Major Historical Anniversaries in November 2018

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 November 2018

AnniversaryDetails
5th Eight people are killed and 19 seriously injured after a police helicopter crashes into The Clutha pub in Glasgow. (29th Nov 2013)
5th Firefighters in England and Wales stage a four and a half-hour strike in a row over pension ages, as contingency crews battle a large scrapyard blaze in London. (1st Nov 2013)
10th RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) sets sail on her final voyage to Dubai. (11th Nov 2008)
10th Lewis Hamilton became the youngest ever Formula One World Champion. (5th Nov 2008)
20th Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's parliament. (26th Nov 1998)
20th the Queen's Speech is interrupted by MPs and peers, when the Queen began to outlay the government's plan to abolish the rights of 700 hereditary peers to sit and vote in the House of Lords. (24th Nov 1998)
20th Capital punishment in the United Kingdom, already abolished for murder, is completely abolished for all remaining capital offences. (9th Nov 1998)
25th TV entertainer Roy Castle announces that he is suffering from a recurrence of the lung cancer which he was believed to have overcome one year ago. (25th Nov 1993)
25th Graham Taylor resigns as manager of the England football team after three years in charge. (24th Nov 1993)
25th Rachel Whiteread wins both the £20,000 Turner Prize award for best British modern artist and the £40,000 K Foundation art award for the worst artist of the year. (23rd Nov 1993)
25th M40 minibus crash: In the early hours of the morning, ten children and a woman teacher from Hagley RC High School in Worcestershire are killed in a minibus crash on the M40 motorway near Warwick. An eleventh child dies in hospital several hours later (18th Nov 1993)
25th Princess Diana sues the Daily Mirror over photographs that were taken of her at a gym. (9th Nov 1993)
25th The Women's Royal Naval Service is disbanded, its members being fully absorbed into the regular Royal Navy. (1st Nov 1993)
30th A government report reveals that up to 50,000 people in Britain may be HIV positive, and that by the end of 1992 up to 17,000 people may have died from AIDS. (30th Nov 1988)
30th A bronze statue of former prime minister Clement Attlee, who died in 1967, is unveiled outside Limehouse Library in London by fellow former prime minister Harold Wilson. (30th Nov 1988)
30th A government report reveals that up to 50,000 people in Britain may be HIV positive, and that by the end of 1992, up to 17,000 people may have died from AIDS. (30th Nov 1988)
30th Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 prohibits civilian ownership of virtually all semi-automatic firearms from January 1989, in response to the Hungerford massacre of 1987. (15th Nov 1988)
30th The government unveils plans for a new identity card scheme in an attempt to clamp down on football hooliganism. (9th Nov 1988)
30th Victor Miller is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 14-year-old Stuart Gough in Worcestershire earlier this year, with a recommendation by the trial judge that he is not considered for parole for at least thirty years. (2nd Nov 1988)
40th An industrial dispute closes down The Times newspaper (until 12 November 1979). (30th Nov 1978)
40th Many British bakeries impose bread rationing after a baker's strike led to panic buying of bread. (4th Nov 1978)
40th Dominica gains its independence from the United Kingdom. (3rd Nov 1978)
50th the Trade Descriptions Act comes into force, preventing shops and traders from describing goods in a misleading way. (30th Nov 1968)
50th the Dawley New Town (Designation) Amendment (Telford) Order extends the boundaries of Dawley New Town in Shropshire and renames it Telford. (29th Nov 1968)
50th the Race Relations Act is passed, making it illegal to refuse housing, employment or public services to people in Britain because of their ethnic background. (26th Nov 1968)
50th the Cyril Lord carpet business goes into receivership. (21st Nov 1968)
50th James Watt Street fire: A warehouse fire in Glasgow kills 22. (18th Nov 1968)
50th British European Airways introduces the BAC One-Eleven into commercial service. (17th Nov 1968)
60th the Austin FX4 London taxi goes on sale, it will remain in production until 1997. (25th Nov 1958)
60th exhibition of computers held at Earl's Court, London; the first of its kind in the world. (24th Nov 1958)
75th Total evacuation of part of the South Hams of Devon begins, to make way for rehearsal of the Normandy Landings. (12th Nov 1943)
75th Regency Act is passed allowing Counsellors of State absent during the Sovereign's absence not to be listed among the appointments; and that the heir-apparent or presumptive to the Throne need only to be eighteen to be a Counsellor. (11th Nov 1943)
75th Total evacuation of an area near Portmahomack in Scotland begins, to make way for rehearsal of the Normandy Landings. (11th Nov 1943)
90th following passage of the Currency and Banknotes Act on 2 July, the Bank of England resumes responsibility for issue of banknotes from HM Treasury and issues pound and (for the first time) ten shilling notes, the first to be printed in colour and on both sides. (22nd Nov 1928)
90th the Mary Stanford life-boat capsizes on service in Rye Harbour: all 17 crew lost. (15th Nov 1928)
90th Radclyffe Hall's novel The Well of Loneliness (published on 27 July by Jonathan Cape in London) is tried and convicted on the grounds of obscenity due to its theme of lesbian love, following a campaign by James Douglas in the Sunday Express newspaper. (9th Nov 1928)
100th the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918 receives Royal Assent, giving women over 21 the right to stand as a Member of Parliament. (21st Nov 1918)
100th U-boats start to rendezvous off Harwich to begin the surrender of the High Seas Fleet to the Royal Navy; in the following week the German warships are escorted to internment in Scapa Flow. (20th Nov 1918)
100th first released British prisoners of war reach Calais. (15th Nov 1918)
100th Labour Party leaves the wartime coalition government. (14th Nov 1918)
100th Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car in the forest of Compiègne, France. The fighting officially ends at 11am. The war officially ends on the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28th 1919. (11th Nov 1918)
100th British battleship HMS Britannia is sunk by a German submarine off Trafalgar with the loss of around fifty lives, the last major naval engagement of World War I. (9th Nov 1918)
125th University of Wales incorporated by Royal charter. (30th Nov 1893)
150th the Smithfield Meat Market opens in London. (24th Nov 1868)
150th general election, the first under the extended franchise of the Reform Act 1867: Liberal Party victorious. (15th Nov 1868)
300th Off the coast of North Carolina, British pirate Edward Teach (best known as "Blackbeard") is killed in battle with a boarding party led by Royal Navy Lieutenant Robert Maynard. (22nd Nov 1718)

 

 

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