Major Historical Anniversaries in April 2020

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 2020

1st The hottest Easter Monday on record in all four nations of the UK is confirmed by the Met Office, with 25??C (77??F) reported at Heathrow, Northolt and Wisley. (22nd Apr 2019)
1st 29-year-old journalist and author Lyra McKee is shot dead amid rioting in Derry, Northern Ireland, with police treating it as a "terrorist incident" and suspecting the New IRA. (18th Apr 2019)
1st Demonstrations by the climate change activist group Extinction Rebellion cause disruption in central London, blocking roads and resulting in over 1,000 arrests, with 53 people charged for various offences. A "pause" in the protest is announced on 21 April, although the group continues to base itself in Marble Arch. (17th Apr 2019)
1st Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage launches the Brexit Party. (12th Apr 2019)
1st WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is arrested after seven years of living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. (11th Apr 2019)
1st The UK and the EU agree an Article 50 extension to 31 October 2019. No reopening of the withdrawal agreement negotiations is allowed and the UK "must hold the elections to the European Parliament" on 23 May, or it will be forced to leave on 1 June 2019. (10th Apr 2019)
1st Department store Debenhams goes into administration, after a last-ditch rescue offer from Mike Ashley's Sports Direct was rejected. (9th Apr 2019)
1st London's Ultra-Low Emission Zone comes into effect. (8th Apr 2019)
5th A blaze causes extensive damage at Clandon Park, a stately home in Surrey. (29th Apr 2015)
5th An estimated ?200,000,000 worth of jewels are stolen from Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd, Hatton Garden central London, in a meticulously-planned heist that takes place over the Easter bank holiday weekend. CCTV footage later emerges, at the website of UK newspaper the Daily Mirror, showing the thieves dressed as building workers and using wheelie bins. (7th Apr 2015)
5th English Heritage begins to operate as a charitable trust to manage the nation's portfolio of historic properties, while Historic England is formed to take on its previous functions in statutory planning, advice on and protection of the historic built environment. (1st Apr 2015)
10th The prime minister, Gordon Brown, visited Buckingham Palace to seek The Queen's permission to dissolve Parliament on 12 April, triggering a general election on 6 May. (6th Apr 2010)
75th The first Scottish National Party Member of Parliament, Robert McIntyre, is elected to the Parliament of the United Kingdom after his victory at the Motherwell by-election. (13th Apr 1945)
75th Administration of Estates Act abolishes the legal rule of primogeniture in England and Wales and the remnants of gavelkind in Kent. (9th Apr 1945)
90th The United Kingdom, Japan and the United States sign the London Naval Treaty regulating submarine warfare and limiting shipbuilding. (22nd Apr 1930)
90th BBC Radio announces that there is no news on that day. (18th Apr 1930)
125th Oscar Wilde is arrested in the Cadogan Hotel, London after losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry. (6th Apr 1895)
125th Trial of the libel case instigated by Oscar Wilde begins, eventually resulting in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality. (3rd Apr 1895)
700th The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath. (6th Apr 1320)


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