Major Historical Anniversaries in September 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 September 2020

AnniversaryDetails
1st The 11 justices of the Supreme Court rule unanimously that the prorogation brought forward by Boris Johnson is both justiciable and unlawful, and therefore null and of no effect. (24th Sep 2019)
1st Travel company Thomas Cook collapses after 178 years in business, triggering the largest ever peacetime repatriation as 150,000 holidaymakers are left stranded. (23rd Sep 2019)
1st An article in the Sunday Times accuses Prime Minister Boris Johnson of misconduct in office while Mayor of London, alleging that US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri received favourable treatment with the awarding of grants to her company because of her friendship with Johnson. (22nd Sep 2019)
5th Jeremy Corbyn is elected as the new leader of the Labour Party, with Tom Watson as deputy leader. (12th Sep 2015)
5th MPs reject plans for a right to die in England and Wales in their first vote on the issue in almost twenty years. (11th Sep 2015)
10th Ed Miliband is elected to become Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, narrowly beating his brother David in the final round of the leadership contest. (25th Sep 2010)
10th The Thanet Wind Farm is officially opened by Liberal Democrat MP Chris Huhne and Oystein Loseth - head of Swedish firm Vatenfall, who built the turbines, at a cost of ?750 million over two years. (23rd Sep 2010)
10th Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Edinburgh to start a four-day state visit to Britain - its first papal visit since that of his predecessor Pope John Paul II in 1982. He meets with the Queen and on 19 September officially proclaims the beatification of John Henry Newman in Birmingham. (16th Sep 2010)
10th The government unveils plans to privatise Royal Mail. (10th Sep 2010)
10th Former Prime Minister Tony Blair's memoirs, A Journey, are published, containing criticisms of his successor, Gordon Brown, claiming that Brown could be "maddening" and is "lacking emotional intelligence". (1st Sep 2010)
50th The first Glastonbury Festival is held at Michael Eavis's farm in Glastonbury, United Kingdom. (19th Sep 1970)
75th The Bourne End rail crash, in Hertfordshire, England, kills 43 (30th Sep 1945)
75th Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) is sentenced to death in London. (19th Sep 1945)
80th World War II: The climax of the Battle of Britain, when the Royal Air Force shoots down large numbers of Luftwaffe aircraft. (15th Sep 1940)
80th World War II: German bombs damage Buckingham Palace. (13th Sep 1940)
80th World War II: The Blitz - Nazi Germany begins to rain bombs on London. This will be the first of 57 consecutive nights of bombing. (7th Sep 1940)
100th The Fountain of Time opens as a tribute to the 100 years of peace between the United States and Great Britain following the Treaty of Ghent. (1st Sep 1920)
225th The first occupation by United Kingdom of Cape Colony, South Africa with the Battle of Hout Bay, after successive victories at the Battle of Muizenberg and Wynberg, after William V requested protection against revolutionary France's occupation of the Netherlands. (16th Sep 1795)
275th Battle of Prestonpans: A Hanoverian army under the command of Sir John Cope is defeated, in ten minutes, by the Jacobite forces of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (21st Sep 1745)
400th The Mayflower starts her voyage to North America (16th Sep 1620)

 

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