Major Historical Anniversaries in July 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 July 2022

5th The government announces that a rise in the State Pension age to 68 will be phased in between 2037 and 2039, rather than from 2044 as was originally planned. This will affect 6 million men and women currently aged between 39 and 47 years old. (19th Jul 2017)
5th A gay man, John Walker, wins a landmark ruling at the Supreme Court, giving his husband the same pension rights as a wife would receive. (12th Jul 2017)
5th The government announces more than ?100?million of investment in the UK's space sector. (11th Jul 2017)
5th The Lake District becomes an officially recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site. (9th Jul 2017)
10th London hosts the 2012 Summer Olympics, beginning with an opening ceremony, and making the UK capital the first city to host the Games for a third time. The closing ceremony is on 12 August. (27th Jul 2012)
10th The Trades Union Congress confirms the appointment of its first female General Secretary. Frances O'Grady will take up the role at the end of the year. (10th Jul 2012)
10th The Shard, the tallest building in Europe and the tallest habitable free-standing structure in the UK at 309.6 metres (1,016?ft), is officially opened. (5th Jul 2012)
20th Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art opens in the converted Baltic Flour Mill at Gateshead. (13th Jul 2002)
20th Ribble Link waterway opened for leisure traffic. (12th Jul 2002)
20th John Taylor, a 46-year-old postman from Bramley in Leeds, is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 16-year-old Leanne Tiernan. Leanne was last seen alive in Leeds City Centre on 26 November 2000 and her body was found in the Yorkshire countryside nine months later. Police believed that Taylor may have been responsible for other unsolved sex attacks and murders in the Yorkshire area, and the trial judge has warned Taylor to expect to spend the rest of his life in prison. (8th Jul 2002)
20th The Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, designed by Daniel Libeskind, opens. (5th Jul 2002)
20th Decapitation of a statue of Margaret Thatcher: a man decapitates a statue of the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on display at the Guildhall Art Gallery in London. (3rd Jul 2002)
20th London City Hall is opened on the south bank of the River Thames, designed by Norman Foster. (1st Jul 2002)
20th Rochdale Canal, crossing the Pennines, reopened throughout for leisure traffic. (1st Jul 2002)
50th Operation Motorman: British troops move into the no-go areas of Belfast and Derry, Northern Ireland. End of Free Derry. (31st Jul 1972)
50th Bloody Friday bombings by the Provisional IRA around Belfast, Northern Ireland - 22 bombs are detonated, killing 9 and seriously injuring 130. (21st Jul 1972)
50th Dhofar Rebellion: British SAS units help the Omani government against Popular Front for the Liberation of Oman rebels in the Battle of Mirbat. (19th Jul 1972)
50th The Troubles: In Belfast, British Army snipers shoot five civilians dead in the Springhill Massacre. (9th Jul 1972)
50th The first Gay Pride march in England takes place. (1st Jul 1972)
60th In an unprecedented action, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan dismisses seven members of his Cabinet, marking the effective end of the National Liberals as a distinct force within British politics. (13th Jul 1962)
60th The Rolling Stones perform their first ever concert, at the Marquee Club in London. (12th Jul 1962)
60th First transatlantic satellite television transmission. (11th Jul 1962)
90th Hedley Verity takes a cricket world record 10 wickets for 10 runs in a county match for Yorkshire (12th Jul 1932)
200th Chippewas turn over a huge tract of land in Ontario to the United Kingdom. (8th Jul 1822)
225th Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Battle between Spanish and British naval forces during the French Revolutionary Wars. During the Battle, Rear-Admiral Nelson is wounded in the arm and the arm had to be partially amputated. (22nd Jul 1797)


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