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 February 2018

5th The first edition of The Sun on Sunday is published. (26th Feb 2013)
5th UK loses top AAA credit rating for first time since 1978 after being downgraded by the ratings agency Moody's. (23rd Feb 2013)
5th Former government Minister Chris Huhne pleads guilty to perverting the course of justice over claims he caused his ex-wife to accept speeding points he had incurred. (4th Feb 2013)
10th An earthquake with an epicentre in Lincolnshire was felt across most of Britain, with several buildings suffering substantial damage. (27th Feb 2008)
10th Northern Rock was nationalised by the British government. (22nd Feb 2008)
10th A jury at Ipswich Crown Court found Steve Wright, 49, guilty of murdering five prostitutes during late 2006. (21st Feb 2008)
10th The London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) scheme begins to operate in the UK. (4th Feb 2008)
20th stamps commemorating Diana, Princess of Wales go on sale across Britain (3rd Feb 1998)
25th Warrington bomb attacks: Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) bombs are planted and explode at gas holders in Warrington, Cheshire. (25th Feb 1993)
25th unemployment has reached 3,000,000 (and a rate of 10.6%) for the first time in six years. (18th Feb 1993)
25th Shadow chancellor Gordon Brown claims that a Labour government could reduce taxatation - a dramatic turn for a party known for high taxation. (17th Feb 1993)
25th Murder of James Bulger: a 2-year-old is murdered by two ten-year-old boys on Merseyside. (12th Feb 1993)
30th multiple rapist and murderer John Duffy is sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he should never be released. (26th Feb 1988)
30th the first BBC Red Nose Day raises ?15,000,000 for charity. (5th Feb 1988)
30th nearly 7,000 ferry workers go on strike in Britain, paralysing the nation's seaports. (4th Feb 1988)
30th nurses throughout the UK strike for higher pay and more funding for the National Health Service. (3rd Feb 1988)
40th severe blizzards hit the south west of England. (20th Feb 1978)
40th inflation has fallen to 9.9% ? the first time since 1973 that it has been in single figures. (17th Feb 1978)
40th Anna Ford becomes the first female newsreader on ITN. (13th Feb 1978)
50th Northampton, the county town of Northamptonshire, is designated as a New town, with the Wilson government hoping to double its size and population by 1980. (14th Feb 1968)
60th the Victorian Society, the pressure group for Victorian architecture, holds its first meeting. (28th Feb 1958)
60th Bertrand Russell launches the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, initiated at a meeting called by Canon John Collins on 15 January. (25th Feb 1958)
60th the government announces plans to close the 300-year-old dockyards at Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey, which would result in more than 2,500 workers losing their jobs. (20th Feb 1958)
60th the Manchester United F.C. team plane flying back from a European Cup tie in Belgrade crashes on take-off after refuelling at Munich Airport in West Germany. 21 of the 44 people on board are killed. Seven of them are Manchester United players. (6th Feb 1958)
70th Ceylon (later renamed Sri Lanka) becomes independent within the British Commonwealth. (4th Feb 1948)
75th Nuffield Foundation established by William Morris, 1st Viscount Nuffield. (13th Feb 1943)
80th BBC Television produces the world's first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., that coined the term "robot" (11th Feb 1938)
90th An underground explosion at Haig Pit, Whitehaven, in the Cumberland Coalfield, kills thirteen miners undertaking clearance after an earlier fatal accident. (12th Feb 1928)
90th Heavy hailstorms kill eleven in England. (12th Feb 1928)
90th Malta becomes a British dominion. (12th Feb 1928)
90th John Logie Baird broadcasts a transatlantic television signal from London to Hartsdale, New York. (8th Feb 1928)
100th Representation of the People Act gives women the vote provided they are over 30 and are (or are married to) a local government elector. It also removes most property qualifications, giving all adult (over-21) male resident householders the vote, and requires elections to be restricted to a single day. (6th Feb 1918)
150th Benjamin Disraeli succeeds the Earl of Derby as Prime Minister following Derby's resignation due to ill-health. (27th Feb 1868)
150th the War Office sanctions the formation of what will become the Army Post Office Corps. (13th Feb 1868)
225th French Revolutionary Wars: France declares war on the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. (1st Feb 1793)
600th Hundred Years' War: English capture Falaise. (18th Feb 1418)


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