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 December 2013
|1st||Former Labour Party MP Margaret Moran is given a two year supervision and treatment order after falsely claiming £53,000 in expenses. (14th Dec 2012)|
|5th||MFI ceased trading, closing all 111 of its stores and leaving its 1,400 workforce redundant (19th Dec 2008)|
|5th||Woolworths announced their 807 UK stores will close by 5 January 2009, putting some 27,000 people out of work. (18th Dec 2008)|
|5th||Robert Napper pleaded guilty to killing Rachel Nickell, who was stabbed to death on Wimbledon Common on 15 July 1992. (18th Dec 2008)|
|5th||Karen Matthews was convicted of the kidnapping her 9-year old daughter, Shanon. (4th Dec 2008)|
|10th||Victoria Line on the London Underground closed south of Stockwell for two weeks to allow Asbestos removal at Brixton (21st Dec 2003)|
|10th||The Soham murder trial ends at the Old Bailey in London, with Ian Huntley found guilty of two counts of murder. His girlfriend Maxine Carr is found guilty of perverting the course of justice. (17th Dec 2003)|
|10th||The Government announces plans to build a new runway at Stansted Airport in Essex and a short-haul runway at Heathrow Airport sparking anger from environmental groups. (16th Dec 2003)|
|10th||The official inflation target measure is changed to the Consumer Price Index figure from RPIX. (10th Dec 2003)|
|10th||The M6 Toll motorway opens, giving the United Kingdom its first toll motorway. (9th Dec 2003)|
|20th||The Downing Street Declaration is issued by British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Taoiseach Albert Reynolds. (15th Dec 1993)|
|20th||The last shift leaves Wearmouth Colliery in Sunderland. The closure of the 156-year-old pit marks the end of the old County Durham coalfield, which had been in operation since the Middle Ages. (10th Dec 1993)|
|25th||A bomb explodes on board Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, killing 270. (21st Dec 1988)|
|25th||The Clapham Junction rail crash kills thirty-five and injures hundreds after two collisions of three commuter trains - one of the worst train crashes in the United Kingdom. (12th Dec 1988)|
|25th||The last shipbuilding facilities on Wearside, once the largest shipbuilding area in the world, are to close with the loss of 2,400 jobs. (6th Dec 1988)|
|25th||Health minister Edwina Currie provokes outrage by stating that most of Britain's egg production is infected with the salmonella bacteria, causing an immediate nationwide fall in egg sales. (3rd Dec 1988)|
|30th||The IRA bombs Harrods Department Store in London, killing six people. (17th Dec 1983)|
|30th||The House of Lords votes to allow television broadcast of its proceedings. (8th Dec 1983)|
|30th||First heart and lung transplant carried out in Britain at Harefield. (6th Dec 1983)|
|40th||As a result of coal shortages caused by industrial action, the electricity consumption reduction measure - the Three-Day Week, announced on 17 December - came into force at midnight. (31st Dec 1973)|
|40th||The Sunningdale Agreement was signed by British and Irish politicians. (9th Dec 1973)|
|50th||First episode of the seven-part serial The Daleks broadcast in the Doctor Who series, introducing the alien Daleks (revealed fully in the following week's episode). (21st Dec 1963)|
|50th||Zanzibar gains independence from the United Kingdom as a constitutional monarchy, under Sultan Jamshid bin Abdullah. (19th Dec 1963)|
|60th||Winston Churchill wins the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values". (10th Dec 1953)|
|70th||First "Bevin Boys" selected from conscripts to work in the coal mines. (2nd Dec 1943)|
|70th||Construction of prototype Mark I Colossus computer, the world's first totally electronic programmable computing device, at the Post Office Research Station, Dollis Hill, to assist in cryptanalysis at Bletchley Park, is completed. (date uncertain) (1st Dec 1943)|
|90th||The chimes of Big Ben are broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC. (31st Dec 1923)|
|90th||General election is won by the Conservative Party under Stanley Baldwin but without enough seats to form a majority. (6th Dec 1923)|
|100th||Serious fire at Portsmouth Dockyard destroys the semaphore tower. (20th Dec 1913)|
|100th||Extension of London Underground Bakerloo Line between Baker Street and Paddington opens. (1st Dec 1913)|
|100th||Bakerloo Line extension from Edgware Road to Paddington opens. (1st Dec 1913)|
|125th||The Lyric Theatre (London) opens. (17th Dec 1888)|
|125th||John Boyd Dunlop patents the pneumatic bicycle tyre. (7th Dec 1888)|
|200th||A thick fog blankets London causing the Prince Regent to turn back from a trip to Hatfield House and the Birmingham mail coach to take 7 hours to reach Uxbridge. (27th Dec 1813)|
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