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 December 2018

5th Former MP Denis MacShane is sentenced to six months in jail for expenses fraud after he admitted to submitting 19 false receipts totalling 12,900. (23rd Dec 2013)
5th World War II computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing, who had been chemically castrated in 1952 following his conviction for homosexuality, is given a posthumous royal pardon (23rd Dec 2013)
5th Part of the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre in London collapses during a performance, injuring at least 81 people in the audience. (19th Dec 2013)
10th MFI ceases trading, closing all 111 of its stores and leaving its 1,400 workforce redundant. The furniture retailer had been in business since 1964, and had used the MFI name since 1971. (19th Dec 2008)
10th Robert Napper pleaded guilty to killing Rachel Nickell, who was stabbed to death on Wimbledon Common on 15 July 1992. (18th Dec 2008)
10th Woolworths announced their 807 UK stores will close by 5 January 2009, putting some 27,000 people out of work. (18th Dec 2008)
10th Karen Matthews, 32, was convicted of the kidnapping her 9-year-old daughter, Shanon, who was kidnapped in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, on 19 February 2008. (4th Dec 2008)
20th great Boxing Day Storm: severe gale force winds hit Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England. Roads, railways and electricity are disrupted. (26th Dec 1998)
25th The Downing Street Declaration signed between the UK and Irish governments on the future of Northern Ireland. (15th Dec 1993)
25th The last shift leaves Wearmouth Colliery in Sunderland. The closure of the 156-year-old pit marks the end of the old County Durham coalfield, which had been in operation since the Middle Ages. (10th Dec 1993)
30th A bomb explodes on board Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, killing 270. (21st Dec 1988)
30th PC Gavin Carlton, 29, is shot dead in Coventry in a siege by two armed bank robbers. His colleague DC Leonard Jakeman is also shot but survives. One of the gunmen gives himself up to police, while the other shoots himself dead. (19th Dec 1988)
30th 35 people are killed in the Clapham Junction rail crash. (12th Dec 1988)
30th The last shipbuilding facilities on Wearside, once the largest shipbuilding area in the world, are to close with the loss of 2,400 jobs. (6th Dec 1988)
30th Health minister Edwina Currie provokes outrage by stating that most of Britain's egg production is infected with the salmonella bacteria, causing an immediate nationwide fall in egg sales. (3rd Dec 1988)
50th Mary Bell, an 11-year-old girl from Newcastle upon Tyne, is sentenced to life detention for the manslaughter of two small boys. (17th Dec 1968)
50th Official opening of first phase of the Royal Mint's new Llantrisant plant in South Wales. (17th Dec 1968)
60th 1958 Bristol Britannia 312 crash: a BOAC Bristol Britannia airliner crashes near Winkton in Hampshire on a routine test flight. (24th Dec 1958)
60th Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the UK by Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh. (5th Dec 1958)
60th The Preston bypass, the UK's first stretch of motorway, opens to traffic for the first time. It is now part of the M6 and M55 motorways (5th Dec 1958)
70th the first series of Reith Lectures, Bertrand Russell on Authority and the Individual, begins broadcasting on the BBC Home Service. (26th Dec 1948)
75th First "Bevin Boys" selected from conscripts to work in the coal mines. (2nd Dec 1943)
75th Pigeons White Vision, Winkie and Tyke become the first recipients of the Dickin Medal, instituted to honour the work of animals in war. (2nd Dec 1943)
75th (date uncertain) construction of prototype Mark I Colossus computer, the world's first totally electronic programmable computing device, at the Post Office Research Station, Dollis Hill, to assist in cryptanalysis at Bletchley Park, is completed. (1st Dec 1943)
80th aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (91) (launched by Cammell Laird in Birkenhead in 1937 under the 1934 build plan) is commissioned into the Royal Navy. (16th Dec 1938)
90th first Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols to be broadcast from King's College, Cambridge, by BBC Radio. (24th Dec 1928)
90th the first Harry Ramsden's fish and chip shop opens in Yorkshire. (20th Dec 1928)
100th the Sunday Express newspaper published for the first time. (29th Dec 1918)
100th Countess Constance Markievicz, while detained in Holloway Prison, becomes the first woman MP elected to (but not to take her seat in) the British House of Commons. (28th Dec 1918)
100th general election polling held. It is the first national election in the United Kingdom at which women are entitled to vote or stand, and the male franchise is extended. This is known as the "Coupon election" from the letter of endorsement given to candidates of the official (and victorious) Coalition by Bonar Law and Lloyd George. (14th Dec 1918)
125th establishment, in Yorkshire, of the Bront? Society, possibly the oldest literary society of this nature, dedicated to establishing what will become the Bront? Parsonage Museum. (16th Dec 1893)
125th Arthur Conan Doyle surprises the reading public by revealing in the story The Adventure of the Final Problem, published in this month's Strand Magazine, that his character Sherlock Holmes had apparently died at the Reichenbach Falls on 4 May 1891. (1st Dec 1893)
150th Whitaker's Almanack first published. (10th Dec 1868)
150th The world's first traffic lights are installed in Parliament Square in London. (10th Dec 1868)
175th the world's first Christmas cards, commissioned by Sir Henry Cole in London from the artist John Callcott Horsley, are sent. (1st Dec 1843)
250th Royal Academy founded in London, with Joshua Reynolds as its first President. (10th Dec 1768)
300th Great Britain declares war on Spain. (17th Dec 1718)



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