Major Historical Anniversaries in December 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 December 2020

AnniversaryDetails
5th Britain's last deep coal mine, Kellingley Colliery at Beal, North Yorkshire, closes. (18th Dec 2015)
5th British astronaut Tim Peake becomes the first Briton under the banner of the European Space Agency to set foot on the International Space Station. (15th Dec 2015)
5th MPs debate whether Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump should be banned from entering the UK after an online petition reaches over 100,000 signatures. This followed Trump making a statement about halting all Muslims from entering the United States, and claims he made that parts of London are "so radicalised the police are afraid for their lives". (9th Dec 2015)
5th Storm Desmond batters the UK with high-speed winds and heavy rain, causing severe disruption. People are evacuated from their homes as flash flooding sweeps through parts of Cumbria, with police declaring a "major incident". (5th Dec 2015)
5th The Forth Road Bridge in Scotland is closed due to structural defects, and the Scottish Transport Minister, Derek Mackay, declares that it will not be reopened until January 2016. (4th Dec 2015)
5th MPs vote 397 to 223 to authorise UK air strikes against Islamic State in Syria (2nd Dec 2015)
30th Channel Tunnel sections started from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 metres beneath the seabed. (1st Dec 1990)
40th Witnesses report the first of several sightings of unexplained lights near RAF Woodbridge, in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, an incident called "Britain's Roswell" (24th Dec 1980)
40th English rock group Led Zeppelin officially disbands, following the death of drummer John Bonham on September 25th. (4th Dec 1980)
60th The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom. (31st Dec 1960)
60th The first episode of the world's longest-running television soap opera Coronation Street is broadcast. (9th Dec 1960)
70th The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park. (28th Dec 1950)
70th The Stone of Scone, traditional coronation stone of British monarchs, is taken from Westminster Abbey by Scottish nationalist students. It later turns up in Scotland on April 11, 1951. (25th Dec 1950)
75th Britain receives its first shipment of bananas since the beginning of the war. (31st Dec 1945)
80th In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, killing almost 200 civilians. (29th Dec 1940)
80th World War II: Approximately 70 people are killed in the Marples Hotel, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield as a result of a German air raid. (12th Dec 1940)
275th Charles Edward Stewart's army reaches Derby, its furthest point during the second Jacobite Rising. (4th Dec 1745)
600th Henry V of England enters Paris. (1st Dec 1420)
850th Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II. (29th Dec 1170)

 

 

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