Major Historical Anniversaries in January 2018

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 January 2018

5th Government plans to redraw constituency boundaries before the next general election are defeated in the House of Commons. (28th Jan 2013)
5th A helicopter crash in central London kills two people and injures 13 others. (16th Jan 2013)
5th April Casburn, a senior detective with the Metropolitan Police is found guilty of trying to sell information on the investigation into phone hacking to the News of the World. (10th Jan 2013)
5th Mark Cahill, a 51-year-old former pub landlord from West Yorkshire becomes the first person in the UK to receive a hand transplant. (4th Jan 2013)
10th Four men were jailed for 15 years each for their part in the 2006 Securitas raid, the UK's biggest cash robbery. (31st Jan 2008)
10th The last deep coal mine in Wales, near Rhondda, closes. (25th Jan 2008)
10th British Airways Flight 38 crash lands just short of London Heathrow Airport in England with no fatalities. It is the first complete hull loss of a Boeing 777. (17th Jan 2008)
25th British Airways admits liability and apologises "unreservedly" for a "dirty tricks" campaign against Virgin Atlantic. (11th Jan 1993)
25th oil tanker MV Braer runs aground on Shetland, spilling 84,700 tonnes of crude oil into the sea. (5th Jan 1993)
25th Carlton Television and Meridian begin broadcasting. Teletext Ltd. launches a new Teletext service on ITV and Channel 4, replacing the 14-year-old ORACLE teletext service. (1st Jan 1993)
30th The last episode of the British TV series Yes, Prime Minister, entitled The Tangled Web, was broadcast. (28th Jan 1988)
30th Colin Pitchfork is sentenced to life imprisonment after admitting the rape and murder of two girls in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986, the first conviction for murder in the UK based on DNA fingerprinting evidence. (22nd Jan 1988)
30th Elizabeth Butler-Sloss becomes the first woman to be appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal. (19th Jan 1988)
30th the government announces that inflammable foam furniture will be banned from March next year. (11th Jan 1988)
30th the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reveals that new car sales in Britain last year exceeded 2,000,000 for the first time. The Ford Escort was Britain's best-selling car for the sixth year running. (8th Jan 1988)
30th Margaret Thatcher becomes the longest-serving UK Prime Minister this century, having been in power for eight years and 244 days. (3rd Jan 1988)
40th The European Court of Human Rights finds the United Kingdom government guilty of mistreating prisoners in Northern Ireland, but not guilty of torture. (18th Jan 1978)
40th The English punk rock band Sex Pistols broke up amidst their US tour. (14th Jan 1978)
40th a North Sea storm surge ruins four piers in the UK: Herne Bay, Margate, Hunstanton and Skegness. (11th Jan 1978)
40th the otter becomes a protected species, ending hunting of it. (1st Jan 1978)
50th the Prime Minister announces that the Civil Defence Corps is being stood down. (16th Jan 1968)
50th the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, endorses the 'I'm Backing Britain' campaign, encouraging workers to work extra time without pay or take other actions to help competitiveness, which is spreading across Britain. (8th Jan 1968)
50th Gardeners' World debuts on BBC1 television, featuring Percy Thrower. (5th Jan 1968)
60th The last episode of the British radio comedy programme Goon Show was broadcast. (28th Jan 1958)
60th TWW, the ITV franchise for South Wales and the West Of England goes on the air. (14th Jan 1958)
70th the London Co-operative Society opens Britain's first supermarket, in Manor Park, London. (12th Jan 1948)
70th the first episode of the radio serial drama Mrs Dale's Diary is broadcast on the BBC Light Programme. (5th Jan 1948)
70th Burma gains its independence from the United Kingdom. (4th Jan 1948)
70th The British railway network is nationalised to form British Railways. (1st Jan 1948)
75th World War II: British forces capture Tripoli from the Nazis. (23rd Jan 1943)
75th Sandhurst Road School Disaster: a bomb kills 38 children and 6 teachers at a school in Catford, south-east London. (20th Jan 1943)
75th anti-aircraft shrapnel shells kill 23 people and injure 60 during a raid on London by 118 planes; six are reported losses. (17th Jan 1943)
75th World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill begin the Casablanca Conference to discuss strategy and study the next phase of the war. (14th Jan 1943)
75th Post-war austerity "Utility furniture" goes on sale for the first time. (1st Jan 1943)
80th York Castle Museum opened. (23rd Jan 1938)
80th psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud arrives in London having fled from Vienna in Austria. (6th Jan 1938)
90th River Thames floods in London; 14 drown. On 7 January the moat at the Tower of London (drained in 1843 and planted with grass) is completely refilled by the river. (6th Jan 1928)
90th abolition of domestic slavery in the British Protectorate of Sierra Leone comes into effect. (1st Jan 1928)
100th A series of accidental collisions on a misty Scottish night leads to the loss of two Royal Navy submarines with over a hundred lives, and damage to another five British warships. (31st Jan 1918)
100th "Battle of May Island": in a confused series of collisions as a large Royal Navy fleet steams down the Firth of Forth this evening, submarines HMS K4 and HMS K17 are sunk, three other submarines and a light cruiser are damaged and 104 men are killed. (31st Jan 1918)
100th night of unusually heavy bombing in London and south-east England. (28th Jan 1918)
100th the keel of HMS Hermes (95) is laid on Tyneside, the first purpose-designed aircraft carrier to be laid down. (15th Jan 1918)
100th Minnie Pit disaster, a mining accident at Halmer End in the North Staffordshire Coalfield, kills 155 as the result of an explosion caused by firedamp. (12th Jan 1918)
100th Admiralty M-class destroyers HMS Narborough (1916) and HMS Opal (1915) run aground and are wrecked off Orkney in a severe storm with only one survivor. (12th Jan 1918)
125th The Independent Labour Party of the United Kingdom holds its first meeting. (13th Jan 1893)
150th penal transportation from Britain to Australia ends with arrival of the convict ship Hougoumont in Western Australia after an 89-day voyage from England. (9th Jan 1868)
175th Daniel M'Naghten shoots and kills the Prime Minister's private secretary, Edward Drummond, in Whitehall. (2nd Jan 1843)
200th The British Institution of Civil Engineers is founded (2nd Jan 1818)
250th In London, Philip Astley stages the first modern circus. (9th Jan 1768)
650th Hundred Years' War: barons in English-controlled territory in France object to new taxes, and appeal to King Charles V of France. (30th Jan 1368)



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