Major Historical Anniversaries in October 2019

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 October 2019

10th The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom takes over the judicial functions of the House of Lords. (1st Oct 2009)
20th Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament. (26th Oct 1999)
20th The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London kills 31 people. (5th Oct 1999)
30th The convictions of the Guildford Four are quashed by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, after they had spent 15 years in prison. (19th Oct 1989)
40th The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams is published. (12th Oct 1979)
50th The UK introduces the British fifty-pence coin, which replaces, over the following years, the British ten-shilling note, in anticipation of the decimalization of the British currency in 1971, and the abolition of the shilling as a unit of currency anywhere in the world. (14th Oct 1969)
50th The first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC. (5th Oct 1969)
50th Concorde breaks the sound barrier for the first time. (1st Oct 1969)
80th World War II: First attack on British territory by the German Luftwaffe. (16th Oct 1939)
80th The German submarine U-47 sinks the British battleship HMS Royal Oak within her harbour at Scapa Flow, Scotland. (14th Oct 1939)
150th Girton College, Cambridge is founded, becoming England's first residential college for women. (16th Oct 1869)



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