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 July 2014

5th Harry Patch, the last British survivor of the First World War trenches and briefly the oldest man in the United Kingdom, dies at the age of 111. (25th Jul 2009)
5th The Government launches the National Pandemic Flu Service across England, a website and phoneline allowing people who think they have the H1N1 virus to bypass the NHS to obtain antiviral drugs. (23rd Jul 2009)
5th Cardiff City F.C. move into their new Cardiff City Stadium, a 27,000 capacity all-seater venue, after 99 years at Ninian Park. (22nd Jul 2009)
5th The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered, consisting of more than 1,500 items, is found near the village of Hammerwich, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire, England. (5th Jul 2009)
5th The government announces that it is taking the InterCity East Coast franchise into a period of public ownership, after the incumbent operator, National Express East Coast, said it planned to default on its franchise agreement. (1st Jul 2009)
10th The Government announces backing for the Crossrail project. (19th Jul 2004)
10th The Butler Inquiry releases its report, mildly criticising the government in their use of intelligence relating to Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. (14th Jul 2004)
10th Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown announces the loss of 100,000 civil service jobs in the UK. (12th Jul 2004)
10th Marks and Spencer rejects a takeover bid by retail tycoon Philip Green. (8th Jul 2004)
10th The Queen unveils a memorial fountain to Diana, Princess of Wales. (6th Jul 2004)
20th A bomb explodes outside the Israeli Embassy in London, injuring 14 people. (26th Jul 1994)
20th Tony Blair wins the Labour Party leadership election defeating John Prescott and Margaret Beckett. (21st Jul 1994)
20th The Queen opens the new £150million headquarters of MI6 on the banks of the River Thames in London. (14th Jul 1994)
25th The Princess of Wales opens the Landmark Aids Centre in London. (25th Jul 1989)
25th The BBC programme Panorama accuses Shirley Porter, Conservative Leader of Westminster City Council, of gerrymandering. (19th Jul 1989)
25th Britain's dock workers go on strike in protest against the abolition of the Dock Labour Scheme. (11th Jul 1989)
30th Trade Union Act prohibits unions from striking without a ballot. (26th Jul 1984)
30th A magnitude 5.4 earthquake with an epicentre in the Ll?n Peninsula, North Wales is felt throughout the United Kingdom. (19th Jul 1984)
30th Robert Maxwell buys the Daily Mirror for £113.4 million. (12th Jul 1984)
30th A bolt of lightning strikes York Minster and causes extensive fire damage which is expected to cost millions of pounds to repair. (9th Jul 1984)
40th A bomb planted by the Provisional IRA exploded in the Tower of London, killing one person and injuring 41. (17th Jul 1974)
50th Winston Churchill retires from the House of Commons at the age of 89. (28th Jul 1964)
50th The Post Office Tower in London is completed, although it does not begin operation until October 1965. (15th Jul 1964)
50th More than 300 people are injured in Liverpool when a crowd of some 150,000 people welcome The Beatles back to their home city. (10th Jul 1964)
60th Donald McGill, the artist of saucy seaside postcards, found guilty of breaching the Obscene Publications Act 1857. (15th Jul 1954)
60th The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin. (5th Jul 1954)
60th Fourteen years of rationing during and following World War II comes to an end when meat officially comes off ration. (4th Jul 1954)
70th The first German V-2 rocket hits Great Britain. (26th Jul 1944)
70th Release of Laurence Olivier's Henry V, the first work of Shakespeare filmed in colour. (12th Jul 1944)
75th Women's Land Army re-formed to work in agriculture. (1st Jul 1939)
80th Opening of the Queensway Tunnel beneath the River Mersey by King George V. (18th Jul 1934)
100th Erskine Childers and his wife Molly sail into Howth in his yacht Asgard and land 2,500 guns for the Irish Volunteers. (26th Jul 1914)
100th A conference at Buckingham Palace fails to resolve differences between Irish unionists and nationalists over Home Rule. (21st Jul 1914)
125th The Scottish National Portrait Gallery opens in Edinburgh, the first in the world to be purpose-built as a portrait gallery. (15th Jul 1889)
125th Several aristocrats are implicated in the Cleveland Street scandal after police raid a male brothel in London. (6th Jul 1889)
175th Chartists riot in Birmingham. (4th Jul 1839)
200th Opening of Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight, the first pier in Britain. (26th Jul 1814)
200th George Stephenson puts his first steam locomotive into service, the Blücher for Killingworth Colliery on Tyneside. (25th Jul 1814)
300th Parliament offers the Longitude prize to anyone who can solve the problem of accurately determining a ship's longitude. (date uncertain) (1st Jul 1714)
800th Battle of Bouvines: in France, Philip II of France defeats John of England. (27th Jul 1214)


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