List of Historical 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 2015

10th The Civil Partnership Act 2004 comes into force, granting same-sex couples similar legal rights to those of married heterosexuals. (19th Dec 2005)
10th The Buncefield Oil Depot catches fire in Hemel Hempstead, England. (11th Dec 2005)
10th Explosions tear through Buncefield oil storage facility located near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire. (11th Dec 2005)
10th David Cameron, is elected Leader of the Conservative Party, defeating David Davis. (6th Dec 2005)
10th The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there. (5th Dec 2005)
25th Channel Tunnel sections started from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 metres beneath the seabed. (1st Dec 1990)
30th Charitable organisation Comic Relief is launched. (25th Dec 1985)
40th Two new laws, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Equal Pay Act 1970, came into force aiming to end unequal pay of men and women in the workplace. (29th Dec 1975)
40th An IRA Active Service Unit takes a couple hostage in Balcombe Street, London. (6th Dec 1975)
40th Balcombe Street Siege: IRA members on the run from police broke into a London flat taking the residents hostage. The siege ended after six days with the gunmen giving themselves up to the police. (6th Dec 1975)
50th The British oil platform Sea Gem collapses in the North Sea, killing 13 of the 32 men on it. (27th Dec 1965)
50th A meteorite shower falls on Barwell, Leicestershire. (24th Dec 1965)
50th A 70 mph speed limit is applied to all rural roads including motorways for the first time. Previously, there had been no speed limit. (22nd Dec 1965)
50th A 70 mph speed limit is imposed on British roads. (22nd Dec 1965)
60th Cardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales. (20th Dec 1955)
60th Cardiff becomes the official capital of Wales. (20th Dec 1955)
60th The Queen opens a new terminal at London Airport. (16th Dec 1955)
60th Christopher Cockerell patents his design of hovercraft. (12th Dec 1955)
60th Clement Attlee resigns as leader of the Labour Party after twenty years. (7th Dec 1955)
60th Barnes rail crash, Barnes, South London: collision due to signal error and consequent fire: 13 killed, 35 injured. (2nd Dec 1955)
70th Britain receives its first shipment of bananas since the beginning of the war. (31st Dec 1945)
75th In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, killing almost 200 civilians. (29th Dec 1940)
75th World War II: Approximately 70 people are killed in the Marples Hotel, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield as a result of a German air raid. (12th Dec 1940)
80th Opening of The De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill on Sea in East Sussex, designed by Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff in the International style. (12th Dec 1935)
90th Construction of the Queensway Tunnel beneath the River Mersey begins. (16th Dec 1925)
90th World War I aftermath: The final Locarno Treaty is signed in London, establishing post-war territorial settlements. (1st Dec 1925)
950th Westminster Abbey is consecrated. (28th Dec 1065)


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