Major Historical Anniversaries in October 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 October 2020

5th Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held in Guantanamo Bay, lands in the UK, having been detained for 13 years. (30th Oct 2015)
5th Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, becomes the first woman to take her seat as a bishop in the House of Lords. (26th Oct 2015)
5th A "significant and sustained" cyber-attack is made on the website of telecoms firm TalkTalk, with personal and banking details of up to four million customers being accessed. (23rd Oct 2015)
5th The voting rights of Scottish MPs are to be restricted after the government wins a vote on its 'English votes for English lawsí (Evel) plans. (21st Oct 2015)
5th England becomes the last UK country to introduce a 5p charge for plastic carrier bags at supermarkets. (5th Oct 2015)
5th A new law banning smoking in vehicles carrying children comes into force in England and Wales. (1st Oct 2015)
20th Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack. (17th Oct 2000)
25th The BBC begins regular Digital Audio Broadcasting, from the Crystal Palace transmitting station. (27th Oct 1995)
25th The Skye Bridge is opened. (16th Oct 1995)
40th As part of the Holy See - United Kingdom relations a British monarch makes the first state visit to the Vatican (17th Oct 1980)
60th Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. (30th Oct 1960)
75th Piccadilly Circus tube station becomes the first to be lit by fluorescent light. (2nd Oct 1945)
80th The Battle of Britain ends - the United Kingdom prevents a possible German invasion. (31st Oct 1940)
80th Balham subway station disaster, in London, England, occurs during the Nazi Luftwaffe air raids on Great Britain. (14th Oct 1940)
80th During a night-time air raid by the German Luftwaffe, St. Paul's Cathedral in the City of London, England is hit by a bomb. (9th Oct 1940)
90th British Airship R101 crashes in France en-route to India on its maiden voyage. (5th Oct 1930)
100th After 74 days on Hunger Strike in Brixton Prison, England, the Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney died. (25th Oct 1920)
125th The first individual time trial for racing cyclists is held on a 50-mile course north of London. (5th Oct 1895)
550th Henry VI of England returns to the English throne after Earl of Warwick defeats the Yorkists in battle. (30th Oct 1470)


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