The United Kingdom in History (Part 20)

Historical Events

Events 1901 - 2,000 of 2,236

  • 1972-08-23 4 civilians and 1 British soldier are injured in separate overnight shooting incidents in North Ireland
  • 1972-09-10 3 British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Dungannon, County Tyrone
  • 1972-09-20 The Social Democratic and Labour Party issues a document entitled "Towards a New Ireland", proposing that the British and Irish governments should have joint sovereignty over Northern Ireland
  • 1972-10-16 2 members of the Official Irish Republican Army are shot dead by the British Army in County Tyrone
  • 1972-10-16 A Protestant youth member (15) of the Ulster Defence Association, and a UDA member (26) are run over by British Army vehicles during riots in east Belfast
  • 1972-10-17 The Ulster Defence Association open fire on the British Army in several areas of Belfast

Appointment of Interest

1972-10-20 John Betjeman is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

  • 1972-10-23 Access credit cards introduced in Great Britain
  • 1972-10-24 2 Catholic men are found dead at a farm at Aughinahinch, near Newtownbbutler, County Fermanagh - British soldiers carry out the killings
  • 1972-10-30 Loyalist paramilitaries carry out a raid on Royal Ulster Constabulary station in County Derry, and steal 4 British Army Sterling sub-machine Guns
  • 1972-10-30 The Northern Ireland Office issues a discussion document 'The Future of Northern Ireland'; the paper states Britain's commitment to the union as long as the majority of people wish to remain part of the United Kingdom
  • 1972-11-11 Rugby League World Cup, Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France: Australia and Great Britain draw 10-10; Great Britain awarded the Trophy

Historic Event

1972-11-16 British Prime Minister Edward Heath warns against a Unilateral Declaration of Independence

  • 1972-11-20 2 British soldiers are killed in a booby trap bomb in Cullyhanna, County Armagh
  • 1972-11-24 Taoiseach Jack Lynch met with British Prime Minister Edward Heath in London to give Irish approval to Attlee's paper that said new arrangements should be 'acceptable to and accepted by the Republic of Ireland'
  • 1973-01-01 Britain, Ireland and Denmark become 7th, 8th and 9th members of the European Common Market
  • 1973-01-07 British Darts Organisation founded in North London
  • 1973-02-04 British Army snipers shoot dead a Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer and three civilians at the junction in Belfast during the 'Troubles' in N Ireland
  • 1973-03-08 The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain, planting four car bombs in London; 10 members of PIRA are arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country
  • 1973-05-17 Five British Army soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army booby-trap bomb in Omagh, County Tyrone
  • 1974-02-04 Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb explodes on a bus in West Yorkshire, England, carrying British Army soldiers and some of their family members
  • 1974-02-05 British miners begin their strike in reaction to the three-day week
  • 1974-02-07 Grenada gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1974-02-28 UK general election results in a hung parliament
  • 1974-04-20 'The Troubles', the Northern Ireland conflict between republican and loyalist paramilitaries, British security forces, and civil rights groups, claims its 1000th victim
  • 1974-05-08 50 MPH speed limit in Britain lifted
  • 1974-05-23 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1974-10-10 Labour Party led by Harold Wilson wins UK general election

The Great Lord Lucan Mystery

1974-11-08 British peer the Earl of Lucan disappears and is never seen again after his nanny is found murdered in London

  • 1974-11-25 Irish Republican Army is outlawed in Britain following deaths of 21
  • 1974-12-22 2nd cease-fire between IRA & British; lasts until approx April 1975
  • 1975-01-05 14 die when British freighter "Lake Illawarra" rams pylon bridge between Derwent & Hobart, Tasmania & ship sinks
  • 1975-02-10 The Provisional Irish Republican Army agrees to a truce and ceasefire with the British government and the Northern Ireland Office; Seven "incident centres" are established in nationalist areas to monitor the ceasefire
  • 1975-06-05 United Kingdom electorate votes 67% to 33% in a referendum to remain part of the European Common Market
  • 1975-06-06 British voters decide to remain in Common Market
  • 1975-07-17 Four British soldiers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army remote-controlled bomb near Forkill, County Armagh; attack the first major breach of a February truce
  • 1975-07-27 The British government closes its consulate in Angola following increasing fighting between the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola and South African troops
  • 1975-10-01 Britain grants internal self-government to Seychelles
  • 1975-11-05 British government sends troops to Belize
  • 1975-11-22 Drummuckavall Ambush: 3 British Army soldiers are killed and one captured when the Provisional Irish Republican Army attack a watchtower in South Armagh, North Ireland
  • 1976-01-21 Supersonic Concorde has its 1st commercial flights
  • 1976-03-05 British pound falls below $2 for 1st time
  • 1976-03-16 British Prime Minister Harold Wilson announces his resignation
  • 1976-04-03 21st Eurovision Song Contest: Brotherhood of Man for United Kingdom wins singing "Save Your Kisses for Me" in The Hague
  • 1976-05-15 The Ulster Volunteer Force launch gun and bomb attacks on 2 pubs in County Armagh, killing 4 Catholic civilians and wounding many more; a British Army soldier is later convicted for taking part in the attacks
  • 1976-06-01 Great Britain and Iceland end the "cod war"
  • 1976-06-11 Australian band AC/DC begin their 1st headline tour of Britain
  • 1976-06-28 Three British mercenaries are sentenced to death for their part in the Angolan civil war
  • 1976-06-29 The Seychelles become independent from the United Kingdom.
  • 1976-07-10 One American and three British mercenaries are executed in Angola following the Luanda Trial
  • 1976-07-21 Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, and his secretary Judith Cook are assassinated by a bomb planted by the Provisional IRA in his car in Dublin
  • 1976-08-10 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteer shot dead by the British Army as he drove in Belfast; his car out of control and kills 3 children, sparking "peace rallies" throughout the month by the 'Peace People'
  • 1976-08-21 Battle, East Sussex: Mary Langdon becomes 1st British firewoman
  • 1976-11-01 Britain gives Gilbert Island (Kiribati) self rule
  • 1977-01-03 Former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins announces his intention to be Britain's first President of the European Commission
  • 1977-04-29 British Aerospace forms
  • 1977-06-01 British Virgin Islands adopts constitution
  • 1977-06-25 8th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 13-12
  • 1977-09-24 Ken Hinton of CFL British Columbia Lions returns a punt 130 yards
  • 1977-11-26 'Vrillon', claiming to be the representative of the 'Ashtar Galactic Command', takes over Britain's Southern Television for six minutes at 5:12 PM.
  • 1978-03-27 The Rutles mockumentary "All You Need is Cash" is shown on British TV
  • 1978-04-15 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • 1978-06-21 The British Army shoots dead 3 Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and a passing Ulster Volunteer Force member at a postal depot on Ballysillan Road, Belfast; it is claimed that the PIRA volunteers were about to launch a bomb attack
  • 1978-09-01 Jacqueline Smith of Great Britain scores 10 straight dead center strikes on a 4" disk in World Parachute Championships in Yugoslavia
  • 1978-10-10 British pop music magazine "Smash Hits" first published

Historic Event

1978-11-05 Khomeini followers attack British embassy/El Al office in Iran

  • 1978-11-18 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1978-12-10 67th Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Rancho Mirage (4-1)
  • 1979-02-22 St Lucia gains independence from Britain
  • 1979-03-22 Provisional Irish Republican Army assassinates Richard Sykes, the British ambassador to the Netherlands, in Den Haag
  • 1979-03-28 British government of Prime Minister Jim Callaghan (Labour Party) falls

Palace of Westminster

1979-03-30 Airey Neave, a British politician, is killed by a car bomb as he exits the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility.

  • 1979-03-31 The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien).
  • 1979-07-06 IRA bomb explodes in British consulate in Antwerp
  • 1979-08-09 English seaside resort Brighton gets 1st British nude beach
  • 1979-08-27 Warrenpoint ambush: 18 British Army soldiers killed when Provisional IRA explode two roadside bombs as a British convoy passes Narrow Water Castle
  • 1979-08-29 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1979-11-13 British newspaper "The Times" resumes publishing after 1 year
  • 1979-12-16 4 British Army soldiers are killed by a PIRA landmine near Dungannon, County Tyrone. Another British Army soldier was killed by a PIRA landmine near Forkill, County Armagh
  • 1980-01-02 British Steel workers go on a national strike
  • 1980-04-26 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1980-05-05 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends as the SAS and police storm the building
  • 1980-06-28 The South African Springbok rugby team lead by Morné du Plessis beats the British Lions 12-10 in Port Elizabeth to lead 3-0 in the series
  • 1980-06-30 British sixpence demonetised after being in used since 1551 and 12 years after introduction of decimal currency
  • 1980-07-30 Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain & France
  • 1980-10-08 British Leyland starts selling Mini Metro
  • 1980-10-24 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1980-12-17 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1980-12-19 Anguilla becomes a British dependency separate from St Kitts

Historic Event

1981-01-04 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper"

Engagement of Interest

1981-02-24 Britain's Prince Charles announces engagement to Lady Diana Spencer

  • 1981-04-04 26th Eurovision Song Contest: Bucks Fizz for United Kingdom wins singing "Making Your Mind Up" in Dublin
  • 1981-05-19 5 British Army soldiers are killed when their armoured vehicle is ripped apart by a Provisional Irish Republican Army roadside bomb near Bessbrook, County Armagh
  • 1981-07-17 Glasdrumman ambush: the Provisional Irish Republican Army attack a British Army post in South Armagh, killing 1 soldier and injuring another
  • 1981-09-21 Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from UK
  • 1981-11-01 Antigua & Barbuda gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1981-11-12 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • 1982-02-05 British airline Laker Airways collapses owing 270M pounds ($351M)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1901 - 2,000 of 2,384

  • 1963-05-29 Blaze Bayley [Bayley Cooke], English singer (Wolfsbane; Iron Maiden), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1963-05-30 Helen Patricia Sharman, Great Britain, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-12)

George Michael

1963-06-25 George Michael [Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou], English singer-songwriter and pop superstar (Wham! - "Careless Whisper"; "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"; solo - " I Want Your Sex"; "Faith"), born in London, England (d. 2016)

  • 1963-07-02 Mark Kermode, British film critic
  • 1963-08-25 James Backhouse, British artist
  • 1963-08-30 Paul Oakenfold, British record producer and DJ, born in Mile End, London
  • 1963-09-18 Jim Pocklington, British racing driver, born in Romford, London
  • 1963-10-19 Sinitta [Malone], British-American singer ("So Macho"; "Toy Boy"), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1963-11-07 John Barnes, British football player, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1963-11-20 Timothy Gowers, British mathematician (1998 Fields Medal), born in Malborough, England
  • 1963-12-24 Caroline Aherne, British comedienne, writer and actress (The Royale Family), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1963-12-29 Dave McKean, British artist & filmmaker, born in Maidenhead, United Kingdom
  • 1964-01-14 Mark Addy, British actor, born in York, United Kingdom
  • 1964-01-29 Anna Ryder Richardson, British interior designer and television presenter
  • 1964-02-08 Trinny Woodall, British fashion guru (Trinny and Susannah - What Not to Wear), born in London, England
  • 1964-02-18 Paul Hanley, British musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers), born in Manchester, England
  • 1964-02-21 Huw Higginson, British actor, born in Uxbridge, United Kingdom
  • 1964-02-21 Jane Tomlinson, British cancer campaigner, born in Wakefield, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1964-02-24 Andy Crane, British children's television presenter
  • 1964-02-27 Ewen Vernal, British pop bassist (Deacon Blue), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Prince Edward

1964-03-10 Prince Edward [Edward Anthony Richard Louis], Prince of Britain and son of Elizabeth II, born in Buckingham Palace, London

  • 1964-03-11 Shane Richie, British actor (EastEnders, Flushed Away), born in Harlesden, London
  • 1964-03-18 Courtney Pine, British jazz saxophonist
  • 1964-03-19 Jake Weber, British actor
  • 1964-04-03 Nigel Farage, British politician and leader of the UKIP who campaigned for Brexit, born in Downe, Kent
  • 1964-04-18 Niall Ferguson, British historian (Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World, Civilisation: the West and the Rest), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1964-05-05 Lorraine McIntosh, Scottish pop singer (Deacon Blues) and actress, born in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1964-05-08 Dave Rowntree, British drummer (Blur - "Country House"; Coffee &TV"), and politician, born in Colchester, Essex, England
  • 1964-05-24 Adrian Moorhouse, British 100m breaststroker (Olympic gold 1988), born in Bradford, England
  • 1964-05-24 Elizabeth McColgan, British running star (world record 5 km indoor), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • 1964-06-03 James Purefoy, English actor (Rome), born in Taunton, England
  • 1964-06-10 Ben Daniels, British actor (The Crown), born in Nuneaton, England

Boris Johnson

1964-06-19 Boris Johnson, British Conservative politician, (UK Prime Minister, 2019-22, Mayor of London, 2008-2016), born in NYC, New York

  • 1964-06-21 David Morrissey, British actor (State of Play; The Walking Dead), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1964-06-22 Mike Edwards, British rock vocalist (Jesus Jones - "Devil You Know")
  • 1964-07-03 Joanne Harris, British author (Chocolat), born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England
  • 1964-07-22 Adam Godley, British stage and screen actor (The Lehman Trilogy; Powers), born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. England
  • 1964-08-04 Gary King, British radio presenter
  • 1964-08-26 Karla Karch-Gailus, Canadian basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1964-08-30 Gavin Fisher, British engineer (Williams Formula One)
  • 1964-09-19 Patrick Marber, British playwright (Closer) and comedian, born in London, England
  • 1964-09-25 Gary Ayles, British racing driver
  • 1964-10-01 Harry Hill, British comedian
  • 1964-10-03 Clive Owen, English actor (Closer), born in Coventry, England
  • 1964-11-09 Leah Pells, Canadian 1.5k runner (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1964-11-21 Liza Tarbuck, British entertainer
  • 1964-12-31 Lowri Turner, British TV presenter, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1965-01-04 Cait O'Riordan, British musician (The Pogues), born in Lagos, Nigeria
  • 1965-01-13 Bill Bailey, British comedian (Black Books, QI), born in bath, England
  • 1965-01-14 Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, British TV chef (River Cottage), writer and environmental activist, born in London, England
  • 1965-01-18 Richard Dunwoody, British jockey, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1965-02-19 Andrew Jameson, English swimmer, born in Crosby, England
  • 1965-03-02 Lembit Öpik, British politician
  • 1965-03-11 Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, British interior designer and television host (Changing Rooms), born in Kensington, London, England
  • 1965-04-07 Alison Lapper, British artist
  • 1965-05-06 Norman Whiteside, Northern Ireland football player, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Steve Yzerman

1965-05-09 Steve Yzerman, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 2002, Detroit Red Wings), born in Cranbrook, British Columbia

  • 1965-05-26 Hazel Irvine, British television presenter

Cam Neely

1965-06-06 Cam Neely, Canadian Hockey HOF right wing (5 x All Star; Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins) and executive (President Boston Bruins), born in Comox, British Columbia

  • 1965-06-23 Paul Arthurs, British guitarist (Oasis)
  • 1965-07-15 David Miliband, British politician
  • 1965-07-31 Julian Richards, British film director (Queen Sacrifice), born in Newport, Wales

Sam Mendes

1965-08-01 Sam Mendes, British stage and film director, born in Reading, Berkshire, England

  • 1965-08-06 Mark Speight, British television presenter (d. 2008)
  • 1965-09-16 Lorne Spicer, British TV presenter, born in Upminster, United Kingdom
  • 1965-11-21 Alexander Siddig, British actor
  • 1965-11-22 Peter Safran, British-born American film producer and talent agent

Alan Davies

1966-03-06 Alan Davies, British comedian and actor (Jonathan Creek, QI), born in Loughton, Essex, England

  • 1966-05-10 Jonathan Edwards, Britain, triple jumper (Olympics-gold/silver-92, 96)
  • 1966-05-19 Polly Walker, British actress
  • 1966-07-05 Susannah Doyle, British actress (Drop the Dead Donkey), born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
  • 1966-10-15 Dougie Vipond, Scottish pop drummer (Deacon Blue - "Real Gone Kid") and broadcaster (BBC), born in Elderslie, Scotland
  • 1966-11-08 Gordon Ramsay, British chef and reality television personality, born in Johnstone, Scotland
  • 1966-11-16 Tahir Shah, British travel writer and explorer
  • 1966-11-24 Russell Watson, British pop-opera singer
  • 1966-12-20 Matt Neal, British motor racing driver, born in Stourbridge, United Kingdom
  • 1967-01-07 Mark Lamarr, British comedian & broadcaster, born in Swindon, United Kingdom
  • 1967-01-14 Saskia Wickham, British actress, born in Holland Park, London
  • 1967-01-22 Nicholas Gillingham, British swimmer (world record 200m freestyle), born in Walsall, England
  • 1967-02-14 Stelios Haji-Ioannou, British-Cypriot entrepreneur, born in Athens, Greece
  • 1967-02-25 Nick Leeson, British banker (Baring bank)
  • 1967-03-21 Adrian Chiles, British television and radio presenter, and sportscaster, born in Quinton, Birmingham, England
  • 1967-03-21 Maxim Reality [Keith Palmer], Jamaican-British trip-hop MC and vocalist (The Prodigy), born in Peterborough, England
  • 1967-04-02 Helen Chamberlain, British television presenter (Soccer AM, 1995-2017), born in Street, Somerset, England
  • 1967-04-15 Frankie Poullain [Francis Poullain-Patterson], Scottish bass player (The Darkness - Permission To Land), born in Milnathort, Scotland
  • 1967-04-26 Marianne Jean-Baptiste, English actress (Secrets & Lies), born in Camberwell, London
  • 1967-04-30 Steven Mackintosh, British actor
  • 1967-05-10 Jon Ronson, British journalist and author
  • 1967-06-10 Emma Anderson, British guitarist and songwriter (Lush, Sing-Sing)
  • 1967-06-23 Helen Geake, British archaeologist, born in Wolverhampton, England
  • 1967-07-22 Lauren Booth, British journalist
  • 1967-08-22 Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, English-American actor (The Mummy Returns), born in Islington, London
  • 1967-09-07 Toby Jones, British actor (Infamous), born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1967-10-16 Davina McCall, British television presenter
  • 1967-10-20 Susan Tulley, English actress (Michelle-EastEnders), born in London, England
  • 1967-12-23 Tim Fountain, British playwright, born in Dewsbury, United Kingdom
  • 1968-02-16 Warren Ellis, British comic book writer (Red), born in Essex, England
  • 1968-03-18 Paul Marsden, British writer, politician (Member of Parliament, 1997-2005), and businessman, born in Frodsham, Cheshire, England
  • 1968-03-28 Jon Lee, Welsh drummer (Feeder), born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 2002)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths