Major Historical Anniversaries in April 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 April 2022

AnniversaryDetails
5th Britain goes a full day without using coal power to generate electricity for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, according to the National Grid. (21st Apr 2017)
5th Prime Minister Theresa May calls a snap general election for 8 June. (18th Apr 2017)
10th 30-year-old Claire Squires collapses and dies while running the London Marathon, the tenth death in the race's history. She had planned to raise ?500 for The Samaritans, but within a day members of the public have donated ?219,000. The end of the year would see this total rise to nearly ?1M. (22nd Apr 2012)
10th Transport for London bans an advertising campaign due to run on buses by a Christian group; which was suggesting that gay people could be cured by therapy. (12th Apr 2012)
50th The Brighton Belle Pullman car train makes its last journey from London to Brighton. (30th Apr 1972)
60th Commonwealth Immigrants Act in the United Kingdom removes free immigration from the citizens of member states of the Commonwealth of Nations, requiring proof of employment in the UK. (18th Apr 1962)
60th James Hanratty is hanged at Bedford Prison for the A6 murder, despite protestations from many people who believed he was innocent, and the late introduction of witnesses who claimed to have seen him in Rhyl, North Wales, on the day of the murder. (4th Apr 1962)
60th The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London. (1st Apr 1962)
70th University of Southampton chartered, first post-war university established. (29th Apr 1952)
75th In the largest non-nuclear single explosive detonation in history, the Royal Navy sets off 6,800 tonnes of surplus ammunition in an attempt to destroy Heligoland, Germany. (17th Apr 1947)
75th How Does Your Garden Grow? first broadcast on BBC Radio, better known as Gardeners' Question Time. (9th Apr 1947)
75th The private healthcare firm BUPA founded. (3rd Apr 1947)
75th Raising of school leaving age to 15. (1st Apr 1947)
90th Benny Rothman leads the mass trespass of Kinder Scout, leading to substantial legal reforms in the United Kingdom. (24th Apr 1932)
90th New Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opens in Stratford-upon-Avon. Designed by Elisabeth Scott, it is the country's first important work by a woman architect. (23rd Apr 1932)
100th The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation. (24th Apr 1922)

 

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