Major Historical Anniversaries in February 2019

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 February 2019

5th The two men convicted of the murder of Lee Rigby are sentenced to life imprisonment, Michael Adebolajo without the possibility of parole, and Michael Adebowale with the possibility of parole after 45 years. (26th Feb 2014)
5th A 4.1 magnitude earthquake is recorded under the Bristol Channel. (20th Feb 2014)
5th Immigration minister Mark Harper resigns from the government after it was disclosed that his cleaner did not have permission to work in the UK. (8th Feb 2014)
5th Part of the South Devon Railway sea wall carrying the railway line linking London with the west of England is washed away by a powerful storm that has hit the UK overnight. (5th Feb 2014)
10th All London Buses were suspended and the London Underground was severely disrupted due to heavy snow. (2nd Feb 2009)
25th Police in Gloucester begin excavations at 25 Cromwell Street, the home of 52-year-old builder Fred West. (24th Feb 1994)
25th Stephen Milligan, Conservative MP for Eastleigh in Hampshire, is found dead at his home in Chiswick, apparently self-strangled by the use of an electrical cord during an act of autoerotic asphyxiation. (7th Feb 1994)
25th British Coal confirms the closure of four more pits, a move which will claim some 3,000 jobs. (4th Feb 1994)
30th Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a USD $3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie. (24th Feb 1989)
30th 27-year-old William Hague wins the Richmond by-election in North Yorkshire for the Conservative Party. (23rd Feb 1989)
30th An IRA bomb destroys a section of a British Army barracks in Ternhill, England (20th Feb 1989)
30th Sky Television begins broadcasting as the first satellite TV service in Britain (5th Feb 1989)
75th World War II: Last heavy air-raids on London. (26th Feb 1944)
75th PAYE (Pay as you earn) system of tax collection introduced. (10th Feb 1944)
80th Borley Rectory, a reputed haunted house, destroyed by fire. (27th Feb 1939)
80th First Anderson shelter built in London (25th Feb 1939)
200th British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III. (19th Feb 1819)



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