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 April 2014

1st Businessman James McCormick is convicted on three counts of fraud at the Old Bailey after selling fake bomb detectors based on a device for finding golf balls to countries including Iraq and Georgia. (23rd Apr 2013)
1st Six days after being appointed as Britain's first Youth Police and Crime Commissioner, Paris Brown steps down from the role after controversy over postings she made on twitter. (9th Apr 2013)
1st Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies following a stroke. (8th Apr 2013)
5th The British Military's operation in Iraq officially ends after six years of combat. The Basra Province is handed over to American forces in a special ceremony, ahead of the withdrawal of British troops in the summer. (30th Apr 2009)
5th Gordon Brown's special adviser Damian McBride resigns his position after it emerges that he and Derek Draper, had discussed plans to smear Conservative Party politicians with a series of false stories about their private lives. (11th Apr 2009)
5th A Super Puma helicopter crashes in the North Sea whilst transporting oil-rig workers. All 16 people on board, 14 passengers and 2 crew, are killed. (1st Apr 2009)
5th Protests are held across London ahead of the following day's G-20 summit. Police report 63 arrests across the city. The Metropolitan Police later announce that Ian Tomlinson died of a heart-attack during the protests. (1st Apr 2009)
10th Landmark office building 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) in the City of London, designed by Norman Foster, opens. (28th Apr 2004)
20th Rosemary West, 40-year-old wife of suspected serial killer Fred West, is charged with three of the murders her husband stands accused of. (28th Apr 1994)
25th The Sun newspaper causes great controversy with claims that spectators stole money from the injured and dead, and that several police officers were assaulted when helping victims. (19th Apr 1989)
25th A human crush occurs at Hillsborough Stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday, in the FA Cup Semi Final, resulting in the deaths of 96 Liverpool F.C. fans. (15th Apr 1989)
25th The government announces an end to the legislation which effectively guarantees secure work for more than 9,000 dockers over the remainder of their working lives. (6th Apr 1989)
25th Margaret Thatcher's new local government tax, the Community Charge (commonly known as the "poll tax"), is introduced in Scotland. (1st Apr 1989)
30th WPC Yvonne Fletcher is shot and killed by a gunman during a siege outside the Libyan Embassy in London. 11 other people are also shot but survive. (17th Apr 1984)
30th The comedian Tommy Cooper, 62, collapses and dies on stage from a heart attack during a live television show. (15th Apr 1984)
30th Youth gangs run riot in Wolverhampton, looting from shops. (2nd Apr 1984)
40th The Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties come into being. (1st Apr 1974)
50th BBC Two begins scheduled broadcasting; its first programme is Play School. (21st Apr 1964)
50th The National Trust reopens the southern section of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, the first major restoration of a canal for leisure use. (11th Apr 1964)
50th Runcorn, a small town in north Cheshire, is designated as a new town. Extensive developments are predicted to inflate the town's population to around 70,000 by 1981. (10th Apr 1964)
50th Ministry of Defence takes over the duties of the War Office, Admiralty, and Air Ministry, which cease to exist. The title of Lord High Admiral is re-vested in the Monarch. (1st Apr 1964)
70th Allied convoy T4, forming part of amphibious Exercise Tiger (a full-scale rehearsal for the Normandy landings) in Start Bay off the Devon coast, is attacked by E-boats, resulting in the deaths of 749 American servicemen. (28th Apr 1944)
75th Military Training Act (coming into force 3 June) introduces conscription; men aged 20 and 21 must undertake six months military training. (27th Apr 1939)
80th Percy Shaw patents the cat's eye road-safety device. (3rd Apr 1934)
80th Surgeon R.K. Wilson allegedly takes a photograph of the Loch Ness Monster. (1st Apr 1934)
90th Harry Grindell Matthews demonstrates his "death ray" in London but fails to convince the War Office. (26th Apr 1924)
100th Showing of the first colour feature film in Britain — The World, the Flesh and the Devil. (9th Apr 1914)
125th New elected county councils in England and Wales (including the London County Council) created by the Local Government Act 1888, take up their powers. (1st Apr 1889)
175th The world's first commercial electric telegraph line comes into operation alongside the Great Western Railway line from Paddington station to West Drayton. (9th Apr 1839)
225th Mutiny on the Bounty: Lieutenant William Bligh and 18 sailors are set adrift and the rebel crew returns to Tahiti briefly and then sets sail for Pitcairn Island. (28th Apr 1789)
225th First boat passes through the Thames and Severn Canal's Sapperton Tunnel near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. It is the longest tunnel of any kind in England at this date. (20th Apr 1789)
275th First performance of Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt at the King's Theatre, London. (4th Apr 1739)


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