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 January 2017

1st The last Land Rover Defender rolls off the production line at Solihull, ending 68 years of production. (29th Jan 2016)
1st An inquiry finds that the murder of British ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 in London was "probably" approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin. (21st Jan 2016)
1st For the first time, the typical pay of a Scottish worker rises above those in England, according to a new study by the Resolution Foundation. (17th Jan 2016)
1st Tim Peake conducts the first ever spacewalk by an "official" British astronaut. (15th Jan 2016)
1st Labour MPs Jonathan Reynolds and Stephen Doughty quit over the sacking of the shadow Europe minister Pat McFadden, after party leader Jeremy Corbyn reshuffles his shadow cabinet and makes controversial changes within his team. (6th Jan 2016)
5th Former Royal Bank of Scotland CEO Fred Goodwin loses his knighthood as a result of the near collapse of the bank in 2008. (31st Jan 2012)
5th UK government debt has risen above £1 trillion for the first time. (24th Jan 2012)
5th Press TV, an English language news channel owned by the Iranian Government is forced off air in the United Kingdom after Ofcom revokes its broadcasting licence for breaching the terms of the Communications Act. (20th Jan 2012)
5th The Scottish Government announces that it plans to hold the referendum on Scottish independence in the autumn of 2014. (10th Jan 2012)
5th Five Muslim men go on trial at Derby Crown Court for calling for gay men to be killed, the first such prosecution under hate crime legislation. (10th Jan 2012)
5th After a trial based on new forensic evidence, Gary Dobson and David Norris are convicted of the racist murder of black London teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was killed in April 1993. (3rd Jan 2012)
10th Suspects are arrested in Birmingham in the UK, accused of plotting the kidnap, holding and eventual beheading of a serving Muslim British soldier in Iraq. (31st Jan 2007)
10th The final edition of Grandstand, the flagship BBC sports programme, is aired after nearly 50 years on television screens. (27th Jan 2007)
10th The News of the World's royal editor Clive Goodman is jailed for four months having pleaded guilty to phone message interception charges. (26th Jan 2007)
10th The strongest storm in the United Kingdom in 17 years kills 14 people, Germany sees the worst storm since 1999 with 13 deaths. Hurricane Kyrill, causes at least 44 deaths across 20 countries in Western Europe. (18th Jan 2007)
10th It was announced that methamphetamine otherwise known as crystal meth will be reclassified to a Class A drug, to avert widespread use of the drug. (17th Jan 2007)
10th A jury at the Old Bailey rules that 86-year-old Szymon Serafinowicz is unfit to stand trial on charges of murdering Jews during the Holocaust. (17th Jan 2007)
10th Diana, Princess of Wales calls for an international ban on landmines. (15th Jan 2007)
10th New rules outlawing businesses from discriminating against homosexuals are upheld in the House of Lords, after a challenge by Lord Morrow of the Democratic Unionist Party. (9th Jan 2007)
10th Umran Javed is found guilty at the Old Bailey of inciting racial hatred at a London rally in February 2006 protesting against the publication of a cartoon in a Danish newspaper depicting Muhammad. (5th Jan 2007)
25th In an IRA bomb attack near Omagh, seven construction workers are killed and seven others injured. (17th Jan 1992)
25th The Bank of Credit and Commerce International goes into liquidation. (14th Jan 1992)
30th The flotation of British Airways begins. (30th Jan 1987)
30th Church of England envoy Terry Waite is kidnapped in Lebanon. (20th Jan 1987)
30th Golliwogs are banned from Enid Blyton books by their publisher and replaced by politically correct gnomes following complaints that golliwogs were offensive to black people. (2nd Jan 1987)
40th Clive Sinclair introduces his new two-inch screen television set, which retails at £175. (10th Jan 1977)
40th Record company EMI sacks the British punk rock group the Sex Pistols for their behaviour on ITV's Today Show, whose presenter Bill Grundy was also dismissed by his employers for inciting them. (6th Jan 1977)
40th The United Kingdom holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time. (1st Jan 1977)
50th The UK, Soviet Union, and USA sign the Outer Space Treaty. (27th Jan 1967)
50th Milton Keynes, a village in north Buckinghamshire, was formally designated as a new town by the government. (23rd Jan 1967)
50th Jeremy Thorpe became leader of the Liberal Party. (18th Jan 1967)
50th The United Kingdom entered the first round of negotiations for EEC membership in Rome. (15th Jan 1967)
50th The television series The Forsyte Saga was first shown, on BBC Two. (7th Jan 1967)
50th Actor Charlie Chaplin opened his last film, A Countess From Hong Kong, in England. (2nd Jan 1967)
50th The London-set film Blowup is released in the UK. (1st Jan 1967)
60th Royal Ballet granted a Royal Charter. (16th Jan 1957)
60th The Cavern Club opens in Liverpool as a jazz club. (16th Jan 1957)
60th Harold Macmillan succeeds Eden as Prime Minister. (10th Jan 1957)
60th An Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit attacks Brookeborough RUC barracks in one of the most famous incidents of the IRA's Operation Harvest. (1st Jan 1957)
70th British coins cease to include any silver content. (2nd Jan 1947)
70th The government nationalises the coal industry in the UK and Cable & Wireless. (1st Jan 1947)
75th Desert Island Discs first broadcast on the BBC Forces Programme, presented by Roy Plomley. Vic Oliver is the first castaway. (29th Jan 1942)
75th World War II: First US troops for the European Theatre arrive in the UK, at Belfast. (26th Jan 1942)
75th An underground explosion at Sneyd Colliery in the North Staffordshire Coalfield kills 55. (1st Jan 1942)
80th Safety glass in vehicle windscreens becomes mandatory in Great Britain. (1st Jan 1937)
90th First live radio commentary of a football match anywhere in the world, between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury. (22nd Jan 1927)
90th The first transatlantic telephone service is established - from New York City to London. (7th Jan 1927)
90th The British Broadcasting Company becomes the British Broadcasting Corporation, when it is granted a Royal Charter. Sir John Reith becomes the first Director-General. (1st Jan 1927)
100th The sea defences at the village of Hallsands, Devon are breached, leading to all but one of the houses becoming uninhabitable. (26th Jan 1917)
100th Armed merchantman SS Laurentic is sunk by mines off Lough Swilly with the loss of 354 of the 475 aboard. (25th Jan 1917)
100th Silvertown explosion: 73 are killed and 400 injured in an explosion in a munitions plant in London. (19th Jan 1917)
200th The Scotsman is first published in Edinburgh as a liberal weekly newspaper by lawyer William Ritchie and customs official Charles Maclaren. (25th Jan 1817)
225th The London Corresponding Society is founded. (25th Jan 1792)
300th The Netherlands, Great Britain, and France sign the Triple Alliance. (4th Jan 1717)
300th Count Carl Gyllenborg, the Swedish ambassador, is arrested in London over a plot to assist the Pretender James Francis Edward Stuart. (1st Jan 1717)
400th Pocahontas received at court; she dies two months later at Gravesend. (1st Jan 1617)
450th Parliament dissolved as Queen Elizabeth refuses to name a successor. (2nd Jan 1567)


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