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 March 2015

1st The first gay weddings take place in England and Wales following a change in the law in 2013 allowing same-sex marriage. (29th Mar 2014)
1st As part of the 2014 budget, Chancellor George Osbourne announces that a new 1 coin will be introduced from 2017. Current 1 coins are vulnerable to counterfeiting, but the new 12-sided two-metal coin, based on the Threepenny bit will be more difficult to copy. (19th Mar 2014)
5th Chester City F.C., bottom of the Blue Square Premier League, go out of business after 125 years, less than a year after being relegated from the Football League where they had spent all but four seasons since 1931. (10th Mar 2010)
5th The prime Minister Gordon Brown gave evidence to the Chilcott inquiry. (5th Mar 2010)
10th Doctor Who is revived as a TV series by the BBC, having been discontinued in December 1989. (26th Mar 2005)
10th The Constitutional Reform Act receives the Royal Assent. This provides for creation of a Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. (24th Mar 2005)
10th The New Forest in Hampshire becomes England's twelfth national park. (1st Mar 2005)
25th 200,000 protestors take to the streets of London to protest against the newly introduced Poll Tax. (31st Mar 1990)
25th Iraq hangs British journalist Farzad Bazoft for spying. (15th Mar 1990)
30th Mohammed Al Fayed buys the London-based department store company Harrods. (11th Mar 1985)
30th Arthur Scargill declares that the National Union of Mineworkers national executive voted to end the longest-running industrial dispute in Great Britain without any peace deal over pit closures. (3rd Mar 1985)
40th A large National Front rally in London protested against European integration. (25th Mar 1975)
40th Actor Charlie Chaplin, 85, was knighted by the Queen. (4th Mar 1975)
50th Goldie, a London Zoo golden eagle, is recaptured after 13 days of freedom. (10th Mar 1965)
60th Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen calls a strike which continues until 14 June, leading to a state of emergency being declared on 31 May. (29th Mar 1955)
70th World War II: Last day of V-1 flying bomb attacks on England. (29th Mar 1945)
70th The last V-1 flying bomb attack on the UK takes place. The last enemy action of any kind on British soil occurs when one strikes Datchworth in Hertfordshire. (29th Mar 1945)
70th The last V-2 rocket attack on the UK takes place, with one fatality, in Orpington. (27th Mar 1945)
70th World War II - The R.A.F. first operational use of the Grand Slam bomb, Bielefeld, Germany. (14th Mar 1945)
70th Sixty-seven German prisoners of war tunnel their way out of Island Farm Camp 198 at Bridgend, the biggest escape attempt by German POWs in the UK during the War. (10th Mar 1945)
75th First person killed in a German bombing raid on the UK in World War II during a raid on Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands, James Isbister. (16th Mar 1940)
80th Speed limit in built-up areas reduced to 30mph (12th Mar 1935)
90th Last motor race on public roads in the UK. (28th Mar 1925)
90th Pink's War: The first Royal Air Force operation conducted independently of the British Army or Royal Navy begins. (9th Mar 1925)
125th The longest bridge in Great Britain, the Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland, measuring 1,710 feet (520 m) long, is opened by the Prince of Wales, who later becomes King Edward VII. (4th Mar 1890)
200th Corn Laws passed by Parliament (15th Mar 1815)
250th The UK passes the Quartering Act that requires the Thirteen Colonies to house British troops. (24th Mar 1765)
250th The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act that introduces a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies. (22nd Mar 1765)
250th Parliament passes the Stamp Act which is the first direct tax levied on the American colonies. (22nd Mar 1765)
350th King Charles II declares war on the Netherlands marking the start of the Second Anglo-Dutch War. (4th Mar 1665)


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