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 December 2016

1st Britain's last deep coal mine, Kellingley Colliery at Beal, North Yorkshire, closes. (18th Dec 2015)
1st British astronaut Tim Peake becomes the first Briton under the banner of the European Space Agency to set foot on the International Space Station. (15th Dec 2015)
1st MPs debate whether Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump should be banned from entering the UK after an online petition reaches over 100,000 signatures. This followed Trump making a statement about halting all Muslims from entering the United States, and claims he made that parts of London are "so radicalised the police are afraid for their lives". (9th Dec 2015)
1st Storm Desmond batters the UK with high-speed winds and heavy rain, causing severe disruption. People are evacuated from their homes as flash flooding sweeps through parts of Cumbria, with police declaring a "major incident". (5th Dec 2015)
1st The Forth Road Bridge in Scotland is closed due to structural defects, and the Scottish Transport Minister, Derek Mackay, declares that it will not be reopened until January 2016. (4th Dec 2015)
1st MPs vote 397 to 223 to authorise UK air strikes against Islamic State in Syria (2nd Dec 2015)
10th The British government pays off the Anglo-American loan made in 1946. (29th Dec 2006)
10th Steve Wright is charged on suspicion of murdering five Ipswich prostitutes. (21st Dec 2006)
10th Peugeot produces its last car at the Ryton Plant signalling the end of mass car production in Coventry, formerly a major centre of the British motor industry. (12th Dec 2006)
10th A tornado strikes Kensal Green, North West London, seriously damaging about 150 properties. (7th Dec 2006)
25th Bohemian Rhapsody returns to the top of the British singles charts after 16 years, with the re-release's proceeds being donated to the Terence Higgins Trust. (23rd Dec 1991)
25th Stella Rimington is announced as the first female director general of MI5 (16th Dec 1991)
25th The Robert Maxwell Business Empire goes into receivership with 1billion+ debts, exactly one month after Robert Maxwell's death. (5th Dec 1991)
25th Thousands of British shops, including retail giants Asda and Tesco, defy trading laws and open their doors on a Sunday in a bid to boost trade that has been badly hit by the ongoing recession. (1st Dec 1991)
30th The world's first heart, lung and liver transplant is carried out at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire. (17th Dec 1986)
30th British Gas shares floated on the Stock Exchange. The initial public offering of 135p per share values the company at 9 billion, the highest equity offering ever at this time. (8th Dec 1986)
30th The government launches an inquiry into financial irregularities at Guinness. (1st Dec 1986)
40th Denis Healey secures a £2.3 billion loan for Britain from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on condition that £2.5 billion is cut from public expenditure. (15th Dec 1976)
40th Punk rock band the Sex Pistols achieve public notoriety as they unleash several swearwords live on Bill Grundy's TV show. (1st Dec 1976)
50th Thieves steal millions of pounds worth of paintings from Dulwich Art Gallery in London. (31st Dec 1966)
50th Harry Roberts, John Whitney and John Duddy are sentenced to life imprisonment (each with a recommended minimum of thirty years) for the murder of three West London policemen in August. (12th Dec 1966)
60th PG Tips launches its long-running TV advertising campaign using a chimpanzees' tea party. (25th Dec 1956)
60th The Government of Northern Ireland under Basil Brooke uses the Special Powers Act to intern several hundred republican suspects without trial. (21st Dec 1956)
70th David Lean's film of Great Expectations released. (26th Dec 1946)
75th National Service Act passed: All men and women aged 18-60 are now liable to some form of national service. (18th Dec 1941)
75th World War II: UK declares war on Bulgaria. (12th Dec 1941)
75th World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Finland in support of the Soviet Union during the Continuation War. (6th Dec 1941)
80th Princess Alexandra of Kent, daughter of The Duke and Duchess of Kent, is born in London. This will be the last royal birth attended by the Home Secretary. (25th Dec 1936)
80th Abdication Crisis: Edward VIII's abdication as King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the British Dominions beyond the Seas, and Emperor of India becomes effective. (11th Dec 1936)
80th Abdication Crisis: Edward VIII signs the Instrument of Abdication. (10th Dec 1936)
90th Legitimacy Act 1926 permits the legitimisation of a child born to unmarried parents by their subsequent marriage to each other. (15th Dec 1926)
90th Agatha Christie disappears from her home in Surrey for 11 days. The reason for the disappearance has never been explained. (3rd Dec 1926)
90th The Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin ends the martial law that had been declared due to General Strike. (2nd Dec 1926)
100th The Sopwith Camel biplane fighter aircraft makes its maiden flight at Brooklands. (22nd Dec 1916)
150th The Oaks explosion in the Barnsley seam in Yorkshire kills 361 coal miners; a subsidiary explosion the following day kills 27 rescuers. (12th Dec 1866)
200th Spa Fields riots: a mass meeting of conspirators dispersed by the police. (2nd Dec 1816)
225th The first edition of The Observer, the world's first Sunday newspaper, is published. (4th Dec 1791)
250th In London, James Christie holds his first sale. (5th Dec 1766)
950th William the Conqueror is crowned king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London. (24th Dec 1066)


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