Major Historical Anniversaries in April 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 April 2019

AnniversaryDetails
5th Following a trial at Southwark Crown Court, publicist Max Clifford is convicted of eight indecent assaults on women and girls. (28th Apr 2014)
5th Maria Miller resigns of Culture Secretary following a row over her expenses, describing her decision as "the right thing to do". (9th Apr 2014)
10th The British Military's operation in Iraq officially ends after six years of combat. The Basra Province is handed over to American forces in a special ceremony, ahead of the withdrawal of British troops in the summer. (30th Apr 2009)
10th Gordon Brown's special adviser Damian McBride resigns his position after it emerges that he and Derek Draper, had discussed plans to smear Conservative Party politicians with a series of false stories about their private lives. (11th Apr 2009)
10th A Super Puma helicopter crashes in the North Sea whilst transporting oil-rig workers. All 16 people on board, 14 passengers and 2 crew, are killed. (1st Apr 2009)
10th Protests are held across London ahead of the following day's G-20 summit. Police report 63 arrests across the city. The Metropolitan Police later announce that Ian Tomlinson died of a heart-attack during the protests. (1st Apr 2009)
25th Rosemary West, 40-year-old wife of suspected serial killer Fred West, is charged with three of the murders her husband stands accused of. (28th Apr 1994)
30th The Sun newspaper causes great controversy with claims that spectators stole money from the injured and dead, and that several police officers were assaulted when helping victims. (19th Apr 1989)
30th A human crush occurs at Hillsborough Stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday, in the FA Cup Semi Final, resulting in the deaths of 96 Liverpool F.C. fans. (15th Apr 1989)
30th The government announces an end to the legislation which effectively guarantees secure work for more than 9,000 dockers over the remainder of their working lives. (6th Apr 1989)
30th Margaret Thatcher's new local government tax, the Community Charge (commonly known as the "poll tax"), is introduced in Scotland. (1st Apr 1989)
40th London Underground's Jubilee Line is opened by the Prince of Wales -- although passenger journeys started the following day. (30th Apr 1979)
50th British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completes the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world. (22nd Apr 1969)
50th The first British-built Concorde 002 makes its maiden flight from Filton to RAF Fairford. (9th Apr 1969)
50th The Hawker Siddeley Harrier enters service with the Royal Air Force. (1st Apr 1969)
70th Twelve nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. (4th Apr 1949)
75th Allied convoy T4, forming part of amphibious Exercise Tiger (a full-scale rehearsal for the Normandy landings) in Start Bay off the Devon coast, is attacked by E-boats, resulting in the deaths of 749 American servicemen. (28th Apr 1944)
80th Military Training Act (coming into force 3 June) introduces conscription; men aged 20 and 21 must undertake six months military training. (27th Apr 1939)
90th RMS Queen Mary is ordered from John Brown & Company Shipbuilding and Engineering by Cunard Line. (3rd Apr 1929)

 

 

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