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 April 2021

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

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728th Robert Winchelsey leaves England for Rome, to be consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury. (1st Apr 1293)
703rd Berwick-upon-Tweed is captured by the Scottish from England. (1st Apr 1318)
148th The British steamer RMS Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, killing 547. (1st Apr 1873)
113th The Territorial Force (renamed Territorial Army in 1920) is formed as a volunteer reserve component of the British Army. (1st Apr 1908)
103rd The Royal Air Force is created by the merger of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. (1st Apr 1918)
88th English cricketer Wally Hammond set a record for the highest individual Test innings of 336 not out, during a Test match against New Zealand. (1st Apr 1933)
64th The BBC broadcasts the spaghetti tree hoax on its current affairs programme Panorama. (1st Apr 1957)
52nd The Hawker Siddeley Harrier enters service with the Royal Air Force. (1st Apr 1969)
47th The Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties come into being. (1st Apr 1974)
59th The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London. (1st Apr 1962)
48th VAT comes into effect in the UK. (1st Apr 1973)
1005th King Cnut attacked London sometime around April-June, allegedly digging a canal in South London to bypass London Bridge. (1st Apr 1016)
57th Ministry of Defence takes over the duties of the War Office, Admiralty, and Air Ministry, which cease to exist. The title of Lord High Admiral is re-vested in the Monarch. (1st Apr 1964)
87th Surgeon R.K. Wilson allegedly takes a photograph of the Loch Ness Monster. (1st Apr 1934)
132nd New elected county councils in England and Wales (including the London County Council) created by the Local Government Act 1888, take up their powers. (1st Apr 1889)
6th English Heritage begins to operate as a charitable trust to manage the nation's portfolio of historic properties, while Historic England is formed to take on its previous functions in statutory planning, advice on and protection of the historic built environment. (1st Apr 2015)
8th Police Scotland begins operations, merging all the former forces in the country. (1st Apr 2013)
56th The Greater London Council comes into its powers, replacing the London County Council and greatly expanding the metropolitan area of the city. (1st Apr 1965)
10th The Daily Sport and Sunday Sport tabloid newspapers ceased publication and entered administration. (1st Apr 2011)
74th Raising of school leaving age to 15. (1st Apr 1947)
704th Baron Roger Mortimer, newly appointed Justiciar of Ireland drives Scottish raiders back to the north of Ireland. (1st Apr 1317)
43rd first official naturist beach opens at Fairlight Glen in Covehurst Bay near Hastings. (1st Apr 1978)
53rd Thames Valley Police is formed by the amalgamation of Berkshire Constabulary, Buckinghamshire Constabulary, Oxford City Police, Oxfordshire Constabulary and Reading Borough Police. (1st Apr 1968)
63rd BBC Radiophonic Workshop created. (1st Apr 1958)
73rd Nationalisation of the electricity supply industry under terms of the Electricity Act 1947 comes into effect. (1st Apr 1948)
93rd Cinematograph Films Act 1927 comes into force, setting a minimum quota for British films to be shown in UK cinemas. (1st Apr 1928)
108th Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst sentenced to three years of penal servitude. (2nd Apr 1913)
14th A smoking ban came into effect in all enclosed public places in Wales. (2nd Apr 2007)
13th An embryo that was a cross between a human and a cow survived a third straight day after being fertilised at Newcastle University. A director for embryonic stem cell laboratories at the Australian Stem Cell Centre said that the "99 per cent human" embryo could improve research within the field of human diseases. The Catholic Church of England and Wales however said that the creation was "monstrous" and says that the later destruction of it is unethical. (2nd Apr 2008)
978th Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England. (3rd Apr 1043)
133rd The first of 11 unsolved brutal murders of women committed in or near the impoverished Whitechapel district in the East End of London, occurs. (3rd Apr 1888)
126th Trial of the libel case instigated by Oscar Wilde begins, eventually resulting in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality. (3rd Apr 1895)
92nd RMS Queen Mary is ordered from John Brown & Company Shipbuilding and Engineering by Cunard Line. (3rd Apr 1929)
88th First flight over Mount Everest, a British expedition, led by the Marquis of Clydesdale, and funded by Lucy, Lady Houston (3rd Apr 1933)
87th Percy Shaw patents the cat's eye road-safety device. (3rd Apr 1934)
10th The UK's last circus elephant retired. (3rd Apr 2011)
54th Anguillan-born Norwell Roberts becames the first black officer in London's Metropolitan Police Service. (3rd Apr 1967)
74th The private healthcare firm BUPA founded. (3rd Apr 1947)
204th The imposter, 'Princess Caraboo' appears in Almondsbury in Gloucestershire. (3rd Apr 1817)
43rd permanent radio broadcasts of proceedings in the House of Commons begin. (3rd Apr 1978)
12th Vincent Nichols is named as the new Archbishop of Westminster and head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, replacing Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor. (3rd Apr 2009)
440th Francis Drake is knighted for completing a circumnavigation of the world. (4th Apr 1581)
361st Declaration of Breda by King Charles II of England. (4th Apr 1660)
300th Sir Robert Walpole enters office as the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom under King George I. (4th Apr 1721)
209th US President James Madison enacted a ninety-day embargo on trade with the United Kingdom. (4th Apr 1812)
171st The Great Fire of Cottenham, a large part of the Cambridgeshire village (England) is burnt to the ground under suspicious circumstances. (4th Apr 1850)
148th The Kennel Club is founded, the oldest and first official registry of purebred dogs in the world. (4th Apr 1873)
72nd Twelve nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. (4th Apr 1949)
63rd The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London. (4th Apr 1958)
59th James Hanratty is hanged at Bedford Prison for the A6 murder, despite protestations from many people who believed he was innocent, and the late introduction of witnesses who claimed to have seen him in Rhyl, North Wales, on the day of the murder. (4th Apr 1962)
282nd First performance of Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt at the King's Theatre, London. (4th Apr 1739)
10th As part of the British government's package of welfare reforms, starting from this date the one-and-a-half million people in the United Kingdom who were claiming incapacity benefit began to receive letters asking them to attend a work capability assessment. The tests are part of government plans to reduce the number of long-term claimants and will take until 2014 to complete. (4th Apr 2011)
178th William Wordsworth accepts the office of Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom following the death of Robert Southey on 21 March. (4th Apr 1843)
16th The Gender Recognition Act 2004 comes into effect, allowing transsexual people to have their reassigned gender legally recognised by law. (4th Apr 2005)
400th The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to Great Britain. (5th Apr 1621)
217th The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil. (5th Apr 1804)
147th The first civic public park, is opened in Birkenhead. (5th Apr 1874)
117th The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England. (5th Apr 1904)
66th Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health. (5th Apr 1955)
3rd All firms with at least 250 employees are required to publish data about their pay differences between men and women. (5th Apr 2018)
66th Resignation of Winston Churchill as Prime Minister due to ill-health at the age of 80. (5th Apr 1955)
94th Food Hoarding Order issued to prevent households from hoarding food in short supply. (5th Apr 1927)
20th Perry Wacker, a Dutch lorry driver, is jailed for 14 years for the manslaughter of 58 Chinese illegal immigrants who were found suffocated in his lorry at Dover ferry port in June last year. (5th Apr 2001)
12th The Independent Police Complaints Commission announces an investigation into the death of Ian Tomlinson who had died at the G20 protests at the beginning of the month. Video footage emerged on 7 April showing Mr Tomlinson being pushed to the ground by a police officer; he died of a heart attack. (5th Apr 2009)
701st The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath. (6th Apr 1320)
441st One of the largest earthquakes recorded in the history of England, Flanders, or Northern France, takes place. (6th Apr 1580)
126th Oscar Wilde is arrested in the Cadogan Hotel, London after losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry. (6th Apr 1895)
56th The British Government announces the cancellation of the TSR-2 aircraft project. (6th Apr 1965)
3rd The sugary drinks tax comes into force throughout the UK. (6th Apr 2018)
5th The 2016 Dog Microchipping Legislation comes into force, requiring every dog in England, Scotland and Wales to be micro-chipped if they are over eight weeks old. (This law had already been introduced in Northern Ireland, in 2012). (6th Apr 2016)
104th Bakerloo Line extension on the London Underground from Queen's Park to Watford Junction opens. (6th Apr 1917)
10th The Competition Commission released their investigation order designed to prevent future mis-selling of payment protection insurance in the United Kingdom (PPI); most rules came into force in October. (6th Apr 2011)
11th The prime minister, Gordon Brown, visited Buckingham Palace to seek The Queen's permission to dissolve Parliament on 12 April, triggering a general election on 6 May. (6th Apr 2010)
43rd State Earnings-Related Pension Scheme introduced. (6th Apr 1978)
13th The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into force. (6th Apr 2008)
194th John Walker, an English chemist, sells the first friction match that he had invented the previous year. (7th Apr 1827)
113th H. H. Asquith of the Liberal Party takes office as Prime Minister, succeeding Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman (7th Apr 1908)
45th Former British Cabinet Minister John Stonehouse resigns from the Labour Party. (7th Apr 1976)
6th An estimated ?200,000,000 worth of jewels are stolen from Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd, Hatton Garden central London, in a meticulously-planned heist that takes place over the Easter bank holiday weekend. CCTV footage later emerges, at the website of UK newspaper the Daily Mirror, showing the thieves dressed as building workers and using wheelie bins. (7th Apr 2015)
63rd the Church of England gives its moral backing to family planning. (7th Apr 1958)
16th Gambling Act 2005 transfers authority for licensing gambling from magistrates' courts to local authorities, creates the Gambling Commission, allows gambling companies to advertise on the broadcast media, regulates online gambling, provides for regional casinos and changes regulations for lotteries including on-product promotions. (7th Apr 2005)
15th Mr Justice Peter Smith delivers judgment in the copyright case over The Da Vinci Code finding that Dan Brown had not breached the copyright of Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh. The judgment itself contained a coded message on the whim of the judge. (7th Apr 2006)
13th The inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales recorded a verdict of accidental death, caused by the heavy drinking, drug abuse and speeding of her chauffeur Henri Paul, who died in the crash along with Diana and Dodi Fayed. (7th Apr 2008)
928th The new Winchester Cathedral is dedicated by Walkelin. (8th Apr 1093)
135th William Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons. (8th Apr 1886)
117th The French Third Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland sign the Entente cordiale. (8th Apr 1904)
8th Street parties are held in a number of cities across the UK to "celebrate" the death of Margaret Thatcher (8th Apr 2013)
2nd London's Ultra-Low Emission Zone comes into effect. (8th Apr 2019)
608th Henry V is crowned King of England. (9th Apr 1413)
510th St John's College, Cambridge, England, founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort, receives its charter. (9th Apr 1511)
436th The expedition organised by Sir Walter Raleigh departs England for Roanoke Island (now in North Carolina) to establish the Roanoke Colony. (9th Apr 1585)
52nd The first British-built Concorde 002 makes its maiden flight from Filton to RAF Fairford. (9th Apr 1969)
107th Showing of the first colour feature film in Britain — The World, the Flesh and the Devil. (9th Apr 1914)
182nd The world's first commercial electric telegraph line comes into operation alongside the Great Western Railway line from Paddington station to West Drayton. (9th Apr 1839)
76th Administration of Estates Act abolishes the legal rule of primogeniture in England and Wales and the remnants of gavelkind in Kent. (9th Apr 1945)
74th How Does Your Garden Grow? first broadcast on BBC Radio, better known as Gardeners' Question Time. (9th Apr 1947)
754th Gilbert de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford occupies London. (9th Apr 1267)
2nd Department store Debenhams goes into administration, after a last-ditch rescue offer from Mike Ashley's Sports Direct was rejected. (9th Apr 2019)
16th The wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles (who takes the title Duchess of Cornwall) in a twenty-minute ceremony at Windsor Guildhall is followed by a blessing at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. (9th Apr 2005)
415th The Charter of the Virginia Company of London is established by royal charter by James I of England with the purpose of establishing colonial settlements in North America. (10th Apr 1606)
311th The Statute of Anne, the first law regulating copyright, enters into force in Great Britain. (10th Apr 1710)
163rd The original Big Ben, a 14.5 tonne bell for the Palace of Westminster is cast in Stockton-on-Tees by Warner's of Cripplegate. This however cracked during testing and is recast into the 13.76 tonne bell by Whitechapel Bell Foundry and is still in use to date. (10th Apr 1858)
109th The Titanic leaves port in Southampton, England for her first and only voyage. (10th Apr 1912)
57th Runcorn, a small town in north Cheshire, is designated as a new town. Extensive developments are predicted to inflate the town's population to around 70,000 by 1981. (10th Apr 1964)
2nd The UK and the EU agree an Article 50 extension to 31 October 2019. No reopening of the withdrawal agreement negotiations is allowed and the UK "must hold the elections to the European Parliament" on 23 May, or it will be forced to leave on 1 June 2019. (10th Apr 2019)
332nd William III and Mary II are crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain. (11th Apr 1689)
212th Battle of the Basque Roads Naval battle fought between France and the United Kingdom (11th Apr 1809)
70th The Stone of Scone, the stone upon which Scottish monarchs were traditionally crowned, is found on the site of the altar of Arbroath Abbey. It had been taken by Scottish nationalist students from its place in Westminster Abbey. (11th Apr 1951)
3rd A ?70,000,000 plan to extend Birmingham's Alexander Stadium is announced for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and confirmed by Theresa May on a visit to the city. (11th Apr 2018)
57th The National Trust reopens the southern section of the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, the first major restoration of a canal for leisure use. (11th Apr 1964)
44th London Transport's Silver Jubilee buses are launched. (11th Apr 1977)
2nd WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is arrested after seven years of living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. (11th Apr 2019)
12th Gordon Brown's special adviser Damian McBride resigns his position after it emerges that he and another prominent Labour Party operative, blogger Derek Draper, had exchanged a series of emails in which they discussed plans to smear Conservative Party politicians with a series of false stories about their private lives. (11th Apr 2009)
415th The Union Flag is adopted as the flag of Great Britain. (12th Apr 1606)
190th Soldiers marching on the Broughton Suspension Bridge in Manchester, England cause it to collapse. (12th Apr 1831)
86th First flight of the Bristol Blenheim. (12th Apr 1935)
84th Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft, at Rugby, England. (12th Apr 1937)
9th Transport for London bans an advertising campaign due to run on buses by a Christian group; which was suggesting that gay people could be cured by therapy. (12th Apr 2012)
94th The Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act renames the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The change acknowledges that the Irish Free State is no longer part of the Kingdom. (12th Apr 1927)
2nd Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage launches the Brexit Party. (12th Apr 2019)
15th Prince Harry passed out as a commissioned officer during the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. (12th Apr 2006)
192nd The British Parliament grants freedom of religion to Roman Catholics. (13th Apr 1829)
68th Ian Fleming publishes his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. (13th Apr 1953)
76th The first Scottish National Party Member of Parliament, Robert McIntyre, is elected to the Parliament of the United Kingdom after his victory at the Motherwell by-election. (13th Apr 1945)
550th The Yorkists under Edward IV defeat the Lancastrians under the Earl of Warwick at the Battle of Barnet; the Earl is killed and Edward IV resumes the throne. (14th Apr 1471)
109th The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40pm. The ship sinks the following morning with the loss of 1,517 lives. (14th Apr 1912)
571st Battle of Formigny: Toward the end of the Hundred Years' War, the French attack and nearly annihilate English forces, ending English domination in Northern France. (15th Apr 1450)
283rd Premiere in London, England, Great Britain of Serse, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel. (15th Apr 1738)
266th Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London. (15th Apr 1755)
100th Black Friday: mine owners announce more wage and price cuts, leading to the threat of a strike all across England. (15th Apr 1921)
275th The Battle of Culloden is fought between the French-supported Jacobites and the British Hanoverian forces commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, in Scotland after the battle many highland traditions were banned and the Highlands of Scotland were cleared of inhabitants. (15th Apr 1746)
58th 70,000 marchers arrive in London from Aldermarston, to demonstrate against nuclear weapons. (15th Apr 1963)
73rd Rowntree's introduce Polo mint sweets. (15th Apr 1948)
16th Eight days after its going into receivership, administrators at carmaker MG Rover make redundant virtually all of the workforce, with over 6,000 job losses. (15th Apr 2005)
109th Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel. (16th Apr 1912)
68th Queen Elizabeth II launches the Royal Yacht HMY Britannia. (16th Apr 1953)
624th Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) the start of the book's pilgrimage to Canterbury. (17th Apr 1397)
8th The funeral of Margaret Thatcher takes place at London's St Paul's Cathedral. (17th Apr 2013)
74th In the largest non-nuclear single explosive detonation in history, the Royal Navy sets off 6,800 tonnes of surplus ammunition in an attempt to destroy Heligoland, Germany. (17th Apr 1947)
2nd Demonstrations by the climate change activist group Extinction Rebellion cause disruption in central London, blocking roads and resulting in over 1,000 arrests, with 53 people charged for various offences. A "pause" in the protest is announced on 21 April, although the group continues to base itself in Marble Arch. (17th Apr 2019)
122nd The St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria. (18th Apr 1899)
91st BBC Radio announces that there is no news on that day. (18th Apr 1930)
59th Commonwealth Immigrants Act in the United Kingdom removes free immigration from the citizens of member states of the Commonwealth of Nations, requiring proof of employment in the UK. (18th Apr 1962)
4th Prime Minister Theresa May calls a snap general election for 8 June. (18th Apr 2017)
44th The Embassy World Snooker Championship moves to the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, and attracts television coverage for the first time. (18th Apr 1977)
53rd London Bridge sold to American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch, for ?1,029,000, who rebuilds it at Lake Havasu City, Arizona. (18th Apr 1968)
2nd 29-year-old journalist and author Lyra McKee is shot dead amid rioting in Derry, Northern Ireland, with police treating it as a "terrorist incident" and suspecting the New IRA. (18th Apr 2019)
1009th Martyrdom of Ælfheah in Greenwich, London. (19th Apr 1012)
166th Visit of Napoleon III to Guildhall, London (19th Apr 1855)
93rd The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published. (19th Apr 1928)
3rd The UK experiences its hottest day in April since 1949, with temperatures of 28.5??C (83.3??F) recorded in Central London. (19th Apr 2018)
8th The Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester is granted full university status as the Royal Agricultural University. (19th Apr 2013)
368th Oliver Cromwell dissolves the Rump Parliament. (20th Apr 1653)
332nd The former King James II of England, now deposed, lays siege to Derry. (20th Apr 1689)
203rd The case of Ashford v Thornton ends, with Abraham Thornton allowed to go free rather than face a retrial for murder, after his demand for trial by battle is upheld. (20th Apr 1818)
3rd Commonwealth leaders announce that Charles, Prince of Wales will succeed The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth. (20th Apr 2018)
232nd First boat passes through the Thames and Severn Canal's Sapperton Tunnel near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. It is the longest tunnel of any kind in England at this date. (20th Apr 1789)
7th The Anglican Diocese of Leeds, created by merger of the Church of England's West Yorkshire dioceses of Ripon & Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield, comes into being. (20th Apr 2014)
53rd Enoch Powell makes his controversial Rivers of Blood Speech on immigration. (20th Apr 1968)
78th worst bombing of Aberdeen. (21st Apr 1943)
512th Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII. (21st Apr 1509)
4th Britain goes a full day without using coal power to generate electricity for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, according to the National Grid. (21st Apr 2017)
57th BBC Two begins scheduled broadcasting; its first programme is Play School. (21st Apr 1964)
66th National newspapers published for the first time after a month-long strike by maintenance workers. (21st Apr 1955)
16th Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act passed by the Scottish Parliament, the first piece of legislation in the UK to give formal recognition to the Scottish Gaelic language. It aims to secure Gaelic as an official language of Scotland, commanding "equal respect" with English, by establishing B?rd na G?idhlig within the framework of the government of Scotland (Royal Assent: 1 June). (21st Apr 2005)
91st The United Kingdom, Japan and the United States sign the London Naval Treaty regulating submarine warfare and limiting shipbuilding. (22nd Apr 1930)
52nd British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completes the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world. (22nd Apr 1969)
8th A London house goes on sale for a record ?250 million, 700 times greater than the average ?370,000 cost of a property in the city. (22nd Apr 2013)
9th 30-year-old Claire Squires collapses and dies while running the London Marathon, the tenth death in the race's history. She had planned to raise ?500 for The Samaritans, but within a day members of the public have donated ?219,000. The end of the year would see this total rise to nearly ?1M. (22nd Apr 2012)
63rd the Hancock's Half Hour episode "Sunday Afternoon at Home" is first broadcast on BBC radio. (22nd Apr 1958)
2nd The hottest Easter Monday on record in all four nations of the UK is confirmed by the Met Office, with 25??C (77??F) reported at Heathrow, Northolt and Wisley. (22nd Apr 2019)
1005th Edmund Ironside succeeds his father Æthelred the Unready as king of England. (23rd Apr 1016)
673rd The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III is announced on St George's Day. (23rd Apr 1348)
360th King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland is crowned in Westminster Abbey. (23rd Apr 1661)
89th New Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens in Stratford-upon-Avon. Designed by Elisabeth Scott, it is the country's first important work by a woman architect. (23rd Apr 1932)
8th Businessman James McCormick is convicted on three counts of fraud at the Old Bailey after selling fake bomb detectors based on a device for finding golf balls to countries including Iraq and Georgia. (23rd Apr 2013)
56th The Pennine Way officially opens. (23rd Apr 1965)
94th Cardiff City F.C., members of the English Football League despite being based in Wales, win the FA Cup beating Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley Stadium and taking the trophy out of England for the first time. (23rd Apr 1927)
53rd five and ten pence coins are introduced in the run-up to Decimalisation, which will be complete within the next three years. (23rd Apr 1968)
103rd Conscription Crisis of 1918 in Ireland: a general strike is held here against conscription. (23rd Apr 1918)
3rd The first statue of a woman in Parliament Square is unveiled, that of suffragette Millicent Fawcett. (24th Apr 2018)
463rd Mary, Queen of Scots, marries the Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris. (24th Apr 1558)
103rd First tank-to-tank combat, at Villers-Bretonneux, France, when three British Mark IVs met three German A7Vs. (24th Apr 1918)
99th The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation. (24th Apr 1922)
89th Benny Rothman leads the mass trespass of Kinder Scout, leading to substantial legal reforms in the United Kingdom. (24th Apr 1932)
68th Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. (24th Apr 1953)
58th Marriage of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Kent to Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey in London. (24th Apr 1963)
7th Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announces that Cornish people will be granted minority status under Council of Europe rules governing the protection of national minorities. (24th Apr 2014)
106th The FA Cup is won by Sheffield United F.C., who defeat Chelsea 3-0 in the final at Old Trafford, Manchester. The competition will now be abandoned until WW1 is over. (24th Apr 1915)
206th Anthony Trollope, later an English novelist is born. (24th Apr 1815)
64th First broadcast of BBC Television astronomy series The Sky at Night presented by Patrick Moore. This will run with the same presenter until his death in December 2012. (24th Apr 1957)
105th Easter Rebellion: The United Kingdom declares martial law in Ireland. (25th Apr 1916)
68th Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish Molecular structure of nucleic acids: a structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid describing the double helix structure of DNA. (25th Apr 1953)
83rd Anglo-Irish Trade Agreement with the Republic of Ireland settles trade disputes and agrees to the Royal Navy abandoning the British sovereign bases at the Treaty ports in Ireland. (25th Apr 1938)
153rd HMS Repulse, the last wooden battleship constructed for the Royal Navy, is launched as an ironclad (with auxiliary steam propulsion) at Woolwich Dockyard. (25th Apr 1868)
414th English colonists make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia. (26th Apr 1607)
98th The Duke of York weds Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey. (26th Apr 1923)
97th Harry Grindell Matthews demonstrates his "death ray" in London but fails to convince the War Office. (26th Apr 1924)
46th A conference of Labour Party members voted against continued membership of the EEC. (26th Apr 1975)
15th The Duke of Edinburgh visits the Republic of Ireland. (26th Apr 2006)
725th Battle of Dunbar: The Scots are defeated by Edward I of England. (27th Apr 1296)
371st The Battle of Carbisdale: A Royalist army invades mainland Scotland from Orkney Island but is defeated by a Covenanter army. (27th Apr 1650)
272nd First performance of Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks in Green Park, London. (27th Apr 1749)
248th The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade. (27th Apr 1773)
181st Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, is laid by wife of Sir Charles Barry. (27th Apr 1840)
82nd Military Training Act (coming into force 3 June) introduces conscription; men aged 20 and 21 must undertake six months military training. (27th Apr 1939)
354th The blind, impoverished, 58-year-old John Milton seals a contract for publication of Paradise Lost with London printer Samuel Simmons for an initial payment of £5. The first edition is published in October and sells out in eighteen months. (27th Apr 1667)
53rd the Abortion Act 1967 comes into effect, legalising abortion on a number of grounds, with free provision through the National Health Service. (27th Apr 1968)
63rd BOAC's first de Havilland Comet 4 makes its maiden flight. (27th Apr 1958)
232nd Mutiny on the Bounty: Lieutenant William Bligh and 18 sailors are set adrift and the rebel crew returns to Tahiti briefly and then sets sail for Pitcairn Island. (28th Apr 1789)
98th The Empire Stadium, Wembley is opened to the public for the first time and holds the FA Cup Final between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United football clubs. (28th Apr 1923)
77th Allied convoy T4, forming part of amphibious Exercise Tiger (a full-scale rehearsal for the Normandy landings) in Start Bay off the Devon coast, is attacked by E-boats, resulting in the deaths of 749 American servicemen. (28th Apr 1944)
7th Following a trial at Southwark Crown Court, publicist Max Clifford is convicted of eight indecent assaults on women and girls. (28th Apr 2014)
17th Landmark office building 30 St Mary Axe ("The Gherkin") in the City of London, designed by Norman Foster, opens. (28th Apr 2004)
14th An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the richter scale struck Kent, injuring one and causing damage to buildings. (28th Apr 2007)
111th Parliament passes the People's Budget, the first budget in British history with the expressed intent of redistributing wealth among the British public. (29th Apr 1910)
69th University of Southampton chartered, first post-war university established. (29th Apr 1952)
6th A blaze causes extensive damage at Clandon Park, a stately home in Surrey. (29th Apr 2015)
10th Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton married in Westminster Abbey. A public holiday celebrated the day, which in conjunction with the May Bank Holiday, made a four-day weekend. (29th Apr 2011)
44th British Aerospace is formed to run the nationalised aviation industry. (29th Apr 1977)
508th Edmund de la Pole, Yorkist pretender to the English throne, is executed on the orders of Henry VIII. (30th Apr 1513)
78th The submarine HMS Seraph surfaces in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain to deposit a dead man planted with false invasion plans and dressed as a British military intelligence officer. (30th Apr 1943)
58th The Bristol Bus Boycott is held in Bristol to protest the Bristol Omnibus Company's refusal to employ Black or Asian bus crews, drawing national attention to racial discrimination in the UK. (30th Apr 1963)
49th The Brighton Belle Pullman car train makes its last journey from London to Brighton. (30th Apr 1972)
42nd London Underground's Jubilee Line is opened by the Prince of Wales -- although passenger journeys started the following day. (30th Apr 1979)
44th The Watercress Line, a heritage railway reopened as a service following closure by British Rail. (30th Apr 1977)
63rd The Life Peerages Act receives Royal Assent; the Act allows the creation of life peers who can sit in the House of Lords. As life peerages could be bestowed on women, this Act allows for women to sit in the House of Lords for the first time. (30th Apr 1958)
73rd the Land Rover is unveiled at the Amsterdam Motor Show. (30th Apr 1948)
15th The last astronomy show is held at the London Planetarium before it is acquired by neighbouring Madame Tussauds. (30th Apr 2006)

 

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