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 January 2013

1st Former Royal Bank of Scotland CEO Fred Goodwin loses his knighthood as a result of the near collapse of the bank in 2008. (31st Jan 2012)
1st UK government debt has risen above £1 trillion for the first time. (24th Jan 2012)
1st Press TV, an English language news channel owned by the Iranian Government is forced off air in the United Kingdom after Ofcom revokes its broadcasting licence for breaching the terms of the Communications Act. (20th Jan 2012)
1st The Scottish Government announces that it plans to hold the referendum on Scottish independence in the autumn of 2014. (10th Jan 2012)
1st Five Muslim men go on trial at Derby Crown Court for calling for gay men to be killed, the first such prosecution under hate crime legislation. (10th Jan 2012)
1st After a trial based on new forensic evidence, Gary Dobson and David Norris are convicted of the racist murder of black London teenager Stephen Lawrence, who was killed in April 1993. (3rd Jan 2012)
5th The last deep coal mine in Wales, near Rhondda, closes. (25th Jan 2008)
5th British Airways Flight 38 crash lands just short of London Heathrow Airport in England with no fatalities. It is the first complete hull loss of a Boeing 777. (17th Jan 2008)
10th Richard Colvin Reid, the so-called "shoe bomber", sentenced to life imprisonment by a United States court (30th Jan 2003)
10th London's Central Line underground train crashes into the tunnel wall at Chancery Lane tube station in London, injuring 34 people. (25th Jan 2003)
10th Ian Carr, a 27-year-old banned driver with a total of 89 previous convictions), admits causing the death by dangerous driving of a six-year-old girl in Ashington, Northumberland - a crime which sparks widespread public and media outrage across Britain. (10th Jan 2003)
10th Police arrest seven suspects in connection with Wood Green ricin plot. (5th Jan 2003)
25th The last episode of the British TV series Yes, Prime Minister, entitled The Tangled Web, was broadcast. (28th Jan 1988)
25th Colin Pitchfork is sentenced to life imprisonment after admitting the rape and murder of two girls in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986, the first conviction for murder in the UK based on DNA fingerprinting evidence. (22nd Jan 1988)
25th Elizabeth Butler-Sloss becomes the first woman to be appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal. (19th Jan 1988)
30th Seatbelt use for drivers and front seat passengers becomes mandatory, 11 years after becoming compulsory equipment. (31st Jan 1983)
30th First British breakfast time television programme, Breakfast Time, broadcast by the BBC. (17th Jan 1983)
40th The Open University awarded its first degrees. (11th Jan 1973)
40th The UK is admitted into the European Community. (1st Jan 1973)
50th Double Agent Kim Philby disappears having defected to the Soviet Union. (23rd Jan 1963)
60th The North Sea flood of 1953 kills hundreds of people on the east coast of Britain. (31st Jan 1953)
70th World War II: British forces capture Tripoli from the Nazis. (23rd Jan 1943)
70th World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill begin the Casablanca Conference to discuss strategy and study the next phase of the war. (14th Jan 1943)
70th Post-war austerity "Utility furniture" goes on sale for the first time. (1st Jan 1943)
80th The London Underground map designed by Harry Beck is introduced to the public for the first time. (occurred at an unknown date in January) (1st Jan 1933)
90th Britain's Railways are grouped into the Big Four: LNER, GWR, SR, and LMS. (1st Jan 1923)
100th The United Kingdom's House of Lords rejects the Irish Home Rule Bill. (30th Jan 1913)
100th The British Board of Film Censors receives the authority to classify and censor films. (1st Jan 1913)
125th The Lawn Tennis Association is founded. (26th Jan 1888)
150th The London Underground, the world's oldest underground railway, opens between London Paddington station and Farringdon station. (10th Jan 1863)
175th A fire destroys Lloyd's Coffee House and the Royal Exchange in London. (10th Jan 1838)
200th Pride and Prejudice is first published in the United Kingdom. (28th Jan 1813)
225th First edition of The Times of London, previously The Daily Universal Register, is published. (1st Jan 1788)


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