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 2017

1st It is announced that the new Crossrail line in London will be called the "Elizabeth Line", after Queen Elizabeth II. (23rd Feb 2016)
1st Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron announces that Britain will hold a referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union on 23 June. (20th Feb 2016)
1st BBC Three becomes the first UK television network to become online only, having broadcast for its final night after 13 years as a television channel. (16th Feb 2016)
1st Britain's most famous steam locomotive, the Flying Scotsman, returns to public service after a 10-year restoration project. (6th Feb 2016)
1st The High Court gives permission for Lord Lucan to be declared dead, and for a death certificate to be issued 42 years after his disappearance. (3rd Feb 2016)
1st Scientists are given the go-ahead by regulators to genetically modify human embryos which were to be destroyed in seven days. (1st Feb 2016)
5th The first edition of The Sun on Sunday is published. (26th Feb 2012)
5th The Met Office issues a severe weather warning as heavy snow falls across much of the UK, disrupting road and air flights. (4th Feb 2012)
10th A train derails on an evening express service near Grayrigg, Cumbria, England, killing one person and injuring 22. This results in hundreds of points being checked over the UK after a few similar accidents. (23rd Feb 2007)
10th Grayrigg rail crash: A Virgin Pendolino train derails in Cumbria, killing one person and injuring dozens more. (23rd Feb 2007)
10th Downing Street officials reveal that Tony Blair had been interviewed as a witness by police on 26 January in connection with the Cash-for-honours allegations. (1st Feb 2007)
20th In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned. (22nd Feb 1997)
20th The Court of Appeal rules that Mrs Diane Blood of Leeds can be inseminated with her dead husband's sperm. Mrs Blood had been challenging for the right to use the sperm of her husband Stephen since just after his death two years ago. (6th Feb 1997)
25th Signature of the Maastricht Treaty. (7th Feb 1992)
30th Church of England's General Synod votes to allow the ordination of women. (26th Feb 1987)
30th British Airways is privatised and listed on the London Stock Exchange. (11th Feb 1987)
30th Cynthia Payne is acquitted of controlling prostitutes in her London home. (11th Feb 1987)
40th David Owen, 38, becomes the youngest post-Second World War Foreign Secretary, succeeding the late Anthony Crosland, who died 3 days earlier. (22nd Feb 1977)
50th Britain's second Polaris nuclear submarine, HMS Renown, was launched at Birkenhead. (25th Feb 1967)
50th The British National Front was founded by A. K. Chesterton (by merger of the British National Party and League of Empire Loyalists). (7th Feb 1967)
50th Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin arrived in the UK for an eight-day visit. (6th Feb 1967)
60th The "Toddlers' Truce", a controversial television close down between 6.00pm and 7.00pm is abolished in the United Kingdom. (16th Feb 1957)
60th Norwich City Council becomes the first British local authority to install a computer (an Elliott 405). (1st Feb 1957)
70th Major cuts in power supply due to shortage of fuel under severe winter conditions are imposed in England and Wales. BBC TV is shut-down until 11 March. (10th Feb 1947)
70th The Minister of Food, John Strachey, announces the 25 million Tanganyika groundnut scheme. (5th Feb 1947)
75th Soap rationing introduced. (7th Feb 1942)
75th World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Thailand. (6th Feb 1942)
90th At Pendine Sands, Sir Malcolm Campbell sets a new world land speed record covering the Flying Kilometre in a mean average of 174mph and the Flying Mile in 174mph driving the Napier-Campbell Blue Bird, the last time this record will be attained on British soil. (4th Feb 1927)
100th World War I: The U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom is given the Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany pledges to ensure the return of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to Mexico if Mexico declares war on the United States. (24th Feb 1917)
100th Elder Dempster Line troopship SS Mendi is accidentally rammed by SS Darro off the Isle of Wight, killing 646, mainly members of the South African Native Labour Corps. (21st Feb 1917)
100th Bread rationing introduced. (2nd Feb 1917)
150th Abortive Fenian attempt to seize Chester Castle. (11th Feb 1867)
275th Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, becomes British Prime Minister. (16th Feb 1742)
300th As part of the treaty between France and Britain, James Stuart leaves France and seeks refuge with the Pope. (1st Feb 1717)
450th An explosion destroys the Kirk o' Field house in Edinburgh, Scotland. The second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, Lord Darnley is found strangled, in what many believe to be an assassination. (10th Feb 1567)


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