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 September 2014

5th Britain's biggest selling newspaper, The Sun withdraws its support for the Labour Party and gives its backing to the Conservatives. (29th Sep 2009)
5th Three members of the CIRA are jailed in Northern Ireland for 15 years each for having a live Mortar Bomb. Riots break out in Lurgan, County Armagh as a consequence. (17th Sep 2009)
10th Parliament is suspended after pro-hunt campaigners break into the House of Commons. (15th Sep 2004)
10th A Fathers 4 Justice campaigner dressed as Batman breaches security at Buckingham Palace. (13th Sep 2004)
20th Aldwych tube station (originally Strand Station) of the London Underground closes after eighty-eight years of service. (30th Sep 1994)
25th Nigel Lawson resigns as Chancellor of the Exchequer to be replaced by John Major. (26th Sep 1989)
25th The IRA bomb the Royal Marine School of Music in Deal, Kent killing 11 soldiers. (22nd Sep 1989)
25th 19,000 ambulance crew members across Britain go on strike. (12th Sep 1989)
30th The High Court rules that the miner's strike is unlawful. (28th Sep 1984)
30th The United Kingdom agrees to the handover of Hong Kong (26th Sep 1984)
30th Geneticist Alec Jeffreys discovers DNA fingerprinting. (10th Sep 1984)
30th An outbreak of food poisoning in two Yorkshire hospitals claimed over 20 lives. (7th Sep 1984)
30th The Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends television series is first broadcast on ITV. (4th Sep 1984)
40th Ceefax was started by the BBC - one of the first public service information systems. (23rd Sep 1974)
50th The British TSR-2 aircraft XR219 makes its maiden flight from Boscombe Down in Wiltshire. (27th Sep 1964)
50th Malta becomes independent from the United Kingdom. (21st Sep 1964)
50th The final edition of the left-wing Daily Herald newspaper is published. It is replaced by The Sun newspaper the following day. (14th Sep 1964)
50th Scotland's Forth Road Bridge near Edinburgh officially opens. (4th Sep 1964)
60th Marble head of Mithras unearthed in Walbrook Square, London. (18th Sep 1954)
60th Kidbrooke School in the London Borough of Greenwich opens as Britain's first purpose-built comprehensive school. (exact day unclear). (1st Sep 1954)
70th World War II: The British submarine HMS Tradewind torpedoes Juny? Maru, 5,600 killed. (18th Sep 1944)
70th World War II: RAF bombing raid on Darmstadt and the following firestorm kill 11,500. (11th Sep 1944)
70th World War II: London is hit by a V2 rocket for the first time. (8th Sep 1944)
70th World War II: the British 11th Armoured Division liberates the Belgian city of Antwerp. (4th Sep 1944)
75th Fascist politician William Joyce begins broadcasting Nazi propaganda under the name Lord Haw-Haw. (18th Sep 1939)
75th World War II: A German U-boat U 29 sinks the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous. (17th Sep 1939)
75th World War II: The submarine HMS Oxley is mistakenly sunk by the submarine HMS Triton near Norway and becomes the Royal Navy's first loss. (10th Sep 1939)
75th World War II: a Bristol Blenheim is the first British aircraft to cross the German coast following the declaration of war and German ships are bombed. (4th Sep 1939)
75th France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia declare war on Germany after the invasion of Poland, forming the Allies. (3rd Sep 1939)
80th Steamship RMS Queen Mary is launched. (26th Sep 1934)
80th An explosion takes place at Gresford Colliery in Wales, leading to the deaths of 266 miners and rescuers. (22nd Sep 1934)
90th First BBC broadcast from Belfast (station 2BE). (14th Sep 1924)
100th The Government of Ireland Act, granting Home Rule to the whole of Ireland, and the Welsh Church Act, disestablishing the Church in Wales, receive Royal Assent but implementation of both is postponed for the duration of World War. (18th Sep 1914)
100th World War I: The creation of the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade, the first fully mechanized unit in the British Army. (9th Sep 1914)
100th World War I: Private Thomas Highgate becomes the first British soldier to be executed for desertion during the war. (8th Sep 1914)
100th Cover of magazine London Opinion first carries the iconic drawing by Alfred Leete of Lord Kitchener with the recruiting slogan Your Country Needs You. (5th Sep 1914)
125th Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. move into their new Molineux stadium in the grounds of Wolverhampton's Molineux Hotel. (2nd Sep 1889)
150th The International Workingmen's Association is founded in London. (28th Sep 1864)
175th John Herschel takes the first glass plate photograph. (9th Sep 1839)
200th The last recorded duel in Wales is fought at Newcastle Emlyn: Thomas Heslop of Jamaica is killed; a local landowner, Beynon, is found guilty and fined one shilling. (10th Sep 1814)
225th William Herschel discovers Mimas, another of Saturn's moons. (17th Sep 1789)
300th King George arrives in Britain for the first time, landing at Greenwich. (18th Sep 1714)
350th The Dutch Republic surrenders New Amsterdam to England. (24th Sep 1664)
650th Battle of Auray: English forces defeat the French in Brittany; end of the Breton War of Succession. (29th Sep 1364)


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