The United Kingdom in History (Part 20)

Historical Events

Events 1901 - 2,000 of 2,245

  • 1972-07-18 The 100th British soldier to die in the Northern Ireland "troubles" is shot by a sniper in Belfast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972-07-18 Leader of the British Labour Party Harold Wilson holds meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • 1972-07-21 Bloody Friday: within the space of seventy-five minutes, the Provisional Irish Republican Army explode twenty-two bombs in Belfast; six civilians, two British Army soldiers and one UDA volunteer were killed, 130 injured
  • 1972-07-31 Operation Motorman: the British Army use 12,000 soldiers supported by tanks and bulldozers to re-take the "no-go areas" controlled by the Provisional Irish Republican Army

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972-08-03 British premier Edward Heath proclaims emergency crisis due to dock strike

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • 1972-08-14 2 British soldiers are killed by an IRA booby trap bomb in Belfast
  • 1972-08-14 A Catholic civilian is shot dead during an IRA attack on a British Army patrol in Belfast
  • 1972-08-21 British dock strike ends after dockers accept an amended Jones-Adlington Agreement
  • 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

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
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 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
  • 1972-10-30 Loyalist paramilitaries carry out a raid on Royal Ulster Constabulary station in County Derry, and steal 4 British Army Sterling sub-machine Guns
  • 1972-11-11 Rugby League World Cup, Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France: Australia and Great Britain draw 10-10; Great Britain awarded the Trophy
  • 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
  • 1974-03-04 Harold Wilson replaces resigning Edward Heath as British premier
  • 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 MysteryThe 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

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Lord and Lady Lucan outside their home where she was later attacked
Lord and Lady Lucan outside their home where she was later attacked
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  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • 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

UKPalace 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.

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The Palace of Westminster, London
The Palace of Westminster, London
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  • 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
  • 1981-01-04 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, the "Yorkshire Ripper"
  • 1981-01-05 Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver confesses that he is the "Yorkshire Ripper" and murdered 13 women

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1901 - 2,000 of 2,419

Person of interestFrank Bruno

1961-11-16 Frank Bruno, English boxer (European champion), born in Hammersmith, England

  • 1961-11-20 Tim Harvey, British racing driver, born in Farnborough, England
  • 1961-11-22 Stephen Hough, British concert pianist
  • 1961-11-28 Martin Clunes, British actor
  • 1961-12-23 Carol Smillie, British television personality, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1962-02-07 Eddie Izzard, British actor and comedian
  • 1962-02-21 Vanessa Feltz, British television presenter
  • 1962-03-04 Simon Bisley, British comic book artist
  • 1962-06-03 Susannah Constantine, British fashion guru
  • 1962-09-24 Jack Dee, British comedian (I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue), born in Bromley, England
  • 1962-09-28 S C Grant, British Lt-General
  • 1962-10-05 Caron Keating, British television personality (d. 2004)
  • 1962-10-25 Nick Hancock, British television presenter (They Think It's All Over), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • 1962-11-09 Teryl Rothery, Canadian actress (Stargate SG-1), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1962-11-23 Calvin Hayes, British drummer (Johnny Hates Jazz - Turn Back the Clock), born in London
  • 1962-12-31 Heather McCartney, American-British potter & artist, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1963-01-03 Alex Wheatle MBE, black British novelist
  • 1963-03-12 Paul Way, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1983, 85), born in Kingsbury, Middlesex
  • 1963-04-02 Mike Gascoyne, British motor racing engineer, designer, writer (McLaren, Sauber, Tyrrell, Jordan, Renault, Toyota, Force India) and broadcaster (BBC 5 Live, Sky Sports), born in Norwich, England
  • 1963-04-04 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), born in Birmingham (d. 1992)
  • 1963-04-16 Nick Berry, English actor (Wicksy-EastEnders), born in Woodford, Essex
  • 1963-04-20 Aubrey de Grey, British biomedical gerontologist, born in London
  • 1963-05-03 Jamie Reeves, British coal miner, strongman and professional wrestler (1989 World's Strongest Man), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
  • 1963-05-06 Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)
  • 1963-05-08 Terry Christian, British writer, radio and television presenter, born in Old Trafford, Lancashire, England
  • 1963-05-08 Robin Jarvis, British young adult fication, and fantasy writer (The Witching Legacy), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1963-05-28 Gavin Harrison, British progressive rock drummer (Porcupine Tree; King Crimson; Pineapple Thief), born in Harrow, Middlesex, Englan
  • 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)

Person of interestGeorge Michael

1963-06-25 George Michael [Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou], English singer-songwriter and pop superstar (Wham!, I Want Your Sex), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael
  • 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
  • 1963-11-07 John Barnes, British football player, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1963-11-20 Timothy Gowers, British mathematician (1998 Fields Medal), born in Malborough, England
  • 1963-11-23 Joe Ahearne, British television director
  • 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
  • 1964-02-18 Paul Hanley, British musician (The Fall, Tom Hingley and the Lovers), born in Manchester, England
  • 1964-02-21 Jane Tomlinson, British cancer campaigner, born in Wakefield, United Kingdom (d. 2007)
  • 1964-02-21 Huw Higginson, British actor, born in Uxbridge, United Kingdom
  • 1964-02-24 Andy Crane, British children's television presenter
  • 1964-02-27 Ewen Vernal, British pop bassist (Deacon Blue), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestPrince Edward

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

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward
  • 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, British actor
  • 1964-06-10 Ben Daniels, British actor

Person of interestBoris Johnson

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

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • 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 actor
  • 1964-08-04 Gary King, British radio presenter
  • 1964-08-26 Karla Karch-Gailus, 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, British(?) swimmer
  • 1965-03-02 Lembit Öpik, British politician
  • 1965-03-11 Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, British television presenter
  • 1965-04-07 Alison Lapper, British artist
  • 1965-05-06 Norman Whiteside, Northern Ireland football player, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Person of interestSteve Yzerman

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

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • 1965-05-26 Hazel Irvine, British television presenter

Person of interestCam Neely

1965-06-06 Cam Neely, NHL forward (Boston Bruins), born in Comox, British Columbia

NHL Star Cam Neely
NHL Star
Cam Neely
  • 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

Person of interestSam Mendes

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

Film Director Sam Mendes
Film Director
Sam Mendes
  • 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

Person of interestAlan Davies

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

Comedian and Actor Alan Davies
Comedian and Actor
Alan Davies
  • 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

Person of interestDavid Cameron

1966-10-09 David Cameron, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 2010-16), born in London, England

British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister
David Cameron
  • 1966-10-15 Douglas Vipond, Scottish pop drummer (Deacon Blue) and broadcaster, born in Elderslie, Scotland

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