The United Kingdom in History (Part 18)

Historical Events

Events 1701 - 1,800 of 2,264

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1963-10-20 Alec Douglas-Home 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
  • 1964-02-06 France & Great-Britain sign accord over building channel tunnel

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"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964-06-09 Jack Nicklaus wins British Open golf tournament

  • 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 TV
  • 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 Rhodesia proclaimed independence from Britain by PM Ian Smith
  • 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
  • 1967-07-15 Roberto DeVicenzo of Argentina wins golf's British Open
  • 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
  • 1967-09-20 British liner Queen Elizabeth II launched at Clydebank Scotland

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968-01-02 Cecil Day-Lewis is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
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 MP Gerry Fitt, tables House of Commons motion criticising 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1701 - 1,800 of 2,507

Person of interestTom Watson

1949-09-04 Tom Watson, golfer (British Open 1975, 77, 80, 82, 83), born in Kansas City, Missouri

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • 1949-09-18 Mo Mowlam, British politician (d. 2005)
  • 1949-10-18 Joe Egan, British musician (Stealers Wheel)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, rock British DJ
  • 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 auto maker
  • 1950-09-21 Charles Clarke, British politician
  • 1950-09-28 Paul Burgess, British drummer (10cc-Not Alone)
  • 1950-10-24 Terry Buffin, rock drummer (British Lions)
  • 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
  • 1951-02-01 Andrew Smith, British MP
  • 1951-02-14 Kevin Keegan, British soccer player/manager (Newcastle United)

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, Kirkintilloch, United Kingdom, British MP (1987-2010)
  • 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 politician
  • 1951-08-01 David Jasper, British theologian (University of Glasgow)
  • 1951-08-19 John Deacon, British pop-rock guitarist (Queen), born in Leicester, England
  • 1951-09-11 Richard D. Gill, British-Dutch mathematician
  • 1951-09-27 Paul Craig, British law professor
  • 1951-10-20 Patrick Hall, British politician
  • 1951-10-27 Carlos Frenk, Mexican/British cosmologist
  • 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, British singer (Brotherhood of Man)
  • 1951-12-26 Richard Skinner, British DJ
  • 1952-01-09 Hugh Bayley, British politician
  • 1952-04-13 David Drew, British politician
  • 1952-04-13 Erick Avari, British-Indian actor
  • 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
  • 1952-08-21 Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash" (Rock the Casbah), born in Ankara, Turkey (d. 2002)
  • 1952-08-21 Glenn Hughes, British bassist and vocalist (Finders Keepers/Trapeze/Deep Purple), born in Cannock, Staffordshire, England
  • 1952-09-30 Jack Wild, British actor (d. 2006)
  • 1952-10-26 Andrew Motion, English poet (British Poet Laureate 1999-2009), born in London
  • 1953-01-01 Greg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)
  • 1953-01-09 Morris Gleitzman, British-Australian children's author
  • 1953-02-12 Nabil Shaban, British actor
  • 1953-02-15 Derek Conway, British MP
  • 1953-02-22 Nigel Planer, British actor
  • 1953-03-23 Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, British MP
  • 1953-04-10 David Moorcroft, English long distance runner, 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 television personality
  • 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, British guitarist (Samson) (d. 2002)
  • 1953-07-21 Brian Talbot, British footballer
  • 1953-08-02 Anne Leuchars, British TV journalist
  • 1953-09-25 Richard Harvey, British musician and composer (Gryphon)
  • 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/actor (Morons From Outer Space)
  • 1953-11-18 Alan Moore, British comic book writer and novelist
  • 1953-11-26 Hilary Benn, British politician
  • 1954-01-26 Martin Dunn, British editor (Today)
  • 1954-03-12 Anish Kapoor, Indian born British sculptor, born in Mumbai
  • 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 politician (L), immigration minister
  • 1954-04-19 Trevor Francis, British soccer manager
  • 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 European parliament
  • 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
  • 1954-12-25 Robin Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)

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