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 January 2015

1st Figures released by the Met Office indicate Southern England and parts of the Midlands have experienced their highest January rainfall since records began in 1910. (30th Jan 2014)
1st The UK Independence Party suspends an Oxfordshire councillor who blamed the floods that hit the country earlier in the month on the government's decision to legalise same-sex marriage because it had angered God. (19th Jan 2014)
1st Police officer Keith Wallis pleads guilty to misconduct in a public office over an email he sent to his local MP concerning the Plebgate affair. (10th Jan 2014)
1st An inquest jury decides that Mark Duggan, whose death sparked the 2011 riots was lawfully killed by police. (8th Jan 2014)
5th Former Prime Minister Tony Blair appeared at the Iraq Inquiry and was questioned in public for the first time about his decision to take the United Kingdom to war against Iraq. (29th Jan 2010)
5th The country was once again deluged by heavy snowfall as it endured its worst cold spell since the winter of 198182. (5th Jan 2010)
10th Closure of Ellington Colliery at Ellington, Northumberland, the last remaining operational deep coal mine in North East England, and the last in the UK to extract coal from under the sea. (26th Jan 2005)
25th The Burns' Day storm hits northwestern Europe. (25th Jan 1990)
30th A debate in the House of Lords is televised for the first time. (23rd Jan 1985)
30th British Telecom announces it is going to phase out its famous red telephone boxes. (17th Jan 1985)
30th The Sinclair C5, a battery-assisted recumbent tricycle, designed by the British inventor Clive Sinclair is launched. (10th Jan 1985)
30th Eight people are killed by a gas explosion at a block of flats in Putney. (10th Jan 1985)
30th The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone. (1st Jan 1985)
50th Sir Winston Churchill dies aged 90 at Chartwell, his Kent home of more than 40 years. (24th Jan 1965)
50th Twin brothers Ronnie and Reggie Kray are arrested on suspicion of running a protection racket in London. (7th Jan 1965)
50th Introduction of new "Worboys Committee" road signs. (1st Jan 1965)
60th Sutton Coldfield rail crash: an express train takes a sharp curve too fast and derails at Sutton Coldfield railway station: 17 killed, 43 injured. (23rd Jan 1955)
60th The U.K's first atomic bomber unit, No. 138 Squadron RAF, is formed, flying Vickers Valiants from RAF Gaydon in Warwickshire. (1st Jan 1955)
75th World War II: Britain introduces food rationing. (8th Jan 1940)
100th Warwick Avenue station on the London Underground Bakerloo Line opens. (31st Jan 1915)
100th Kilburn Park station on the London Underground Bakerloo Line opens. (31st Jan 1915)
100th World War I: German zeppelins bomb the towns of Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn in the United Kingdom killing more than 20, in the first major aerial bombardment of a civilian target. (19th Jan 1915)
100th World War I: German zeppelins bomb the towns of Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn for the first time, killing more than twenty. (19th Jan 1915)
100th World War I: Sinking of the battleship HMS Formidable, off Lyme Regis, Dorset, by an Imperial German Navy U-boat. 35 officers and 512 men are killed. (1st Jan 1915)
200th Austria, the United Kingdom, and France form a secret defensive alliance treaty against Prussia and Russia. (3rd Jan 1815)
700th The Great Famine of 1315 - 1317 (1st Jan 1315)
750th In Westminster, the first English parliament conducts its first meeting held by Simon de Montfort in the Palace of Westminster, now also known colloquially as the "Houses of Parliament". (20th Jan 1265)


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