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

Major Historical Anniversaries in March 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 March 2024

5th Hundreds of thousands of protesters flock to London for the second People's Vote march, asking the UK Government for a second referendum on leaving the EU and to permanently revoke Article 50. (23rd Mar 2019)
5th The Speaker, John Bercow, quoting a parliamentary rule dating back to 1604, declares that a third "meaningful vote" on the Brexit deal cannot proceed unless it contains substantial changes. Ministers warn of a "constitutional crisis", with just eleven days until the UK is due to leave the EU. (18th Mar 2019)
5th Chancellor Philip Hammond says that gas heating for new houses will be banned by 2025, although gas hobs will still be allowed. (13th Mar 2019)
10th The first gay weddings take place in England and Wales following a change in the law in 2013 allowing same-sex marriage. (29th Mar 2014)
20th Architect Zaha Hadid becomes the first female recipient of the Pritzker Prize. (21st Mar 2004)
50th The government re-established direct rule over Northern Ireland after declaring a state of emergency. (29th Mar 1974)
50th Ian Ball attempts, but fails, to kidnap Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips in The Mall, outside Buckingham Palace, London. (20th Mar 1974)
50th Ten miners died in a methane gas explosion at Golborne Colliery near Wigan, Lancashire. (10th Mar 1974)
50th Ted Heath failed to convince the Liberals to form a coalition and announced his resignation as prime minister, paving the way for Harold Wilson to become prime minister for the second time as Labour formed a minority government. (4th Mar 1974)
60th Violent disturbances between Mods and Rockers at Clacton beach. (30th Mar 1964)
60th Pirate radio station Radio Caroline begins broadcasting. (28th Mar 1964)
60th The government announces plans to build three new towns in South East England to act as overspill for overpopulated London. One of these is centred around the village of Milton Keynes in north Buckinghamshire (19th Mar 1964)
70th Closed since 1939, the London bullion market reopens. (22nd Mar 1954)
80th Lifting of prohibition on married women working as teachers. (10th Mar 1944)
90th The driving test is introduced in the United Kingdom. (26th Mar 1934)
175th The UK annexes the Punjab. (29th Mar 1849)
200th First Burmese War: The British officially declare war on Burma. (5th Mar 1824)


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