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 August 2015

1st Mayor of London Boris Johnson announces his intention to seek re-election to Parliament in the 2015 general election. Johnson had previously said he wold not stand as an MP before his Mayoral term ends in 2016. (6th Aug 2014)
5th The last episode of The Bill, the longest-running police procedural television series in the United Kingdom, is aired on ITV1. (31st Aug 2010)
20th Middlesbrough F.C. move into their new 30,000-seat Riverside Stadium, to replace Ayresome Park which had been their home since 1903. (26th Aug 1995)
30th Manchester Air Disaster sees 55 people killed when a fire breaks out on a commercial aircraft at Manchester Airport. (22nd Aug 1985)
30th 55 people are killed in the Manchester air disaster at Manchester International Airport when a British Airtours Boeing 737 burst into flames after the pilot aborts the takeoff. (22nd Aug 1985)
30th The first UK heart-lung transplant is carried out at the Harefield Hospital in Middlesex. (13th Aug 1985)
40th Hampstead entered the UK Weather Records with the Highest 155-min total rainfall at 169 mm. (14th Aug 1975)
40th The government's anti-inflation policy came into full effect. During the year, inflation reached 24.2% - the second highest since records began in 1750 and the highest since 1800. (1st Aug 1975)
50th Peter Watkins' The War Game, a television drama-documentary depicting the aftermath of a nuclear attack on the UK, is pulled from its planned transmission as BBC1's The Wednesday Play for political reasons. It will go on to win the 1966 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. (6th Aug 1965)
50th Cigarette advertising is banned on British television. (1st Aug 1965)
60th Guinness Book of Records first published (27th Aug 1955)
60th English language premiere of Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot, directed by Peter Hall, opens at the Arts Theatre, London. (3rd Aug 1955)
70th George Orwell's Animal Farm published. (17th Aug 1945)
70th In the House of Commons, Leader of the Opposition Winston Churchill speaks of an "Iron Curtain" descending across Europe. (16th Aug 1945)
70th V-J Day is celebrated in the UK. (15th Aug 1945)
70th The Giles family cartoon first appears in the Sunday Express. (5th Aug 1945)
75th British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes the fourth of his famous wartime speeches, containing the line "Never was so much owed by so many to so few". (20th Aug 1940)
80th Last service held in Mardale church in the Lake District prior to the village's flooding to create Haweswater Reservoir. (18th Aug 1935)
175th Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated. (1st Aug 1840)
200th William Smith publishes the first national geological map of the UK, A Delineation of the Strata of England and Wales, with part of Scotland. (1st Aug 1815)
250th Armed mutiny at Maidstone County Gaol. (7th Aug 1765)
300th Opening of Old Dock, Liverpool, the world's first enclosed commercial wet dock. (31st Aug 1715)
300th First Doggett's Coat and Badge rowing race held on the River Thames. (1st Aug 1715)
750th Second Barons' War: Battle of Evesham - the army of Prince Edward (the future king Edward I of England) defeats the forces of rebellious barons led by Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, killing de Montfort and many of his allies. (4th Aug 1265)
800th Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid. (24th Aug 1215)


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