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 October 2016

1st Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held in Guantanamo Bay, lands in the UK, having been detained for 13 years. (30th Oct 2015)
1st Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, becomes the first woman to take her seat as a bishop in the House of Lords. (26th Oct 2015)
1st A "significant and sustained" cyber-attack is made on the website of telecoms firm TalkTalk, with personal and banking details of up to four million customers being accessed. (23rd Oct 2015)
1st The voting rights of Scottish MPs are to be restricted after the government wins a vote on its 'English votes for English laws’ (Evel) plans. (21st Oct 2015)
1st England becomes the last UK country to introduce a 5p charge for plastic carrier bags at supermarkets. (5th Oct 2015)
1st A new law banning smoking in vehicles carrying children comes into force in England and Wales. (1st Oct 2015)
5th London's St Paul's Cathedral was forced to close its doors to visitors for the first time since WW2 after Occupy London protesters set up camp on its doorstep. (21st Oct 2011)
5th BP was given the go-ahead to proceed with a new £4.5 billion oil project west of the Shetland Islands. (13th Oct 2011)
5th The world's largest solar bridge project got underway at Blackfriars in London. (5th Oct 2011)
10th The Duke of Edinburgh officially opens Arsenal's new stadium. (26th Oct 2006)
10th Rt. Hon. Elish Angiolini, QC, appointed as Lord Advocate in Scotland. She is the first woman and the first solicitor to be appointed to the post. (5th Oct 2006)
20th The Government announces plans to make possession of handguns illegal in the UK, following the Dunblane massacre. (16th Oct 1996)
20th The Thiepval barracks bombing injures many people, including a soldier who later dies. (7th Oct 1996)
30th British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher opens the last stretch of the M25 motorway. (29th Oct 1986)
30th The British government suddenly deregulates financial markets, leading to a total restructuring of the way in which they operate in the country, in an event now referred to as the Big Bang. (27th Oct 1986)
30th The Australian TV soap Neighbours is launched on BBC1. (27th Oct 1986)
30th Bus deregulation begins in the United Kingdom, except Greater London and Northern Ireland. (26th Oct 1986)
30th Jeffrey Archer resigns as Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party over allegations concerning prostitutes (26th Oct 1986)
30th Nezar Hindawi is sentenced to 45 years in prison, the longest sentence handed down by a British court, for the attempted bombing on an El Al flight at Heathrow. After the verdict, the United Kingdom breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, claiming that Hindawi is helped by Syrian officials. (24th Oct 1986)
30th The UK breaks off diplomatic relations with Syria over links to the Hindawi Affair. (24th Oct 1986)
30th The MetroCentre is opened. The MetroCentre is officially the largest shopping complex in Europe. Among the MetroCentre's tenants is Marks & Spencer, whose department store there is its first out of town outlet. (14th Oct 1986)
30th The Queen and Prince Philip visit the People's Republic of China (12th Oct 1986)
30th The musical The Phantom of the Opera has its first performance at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. (9th Oct 1986)
30th "Babes in the Wood" murders: Two girls, Nicola Fellows (aged nine) and Karen Hadaway (aged 10), are reported missing in Moulsecoomb, Brighton. (9th Oct 1986)
30th The first edition of The Independent newspaper is published in London. (7th Oct 1986)
30th The British newspaper The Sunday Times runs Mordechai Vanunu's story on its front page under the headline: "Revealed - the secrets of Israel's nuclear arsenal". (5th Oct 1986)
40th Opening of Selby Coalfield. (29th Oct 1976)
40th Opening of the Royal National Theatre on the South Bank in London, in premises designed by Sir Denys Lasdun. (25th Oct 1976)
40th The Damned release New Rose, the first ever single marketed as "punk rock". (22nd Oct 1976)
40th Official launch of the Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST). (4th Oct 1976)
50th British spy George Blake escapes from Wormwood Scrubs prison; he is next seen in Moscow. (22nd Oct 1966)
50th Aberfan disaster: A slag heap collapses on the village of Aberfan in Wales, killing 144 people, mostly schoolchildren. (21st Oct 1966)
50th Basutoland becomes independent from the United Kingdom and is renamed Lesotho. (4th Oct 1966)
60th The United Kingdom and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal. (31st Oct 1956)
60th Protocol of Sèvres, a secret agreement between the UK, France and Israel allowing the latter to invade Sinai with the support of the two former governments. Eden subsequently denies existence of an agreement. (24th Oct 1956)
60th The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Sellafield,in Cumbria, England. (17th Oct 1956)
60th The RAF retires its last Lancaster bomber (15th Oct 1956)
70th Mensa International is founded in the United Kingdom. (1st Oct 1946)
75th A fire in a clothing factory in Huddersfield, England kills 49 (31st Oct 1941)
80th Elizabeth Cowell becomes the first female British television presenter, after making a broadcast from Alexandra Palace. (31st Oct 1936)
80th Mrs Wallis Simpson files for divorce which would eventually allow her to marry King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, thus forcing his abdication from the throne. (27th Oct 1936)
80th The Jarrow March sets off for London. (5th Oct 1936)
80th Battle of Cable Street between Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists and anti-fascist demonstrators. (4th Oct 1936)
90th The children's book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne, is first published. (14th Oct 1926)
400th King James's School, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, is founded by Dr. Robert Chaloner. (1st Oct 1616)
400th Ben Jonson's satirical five-act comedy The Devil is an Ass is produced at the Blackfriars Theatre by the King's Men, poking fun at credence in witchcraft and Middlesex juries. (1st Oct 1616)
750th Second Barons' War: The war winds down as supporters of the slain rebel leader Simon de Montfort make an offer of peace to the king in the Dictum of Kenilworth. (31st Oct 1266)
800th King John of England dies at Newark-on-Trent and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry. (19th Oct 1216)
800th King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps near Sutton Bridge (12th Oct 1216)
950th Battle of Hastings - In England on Senlac Hill, seven miles from Hastings, the Norman forces of William the Conqueror defeat the English army and kill King Harold II of England. (14th Oct 1066)
1000th The Danes defeat the Saxons in the Battle of Ashingdon. (18th Oct 1016)


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