Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Major Historical Anniversaries in November 2023

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 2023

AnniversaryDetails
1st The proportion of people in England and Wales describing themselves as Christian falls below half for the first time, according to data released from the ONS. (29th Nov 2022)
1st 600,000 of the approximately 1.3 million free range turkeys in the UK are reported to have died or been culled, due to bird flu. (29th Nov 2022)
1st The latest in a long-running series of train strikes is held across the UK, with train drivers at 11 companies walking out in a dispute over pay. (26th Nov 2022)
1st An independent review into the London Fire Brigade finds an "institutionally misogynist and racist" culture within the organisation. (26th Nov 2022)
1st The Royal College of Nursing announces that nurses across England, Wales and Northern Ireland will stage their biggest strike in NHS history, in a dispute over pay, on 15 and 20 December. (25th Nov 2022)
1st Sadiq Khan announces a plan to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone to cover the whole of Greater London from August 2023. (25th Nov 2022)
1st Net migration into the UK hits an all-time high of 504,000 in the year to June, partly driven by the conflict in Ukraine, those fleeing persecution in Hong Kong, and the resettlement of Afghan refugees. (24th Nov 2022)
1st A ten-fold increase in hospitalisation from influenza is reported, compared to the same period a year previously. NHS bosses urge the public to get the latest vaccines for both flu and COVID-19. (24th Nov 2022)
1st The Supreme Court rules that the Scottish Government cannot hold a second Scottish independence referendum without the UK government's consent. (23rd Nov 2022)
1st More than 100 people are arrested in the UK's biggest ever fraud operation, centred around the 'iSpoof' website, which targeted over 200,000 potential victims and pretended to be a bank. (23rd Nov 2022)
1st England and Wales play their first matches at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the latter having qualified for the first time in 64 years. (21st Nov 2022)
1st Gareth Swarbrick, CEO of Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, is sacked with immediate effect, following the death of two-year-old Awaab Ishak in a mould-ridden flat. (19th Nov 2022)
1st COVID-19 in the UK: Data released by the Office for National Statistics for the week up to 8 November indicate 1.1 million people tested positive for COVID-19, a 27% fall from 1.5 million the previous week. In England the number of cases is shown as being under a million for the first time since September. (18th Nov 2022)
1st The Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, delivers his autumn statement to the House of Commons. (17th Nov 2022)
1st Inflation reaches 11.1% for October, up from 10.1% the previous month. Food price inflation is even higher, rising from 14.6% to 16.4%, its highest level since 1977. (16th Nov 2022)
1st The Civil Aviation Authority grants an operating licence to Spaceport Cornwall, enabling the first satellite launches from the UK. (16th Nov 2022)
1st The UK agrees a revised deal with France to try to reduce the number of migrants and asylum seekers crossing the English Channel in small boats. UK police officers will work with French authorities in control rooms and on beaches, with officer numbers patrolling the French coast increasing from 200 to 300; the UK will pay France £63m this year, up from £55m last year. (14th Nov 2022)
1st ONS figures show that the UK economy shrank by 0.2% in the three months to September. (11th Nov 2022)
1st Sir Gavin Williamson resigns as Minister of State without Portfolio after allegations of bullying were made against him. (8th Nov 2022)
1st Multiple junctions of the M25 are closed as Just Stop Oil stage their latest protests. (7th Nov 2022)
1st The world's first clinical trial of laboratory grown red blood cells transfused into people begins at the University of Bristol. (7th Nov 2022)
1st Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris indefinitely postpones plans for a snap Northern Ireland Assembly election. (4th Nov 2022)
1st The Bank of England raises interest rates by 0.75 percentage points to 3%, the biggest hike since 1989, and forecasts a recession until 2024. (3rd Nov 2022)
1st After a year's delay, the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup begins in England. (3rd Nov 2022)
1st Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock is suspended from the Conservative Party after joining the cast of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. He will now sit as an independent MP. (1st Nov 2022)
5th The government announces plans for the UK's first carbon capture and storage project. (28th Nov 2018)
5th Thousands of protesters block the five main bridges over the River Thames in central London as part of "Extinction Rebellion", a campaign to raise awareness of climate change and biodiversity loss. (17th Nov 2018)
5th Renewable energy capacity overtakes that of fossil fuels in the UK for the first time, at 41.9 gigawatts. (6th Nov 2018)
5th Doctors are able to prescribe cannabis products to patients in England, Wales and Scotland. (1st Nov 2018)
10th The General Synod of the Church of England votes in favour of legislation to allow the ordination of women as bishops by 2014. (20th Nov 2013)
20th The final Concorde flight touches down in Filton, Bristol where it is welcomed by the Duke of York. (26th Nov 2003)
20th The High Court in Glasgow imposes a minimum sentence of 27 years for Al Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. (24th Nov 2003)
20th Passage of the Local Government Act 2003 including the repeal in England, Northern Ireland and Wales of controversial Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 which prevented local authorities from "promoting homosexuality". Section 28 had already been repealed in Scotland since 2000. (18th Nov 2003)
20th Channel 4's soap opera Brookside, on air since the station was launched in 1982, ends after 21 years. (4th Nov 2003)
50th Peter Walker, the Secretary for Trade and Industry, warned that petrol rationing may have to be introduced in the near future as a result of the oil crisis in the Middle East which was restricting petrol supply. (26th Nov 1973)
50th In the United Kingdom, Princess Anne marries Captain Mark Phillips, in Westminster Abbey. (14th Nov 1973)
50th Miners began overtime ban; ambulance drivers began selective strikes. (12th Nov 1973)
50th Television sitcom Last of the Summer Wine began its first series run on BBC One. (12th Nov 1973)
50th The Second Cod War between Britain and Iceland ends. (8th Nov 1973)
60th The BBC broadcasts the first ever episode of Doctor Who (starring William Hartnell) which is the world's longest running science fiction drama. (23rd Nov 1963)
60th C.S. Lewis, the author most famous for the Narnia books (19501955), dies at the age of 65. However, media coverage of his death is overshadowed by the assassination of American President John F. Kennnedy. (22nd Nov 1963)
60th The Dartford Tunnel opens. (18th Nov 1963)
70th The British Natural History Museum announces that the "Piltdown Man" skull, initially believed to be one of the most important fossilized hominid skulls ever found, is a hoax. (21st Nov 1953)
70th Current affairs series Panorama first airs on BBC Television. (11th Nov 1953)
70th The Samaritans telephone counselling service for the suicidal is started by Rev. Chad Varah in London. (2nd Nov 1953)
80th Total evacuation of part of the South Hams of Devon begins, to make way for rehearsal of the Normandy Landings. (12th Nov 1943)
80th 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)
80th Total evacuation of an area near Portmahomack in Scotland begins, to make way for rehearsal of the Normandy Landings. (11th Nov 1943)
90th Northwood Hills tube station on London Underground Metropolitan Line opens. (13th Nov 1933)
90th Hugh Gray takes the first known photos of the Loch Ness Monster. (12th Nov 1933)
100th Northern Line via Bank south of Moorgate closed until the following year for a tunnel widening project. (28th Nov 1923)
100th Northern Line extension between Golders Green and Hendon Central opens (17th Nov 1923)
100th North Acton and West Acton tube stations on the Central Line open. (5th Nov 1923)

 

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