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 August 2016

1st British IT consultant Chris Norman is awarded the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest decoration, for his bravery in the 2015 Thalys train attack in France. (24th Aug 2015)
1st An RAF Hawker Hunter crashes into vehicles on the A27 near Shoreham in West Sussex during the Shoreham Airshow; eleven people are killed and fourteen injured. (22nd Aug 2015)
1st The London Borough of Lambeth becomes the first council in the United Kingdom to ban the use of laughing gas for recreational use. (17th Aug 2015)
1st A second transport workers' strike causes chaos in London, with the entire London Underground network shut down. (6th Aug 2015)
1st Singer and television star Cilla Black, whose showbiz career spanned over 50 years, dies at her villa in Spain, at the age of 72. (1st Aug 2015)
5th Mobile Internet use reached 50% in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics. (31st Aug 2011)
5th A pilot died when an RAF Red Arrows aeroplane crashed at the Bournemouth Air Festival following a display. (20th Aug 2011)
5th The Royal Navy appointed its first female warship commander. Lieutenant Commander Sarah West, 39, who took control of HMS Portland in May 2012. (8th Aug 2011)
5th The 2011 English riots began. (6th Aug 2011)
5th Downing Street launched a new e-petition website to encourage the public to prompt parliamentary debate on topics they feel are important. Several of the initial petitions concerned proposals for and against restoring the death penalty, last used in the UK in 1964. (4th Aug 2011)
10th At least 21 suspected terrorists were arrested in the 2006 transatlantic aircraft plot that happened in the United Kingdom. The arrests were made in London, Birmingham, and High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, in an overnight operation. (9th Aug 2006)
20th Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales divorce. (28th Aug 1996)
25th Rioting breaks out in Leeds and Cardiff. (29th Aug 1991)
25th Princess Diana attends the funeral of Adrian Ward-Jackson, her friend who died of AIDS earlier this month. (29th Aug 1991)
25th John McCarthy, a British hostage held in Lebanon for over 5 years is freed. (8th Aug 1991)
25th Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet. (6th Aug 1991)
30th Britain's oldest twins, May and Marjorie Chavasse, celebrate their 100th birthday. (29th Aug 1986)
30th John Stalker, deputy chief constable of Greater Manchester police, is cleared of misconduct over allegations of associating with criminals (22nd Aug 1986)
30th The Privatisation of the National Bus Company begins with the first sale of a bus operating subsidiary, Devon General, in a management buyout. (19th Aug 1986)
30th The Eurotunnel Group is formed to operate the Channel Tunnel. (13th Aug 1986)
30th Rival gangs of Manchester United and West Ham United fans clash on a Sealink ferry bound for Amsterdam where the two clubs are playing pre-season friendlies. (8th Aug 1986)
40th 100 police officers and 60 carnival-goers are injured during riots at the Notting Hill Carnival. (30th Aug 1976)
40th 10,000 Protestant and Catholic women demonstrate for peace in Northern Ireland. (14th Aug 1976)
40th The last Postmaster General, John Stonehouse, is sentenced to seven years in jail for fraud. (6th Aug 1976)
40th The Great Clock of Westminster (or Big Ben) suffers internal damage and stops running for over nine months. (5th Aug 1976)
50th The Beatles play their very last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (29th Aug 1966)
50th Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is first staged, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. (24th Aug 1966)
50th Tay Road Bridge opens. (18th Aug 1966)
50th Three policemen are shot dead in Shepherd's Bush, West London, while sitting in their patrol car in Braybrook Street. (12th Aug 1966)
50th The Kray Twins are questioned in connection with a murder in London. (4th Aug 1966)
50th Spanish government forbids overflights of British military aircraft. (2nd Aug 1966)
60th Scotland Yard are called to Eastbourne to investigate the activities of society doctor John Bodkin Adams. The case is reported around the world and press reports claim up to 400 patients may have been murdered. (17th Aug 1956)
60th Art exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London includes Richard Hamilton's collage Just What Is It that Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?, considered to be one of the earliest works of pop art. (9th Aug 1956)
70th League football resumes, having been suspended during World War II. (31st Aug 1946)
70th The Arts Council is incorporated by Royal Charter. (9th Aug 1946)
70th Family allowance introduced, a cash benefit paid to mothers. (6th Aug 1946)
70th Free milk provided in UK state schools to all pupils under the age of 18. (6th Aug 1946)
70th The establishment of a National Land Fund to secure culturally significant property for the nation as a memorial to the dead of World War II. (1st Aug 1946)
75th First official 'Shetland bus' clandestine mission using Norwegian fishing boats between Shetland and German-occupied Norway. (30th Aug 1941)
75th National Fire Service established. (18th Aug 1941)
75th HMS Mercury Royal Navy Signals School and Combined Signals School opens at Leydene, near Petersfield, Hampshire. (16th Aug 1941)
75th Corporal Josef Jakobs is executed by firing squad at the Tower of London at 7:12 am, making him the last person to be executed at the Tower for treason. (15th Aug 1941)
75th World War II - Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt sign the Atlantic Charter of war stating postwar aims. (14th Aug 1941)
75th Dudley suffers five fatalities when a second landmine is dropped in the town. (12th Aug 1941)
80th Signing of the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty which requires the withdrawal of British troops and recognises Egypt as a sovereign state. (26th Aug 1936)
80th An underground explosion at Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery in South Yorkshire kills 58. (6th Aug 1936)
90th The first British Grand Prix held at the Brooklands circuit near Weybridge. (7th Aug 1926)
90th Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel. (6th Aug 1926)
100th The official documentary propaganda film The Battle of the Somme is premièred in London. In the first six weeks of general release (from 20 August) 20 million people view it. (10th Aug 1916)
100th August bank holiday abandoned. (7th Aug 1916)
100th The musical comedy Chu Chin Chow, premieres at His Majesty's Theatre in London. It will run for five years and a total of 2,238 performances, a record that will stand for nearly 40 years. (3rd Aug 1916)
200th Britain and the Netherlands bombard Algiers in an attempt to suppress slavery by the North African Barbary states. (27th Aug 1816)
200th The UK formally annexed the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, ruling them from the Cape Colony in South Africa. (14th Aug 1816)
200th An earthquake in Aberdeen is the strongest ever in Scotland. (13th Aug 1816)
225th HMS Pandora sinks after having run aground on a reef the previous day. (30th Aug 1791)
275th George Frideric Handel starts work on the oratorio Messiah in London to a libretto compiled by Charles Jennens. (22nd Aug 1741)
300th George Seton, 5th Earl of Winton, under sentence of death for his part in the Jacobite rising of 1715, escapes from the Tower of London and flees into exile on the continent. (4th Aug 1716)


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