The United Kingdom in History (Part 19)

Historical Events

Events 1801 - 1,900 of 2,271

  • 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: Ron Hill of Great Britain 1st man in 2:10:30 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:05:07
  • 1970-05-27 British expedition climbs south face of Annapurna I
  • 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

Event of interestEvent 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 imposed a curfew on the Falls Road area of Belfast as they search for weapons; during the operation they come 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 extinguisers 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 & Argentina sign accord about Falkland Islands
  • 1971-07-08 During street disturbances, British soldiers shoot dead two Catholic civilians in Free Derry; as a result, riots erupted in the city and the Social Democratic and Labour Party withdraws 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 (of whom 14 were killed) by the British Army during a civil rights march in Derry; 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1801 - 1,900 of 2,523

  • 1954-03-12 Anish Kapoor, Indian born British sculptor, born in Mumbai
  • 1954-04-09 Iain Duncan Smith, British politician
  • 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)
  • 1954-12-28 Rosie Vela, British singer (Zazu, Fools Paradise)
  • 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)
  • 1955-02-21 Sir Steven Fayburgh, British diplomat
  • 1955-04-02 Michael Stone, British terrorist
  • 1955-04-05 Janice Long, British radio host (Crash FM)
  • 1955-04-10 Lesley Garrett, British soprano
  • 1955-04-23 Mike Smith, British DJ
  • 1955-04-23 Su Ingle, British TV hostess
  • 1955-04-25 John Nunn, British chess player
  • 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 politician
  • 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
  • 1955-09-20 Christine Oddy, British member European parliament
  • 1955-09-25 Steven Severin, British pop bassist (Siouxsie & Banshees-Wild Thing)
  • 1955-10-15 Kristine Winder, playmate (Oct, 1977), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1955-10-15 Kulbir Bhaura, British field hockey player
  • 1955-10-18 Timmy Mallett, British TV presenter
  • 1955-11-09 Karen Dotrice, British actress
  • 1955-11-20 Timothy Kristian Charles Mace, Great Britain, cosmonaut
  • 1955-11-25 Bruno Tonioli, Italian born British dancer
  • 1955-12-23 Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet (British Poet Laureate 2009-), born in Glasgow
  • 1956-01-09 Imelda Staunton, British actress
  • 1956-02-13 Liam Brady, Irish soccer player, born in Dublin
  • 1956-03-14 Colin Ayre, British football player
  • 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-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1956-09-07 Byron Stevenson, British footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1956-09-08 Frank Tovey, British musician (d. 2002)
  • 1956-09-12 Barry Andrews, British musician
  • 1956-09-15 Jaki Graham, British R&B singer-songwriter, born in Birmingham
  • 1956-09-29 Sebastian Coe, British 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980, 84), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1956-10-01 Theresa May, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 2016-), 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
  • 1956-11-01 Charles Moore, British editor-in-chief (Sunday Telegraph)
  • 1956-11-08 Richard Curtis, British screenwriter
  • 1957-01-24 Adrian Edmondson, British comedian
  • 1957-02-07 Richard Cook, British jazz writer (d. 2007)
  • 1957-02-19 Ray Winstone, British actor
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

1957-04-09 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88), born in Pedrena, Spain (d. 2011)

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 1957-04-09 Brian Alexander, British broadcaster
  • 1957-04-24 David J, British musician
  • 1957-04-24 Boris Williams, British musician
  • 1957-05-05 Peter Howitt, British actor and film director
  • 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
  • 1957-07-09 Paul Merton, British comedian
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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

Paralympian and Philanthropist Rick Hansen
Paralympian and Philanthropist
Rick Hansen
  • 1957-09-16 Keith Connor, Anguilla, British triple jumper (Olympic bronze 1984)
  • 1957-09-29 Mari Wilson, British singer
  • 1957-11-08 Porl Thompson, British musician (The Cure)
  • 1957-11-20 James Brown, British reggae singer/drummer (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1957-11-30 Richard Barbieri, British keyboardist (Porcupine Tree)
  • 1957-12-07 Tom Winsor, British lawyer and economic regulator
  • 1957-12-22 Richard "Ricky" Ross, Scottish rock vocalist (Deacon Blue), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • 1957-12-26 Dermot Murnaghan, British broadcaster
  • 1958-01-09 Stephen Neale, British philosopher
  • 1958-01-24 Jools Holland, British musician and TV presenter, born in Blackheath, London
  • 1958-01-26 Norman Lamont Hassan, British reggae musician (UB40-Red Red Wine)
  • 1958-01-27 Alan Milburn, British MP
  • 1958-02-07 Matt Ridley, British science writer
  • 1958-02-13 Derek Riggs, British artist
  • 1958-02-13 Tip Tipping, British actor and stuntman (d. 1993)
  • 1958-03-04 Lennie Lee, British artist

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