Major Historical Anniversaries in February 2022

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 2022

5th Britain is hit by winds of up to 94?mph from Storm Doris, causing travel disruption and a number of casualties. (23rd Feb 2017)
5th Cressida Dick is appointed Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the force's 188-year history. (22nd Feb 2017)
5th The Queen commemorates her Sapphire Jubilee. (6th Feb 2017)
10th Rupert Murdoch announces that a Sunday edition of The Sun newspaper, The Sun on Sunday, will be launched "very soon", effectively replacing the News of the World which was axed last summer due to the phone hacking scandal. Its launch is confirmed on 19 February for the following weekend. (17th Feb 2012)
10th Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, marking sixty years on the throne; only the second British monarch to do so. (6th Feb 2012)
10th Ash dieback fungus first found in the British Isles. (1st Feb 2012)
20th Andrew Aston, a 29-year-old Birmingham cocaine addict, is sentenced to 26 concurrent terms of Life imprisonment - officially the longest prison sentence imposed on any criminal in England and Wales - for murdering two elderly people in robberies and attacking 24 others. (20th Feb 2002)
20th Ford ends 90 years of British car production with the loss of more than 2,000 jobs after the last Fiesta was made at their factory in Dagenham. However, the plant will be retained for the production of engines and gearboxes, and Ford will continue to make commercial vehicles at their plant in Southampton. (19th Feb 2002)
20th Princess Margaret, the Queen's younger sister, dies after suffering a stroke aged 71. (9th Feb 2002)
50th The Official Irish Republican Army detonates a car bomb at Aldershot barracks, killing seven and injuring nineteen others. (22nd Feb 1972)
50th The British embassy in Dublin is destroyed in protest at Bloody Sunday. (2nd Feb 1972)
60th Twelve European countries form the European Space Agency. (23rd Feb 1962)
70th Winston Churchill announces that the United Kingdom has an atomic bomb. (26th Feb 1952)
70th The British government, under Winston Churchill, abolishes identity cards in the UK to "set the people free". (21st Feb 1952)
70th King George VI is buried in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. (15th Feb 1952)
70th Elizabeth II becomes the first queen regnant of the UK and the Commonwealth Realms since Queen Victoria upon the death of her father, George VI. At the exact moment of succession, she was in a treehouse at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya. (6th Feb 1952)
70th The first TV detector van is commissioned in Britain. (1st Feb 1952)
75th Major cuts in power supply due to shortage of fuel under severe winter conditions are imposed in England and Wales. BBC TV is shut-down until 11 March. (10th Feb 1947)
75th The Minister of Food, John Strachey, announces the 25 million Tanganyika groundnut scheme. (5th Feb 1947)
80th Soap rationing introduced. (7th Feb 1942)
80th World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Thailand. (6th Feb 1942)
100th The United Kingdom ends its protectorate over Egypt through a Unilateral Declaration of Independence. (28th Feb 1922)
100th Formal handing over of Beggars Bush Barracks takes place in Dublin, marking the first act of British military withdrawal from Ireland. (1st Feb 1922)
225th Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrender after the Last Invasion of Britain. (25th Feb 1797)
225th The Last Invasion of Britain begins near Fishguard, Wales. (22nd Feb 1797)
225th French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of Cape St. Vincent - John Jervis and Horatio Nelson lead the British Royal Navy to victory over a Spanish fleet in action near Gibraltar. (14th Feb 1797)
550th Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark. (20th Feb 1472)


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