Major Historical Anniversaries in August 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 August 2020

AnniversaryDetails
5th British IT consultant Chris Norman is awarded the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest decoration, for his bravery in the 2015 Thalys train attack in France. (24th Aug 2015)
5th An RAF Hawker Hunter crashes into vehicles on the A27 near Shoreham in West Sussex during the Shoreham Airshow; eleven people are killed and fourteen injured. (22nd Aug 2015)
5th The London Borough of Lambeth becomes the first council in the United Kingdom to ban the use of laughing gas for recreational use. (17th Aug 2015)
5th A second transport workers' strike causes chaos in London, with the entire London Underground network shut down. (6th Aug 2015)
5th Singer and television star Cilla Black, whose showbiz career spanned over 50 years, dies at her villa in Spain, at the age of 72. (1st Aug 2015)
10th The last episode of The Bill, the longest-running police procedural television series in the United Kingdom, is aired on ITV1. (31st Aug 2010)
25th Middlesbrough F.C. move into their new 30,000-seat Riverside Stadium, to replace Ayresome Park which had been their home since 1903. (26th Aug 1995)
70th Korean War: British troops arrive in Korea to bolster the US presence there. (29th Aug 1950)
75th George Orwell's Animal Farm published. (17th Aug 1945)
75th In the House of Commons, Leader of the Opposition Winston Churchill speaks of an "Iron Curtain" descending across Europe. (16th Aug 1945)
75th V-J Day is celebrated in the UK. (15th Aug 1945)
75th The Giles family cartoon first appears in the Sunday Express. (5th Aug 1945)
80th British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes the fourth of his famous wartime speeches, containing the line "Never was so much owed by so many to so few". (20th Aug 1940)
90th The last 36 remaining inhabitants of St Kilda are voluntarily evacuated to other parts of Scotland. (29th Aug 1930)
100th London Underground's Central Line starts carrying passengers between Wood Lane and Ealing Broadway. (3rd Aug 1920)
150th Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opens in London. (1st Aug 1870)
250th James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales. (21st Aug 1770)
275th Prince Charles Edward Stuart raises his standard in Glenfinnan - the start of the Second Jacobite Rebellion, known as "the 45". (19th Aug 1745)
400th The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach North America. (5th Aug 1620)

 

Alternatively, see all anniversaries for this month.

Or... select a different date below:

Previous Month

Next Month