The United Kingdom in History (Part 17)

Historical Events

Events 1601 - 1,700 of 2,236

  • 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

Election of Interest

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

  • 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.

UK Tests a Hydrogen Bomb

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

  • 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 At age 17 future England soccer striker Jimmy Greaves scores on his First Division debut for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur in a 1–1 draw at White Hart Lane

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Morris 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

  • 1959-10-08 Conservatives led by Harold Macmillan win the 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
  • 1960-06-26 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 an accord granting US access to the British nuclear submarine base in Holy Loch, Scotland
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1961-10-09 Tanganyika, in east Africa, 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1961-12-09 Tanganyika gains independence from Britain, takes name Tanzania - with Ukuru (Freedom) Torch lit on the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro
  • 1961-12-21 US President John F. Kennedy and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan meet in Bermuda

Historic Event

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) with Eric Williams as first Prime Minister
  • 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 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 [1]

  • 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 on "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
  • 1963-10-20 Alec Douglas-Home's Conservative Party forms British government
  • 1963-11-23 Debut of "Doctor Who" the long-running British sci-fi series
  • 1963-12-10 Zanzibar gains independenence from Great Britain
  • 1963-12-12 Kenya (formerly British East Africa) declares independence from UK

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1601 - 1,700 of 2,384

  • 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 (Crimewatch), born in Ruislip, England
  • 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 mezzo-soprano (Aida, Senta), born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England
  • 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, 1972-74; Roxy Music, 1974-75; U.K.), born in Willington, England (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

Tom WatsonTom Watson (73 years old)

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

  • 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, British rock keyboardist (Mott The Hoople, 1973-76 - "All The Young Dudes"; British Lions), born in London, England
  • 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 politician (Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 2005-07), born in Kenya Colony
  • 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 fashion designer

Richard BransonRichard Branson (72 years old)

1950-07-18 British music entrepreneur (Virgin Group), born in London, England

  • 1950-08-19 Jennie Bond, British journalist (BBC Royal Correspondent), born in Hitchin, England
  • 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 - I'm Not In Love"), born in Manchester, England
  • 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

Gordon BrownGordon Brown (71 years old)

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

  • 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 title 1974-77), born in Liverpool, England
  • 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, 1965-69; Trapeze, 1969-73, 1991-94: Deep Purple, 1973-76), 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
  • 1951-10-27 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, Welsh motor racing entrepreneur (chairman Prodrive, Motorsport UK, Aston Martin, team principal BAR, Benetton F1 teams; World Rally C'ship 1981), born in Denbighshire, Wales
  • 1952-06-19 Robert Ainsworth, British MP
  • 1952-06-24 Stephen Pusey, British-Irish artist, born in London, England
  • 1952-08-07 Alexei Sayle, British comedian, born in Anfield, Liverpool,
  • 1952-08-21 Joe Strummer [Mellor], British punk rock lead singer and songwriter (The Clash - "Rock the Casbah";"Lost in the Supermarket"; "London Calling"), 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
  • 1952-11-18 John Parr, British pop singer ("St. Elmo's Fire"), and songwriter (Roger Daltry - "Under A Raging Moon"), born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England
  • 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)
  • 1953-01-09 Morris Gleitzman, British-Australian children's author, born in Sleaford, United Kingdom
  • 1953-02-12 Nabil Shaban, British actor
  • 1953-02-15 Derek Conway, British MP
  • 1953-02-22 Nigel Planer, British actor, born in Westminster, London
  • 1953-03-23 Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, British MP
  • 1953-04-10 David Moorcroft, British athlete (5,000m world record holder 1982-85), born in Coventry, England
  • 1953-04-11 Andrew Wiles, British mathematician (number theory, proved Fermat's last theorem), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1953-04-13 Stephen Byers, British politician (L), (MG Rover Group controversy), born in Wolverhampton
  • 1953-04-19 Ruby Wax, British actress (Girls on Top), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1953-04-20 Sebastian Faulks, British novelist (The Girl at the Lion d'Or), born in Donnington, Berkshire

Tony BlairTony Blair (69 years old)

1953-05-06 British Prime Minister (Labour: 1997-2007), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • 1953-05-07 Ian McKay, British soldier (VC recipient), born in Wortley, South Yorkshire, England (d. 1982)
  • 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 [Sansom] British heavy metal and blues guitarist (Samson), born in Norwich, England (d. 2002)
  • 1953-07-21 Brian Talbot, British soccer midfielder (6 caps; Ipswich, Arsenal) and manager (WBA, Hibernian, Rushden & Diamonds, Oldham), born in Ipswich, England
  • 1953-09-25 Richard Harvey, British musician and composer (Gryphon), born in London, England
  • 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 and actor (Morons From Outer Space), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1953-11-18 Alan Moore, British comic book writer and novelist (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing), born in Northampton, England

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