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 new 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.

Technically, the page lists the 1st, 5th, 10th, 20..90th, 100, 125th, 150, 200/250..950th and then every 100 years thereafter to 3,000 years ago.

It should help to flag up interesting events.

Anniversaries during November 2014

AnniversaryDetails
1st Eight people are killed and 19 seriously injured after a police helicopter crashes into The Clutha pub in Glasgow. (29th Nov 2013)
1st Firefighters in England and Wales stage a four and a half-hour strike in a row over pension ages, as contingency crews battle a large scrapyard blaze in London. (1st Nov 2013)
5th Severe gales and heavy rain from an Alantic storm cause floods and damage across southern England and Wales. (14th Nov 2009)
5th The Glasgow North East by-election is held following the resignation of MP and former Speaker Michael Martin. (12th Nov 2009)
10th Parliament passes the Hunting Act 2004 banning fox hunting in England and Wales. (18th Nov 2004)
10th An express train collides with a stationary carriage near the village of Ufton Nervet, England, killing 7 and injuring 150. (6th Nov 2004)
10th Ufton Nervet rail crash: Seven people are killed when a train is derailed by a car deliberately left on a level crossing in Berkshire. (6th Nov 2004)
10th A referendum is held in North East England on the establishment of elected regional assemblies. The majority of voters said "no" to the plans. (4th Nov 2004)
20th The first National Lottery draw is held. A £1 ticket gave a one-in-14-million chance of correctly guessing the winning six out of 49 numbers. (19th Nov 1994)
20th BBC1 television broadcasts the first episode of sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, created by Richard Curtis for its lead actress, Dawn French. (10th Nov 1994)
25th The House of Commons is televised live for the first time. (21st Nov 1989)
25th The Merry Hill Shopping Centre on the Dudley Enterprise Zone in the West Midlands becomes fully operational with the opening of the final shopping mall. (14th Nov 1989)
30th The British and French governments announce their intention to seek private promoters for the construction of the Channel Tunnel in order to build and operate it without public funding. (30th Nov 1984)
30th Under the Brussels Agreement signed between the governments of the United Kingdom and Spain, the former agreed to enter into discussions with Spain over Gibraltar, including sovereignty. (27th Nov 1984)
30th 36 top musicians gather in a Notting Hill studio and record Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. (25th Nov 1984)
30th The Oxford Circus fire traps around 1,000 passengers on the London Underground but no-one is killed. (23rd Nov 1984)
30th British Telecom shares go on sale in the biggest share issue ever.[11] Two million people (5% of the adult population) buy shares, almost doubling the number of share owners in Britain. (20th Nov 1984)
30th The English one pound note is withdrawn after 150 years in circulation. (12th Nov 1984)
40th The Birmingham Pub Bombings kill 21 people. The Birmingham Six are sentenced to life in prison for the crime but subsequently acquitted. (21st Nov 1974)
40th A large salmon is caught in the Thames – the first time that such a fish had been caught in the river since 1834. (12th Nov 1974)
40th The New Covent Garden Market in Nine Elms was opened. (11th Nov 1974)
40th Lord Lucan disappears after the murder of his children's nanny. (7th Nov 1974)
50th House of Commons votes to abolish the death penalty for murder in Britain. The last execution took place in August and the death penalty is set to be officially abolished before the end of next year. (9th Nov 1964)
50th ITV soap opera Crossroads airs for the first time. (2nd Nov 1964)
60th Great Britain defeats France to capture the first ever Rugby League World Cup in Paris in front of around 30,000 spectators. (13th Nov 1954)
60th Radio comedy series Hancock's Half Hour first aired. (2nd Nov 1954)
70th An explosion at a Royal Air Force ammunition dump at Fauld, Staffordshire kills seventy people. (27th Nov 1944)
70th World War II: A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth's shop on New Cross High Street, United Kingdom, killing 168 shoppers. (26th Nov 1944)
70th Release of Laurence Olivier's Henry V, the first work of Shakespeare filmed in colour. (22nd Nov 1944)
70th The Royal Air Force launches 29 Avro Lancaster bombers in one of the most successful precision bombing attacks of war and sinks the German battleship Tirpitz, with 12,000 lb Tallboy bombs off Tromsø, Norway. (12th Nov 1944)
75th British Overseas Airways Corporation formed by merger of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd. (24th Nov 1939)
80th The steam locomotive Flying Scotsman becomes the first to officially exceed 100mph. (30th Nov 1934)
90th The Sunday Express becomes the first newspaper to publish a crossword. (2nd Nov 1924)
100th HMS Bulwark is blown apart by an internal explosion at her moorings on the Medway off Kingsnorth, Kent, killing all but 9 of her 805 crew. (26th Nov 1914)
100th Announcement that income tax is to be doubled as a result of the War. (17th Nov 1914)
100th Britain annexes Cyprus and declares war on the Ottoman Empire. (5th Nov 1914)
150th HMS Victoria, the Royal Navy’s last, largest and fastest wooden first-rate three-decker ship of the line to see sea service, enters active service. (2nd Nov 1864)
175th The Newport Rising: the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain. (4th Nov 1839)
200th The Times in London is for the first time printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by the German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer, signaling the beginning of the availability of newspapers to a mass audience. (28th Nov 1814)

 

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