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 August 2014

5th The Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill grants release to the convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds. (20th Aug 2009)
5th Britain imposes direct rule on the Turks and Caicos Islands after an inquiry found evidence of government corruption. (14th Aug 2009)
5th Wales begins the process of digital TV switchover with the turning off of parts of the analogue signal from the Kilvey Hill transmitting station in Swansea (12th Aug 2009)
5th Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs, who is gravely ill, is granted release from prison on compassionate grounds. (6th Aug 2009)
10th Boscastle: flash floods destroy buildings and wash cars out to sea in Cornwall. (16th Aug 2004)
20th The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares a ceasefire. (31st Aug 1994)
20th Huddersfield Town move into their new all-seater Alfred McAlpine Stadium. (20th Aug 1994)
25th Betteshanger, the last colliery in Kent, closes,[27] signalling the end of the Kent Coalfield after 93 years. (26th Aug 1989)
25th The pleasure boat Marchioness sinks on the River Thames following a collision, 51 people are killed. (20th Aug 1989)
25th Introduction of electronic tagging to monitor and supervise crime suspects. (17th Aug 1989)
30th A Surrey business man wins a case in the European Court of Human Rights over illegal phone tapping by the police. (2nd Aug 1984)
30th Commercial peat-cutters discover the preserved bog body of a man, called Lindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, North West England. (1st Aug 1984)
40th Thames Valley Police broke up the Windsor Free Festival. (29th Aug 1974)
50th Match of the Day first airs on BBC Two television. (22nd Aug 1964)
50th Peter Anthony Allen and Gwynne Owen Evans are hanged for the murder of John Alan West, the last executions to take place in the British Isles. (13th Aug 1964)
50th Charlie Wilson, one of the Great Train Robbers, escapes from Winson Green Prison in Birmingham, England. (12th Aug 1964)
50th The first portable televisions go on sale. (4th Aug 1964)
60th Maiden flight of the English Electric Lightning P-1 supersonic fighter plane. (4th Aug 1954)
70th Freckleton Air Disaster - A United States Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bomber crashes into a school in Freckleton, England killing 61 people. (23rd Aug 1944)
70th American Liberty ship SS Richard Montgomery is wrecked off the Nore in the Thames Estuary with around 1,400 tonnes of explosives on board, never recovered. (20th Aug 1944)
70th The Education Act, promoted by Rab Butler, creates a Tripartite System of secondary education in England and Wales with Secondary Modern, Technical, and Grammar schools, entrance being determined in most cases by the results of the Eleven plus exam. (3rd Aug 1944)
75th Evacuation of children from major UK cities begins. (30th Aug 1939)
75th The United Kingdom and Poland form a military alliance in which the UK promises to defend Poland in case of invasion by a foreign power. (25th Aug 1939)
75th Emergency Powers (Defence) Act 1939 gives full authority to 'defence regulations'. Parliament recalled, Army reservists called up and Civil Defence workers placed on alert. (24th Aug 1939)
80th British Empire Games opens in London. (4th Aug 1934)
90th Britain accepts the Dawes Plan for receiving German war reparations. (30th Aug 1924)
90th The government forces the charges against John Ross Campbell to be dropped leading to a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons. (13th Aug 1924)
100th World War I: the Royal Navy defeats the German fleet in the Battle of Heligoland Bight. (28th Aug 1914)
100th World War I: the United Kingdom declares war on Austria-Hungary; the countries of the British Empire follow suit. (12th Aug 1914)
100th All suffragette prisoners released unconditionally. (10th Aug 1914)
100th World War I: the German minelayer Königin Luise lays a minefield about 40 miles (64 km) of the Thames Estuary (Lowestoft). She is intercepted and sunk by the British light-cruiser HMS Amphion. (5th Aug 1914)
125th Official opening of Royal Mail Mount Pleasant Sorting Office in London. (30th Aug 1889)
125th The Prevention of Cruelty to, and Protection of, Children Act for the first time imposes criminal penalties to deter child abuse. (26th Aug 1889)
125th London dockers strike for a minimum wage of sixpence an hour ("The dockers' tanner"). The strike lasts a month. (14th Aug 1889)
125th Opening of Hawarden Bridge, Wales. (3rd Aug 1889)
150th John Alexander Reina Newlands produces the first periodic table of the chemical elements. (20th Aug 1864)
175th The United Kingdom captures Hong Kong as a base as it prepares for war with Qing China. The ensuing 3-year conflict will later be known as the First Opium War. (23rd Aug 1839)
200th British troops invade Washington, D.C. and burn down the White House and several other buildings. (24th Aug 1814)
200th The Convention of London, a treaty between the United Kingdom and the United Provinces, is signed in London. (13th Aug 1814)
200th The Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1814 is signed in London, returning most possessions of the Dutch Empire acquired by the UK since 1803 to the Netherlands. (13th Aug 1814)
200th The last hanging under the Black Act in England — William Potter for cutting down an orchard; the judge petitions for reprieve. (12th Aug 1814)
225th William Herschel discovers Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons. (28th Aug 1789)
300th George, elector of Hanover, becomes King George I of Great Britain following the death of Queen Anne. (1st Aug 1714)


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