The United Kingdom in History (Part 23)

Historical Events

Events 2201 - 2,264 of 2,264

  • 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.
  • 2006-11-11 The New Zealand war memorial monument was 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
  • 2007-06-01 Smoking is banned from United Kingdom's public places
  • 2007-06-25 Flooding in parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire in the United Kingdom including Louth, Horncastle and worst affected, Hull

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown
  • 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.

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

Book releaseSt. 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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  • 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 The British Lions defeat Australia 41-16 to win their first rugby Test series since 1997

Sport awardTennis Open

2013-07-07 127th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Andy Murray beats Novak Đoković (6-4 7-5 6-4) becoming the first British man to win a Wimbledon tennis 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 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
  • 2015-11-29 104th Davis Cup: Great Britain beats Belgium in Ghent 6-3, 7-5, 6-3, 1st win since 1936
  • 2015-11-29 Britain Tyson Fury defeats Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko to win world heavyweight champion title (WBA, IBF, WBO) in Dusseldorf
  • 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
  • 2016-06-23 United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union in their "Brexit" referundum
  • 2016-06-24 British Prime Minister David Cameron resigns after the UK votes to leave the EU

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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2201 - 2,300 of 2,507

  • 1973-07-25 Dani Filth, British singer (Cradle of Filth)
  • 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".
  • 1973-09-12 Darren Campbell, British athlete
  • 1973-09-29 Scout Niblett, British singer/songwriter
  • 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
  • 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 Race Driver
  • 1974-04-18 Edgar Wright, British director
  • 1974-04-24 Comedy Dave [David Lloyd Vitty], British radio personality, born in Hong Kong
  • 1974-04-28 Vernon Kay, British TV/radio presenter
  • 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
  • 1974-07-09 Sian Berry, British politician
  • 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
  • 1974-11-24 Stephen Merchant, British comedian
  • 1975-03-14 Stephen Harper, British/English footballer
  • 1975-03-17 Justin Hawkins, British singer (The Darkness)
  • 1975-03-25 Melanie Blatt, British singer (All Saints)
  • 1975-04-16 Nick Pickard, British actor, born in Surrey, United Kingdom
  • 1975-04-26 Nerina Pallot, British singer

Person of interestJodhi May

1975-05-01 Jodhi May, British actress (A World Apart, The Other Boleyn Girl), born in London, England

Actress Jodhi May
Jodhi May
  • 1975-05-17 Jonti Picking, British cartoonist
  • 1975-05-24 Maria Lawson, British Singer
  • 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
  • 1975-09-23 Chris Hawkins, British radio personality
  • 1975-09-25 Daniel Hyde, British actor
  • 1975-10-25 Zadie Smith, British novelist (White Teeth, On Beauty, Swing Time), born in Brent, London, England
  • 1975-11-14 Faye Tozer, British musician (Steps)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1976-06-01 Camille Martens, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1976-06-05 Ross Noble, British comedian
  • 1976-06-06 Geoff Rowley, British skateboarder
  • 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)
  • 1976-09-20 Reuben Singh, British entrepreneur
  • 1976-11-16 Danny Wallace, British author
  • 1976-11-21 Daniel Whiston, British ice skater
  • 1977-01-07 Michelle Behennah, British model
  • 1977-01-18 Richard Archer, British singer (lead singer of Hard-Fi)
  • 1977-02-05 Ben Ainslie, British sailor
  • 1977-02-18 Chrissie Wellington, British triathlete
  • 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, British snooker player
  • 1977-05-30 Rachael Stirling, British actress
  • 1977-05-31 Joel Ross, British disc jockey
  • 1977-05-31 June Sarpong, British television presenter
  • 1977-06-01 Richard Williams, British racing driver
  • 1977-07-06 Craig Handley, British film director
  • 1977-07-16 Bryan Budd, British soldier (VC recipient) (d. 2006)
  • 1977-07-18 M.I.A7-17 [Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam], British rapper (Paper Planes, Boyz), born in London, England
  • 1977-07-21 Jaime Murray, British actress
  • 1977-08-07 Samantha Ronson, British DJ.
  • 1977-08-10 Matt Morgan, British comedian
  • 1977-09-07 Jon Macken, British Footballer
  • 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
  • 1977-11-04 Tonicha Jeronimo, British actress
  • 1977-11-15 Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, son of Princess Anne, 9th in succession to British throne
  • 1977-12-13 Sascha Kindred, British Paralympic swimmer
  • 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
  • 1978-02-26 Marc Hynes, British racing driver
  • 1978-03-04 Nate Ackerman, British-American logician and wrestler

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths