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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 May 2024

5th The UK's first 5G mobile network becomes operational, initially covering parts of six cities: Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester. (30th May 2019)
5th The first black female Oxbridge master, Sonia Alleyne, is appointed to lead Jesus College, Cambridge, from October. (26th May 2019)
5th Prime Minister Theresa May announces her resignation as Conservative Party leader, effective 7 June. (24th May 2019)
5th Jamie Oliver's restaurant group collapses into administration, putting 1,300 jobs at risk. (21st May 2019)
5th The Ministry of Justice announces plans to introduce "Helen's Law", which would require a person convicted of murder without the presence of a body to reveal the location of their victim's remains before being considered for parole. (17th May 2019)
5th The Jeremy Kyle Show is suspended indefinitely following the death of a participant, shortly after appearing on an unbroadcast programme. The show is axed by ITV two days later. (13th May 2019)
5th Broadcaster Danny Baker is fired from BBC Radio 5 Live after tweeting a "royal baby" image of a chimpanzee. (9th May 2019)
5th A British teenager, Isabelle Holdaway, 17, is reported to be the first patient to receive a genetically modified phage therapy to treat a drug-resistant infection. (8th May 2019)
5th Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is sacked, after a leak from a National Security Council meeting, in which plans by Chinese firm Huawei to contribute to the UK's 5G network were discussed. He is replaced by Penny Mordaunt. (1st May 2019)
10th A major fire damages Glasgow School of Art, one of Scotland's most iconic buildings, for the first time. (23rd May 2014)
20th Fathers 4 Justice stage a protest in the House of Commons at Prime Minister's Question Time by throwing purple powder at Tony Blair. (19th May 2004)
20th Piers Morgan is dismissed as editor of the Daily Mirror after the newspaper published fake pictures of Iraqi prisoner abuse. (14th May 2004)
20th Stockline Plastics factory explosion: four people die in an explosion at a factory in Glasgow. (11th May 2004)
20th Maxine Carr is released from prison with a new identity after serving half of her sentence for perverting the course of justice. (10th May 2004)
50th Northern Ireland's power-sharing Sunningdale Agreement collapses following a general strike by loyalists. (28th May 1974)
50th The Loyalist paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force carried out the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in the Republic of Ireland. (17th May 1974)
50th Inauguration of full electric service on British Rail's West Coast Main Line through to Glasgow. (6th May 1974)
50th The fascist far-right National Front gained more than 10% of the vote in several parts of London in council elections, but failed to net any councillors. (2nd May 1974)
60th Pirate radio station Radio Sutch begins broadcasting from Shivering Sands Army Fort in the Thames Estuary. (27th May 1964)
60th Terence Conran opens the first Habitat store on London's Fulham Road. (11th May 1964)
70th Diane Leather becomes the first woman to break the five-minute mile, at the Alexander Sports Ground in Birmingham. (29th May 1954)
70th Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes. (6th May 1954)
90th Opening of first Glyndebourne Festival Opera season. (28th May 1934)
90th Fifty-four-year-old grandmother Mrs G. E. Alington becomes the first woman in Britain to complete a parachute jump, skydiving from 1500 feet over Brooklands Aerodrome. (4th May 1934)
175th The Great Hall of Euston station in London is opened. (27th May 1849)
200th The National Gallery in London opens to the public. (10th May 1824)


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