The United Kingdom in History (Part 21)

Historical Events

Events 2001 - 2,100 of 2,271


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 Callaghan falls
  • 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
  • 1980-07-30 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 British police arrest Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver later convicted of "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women

Event of interestEvent 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 due to Falklands war
  • 1982-04-18 Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act
  • 1982-04-25 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1982-04-26 Argentina surrenders to Britain on S Georgia near Falkland Island
  • 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 & destroyer HMS Coventry were hit in Falkland war: 39 crew members died

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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: Geoff Smith of Great Britain 1st man in 2:10:34 and Lorraine Moller of New Zealand 1st woman in 2:29:28
  • 1984-05-01 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1984-06-30 Last sixpence minted in Great-Britain (in use since 1551)
  • 1984-08-09 Daley Thompson of Britain sets decathalon record (8,847) in California
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Poet Ted Hughes
Poet
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: Geoff Smith of Great Britain 1st man in 2:14:05 and Lisa Larsen Weidenbach of United States 1st woman 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 PM to visit Israel
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1987-07-15 Boy George barred from British TV show, he may be a bad influence
  • 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 is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom which prohibited 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2001 - 2,100 of 2,524

  • 1962-12-31 Heather McCartney, British artist and daughter of Paul McCartney
  • 1963-01-03 Alex Wheatle MBE, black British novelist
  • 1963-03-12 Paul Way, British golfer
  • 1963-04-02 Mike Gascoyne, British engineer
  • 1963-04-04 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), born in Birmingham (d. 1992)
  • 1963-04-16 Nick Berry, Britain, actor (Wicksy-EastEnders)
  • 1963-04-20 Aubrey de Grey, British biomedical gerontologist
  • 1963-05-03 Jamie Reeves, British strongman
  • 1963-05-06 Alessandra Ferri, British ballerina (American Ballet Theater)
  • 1963-05-08 Terry Christian, British radio presenter
  • 1963-05-08 Robin Jarvis, British writer
  • 1963-05-28 Gavin Harrison, British drummer (Porcupine Tree)
  • 1963-05-29 Blaze Bayley, British singer (ex-Iron Maiden)
  • 1963-05-30 Helen Patricia Sharman, Great Britain, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-12)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 disc jockey
  • 1963-09-18 Rob Brettle, British historian
  • 1963-09-18 Jim Pocklington, British racing driver
  • 1963-11-07 John Barnes, British soccer player
  • 1963-11-20 Timothy Gowers, British mathematician
  • 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 and filmmaker
  • 1964-01-14 Mark Addy, British actor
  • 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)
  • 1964-02-21 Jane Tomlinson, British cancer campaigner (d. 2007)
  • 1964-02-21 Huw Higginson, British actor
  • 1964-02-24 Andy Crane, British children's television presenter
  • 1964-02-24 Bill Bailey, British comedian
  • 1964-02-27 Ewen Vernal, British pop bassist (Deacon Blue), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1964-05-05 Lorraine McIntosh, Scottish pop singer (Deacon Blues) and actress, born in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1964-05-08 Dave Rowntree, British musician (Blur)
  • 1964-05-24 Adrian Moorhouse, British 100m breaststroker (Olympic gold 1988)
  • 1964-05-24 Elizabeth McColgan, British running star (world record 5 km indoor)
  • 1964-06-03 James Purefoy, British actor
  • 1964-06-10 Ben Daniels, British actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1964-06-19 Boris Johnson, British Conservative politician, (Foreign Secretary, 2016-present; Mayor of London 2008-2016), born in New York City

British Politician Boris Johnson
British Politician
Boris Johnson
  • 1964-06-21 David Morrissey, British actor
  • 1964-06-22 Mike Edwards, British rock vocalist (Jesus Jones-Devil you Know)
  • 1964-07-03 Joanne Harris, British author
  • 1964-07-22 Adam Godley, British actor
  • 1964-08-04 Gary King, British radio presenter
  • 1964-08-26 Karla Karch-Gailus, basketball guard (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1964-08-30 Gavin Fisher, British engineer
  • 1964-09-19 Patrick Marber, British playwright
  • 1964-09-25 Gary Ayles, British racing driver
  • 1964-10-01 Harry Hill, British comedian
  • 1964-10-03 Clive Owen, British actor
  • 1964-11-09 Leah Pells, 1.5k runner (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1964-11-21 Liza Tarbuck, British entertainer
  • 1964-12-31 Lowri Turner, British TV presenter
  • 1965-01-04 Cait O'Riordan, British musician (The Pogues)
  • 1965-01-14 Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, British chef
  • 1965-01-18 Richard Dunwoody, British(?) jockey)
  • 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, British soccer player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1965-05-09 Steve Yzerman, Canadian NHL forward (Team Canada, Detroit), born in Cranbrook, British Columbia

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1965-08-01 Sam Mendes, British stage and film director
  • 1965-08-06 Mark Speight, British television presenter (d. 2008)
  • 1965-10-10 Clive Jones, British engineer
  • 1965-10-21 Chima McLean, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Conestoga), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965-11-21 Alexander Siddig, British actor
  • 1965-11-22 Peter Safran, British-born American film producer and talent agent
  • 1966-03-06 Alan Davies, British comedian and actor
  • 1966-04-28 John Patrick Daly, PGA golfer (1995 British Open), born in Sacramento, California
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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
  • 1966-11-08 Gordon Ramsay, British chef and reality television personality
  • 1966-11-16 Tahir Shah, British travel writer and explorer
  • 1966-11-24 Russell Watson, British singer
  • 1966-12-20 Matt Neal, British Race Driver
  • 1966-12-29 Bruce Bulina, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1967-01-07 Mark Lamarr, British comedian and broadcaster
  • 1967-01-14 Saskia Wickham, British actress
  • 1967-01-22 Nicholas Gillingham, British swimmer (world record 200m freestyle)
  • 1967-02-14 Stelios Haji-Ioannou, British entrepreneur
  • 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)

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