The United Kingdom in History (Part 18)

Historical Events

Events 1701 - 1,800 of 2,245

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963-10-20 Alec Douglas-Home forms British government

British Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home
British Prime Minister
Alec Douglas-Home
  • 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

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1964-02-06 France & Great-Britain sign accord over building channel tunnel

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Tunnel diggers from France and England meet half way. Photo: Rex Features
Tunnel diggers from France and England meet half way. Photo: Rex Features
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964-03-25 Britain sets memorial for the late President John F. Kennedy

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1964-04-16 9 men sentenced 25-30 years for Britain's 1963 "Great Train Robbery"
  • 1964-07-17 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1964-09-15 Final edition of socialist British newspaper "Daily Herald"
  • 1964-09-21 Malta becomes independent from the United Kingdom.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1964-10-16 Harold Wilson's Labour party wins British election

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • 1964-10-24 Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) gains independence from Britain (National Day) with Kenneth Kaunda becoming President
  • 1964-11-08 IMF grants Great Britain credit of $1 billion
  • 1964-11-17 British Labour Party installs weapon embargo against South Africa
  • 1965-01-28 "The Who" make their 1st appearance on British television programme "Ready Steady Go!"
  • 1965-02-18 The Gambia becomes independent from the United Kingdom

  • 1965-03-05 March Intifada: A Leftist uprising erupts in Bahrain against British colonial presence
  • 1965-07-24 Rock group "The Animals" 1st time in British charts
  • 1965-07-26 Republic of Maldives gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1965-07-31 Cigarette advertising banned on British TV
  • 1965-08-12 Dame Elizabeth Lane becomes first female English High Court judge
  • 1965-09-10 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1965-09-26 Queen Elizabeth decorates the Beatles with Order of the British Empire
  • 1965-11-08 British Indian Ocean Territory formed
  • 1965-11-11 Rhodesian PM Ian Smith proclaims independence from Britain
  • 1965-12-12 The Beatles' last concert in Great Britain (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales)
  • 1965-12-17 British government proclaims ends oil-embargo against Rhodesia
  • 1965-12-22 Great Britain sets national maximum road speed at 70 miles per hour
  • 1966-01-12 3 British Members of Parliament are attacked in a hotel in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)
  • 1966-03-31 Labour Party under Harold Wilson win British parliamentary election
  • 1966-04-16 Rhodesian PM Ian Smith breaks diplomatic relations with Britain
  • 1966-05-01 Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
  • 1966-05-26 Guyana (formerly British Guiana) declares independence from UK
  • 1966-09-15 First British nuclear ballistic missile submarine HMS Resolution launched
  • 1966-09-30 Botswana (formerly Bechuanaland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1966-10-04 Lesotho (Basutoland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)

  • 1966-11-30 Barbados gains independence from Great Britain (National Day)
  • 1966-12-23 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program
  • 1967-03-01 Dominica & St Lucia gain independence from Britain
  • 1967-03-03 Grenada gains partial independence from Britain
  • 1967-03-16 Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) ship breaks down
  • 1967-04-01 1st British ombudsman Sir Edward Compton begins work
  • 1967-04-08 12th Eurovision Song Contest: Sandie Shaw for United Kingdom wins singing "Puppet on a String" in Vienna
  • 1967-04-25 Britain grants internal self-government to Swaziland
  • 1967-05-11 Great Britain, Ireland & Denmark apply for membership of the EEC
  • 1967-06-04 Stockport Air Disaster: British Midland flight G-ALHG crashes in Hopes Carr, Stockport, killing 72 passengers and crew
  • 1967-07-01 1st British colour TV broadcast, on BBC 2
  • 1967-07-01 Canada celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 1867 British North America Act which served as Canada's constitution for over 100 years
  • 1967-08-04 British pirate radio station Radio 355 resigns air
  • 1967-08-05 Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) & Radio London close down
  • 1967-09-08 The formal end of steam traction in the North East of England by British Railways.
  • 1967-09-09 Uganda declares independence from Great Britain
  • 1967-09-10 Gibraltar votes 12,138 to 44 to remain British & not Spanish

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967-09-20 British liner Queen Elizabeth II launched at Clydebank Scotland

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967-11-05 The Hither Green rail crash in the United Kingdom kills 49 people. The survivors include Bee Gee Robin Gibb.

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Robin Gibb
  • 1967-11-08 Radio Leicester begins broadcasting on VHF, the 1st of 8 local British radio stations (now 40)

  • 1967-11-18 British government devalues pound from US equivalent of $2.80 to $2.40

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967-11-27 French President Charles de Gaulle said 'Non!' to British entry to the European Common Market for the second time

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1967-11-29 British troops withdraw from Aden and South Yemen
  • 1967-11-30 Kuria Muria Islands ceded by Britain to Oman
  • 1968-01-02 Cecil Day-Lewis is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II
  • 1968-02-04 Around 100 Indians and Pakistanis from Kenya arrive in Britain, escaping discrimination
  • 1968-02-18 Britain commences a trial of year-round daylight saving time (BST - British Standard Time, one hour ahead of GMT)
  • 1968-03-12 Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1968-03-15 British Foreign Secretary George Brown resigns after having a drunken row with Prime Minister Harold Wilson
  • 1968-04-23 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)
  • 1968-07-01 US, Britain, USSR & 58 nations sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
  • 1968-08-11 Fifteen Guinea Special - last main-line steam passenger train service in Britain. Selection of British Rail steam locomotives make a return 120-mile journey Liverpool to Carlisle, before having their fires dropped for the last time.
  • 1968-08-28 Northern Irish MP Gerry Fitt tables a House of Commons motion criticising the Royal Ulster Constabulary at Dungannon, "citizens of Northern Ireland should be allowed the same rights of peaceful demonstration as those in other parts of the United Kingdom"
  • 1968-09-06 Swaziland gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1968-09-26 Theatre censorship ends in Britain
  • 1968-10-01 The Guyanese government takes over the British Guiana Broadcasting Service (BGBS).
  • 1968-10-30 Jack Lynch, Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), meets with Harold Wilson, then British Prime Minister, in London, calling for the ending of partition as a means to resolve the unrest in Northern Ireland
  • 1968-11-04 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill meets British Prime Minister Harold Wilson for talks on Northern Ireland; Wilson states no change of constitutional position of Northern Ireland possible without consent of the its people
  • 1969-03-19 British invade Anguilla
  • 1969-03-19 The 385 metre tall TV-mast at Emley Moor, United Kingdom, collapses due to ice build- up.

  • 1969-03-29 14th Eurovision Song Contest: Salome for Spain ("Vivo cantando"), Lulu of United Kingdom ("Boom Bang-a-Bang"), Lenny Kuhr of Netherlands ("De troubadour"), and Frida Boccara of France ("Un jour, un enfant") all win in Madrid
  • 1969-04-21 The Ministry of Defence in London announces that British troops would be used in Northern Ireland to guard key public installations following a series of bombings
  • 1969-04-24 Car firm British Leyland launch the Austin Maxi in Oporto Portugal
  • 1969-05-02 British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves Southampton on maiden voyage to NY
  • 1969-05-29 Britain's Trans-Arctic expedition makes 1st crossing of Arctic Sea ice

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

1969-06-14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on David Frost's British TV Show

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1969-06-18 A report published by the International Commission of Jurists on the British government's policy in Northern Ireland is critical of both the British government and the Northern Ireland government
  • 1969-08-14 British Army deploys on the streets of Northern Ireland, marking the beginning of Operation Banner
  • 1969-10-14 The United Kingdom introduces the 50p (fifty-pence) coin, replacing the ten-shilling note, in anticipation of currency decimalisation in 1971
  • 1969-10-27 St Vincent & Grenadines gains associated status with Britain
  • 1970-01-01 The Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR), an infantry regiment of the British Army, comes into existence

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1970-02-01 Northern Ireland PM Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary James Callaghan to discuss the economy of Northern Ireland

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • 1970-03-02 White government of Rhodesia declares itself a republic
  • 1970-03-06 A Catholic man is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1970-03-31 Following an Orange Order parade, intense riots erupt on the Springfield Road in Belfast; violence lasts for three days, and the British Army use CS gas for the first time in large quantities
  • 1970-04-01 Serious riots continue in the Ballymurphy estate in Belfast between Catholic residents and the British Army
  • 1970-04-03 As part of a new 'get tough' policy in Northern Ireland, Ian Freeland of the British Army, warned that those throwing petrol bombs could be shot dead
  • 1970-04-20 74th Boston Marathon: Englishman Ron Hill wins in 2:10:30 (US record): American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman for 2nd straight year in 3:05:07 (unsanctioned)
  • 1970-05-27 British expedition climbs south face of Annapurna I in the Himalayas in north-central Nepal, 10th highest mountain
  • 1970-06-05 The Falls Road curfew in North Ireland, imposed by the British Army while searching for IRA weapons, is lifted after a march by women breaches the British Army cordon

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1970-06-19 Conservatives led by Edward Heath win British parliamentary election

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • 1970-06-20 British government of Edward Heath forms (with Margaret Thatcher in the Cabinet)
  • 1970-06-26 Two young girls die in a premature explosion in Derry after their father, a member of the Irish Republican Army, was making an incendiary device, presumably for use against the British Army
  • 1970-07-01 British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling visits N. Ireland and is reported as saying: "For God's sake bring me a large Scotch. What a bloody awful country!"

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1701 - 1,800 of 2,419

  • 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), 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

Person of interestTony Blair

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

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • 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 footballer
  • 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
  • 1953-11-26 Hilary Benn, British Labour Party politician, born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1954-01-26 Martin Dunn, British editor (Today)
  • 1954-03-12 Anish Kapoor, Indian born British sculptor, born in Mumbai, India
  • 1954-04-09 Iain Duncan Smith, British politician, Leader of the Conservative Party (2001-03), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1954-04-13 Barbara Roche, British Labour Party politician
  • 1954-04-19 Trevor Francis, British football player and manager, born in Plymouth, England
  • 1954-05-26 Alan Hollinghurst, British novelist
  • 1954-06-07 Lui Passaglia, CFL place kicker (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1954-06-19 Michael O'Brien, British MP
  • 1954-06-20 Alan Lamb, South African/British cricket player (79 tests for England), born in Langebaanweg, Cape Province
  • 1954-08-02 Sammy McIlroy, Irish soccer star (Manchester United), born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1954-08-26 Steve Wright, Britain's wacky DJ/actor (Funny Man)
  • 1954-09-20 Anne Mcintosh, British member of European parliament, born in Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland
  • 1954-11-08 Kazuo Ishiguro, British author (An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day, When We Were Orphans), born in Nagasaki, Japan
  • 1954-11-18 John Parr, British pop singer (St. Elmo's Fire), born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire
  • 1954-12-25 Robin Campbell, British reggae vocalist andguitarist (UB40 - "Red Red Wine"),born in Birmingham, England
  • 1955-01-27 Alexander Stuart, British author
  • 1955-02-03 Kirsty Wark, British broadcast journalist
  • 1955-02-10 Chris Adams, British pro wrestler and judoka (d. 2001)
  • 1955-02-15 Clive Aslet, British editor (Country Life)
  • 1955-04-02 Michael Stone, British terrorist (Ulster Defence Association), born in Harborne, Birmingham
  • 1955-04-05 Janice Long, British radio host (Crash FM), born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England
  • 1955-04-10 Lesley Garrett, English soprano singer, born in Thorne, Doncaster, England
  • 1955-04-23 Mike Smith, English TV and radio presenter, born in Romford, Essex (d. 2014)
  • 1955-04-23 Su Ingle, British actress (Around the World in Seven Minutes and Four Times on Saturday), born in London
  • 1955-04-25 John Nunn, English chess grandmaster, born in London
  • 1955-04-28 Nicky Gumbel, British author and priest
  • 1955-05-06 John Hutton, British politician and cabinet minister (L), born in London
  • 1955-05-21 Paul Barber, British field hockey player
  • 1955-05-25 Alistair Burt, British Conservative Party politician, born in Bury, Lancashire, England
  • 1955-05-31 Ben de Lisi, British fashion designer
  • 1955-06-01 Ralph Morse, British actor, singer and writer of historical dramas
  • 1955-06-16 Simon Bailey, priest, 1st British priest to say he had AIDS, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire (d. 1995)
  • 1955-08-11 Sylvia Hermon, British politician
  • 1955-08-13 Keith Ahlers, British racing driver, born in Cambridge, England
  • 1955-09-20 Christine Oddy, British member European parliament, born in Coventry, England
  • 1955-09-25 Steven Severin {Bailey], British pop bassist (Siouxsie & Banshees), born in Highgate, London, England
  • 1955-10-15 Kulbir Bhaura, British field hockey player (Olympic gold 1988), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India
  • 1955-10-18 Timmy Mallett, British TV presenter
  • 1955-11-09 Karen Dotrice, British actress (Mary Poppins), born in Guernsey, Channel Islands
  • 1955-11-25 Bruno Tonioli, Italian born British dancer
  • 1955-12-23 Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet (British Poet Laureate 2009-19), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1956-01-09 Imelda Staunton, British actress (Finding Your Feet, Maleficent), born in Archway, London
  • 1956-02-13 Liam Brady, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1956-03-14 Colin Ayre, British football player (Newcastle United), born in Ashington, Northumberland
  • 1956-03-20 Phillip Oppenhein, British MP
  • 1956-03-23 Andrew Mitchell, British MP
  • 1956-05-07 Anne Dudley, British classical and film composer (The Full Monty), born in Beckenham, Kent
  • 1956-05-11 Alex Lester, British broadcaster
  • 1956-07-02 Leslie Reid, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1956-09-07 Byron Stevenson, British footballer (Leeds United), born in Llanelli, Wales (d. 2007)
  • 1956-09-08 Frank Tovey, British musician (Fad Gadget), born in London (d. 2002)
  • 1956-09-12 Barry Andrews, British rock musician (XTC; League of Gentlemen; Shreikback), born in West Norwood, London
  • 1956-09-15 Jaki Graham, British R&B singer-songwriter ("Could It Be I'm Falling In Love"), born in Birmingham

Person of interestSebastian Coe

1956-09-29 Sebastian Coe, British 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980, 84), born in London, England

1500m Runner Sebastian Coe
1500m Runner
Sebastian Coe

Person of interestTheresa May

1956-10-01 Theresa May, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 2016-19), born in Eastbourne, England

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • 1956-10-12 David Vanian, British singer (The Damned), born in Hemel Hempstead, England
  • 1956-10-27 Jaq D. Hawkins, British author, occultist and lecturer, born in California
  • 1956-10-31 Charles Moore, British editor-in-chief (Sunday Telegraph), born in Hastings, Sussex, England
  • 1956-11-08 Richard Curtis, British screenwriter (Blackadder, Four Wedding and a Funeral), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1957-01-24 Adrian Edmondson, British comedian, born in Bradford, United Kingdom
  • 1957-02-07 Richard Cook, British jazz writer (The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings), born in Kew, Surrey (d. 2007)
  • 1957-02-19 Ray Winstone, British actor (Scum), born in Homerton, London
  • 1957-02-25 Jane Ackroyd, British sculptor
  • 1957-02-28 Ainsley Harriott, British celebrity chef
  • 1957-03-14 Andrew Robinson, British author
  • 1957-03-27 Nicholas Hawkins, British politician (Conservatives 1992-2005)
  • 1957-04-04 Graeme Kelling, Scottish pop guitarist (Deacon Blue), born in Paisley, Scotland (d. 2004)

Person of interestSeve Ballesteros

1957-04-09 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88, US Masters 1980, 83), born in PedreƱa, Spain (d. 2011)

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 1957-04-24 David J [Haskins], British alternative rock bassist, lyricist (Bauhaus; Love And Rockets), and playwright (Silver for Gold), born in Northampton, England
  • 1957-04-24 Boris Williams, French-English drummer (The Cure - "Friday I'm In Love"), born in Versailles, France
  • 1957-05-05 Peter Howitt, British actor and film director (Laws of Attraction), born in Manchester, Lancashire, England
  • 1957-05-21 Nadine Dorries, British politician (C), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1957-05-31 Stephen Jones, English milliner (John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood), born in the Wirral Peninsula, England
  • 1957-06-10 Lindsay Hoyle, British politician
  • 1957-07-02 Mick Anker, British rocker and bass guitarist (Blow Monkeys-Wicked Ways)
  • 1957-07-05 David Pinkney, British Touring car racer, born in Bridlington, England

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