurer of Britain's Conservative Party, resigns after being caught on film selling access to British Prime Minister David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister
David Cameron
  • 2012-04-17 St Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book (8th century), purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds
  • 2012-04-25 The United Kingdom dips back into recession after the economy shrank 0.2% in the first quarter of 2012
  • 2012-07-22 99th Tour de France won by Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain
  • 2012-07-27 Queen Elizabeth II opens the 30th Olympics in London, United Kingdom (with some help from 007)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012-12-11 British physicist, Stephen Hawking, wins the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking
  • 2013-03-11 Falkland Islands’ sovereignty referendum: 99.8% choose to remain an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom
  • 2013-04-25 The United Kingdom reopens its embassy in Somalia after 22 years
  • 2013-07-06 The British Lions defeat Australia 41-16 to win their first rugby Test series since 1997

Sport awardTennis Open

2013-07-07 127th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Andy Murray beats Novak Đoković (6-4 7-5 6-4) becoming the first British man to win a Wimbledon tennis title since 1936

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2013-07-21 100th Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain
  • 2014-09-18 Scotland votes 'NO' in a referendum deciding whether or not to stay with the United Kingdom
  • 2014-12-07 The Archbishop of Canterbury claims that he is more shocked by the plight of Britain's hunger-stricken poor than suffering in African refugee camps
  • 2014-12-13 The British Government announces it will send hundreds of troops to Iraq, to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the conflict with Islamic State
  • 2015-02-05 70s British rock star Gary Glitter is convicted of sexual child abuse charges in London
  • 2015-03-25 British musician Zayn Malik annouces he is leaving the band One Direction
  • 2015-05-07 British General Elections: Conservative Party win outright majority and David Cameron returns as Prime Minister
  • 2015-07-18 "The Sun" newspaper in Britain controversially publishes old picture and video of Queen Elizabeth giving Nazi salute in 1933
  • 2015-07-26 102nd Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain
  • 2015-08-21 1st British unmanned drone hit on UK citizen outside a conflict - ISIS fighter Reyaad Khan in Raqqa, Syria
  • 2015-08-22 A vintage Hawker Hunter plane crashes onto the A27 dual carriageway road during the Shoreham airshow in Britain killing at least 11
  • 2015-09-07 British archaeologists announce the discovery of a Neolithic "superhenge" under 3ft of earth at Durrington Walls
  • 2015-09-09 Queen Elizabeth II becomes Great Britain's longest-reigning monarch at 63 years and seven months, beating the previous record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria
  • 2015-11-29 104th Davis Cup: Great Britain beats Belgium in Ghent 6-3, 7-5, 6-3, 1st win since 1936
  • 2015-11-29 Britain Tyson Fury defeats Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko to win world heavyweight champion title (WBA, IBF, WBO) in Dusseldorf
  • 2015-12-17 José Mourinho is sacked as manager of British Premier football club Chelsea
  • 2016-01-25 British rowing team becomes first female crew and first crew of four to cross the Pacific, San Francisco to Cairns in 257 days
  • 2016-02-12 Britain's Ordnance Survey, using NASA data posts map of Mars on Flickr
  • 2016-03-02 Oldest known land fossil (Tortotubus - 440 million years old) from Gotland, Sweden, revealed by British scientists
  • 2016-06-16 British MP (L) Jo Cox is shot and killed outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire
  • 2016-06-18 Soyuz capsule returns to Earth 1st British International Space Station astronaut Tim Peake, Russian Yuri Malenchenko and American Timothy Kopra after 186 days
  • 2016-06-23 United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union in their "Brexit" referundum
  • 2016-06-24 British Prime Minister David Cameron resigns after the UK votes to leave the EU

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016-06-30 British political candidates announce their bids for leader of Conservative party, including Theresa May and Michael Gove, Boris Johnson rules himself out

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • 2016-07-24 103rd Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2201 - 2,300 of 2,533

  • 1972-03-20 Alexander Kapranos, Greek-British musician (Franz Ferdinand)
  • 1972-04-02 Chico Slimani, Moroccoan-British singer
  • 1972-05-02 Peter Ogilvie, 100m sprinter (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-05-05 James Cracknell, British rowing champion, double Olympic gold medalist
  • 1972-05-26 Patsy Palmer, British actress
  • 1972-06-14 Shaun Keaveny, British radio DJ
  • 1972-07-03 Leigh Andrew-Pearso, North 470 sailor (Oly-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-07-06 Mark Gasser, British pianist
  • 1972-07-10 Peter Serafinowicz, British comedian and actor
  • 1972-09-01 Doug Williams, British professional wrestler
  • 1972-09-09 Natasha Kaplinsky, British newsreader
  • 1972-09-18 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer (d. 2003)
  • 1972-09-23 Karl Pilkington, British radio personality
  • 1972-09-29 Robert Webb, British actor, comedian, and writer
  • 1972-09-29 Oliver Gavin, British racing car driver
  • 1972-11-02 Samantha Janus, British entertainer
  • 1973-01-02 Lucy Davis, British actress
  • 1973-03-30 Melinda Penn, Miss British virgin islands Universe (1997)
  • 1973-04-20 Geoff Lloyd, British radio presenter
  • 1973-04-24 Gabby Logan, British television presenter
  • 1973-04-25 Paige Gordon, North diver (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1973-05-21 Noel Fielding, British comedian
  • 1973-05-30 Leigh Francis, British comedian
  • 1973-07-02 Peter Kay, British comedian
  • 1973-07-25 Dani Filth, British singer (Cradle of Filth)
  • 1973-07-26 Kate Beckinsale, British actress (Underworld films), born in London
  • 1973-08-11 Nigel Harman, British actor (Eastenders), born in London
  • 1973-08-12 Richard Reid, British terrorist, referred to as the "shoe bomber".
  • 1973-09-12 Darren Campbell, British athlete
  • 1973-09-29 Scout Niblett, British singer/songwriter
  • 1973-10-03 Lena Headey, British actress
  • 1973-11-06 Nell McAndrew, British model
  • 1973-11-16 Christian Horner, British Formula One team owner
  • 1973-12-27 Dee Ferris, British painter
  • 1974-01-23 Richard T. Slone, British artist
  • 1974-03-06 Sebastian Siegel, British-American actor
  • 1974-03-28 Scott Mills, British radio disc jockey
  • 1974-04-11 Zöe Lucker, British television actor
  • 1974-04-13 Darren Turner, British Race Driver
  • 1974-04-18 Edgar Wright, British director
  • 1974-04-24 Dave Vitty, British radio personality
  • 1974-04-28 Vernon Kay, British TV/radio presenter
  • 1974-06-04 Andrew Gwynne, British politician
  • 1974-06-06 Sonya Walger, British actress
  • 1974-06-07 Bear Grylls, British survivor
  • 1974-06-09 Tim Shaw, British radio personality
  • 1974-06-14 Phillip Rhys, British actor
  • 1974-06-16 Paul Lee, British sculptural artist
  • 1974-06-21 Natasha Desborough, British radio personality
  • 1974-07-09 Sian Berry, British politician
  • 1974-07-18 Alan Morrison, British poet
  • 1974-07-28 Justin Lee Collins, British comedian
  • 1974-08-08 Andy Priaulx, British race car driver
  • 1974-10-02 Simon Gregson, British actor
  • 1974-10-17 Matthew Macfadyen, British actor
  • 1974-11-16 Paul Scholes, British footballer
  • 1974-11-24 Stephen Merchant, British comedian
  • 1975-03-14 Stephen Harper, British/English footballer
  • 1975-03-17 Justin Hawkins, British singer (The Darkness)
  • 1975-03-25 Melanie Blatt, British singer (All Saints)
  • 1975-04-16 Nick Pickard, British actor
  • 1975-04-26 Nerina Pallot, British singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1975-05-01 Jodhi May, British actress (A World Apart, The Other Boleyn Girl), born in London, England

Actress Jodhi May
Jodhi May
  • 1975-05-17 Jonti Picking, British cartoonist
  • 1975-05-24 Maria Lawson, British Singer
  • 1975-05-27 Jamie Oliver, British chef and television personality
  • 1975-06-27 Sarah Evanetz, 100m butterfly (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1975-07-31 Simon Hirst, British radio DJ
  • 1975-08-22 Sheree Murphy, British actress
  • 1975-08-31 Daniel Harding, British conductor
  • 1975-09-23 Chris Hawkins, British radio personality
  • 1975-09-25 Daniel Hyde, British actor
  • 1975-10-27 Zadie Smith, British novelist
  • 1975-11-14 Faye Tozer, British musician (Steps)
  • 1975-11-15 Scott Henshall, British fashion designer
  • 1975-11-18 Anthony McPartlin, British actor and television presenter
  • 1975-12-19 Jon Smith, British writer
  • 1976-01-01 Georgina Chapman, British fashion designer and actress
  • 1976-01-28 Lee Ingleby, British actor
  • 1976-02-02 James Hickman, British swimmer
  • 1976-02-23 Kelly Macdonald, British actress
  • 1976-05-14 Martine McCutcheon, British actress
  • 1976-06-01 Camille Martens, gymnist (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1976-06-05 Ross Noble, British comedian
  • 1976-06-06 Geoff Rowley, British skateboarder
  • 1976-06-14 Alan Carr, British Stand-up comedian, Television presenter
  • 1976-06-23 Patrick Monahan, British comedian
  • 1976-07-12 Anna Friel, British actress (Pushing Daisies), born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester
  • 1976-08-23 Linette Smith, Miss Universe-British Virgin Islands (1996)
  • 1976-09-16 Tina Barrett, British singer (S Club)
  • 1976-09-20 Reuben Singh, British entrepreneur
  • 1976-11-16 Danny Wallace, British author
  • 1976-11-21 Daniel Whiston, British ice skater
  • 1977-01-01 Keeley Hawes, British actress
  • 1977-01-07 Michelle Behennah, British model
  • 1977-01-18 Richard Archer, British singer (lead singer of Hard-Fi)
  • 1977-02-05 Ben Ainslie, British sailor
  • 1977-02-18 Chrissie Wellington, British triathlete
  • 1977-03-10 Colin Murray, British radio DJ
  • 1977-04-02 Aiden Turner, British actor

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths