Major Historical Anniversaries in April 2021

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 2021

5th The 2016 Dog Microchipping Legislation comes into force, requiring every dog in England, Scotland and Wales to be micro-chipped if they are over eight weeks old. (This law had already been introduced in Northern Ireland, in 2012). (6th Apr 2016)
10th Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton married in Westminster Abbey. A public holiday celebrated the day, which in conjunction with the May Bank Holiday, made a four-day weekend. (29th Apr 2011)
10th The Competition Commission released their investigation order designed to prevent future mis-selling of payment protection insurance in the United Kingdom (PPI); most rules came into force in October. (6th Apr 2011)
10th As part of the British government's package of welfare reforms, starting from this date the one-and-a-half million people in the United Kingdom who were claiming incapacity benefit began to receive letters asking them to attend a work capability assessment. The tests are part of government plans to reduce the number of long-term claimants and will take until 2014 to complete. (4th Apr 2011)
10th The UK's last circus elephant retired. (3rd Apr 2011)
10th The Daily Sport and Sunday Sport tabloid newspapers ceased publication and entered administration. (1st Apr 2011)
20th Perry Wacker, a Dutch lorry driver, is jailed for 14 years for the manslaughter of 58 Chinese illegal immigrants who were found suffocated in his lorry at Dover ferry port in June last year. (5th Apr 2001)
70th The Stone of Scone, the stone upon which Scottish monarchs were traditionally crowned, is found on the site of the altar of Arbroath Abbey. It had been taken by Scottish nationalist students from its place in Westminster Abbey. (11th Apr 1951)
100th Black Friday: mine owners announce more wage and price cuts, leading to the threat of a strike all across England. (15th Apr 1921)
275th The Battle of Culloden is fought between the French-supported Jacobites and the British Hanoverian forces commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, in Scotland after the battle many highland traditions were banned and the Highlands of Scotland were cleared of inhabitants. (15th Apr 1746)
300th Sir Robert Walpole enters office as the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom under King George I. (4th Apr 1721)
400th The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to Great Britain. (5th Apr 1621)
550th The Yorkists under Edward IV defeat the Lancastrians under the Earl of Warwick at the Battle of Barnet; the Earl is killed and Edward IV resumes the throne. (14th Apr 1471)


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