Major Historical Anniversaries in August 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 August 2021

5th The Airlander 10 hybrid airship, the world's largest aircraft at 92?m (302?ft) in length and 38,000 m? (1,300,000 cu ft) in volume, has its maiden civilian flight in Bedfordshire. (17th Aug 2016)
5th The world's largest ever wind farm, consisting of 300 turbines producing 1.8 gigawatts of clean energy, is approved for construction off the Yorkshire coast. (16th Aug 2016)
5th Permission is given to enlarge the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks in northern England. (1st Aug 2016)
10th A pilot died when an RAF Red Arrows aeroplane crashed at the Bournemouth Air Festival following a display. (20th Aug 2011)
10th The Royal Navy appointed its first female warship commander. Lieutenant Commander Sarah West, 39, will take control of HMS Portland in May 2012. (8th Aug 2011)
10th The 2011 English riots began. (6th Aug 2011)
10th Downing Street launched a new e-petition website to encourage the public to prompt parliamentary debate on topics they feel are important. Several of the initial petitions concerned proposals for and against restoring the death penalty, last used in the UK in 1964. (4th Aug 2011)
20th The government takes an unprecedented step with the ?27million nationalisation of a private hospital near Harley Street in London. (7th Aug 2001)
20th Oxford United move into their new 12,500-seat Kassam Stadium near the city's Blackbird Leys estate. Work on the stadium had started in 1996 but halted the following year due to the club's financial problems. The stadium will initially have three stands but a fourth stand could be built in the future to take the capacity to 15,000. (4th Aug 2001)
50th The Troubles: The British security forces in Northern Ireland launch Operation Demetrius. Hundreds of people are arrested and interned, thousands are displaced, and twenty are killed in the violence that followed. (9th Aug 1971)
75th League football resumes, having been suspended during World War II. (31st Aug 1946)
75th The Arts Council is incorporated by Royal Charter. (9th Aug 1946)
75th Family allowance introduced, a cash benefit paid to mothers. (6th Aug 1946)
75th Free milk provided in UK state schools to all pupils under the age of 18. (6th Aug 1946)
75th The establishment of a National Land Fund to secure culturally significant property for the nation as a memorial to the dead of World War II. (1st Aug 1946)
80th First official 'Shetland bus' clandestine mission using Norwegian fishing boats between Shetland and German-occupied Norway. (30th Aug 1941)
80th National Fire Service established. (18th Aug 1941)
80th HMS Mercury Royal Navy Signals School and Combined Signals School opens at Leydene, near Petersfield, Hampshire. (16th Aug 1941)
80th Corporal Josef Jakobs is executed by firing squad at the Tower of London at 7:12 am, making him the last person to be executed at the Tower for treason. (15th Aug 1941)
80th World War II - Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt sign the Atlantic Charter of war stating postwar aims. (14th Aug 1941)
80th Dudley suffers five fatalities when a second landmine is dropped in the town. (12th Aug 1941)
90th Resignation of the United Kingdom's Second Labour Government. Formation of the UK National Government. (24th Aug 1931)
100th British airship R-38 experiences structural failure over Hull in England and crashes in the Humber estuary. Of her 49 British and American training crew, only 4 survive. (23rd Aug 1921)


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