The United Kingdom in History (Part 23)

Historical Events

Events 2201 - 2,245 of 2,245

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 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

Film release premierFilm Release

2011-01-07 "The King's Speech", starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter, is released in United Kingdom

  • 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
  • 2012-02-06 Queen Elizabeth II marks the 60th anniversary of becoming British monarch, becoming only the second to do so
  • 2012-02-15 United Kingdom unemployment rate reaches 17 year high of 8.4%
  • 2012-03-09 Senior members of hacking group Lulz Sec are arrested, including one member of the FBI, in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012-03-25 Peter Cruddas, treasurer of Britain's Conservative Party, resigns after being caught on film selling access to British Prime Minister David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron
British Prime Minister
David Cameron

Historic PublicationSt. Cuthbert Gospel

2012-04-17 The 8th century St. Cuthbert Gospel, Europe's oldest intact book, is purchased by the British Library for 9 million pounds

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The St. Cuthbert Gospel cover and the first page of text
The St. Cuthbert Gospel cover and the first page of text
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  • 2012-04-25 The United Kingdom dips back into recession after the economy shrank 0.2% in the first quarter of 2012
  • 2012-07-22 99th Tour de France won by Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain
  • 2012-07-27 Queen Elizabeth II opens the 30th Olympics in London, United Kingdom (with some help from 007)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012-12-11 British physicist, Stephen Hawking, wins the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize, the most lucrative academic prize in the world

Physicist Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking

  • 2013-03-11 Falkland Islands’ sovereignty referendum: 99.8% choose to remain an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom
  • 2013-04-25 The United Kingdom reopens its embassy in Somalia after 22 years
  • 2013-07-06 British & Irish Lions Rugby Union team thrash Australia, 41-16 in Sydney for a 2-1 series win, their first against the Wallabies since 1997

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

2013-07-07 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Andy Murray beats Novak Đoković 6-4. 7-5. 6-4 to become the first British man to win a Wimbledon singles title since 1936

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2013-07-21 100th Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain
  • 2014-09-18 Scotland votes to stay a member of the United Kingdom in an independence referendum
  • 2014-12-07 The Archbishop of Canterbury claims that he is more shocked by the plight of Britain's hunger-stricken poor than suffering in African refugee camps
  • 2014-12-13 The British Government announces it will send hundreds of troops to Iraq, to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the conflict with Islamic State
  • 2015-02-05 70s British rock star Gary Glitter is convicted of sexual child abuse charges in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-03-25 British musician Zayn Malik announces he is leaving the band One Direction

Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik
Singer Harry Styles
Harry Styles
  • 2015-05-07 British General Elections: Conservative Party win outright majority and David Cameron returns as Prime Minister
  • 2015-07-18 "The Sun" newspaper in Britain controversially publishes old picture and video of Queen Elizabeth giving Nazi salute in 1933
  • 2015-07-26 102nd Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain
  • 2015-08-21 1st British unmanned drone hit on a UK citizen outside a conflict - ISIS fighter Reyaad Khan in Raqqa, Syria
  • 2015-08-22 A vintage Hawker Hunter plane crashes onto the A27 dual carriageway road during the Shoreham airshow in Britain killing at least 11
  • 2015-09-07 British archaeologists announce the discovery of a Neolithic "superhenge" under 3ft of earth at Durrington Walls
  • 2015-09-09 Queen Elizabeth II becomes Great Britain's longest-reigning monarch at 63 years and seven months, beating the previous record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria
  • 2015-11-28 British boxer Tyson Fury beats Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision to win WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO, The Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles in Düsseldorf, Germany; ends Klitschko's 9 year reign as champion
  • 2015-11-29 104th Davis Cup: Great Britain beats Belgium in Ghent 6-3, 7-5, 6-3, 1st win since 1936
  • 2015-12-17 José Mourinho is sacked as manager of British Premier football club Chelsea
  • 2016-01-25 British rowing team becomes first female crew and first crew of four to cross the Pacific, San Francisco to Cairns in 257 days
  • 2016-02-12 Britain's Ordnance Survey, using NASA data posts map of Mars on Flickr
  • 2016-03-02 Oldest known land fossil (Tortotubus - 440 million years old) from Gotland, Sweden, revealed by British scientists
  • 2016-06-16 British MP (L) Jo Cox is shot and killed outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire
  • 2016-06-18 Soyuz capsule returns to Earth 1st British International Space Station astronaut Tim Peake, Russian Yuri Malenchenko and American Timothy Kopra after 186 days

Important VoteBritain Votes for Brexit

2016-06-23 Brexit referendum: United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union

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Counting gets underway in the UK referendum on membership in the European Union
Counting gets underway in the UK referendum on membership in the European Union
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016-06-30 British political candidates announce their bids for leader of Conservative party, including Theresa May and Michael Gove, Boris Johnson rules himself out

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson
  • 2016-07-24 103rd Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2201 - 2,300 of 2,419

  • 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), 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
  • 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 composer
  • 1978-02-09 Daniel Mann, British television commentator
  • 1978-02-12 Gethin Jones, British (Welsh) television presenter, born in Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • 1978-02-14 Dean Gaffney, British actor, born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1978-02-26 Marc Hynes, British racing driver, born in Guildford, United Kingdom
  • 1978-03-04 Nate Ackerman, British-American logician and wrestler
  • 1978-03-17 Adam Jennings, British actor, producer and film director
  • 1978-04-06 Myleene Klass, British pop-opera singer,born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
  • 1978-04-12 Guy Berryman, Scottish bassist (Coldplay), born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland
  • 1978-04-25 Matt Walker, British Paralympic swimmer, born in Stockport, England
  • 1978-05-22 Katie Price, British model
  • 1978-05-29 Adam Rickitt, English actor (Coronation Street), born in Crewe, England
  • 1978-06-09 Matthew Bellamy, British singer, guitarist, and songwriter (Muse - "Uprising"; "Supermassive Black Hole"), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1978-06-16 Lyndsey Marshal, British film/stage/television actress
  • 1978-06-22 Dan Wheldon, British race car driver
  • 1978-06-27 Lolly [Anna Shantha Kumble], British singer (Viva la Radio), born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England
  • 1978-07-04 Stephen McNally, British singer and songwriter (BBMak, 10 Reasons to Live), born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1978-08-31 Phina Oruche, British actress
  • 1978-10-07 Alesha Dixon, British pop singer (Mis-Teeq), born in Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
  • 1978-10-19 James Roberts, British Ice Hockey Player
  • 1978-12-02 Chris Wolstenholme, British musician and bassist (Muse), born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
  • 1978-12-23 Jodie Marsh, British glamour model, born in Brentwood, United Kingdom
  • 1979-01-02 Suranne Jones, British actress
  • 1979-01-14 Karen Elson, British supermodel, born in Oldham, United Kingdom
  • 1979-01-20 Will Young, British singer-songwriter & actor, born in Wokingham, United Kingdom
  • 1979-01-27 Rosamund Pike, British actress (Gone Girl), born in London, England
  • 1979-01-31 Daniel Tammet, British writer & autistic savant, born in Barking, London
  • 1979-03-20 Freema Agyeman, English actress (Doctor Who, New Amsterdam), born in London, England
  • 1979-04-18 Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver, born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1979-04-29 Jo O'Meara, British singer (S Club - "Bring It All Back"), born in Romford, England
  • 1979-05-04 Wes Butters, British broadcaster, born in Salford, England
  • 1979-06-24 Craig Shergold, British internet folklore subject
  • 1979-07-07 Carl Breeze, British racing driver, born in King's Lynn, United Kingdom
  • 1979-07-22 James Mason [Atkins], British professional wrestler, born in London, England
  • 1979-08-08 Richard Harwood, British cellist
  • 1979-08-17 Marcus Patric, British actor (Hollyoaks), born in Gosport, England
  • 1979-08-23 Ritchie Neville, British musician, born in Solihull, United Kingdom
  • 1979-08-30 Leon Lopez, British actor (Brookside), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1979-09-19 Dannielle Brent, British actress (Bad Girls), born in Rush Green, London
  • 1979-10-04 Stefan Booth, British actor (Eastenders)
  • 1979-11-09 Caroline Flack, British television presenter (Love Island), born in Enfield Town, United Kingdom (d. 2020)
  • 1979-11-25 Thea Gilmore, British rock and folk singer-songwriter, born in Oxford, England
  • 1980-01-30 Leilani Dowding, British glamour model, born in Bournemouth, United Kingdom
  • 1980-02-05 Jo Swinson, British politician, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 1980-03-14 Aaron Brown, British/English footballer
  • 1980-03-23 Russell Howard, British Comedian
  • 1980-04-10 Charlie Hunnam, British actor (Sons of Anarchy), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • 1980-04-15 Natalie Casey, British actress
  • 1980-05-27 Jessica Deglau, 200m butterfly (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1980-06-01 Oliver James, British actor
  • 1980-06-29 Mel Peachey, British television personality (PlayMania), born in London
  • 1980-08-20 Rochelle Gadd, British actress (Hollyoaks)
  • 1980-09-18 Charles Hedger, British musician (Cradle of Filth)
  • 1980-09-20 Jonathan Le Billon, British actor
  • 1980-09-21 Nyree Lewis, British Paralympic swimmer
  • 1980-11-28 Stuart Taylor, British footballer
  • 1980-12-06 Steve Lovell, British footballer (Dundee), born in Amersham, England
  • 1980-12-25 Laura Sadler, British actress, born in Ascot, United Kingdom (d. 2003)
  • 1981-01-11 Tom Meighan, British singer (Kasabian), born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 1981-02-01 Rob Austin, British auto racer (British GT Championship - GT4 runner-up 2008), born in Evesham, England
  • 1981-02-10 Holly Willoughby, British TV presenter, born in Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 1981-02-16 Jay Howard, British racing driver
  • 1981-03-26 Jay Sean [Kamaljit Singh Jhooti], British pop, Bhaṅgṛā, and R&B singer, born in London, England
  • 1981-04-01 Hannah Spearritt, British pop singer (S-Club7), born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
  • 1981-04-10 Liz McClarnon, British singer (Atomic Kitten), born in Liverpool

Person of interestHayden Christensen

1981-04-19 Hayden Christensen, Canadian actor (Sam-Life as a House, Star Wars), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

  • 1981-04-25 John McFall, British Paralympic sprinter, born in Frimley, Surrey, England
  • 1981-04-30 Emma Pierson, British actress
  • 1981-04-30 Kunal Nayyar, British-Indian actor and writer (Dr. Raj Koothrappali - The Big Bang Theory), born in London
  • 1981-06-22 Chris Urbanowicz, guitarist of British rock band Editors
  • 1981-06-25 Sheridan Smith, British actress (Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps), born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, England
  • 1981-08-08 Bradley McIntosh, British pop singer
  • 1981-09-03 Fearne Cotton, British television presenter (Top of the Pops, Radio 1), born in London, England
  • 1981-11-14 Tom Ferrier, British racing driver
  • 1981-11-26 Natasha Bedingfield, British singer (Unwritten), born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England
  • 1981-12-20 Chris Edwards, British rock bassist (Kasabian), born in England
  • 1981-12-27 Javine [Dionne Hylton], British singer (Surrender, Touch My Fire), born in London, England
  • 1981-12-28 Sienna Miller, British actress, born in NYC, New York
  • 1982-01-11 Ashley Taylor Dawson, British actor and singer, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 1982-01-16 (Samuel) Preston, British pop singer (The Ordinary Boys), born in Worthing, West Sussex, England
  • 1982-03-13 Jeremy Curl, British explorer, first non-African to cross the Tanezrouft area of the Sahara without motorized transport, born in Tokyo
  • 1982-03-19 Matt Littler, British actor
  • 1982-03-21 Colin Turkington, British racing driver
  • 1982-04-01 Gemma Hunt, British children's television presenter, born in Wiltshire, England

Person of interestSeth Rogen

1982-04-15 Seth Rogen, Canadian actor and writer (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Interview), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen

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