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 May 2018

AnniversaryDetails
5th A court in finds Mark Bridger guilty of abducting and murdering five-year-old April Jones in October 2012. The trial judge recommends that 47-year-old Bridger should never be released from prison. The body of April Jones has not been found. (30th May 2013)
5th In London, Drummer Lee Rigby is killed in the street by two men carrying knives and a meat cleaver in a radical islamist attack. (22nd May 2013)
5th MPs vote 366-161 in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill taking an important step towards allowing gay marriage in England and Wales. (21st May 2013)
5th Stuart Hazell, 38, admits the Murder of Tia Sharp, 12-year-old grand-daughter of his partner Christine Sharp, who was found dead in New Addington, London, nine months ago. (13th May 2013)
10th Construction work began on the Olympic Stadium being built for the 2012 games. (22nd May 2008)
10th Local elections were held in England and Wales. The night saw the governing Labour party fall to third place in the popular vote on 24%, behind the Conservatives on 44% and the Liberal Democrats on 25%. (1st May 2008)
30th the BBC controversial film, Tumbledown is broadcast despite Ministry of Defence concern (31st May 1988)
30th Section 28 of the United Kingdom's Local Government Act 1988, a controversial amendment stating that a local authority cannot intentionally promote homosexuality, is enacted. (24th May 1988)
30th Albert Dock in Liverpool reopened by Prince Charles as a leisure and business centre including the Tate Liverpool art museum. (24th May 1988)
30th Unemployment is now below 2,500,000 for the first time since early-1981. (19th May 1988)
40th Liberal Party leader David Steel announces that the Lib-Lab pact will be dissolved at the end of the current Parliamentary session by mutual consent, leaving Britain with a minority Labour government. (25th May 1978)
40th May Day becomes a bank holiday for the first time. (1st May 1978)
50th the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland permits the ordination of women as ministers. (22nd May 1968)
50th Ronan Point tower block at Newham in east London collapses after a gas explosion, killing four occupants. (16th May 1968)
50th the Kray Twins, 34-year-old Ronnie and Reggie, are among 18 men arrested in dawn raids across London. They stand accused of a series of crimes including murder, fraud, blackmail and assault. Their 41-year-old brother Charlie Kray is one of the other men under arrest. (8th May 1968)
50th Mr Frederick West (aged 45) becomes Britain's first heart transplant patient. (3rd May 1968)
60th United Kingdom Postmaster General Ernest Marples announces that from December, Subscriber Trunk Dialling will be introduced in the Bristol area. (21st May 1958)
70th the murder of June Anne Devaney, a three-year-old girl in Blackburn leads to the fingerprinting of more than 40,000 men in the city in an attempt to find the murderer. (14th May 1948)
70th the British Mandate of Palestine is officially terminated as the state of Israel comes into being. (14th May 1948)
70th National Assistance Act supersedes the old Poor Law system. (13th May 1948)
70th release of Sir Laurence Olivier's film of Shakespeare's Hamlet, which will be the first British film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. (4th May 1948)
75th Operation Chastise (the 'Dambuster Raid') takes place: No. 617 Squadron RAF use bouncing bombs to breach German dams in the Ruhr Valley. (16th May 1943)
80th An underground explosion at Markham Colliery, near Staveley, Derbyshire, kills 79. (10th May 1938)
80th Empire Exhibition opens in Glasgow. (3rd May 1938)
90th opening of Royal Tweed Bridge, Berwick-upon-Tweed, constructed from reinforced concrete to the design of L. G. Mouchel & Partners. (16th May 1928)
90th passage of the Representation of the People Act lowers the voting age for women from 30 to 21 giving them equal suffrage with men from 2 July. (7th May 1928)
90th the London and North Eastern Railway's Flying Scotsman steam-hauled express train begins to run non-stop over the 393 miles (632 km) of the East Coast Main Line from London King's Cross to Edinburgh. (1st May 1928)
150th last public hanging in Britain ? Fenian bomber Michael Barrett outside Newgate Prison in London for his part in the Clerkenwell explosion of 1867. (26th May 1868)
150th "Murphy riots" against Irish people in Ashton-under-Lyne. (10th May 1868)
175th The Disruption in Edinburgh of the Free Church of Scotland from the Church of Scotland. (18th May 1843)
200th The Old Vic is founded as the Royal Coburg Theatre in South London by James King, Daniel Dunn and John T. Serres. (11th May 1818)
250th John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for The North Briton severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London. (10th May 1768)
300th James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world's first machine gun. (15th May 1718)
450th Queen Elizabeth I of England orders the arrest of Mary, Queen of Scots. (19th May 1568)
450th Mary, Queen of Scots, flees to England. (16th May 1568)
450th Battle of Langside: the forces of Mary, Queen of Scots, are defeated by a confederacy of Scottish Protestants under James Stewart, Earl of Moray, her half-brother. (13th May 1568)
450th Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle. (2nd May 1568)

 

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