The United Kingdom in History (Part 21)

Historical Events

Events 2001 - 2,100 of 2,236

  • 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
  • 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, in the South Atlantic, to repel Argentine military invasion
  • 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

Papal 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)

  • 1982-05-29 1st papal visit to Britain since 1531

Historic Event

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

  • 1982-06-14 Argentina surrenders to Great Britain, ending the 74-day Falklands Islands conflict
  • 1982-06-16 Britain makes request to 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Appointment of Interest

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

Meeting 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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Music History

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 Two British Army corporals are attacked during a funeral procession, beaten and shot dead by the Provisional IRA in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1988-04-04 Last broadcast of British soap opera "Crossroads" on ITV
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Latest Wonder of the World

1990-12-01 British and French workers meet in the middle of the Channel Tunnel under the English Channel

Sports History

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.
  • 1992-10-24 10th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 10-6
  • 1992-10-27 Great Britain issues postage stamp on 100th anniversary of JRR Tolkien
  • 1993-01-11 British Airways ends one of the longest libel actions in its history
  • 1993-01-13 French, British, and US fighter jets launch bombing raids in southern Iraq
  • 1993-04-30 Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom.
  • 1993-10-16 Anti-Nazi riot breaks out in Welling in Kent, after police stop protesters approaching British National Party headquarters
  • 1993-12-15 British Prime Minister John Major and Irish premier Reynolds signs Downing Street Declaration concerning Northern Ireland self determination
  • 1994-03-28 BBC Radio Five Live broadcasts for first time in United Kingdom

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2001 - 2,100 of 2,384

  • 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 singer (Radiohead - "Creep"; "Paranoid Android"), born in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England
  • 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 (Bleak House), born in Salford, England
  • 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 Darcey Bussell, British ballerina (Strictly Come Dancing), born in London
  • 1969-04-27 Mica Paris, British Rhythm & Blues singer (So Good), born in London

Joe SakicJoe Sakic (53 years old)

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

Catriona MatthewCatriona Matthew (53 years old)

1969-08-25 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, English actor (Willow, Professor Flitwick in Harry Potter films), born in Epsom, England
  • 1970-02-10 Myrea Pettit, British illustrator

Simon PeggSimon Pegg (52 years old)

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

  • 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, England
  • 1970-10-13 Paul Potts, British pop-opera singer and 1st 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 (Battlestar Galactica), born in London, England
  • 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 - "Bitter Sweet Symphony"), born in Wigan, Lancashire, England
  • 1971-09-29 Mackenzie Crook, British actor and comedian (The Pirates of the Caribbean, Detectorists), born in Maidstone, England
  • 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)
  • 1972-01-09 Sarah Beeny, English property developer & television presenter, born in Reading, United Kingdom
  • 1972-03-20 Alexander Kapranos, Greek-British musician (Franz Ferdinand)
  • 1972-04-02 Chico Slimani, Moroccan-British singer (It's Chico Time), born in Bridgend, Wales
  • 1972-05-02 Peter Ogilvie, Canadian 100m sprinter (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-05-05 James Cracknell, British rowing champion (Olympic gold 2000, 04), born in Sutton, London
  • 1972-05-26 Patsy Palmer [Julie Merkell], British actress (Eastenders), born in London, England
  • 1972-06-14 Phillip Rhys [Philippe Rhys Chaudhary], British actor and filmmaker, born in London, England
  • 1972-06-14 Shaun Keaveny, British radio DJ
  • 1972-07-06 Mark Gasser, British concert pianist, born in Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • 1972-07-10 Peter Serafinowicz, British comedian and actor (Shaun Of The Dead; Guardians Of The Galaxy), born in the Gateacre, Liverpool, England
  • 1972-09-01 Doug Williams, British professional wrestler
  • 1972-09-09 Natasha Kaplinsky, British newsreader, born in Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 1972-09-18 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer, born in Shipley, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2003)
  • 1972-09-23 Karl Pilkington, British radio personality
  • 1972-09-29 Oliver Gavin, British racing car driver (Corvette Racing 2002-present), born in Huntingdon, England
  • 1972-09-29 Robert Webb, British actor, comedian, and writer (Jeremy "Jez" Usborne- "Peep Show"), born in Boston, Lincolnshire
  • 1972-11-02 Samantha Janus, British singer and actress (EastEnders), born in Brighton, Sussex, England
  • 1973-01-02 Lucy Davis, British actress
  • 1973-04-20 Geoff Lloyd, British radio presenter (Geoff Lloyd with Annabel Port), born in Withington, Lancashire, England
  • 1973-04-24 Gabby Logan, British television presenter, born in Leeds, England
  • 1973-04-25 Paige Gordon, Canadian diver (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1973-05-21 Noel Fielding, British comedian (The Mighty Boosh, The Great British Baking Show), born in London, England
  • 1973-05-30 Leigh Francis, British comedian
  • 1973-07-02 Peter Kay, British comedian
  • 1973-07-25 Dani Filth [Daniel Davey], British lyricist, and heavy metal singer (Cradle of Filth), born in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1973-07-26 Kate Beckinsale, British actress (Underworld series), born in London
  • 1973-08-11 Nigel Harman, British actor (Eastenders), born in London
  • 1973-08-12 Richard Reid, British terrorist, referred to as the "shoe bomber" - attempted to detonate explosives hidden in his shoe while flying from Paris to Miami in 2001

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