The United Kingdom in History (Part 21)

Historical Events

Events 2001 - 2,100 of 2,245

HeartEngagement of Interest

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

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • 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)
  • 1982-04-02 Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain
  • 1982-04-05 Lord Carrington, British Foreign Secretary resigns for his failure to foresee the invasion of the Falkland Islands
  • 1982-04-18 Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act
  • 1982-04-25 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

UKArgentine Soldiers Surrender in the Falklands

1982-04-26 Argentina surrenders to Great Britain on South Georgia Island, near the Falkland Islands

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Argentinian prisoners of war are marched in Port Stanley after they surrendered in the Falklands War
Argentinian prisoners of war are marched in Port Stanley after they surrendered in the Falklands War
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  • 1982-05-02 Falklands War: Argentine cruiser General Belgrano sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men
  • 1982-05-04 British destroyer HMS Sheffield hit by Exocet rocket off Falkland Islands: 20 of her crew died.
  • 1982-05-21 British troops land on Falkland Islands

  • 1982-05-23 BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina
  • 1982-05-26 British ship Atlantic Conveyor carrying Chinook helicopters and destroyer HMS Coventry hit in Falkland war: 39 crew members die

BeatificationPapal Visit

1982-05-28 Pope John Paul II is 1st reigning pope to visit Great Britain (Adrian IV was born in England, as Nicholas Breakspear)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1982-05-29 1st papal visit to Britain since 1531

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982-06-08 US President Ronald Reagan addresses the British Parliament in his "ash heap of history" speech

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1982-06-14 Argentina surrenders to Great Britain, ending the 74-day Falklands Islands conflict
  • 1982-06-16 Britain requests Argentina to arrange for return of prisoners
  • 1982-07-12 Britain announces it is returning 593 Argentine POWs
  • 1982-07-20 Hyde Park and Regent's Park bombings: 11 British soldiers and 7 military horses killed in Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb attacks during military ceremonies in London
  • 1982-12-06 Droppin Well bombing: 11 British soldiers and 6 civilians are killed by an Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) time bomb at the Droppin’ Well Bar in Ballykelly, County Londonderry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983-01-09 British PM Margaret Thatcher visits Falkland Islands

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1983-01-26 Dutch British infrared satellite IRAS launched from California
  • 1983-04-21 1 pound coin introduced in United Kingdom
  • 1983-04-22 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1983-06-09 Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party wins British parliamentary election
  • 1983-11-11 1st US cruise missiles arrive in Great Britain
  • 1983-12-31 Brunei gains complete independence from Britain
  • 1984-03-06 Twelve-month-long strike in British coal industry begins.
  • 1984-04-16 88th Boston Marathon: Englishman Geoff Smith wins men's event in 2:10:34; Lorraine Moller of New Zealand women's champion in 2:29:28
  • 1984-05-01 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

  • 1984-08-09 Daley Thompson of Great Britain scores 8,797 points to win the Olympic decathlon in Los Angeles; later recognised as a world record
  • 1984-09-19 Britain & China complete a proposed agreement to transfer Hong Kong to China by 1997
  • 1984-09-26 Britain & China initial agreement return Hong Kong to China in 1997
  • 1984-12-09 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1984-12-28 Ted Hughes is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Poet Ted Hughes
Ted Hughes
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1985-01-01 The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone
  • 1985-01-14 British pound sinks to record low $US1.11
  • 1985-01-23 Britains House of Lords debate 1st televised
  • 1985-04-15 89th Boston Marathon: Englishman Geoff Smith repeats as men's champion in 2:14:05; American Lisa Larsen Weidenbach takes women's title in 2:34:06
  • 1985-05-27 Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997
  • 1985-05-29 Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months
  • 1985-12-05 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • 1986-01-06 British Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns after the 'Westland affair'
  • 1986-03-05 "Today" tabloid launched (Britain's 1st national colour newspaper); it folded in 1995
  • 1986-05-24 Margaret Thatcher becomes 1st British Prime Minister to visit Israel

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1986-06-24 In Britain, Foreign Office Minister Lynda Chalker, meets Oliver Tambo, president of the African National Congress to discuss means of ending Apartheid without violence

Anti-Apartheid Politician and Revolutionary Oliver Tambo
Anti-Apartheid Politician and Revolutionary
Oliver Tambo
  • 1986-09-30 Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed details of Israel covert nuclear program to British media, is kidnapped in Rome, Italy
  • 1986-10-07 First edition of new British newspaper "Independent" published

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986-10-12 Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visit the People's Republic of China

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip
  • 1986-10-24 Great Britain drops diplomatic relations with Syria

  • 1986-10-27 British government deregulates financial markets in a "Big Bang", enhancing London's status as a financial capital while increasing income inequality

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987-01-12 Britain's Prince Edward resigns from his Royal Marines training

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward
Earl of Wessex
Prince Edward
  • 1987-01-26 Hart Foundation beat British Bulldogs for WWF tag team title
  • 1987-02-11 British Airways begins trading stocks
  • 1987-04-16 British Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears at Bow Street Magistrates' Court in London charged with gross indecency
  • 1987-06-11 Margaret Thatcher is 1st British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a third consecutive term

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987-07-15 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence

Singer-Songwriter Boy George
Boy George
  • 1987-07-16 Great Britain performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1987-08-11 France & Great-Britain send minesweepers to Persian Gulf
  • 1987-09-13 Paul Lynch of Great Britain does 32,573 push-ups in 24 hours
  • 1988-01-03 Margaret Thatcher becomes longest-serving British PM this century
  • 1988-02-04 Despite union calls to end the strike, rank-and-file seamen at major British ports refuse to return to work
  • 1988-03-11 British pound note ceases to be legal tender, replaced by one pound coin
  • 1988-03-19 2 British soldiers lynched in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1988-04-04 Last broadcast of "Crossroads" on British TV
  • 1988-05-24 Section 28 passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality. Repealed 2001/2004
  • 1988-06-11 25th Curtis Cup: British Isles, 11-7
  • 1988-10-19 Britain bans broadcast interviews with IRA members
  • 1988-10-20 Britain ends suspects' right to remain silent in crackdown on IRA
  • 1989-01-13 Computers across Britain hit by "Friday the 13th"/Jerusalem virus

  • 1989-02-20 An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989-03-07 Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses"

Novelist Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
  • 1989-08-17 32nd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 12½-11½
  • 1989-08-24 British brewery Bass buys Holiday Inn hotel chain
  • 1989-09-22 IRA bomb kills 10 Royal Marines bandsmen in Kent
  • 1989-11-21 TV cameras permitted in British House of Commons
  • 1989-12-08 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • 1990-04-11 Customs officers in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, say they have seized what they believe to be the barrel of a massive gun on a ship bound for Iraq.
  • 1990-11-14 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1990-11-22 Margaret Thatcher announces her resignation as British Prime Minister

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990-11-28 Conservative Party chooses John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher as leader and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister John Major
British Prime Minister
John Major
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1990-12-01 British & French workers meet in English Channel's tunnel (Chunnel)
  • 1991-03-04 Iraq releases 6 US, 3 British & 1 Italian POW
  • 1991-04-01 Iran releases British hostage Roger Cooper after 5 years
  • 1991-05-16 Queen Elizabeth II becomes 1st British monarch to address US congress
  • 1991-06-29 With a world ranking of 591, Englishman Nick Brown upsets 10th-seeded (and 2001 champion) Goran Ivanišević 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in the 2nd round at Wimbledon
  • 1991-08-08 Shi'ite Muslims release British hostage John McCarthy
  • 1991-11-14 American and British authorities announce indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the downing of the Pan Am Flight 103
  • 1992-01-09 Alison Halford, Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside Police (Britain's most senior policewoman) is suspended after allegations of misconduct
  • 1992-03-19 Britain's Prince Andrew & Sarah, Duchess of York, announce separation
  • 1992-03-25 British scientists find new largest perfect # (2 756839 -1 * 2 756839)
  • 1992-04-06 British Radio Authority licenses Virgin & TV-AM radio licenses
  • 1992-04-08 After 151 years Britain's "Punch Magazine" publishes its final issue
  • 1992-04-27 Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2001 - 2,100 of 2,419

  • 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 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
  • 1967-03-21 Maxim Reality, British MC (The Prodigy)
  • 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, British actress (Michelle-EastEnders)
  • 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 politician
  • 1968-03-28 Jon Lee, Welsh drummer (Feeder), born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 2002)
  • 1968-03-28 Tim Lovejoy, British television presenter (Soccer AM with Helen Chamberlain), born in Northwood, London
  • 1968-04-28 Howard Donald, British pop musician (Take That - "Back For Good"), born in Droylsden, Lancashire, England
  • 1968-05-10 Al Murray, British comedian
  • 1968-05-12 Catherine Tate, English actress and comedian (The Catherine Tate Show, Doctor Who), born in London, England
  • 1968-05-22 Carmie Vairo, softball infielder (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-06-02 Jon Culshaw, British comedian and impressionist
  • 1968-06-11 Sophie Okonedo, English actress (Hotel Rwanda), born in London
  • 1968-06-13 David Gray, British singer-songwriter, and guitarist (White Ladder), born in Sale, Cheshire
  • 1968-06-21 Sonique [Sonia Marina Clarke], British musician and DJ, born in London
  • 1968-07-13 Christian Taylor, British screenwriter
  • 1968-09-10 Guy Ritchie, British film director (Sherlock Holmes), born in Hartfield, England
  • 1968-10-02 Victoria Derbyshire, British radio presenter
  • 1968-10-07 Thom Yorke, British musician and lead singer of Radiohead (Creep; Paranoid Android), born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
  • 1968-10-19 Sinitta [Malone], British-American singer (So Macho, Toy Boy), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968-11-03 Debbie Rochon, Canadian actress (Tromeo & Juliet), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-11-12 Aaron Stainthorpe, British singer (My Dying Bride), born in England, United Kingdom
  • 1968-12-01 Justin Chadwick, British actor and director
  • 1968-12-20 Joe Cornish, British comedian, born in Westminster, United Kingdom
  • 1969-01-17 Naveen Andrews, British actor, born in Lambeth, London
  • 1969-01-20 Nicky Wire [Jones], Welsh rock bassist and lyricist (Manic Street Preachers), born in Llanbadoc, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • 1969-03-05 Paul Blackthorne, British actor
  • 1969-03-06 Greg Scott, British TV personality
  • 1969-04-27 Mica Paris, British Rhythm & Blues singer (So Good), born in London
  • 1969-04-27 Darcey Bussell, British ballerina (Strictly Come Dancing), born in London

Person of interestJoe Sakic

1969-07-07 Joe Sakic, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Colorado Avalanche, Canada 1998-2002) and executive (GM Colorado Avalanche), born in Burnaby, British Columbia

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 1969-08-25 Catriona Matthew, Scottish golfer (British Open 2009), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1969-08-28 Jason Priestley, Canadian-American actor (Brandon-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1969-10-15 Dominic West, British actor (The Wire), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1969-12-03 Bill Steer, Scottish-British heavy metal guitarist (Napalm Death; Carcass; Gentlemans Pistols), born in Stockton-on-Tees, England
  • 1970-02-03 Warwick Davis, British actor
  • 1970-02-10 Myrea Pettit, British illustrator

Person of interestSimon Pegg

1970-02-14 Simon Pegg [Buckingham], English comedian & actor (Shaun of the Dead, Mission: Impossible), born in Brockworth, England

Actor and Comedian Simon Pegg
Actor and Comedian
Simon Pegg
  • 1970-03-27 Brendan Hill, American drummer (Blues Traveler - "Run-Around"), born in London, England
  • 1970-05-11 Glenn Hugill, British television presenter and producer
  • 1970-05-27 Tim Farron, British politician
  • 1970-06-04 David Pybus, British extreme heavy metal bassist (Cradle Of Death), born in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1970-06-25 Lucy Benjamin, British actress (EastEnders), born in Reading, Berkshire, England
  • 1970-07-10 John Simm, British actor
  • 1970-07-18 Margaret Langford, canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-08-12 Charles Mesure, British actor
  • 1970-09-13 Louise Lombard, British actress (The House of Eliott), born in Redbridge, London, England
  • 1970-09-18 Dan Eldon, British-Kenyan photojournalist, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1993)
  • 1970-10-08 Sadiq Khan, British politician and 1st Muslim Mayor of London, born in London
  • 1970-10-13 Paul Potts, British opera singer and winner of Britain's Got Talent 2007, born in Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, England
  • 1970-10-24 Rob Leslie-Carter, British engineer and project manager, born in Oxford, England
  • 1970-11-12 Harvey Stephens, British child actor, born in Putney, London
  • 1970-11-17 Paul Allender, British guitarist (Cradle of Filth)
  • 1970-11-22 Stel Pavlou, British novelist
  • 1970-11-23 Zoë Ball, British television and radio presenter, born in Blackpool, United Kingdom
  • 1970-12-14 Toby Anstis, British radio and TV presenter, born in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
  • 1970-12-15 Michael Shanks, Canadian actor and director (Stargate), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-01-30 Darren Boyd, British actor, born in Hastings, United Kingdom
  • 1971-02-11 Damian Lewis, British actor, born in St John's Wood, London
  • 1971-02-13 Sonia [Evans], British singer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1971-02-17 Jeremy Edwards, British actor (Holby City), born in London, England
  • 1971-02-27 Derren Brown, British psychological illusionist, born in Purley, London
  • 1971-03-07 Matthew Vaughn, British producer and director (Kingsman films), born in London, England
  • 1971-03-10 Steve Arnold, British racing driver
  • 1971-03-23 Gail Porter, British television presenter
  • 1971-04-15 Katy Hill, British television presenter
  • 1971-04-21 Samantha Druce, British swimmer, youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • 1971-04-27 Tess Daly, British television presenter (Strictly Come Dancing), born in Stockport, Cheshire, England
  • 1971-06-04 James Callis, British actor
  • 1971-07-07 Alistair Potts, British rower, born in Chertsey, United Kingdom
  • 1971-08-20 David Walliams, English actor, comedian (Come Fly With Me) and children's author, born in London, England
  • 1971-08-21 Liam Howlett, British musician (The Prodigy), born in Braintree, Essex, England
  • 1971-09-11 Richard Ashcroft, British singer (The Verve), born in Wigan, Lancashire, England
  • 1971-09-29 Mackenzie Crook, British actor and comedian
  • 1971-10-06 Phil Bennett, British racing driver
  • 1971-10-07 Paul Hannam, Canadian 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-10-09 Simon Atlee, British fashion photographer (d. 2004)
  • 1971-10-15 Andy Cole, British footballer (Manchester United), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1971-12-23 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite, born in Hampshire (d. 2017)

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