The United Kingdom in History (Part 22)

Historical Events

Events 2101 - 2,200 of 2,238

Historic Event

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
  • 1994-05-05 Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections

Election of Interest

1994-07-21 Tony Blair is declared the winner of the leadership election of the British Labour Party, paving the way for him to become Prime Minister in 1997

  • 1994-08-10 Last British troops leave Hong Kong (been there since Sept 1841)
  • 1994-09-08 Last US, British & French troops leave West Berlin
  • 1994-11-03 Dutch & British astronomers find spiral nebula Dwingeloo 1
  • 1994-11-27 CFL Grey Cup, BC Place, Vancouver: BC Lions beat Baltimore FC, 26-23; first-ever championship in pro football history featuring a US v Canada matchup; Lions win on last second Lui Passaglia field-goal
  • 1994-11-30 Beatles' 1st album in 25 years, "Live at the BBC", is released in Britain
  • 1995-02-25 British super middleweight Nigel Benn puts opponent Gerard McClellan in hospital
  • 1995-03-02 British trader Nick Leeson arrested for collapse of Barings Bank PLC
  • 1995-03-17 British pound hits 2.4545 to Dutch guilder (record)
  • 1995-05-10 Britain lifts a 23-year ban on ministerial talks with Sinn Féin
  • 1995-09-10 35th Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland beats US, 14-10
  • 1995-12-30 Lowest ever UK temperature recorded of -27.2°C iat Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands, equaling the record set at Braemar, Aberdeenshire on February 11, 1895 and January 10, 1982
  • 1996-01-06 Record £42 million ($65.2 million) British lottery won by 3 people (2-3-4-13-42-44)
  • 1996-02-05 British supermarket chains stock genetically modified tomato puree - the first GM food to be sold in the country
  • 1996-03-07 British Steel in Workington wins Lithuanian multi-million pound order
  • 1996-03-25 The European Union's Veterinarian Committee bans the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of "mad cow disease" (BSE).

TV Show Appearance

1996-05-13 O.J. Simpson appears on British TV discussing his not guilty verdict

  • 1996-06-22 29th Curtis Cup: Great Britain & Ireland wins 11-6
  • 1996-07-03 UK House of Commons announces that the Stone of Scone, aka the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish (and subsequently English and British monarchs), will be returned to Scotland after 700 years in Westminster Abbey
  • 1997-05-03 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing "Love Shine a Light" in Dublin
  • 1997-05-27 1st all female (20 British women) team reach the North Pole

Film & TV History

1997-06-15 British model Naomi Campbell hospitalized due to drug overdose

  • 1997-06-30 British lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong, established by the Second Convention of Peking, expires
  • 1997-07-01 United Kingdom returns Hong Kong and the New Territories to the People's Republic of China
  • 1997-09-11 After a nationwide referendum, Scotland votes to establish a devolved parliament, within the United Kingdom.
  • 1997-09-25 Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (714 mph)
  • 1997-10-15 Britain's Andy Green sets jet-powered car record (763.035 mph)
  • 1997-10-31 British au pair Louise Woodward, 19, sentenced to life for the death of Matthew Eappen 8½ months (judge changes to time served)
  • 1997-11-18 70s glam-rock star Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) arrested by British police in child porn probe

Historic Event

1998-01-25 Britain's Queen Mother, 97, gets an emergency hip replacement

Historic Event

1998-02-03 Stamps commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales, go on sale in Britain

  • 1998-02-27 Britain's House of Lords agrees to end 1,000 years of male precedence by giving a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first born son
  • 1998-03-06 British Union Flag begins to be flown full-mast over Buckingham Palace whenever British monarch not in residence, following change of protocol after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales
  • 1998-04-10 The Good Friday Agreement [Belfast Agreement] for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish governments
  • 1998-08-24 First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
  • 1998-09-04 1st ever "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" hosted by Chris Tarrant debuts on ITV in Britain
  • 1998-11-09 Capital punishment in the United Kingdom, already abolished for murder, is completely abolished for all remaining capital offences.
  • 1998-11-26 Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's parliament.
  • 1998-12-16 Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox - the United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq
  • 1998-12-26 Iraq announces its intention to fire upon U.S. and British warplanes that patrol the northern and southern no-fly zones
  • 1999-05-19 Andrew Motion is appointed British Poet Laureate for 10 years, the first to request a definite term

Album Release

1999-06-01 British singer Dido's debut album, "No Angel", is released in the United States

  • 1999-10-26 Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.
  • 1999-11-06 Australians vote to keep the British monarch as their head of state in the Australian republic referendum.
  • 1999-11-30 British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merge to form BAE Systems, Europe's largest defence contractor and fourth largest aerospace firm in the world
  • 1999-12-02 The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive
  • 2000-01-06 The flu outbreak in Britain puts pressure on NHS
  • 2000-01-31 Family GP Dr Harold Shipman is jailed for life for murdering 15 of his patients, making him Britain's most prolific convicted serial killer
  • 2000-04-22 The Big Number Change takes place in the United Kingdom
  • 2000-06-21 Section 28 (outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom) is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote
  • 2000-09-20 The British MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by a Russian-built Mark 22 anti-tank missile.
  • 2001-01-22 The British government launches pro-vaccine campaign
  • 2001-07-11 Iraq resumes oil exports, ending a 5-week halt in protest of a US and British-sponsored UN Security Council resolution
  • 2002-06-10 The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom.
  • 2002-07-07 A scandal breaks out in the United Kingdom when news reports accuse MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, supposed European Al Qaeda leader
  • 2002-07-15 Anti-Terrorism Court of Pakistan hands down the death sentence to British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and life terms to three others suspected of murdering Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl
  • 2002-10-30 British Digital terrestrial television (DTT) Service Freeview begins transmitting in parts of the United Kingdom.
  • 2003-03-17 British Cabinet Minister Robin Cook, resigns over government plans for the war with Iraq.
  • 2003-03-18 British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language

Invasion of Iraq

2003-03-19 Airstrikes by an American and British-led coalition signal the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion

  • 2003-03-24 The Arab League votes 21-1 in favor of a resolution demanding the immediate and unconditional removal of U.S. and British soldiers from Iraq.
  • 2003-03-28 In a "friendly fire" incident, two US A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 190th Fighter Squadron attack British tanks participating in the invasion of Iraq, killing British soldier Matty Hull
  • 2003-09-18 The United Kingdom's Local Government Act 2003, repealing controversial Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, receives Royal Assent
  • 2003-11-20 After the November 15 bombings, a second day of the 2003 Istanbul Bombings occurs in Istanbul, Turkey, destroying the Turkish head office of HSBC Bank AS and the British consulate.
  • 2004-01-13 Harold Shipman, a British GP who is believed to have killed more than 200 of his patients in Manchester, is found hanged in his prison cell
  • 2004-07-21 The United Kingdom government publishes Delivering Security in a Changing World, a paper detailing wide-ranging reform of the country's armed forces
  • 2005-02-06 Tony Blair, now the longest-serving Labour PM, marks 2,838 days as British Prime Minister
  • 2005-02-07 Britain's Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest person to sail solo around the world taking 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes 33 seconds

Film & TV History

2005-02-16 The UK version of "The Apprentice" with British business magnate Alan Sugar premieres on the BBC

  • 2005-05-05 Tony Blair's Labour Party is re-elected for a third consecutive term in UK general election
  • 2005-12-05 The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there.
  • 2006-01-12 The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France, and Germany declare that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have reached a dead end and recommend that Iran be referred to the United Nations Security Council.
  • 2006-02-22 At least six men stage Britain's biggest robbery ever, stealing £53m (about $92.5 million or 78€ million) from a Securitas depot in Tonbridge, Kent
  • 2006-03-22 BC Ferries' M/V Queen of the North runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths
  • 2006-03-22 Three Christian Peacemaker Teams Hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox
  • 2006-04-01 The Serious Organised Crime Agency, dubbed the 'British FBI', is created in the United Kingdom.
  • 2006-06-07 British Houses of Parliament temporarily shut down due to anthrax alert
  • 2006-08-10 Scotland Yard disrupts major terrorist plot to destroy aircraft travelling from the United Kingdom to the United States. All toiletries are banned from commercial aircraft.

Historic Event

2006-11-11 New Zealand war memorial monument unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army

  • 2006-12-12 Peugeot produces its last car at the Ryton Plant signalling the end of mass car production in Coventry, formerly a major centre of the British motor industry.
  • 2007-01-18 Hurricane Kyrill: kills at least 44 in Western Europe: strongest British storm in 17 years kills 14 people, worst German storm since 1999 with 13 deaths and causes container Ship MSC Napoli to be destroyed off coast of Devon
  • 2007-01-22 The jury portion of the trial against Robert Pickton, accused of being Canada's worst serial killer, opens in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 2007-01-31 Suspects are arrested in Birmingham in the UK, accused of plotting the kidnap, holding and eventual beheading of a serving Muslim British soldier in Iraq
  • 2007-03-07 British House of Commons votes to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, 100% elected
  • 2007-04-04 15 British Royal Navy personnel held in Iran are released by the Iranian President.
  • 2007-05-03 British girl Madeleine McCann disappears from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal
  • 2007-06-25 Flooding in parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire in the United Kingdom including Louth, Horncastle and worst affected, Hull

Election of Interest

2007-06-27 Gordon Brown becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

  • 2007-07-31 Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end
  • 2007-10-01 Most of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 came into force in the United Kingdom.
  • 2007-12-20 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.
  • 2009-04-30 The United Kingdom formally ends combat operations in Iraq
  • 2009-05-01 Carol Ann Duffy is appointed British Poet Laureate - first Scot and woman Laureate
  • 2011-03-30 Global credit information group Experian report that economic recovery in Wales slower than the rest of the UK, forecasting growth of 1.6% vs 2.2% for the rest of the UK
  • 2011-07-10 British tabloid News of the World publishes its last edition after 168 years in the wake of a phone hacking scandal.
  • 2011-08-05 Svalbard Polar Bear Attack - a rogue Polar Bear attacks and kills a British schoolboy

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2101 - 2,200 of 2,396

  • 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
  • 1973-09-12 Darren Campbell, British sprint athlete, born in Moss Side, Manchester, England
  • 1973-09-29 Scout Niblett, British singer-songwriter, born in Stone, England
  • 1973-10-03 Lena Headey, British actress (Game of Thrones), born in Hamilton, Bermuda
  • 1973-11-06 Nell McAndrew, British model, born in Leeds, England
  • 1973-11-16 Christian Horner, British Formula One team owner
  • 1973-12-27 Dee Ferris, British painter
  • 1974-01-23 Richard T. Slone, British artist, born in Newton-in-Furness, United Kingdom
  • 1974-03-06 Sebastian Siegel, British-American actor (Lost, Hawaii Five-0), born in Oxford, England
  • 1974-03-28 Scott Mills, British radio disc jockey
  • 1974-04-11 Zöe Lucker, British television actor, born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  • 1974-04-13 Darren Turner, British racing car driver, born in Camberley, Surrey
  • 1974-04-18 Edgar Wright, British director (A Fistful of Fingers), born in Poole, Dorset, England
  • 1974-04-24 Comedy Dave [David Lloyd Vitty], British radio personality, born in Hong Kong
  • 1974-04-28 Vernon Kay, British TV/radio presenter, born in Bolton, England
  • 1974-06-04 Andrew Gwynne, British politician
  • 1974-06-06 Sonya Walger, British actress
  • 1974-06-07 Edward "Bear" Grylls, British adventurer, author and TV presenter (Man vs. Wild), born in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland
  • 1974-06-09 Tim Shaw, British radio personality
  • 1974-06-14 Phillip Rhys, British actor
  • 1974-06-16 Paul Lee, British sculptural artist
  • 1974-06-21 Natasha Desborough, British radio personality, born in London, England
  • 1974-07-09 Sian Berry, British politician (Green Part), born in Cheltenham, England
  • 1974-07-18 Alan Morrison, British poet
  • 1974-07-28 Justin Lee Collins, British radio host, actor and comedian, born in Southmead, Bristol
  • 1974-08-08 Andy Priaulx, British race car driver
  • 1974-10-02 Simon Gregson [Simon Gregory], British actor (Coronation Street), born in Manchester, England
  • 1974-10-17 Matthew Macfadyen, British actor
  • 1974-11-16 Paul Scholes, British footballer, born in Salford, United Kingdom
  • 1974-11-24 Stephen Merchant, British comedian, writer, director, and actor (The Office; Extras; Life's Too Short), born in Hanham, Bristol, England
  • 1975-03-14 Stephen Harper, English footballer player and coach (Newcastle), born in Seaham, England
  • 1975-03-17 Justin Hawkins, British hard rock singer and guitarist (The Darkness - "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"), born in Chertsey, Surrey, England
  • 1975-03-25 Melanie Blatt, British pop singer (All Saints - "Never Ever"), born in London
  • 1975-04-16 Nick Pickard, British actor, born in Surrey, United Kingdom
  • 1975-04-26 Nerina Pallot, British pop-rock singer-songwriter ("Sophia"; "Everybody's Gone To War"), born in London

Jodhi May

1975-05-08 Jodhi May, British actress (A World Apart; Sister My Sister; The Other Boleyn Girl), born in Camden Town, London, England

  • 1975-05-17 Jonti Picking, British cartoonist
  • 1975-05-24 Maria Lawson, British soul and R&B singer (Ti.Pi.Cal.), born in London
  • 1975-05-27 Jamie Oliver, British chef and television personality, born in Claverling, England
  • 1975-06-27 Sarah Evanetz, 100m butterfly (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1975-07-31 Simon Hirst, British radio DJ
  • 1975-08-22 Sheree Murphy, English actress (Emmerdale), born in Stoke Newington, London
  • 1975-08-31 Daniel Harding, British conductor (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, 2007 to present), born in Oxford, England
  • 1975-09-23 Chris Hawkins, British radio personality
  • 1975-09-25 Daniel Hyde, British actor (Hollyoaks), born in London, England
  • 1975-10-25 Zadie Smith, British novelist (White Teeth; On Beauty; Swing Time), born in Brent, London, England
  • 1975-11-14 Faye Tozer, British pop singer-songwriter (Steps - "Heartbeat"; "Tragedy" ), born in Northampton, England
  • 1975-11-15 Scott Henshall, British fashion designer
  • 1975-11-18 Anthony McPartlin, British actor and television presenter (Ant and Dec), born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
  • 1975-12-19 Jon Smith, British writer
  • 1976-01-01 Georgina Chapman, British fashion designer and actress (Project Runway: All-Stars), born in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
  • 1976-01-28 Lee Ingleby, British actor
  • 1976-02-02 James Hickman, British swimmer
  • 1976-02-10 Keeley Hawes, British actress, born in Marylebone, United Kingdom
  • 1976-02-23 Kelly Macdonald, Scottish actress, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1976-05-14 Martine McCutcheon, British actress
  • 1976-06-05 Ross Noble, British comedian (Have I Got News for You), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • 1976-06-06 Geoff Rowley, English skateboarder (co-owner Flip Skateboards; Thrasher Magazine "Skater of the Year" 2000), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1976-06-14 Alan Carr, British Stand-up comedian, Television presenter
  • 1976-06-23 Patrick Monahan, British comedian
  • 1976-07-12 Anna Friel, British actress (Pushing Daisies), born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester
  • 1976-09-16 Tina Barrett, British singer (S Club 7), born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1976-09-20 Reuben Singh, British entrepreneur
  • 1976-11-16 Danny Wallace, British author, born in Dundee, United Kingdom
  • 1976-11-21 Daniel Whiston, British ice skater
  • 1977-01-07 Michelle Behennah, British model, born in Singapore
  • 1977-01-18 Richard Archer, British rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hard-Fi), born in Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, England
  • 1977-02-05 Ben Ainslie, British sailor, born in Macclesfield, United Kingdom
  • 1977-02-18 Chrissie Wellington, British triathlete, born in Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
  • 1977-03-10 Colin Murray, British radio DJ
  • 1977-04-02 Aiden Turner, Irish actor (The Hobbit-Kili), born in Clondalkin, Dublin
  • 1977-04-04 Stephen Mulhern, English TV presenter, born in Stratford, London
  • 1977-05-12 Graeme Dott, Scottish snooker player (World C'ship 2006; world #2 2007-08), born in Larkhall, Scotland
  • 1977-05-30 Rachael Stirling, British actress
  • 1977-05-31 Joel Ross, British disc jockey
  • 1977-05-31 June Sarpong, British television presenter
  • 1977-07-06 Craig Handley, British film director (On All Floors), born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
  • 1977-07-16 Bryan Budd, British soldier (VC recipient), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2006)
  • 1977-07-21 Jaime Murray, British actress (Hutle), born in London, England
  • 1977-08-07 Samantha Ronson, British DJ, born in Camden, London
  • 1977-08-10 Matt Morgan, British comedian
  • 1977-09-07 Jon Macken, British footballer (Preston North End), born in Blackley, England
  • 1977-09-11 Jon Buckland, British guitarist (Coldplay - "Clocks"; "Viva La Vida"), born in London, England
  • 1977-09-15 Tom Hardy, British actor (The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road), born in London, England
  • 1977-09-18 Kieran West, British oarsman (Olympic Gold 2000), born in Kingston upon Thames, England
  • 1977-11-04 Tonicha Jeronimo, British actress (Emmerdale), born in Jersey
  • 1977-11-15 Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, British son of Princess Anne, then 9th in succession to British throne
  • 1977-12-13 Sascha Kindred, British Paralympic swimmer, born in Münster, Germany
  • 1978-01-01 Tarik O'Regan, British contemporary classical composer (Threshold of Night; Heart of Darkness), born in London, England
  • 1978-02-09 Daniel Mann, British television commentator
  • 1978-02-12 Gethin Jones, British (Welsh) television presenter, born in Cardiff, United Kingdom

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