The United Kingdom in History (Part 17)

Historical Events

Events 1601 - 1,700 of 2,245

  • 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
  • 1956-10-31 Britain and France join Israeli forces in Egypt and begin to bomb Egypt to reopen Suez Canal
  • 1956-11-05 Britain and France land airborne forces at Port Said in Egypt, escalating the Suez Crisis
  • 1956-12-22 Last British & French troops leave Egypt

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1957-01-10 After Anthony Eden's resignation Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden
  • 1957-02-16 The "Toddlers' Truce", a controversial television close down between 6 and 7 pm, abolished in the United Kingdom
  • 1957-02-18 Dedan Kimathi, a Kenyan freedom fighter is executed by the British colonial government.
  • 1957-03-20 Britain accepts NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus, but Greece rejects it
  • 1957-04-11 Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule.

UKUK Tests a Hydrogen Bomb

1957-05-15 Operation Grapple: Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb near Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean

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The first British hydrogen bomb test, Operation Grapple
The first British hydrogen bomb test, Operation Grapple
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  • 1957-05-31 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Christmas Island (atmospheric)
  • 1957-06-25 2nd Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand beats Great Britain 29-21
  • 1957-06-27 The British Medical Research Council publishes a report suggesting a direct link between smoking and lung cancer.
  • 1957-08-03 British offensive against imam Galeb Ben Ali of Oman

  • 1957-08-24 English soccer player Jimmy Greaves' (17) 1st game for Chelsea

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957-08-31 Federation of Malaya gains independence from Great Britain

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • 1957-09-14 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
  • 1957-09-25 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga, Australia
  • 1957-10-05 Ryder Cup Golf, Lindrick GC: Great Britain-Ireland win, 7½-4½; Dai Rees captains home team to first Cup victory since 1933
  • 1957-10-09 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Maralinga Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957-10-17 Britain's Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visit the White House

Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip
  • 1957-11-08 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1958-03-12 British Empire Day is renamed "Commonwealth Day"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958-03-19 Britain's first planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's, London

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud
  • 1958-03-31 USSR suspends nuclear weapons tests, & urges US & Britain to do same
  • 1958-04-28 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958-06-09 HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport, (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1958-06-14 British parachutists lands on Cyprus
  • 1958-08-18 United Kingdom issues regional stamps (N Ireland, Scotland & Wales)
  • 1958-08-22 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1958-09-02 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1958-09-11 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1958-09-23 Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1958-10-01 Britain transfers Christmas Island (south of Java) to Australia

  • 1959-02-19 Britain, Turkey & Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence
  • 1959-04-23 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
  • 1959-05-06 Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing vessels
  • 1959-07-28 United Kingdom starts using postal codes

Historic InventionMorris Mini-Minor

1959-08-26 British Motor Corporation introduces the Morris Mini-Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis, it was only 10 ft long but seated 4 passengers

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The 1959 Mini
The 1959 Mini
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  • 1959-10-08 Conservatives win British general election
  • 1959-11-02 The first section of the M1 motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the United Kingdom, is opened between the present junctions 5 and 18, along with the M10 motorway and M45 motorway
  • 1960-02-08 Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor".
  • 1960-05-09 Nigeria becomes a member of British Commonwealth
  • 1960-06-25 Somaliland is granted independence by British government
  • 1960-06-26 British Somaliland (now Somalia) gains independence from Britain
  • 1960-06-27 British Somaliland becomes part of Somalia
  • 1960-07-01 The independent Somali Democratic Republic, commonly known as Somalia, is formed out of former British and Italian territories
  • 1960-08-16 Britain grants independence to crown colony of Cyprus
  • 1960-10-01 Nigeria gains independence from Great Britain (National Day)
  • 1960-10-05 British Labour party demands unilateral nuclear disarmament
  • 1960-10-08 3rd Rugby League World Cup: Great Britain beats Australia 10-3
  • 1960-10-17 US & Britain sign accord for nuclear submarine bases
  • 1960-10-18 In Britain, News Chronicle & Daily Mail merge and London Evening Star merges with Evening News
  • 1960-10-21 1st British nuclear sub HMS Dreadnought launched

  • 1960-10-30 Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
  • 1960-12-09 1st broadcast of "Coronation Street" on British ITV
  • 1961-01-16 Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961-02-01 British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive

British Politician Enoch Powell
British Politician
Enoch Powell
  • 1961-03-15 South Africa withdraws 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961-12-04 The female contraceptive 'pill' becomes available on the National Health Service in Britain

Chemist Carl Djerassi
Carl Djerassi
  • 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 US President John F. Kennedy and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan meet in Bermuda

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962-01-23 British intelligence officer Kim Philby defects to USSR

  • 1962-03-01 US and 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

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

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 the Concorde supersonic airliner
  • 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
  • 1963-06-05 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 and 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

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1963-10-09 British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan resigns and is replaced by Alec Douglas-Home

British Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home
British Prime Minister
Alec Douglas-Home
British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1601 - 1,700 of 2,419

  • 1948-03-30 Nigel Jones, British MP
  • 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, British guitarist (Amen Corner), 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 A P Phillips, British ex of princess Anne
  • 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, British MP
  • 1949-02-26 Emma Kirkby, English soprano, born in Surrey, England
  • 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), born in Middlesex, England (d. 2010)
  • 1949-03-29 Keith Simpson, British politician and military historian, born in Norwich, Norfolk
  • 1949-03-30 Sue Cook, British broadcaster
  • 1949-04-02 Paul Gambaccini, American-British disc jockey, born in Bronx, New York
  • 1949-04-25 James Fenton, English poet and journalist, born in Lincoln, England
  • 1949-05-04 Graham Swift, British author (Waterland, Last Orders), born in London
  • 1949-05-13 Jane Glover, British conductor (London Mozart Players, 1984-91; Music of the Baroque Ennsemble (Chicago), 2002-), born in Helmsley, England
  • 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 astronomer and presenter (The Sky at Night), born in Wallesey, England (d. 2020)
  • 1949-06-11 Tom Pryce, British racing driver, born in Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales (d. 1977)
  • 1949-06-12 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), born in Willington (d. 2017)
  • 1949-06-14 Jim Lea, British musician (Slade), born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
  • 1949-07-16 Ray Major, rock guitarist (British Lions)
  • 1949-07-26 Roger Taylor, English rock drummer (Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Norfolk, England

Person of interestTom Watson

1949-09-04 Tom Watson, American golfer (8-time major winner; British Open 1975, 77, 80, 82, 83), born in Kansas City, Missouri

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • 1949-09-18 Mo Mowlam, British Labour Party politician (Member of Parliament for Redcar), born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2005)
  • 1949-10-18 Joe Egan, Scottish singer-songwriter (Stealers Wheel - "Stuck In The Middle With You"), born in Paisley, Scotland
  • 1949-10-19 Jamie McGrigor, British politician
  • 1949-10-23 Würzel [Michael Burston], British musician (Motörhead), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (d. 2011)
  • 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, born in Smethwick, United Kingdom
  • 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, born in Hampstead, United Kingdom
  • 1950-03-13 Joe Bugner, Hungarian-British-Australian boxer (European Champ 1971), born in Szőreg, Hungary
  • 1950-04-01 Leonard van Spirit, Dutch-British 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, Canadian-British radio DJ, born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1950-07-14 Bruce Oldfield, British mode-designer

Person of interestRichard Branson

1950-07-18 Richard Branson, British music entrepreneur (Virgin Group), 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 motorcycle racer, born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1950-09-21 Charles Clarke, British politician
  • 1950-09-28 Paul Burgess, British drummer (10cc-Not Alone)
  • 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, born in London, England
  • 1951-02-01 Andrew Smith, British politician, born in Wokingham, United Kingdom
  • 1951-02-14 Kevin Keegan, English soccer forward, manager (England 63 caps, Liverpool, Newcastle United), born in Armthorpe, Doncaster

Person of interestGordon Brown

1951-02-20 Gordon Brown, British Labour Prime Minister (2007–10), born in Giffnock, Scotland

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown
  • 1951-04-25 Ian McCartney, British MP for Makerfield (1987-10), born in Lennoxtown, Scotland
  • 1951-05-04 Colin Bass, British bassist (Camel), born in London
  • 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 Labour politician 9British High Commissioner to South Africa), born in Hackney, England
  • 1951-08-01 David Jasper, British theologian (University of Glasgow)
  • 1951-08-19 John Deacon, British rock bassist (Queen - "Another One Bites The Dust"), born in Leicester, England
  • 1951-08-21 Glenn Hughes, British bassist and vocalist (Finders Keepers/Trapeze/Deep Purple), born in Cannock, Staffordshire, England
  • 1951-09-11 Richard D. Gill, British-Dutch mathematician, born in Redhill, Surrey
  • 1951-09-27 Paul Craig, British law professor
  • 1951-10-20 Patrick Hall, British politician
  • 1951-10-27 Carlos Frenk, Mexican-British cosmologist, born in Mexico
  • 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 [Helen Maria Thomas], Welsh pop singer (Brotherhood of Man - "Save Your Kisses For Me"), born in Carmarthen, Wales, U.K.
  • 1951-12-26 Richard Skinner, British DJ
  • 1952-01-09 Hugh Bayley, British politician, born in Maidenhead, United Kingdom
  • 1952-04-13 David Drew, British politician (MP for Stroud), born in Gloucestershire, England
  • 1952-04-13 Erick Avari, American-Indian actor, born in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
  • 1952-05-10 Lee Brilleaux, British musician (Dr Feelgood), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 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, born in Anfield, Liverpool,
  • 1952-08-21 Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash" (Rock the Casbah), born in Ankara, Turkey (d. 2002)
  • 1952-09-30 Jack Wild, British actor (Oliver!, H.R. Pufnstuf), born in Lancashire, England (d. 2006)
  • 1952-10-26 Andrew Motion, English poet (British Poet Laureate 1999-2009), born in London
  • 1952-12-18 Rosie Vela, American model and singer-songwriter (Zazu, Fool's Paradise), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1953-01-01 Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths