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.

Anniversaries during June 2020

Note: This page lists ALL anniversaries, not just the key dates.
For that more useful list, click here.

AnniversaryDetails
555th Friar John Cor records the first known batch of scotch whisky. (1st Jun 1465)
487th Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen of England. (1st Jun 1533)
372nd The Roundheads defeat the Cavaliers at the Battle of Maidstone in the Second English Civil War. (1st Jun 1648)
350th Charles II of Great Britain and Louis XIV of France sign the secret treaty of Dover, which will force England into the Third Anglo-Dutch War. (1st Jun 1670)
341st The Scottish Covenanters defeat John Graham of Claverhouse at the Battle of Drumclog. (1st Jun 1679)
226th The battle of the Glorious First of June is fought, the first naval engagement between Britain and France during the French Revolutionary Wars. (1st Jun 1794)
208th War of 1812: U.S. President James Madison asks the Congress to declare war on the United Kingdom. (1st Jun 1812)
189th James Clark Ross discovers the North Magnetic Pole. (1st Jun 1831)
110th Robert Falcon Scott's South Pole expedition leaves England. (1st Jun 1910)
98th The Royal Ulster Constabulary is founded. (1st Jun 1922)
77th BOAC Flight 777 is shot down over the Bay of Biscay by German Junkers Ju 88s, killing actor Leslie Howard and leading to speculation the downing was an attempt to kill British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. (1st Jun 1943)
58th The Pilkington Committee on Broadcasting concludes, among other things, that the British public did not want commercial radio broadcasting. (1st Jun 1962)
46th Flixborough disaster: an explosion at a chemical plant kills 28 people. (1st Jun 1974)
42nd William Stern is declared bankrupt with debts of ?118 million, the largest bankruptcy in British history at the time. (1st Jun 1978)
36th British unemployment is at a record high of around 3,260,000 - though a higher percentage of the nation's workforce were unemployed during the Great Depression some 50 years ago. (1st Jun 1984)
156th Overarm bowling legalised in cricket (exact date uncertain). (1st Jun 1864)
81st Submarine HMS Thetis sinks during trials in Liverpool Bay. 99 men are lost. (1st Jun 1939)
10th The Strata, a 43-storey skyscraper at Elephant and Castle in London, that incorporates wind turbines into its structure, is completed. (1st Jun 2010)
82nd the Bren light machine gun comes into service with the British Army. (1st Jun 1938)
22nd The DVD format is released onto the UK market for the first time. Among the first set of titles released on the new format is Jumanji. (1st Jun 1998)
110th Charles Rolls, co-founder of Rolls-Royce Limited, becomes the first man to make a non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by plane. (2nd Jun 1910)
67th The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who is crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, the first major international event to be televised. (2nd Jun 1953)
355th James Stuart, Duke of York (later to become King James II of England) defeats the Dutch fleet off the coast of Lowestoft. (2nd Jun 1665)
83rd The Duke of Windsor marries Wallis Simpson. (2nd Jun 1937)
38th The Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom, Shlomo Argov, is shot on a London street. He survives but is permanently paralysed. (2nd Jun 1982)
58th Britain's first legal casino opens in Brighton, Sussex. (2nd Jun 1962)
82nd The children's zoo at London Zoo is opened by Robert and Ted Kennedy, two of the sons of United States ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (2nd Jun 1938)
26th An RAF Chinook helicopter carrying more than twenty leading intelligence experts crashes on the Mull of Kintyre, killing everyone on board. (2nd Jun 1994)
10th Twelve people were killed and 25 injured after a gunman, identified as taxi driver Derrick Bird, went on a killing spree in the Whitehaven, Egremont and Seascale areas of Cumbria. He was found dead, having reportedly shot himself, in woodland at Boot. (2nd Jun 2010)
152nd the first Trades Union Congress is held in Manchester. (2nd Jun 1868)
142nd The Ottoman Empire cedes Cyprus to the United Kingdom but retains nominal title. (3rd Jun 1878)
107th Emily Davison, a suffragette, runs out in front of King George V's horse, Anmer, at the Epsom Derby. She is trampled, never regains consciousness and dies a few days later. (3rd Jun 1913)
183rd The London Hippodrome opens in Bayswater. (3rd Jun 1837)
11th Labour MP Hazel Blears, resigns from the Cabinet, placing increased pressure on the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown (3rd Jun 2009)
96th Gleneagles Hotel opens in Scotland. (3rd Jun 1924)
31st Television premier of animated film A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit. (3rd Jun 1989)
4th Seven people are reported killed and 48 injured in an attack by three Islamist extremists at London Bridge. (3rd Jun 2016)
42nd Freddie Laker is knighted. (3rd Jun 1978)
92nd John Logie Baird demonstrates the world's first colour television transmission. (3rd Jun 1928)
102nd GPO raises postage rates: the ordinary letter rate is now 1?d., bringing an end to the Uniform Penny Post which has existed since 1840; and the rate for postcards doubles from ?d. to 1d. (3rd Jun 1918)
53rd British Midland flight G-ALHG crashes in Hopes Carr, Stockport, killing 72 passengers and crew. (4th Jun 1967)
18th The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh ride in the gold state coach from Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral for a special service marking the Queen's 50 years on the throne. (4th Jun 2002)
62nd the Duke of Edinburgh's Award presented for the first time at Buckingham Palace. (4th Jun 1958)
57th British Secretary of State for War John Profumo resigns in a sex scandal known as the Profumo Affair. (5th Jun 1963)
45th The UK holds its first country-wide referendum, on remaining in the European Economic Community (EEC). (5th Jun 1975)
258th John Wilkes founds the radical newspaper The North Briton. (5th Jun 1762)
45th 67% of voters supported continued membership of the EEC in a referendum. (5th Jun 1975)
337th The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world's first university museum. (6th Jun 1683)
99th The Southwark Bridge in London, is opened for traffic by King George V and Queen Mary. (6th Jun 1921)
76th D-Day for the Normandy landings: 155,000 Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy in France, beginning Operation Overlord and the Invasion of Normandy. (6th Jun 1944)
105th Maida Vale station on the London Underground Bakerloo Line opens. (6th Jun 1915)
392nd The Petition of Right, a major English constitutional document, is granted the Royal Assent by Charles I and becomes law. (7th Jun 1628)
158th The United States and the United Kingdom agree to suppress the slave trade. (7th Jun 1862)
114th Cunard Line's RMS Lusitania is launched at the John Brown Shipyard, Glasgow (Clydebank), Scotland. (7th Jun 1906)
80th King Haakon VII of Norway, Crown Prince Olav and the Norwegian government leave Tromsø and go into exile in London. (7th Jun 1940)
45th The inaugural Cricket World Cup begins in England. (7th Jun 1975)
36th 120 people are arrested when fighting breaks out outside the Houses of Parliament during a mass lobby by striking miners. (7th Jun 1984)
81st George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit New York City on the first visit to the United States by a reigning monarch. (7th Jun 1939)
52nd start of Ford sewing machinists strike at the Dagenham assembly plant: women workers strike for pay comparable to that of men. (7th Jun 1968)
62nd Ian Donald publishes an article in The Lancet which describes the diagnostic use of ultrasound. (7th Jun 1958)
1227th Vikings raid the abbey at Lindisfarne in Northumbria, commonly accepted as the beginning of the Scandinavian invasion of England. (8th Jun 0793)
615th Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York and Thomas Mowbray, Earl of Norfolk, are executed in York on Henry IV's orders. (8th Jun 1405)
71st George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is published. (8th Jun 1949)
38th Bluff Cove Air Attacks during the Falklands War: 56 British servicemen are killed by Argentine air attack on two landing ships : RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram. (8th Jun 1982)
46th Jon Pertwee left Doctor Who in the final episode of Planet of the Spiders citing the death of his close acting friend Roger Delgado (who played 'The Master') the previous year as the reason. (8th Jun 1974)
96th George Mallory and Andrew Irvine are last seen "going strong for the top" of Mount Everest by teammate Noel Odell at 12:50 PM. The two mountaineers are never seen alive again. (8th Jun 1924)
52nd Martin Luther King, Jr.'s killer, James Earl Ray, arrested in London. (8th Jun 1968)
147th Alexandra Palace in London burns down after being open for only 16 days. (9th Jun 1873)
120th Birsa Munda, an important figure in the Indian independence movement, dies in British prison under mysterious circumstances. (9th Jun 1900)
62nd Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport. (9th Jun 1958)
6th The teaching of creationism is banned from free schools and academies. (9th Jun 2014)
25th Andrew Richards, a 26-year-old serial sex offender of West Glamorgan, becomes the first person to be convicted of male rape under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. (9th Jun 1995)
45th Proceedings in Parliament were broadcast on radio for the first time. (9th Jun 1975)
155th Staplehurst rail crash in Kent: 10 killed, 49 injured; Charles Dickens is amongst the survivors. (9th Jun 1865)
62nd the Queen officially reopens Gatwick Airport, which has been expanded at a cost of more than ?7,000,000. (9th Jun 1958)
301st Jacobite Rising: Battle of Glen Shiel. (10th Jun 1719)
191st The first Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge takes place. (10th Jun 1829)
24th Peace talks begin in Northern Ireland without the participation of Sinn Féin. (10th Jun 1996)
18th The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom. (10th Jun 2002)
34th Patrick Joseph Magee found guilty of the Brighton hotel bombing of 20 months ago and sentenced to life imprisonment. (10th Jun 1986)
37th Computer tycoon Clive Sinclair is knighted. (10th Jun 1983)
16th A rebranding of the Football League sees Division One become the Football League Championship, Division Two become League One and Division Three become League Two. (10th Jun 2004)
305th A Jacobite mob sacks Cross Street Chapel in Manchester, going on to destroy another at Monton. (10th Jun 1715)
52nd National Health Service reintroduces prescription charges. (10th Jun 1968)
511th Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon. (11th Jun 1509)
113th George Dennett, aided by Gilbert Jessop, dismisses Northamptonshire for 12 runs, the lowest total in first-class cricket. (11th Jun 1907)
84th The International Surrealist Exhibition opens in London, England. (11th Jun 1936)
48th The Eltham Well Hall rail crash, caused by an intoxicated train driver, kills six people and injures 126. (11th Jun 1972)
33rd The 1987 General Election sees Margaret Thatcher secure her third term in office. However, her majority is reduced to 102 compared to the 144-seat majority gained at the election four years ago. (11th Jun 1987)
32nd Some 80,000 people attend a concert at Wembley Stadium in honour of Nelson Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid campaigner who turned 70 on that day and has been in prison since 1964. (11th Jun 1988)
16th The incumbent Ken Livingstone is announced as the winner of the election for Mayor of London. (11th Jun 2004)
16th Ken Livingstone is announced as the winner of the election for Mayor of London. (11th Jun 2004)
639th Peasants' Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath. (12th Jun 1381)
591st Joan of Arc leads the French army in their capture of the city and the English commander, William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk in the second day of the Battle of Jargeau. (12th Jun 1429)
355th England installs a municipal government in New York City (the former Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam). (12th Jun 1665)
131st 78 are killed in the Armagh rail disaster near Armagh in what is now Northern Ireland. (12th Jun 1889)
98th At Windsor Castle, King George V receives the colours of the six Irish regiments that are to be disbanded - the Royal Irish Regiment, the Connaught Rangers, the South Irish Horse, the Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment, the Royal Munster Fusiliers and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. (12th Jun 1922)
41st Bryan Allen wins the second Kremer prize for a man powered flight across the English Channel in the Gossamer Albatross. (12th Jun 1979)
23rd Queen Elizabeth II reopens the Globe Theatre in London. (12th Jun 1997)
19th Robert Edward Dyer is sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment for attempting to extort money from a British supermarket chain through a letter bomb campaign. (12th Jun 2001)
34th Derek Hatton, leader of Liverpool council, is expelled from the Labour Party for belonging to the Militant Tendency faction. (12th Jun 1986)
183rd Cooke and Wheatstone file their patent for the electrical telegraph. (12th Jun 1837)
647th Anglo-Portuguese Alliance between England (succeeded by the United Kingdom) and Portugal is the oldest alliance in the world which is still in force. (13th Jun 1373)
76th World War II: Germany launches a V1 Flying Bomb attack on England. Only four of the eleven bombs actually hit their targets. (13th Jun 1944)
39th At the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London, a teenager, Marcus Sarjeant, fires six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II. (13th Jun 1981)
13th The Queen awards Sir Tim Berners-Lee the Order of Merit for his pioneering work on the world wide web. Salman Rushdie receives a knighthood, sparking protests in Iran and Pakistan (13th Jun 2007)
7th Dale Cregan is given a whole life tariff for the murders of four people, including two police officers. (13th Jun 2013)
127th the first British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship held at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club. (13th Jun 1893)
639th Richard II of England meets leaders of Peasants' Revolt on Blackheath. The Tower of London is stormed by rebels who enter without resistance (14th Jun 1381)
375th English Civil War: Battle of Naseby - 12,000 Royalist forces are beaten by 15,000 Parliamentarian soldiers. (14th Jun 1645)
198th Charles Babbage proposes a difference engine in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society entitled "Note on the application of machinery to the computation of astronomical and mathematical tables". (14th Jun 1822)
181st Henley Royal Regatta: the village of Henley-on-Thames, on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, stages its first Regatta. (14th Jun 1839)
38th The Falklands War ends: Argentine forces in the capital Stanley unconditionally surrender to British forces. (14th Jun 1982)
58th BBC television broadcasts the first series episode of the sitcom Steptoe and Son, written by Galton and Simpson. (14th Jun 1962)
11th The first Swine Flu related death in the United Kingdom is confirmed by the Scottish Government. (14th Jun 2009)
231st Mutiny on the Bounty survivors including Captain William Bligh and 18 others reach Timor after a nearly 4,000 mile journey in an open boat. (14th Jun 1789)
4th A major fire engulfs Grenfell Tower in West London, with 71 fatalities eventually officially confirmed (16 November) and more than 70 people taken to hospital. (14th Jun 2016)
805th King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta. (15th Jun 1215)
111th Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference. (15th Jun 1909)
37th The first episode of historical sitcom Blackadder is broadcast on BBC One television. (15th Jun 1983)
26th Britain's railways grind to a virtual standstill with a strike by more than 4,000 signalling staff. (15th Jun 1994)
46th The Red Lion Square disorders saw members of the fascist National Front clash with counter-protesters in London's West End; 21-year-old Kevin Gateley, a university student, is killed. (15th Jun 1974)
113th Edgware Road station on the London Underground Bakerloo Line opens. (15th Jun 1907)
75th Parliament passes the Family Allowances Act to provide payments to families with children. (15th Jun 1945)
22nd first general-circulation issue of a two pound coin, with a bi-metallic design (dated 1997). (15th Jun 1998)
32nd five British soldiers are killed by the IRA in Lisburn. (15th Jun 1988)
434th Mary, Queen of Scots, recognizes Philip II of Spain as her heir and successor. (16th Jun 1586)
241st Spain declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the Great Siege of Gibraltar begins. (16th Jun 1779)
184th The formation of the London Working Men's Association gives rise to the Chartist Movement. (16th Jun 1836)
149th The University Tests Act allows students to enter the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham without religious tests (except for those intending to study theology). (16th Jun 1871)
137th The Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland, England kills 183 children. (16th Jun 1883)
105th Foundation of the British Women's Institute. (16th Jun 1915)
65th Submarine HMS Sidon sinks in Portland Harbour with the loss of thirteen crew following an explosion caused by a faulty torpedo on board. (16th Jun 1955)
105th Foundation of the British Women's Institute. (16th Jun 1915)
523rd Battle of Deptford Bridge - forces under King Henry VII defeat troops led by Michael An Gof. (17th Jun 1497)
441st Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England. (17th Jun 1579)
133rd Hammersmith Bridge opens in London. (17th Jun 1887)
46th A bomb exploded at the Houses of Parliament in London, damaging Westminster Hall. The IRA claimed responsibility. (17th Jun 1974)
15th The Ugandan-born bishop of Birmingham, John Sentamu is named the new Archbishop of York. He is the first ever black person to be appointed an Archbishop of the Church of England. (17th Jun 2005)
253rd Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sights Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island. (18th Jun 1767)
162nd Charles Darwin receives a paper from Alfred Russel Wallace that includes nearly identical conclusions about evolution as Darwin's own, prompting Darwin to publish his theory. (18th Jun 1858)
80th "Finest Hour" speech by Winston Churchill. (18th Jun 1940)
75th William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) is charged with treason for his pro-German propaganda broadcasting during World War II. (18th Jun 1945)
48th Staines air disaster - 118 are killed when a plane crashes two minutes after take off from London Heathrow Airport. (18th Jun 1972)
36th A major clash between about 5,000 police and a similar number of miners takes place at Orgreave, South Yorkshire, during the 1984-1985 UK miners' strike. (18th Jun 1984)
33rd Unemployment has fallen below 3 million for the first time since late 1981 after the biggest monthly fall in unemployment since records began in 1948 seeing more than 100,000 of the unemployed find jobs in May. (18th Jun 1987)
11th MPs expenses are published online by Parliamentary authorities,[117] but the decision to black out many of the details leads to criticism. (18th Jun 2009)
55th The government announces plans for the introduction of a blood alcohol limit for drivers in its clampdown on drink-driving. (18th Jun 1965)
205th The Duke of Wellington wins a decisive victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. (18th Jun 1815)
82nd Women's Voluntary Service founded to assist the Civil Defence Service. (18th Jun 1938)
714th The Earl of Pembroke's army defeats Bruce's Scottish army at the Battle of Methven. (19th Jun 1306)
434th English colonists leave Roanoke Island, after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in North America. (19th Jun 1586)
59th Kuwait declares independence from the United Kingdom. (19th Jun 1961)
38th The body of "God's Banker", Roberto Calvi, chairman of Banco Ambrosiano, is found hanging beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London. (19th Jun 1982)
45th A coroner's court jury returned a verdict of wilful murder, naming Lord Lucan as the murderer, in the inquest on Sandra Rivett, the nanny who was found dead at his wife's London home seven months previously. (19th Jun 1975)
42nd cricketer Ian Botham becomes the first man in the history of the game to score a century and take eight wickets in one innings of a Test match. (19th Jun 1978)
806th The University of Oxford receives its charter. (20th Jun 1214)
335th Monmouth Rebellion: James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth declares himself King of England at Bridgwater. (20th Jun 1685)
264th A British garrison is imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta. (20th Jun 1756)
201st The U.S. vessel SS Savannah arrives at Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. She is the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, although most of the journey is made under sail. (20th Jun 1819)
183rd Queen Victoria succeeds to the British throne. (20th Jun 1837)
27th A high speed train makes the first journey from France to England via the Channel Tunnel, which will open to the public next year. (20th Jun 1993)
52nd Austin Currie, Member of Parliament at Stormont in Northern Ireland, along with others, squats a house in Caledon to protest discrimination in housing allocations. (20th Jun 1968)
166th The first Victoria Cross is awarded during the bombardment of Bomarsund in the Åland Islands. (21st Jun 1854)
20th Section 28 (of the Local Government Act 1988), outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom, is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote. (21st Jun 2000)
27th Andrew Wiles announces a proof to Fermat's Last Theorem at the Isaac Newton Institute. The proof is slightly flawed, but Wiles announces a revised proof the following year. (21st Jun 1993)
31st Police arrest 250 people celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge. (21st Jun 1989)
255th The Isle of Man is brought under British control, the Isle of Man Purchase Act confirming HM Treasury's purchase of the feudal rights of the Dukes of Atholl as Lord of Mann over the island and revesting them into the British Crown. (21st Jun 1765)
72nd Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine, the world's first stored-program computer, runs its first program. (21st Jun 1948)
213th In the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair, the British warship HMS Leopard attacks and boards the American frigate USS Chesapeake. (22nd Jun 1807)
195th The British Parliament abolishes feudalism and the seigneurial system in British North America. (22nd Jun 1825)
127th The Royal Navy battleship HMS Camperdown accidentally rams the British Mediterranean Fleet flagship HMS Victoria which sinks taking 358 crew with her, including the fleet's commander, Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon. (22nd Jun 1893)
113th The London Underground's Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway opens. (22nd Jun 1907)
109th George V and Mary of Teck are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. (22nd Jun 1911)
36th Virgin Atlantic Airways launches with its first flight from London Heathrow Airport. (22nd Jun 1984)
98th IRA agents assassinate British field marshal Henry Wilson in Belgravia - assassins are sentenced to death 18 July. (22nd Jun 1922)
127th HMS Victoria, flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet, collides with HMS Camperdown and sinks in 10 minutes, Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon going down with it. (22nd Jun 1893)
11th Conservative MP John Bercow is elected as the 157th Speaker of the House of Commons. (22nd Jun 2009)
206th First cricket match is played at Lord's Cricket Ground in St John's Wood. (22nd Jun 1814)
25th John Major resigns as leader of the Conservative Party (but not as prime minister) triggering a leadership election. (22nd Jun 1995)
72nd The ship Empire Windrush arrives in Britain with 500 Jamaican immigrants. (22nd Jun 1948)
72nd An Order in Council removes the title of Emperor of India from the Royal Style and Titles, recognising the independence of India in 1947. (22nd Jun 1948)
706th First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn (south of Stirling) begins. (23rd Jun 1314)
488th Henry VIII and François I sign a secret treaty against Emperor Charles V. (23rd Jun 1532)
359th Marriage contract between Charles II of England and Catherine of Braganza. (23rd Jun 1661)
262nd Seven Years' War: Battle of Krefeld - British forces defeat French troops at Krefeld in Germany. (23rd Jun 1758)
77th World War II: The British destroyers HMS Eclipse and HMS Laforey sink the Italian submarine Ascianghi in the Mediterranean after she torpedoes the cruiser HMS Newfoundland. (23rd Jun 1943)
47th A fire at a house in Hull, England which kills a six year old boy is passed off as an accident; it later emerges as the first of 26 deaths by fire caused over the next seven years by arsonist Peter Dinsdale. (23rd Jun 1973)
77th The "Battle" of Bamber Bridge: Trouble flares between black American soldiers and white military police stationed in the Lancashire town; one black soldier is killed. (23rd Jun 1943)
32nd Three gay rights activists invade the BBC television studios during the six o'clock bulletin of the BBC News. (23rd Jun 1988)
132nd London matchgirls strike of 1888 (date unclear) (23rd Jun 1888)
106th The Royal Naval Air Service is established. (23rd Jun 1914)
680th Hundred Years' War: Battle of Sluys - The French fleet is almost destroyed by the English Fleet commanded in person by King Edward III. (24th Jun 1340)
511th Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon are crowned King and Queen of England. (24th Jun 1509)
303rd The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London, England. (24th Jun 1717)
118th King Edward VII of the United Kingdom develops appendicitis, delaying his coronation. (24th Jun 1902)
39th The Humber Bridge is opened to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It would be the world's longest single-span suspension bridge for 17 years. (24th Jun 1981)
38th "The Jakarta Incident": British Airways Flight 9 flies into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung, resulting in the failure of all four engines. (24th Jun 1982)
13th At a special Labour Party conference, Gordon Brown becomes leader of the party and Harriet Harman is elected Deputy Leader. (24th Jun 2007)
9th Household furnishings retailer Habitat goes into administration. (24th Jun 2011)
17th President Vladimir Putin becomes the first Russian head of state to make a state visit to the Britain since Tsar Alexander II in 1874. (24th Jun 2003)
46th The government admitted testing a nuclear weapon in the United States causing a rift in the Labour Party. (24th Jun 1974)
6th Former News of the World editor and Downing Street Director of Communications Andy Coulson is found guilty of conspiring to hack phones. (24th Jun 2014)
27th Northern Ireland Minister Michael Mates resigns over links with fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir. (24th Jun 1993)
13th Heavy flooding devastates the cities of Sheffield and Hull, causing at least three deaths. (25th Jun 2007)
134th Crofters' Holdings Scotland Act grants security of tenure to crofters. (25th Jun 1886)
67th John Christie is sentenced to death for the murder of his wife. A total of eight bodies were found at Christie's home, 10 Rillington Place in Notting Hill, including those of the wife and daughter of Timothy Evans who was hanged in 1950 for their murder. (25th Jun 1953)
155th James Hudson Taylor founds the China Inland Mission at Brighton. (25th Jun 1865)
163rd The first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park, London. (26th Jun 1857)
111th The Science Museum in London comes into existence as an independent entity. (26th Jun 1909)
43rd The Yorkshire Ripper kills 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she is the first victim who is not a prostitute. (26th Jun 1977)
107th First woman magistrate appointed, Miss Emily Dawson, in London. (26th Jun 1913)
523rd Cornish rebels Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank are executed at Tyburn, London, England. (27th Jun 1497)
277th Battle of Dettingen: On the battlefield in Bavaria, George II personally leads troops into battle. The last time that a British monarch would command troops in the field. (27th Jun 1743)
53rd The world's first ATM is installed in Enfield Town, London. (27th Jun 1967)
120th The London Underground's Central Line opened by the Prince of Wales -- but the public will have to wait another month before they can use it. (27th Jun 1900)
92nd 25 people killed in the Darlington rail crash. (27th Jun 1928)
559th Edward IV is crowned King of England. (28th Jun 1461)
182nd Coronation of Victoria of the United Kingdom. (28th Jun 1838)
161st The first conformation dog show is held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. (28th Jun 1859)
72nd Boxer Dick Turpin beats Vince Hawkins at Villa Park in Birmingham to become the first black British boxing champion in the modern era. (28th Jun 1948)
7th Moors murderer Ian Brady loses a legal challenge to be transferred from a psychiatric hospital back to prison. (28th Jun 2013)
407th The Globe Theatre in London, England burns to the ground. (29th Jun 1613)
376th Charles I of England defeats a Parliamentarian detachment at the Battle of Cropredy Bridge, the last battle won by an English King on English soil. (29th Jun 1644)
104th The Irish Nationalist and British diplomat Sir Roger Casement is sentenced to death for his part in the Easter Rising. (29th Jun 1916)
13th Two car bombs are uncovered in central London but are defused before they can explode. (29th Jun 2007)
34th Richard Branson beats the Atlantic speed record but is denied the Blue Riband award. (29th Jun 1986)
36th Control of London Transport is removed from the Greater London Council and transferred to London Regional Transport under terms of the London Regional Transport Act. (29th Jun 1984)
127th unveiling of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain (with its statue of Anteros), designed by Alfred Gilbert, at Piccadilly Circus in London. (29th Jun 1893)
152nd the Press Association founded in London. (29th Jun 1868)
332nd The Immortal Seven issue the Invitation to William (continuing the English rebellion from Rome), which would culminate in the Glorious Revolution. (30th Jun 1688)
160th The 1860 Oxford evolution debate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History takes place. (30th Jun 1860)
23rd The United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China. (30th Jun 1997)
9th The cheque guarantee card scheme – which ensures some cheques are honoured even if the account holder does not have sufficient funds in their account – was withdrawn today after operating for over 40 years. (30th Jun 2011)
13th A terrorist attack occurs at Glasgow International Airport. There are no civilian fatalities, but the perpetrator of the attack is seriously injured. (30th Jun 2007)
28th Margaret Thatcher takes her place in the House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher, nineteen months after resigning as Prime Minister. (30th Jun 1992)
134th Royal Holloway College opened by Queen Victoria in Surrey. (30th Jun 1886)
183rd The use of the pillory as a punishment is abolished. (30th Jun 1837)
67th First roll-on/roll-off ferry crossing of the English Channel, Dover–Boulogne. (30th Jun 1953)
6th Following a trial at Southwark Crown Court, entertainer Rolf Harris is found guilty on 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986. (30th Jun 2014)
27th Michael Hunt, former deputy chairman of Nissan UK, is jailed for eight years for his involvement in Britain's worst case of tax fraud. (30th Jun 1993)

 

 

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