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Major Historical Anniversaries in January 2023

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 2023

1st The initial findings of a report by Sue Gray into Downing Street parties are published. She notes that, "At least some of the gatherings in question represent a serious failure to observe not just the high standards expected of those working at the heart of Government but also of the standards expected of the entire British population at the time," and concludes that "a number of these gatherings should not have been allowed to take place or to develop in the way that they did. There is significant learning to be drawn from these events which must be addressed immediately across Government." (31st Jan 2022)
1st Storm Malik hits the UK, killing a 9-year-old boy and a 60-year-old woman and leaving tens of thousands of homes in Scotland and England without power. (29th Jan 2022)
1st COVID-19 in the UK: The government's "Plan B" restrictions in England come to an end, meaning that face masks and Covid passes are no longer legally required. (27th Jan 2022)
1st At a London Assembly committee meeting, Cressida Dick confirms that the Metropolitan Police are now investigating "potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations" in Downing Street and Whitehall since 2020, as a "result of the information provided by the Cabinet Office inquiry team", led by Sue Gray. (25th Jan 2022)
1st Yasmin Chkaifi, 43, is stabbed to death in Maida Vale, West London. (24th Jan 2022)
1st ITV News reports that Johnson attended a party to celebrate his 56th birthday on 20 June 2020, despite Covid rules forbidding social gatherings indoors at the time. (24th Jan 2022)
1st Conservative peer Lord Agnew publicly resigns in the House of Lords after criticising the government's handling of fraudulent Covid business loans. (24th Jan 2022)
1st Johnson orders an inquiry into allegations by Conservative MP Nus Ghani that she was dismissed as a minister after being told her "Muslim-ness was "making colleagues uncomfortable". (24th Jan 2022)
1st 30 elite British troops are sent to Ukraine amid fears of an imminent Russian invasion. The troops deliver 2,000 NLAW anti-tank missile launchers to Ukrainian forces to bolster their defences. (20th Jan 2022)
1st Conservative MP William Wragg accuses whips of blackmail against Conservative MPs who are believed to support the ousting of Johnson. The Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, tells the Commons that potentially criminal offences would be a matter for the police. A Downing Street spokesperson says: "We are not aware of any evidence to support what are clearly serious allegations." (20th Jan 2022)
1st Conservative MP Christian Wakeford defects to Labour, after submitting a letter of no confidence in Boris Johnson in light of the "partygate" scandal. (19th Jan 2022)
1st Inflation reaches 5.4%, the highest level since March 1992. (19th Jan 2022)
1st A 50-year-old woman from Brighton is reported among the fatalities in the Hunga Tonga eruption and tsunami. (17th Jan 2022)
1st GB News announces it will play God Save the Queen at the start of live programming every day. (17th Jan 2022)
1st The Daily Telegraph reports that two parties were held at Downing Street the night before Prince Philip's funeral, at a time when Covid restrictions banned indoor mixing. Downing Street issues an apology to the Queen. (14th Jan 2022)
1st Prince Andrew's military affiliations and royal patronages, which includes the use of "His Royal Highness", are returned to the Queen. It is announced that he will defend the Giuffre lawsuit as a "private citizen". (13th Jan 2022)
1st MI5 warns that a Chinese spy, who they identify as Christine Ching Kui Lee, has been active in the British Parliament. (13th Jan 2022)
1st At Prime Minister's Questions, Johnson confirms he did attend a party in the No 10 garden during the first lockdown in May 2020 and offers his "heartfelt apology". Opposition MPs and the leader of the Scottish Conservatives Douglas Ross call for his resignation. (12th Jan 2022)
1st The High Court rules that the government's use of a "VIP lane" to award contracts for personal protective equipment (PPE) to two companies was unlawful. (12th Jan 2022)
1st The Met Police contacts the government over "widespread reporting relating to alleged breaches" of Covid rules, following an email obtained by ITV News dated 20 May 2020, in which 100 people were invited to a "bring-your-own-booze" event in the Downing Street garden during the first lockdown. Boris Johnson declines to say whether he was among those there. (10th Jan 2022)
1st COVID-19 in the UK: The number of deaths within 28 days of a positive Covid test exceeds 150,000. (8th Jan 2022)
1st COVID-19 in the UK: A survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that 1.3 million people in the UK are living with long COVID, about 506,000 (40%) of whom caught the virus over a year ago, and still have symptoms such as fatigue, loss of smell, shortness of breath, and difficulty concentrating. (6th Jan 2022)
1st Four defendants (known as 'the Colston 4') accused of pulling down the Statue of Edward Colston in Bristol in June 2020 as part of the Black Lives Matter protests are found not guilty of criminal damage in a jury trial. (5th Jan 2022)
1st COVID-19 in the UK: The daily infection number exceeds 200,000 for the first time, with a total of 218,724 cases, partly caused by a backlog in reporting over the New Year. (4th Jan 2022)
1st The warmest New Year's Day on record is reported, with temperatures of 16.2C (61.2F) in St James's Park, Central London. (1st Jan 2022)
5th A leaked government paper shows that Brexit will damage the UK economy no matter what kind of deal is agreed, with up to 8% of GDP growth lost within fifteen years. (30th Jan 2018)
5th Rupert Murdoch's £11.7 billion bid to take full control of Sky is provisionally blocked by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). (23rd Jan 2018)
5th Supermarket chain Iceland announces that it will end the use of plastic for its own-brand products by the end of 2023. (16th Jan 2018)
5th Carillion, the UK's second-largest construction company, goes into liquidation with debts of £1,500,000,000. (15th Jan 2018)
5th US President Donald Trump scraps a planned visit to the UK, blaming his predecessor, Barack Obama, for a "bad deal" on the new embassy due to be opened in London, despite the fact it was agreed under the administration of George W. Bush. (12th Jan 2018)
5th Theresa May pledges to eradicate all "avoidable" plastic waste throughout the UK by 2042. (11th Jan 2018)
5th Virgin Trains announces it has stopped selling copies of the Daily Mail on its West Coast trains following "considerable concern [about] the Mail's editorial position on issues such as immigration, LGBT rights and unemployment". (9th Jan 2018)
10th A helicopter crash in central London kills two people and injures 13 others. (16th Jan 2013)
10th Publication of the Giving Victims a Voice report, initiated as a result of publicity surrounding the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal (11th Jan 2013)
10th 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, the newspaper at the centre of the scandal. (10th Jan 2013)
10th 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)
20th Richard Colvin Reid, the so-called "shoe bomber", is sentenced to life imprisonment by a United States court. (30th Jan 2003)
20th Central line underground train crashes into the tunnel wall at Chancery Lane tube station in London, injuring 34 people. (25th Jan 2003)
20th Ian Carr, a 27-year-old banned from driving with a total of 89 previous convictions (including causing death by dangerous driving), admits causing the death by dangerous driving of a six-year-old girl in Ashington, Northumberland - a crime which sparks widespread public and media outrage across Britain. (10th Jan 2003)
50th The Open University awarded its first degrees. (11th Jan 1973)
50th The UK is admitted into the European Community. (1st Jan 1973)
60th Double Agent Kim Philby disappears having defected to the Soviet Union. (23rd Jan 1963)
70th The North Sea flood of 1953 kills hundreds of people on the east coast of Britain. (31st Jan 1953)
75th the London Co-operative Society opens Britain's first supermarket, in Manor Park, London. (12th Jan 1948)
75th the first episode of the radio serial drama Mrs Dale's Diary is broadcast on the BBC Light Programme. (5th Jan 1948)
75th Burma gains its independence from the United Kingdom. (4th Jan 1948)
75th The British railway network is nationalised to form British Railways. (1st Jan 1948)
80th World War II: British forces capture Tripoli from the Nazis. (23rd Jan 1943)
80th Sandhurst Road School Disaster: a bomb kills 38 children and 6 teachers at a school in Catford, south-east London. (20th Jan 1943)
80th 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)
80th 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)
80th Post-war austerity "Utility furniture" goes on sale for the first time. (1st Jan 1943)
90th The London Underground map designed by Harry Beck is introduced to the public for the first time. (occurred at an unknown date in January) (1st Jan 1933)
100th Britain's Railways are grouped into the Big Four: LNER, GWR, SR, and LMS. (1st Jan 1923)
250th Captain James Cook and his crew become the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle. (17th Jan 1773)


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