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Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Major Historical Anniversaries in January 2024

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 2024

AnniversaryDetails
5th The European Medicines Agency (EMA) closes its office at Canary Wharf, London, in preparation for its move to Amsterdam. (25th Jan 2019)
5th Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is arrested by police and charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and two of attempted rape. (24th Jan 2019)
5th 2019 Piper PA-46 Malibu crash: An aircraft carrying new Cardiff City F.C. footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson en route from Nantes, France, to Cardiff, Wales, goes missing over the English Channel. Sala's body is recovered on February 7. (21st Jan 2019)
5th Japan's Hitachi announces the suspension of work on the £20bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant in Wales amid concerns over rising costs, putting thousands of jobs at risk. (17th Jan 2019)
5th Theresa May's government survives a no confidence vote by 325 to 306. (16th Jan 2019)
5th The House of Commons rejects Theresa May's deal on the UK's withdrawal from the European Union by 432 votes to 202. The 230 vote margin is the largest defeat for a government motion in 100 years. (15th Jan 2019)
5th The bakery chain Greggs launches a meat free version of its sausage rolls. (3rd Jan 2019)
5th Regulator Ofgem introduces a new energy price cap for households in England, Scotland and Wales. (1st Jan 2019)
10th 16-year-old Lewis Clarke of Bristol sets a new world record after becoming the youngest person to trek to the South Pole. (18th Jan 2014)
10th At the Old Bailey, police officer Keith Wallis pleads guilty to misconduct in a public office over an email he sent to his local MP concerning the Plebgate affair. (10th Jan 2014)
10th An inquest jury decides that Mark Duggan, whose death sparked the 2011 England riots was lawfully killed by police. (8th Jan 2014)
20th The Hutton Inquiry into the circumstances of the death of Dr. David Kelly is published. This is taken by most of the press to strongly condemn the BBC's handling of the David Kelly affair and to exonerate the government; the BBC's Director-General, Greg Dyke, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Gavyn Davies, and the journalist at the centre of the controversy, Andrew Gilligan, resign. The UK media, in general, condemns the report as a whitewash. (28th Jan 2004)
20th The Bichard Inquiry into events preceding the Soham murders formally opens. (13th Jan 2004)
20th The Queen Mary 2 is christened by Elizabeth II. (8th Jan 2004)
20th The Daily Mirror publishes the blacked out portion of a letter wherein Diana, Princess of Wales alleged that someone was trying to kill her. (6th Jan 2004)
50th New Year's Day was celebrated as a public holiday for the first time. (1st Jan 1974)
60th The Film "Zulu" is released. (22nd Jan 1964)
60th Eleven men go on trial at Buckinghamshire Assizes in Aylesbury charged in connection with the Great Train Robbery five months ago. (20th Jan 1964)
60th Teen girls' magazine Jackie first published. (11th Jan 1964)
70th A de Havilland Comet jet airliner on BOAC Flight 781 from Singapore to London crashes in the Mediterranean Sea following fatigue failure, killing all 35 on board. (10th Jan 1954)
80th Start of Operation Steinbock (the "Baby Blitz"), a nocturnal Luftwaffe bombing offensive chiefly targeted at the Greater London area. (continues until May) (21st Jan 1944)
80th The Daily Mail becomes the first transoceanic newspaper. (5th Jan 1944)
90th Ten thousand people attend a British Union of Fascists rally in Birmingham, organised by Oswald Mosley. (21st Jan 1934)
100th Margaret Bondfield becomes the first woman to be appointed a government minister. (23rd Jan 1924)
100th Ramsay MacDonald becomes the first Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. (22nd Jan 1924)
100th The Met Office issues its first broadcast Shipping Forecast, at this time called Weather Shipping. (1st Jan 1924)
125th 13 crew members and 5 apprentices are rescued from the stricken schooner Forest Hall by the Lynmouth Lifeboat when it floundered off the coast of Devon, England. (12th Jan 1899)
175th Corn Laws are abolished in the United Kingdom (following legislation in 1846). (31st Jan 1849)

 

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