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 March 2019

5th 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)
5th 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)
10th The Office for National Statistics announce that UK unemployment rose to 2.03 million in the three months to January. It takes unemployment above 2 million for the first time since 1997. (18th Mar 2009)
10th The Real Irish Republican Army kills two British soldiers and two civilians, the first British military deaths in Northern Ireland since The Troubles. (7th Mar 2009)
10th The government takes a controlling stake, reported to be 65%, in the troubled Lloyds Banking Group. Toxic loans totalling £260 billion will be insured by the government as part of the deal. (7th Mar 2009)
10th The Bank of England reduces the base interest rate to 0.5%, its lowest ever level. It also announces plans to begin quantitative easing by injecting £75 billion into the British economy. (5th Mar 2009)
25th The Church of England ordains its first female priests. (12th Mar 1994)
25th The IRA launch the first of three successive mortar attacks on Heathrow Airport. (8th Mar 1994)
30th Iran and the United Kingdom break diplomatic relations after a row over Salman Rushdie and his controversial novel. (7th Mar 1989)
30th Two trains collide at Purley, Surrey killing six people. (4th Mar 1989)
40th The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day (Jum il-Helsien). (31st Mar 1979)
40th Airey Neave, a British Member of Parliament, is killed by a car bomb as he leaves the Palace of Westminster. The Irish National Liberation Army claims responsibility. (30th Mar 1979)
40th The British House of Commons passes a vote of no confidence against James Callaghan's government, precipitating a general election. (28th Mar 1979)
40th The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapses during engineering works, killing two workers. (17th Mar 1979)
50th The 385 metres (1,263 ft) tall TV-mast at Emley Moor, United Kingdom, collapses due to ice build-up. (19th Mar 1969)
75th Lifting of prohibition on married women working as teachers. (10th Mar 1944)
80th Britain pledges support to Poland in the event of an invasion. (31st Mar 1939)



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