The United Kingdom in History (Part 16)

Historical Events

Events 1501 - 1,600 of 2,236

  • 1947-01-10 British stop ships Independence & In-Gathering from landing in Israel
  • 1947-02-07 The UK announces its intention to end the Mandate for Palestine

Engagement of Interest

1947-07-09 Engagement of Britain's Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten

Historic Event

1947-07-10 Muhammad Ali Jinnah is recommended as the first Governor General of Pakistan by then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Clement Attlee

  • 1947-07-18 British seize "Exodus 1947" ship of Jewish immigrants to Palestine
  • 1947-08-14 Pakistan gains independence from Great Britain
  • 1947-10-26 The British military occupation ends in Iraq
  • 1947-12-26 British transfer Heard & McDonald Islands (Indian Ocean) to Australia
  • 1948-01-01 Transport Act of 1947 comes into force in the United Kingdom, nationalizing the British rail system under the name British Railways
  • 1948-02-29 Stern-group bomb on Cairo-Haifa train kills 27 British soldiers
  • 1948-03-18 France & Great Britain & Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels
  • 1948-05-15 28 year old British Mandate over Palestine ends
  • 1948-06-28 British begin airlift “Operation Plainfare” to West Berlin
  • 1948-06-30 Last British troops leave Israel
  • 1948-07-05 Britain's National Health Service Act begins
  • 1948-07-15 Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain
  • 1948-09-08 British De Havilland DH108-fighter flies faster than sound
  • 1948-11-17 Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry
  • 1949-04-18 Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth
  • 1949-05-09 Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London
  • 1949-05-13 1st British-produced jet bomber, the Canberra, makes its 1st test flight
  • 1949-05-17 British government recognises Republic of Ireland (previously Irish Free State)
  • 1949-06-01 British government grants Cyrenaica (East-Libya) independence
  • 1949-07-30 British warship HMS Amethyst escapes down Yangtze River, having been refused a safe passage by Chinese Communists after 3-month standoff
  • 1949-11-24 British steel & iron industry nationalised
  • 1949-11-26 The Constituent Assembly of India formally adopts a new constitution
  • 1949-12-04 Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak is fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by Malay student Rosli Dhoby with help from Morshidi Sidek with the goal of helping neighbouring Indonesia to take over British Sarawak
  • 1950-01-06 Britain recognizes Communist government of China
  • 1950-01-12 Swedish tanker rams British submarine Truculent in Thames, 64 die

Historic Event

1950-02-07 United States formally recognizes the State of Vietnam as the legitimate government of Vietnam, with Bảo Đại as leader

  • 1950-02-24 Labour wins UK parliamentary election by 5 seats
  • 1950-04-14 1st edition of British comic "Eagle"
  • 1950-09-23 US Air Force Mustangs accidentally bomb British on Hill 282 Korea, 17 killed
  • 1950-10-29 British Chancellor of the Exchequer (Minister of Finance) Stafford Cripps resigns
  • 1950-11-16 Egyptian King Faruk demands departure of all British troops
  • 1950-12-28 The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's 1st National Park
  • 1951-01-03 9 Jewish Kremlin physicians "exposed" as British/US agents
  • 1951-04-16 British submarine Affray sank in English Channel, killing 75
  • 1951-05-03 The Festival of Britain opens
  • 1951-06-23 Treacherous British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean flee to USSR
  • 1951-08-13 Great Britain & Iraq sign new oil contract
  • 1951-09-10 British begin economic boycott of Iran
  • 1951-10-17 Egyptian army fires on British troops

Election of Interest

1951-10-26 Winston Churchill re-elected British Prime Minister at the age of 76

  • 1951-11-17 Britain reports development of the world's first nuclear-powered heating system
  • 1951-11-18 British troops occupy Ismailiya, Egypt
  • 1951-11-24 British auto manufacturers Austin and Morris Motors merge
  • 1951-12-24 United Kingdom of Libya gains independence from Italy via UN
  • 1952-01-05 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes an official visit to the US
  • 1952-01-20 British army occupies Ismailiya, Suez Canal Zone
  • 1952-01-26 At least 20 people have been killed and 100s injured during riots in Cairo against the British
  • 1952-02-26 PM Winston Churchill announces Britain has its own atomic bomb
  • 1952-03-01 Helgoland, in North Sea, returned to West Germany by Britain
  • 1952-06-07 Curtis Cup Women's Golf, Muirfield, Scotland: Great Britain & Ireland score first ever win in the contest; beat US, 5-4
  • 1952-10-01 Monte Bello-Island (Great Britain 1st atom bomb explosion)
  • 1952-10-03 1st British nuclear test during Operation Hurricane at Monte Bello Island, Australia, UK becomes the world's third nuclear nation
  • 1953-02-05 Sweet rationing imposed in WWII ends in Britain

Historic Event

1953-04-16 British royal yacht Britannia launched by Queen Elizabeth II

  • 1953-04-27 1st general elections in British Guiana, won by the People's Progressive Party with Cheddi Jagan first person of Indian descent to be elected head of government outside South Asia

Coup d'état

1953-08-19 Democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh is overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the United Kingdom (under the name 'Operation Boot') and the United States (under the name TPAJAX Project)

Bare Bones of the Great Ape-Man Hoax

1953-11-21 Authorities at the British Natural History Museum announce the "Piltdown Man" skull, one of the most famous fossil skulls in the world, is a hoax

  • 1954-04-25 British raid Nairobi, Kenya (25,000 Mau Mau suspects arrested)

Sports History

1954-05-06 English athlete Roger Bannister becomes first to run a sub-4 minute mile, recording 3:59:4 at Iffley Road Track, Oxford

  • 1954-05-07 US, Great Britain & France reject Russian membership of NATO
  • 1954-05-13 Labour Party wins British municipal elections
  • 1954-06-15 Great Britain's 2 biggest steel factories nationalized
  • 1954-09-20 Roger Bannister awarded Britain's Silver Pears Trophy
  • 1954-10-01 British colony of Nigeria becomes a federation
  • 1954-10-19 Egypt and Great Britain sign treaty; British troops depart
  • 1954-10-23 Britain, France & US agree to end occupation of Germany
  • 1954-11-13 1st Rugby League World Cup, Parc des Princes, Paris: Great Britain beats France, 16-12; Man of The Match: GB second rower Don Robinson
  • 1955-02-22 British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sets sail
  • 1955-03-24 British Army patrols withdraw from Belfast after 20 years
  • 1955-04-01 EOKA-bomb attacks against British government buildings in Cyprus
  • 1955-04-04 British government signs military treaty with Iraq
  • 1955-05-07 USSR signs peace treaty with France & Great Britain
  • 1955-05-26 Conservatives led by Anthony Eden win British parliamentary election
  • 1955-05-31 Great Britain proclaims emergency crisis due to rail strike
  • 1955-07-13 The last execution of a woman in Britain, Ruth Ellis, takes place at Holloway Prison, London
  • 1955-10-26 British troops occupy Saudi Arabian oil field at Boeraimi
  • 1955-11-23 Britain transfers the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean to Australia
  • 1956-02-11 British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean deny working as spies for Soviet Russia after reappearing in the Soviet Union after going missing 5 years earlier
  • 1956-04-17 Premium Savings Bonds introduced in Great Britain
  • 1956-05-16 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Monte Bello Is Australia
  • 1956-06-03 3rd class travel on British Railways ends
  • 1956-06-13 The last British troops leave the Suez Canal Zone in Egypt
  • 1956-07-20 Great Britain refuses to lend Egypt money to build Aswan Dam
  • 1956-08-07 British government sends 3 aircraft carriers to Egypt
  • 1956-09-10 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
  • 1956-10-04 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia
  • 1956-10-11 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
  • 1956-10-22 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1501 - 1,600 of 2,384

  • 1945-08-13 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), born in Kenfig Hill, Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1945-09-14 Martin Tyler, British sports broadcaster, born in Chester, England
  • 1945-09-29 Sarah Tyacke, English historian and Keeper of British Public Records, born in Chelmsford, Essex
  • 1945-11-08 David Jessel, British radio and TV reporter, justice advocate, and author, born in Abingdon, Berkshire, England
  • 1945-11-17 Jeremy Hanley, British Lower house member
  • 1945-11-26 John McVie, British rock bassist (John Mayall's Blues Breakers; Fleetwood Mac - Rumours, Tusk), born in Ealing, Middlesex, England
  • 1945-11-30 Roger Glover, British hard rock bassist (Episode Six; Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"; Rainbow), born near Brecon, Wales
  • 1945-12-16 Tony Hicks, British rock guitarist (The Hollies), born in Nelson, England
  • 1945-12-28 Max Hastings, British editor-in-chief (Daily Telegraph)
  • 1946-01-14 Harold Shipman, British serial killer, born in Bestwood Estate, Nottingham (d. 2004)
  • 1946-01-30 Lord Mackay of Drumadoon, British QC, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1946-02-15 Clare Short, British MP
  • 1946-02-15 John Greenway, British MP
  • 1946-02-16 Ian Lavender, British actor (Stupid Boy in Dad's Army)
  • 1946-02-16 John R. Farndon, British surgeon and professor (d. 2002)
  • 1946-02-18 Michael Buerk, British newsreader
  • 1946-02-21 Anthony Daniels, British actor and mime artist (Star Wars - "C-3PO"), born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
  • 1946-02-28 Robin Cook, British politician (Labour Party MP, 1983-2005, born in Bellshill, Scotland (d. 2005)
  • 1946-03-03 John Virgo, British snooker player
  • 1946-03-09 Jim Cregan, English rock musician, born in Yeovil, Somerset
  • 1946-03-12 Peter Whalley, British television writer and author
  • 1946-04-17 Henry Kelly, Irish radio and TV broadcaster, born in Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • 1946-06-15 (Neville) "Noddy" Holder, British rock vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist (Slade - "Cum On Feel The Noize"), born in Walsall, England
  • 1946-06-16 Neil MacGregor, British arts administrator (Director of the British National Gallery and the British Museum), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1946-06-18 Russell Ash, British author ('the human Google'), born in Surrey, England
  • 1946-06-21 Kate Hoey, Northern Irish MP (Labour), born in Mallusk, Northern Ireland
  • 1946-06-21 Malcolm Rifkind, British QC MP (Sect of State for Defense), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1946-07-05 Paul Smith, British fashion designer (Paul Smith), born in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, England
  • 1946-07-11 John Lawton, British rock singer (Lucifer's Friend, 1970-76, 1981-82, 2014–21; Uriah Heep, 1977-79), born in Halifax, England (d. 2021)
  • 1946-08-03 Jack Straw, British politician (Member of Parliament for Blackburn), born in Buckhurst Hill, Essex
  • 1946-08-06 Allan Holdsworth, British progressive rock and jazz-fusion guitarist (Soft Machine), born in Bradford (d. 2017)

Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury (1946-1991)

1946-09-05 British singer-songwriter (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"), born in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar

  • 1946-09-17 Billy Bonds MBE, English soccer defender (Charlton, West Ham United 663 games) and manager (WHU, Millwall), born in London, England
  • 1946-09-17 Michael Jack, British Conservative Party politician and minister of state-home office, born in Folkestone, Kent, England
  • 1946-09-25 Felicity Kendal, English actress (Shakespeare Wallah, The Good Life), born in Olton, England
  • 1946-10-13 Edwina Currie, British politician (C), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1946-10-17 Sir Cameron Mackintosh, British stage producer
  • 1946-10-22 Kelvin MacKenzie, British media tycoon
  • 1946-10-31 Norman Lovett, English stand-up comedian and actor (Red Dwarf), born in Windsor, Berkshire, England
  • 1946-11-17 Martin Barre, British rock guitarist (Jethro Tull - "Aqualung"), born in Kings Heath, Birmingham, England
  • 1946-12-27 Janet Street-Porter, British TV personality (Youth)
  • 1947-01-16 Harvey Proctor, British politician, born in Pontefract, United Kingdom
  • 1947-01-16 Magdalen Nabb, British author, born in Lancashire, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1947-02-01 Adam Ingram, British politician, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1947-02-17 Dallas Adams, British actor, painter and writer (Terror From Within)
  • 1947-02-23 Colin Sanders, British computer engineer (Solid State Logic), born in England (d. 1998)
  • 1947-02-25 Lewis Moonie, British MP
  • 1947-03-13 Lesley Collier, English ballet dancer, born in Orpington, England
  • 1947-03-14 Pam Ayres, English poet, Radio and TV presenter, born in Stanford in the Vale, England
  • 1947-04-11 Michael Hindley, British politician, Member of the European Parliament, born in Blackburn, England
  • 1947-04-29 Johnny Miller, American golfer (US Open 1973, British Open 1976), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1947-05-13 Pete Overend Watts, English rock bassist (Mott The Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), born in Yardley, Birmingham, England (d. 2017)
  • 1947-06-02 Mark Elder, British opera and symphony conductor
  • 1947-06-03 Mickey Finn, British rock percussionist (T. Rex), born in Thornton Heath, Surrey, England (d. 2003)

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie (75 years old)

1947-06-19 British-Indian novelist (Midnight's Children, Satanic Verses), born in Mumbai, India

  • 1947-06-20 David French, British director (Deep Sleep, Bingo)
  • 1947-06-21 Joey Molland, British rock guitarist (Badfinger - "Come And Get It"; "Day After Day"), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1947-06-29 Michael Carter, Scottish actor, born in Dumfries, Scotland
  • 1947-07-24 Neil McIntosh, CEO (VSO, Center for British Teaching)
  • 1947-08-15 Brian Hulls, British TV news cameraman, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1947-08-23 David Robb, British actor (I, Claudius), born in London
  • 1947-09-16 Russ Abbot [Russell A Roberts], British TV comedian (The Russ Abbot Show, September Song), born in Cheshire, England
  • 1947-09-17 Tessa Jowell, British politician and Labour Member of Parliament (1997-2015), born in Marylebone, London (d. 2018)
  • 1947-09-19 Tanith Lee, British sci-fi author (Don't Bite the Sun), born in London
  • 1947-09-25 John Fiddler, British rock vocalist and guitarist (British Lions), born in Darlaston, Wednesbury, England
  • 1947-09-28 Jon Snow, British TV journalist (Channel 4)
  • 1947-09-28 Peter Hope-Evans, British singer and harmonicaist (Medicine Head), born in Brecon, Powys, Wales
  • 1947-10-04 Ann Widdecombe, British politician
  • 1947-10-18 Paul Chuckle, British comedian
  • 1947-10-26 Ian Ashley, British racing driver, born in Wuppertal, Germany
  • 1947-11-02 Dave Pegg, British folk and rock bassist and producer (Fairport Convention 1969-79 & 1985-present; Jethro Tull, 1980-85), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1947-12-29 Vincent Winter, Scottish child actor, born in Aberdeen, United Kingdom (d. 1998)
  • 1948-01-24 Michael Des Barres, British actor & rock singer, born in Hove, England
  • 1948-02-20 John Browne, group chief executive, British Petroleum Company
  • 1948-02-25 G B Warren, British biochemist
  • 1948-03-12 Virginia Bottomley, British minister of health and heritage
  • 1948-03-17 Alexander Nelson Hood, 4th Viscount Bridport, British-born investment banker
  • 1948-03-30 Nigel Jones, British politician (LD), born in Cheltentham, England
  • 1948-04-13 Sue Doughty, British politician (MP for Guildford), born in York, England
  • 1948-04-16 Lynne Franks, British public relations consultant, born in London
  • 1948-05-08 John Reid, British politician (L), born in Bellshill, Scotland
  • 1948-05-11 Nirj Deva, Sri Lankan-British politician
  • 1948-05-28 Ray Laidlaw, British folk-rock drummer (Lindisfarne - "Lady Eleanor"; Jack the Lad), born in England
  • 1948-06-11 Anthony Nelson, British Labour politician, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1948-06-29 Ian Paice, British hard rock drummer (White Snake; Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1948-08-01 Bob Spink, British politician (MP for Castle Point in Essex), born in Haworth, Worth Valley, Yorkshire
  • 1948-08-02 Andy Fairweather Low, Wels h session and touring guitarist (Amen Corner; Roger Waters; Eric Clapton; George Harrison), born in Ystrad Mynach, Wales
  • 1948-08-14 Joseph Marcell, British actor (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), born in Castries, Saint Lucia
  • 1948-08-15 George Ryton, British engineer, born in Singapore
  • 1948-08-22 Rob Buckman, British broadcaster and actor (Pink Medicine Show), born in London
  • 1948-09-10 Margaret Trudeau, Canadian 1st lady, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1948-09-22 Mark Phillips, British equestrian (Olympic Gold 1972), ex of princess Anne, born in Tetbury, England
  • 1948-09-24 Bernadette Hingley, British priest, one of the 1st women to be ordained in England, born in Sowerby Bridge, England (d. 1995)
  • 1948-10-24 Paul and Barry Ryan, British composers and singers, born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • 1948-12-22 Noel Edmonds, British TV personality (Foul-ups, Bleeps & Blunders), born in Ilford, United Kingdom
  • 1949-01-04 Mick Mills, British(?) soccer player
  • 1949-01-19 Dennis Taylor, British professional snooker player & snooker commentator (1985 World Championship), born in Coalisland, United Kingdom
  • 1949-02-09 Bernard Gallacher, British golfer (10 European Tour titles), born in Bathgate, Scotland
  • 1949-02-23 Maureen Hicks (née Cutler), British politician (Member of Parliament, Conservative, 1987-92), born in England
  • 1949-02-26 Emma Kirkby, British classical early music soprano, born in Camberley, Surrey, England

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