The United Kingdom in History (Part 22)

Historical Events

Events 2101 - 2,200 of 2,264

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990-11-22 Margaret Thatcher announces her resignation as British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991-05-16 Queen Elizabeth II becomes 1st British monarch to address US congress

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1991-06-29 Britain's Nick Brown, 591st rank beats 10th-seeded Goran Ivanisevic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in 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
  • 1994-05-05 Labour beats Conservatives in British local elections

Electoral defeatElection 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

British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Prime Minister
Tony Blair
  • 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 82nd CFL Grey Cup: British Columbia Lions defeat Balt Stallions, 26-23
  • 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 Fein
  • 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).

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

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

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 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
  • 1997-06-09 British lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong expires

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Supermodel & Actress Naomi Campbell
Supermodel & Actress
Naomi Campbell

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • 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 First time the British Union Flag is flown over Buckingham Palace (following the controversy after Princess Dian's death; formerly the only flag flown was the Sovereign's standard indicating the monarch's presence.)
  • 1998-04-10 The Good Friday/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

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Singer Dido
  • 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
  • 2003-03-19 Invasion of Iraq by American and British-led coalition begins 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Computer Entrepreneur Alan Sugar
Computer Entrepreneur
Alan Sugar
  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2101 - 2,200 of 2,505

  • 1968-05-10 Al Murray, British comedian
  • 1968-05-12 Catherine Tate, British comedian
  • 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 musician (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
  • 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, 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)
  • 1968-12-01 Justin Chadwick, British actor and director
  • 1968-12-20 Joe Cornish, British comedian
  • 1969-01-17 Naveen Andrews, British actor
  • 1969-01-20 Nicky Wire, British Musician (Manic Street Preachers)
  • 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 NHL center (Colorado Avalanche, Canada 1998-2002), born in Burnaby, British Columbia

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 1969-08-25 Catriona Matthew, golfer (1995 British Open-12th), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1969-08-28 Jason Priestley, actor (Brandon-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1969-09-26 David Ferguson, British murderer
  • 1969-10-15 Dominic West, British actor (The Wire), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1969-12-03 Bill Steer, British guitarist
  • 1970-02-03 Warwick Davis, British actor
  • 1970-02-10 Myrea Pettit, British illustrator
  • 1970-02-14 Simon Pegg, British comedian and actor
  • 1970-03-27 Brendan Hill, American-English drummer (Blues Traveler), born in London
  • 1970-05-11 Glenn Hugill, British television presenter and producer
  • 1970-05-27 Tim Farron, British politician
  • 1970-06-04 David Pybus, British musician
  • 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
  • 1970-09-18 Dan Eldon, British photojournalist (d. 1993)
  • 1970-10-08 Sadiq Khan, British politician, 1st Muslim Mayor of London, born in London
  • 1970-10-13 Paul Potts, British Opera singer and winner of Britain's Got Talent
  • 1970-10-24 Rob Leslie-Carter, British Engineer and Project Manager
  • 1970-11-12 Harvey Stephens, British child actor
  • 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
  • 1970-12-15 Michael Shanks, Canadian actor and director (Stargate), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-01-23 Lorne Spicer, British TV presenter
  • 1971-01-30 Darren Boyd, British actor
  • 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
  • 1971-02-27 Derren Brown, British psychological illusionist
  • 1971-03-07 Matthew Vaughn, British producer and director
  • 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
  • 1971-08-20 David Walliams, British comedian
  • 1971-08-21 Liam Howlett, British musician (The Prodigy), born in Braintree, Essex, England
  • 1971-09-04 Brian Storey, 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • 1971-09-11 Richard Ashcroft, British singer
  • 1971-09-29 Mackenzie Crook, British actor and comedian
  • 1971-10-06 Phil Bennett, British racing driver
  • 1971-10-07 Paul Hannam, 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-10-09 Simon Atlee, British photographer (d. 2004)
  • 1971-10-10 Bryn Parry, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 BC Amateur-2nd), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-10-15 Andy Cole, British footballer
  • 1971-10-31 Toby Anstis, British radio presenter
  • 1971-12-23 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite, born in Hampshire (d. 2017)
  • 1972-01-09 Sarah Beeny, British TV personality
  • 1972-03-20 Alexander Kapranos, Greek-British musician (Franz Ferdinand)
  • 1972-04-02 Chico Slimani, Moroccoan-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, double Olympic gold medalist
  • 1972-05-26 Patsy Palmer, British actress
  • 1972-06-14 Shaun Keaveny, British radio DJ
  • 1972-07-03 Leigh Andrew-Pearso, North 470 sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-07-06 Mark Gasser, British pianist
  • 1972-07-10 Peter Serafinowicz, British comedian and actor
  • 1972-09-01 Doug Williams, British professional wrestler
  • 1972-09-09 Natasha Kaplinsky, British newsreader
  • 1972-09-18 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer (d. 2003)
  • 1972-09-23 Karl Pilkington, British radio personality
  • 1972-09-29 Robert Webb, British actor, comedian, and writer (Jeremy "Jez" Usborne- "Peep Show"), born in Boston, Lincolnshire
  • 1972-09-29 Oliver Gavin, British racing car driver (Corvette Racing 2002-present), born in Huntingdon, England
  • 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, North diver (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1973-05-21 Noel Fielding, British comedian
  • 1973-05-30 Leigh Francis, British comedian
  • 1973-07-02 Peter Kay, British comedian
  • 1973-07-25 Dani Filth, British singer (Cradle of Filth)

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