The United Kingdom in History (Part 19)

Historical Events

Events 1801 - 1,900 of 2,250

  • 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!"
  • 1970-07-03 British aircraft crashes at Barcelona, 112 killed
  • 1970-07-03 The British Army impose curfew on Falls Road area of Belfast as they search for weapons; coming under attack from the Official IRA (OIRA) and republican rioters
  • 1970-07-04 The Falls Road curfew in North Ireland, imposed by the British Army while searching for IRA weapons, continues throughout the day; a man is killed by the British Army
  • 1970-07-06 Irish Minister for External Affairs Partick Hillery pays an unofficial visit to the Falls Road area of Belfast, an areas only just subject to a curfew by British Army
  • 1970-07-31 Daniel O'Hagan (19), a Catholic civilian, is shot dead by the British Army during a serious riot in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1970-08-10 British Home Secretary Reginald Maulding threatens to impose direct rule on Northern Ireland if the agreed reform measures are not carried out
  • 1970-10-05 Quebec separatists kidnap British trade commissioner James Cross
  • 1970-10-10 Fiji gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1970-10-21 Caledonian Airways takes over British United Airways
  • 1970-10-30 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British Home Secretary Reginald Maulling to discuss matters related to reforms and security
  • 1970-11-08 5th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 12-7

  • 1970-11-17 British newspaper Sun puts 1st pinup girl on page 3 (Stephanie Rahn)
  • 1971-01-18 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling
  • 1971-01-23 Britain allowed to sell arms to S. Africa, after Commonwealth Conference in Singapore ends in compromise
  • 1971-02-03 A series of house searches by the British Army in Catholic areas of Belfast, resulting in serious rioting and gun battles
  • 1971-02-04 British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt
  • 1971-02-04 Lieutenant-General Vernon Erskine-Crum becomes General Officer Commanding of the British Army in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-02-06 The Irish Republican Army shoots and kills Gunner Robert Curtis, the first British soldier to die during the 'Troubles'
  • 1971-02-06 Bernard Watt (28), a Catholic civilian, is shot and killed by the British Army (BA) during street disturbances in Ardoyne, Belfast
  • 1971-02-06 James Saunders (22), a member of the IRA, is shot and killed by the British Army during a gun battle near the Oldpark Road, Belfast
  • 1971-02-15 After 1,200 years Great Britain abandons pence & shilling system for decimal currency
  • 1971-02-15 A British soldier dies 7 days after being mortally wounded in an Irish Republican Army attack in North Ireland
  • 1971-02-28 A British soldier dies in Derry after his vehicle had been attacked with petrol bombs (he died as a result of inhaling chemicals from fire extinguishers that were used to put out the fire)
  • 1971-03-10 Three members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers (a regiment of the British Army) are killed by members of the Irish Republican Army
  • 1971-03-16 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets with British PM Edward Heath to disucss the security situation in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-03-20 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark resigns in protest at what he views as a limited security response by the British government
  • 1971-04-01 United Kingdom lifts all restrictions on gold ownership
  • 1971-05-15 Irish Republican Army member William 'Billy' Reid is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast
  • 1971-05-22 A British soldier is killed by members of the Official Irish Republican Army in Belfast
  • 1971-05-25 The Provisional Irish Republican Army throw a time bomb into Springfield Road British Army base in Belfast, killing British Army Sergeant Michael Willetts and wounding seven officers
  • 1971-05-27 23rd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 13-11

  • 1971-06-08 General Officer Commanding the British Army Harry Tuzo, then claims that a permanent military solution to the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland could not be achieved
  • 1971-07-01 Britain and Argentina sign accord about Falkland Islands
  • 1971-07-08 During street disturbances, British soldiers shoot dead two Catholic civilians in Free Derry; riots erupt, the Social Democratic and Labour Party withdraw from Stormont in protest
  • 1971-07-23 The British Army carry out early morning raids across Northern Ireland and arrest 48 people
  • 1971-08-05 The British Parliament debate the security situation in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-08-07 A Catholic man is shot dead by a British soldier in Belfast
  • 1971-08-08 A British soldier is shot dead by the Irish Republican Army in Belfast
  • 1971-08-11 4 people are shot dead in separate incidents in Belfast; three of them by the British Army, as violence continues following the introduction of Internment and Operation Demetrius
  • 1971-08-14 Bahrain proclaims independence after 110 years of British rule
  • 1971-08-14 British begin internment without trial in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-08-15 Bahrain gains independence from Britain
  • 1971-09-03 Qatar regains complete independence from Britain
  • 1971-09-06 British Prime Minister Edward Heath meets with Irish Prime Minister/Taoiseach Jack Lynch at Chequers in England to discuss the situation in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-09-14 Two British soldiers are killed in separate shooting incidents in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • 1971-09-16 A number of Unionists resign over the proposed tripartite talks involving Northern Ireland, the UK, and the Republic of Ireland
  • 1971-09-24 90 Russian diplomats expelled from Britain for spying
  • 1971-09-27 Tripartite talks involving the prime ministers of Northern Ireland, Britain, and the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland take place at Chequers, England
  • 1971-10-07 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Brian Faulkner meets with British Prime Minister Edward Heath; they agree to send an additional 1,500 British Army troops to Northern Ireland
  • 1971-10-20 Senator in the US Congress Edward Kennedy calls for a withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland and all-party negotiations to establish a United Ireland
  • 1971-10-23 Two female members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) are shot dead by the British Army in the Lower Falls area of Belfast
  • 1971-10-23 Three Catholic civilians are shot dead by the British Army during an attempted robbery in Newry, County Down
  • 1971-10-25 A man dies two days after being shot during an Irish Republican Army attack on the British Army in Belfast
  • 1971-11-18 A British soldier is shot dead by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Belfast
  • 1971-11-24 A woman is killed after members of the Irish Republican Army carry out an attack on British soldiers in Strabane, County Tyrone
  • 1971-11-24 A British Army bomb-disposal specialist is killed by a bomb in Lurgan, County Armagh

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971-11-25 British Labour Party leader Harold Wilson proposes Britain should work towards a withdrawal from Northern Ireland, and after 15 years; the Republic of Ireland could rejoin the British Commonwealth

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • 1971-11-27 Two Customs officials are shot by an Irish Republican Army sniper firinge upon a British Army patrol investigating a bomb attack on a Customs Post near Newry, County Armagh
  • 1971-12-05 Libya nationalizes British Petroleum concession
  • 1971-12-23 British Prime Minister Edward Heath visits Northern Ireland and expresses his determination to end the violence
  • 1972-01-09 British coal miners begin a national strike, the first for half a century
  • 1972-01-22 An anti-internment march is held at Magilligan strand, County Derry; as the march nears the internment camp it is stopped by members of the Green Jackets and the Parachute Regiment of the British Army, who used barbed wire to close off the beach
  • 1972-01-27 The British Army and the Irish Republican Army engage in gun battles near County Armagh; British troops fire over 1,000 rounds of ammunition
  • 1972-01-30 Bloody Sunday: 27 unarmed civilians are shot (14 are killed) by the British Army during a civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland; this is the highest death toll from a single shooting incident during 'the Troubles'
  • 1972-01-31 British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling to House of Commons on 'Bloody Sunday', "The Army returned the fire directed at them with aimed shots and inflicted a number of casualties on those who were attacking them with firearms and with bombs"
  • 1972-02-01 British Prime Minister Edward Heath announces the appointment of Lord Chief Justice Lord Widgery to undertake an inquiry into the 13 deaths on 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972)
  • 1972-02-01 The Ministry of Defence also issues a detailed account of the British Army's version of events during 'Bloody Sunday'
  • 1972-02-02 Angry demonstrators burn the British Embassy in Dublin to the ground in protest at the shooting dead of 13 people on 'bloody sunday'
  • 1972-02-10 Two British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Cullyhanna, County Armagh; an IRA member is shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with RUC officers
  • 1972-02-17 British Parliament votes to join the European Common Market
  • 1972-02-22 The Official IRA bombs Aldershot military barracks, the headquarters of the British Parachute Regiment, killing seven people; thought to be in retaliation for Bloody Sunday.
  • 1972-03-08 1st airship flown over Britain in 20 years (Europa)
  • 1972-03-14 Two IRA members shot dead by British soldiers in the Bogside area of Derry
  • 1972-03-15 Two British soldiers killed when attempting to defuse a bomb in Belfast; an RUC officer iskilled in an IRA attack in Coalisland, County Tyrone
  • 1972-03-24 Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
  • 1972-03-30 Northern Ireland's Government and Parliament dissolved by the British Government and 'direct rule' from Westminster is introduced
  • 1972-04-10 Two British soldiers are killed in a bomb attack in Derry
  • 1972-04-15 A member of the Official Irish Republican Army is shot dead by British soldiers at Joy Street in the Markets area of Belfast close to his home
  • 1972-04-15 A member of the British Army is shot dead by the Official IRA in the Divis area of Belfast.
  • 1972-04-16 Two British soldiers are shot dead by the Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) in separate incidents in Derry
  • 1972-04-19 Bangladesh becomes a member of the British Commonwealth
  • 1972-04-19 British Prime Ministe rEdward Heath confirms that a plan to conduct an arrest operation, in the event of a riot during the march on 30 January 1972, was known to British government Ministers in advance
  • 1972-04-22 An 11-year-old boy killed by a rubber bullet fired by the British Army in Belfast; he was the first to die from a rubber bullet impact
  • 1972-05-13 Battle at Springmartin: following a loyalist car bombing of a Catholic-owned pub in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast, clashes erupt between PIRA, UVF and British Army
  • 1972-05-26 The British state-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank
  • 1972-05-30 The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.
  • 1972-06-01 Iraq nationalizes Iraq Petroleum Company's (IPC) concession owned by British Petroleum, Royal Dutch-Shell, Compagnie Francaise des Petroles, Mobil and Standard Oil of New Jersey
  • 1972-06-02 Two British soldiers die in an IRA land mine attack near Rosslea, County Fermanagh
  • 1972-06-13 The Irish Republican Army invites British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Willie Whitelaw to 'Free Derry'; Whitelaw rejects offer and reaffirms his policy to not "let part of the United Kingdom ... default from the rule of law"
  • 1972-06-14 Members of the NI Social Democratic and Labour Party hold a meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army in Derry; the IRA representatives outline their conditions for talks with the British Government
  • 1972-06-18 3 members of the British Army are killed by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb in a derelict house near Lurgan, County Down
  • 1972-06-20 Secret Meeting Between IRA and British Officials held
  • 1972-06-23 45 countries leave the Sterling Area, allowing their currencies to fluctuate independently of the British Pound
  • 1972-06-24 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill 3 British Army soldiers in a land mine attack near Dungiven, County Derry
  • 1972-06-26 The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill two British Army soldiers in separate attacks during the day and at midnight begins a "bi-lateral truce"

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1801 - 1,900 of 2,432

  • 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, British alternative rock musician, born in Northampton, England
  • 1957-04-24 Boris Williams, English drummer (The Cure), 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
  • 1957-05-31 Stephen Jones, British milliner
  • 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
  • 1957-07-09 Paul Merton, British writer, actor and comedian (Room 101), born in Parsons Green, London
  • 1957-07-11 Peter Murphy, English singer and musician (Bauhaus), born in Northamptonshire, England
  • 1957-07-31 Daniel Ash, British musician (Bauhaus), born in Northampton, England

Person of interestRick Hansen

1957-08-26 Rick Hansen, Canadian paraplegic athlete (3 gold medals), born in Port Alberni, British Columbia

Track and Field Athlete and Paralympian Rick Hansen
Track and Field Athlete and Paralympian
Rick Hansen
  • 1957-09-16 Keith Connor, British triple jumper (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Anguilla, West Indies
  • 1957-09-29 Mari Wilson, British singer
  • 1957-11-08 Pearl Thompson, British musician (The Cure), born in Surrey, England
  • 1957-11-30 Richard Barbieri, British keyboardist (Porcupine Tree)
  • 1957-12-07 Tom Winsor, British lawyer and economic regulator, born in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland
  • 1957-12-22 Richard "Ricky" Ross, Scottish rock vocalist (Deacon Blue), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • 1957-12-26 Dermot Murnaghan, British broadcaster, born in Barnstaple, United Kingdom
  • 1958-01-09 Stephen Neale, British philosopher, born in England
  • 1958-01-24 Jools Holland, British musician & TV presenter, born in Blackheath, London
  • 1958-01-26 Norman Lamont Hassan, British reggae musician (UB40-Red Red Wine), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1958-01-27 Alan Milburn, British MP
  • 1958-02-07 Matt Ridley, British science writer
  • 1958-02-13 Tip Tipping, British actor and stuntman, born in England, United Kingdom (d. 1993)
  • 1958-02-18 Derek Riggs, British artist, born in Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • 1958-03-04 Lennie Lee, British artist
  • 1958-04-10 Bob Bell, British engineer and Chief Technical Officer of the Renault Formula One team, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1958-04-15 Dolores Gordon-Smith, British novelist (The Jack Haldean Murder Series), born in Glossop, Derbyshire
  • 1958-04-15 Benjamin Zephaniah, British writer and dub poet, born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England
  • 1958-04-16 Philip Bainbridge, British cricketer, born in Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent
  • 1958-04-24 Brian Paddick, British former deputy assistant commissioner and most senior openly gay police officer, born in London
  • 1958-07-03 Matthew Fraser, Canadian-British journalist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1958-07-05 Paul Daniel, British opera and symphony conductor, born in Birmingham
  • 1958-08-29 Lenny Henry, British stand-up comedian (3 of a Kind), born in Dudley, West Midlands, England
  • 1958-09-06 Buster Bloodvessel [Douglas Trendle], English singer (Bad Manners), born in London
  • 1958-09-23 Danielle Dax, British musician
  • 1958-10-12 Bryn Merrick, British musician (The Damned), born in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1958-11-28 Kriss Akabusi, Great Britain, 4X400 runner (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1958-12-06 Nick Park, British filmmaker and animator (Wallace and Gromit), born in Preston, Lancashire, England
  • 1958-12-19 Limahl [Christopher Hamill], English pop singer (Kajagoogoo-Too Shy), born in Pemberton, Lancashire, England
  • 1958-12-26 Adrian Newey, British Formula One engineer, born in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
  • 1958-12-28 Terry Butcher, British soccer player
  • 1959-01-23 Earl Falconer, British reggae bassist (UB40-Red Red Wine), born in Meriden, England
  • 1959-02-07 Sammy Lee, British soccer player
  • 1959-02-15 Ali Campbell, British reggae vocalist/guitarist (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1959-03-17 Mike Lindup, British rock keyboardist/singer (Level 42-Hot Water)
  • 1959-03-20 Steve McFadden, British actor
  • 1959-05-06 Charles Hendry, British Conservative Party politician, born in Cuckfield, England
  • 1959-05-22 [Steven] Morrissey, British rock vocalist (The Smiths), born in Davyhulme, Lancashire
  • 1959-05-25 Julian Clary, English television personality, born in Surbiton, Surrey, England
  • 1959-05-28 John Morgan, British etiquette expert (d. 2000)
  • 1959-05-29 Rupert Everett, British actor (Princess Daisy, Another Country)
  • 1959-05-30 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2015)
  • 1959-06-01 Martin Brundle, British auto racer (World Sportscar C'ship 1988; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1990) and F1 television commentator (ITV, BBC), born in King's Lynn, England
  • 1959-07-09 Clive Stafford Smith, British human-rights lawyer, born in Cambridge
  • 1959-07-18 Pauline Quirke, British actress (Birds of a Feather), born in London, England
  • 1959-08-04 Laurence Anholt, British children's author, born in London, England
  • 1959-10-26 Brian Bovell, British actor, born in London
  • 1959-11-09 Tony Slattery, British actor and comedian (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), born in Stonebridge, London
  • 1959-11-25 Charles Kennedy, British politician (Liberal Democrat leader 1999-2006), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • 1959-11-30 Lorraine Kelly, British presenter and journalist
  • 1959-12-23 Geoff Willis, British engineer, born in Southampton, United Kingdom
  • 1959-12-24 Keith Deller, British darts player (BDO World Champion 1983), born in Ipswich, England
  • 1960-01-05 Steve Jones, British aviator (Red Bull Air Race World Series)
  • 1960-01-31 Grant Morrison, British comic book author, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1960-02-04 Tim Booth, British singer (Heat, The World's End), born in Leeds, England
  • 1960-02-04 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish author (d. 2007)
  • 1960-02-10 Robert Addie, British actor, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2003)
  • 1960-02-18 Carol McGiffin, British TV & radio presenter, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1960-02-19 Prince Andrew, Albert Christian Edward, of Britain/Duke of York
  • 1960-02-26 Jaz Coleman, British musician (Killing Joke), born in Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • 1960-02-29 Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician
  • 1960-03-28 Chris Barrie, British actor ( Red Dwarf,), born in Hanover, West Germany
  • 1960-04-01 Michael Praed, British actor
  • 1960-04-11 Jeremy Clarkson, English journalist and broadcaster (Top Gear), born in Doncaster, England
  • 1960-05-31 Peter Winterbottom, British rugby player
  • 1960-06-04 Bradley Walsh, British comedian and actor (Law & Order: UK), born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1960-06-18 Ralph Brown, British actor (Withnail and I), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1960-06-19 Luke Morley, British rock guitarist (Thunder), born in Chamberwell, London
  • 1960-07-13 Ian Hislop, British writer, satirist and editor of Private Eye, born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1960-08-05 Calvin Hayes, British musician (Johnny Hates Jazz)
  • 1960-09-27 Nick della Casa, British Brazilian Argentine cameraman (Emmy Award)
  • 1960-10-06 Richard Jobson, British TV person/rocker (Skids-Scared to Dance)
  • 1960-10-24 Ian Baker-Finch, Australian golfer and broadcaster (1991 British Open 1991, CBS), born in Nambour, Queensland, Australia
  • 1960-11-03 James Prime, British rock keyboardist (Deacon Blue), born in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1960-11-17 Jonathan Ross, British talk show host (Tall Guy)
  • 1960-11-28 John Galliano, Gibraltar, British fashion designer
  • 1960-12-02 Razzle [Nicholas Dingley], British drummer (Hanoi Rocks), born in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England (d. 1984)
  • 1960-12-20 Carolyn Seaward, Miss United Kingdom (1979), born in Devonshire, England
  • 1960-12-24 Carol Vorderman, British television presenter, born in Bedford, United Kingdom
  • 1960-12-25 Ron Bottitta, British actor
  • 1961-01-01 Fiona Phillips, British television presenter
  • 1961-01-01 Mark Wingett, British actor
  • 1961-01-11 Jasper Fforde, British author
  • 1961-02-28 Barry McGuigan, Irish boxer, born in Clones, Ireland

Person of interestRobert Carlyle

1961-04-14 Robert Carlyle, British actor (Trainspotting, The Full Monty), born in Glasgow, Scotland


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