List of Historic Anniversaries

I often wonder what significant anniversaries are due at some point in the future as some of them might be of interest as triggers for blog posts or visits somewhere. However, it is often difficult to find out quickly what events have significant anniversaries - hence this section on the website.

By "significant anniversaries", I mean dates that are not, for example, the 73rd anniversary of something, but the 50th, 100th, 200th etc.

It should help to flag up interesting events.

Significant anniversaries during December 2014

1st Former MP Denis MacShane is sentenced to six months in jail for expenses fraud after he admitted to submitting 19 false receipts totalling 12,900. (23rd Dec 2013)
1st World War II computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing, who had been chemically castrated in 1952 following his conviction for homosexuality, is given a posthumous royal pardon (23rd Dec 2013)
1st Part of the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre in London collapses during a performance, injuring at least 81 people in the audience. (19th Dec 2013)
5th Heavy snowfall causes widespread disruption across large parts of South East England, East Anglia, the East Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber. (18th Dec 2009)
5th ITV closes its news and information service on Teletext, leaving the ITV channel(s) without such a service for the first time in 35 years. (16th Dec 2009)
10th David Blunkett resigns as Home Secretary after three-and-a-half years in the role. (15th Dec 2004)
25th The Provisional Irish Republican Army launch an attack on a British Army permanent vehicle checkpoint near Rosslea, Northern Ireland. Two British soldiers are killed and one badly wounded. (13th Dec 1989)
30th The Sino-British Joint Declaration, stating that the People's Republic of China would resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong and the United Kingdom would restore Hong Kong to China with effect from July 1, 1997 is signed in Beijing by Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher. (19th Dec 1984)
30th The government announces the privatisation of the Trustee Savings Bank. (18th Dec 1984)
30th Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union visits Britain. (16th Dec 1984)
40th The house of former British Prime Minister Ted Heath is attacked by members of the Provisional IRA. (22nd Dec 1974)
40th New speed limits were introduced on Britain's roads in an attempt to save fuel at a time of Arab fuel embargoes following the Yom Kippur War. (15th Dec 1974)
40th Party Political Broadcast, the final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, was broadcast on BBC 2. (5th Dec 1974)
50th Richard Beeching announces his intention to resign as Chairman of the British Railways Board after three-and-a-half years, during which he proposed the closure of many smaller and financially non-viable railway lines. (23rd Dec 1964)
70th World War II: The Home Guard is stood down. (3rd Dec 1944)
75th HMS Duchess (H64) sinks after a collision with HMS Barham off the coast of Scotland with the loss of 124 men (12th Dec 1939)
90th Air crash at Croydon air field - 8 dead. (24th Dec 1924)
90th The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is sold in London. (19th Dec 1924)
100th Britain is bombed for the first time when a German aircraft drops a bomb over Dover. (24th Dec 1914)
100th World War I: German battleships under Franz von Hipper bombard the English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough. (16th Dec 1914)
100th World War I: The Battle of the Falkland Islands results in a decisive British victory over the German fleet. (8th Dec 1914)
150th The Clifton Suspension Bridge across the Bristol Avon, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and completed as a memorial to him, opens to traffic. (8th Dec 1864)
150th James Clerk Maxwell presents his paper A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field to the Royal Society, treating light as an electromagnetic wave. (8th Dec 1864)
200th Treaty of Ghent signed by the United Kingdom and the United States ending the War of 1812, however due to the time it takes for news to reach America, fighting continues for weeks. (24th Dec 1814)


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