List of Historical 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 October 2018

10th An episode of The Russell Brand Show aired, featuring a series of prank phone calls to the actor Andrew Sachs by comedians Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross, leading to a media row. (18th Oct 2008)
10th The government announces a bank rescue package worth some £500 billion as a response to the ongoing financial crisis. (8th Oct 2008)
20th Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a warrant from Spain requesting his extradition on murder charges. (16th Oct 1998)
25th Shankill Road bombing: A Provisional IRA bomb prematurely detonates in the Shankill area of Belfast, killing the bomber and nine civilians. (23rd Oct 1993)
25th Anti-Nazi riot breaks out in Welling in Kent, after police stop protesters approaching the British National Party headquarters. (16th Oct 1993)
25th John Major launches his Back to Basics campaign. (8th Oct 1993)
25th QVC launches the first television shopping channel in the UK. (1st Oct 1993)
30th British Rail announces a 21% rise in the cost of long distance season tickets. (28th Oct 1988)
30th The House of Lords rules that extracts of the banned book Spycatcher can be published in the media. (13th Oct 1988)
30th As Pope John Paul II addresses the European Parliament, Ian Paisley heckles and denounces him as the Antichrist. (12th Oct 1988)
30th Labour MP and Shadow Chancellor John Smith, is hospitalised with a heart attack in Edinburgh. (9th Oct 1988)
40th four people die and four others are wounded in a shooting spree which began in a residential street in West Bromwich and ends at a petrol station some 20 miles away in Nuneaton. (27th Oct 1978)
40th a ceremony marks the completion of Liverpool Cathedral, for which the foundation stone was laid in 1904. (25th Oct 1978)
40th the government announces plans for a new single exam to replace O Levels and CSEs. (23rd Oct 1978)
50th police and protestors clash at an anti-Vietnam War protest outside the Embassy of the United States in London. (27th Oct 1968)
50th National Giro opens for business through the General Post Office, (18th Oct 1968)
50th the rebuilt Euston railway station opens. (13th Oct 1968)
50th Police baton civil rights demonstrators in Derry, Northern Ireland - considered to mark the beginning of The Troubles. (5th Oct 1968)
50th a woman from Birmingham gives birth to the first recorded instance of live Sextuplets in the UK. (2nd Oct 1968)
60th the State Opening of Parliament is broadcast on television for the first time. (28th Oct 1958)
60th the Short SC.1 experimental VTOL aircraft makes its first free vertical flight. (25th Oct 1958)
60th first broadcast of the long-running BBC Television sports programme Grandstand. (11th Oct 1958)
60th BOAC uses new Comet jets to become the first airline to fly jet passenger services across the Atlantic. (4th Oct 1958)
60th the sovereignty of Christmas Island is transferred from the United Kingdom to Australia. (1st Oct 1958)
70th KLM Constellation air disaster: a KLM Lockheed Constellation airliner crashes (20th Oct 1948)
80th City Hall, Norwich, designed in the Art Deco style by C. H. James and S. R. Pierce, is opened. (29th Oct 1938)
80th Apostolic Delegation to Great Britain appointed. (21st Oct 1938)
80th Pioneering photojournalism magazine, Picture Post is first published. (1st Oct 1938)
80th first Kindertransport from Berlin to London Liverpool Street station via Harwich. (1st Oct 1938)
90th Tyne Bridge opens, connecting Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead. (10th Oct 1928)
100th Spanish Flu outbreak in London - leads to 2,200 deaths (27th Oct 1918)
100th Cecil Chubb donates Stonehenge to the nation. (26th Oct 1918)
100th World War I: Arab forces under T. E. Lawrence (a/k/a "Lawrence of Arabia") capture Damascus. (1st Oct 1918)
125th the Royal Navy's first destroyer, HMS Havock, undergoes sea trials. (28th Oct 1893)
125th the first students enter St Hilda's College, Oxford, founded for women by Dorothea Beale. (13th Oct 1893)
175th The British arrest the Irish nationalist Daniel O'Connell for conspiracy to commit crimes. (14th Oct 1843)
175th the statue of Nelson placed atop Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London. (3rd Oct 1843)
175th The News of the World tabloid begins publication in London. (1st Oct 1843)
200th The Convention of 1818 signed between the United States and the United Kingdom which, among other things, settled the Canada - United States border on the 49th parallel for most of its length. (20th Oct 1818)
400th Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England. (29th Oct 1618)
500th Cardinal Wolsey's Treaty of London is signed by France, England, the Holy Roman Empire, the Papacy, Spain, Burgundy and the Netherlands allying the European powers against the Ottoman Empire. (3rd Oct 1518)



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