All British Historical Anniversaries in June 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.

Anniversaries during June 2019

Note: This page lists ALL anniversaries, not just the key dates.
For that more useful list, click here.

AnniversaryDetails
554th Friar John Cor records the first known batch of scotch whisky. (1st Jun 1465)
486th Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen of England. (1st Jun 1533)
371st The Roundheads defeat the Cavaliers at the Battle of Maidstone in the Second English Civil War. (1st Jun 1648)
349th Charles II of Great Britain and Louis XIV of France sign the secret treaty of Dover, which will force England into the Third Anglo-Dutch War. (1st Jun 1670)
340th The Scottish Covenanters defeat John Graham of Claverhouse at the Battle of Drumclog. (1st Jun 1679)
225th The battle of the Glorious First of June is fought, the first naval engagement between Britain and France during the French Revolutionary Wars. (1st Jun 1794)
207th War of 1812: U.S. President James Madison asks the Congress to declare war on the United Kingdom. (1st Jun 1812)
188th James Clark Ross discovers the North Magnetic Pole. (1st Jun 1831)
109th Robert Falcon Scott's South Pole expedition leaves England. (1st Jun 1910)
97th The Royal Ulster Constabulary is founded. (1st Jun 1922)
76th BOAC Flight 777 is shot down over the Bay of Biscay by German Junkers Ju 88s, killing actor Leslie Howard and leading to speculation the downing was an attempt to kill British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. (1st Jun 1943)
57th The Pilkington Committee on Broadcasting concludes, among other things, that the British public did not want commercial radio broadcasting. (1st Jun 1962)
45th Flixborough disaster: an explosion at a chemical plant kills 28 people. (1st Jun 1974)
41st William Stern is declared bankrupt with debts of ?118 million, the largest bankruptcy in British history at the time. (1st Jun 1978)
35th British unemployment is at a record high of around 3,260,000 - though a higher percentage of the nation's workforce were unemployed during the Great Depression some 50 years ago. (1st Jun 1984)
155th Overarm bowling legalised in cricket (exact date uncertain). (1st Jun 1864)
80th Submarine HMS Thetis sinks during trials in Liverpool Bay. 99 men are lost. (1st Jun 1939)
9th The Strata, a 43-storey skyscraper at Elephant and Castle in London, that incorporates wind turbines into its structure, is completed. (1st Jun 2010)
81st the Bren light machine gun comes into service with the British Army. (1st Jun 1938)
21st The DVD format is released onto the UK market for the first time. Among the first set of titles released on the new format is Jumanji. (1st Jun 1998)
109th Charles Rolls, co-founder of Rolls-Royce Limited, becomes the first man to make a non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by plane. (2nd Jun 1910)
66th The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who is crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, the first major international event to be televised. (2nd Jun 1953)
354th James Stuart, Duke of York (later to become King James II of England) defeats the Dutch fleet off the coast of Lowestoft. (2nd Jun 1665)
82nd The Duke of Windsor marries Wallis Simpson. (2nd Jun 1937)
37th The Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom, Shlomo Argov, is shot on a London street. He survives but is permanently paralysed. (2nd Jun 1982)
57th Britain's first legal casino opens in Brighton, Sussex. (2nd Jun 1962)
81st The children's zoo at London Zoo is opened by Robert and Ted Kennedy, two of the sons of United States ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (2nd Jun 1938)
25th An RAF Chinook helicopter carrying more than twenty leading intelligence experts crashes on the Mull of Kintyre, killing everyone on board. (2nd Jun 1994)
9th Twelve people were killed and 25 injured after a gunman, identified as taxi driver Derrick Bird, went on a killing spree in the Whitehaven, Egremont and Seascale areas of Cumbria. He was found dead, having reportedly shot himself, in woodland at Boot. (2nd Jun 2010)
151st the first Trades Union Congress is held in Manchester. (2nd Jun 1868)
141st The Ottoman Empire cedes Cyprus to the United Kingdom but retains nominal title. (3rd Jun 1878)
106th Emily Davison, a suffragette, runs out in front of King George V's horse, Anmer, at the Epsom Derby. She is trampled, never regains consciousness and dies a few days later. (3rd Jun 1913)
182nd The London Hippodrome opens in Bayswater. (3rd Jun 1837)
10th Labour MP Hazel Blears, resigns from the Cabinet, placing increased pressure on the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown (3rd Jun 2009)
95th Gleneagles Hotel opens in Scotland. (3rd Jun 1924)
30th Television premier of animated film A Grand Day Out with Wallace and Gromit. (3rd Jun 1989)
3rd Seven people are reported killed and 48 injured in an attack by three Islamist extremists at London Bridge. (3rd Jun 2016)
41st Freddie Laker is knighted. (3rd Jun 1978)
91st John Logie Baird demonstrates the world's first colour television transmission. (3rd Jun 1928)
101st GPO raises postage rates: the ordinary letter rate is now 1?d., bringing an end to the Uniform Penny Post which has existed since 1840; and the rate for postcards doubles from ?d. to 1d. (3rd Jun 1918)
52nd British Midland flight G-ALHG crashes in Hopes Carr, Stockport, killing 72 passengers and crew. (4th Jun 1967)
17th The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh ride in the gold state coach from Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral for a special service marking the Queen's 50 years on the throne. (4th Jun 2002)
61st the Duke of Edinburgh's Award presented for the first time at Buckingham Palace. (4th Jun 1958)
56th British Secretary of State for War John Profumo resigns in a sex scandal known as the Profumo Affair. (5th Jun 1963)
44th The UK holds its first country-wide referendum, on remaining in the European Economic Community (EEC). (5th Jun 1975)
257th John Wilkes founds the radical newspaper The North Briton. (5th Jun 1762)
44th 67% of voters supported continued membership of the EEC in a referendum. (5th Jun 1975)
336th The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world's first university museum. (6th Jun 1683)
98th The Southwark Bridge in London, is opened for traffic by King George V and Queen Mary. (6th Jun 1921)
75th D-Day for the Normandy landings: 155,000 Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy in France, beginning Operation Overlord and the Invasion of Normandy. (6th Jun 1944)
104th Maida Vale station on the London Underground Bakerloo Line opens. (6th Jun 1915)
391st The Petition of Right, a major English constitutional document, is granted the Royal Assent by Charles I and becomes law. (7th Jun 1628)
157th The United States and the United Kingdom agree to suppress the slave trade. (7th Jun 1862)
113th Cunard Line's RMS Lusitania is launched at the John Brown Shipyard, Glasgow (Clydebank), Scotland. (7th Jun 1906)
79th King Haakon VII of Norway, Crown Prince Olav and the Norwegian government leave Tromsø and go into exile in London. (7th Jun 1940)
44th The inaugural Cricket World Cup begins in England. (7th Jun 1975)
35th 120 people are arrested when fighting breaks out outside the Houses of Parliament during a mass lobby by striking miners. (7th Jun 1984)
80th George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit New York City on the first visit to the United States by a reigning monarch. (7th Jun 1939)
51st start of Ford sewing machinists strike at the Dagenham assembly plant: women workers strike for pay comparable to that of men. (7th Jun 1968)
61st Ian Donald publishes an article in The Lancet which describes the diagnostic use of ultrasound. (7th Jun 1958)
1226th Vikings raid the abbey at Lindisfarne in Northumbria, commonly accepted as the beginning of the Scandinavian invasion of England. (8th Jun 0793)
614th Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York and Thomas Mowbray, Earl of Norfolk, are executed in York on Henry IV's orders. (8th Jun 1405)
70th George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is published. (8th Jun 1949)
37th Bluff Cove Air Attacks during the Falklands War: 56 British servicemen are killed by Argentine air attack on two landing ships : RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram. (8th Jun 1982)
45th Jon Pertwee left Doctor Who in the final episode of Planet of the Spiders citing the death of his close acting friend Roger Delgado (who played 'The Master') the previous year as the reason. (8th Jun 1974)
95th George Mallory and Andrew Irvine are last seen "going strong for the top" of Mount Everest by teammate Noel Odell at 12:50 PM. The two mountaineers are never seen alive again. (8th Jun 1924)
51st Martin Luther King, Jr.'s killer, James Earl Ray, arrested in London. (8th Jun 1968)
146th Alexandra Palace in London burns down after being open for only 16 days. (9th Jun 1873)
119th Birsa Munda, an important figure in the Indian independence movement, dies in British prison under mysterious circumstances. (9th Jun 1900)
61st Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport. (9th Jun 1958)
5th The teaching of creationism is banned from free schools and academies. (9th Jun 2014)
24th Andrew Richards, a 26-year-old serial sex offender of West Glamorgan, becomes the first person to be convicted of male rape under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. (9th Jun 1995)
44th Proceedings in Parliament were broadcast on radio for the first time. (9th Jun 1975)
154th Staplehurst rail crash in Kent: 10 killed, 49 injured; Charles Dickens is amongst the survivors. (9th Jun 1865)
61st the Queen officially reopens Gatwick Airport, which has been expanded at a cost of more than ?7,000,000. (9th Jun 1958)
300th Jacobite Rising: Battle of Glen Shiel. (10th Jun 1719)
190th The first Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge takes place. (10th Jun 1829)
23rd Peace talks begin in Northern Ireland without the participation of Sinn Féin. (10th Jun 1996)
17th The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom. (10th Jun 2002)
33rd Patrick Joseph Magee found guilty of the Brighton hotel bombing of 20 months ago and sentenced to life imprisonment. (10th Jun 1986)
36th Computer tycoon Clive Sinclair is knighted. (10th Jun 1983)
15th A rebranding of the Football League sees Division One become the Football League Championship, Division Two become League One and Division Three become League Two. (10th Jun 2004)
304th A Jacobite mob sacks Cross Street Chapel in Manchester, going on to destroy another at Monton. (10th Jun 1715)
51st National Health Service reintroduces prescription charges. (10th Jun 1968)
510th Henry VIII of England marries Catherine of Aragon. (11th Jun 1509)
112th George Dennett, aided by Gilbert Jessop, dismisses Northamptonshire for 12 runs, the lowest total in first-class cricket. (11th Jun 1907)
83rd The International Surrealist Exhibition opens in London, England. (11th Jun 1936)
47th The Eltham Well Hall rail crash, caused by an intoxicated train driver, kills six people and injures 126. (11th Jun 1972)
32nd The 1987 General Election sees Margaret Thatcher secure her third term in office. However, her majority is reduced to 102 compared to the 144-seat majority gained at the election four years ago. (11th Jun 1987)
31st Some 80,000 people attend a concert at Wembley Stadium in honour of Nelson Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid campaigner who turned 70 on that day and has been in prison since 1964. (11th Jun 1988)
15th The incumbent Ken Livingstone is announced as the winner of the election for Mayor of London. (11th Jun 2004)
15th Ken Livingstone is announced as the winner of the election for Mayor of London. (11th Jun 2004)
638th Peasants' Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath. (12th Jun 1381)
590th Joan of Arc leads the French army in their capture of the city and the English commander, William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk in the second day of the Battle of Jargeau. (12th Jun 1429)
354th England installs a municipal government in New York City (the former Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam). (12th Jun 1665)
130th 78 are killed in the Armagh rail disaster near Armagh in what is now Northern Ireland. (12th Jun 1889)
97th At Windsor Castle, King George V receives the colours of the six Irish regiments that are to be disbanded - the Royal Irish Regiment, the Connaught Rangers, the South Irish Horse, the Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment, the Royal Munster Fusiliers and the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. (12th Jun 1922)
40th Bryan Allen wins the second Kremer prize for a man powered flight across the English Channel in the Gossamer Albatross. (12th Jun 1979)
22nd Queen Elizabeth II reopens the Globe Theatre in London. (12th Jun 1997)
18th Robert Edward Dyer is sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment for attempting to extort money from a British supermarket chain through a letter bomb campaign. (12th Jun 2001)
33rd Derek Hatton, leader of Liverpool council, is expelled from the Labour Party for belonging to the Militant Tendency faction. (12th Jun 1986)
182nd Cooke and Wheatstone file their patent for the electrical telegraph. (12th Jun 1837)
646th Anglo-Portuguese Alliance between England (succeeded by the United Kingdom) and Portugal is the oldest alliance in the world which is still in force. (13th Jun 1373)
75th World War II: Germany launches a V1 Flying Bomb attack on England. Only four of the eleven bombs actually hit their targets. (13th Jun 1944)
38th At the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London, a teenager, Marcus Sarjeant, fires six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth II. (13th Jun 1981)
12th The Queen awards Sir Tim Berners-Lee the Order of Merit for his pioneering work on the world wide web. Salman Rushdie receives a knighthood, sparking protests in Iran and Pakistan (13th Jun 2007)
6th Dale Cregan is given a whole life tariff for the murders of four people, including two police officers. (13th Jun 2013)
126th the first British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship held at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club. (13th Jun 1893)
638th Richard II of England meets leaders of Peasants' Revolt on Blackheath. The Tower of London is stormed by rebels who enter without resistance (14th Jun 1381)
374th English Civil War: Battle of Naseby - 12,000 Royalist forces are beaten by 15,000 Parliamentarian soldiers. (14th Jun 1645)
197th Charles Babbage proposes a difference engine in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society entitled "Note on the application of machinery to the computation of astronomical and mathematical tables". (14th Jun 1822)
180th Henley Royal Regatta: the village of Henley-on-Thames, on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, stages its first Regatta. (14th Jun 1839)
37th The Falklands War ends: Argentine forces in the capital Stanley unconditionally surrender to British forces. (14th Jun 1982)
57th BBC television broadcasts the first series episode of the sitcom Steptoe and Son, written by Galton and Simpson. (14th Jun 1962)
10th The first Swine Flu related death in the United Kingdom is confirmed by the Scottish Government. (14th Jun 2009)
230th Mutiny on the Bounty survivors including Captain William Bligh and 18 others reach Timor after a nearly 4,000 mile journey in an open boat. (14th Jun 1789)
3rd A major fire engulfs Grenfell Tower in West London, with 71 fatalities eventually officially confirmed (16 November) and more than 70 people taken to hospital. (14th Jun 2016)
804th King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta. (15th Jun 1215)
110th Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference. (15th Jun 1909)
36th The first episode of historical sitcom Blackadder is broadcast on BBC One television. (15th Jun 1983)
25th Britain's railways grind to a virtual standstill with a strike by more than 4,000 signalling staff. (15th Jun 1994)
45th The Red Lion Square disorders saw members of the fascist National Front clash with counter-protesters in London's West End; 21-year-old Kevin Gateley, a university student, is killed. (15th Jun 1974)
112th Edgware Road station on the London Underground Bakerloo Line opens. (15th Jun 1907)
74th Parliament passes the Family Allowances Act to provide payments to families with children. (15th Jun 1945)
21st first general-circulation issue of a two pound coin, with a bi-metallic design (dated 1997). (15th Jun 1998)
31st five British soldiers are killed by the IRA in Lisburn. (15th Jun 1988)
433rd Mary, Queen of Scots, recognizes Philip II of Spain as her heir and successor. (16th Jun 1586)
240th Spain declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the Great Siege of Gibraltar begins. (16th Jun 1779)
183rd The formation of the London Working Men's Association gives rise to the Chartist Movement. (16th Jun 1836)
148th The University Tests Act allows students to enter the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham without religious tests (except for those intending to study theology). (16th Jun 1871)
136th The Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland, England kills 183 children. (16th Jun 1883)
104th Foundation of the British Women's Institute. (16th Jun 1915)
64th Submarine HMS Sidon sinks in Portland Harbour with the loss of thirteen crew following an explosion caused by a faulty torpedo on board. (16th Jun 1955)
104th Foundation of the British Women's Institute. (16th Jun 1915)
522nd Battle of Deptford Bridge - forces under King Henry VII defeat troops led by Michael An Gof. (17th Jun 1497)
440th Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England. (17th Jun 1579)
132nd Hammersmith Bridge opens in London. (17th Jun 1887)
45th A bomb exploded at the Houses of Parliament in London, damaging Westminster Hall. The IRA claimed responsibility. (17th Jun 1974)
14th The Ugandan-born bishop of Birmingham, John Sentamu is named the new Archbishop of York. He is the first ever black person to be appointed an Archbishop of the Church of England. (17th Jun 2005)
252nd Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sights Tahiti and is considered the first European to reach the island. (18th Jun 1767)
161st Charles Darwin receives a paper from Alfred Russel Wallace that includes nearly identical conclusions about evolution as Darwin's own, prompting Darwin to publish his theory. (18th Jun 1858)
79th "Finest Hour" speech by Winston Churchill. (18th Jun 1940)
74th William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) is charged with treason for his pro-German propaganda broadcasting during World War II. (18th Jun 1945)
47th Staines air disaster - 118 are killed when a plane crashes two minutes after take off from London Heathrow Airport. (18th Jun 1972)
35th A major clash between about 5,000 police and a similar number of miners takes place at Orgreave, South Yorkshire, during the 1984-1985 UK miners' strike. (18th Jun 1984)
32nd Unemployment has fallen below 3 million for the first time since late 1981 after the biggest monthly fall in unemployment since records began in 1948 seeing more than 100,000 of the unemployed find jobs in May. (18th Jun 1987)
10th MPs expenses are published online by Parliamentary authorities,[117] but the decision to black out many of the details leads to criticism. (18th Jun 2009)
54th The government announces plans for the introduction of a blood alcohol limit for drivers in its clampdown on drink-driving. (18th Jun 1965)
204th The Duke of Wellington wins a decisive victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. (18th Jun 1815)
81st Women's Voluntary Service founded to assist the Civil Defence Service. (18th Jun 1938)
713th The Earl of Pembroke's army defeats Bruce's Scottish army at the Battle of Methven. (19th Jun 1306)
433rd English colonists leave Roanoke Island, after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in North America. (19th Jun 1586)
58th Kuwait declares independence from the United Kingdom. (19th Jun 1961)
37th The body of "God's Banker", Roberto Calvi, chairman of Banco Ambrosiano, is found hanging beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London. (19th Jun 1982)
44th A coroner's court jury returned a verdict of wilful murder, naming Lord Lucan as the murderer, in the inquest on Sandra Rivett, the nanny who was found dead at his wife's London home seven months previously. (19th Jun 1975)
41st cricketer Ian Botham becomes the first man in the history of the game to score a century and take eight wickets in one innings of a Test match. (19th Jun 1978)
805th The University of Oxford receives its charter. (20th Jun 1214)
334th Monmouth Rebellion: James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth declares himself King of England at Bridgwater. (20th Jun 1685)
263rd A British garrison is imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta. (20th Jun 1756)
200th The U.S. vessel SS Savannah arrives at Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. She is the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, although most of the journey is made under sail. (20th Jun 1819)
182nd Queen Victoria succeeds to the British throne. (20th Jun 1837)
26th A high speed train makes the first journey from France to England via the Channel Tunnel, which will open to the public next year. (20th Jun 1993)
51st Austin Currie, Member of Parliament at Stormont in Northern Ireland, along with others, squats a house in Caledon to protest discrimination in housing allocations. (20th Jun 1968)
165th The first Victoria Cross is awarded during the bombardment of Bomarsund in the Åland Islands. (21st Jun 1854)
19th Section 28 (of the Local Government Act 1988), outlawing the 'promotion' of homosexuality in the United Kingdom, is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote. (21st Jun 2000)
26th Andrew Wiles announces a proof to Fermat's Last Theorem at the Isaac Newton Institute. The proof is slightly flawed, but Wiles announces a revised proof the following year. (21st Jun 1993)
30th Police arrest 250 people celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge. (21st Jun 1989)
254th The Isle of Man is brought under British control, the Isle of Man Purchase Act confirming HM Treasury's purchase of the feudal rights of the Dukes of Atholl as Lord of Mann over the island and revesting them into the British Crown. (21st Jun 1765)
71st Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine, the world's first stored-program computer, runs its first program. (21st Jun 1948)
212th In the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair, the British warship HMS Leopard attacks and boards the American frigate USS Chesapeake. (22nd Jun 1807)
194th The British Parliament abolishes feudalism and the seigneurial system in British North America. (22nd Jun 1825)
126th The Royal Navy battleship HMS Camperdown accidentally rams the British Mediterranean Fleet flagship HMS Victoria which sinks taking 358 crew with her, including the fleet's commander, Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon. (22nd Jun 1893)
112th The London Underground's Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway opens. (22nd Jun 1907)
108th George V and Mary of Teck are crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. (22nd Jun 1911)
35th Virgin Atlantic Airways launches with its first flight from London Heathrow Airport. (22nd Jun 1984)
97th IRA agents assassinate British field marshal Henry Wilson in Belgravia - assassins are sentenced to death 18 July. (22nd Jun 1922)
126th HMS Victoria, flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet, collides with HMS Camperdown and sinks in 10 minutes, Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon going down with it. (22nd Jun 1893)
10th Conservative MP John Bercow is elected as the 157th Speaker of the House of Commons. (22nd Jun 2009)
205th First cricket match is played at Lord's Cricket Ground in St John's Wood. (22nd Jun 1814)
24th John Major resigns as leader of the Conservative Party (but not as prime minister) triggering a leadership election. (22nd Jun 1995)
71st The ship Empire Windrush arrives in Britain with 500 Jamaican immigrants. (22nd Jun 1948)
71st An Order in Council removes the title of Emperor of India from the Royal Style and Titles, recognising the independence of India in 1947. (22nd Jun 1948)
705th First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn (south of Stirling) begins. (23rd Jun 1314)
487th Henry VIII and François I sign a secret treaty against Emperor Charles V. (23rd Jun 1532)
358th Marriage contract between Charles II of England and Catherine of Braganza. (23rd Jun 1661)
261st Seven Years' War: Battle of Krefeld - British forces defeat French troops at Krefeld in Germany. (23rd Jun 1758)
76th World War II: The British destroyers HMS Eclipse and HMS Laforey sink the Italian submarine Ascianghi in the Mediterranean after she torpedoes the cruiser HMS Newfoundland. (23rd Jun 1943)
46th A fire at a house in Hull, England which kills a six year old boy is passed off as an accident; it later emerges as the first of 26 deaths by fire caused over the next seven years by arsonist Peter Dinsdale. (23rd Jun 1973)
76th The "Battle" of Bamber Bridge: Trouble flares between black American soldiers and white military police stationed in the Lancashire town; one black soldier is killed. (23rd Jun 1943)
31st Three gay rights activists invade the BBC television studios during the six o'clock bulletin of the BBC News. (23rd Jun 1988)
131st London matchgirls strike of 1888 (date unclear) (23rd Jun 1888)
105th The Royal Naval Air Service is established. (23rd Jun 1914)
679th Hundred Years' War: Battle of Sluys - The French fleet is almost destroyed by the English Fleet commanded in person by King Edward III. (24th Jun 1340)
510th Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon are crowned King and Queen of England. (24th Jun 1509)
302nd The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London, England. (24th Jun 1717)
117th King Edward VII of the United Kingdom develops appendicitis, delaying his coronation. (24th Jun 1902)
38th The Humber Bridge is opened to traffic, connecting Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It would be the world's longest single-span suspension bridge for 17 years. (24th Jun 1981)
37th "The Jakarta Incident": British Airways Flight 9 flies into a cloud of volcanic ash thrown up by the eruption of Mount Galunggung, resulting in the failure of all four engines. (24th Jun 1982)
12th At a special Labour Party conference, Gordon Brown becomes leader of the party and Harriet Harman is elected Deputy Leader. (24th Jun 2007)
8th Household furnishings retailer Habitat goes into administration. (24th Jun 2011)
16th President Vladimir Putin becomes the first Russian head of state to make a state visit to the Britain since Tsar Alexander II in 1874. (24th Jun 2003)
45th The government admitted testing a nuclear weapon in the United States causing a rift in the Labour Party. (24th Jun 1974)
5th Former News of the World editor and Downing Street Director of Communications Andy Coulson is found guilty of conspiring to hack phones. (24th Jun 2014)
26th Northern Ireland Minister Michael Mates resigns over links with fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir. (24th Jun 1993)
12th Heavy flooding devastates the cities of Sheffield and Hull, causing at least three deaths. (25th Jun 2007)
133rd Crofters' Holdings Scotland Act grants security of tenure to crofters. (25th Jun 1886)
66th John Christie is sentenced to death for the murder of his wife. A total of eight bodies were found at Christie's home, 10 Rillington Place in Notting Hill, including those of the wife and daughter of Timothy Evans who was hanged in 1950 for their murder. (25th Jun 1953)
154th James Hudson Taylor founds the China Inland Mission at Brighton. (25th Jun 1865)
162nd The first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park, London. (26th Jun 1857)
110th The Science Museum in London comes into existence as an independent entity. (26th Jun 1909)
42nd The Yorkshire Ripper kills 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she is the first victim who is not a prostitute. (26th Jun 1977)
106th First woman magistrate appointed, Miss Emily Dawson, in London. (26th Jun 1913)
522nd Cornish rebels Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank are executed at Tyburn, London, England. (27th Jun 1497)
276th Battle of Dettingen: On the battlefield in Bavaria, George II personally leads troops into battle. The last time that a British monarch would command troops in the field. (27th Jun 1743)
52nd The world's first ATM is installed in Enfield Town, London. (27th Jun 1967)
119th The London Underground's Central Line opened by the Prince of Wales -- but the public will have to wait another month before they can use it. (27th Jun 1900)
91st 25 people killed in the Darlington rail crash. (27th Jun 1928)
558th Edward IV is crowned King of England. (28th Jun 1461)
181st Coronation of Victoria of the United Kingdom. (28th Jun 1838)
160th The first conformation dog show is held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. (28th Jun 1859)
71st Boxer Dick Turpin beats Vince Hawkins at Villa Park in Birmingham to become the first black British boxing champion in the modern era. (28th Jun 1948)
6th Moors murderer Ian Brady loses a legal challenge to be transferred from a psychiatric hospital back to prison. (28th Jun 2013)
406th The Globe Theatre in London, England burns to the ground. (29th Jun 1613)
375th Charles I of England defeats a Parliamentarian detachment at the Battle of Cropredy Bridge, the last battle won by an English King on English soil. (29th Jun 1644)
103rd The Irish Nationalist and British diplomat Sir Roger Casement is sentenced to death for his part in the Easter Rising. (29th Jun 1916)
12th Two car bombs are uncovered in central London but are defused before they can explode. (29th Jun 2007)
33rd Richard Branson beats the Atlantic speed record but is denied the Blue Riband award. (29th Jun 1986)
35th Control of London Transport is removed from the Greater London Council and transferred to London Regional Transport under terms of the London Regional Transport Act. (29th Jun 1984)
126th unveiling of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain (with its statue of Anteros), designed by Alfred Gilbert, at Piccadilly Circus in London. (29th Jun 1893)
151st the Press Association founded in London. (29th Jun 1868)
331st The Immortal Seven issue the Invitation to William (continuing the English rebellion from Rome), which would culminate in the Glorious Revolution. (30th Jun 1688)
159th The 1860 Oxford evolution debate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History takes place. (30th Jun 1860)
22nd The United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China. (30th Jun 1997)
8th The cheque guarantee card scheme – which ensures some cheques are honoured even if the account holder does not have sufficient funds in their account – was withdrawn today after operating for over 40 years. (30th Jun 2011)
12th A terrorist attack occurs at Glasgow International Airport. There are no civilian fatalities, but the perpetrator of the attack is seriously injured. (30th Jun 2007)
27th Margaret Thatcher takes her place in the House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher, nineteen months after resigning as Prime Minister. (30th Jun 1992)
133rd Royal Holloway College opened by Queen Victoria in Surrey. (30th Jun 1886)
182nd The use of the pillory as a punishment is abolished. (30th Jun 1837)
66th First roll-on/roll-off ferry crossing of the English Channel, Dover–Boulogne. (30th Jun 1953)
5th Following a trial at Southwark Crown Court, entertainer Rolf Harris is found guilty on 12 counts of indecent assault between 1968 and 1986. (30th Jun 2014)
26th Michael Hunt, former deputy chairman of Nissan UK, is jailed for eight years for his involvement in Britain's worst case of tax fraud. (30th Jun 1993)

 

 

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