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14/10/1066
The armies of William the Conqueror defeat the Saxon army and kill King Harold II of England
03/09/1189
King Richard I is crowned in Westminster following the death of King Henry II.
15/06/1215
King John puts his seal to the Magna Carta at Runnymede granting more freedom to the English barons.
06/01/1367
King Richard II of England is born
22/06/1377
King Richard II becomes King of England at the age of 10 following the death of King Edward III.
25/10/1400
English writer Geoffrey Chaucer dies in London
16/10/1430
King James I of Scotland is born
06/07/1483
King Richard III is crowned King of England.
22/08/1485
King Richard III is killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field ending the War of the Roses.
28/06/1491
King Henry VIII is born in Greenwich Palace, London.
22/04/1509
King Henry VIII is crowned King of England following the death of King Henry VII
11/06/1509
King Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon.
23/05/1533
The marriage between King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.
11/07/1533
Pope Clement VII excommunicates King Henry VIII.
07/09/1533
Queen Elizabeth I is born in Greenwich.
06/07/1535
Sir Thomas More is executed in London for treason, for refusing to publicly accept King Henry VIII as the head of the Church of England.
30/05/1536
England's King Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour.
12/10/1537
English King Edward VI is born
06/01/1540
England's King Henry VIII marries his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. The marriage lasts six months.
28/07/1540
King Henry VIII marries his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.
13/02/1542
King Henry VIII's fifth wife, Catherine Howard, is executed for adultery.
12/07/1543
King Henry VIII marries his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr at Hampton Court Palace.
19/07/1545
The Mary Rose, sinks in the Solent with the loss of 700 lives.
06/07/1553
English King Edward VI dies, he is succeded by Queen Mary I.
23/04/1564
William Shakespeare is born
26/09/1580
Sir Francis Drake returns to Plymouth in the Golden Hind having circumnavigated the world.
08/02/1587
Mary Queen of Scots, is beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after she was implicated in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.
02/11/1604
The first performance of William Shakespeare's tragedy 'Othello' takes place at the Whitehall Palace in London
05/11/1605
Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators are arrested in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament where they were planting 30 barrels of gunpowder.
23/04/1616
William Shakespeare dies.
06/09/1620
One hundred and one Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America in the Mayflower, captained by Myles Standish.
27/03/1625
King Charles I ascends to the throne following the death of King James I
29/05/1630
King Charles II is born.
20/10/1632
Architect Sir Christopher Wren is born in East Knoyle, Wiltshire.
23/02/1633
English diarist Samuel Pepys is born
18/06/1633
King Charles I is crowned King of Scotland in Edinburgh.
14/10/1633
Scottish King James II is born
04/01/1643
Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician and natural philosopher is born
01/01/1651
King Charles II is crowned King of Scotland
03/09/1651
Royalist troops supporting Charles II are defeated at the Battle of Worcester by the Parliamentarian army commanded by Oliver Cromwell.
06/09/1651
Following his defeat by Oliver Cromwell at the Battle of Worcester, Charles II spends the night hidden in an oak tree at Boscobel.
03/09/1658
Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England dies.
02/09/1666
The Great Fire of London breaks out in Pudding Lane
06/09/1666
The Great Fire of London, having spread to Pye Corner, is put out by rain. 13,000 properties were destroyed but only 6 people died.
10/08/1675
With King Charles II as patron, the foundation stone of the new Royal Observatory is laid at Greenwich, London
25/02/1723
Architect Sir Christopher Wren dies in London following a short illness.
20/03/1727
Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician and natural philosopher dies
12/07/1730
English pottery designer Josiah Wedgwood is born in Stoke-on-Trent.
29/09/1758
Horatio Nelson is born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk
14/04/1759
German composer George Frideric Handel dies in London
25/10/1760
King George III succeeds his late grandfather King George II.
01/08/1774
Joseph Priestly identifies a new gas which is later called oxygen.
30/08/1797
Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, is born as Mary Godwin in London.
01/01/1801
The legislative union of Great Britain and Ireland is completed to form the United Kingdom
16/10/1803
Engineer Robert Stephenson is born in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
21/12/1804
Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is born
09/04/1806
Isambard Brunel is born
12/02/1809
Charles Darwin is born.
07/02/1812
English author Charles Dickens is born in Portsmouth.
21/04/1816
Charlotte Bronte is born.
01/01/1818
Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein is published
24/05/1819
Queen Victoria is born.
03/01/1823
Robert Whitehead, British engineer, inventor of the modern torpedo, is born
17/06/1823
Charles MacIntosh patents his process for waterproofing cloth for use in raincoats.
12/10/1823
Charles MacIntosh sells the first "Mackintosh" raincoat.
27/09/1825
The Stockton to Darlington Railway opens providing the first steam railway passenger service.
19/06/1829
Sir Robert Peel founds the Metropolitan Police force in London.
29/09/1829
Sir Robert Peel creates the first professionally organised police force; in London.
02/10/1836
Charles Darwin returns to Falmouth on board HMS Beagle following a five year survey of the southern Atlantic and the Pacific.
20/06/1837
Queen Victoria becomes Queen of England following the death of her uncle King William IV.
13/07/1837
Queen Victoria becomes the first British monarch to live at Buckingham Palace.
19/07/1837
Isambard Brunel's steamship Great Western is launched at Bristol.
28/06/1838
The coronation of Queen Victoria takes place in Westminster Abbey.
07/09/1838
Grace Darling, the daughter of the lighthouse keeper, rescues the crew of the 'Forfarshire' which is shipwrecked off Northumberland.
10/02/1840
Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha.
13/05/1842
Sir Arthur Sullivan, part of the Gilbert and Sullivan partnership is born.
13/06/1842
Queen Victoria becomes the first British monarch to travel by train (from Slough to London)
10/08/1842
Britain passes the Mines Act which forbids women and children to work underground.
13/02/1849
English politician Lord Randolph Churchill is born
13/11/1850
Author Robert Louis Stevenson is born in Edinburgh.
01/02/1851
Mary Shelley dies of a brain tumour in London.
13/10/1853
British music hall star Lillie Langtree is born
21/06/1854
Charles Lucas becomes the first winner of the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest award for bravery.
16/10/1854
Actor and playwright Oscar Wilde is born
02/06/1857
English composer Sir Edward Elgar is born in Lower Broadheath, Worcestershire.
26/06/1857
Queen Victoria personally awards 62 Victoria Cross medals at a ceremony in London
05/08/1858
The first transatlantic telegraph cable is officially opened by Queen Victoria sending a telegram to US President James Buchanan.
22/05/1859
Actor Arthur Conan Doyle is born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
15/09/1859
Isambard Brunel dies.
12/10/1859
Engineer Robert Stephenson dies.
24/11/1859
Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species" which explains his theory of evolution.
15/06/1860
Florence Nightingale opens a school for nursing at St Thomas's hospital London.
03/06/1865
King George V is born.
02/07/1865
Religous leader William Booth begins the Salvation Army with a revival meeting at Whitechapel in London.
02/08/1865
Lewis Carroll publishes his book Alice in Wonderland, the first edition is withdrawn due to print quality problems.
06/06/1868
Explorer Robert Scott is born in Stoke Damerel near Devonport.
18/03/1869
Neville Chamberlain is born
09/06/1870
English author Charles Dickens dies following a brain haemorrhage.
07/03/1876
Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone
02/08/1876
US Marshall Wild Bill Hickok is shot and killed while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota.
09/07/1877
In the first Wimbledon Tennis championship Spencer Gore beats WC Marshall for the Wimbledon men's single championship (the only competition).
22/10/1877
207 miners are killed in a mine disaster at Blantyre in Scotland.
28/12/1879
The Tay Bridge, near Dundee, collapses in gales causing a passenger train to plunge into the waters of the Silvery Tay killing 75.
06/08/1881
Sir Alexander Fleming - the man who discovered penicillin is born
29/08/1882
England loses to Australia at cricket for the first time. The Sporting Times newspaper prints a cricket "obituary" referring to the Ashes of English cricket being taken back to Australia.
03/01/1883
Clement Attlee, British prime minister from 1945 to 1951, is born
14/03/1883
German philospher Karl Marx dies in London at the age of 64.
22/04/1884
Colchester and surrounding parishes of Wivenhoe, Langenhoe, Peldon and Abberton are hit by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richeter scale. The quake lasted 20 seconds and damages churches, houses and cottages
14/10/1885
Charlotte Bronte dies.
31/08/1888
Prostitue Mary Ann Nichols is found murdered in Buck's Row in London, she is regarded as the first victim of Jack the Ripper.
08/09/1888
Police suspect a serial killer is at large when the disembowelled body of Annie Chapman is discovered in London.
30/09/1888
The body of Elizabeth Stride is discovered at 1:00 am with a single incision on the neck.
30/09/1888
The body of Catherine Eddowes is discovered with her throat cut and abdomen mutilated.
09/11/1888
The body of Mary Jane Kelly is discovered with her throat cut and her body severely mutilated.
16/04/1889
Charlie Chaplin is born in south London.
10/08/1889
Englishman Dan Rylands patents the screw top glass bottle at the Hope Glass works in Yorkshire.
25/06/1891
The first episode of a novel by Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, is published in the Strand magazine in London.
23/06/1894
King Edward VIII is born.
14/02/1895
Oscar Wilde's final play, "The Importance of Being Earnest" opens in London.
20/05/1895
Reginald Mitchell is born in Stoke-on-Trent, he went on to become manager of Supermarine which developed and built the World War 2 Spitfire fighter plane.
25/05/1895
Oscar Wilde is convicted on a morals charge and sentenced to prison.
11/09/1895
The FA Cup is stolen and in 1963 a man confesses that he stole it and melted it down to make half crown coins.
12/06/1897
Anthony Eden is born in County Durham.
09/01/1898
Gracie Fields, English singer is born
29/06/1899
The first cricket Test Match takes place between England and Australia at Headingley.
13/08/1899
Film director Alfred Hitchcock is born in London.
27/02/1900
65 Trade Unions and 3 Socialist Societies resolve to create a distinct labour group in Parliament.
07/03/1900
Fire at Buckingham Palace destroys part of the roof
28/04/1900
In the FA Cup final at Crystal Palace, Bury beat Southampton 4-0.
25/06/1900
British military commander and last Viceroy of India Lord Louis Mountbatten is born
12/07/1900
First performance of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca in the United Kingdom at Covent Garden
30/07/1900
Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Victoria's second son dies
31/08/1900
Charles Chandler, eldest son of Coca Cola company founder Asa Chandler, arrives in Britain with a jug of Cola syrup, which proves so popular that more was ordered immediately
12/09/1900
Hurricane damage to the cotton crop on September 8 has caused a cotton shortage. Almost all cotton mills are already on short time and there are reports of mills closing indefinitely
06/10/1900
Arrests take place in Brussels following discovery of a plot against Prince Albert.
24/10/1900
The UK National Union of Women Workers meets to discuss problems of health and intemperance.
28/10/1900
Many die following severe floods in the North of England
29/10/1900
The first British troops to return from the Boer War receive a heroes welcome in London. The procession is viewed by the Prince of Wales
09/11/1900
The Japanese battleship Mikasa, the largest battleship launched to date, slid down the Vickers Barrow-in-Furness slipway this day.
22/11/1900
Sir Arthur Sullivan, part of the Gilbert and Sullivan partnership dies. Their partnership began in 1875 with 'Trail by Jury' and continued through 12 more operettas.
30/11/1900
The death is reported in Paris of Oscar Wilde, who had been living there after his release from prison having been convicted of homosexual offences.
31/12/1900
The 8th Marquess of Queensberry, the author of boxing's Queensberry Rules dies.
19/01/1901
Queen Victoria is taken ill at Osborne House, Isle of White
22/01/1901
Queen Victoria dies today at Osborne, her seaside home in the Isle of White. She was 81 and had reigned for 63 years.
23/01/1901
King Edward VII makes his ascension speech in London
14/02/1901
King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra drive in state coach from Buckingham Palace to Parliament where the King formally opens the first parliament of his reign
25/03/1901
The first Diesel motor goes on show in Britain.
22/04/1901
Secretary of War, Mr St John Broderick has told the House of Commons that the High Commissioner is giving his personal attention to improving conditions in Boer concentration camps
27/04/1901
Non league Tottenham Hotspur beat Sheffield United 3-1 at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final.
13/05/1901
Lord Salisbury firmly rules out self government for Ireland
24/05/1901
At least 78 men were buried alive following a series of gas explosions in the Sengenydd coal mine near Caerphilly.
03/06/1901
Arthur Gore beats Reginald Doherty for the Wimbledon men's single championship. Charlotte Sterry beat Blanche Hill for the ladies title.
16/06/1901
Wireless telegraphy is attempted for the first time at sea aboard the liner Lucania
04/09/1901
The House of Lords rules that Trade Unions are to become liable for financial losses of companies affected by industrial action The Trades Union Congress promised to fight the ruling
17/09/1901
Yachtsman Francis Chichester is born in Barnstaple, Devon.
02/10/1901
Vickers launch Holland 1, the first of four submarines being built for the Royal Navy
28/10/1901
Vickers launch the King Alfred, the world's fastest cruiser.
12/11/1901
Great gales in Britain cause 200 deaths and the loss of many ships
09/08/1902
King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra are crowned in Westminster Abbey, London.
27/01/1903
51 die at a fire in a mental hospital at Colney Hatch, north of London
29/05/1903
Bob Hope is born as Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, United Kingdom.
22/01/1906
A tram accident in Liverpool kills 20 people
06/04/1906
John Betjeman, later to become Poet Laureat was born on this day
07/01/1907
England easily defeats France at rugby in Richmond with a score of 41-13
22/05/1907
Actor Laurence Olivier is born in Dorking, United Kingdom.
06/07/1907
The first purpose built motor racing circuit is opened at Brooklands, in England.
25/07/1907
English inventor George Stephenson demonstrates the first steam engine.
28/05/1908
British writer Ian Fleming is born.
13/07/1908
The first Olympics to be held in Britain are opened at White City in London by King Edward VII.
01/01/1909
Thousands of Britons over the age of 70 went to their Post Office to collect their new pension
09/01/1909
The British expedition to the South Pole led by Ernest Shackleton has reached the closest point to the South Pole, the expedition scaled Mount Erubus (13,120 feet) and charted the area
15/05/1909
British actor James Mason is born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire.
07/06/1909
Actress Jessica Tandy is born in London.
25/07/1909
Louis Bleriot lands near Dover Castle in England having become the first man to cross the English Channel by plane.
01/03/1910
British actor David Niven is born in Scotland.
06/05/1910
King Edward VII dies.
04/06/1910
Inventor of the hovercraft Christopher Cockerell is born in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
13/08/1910
Although she had been in poor health for a long time, Florence Nightingale dies unexpectedly in her home in London.
22/10/1910
Doctor Hawley Crippen is convicted of murdering his wife Cora.
22/06/1911
King George V is crowned in Westminster Abbey.
10/04/1912
The British liner Titanic sets sail on its maiden voyage.
14/04/1912
The British liner Titanic collides with an iceberg in the North Atlantic and starts to sink.
15/07/1913
British novellist Hammond Innes is born.
14/10/1913
Four hundred and thirty nine lives lost at the Senghenydd colliery disaster in Wales.
02/04/1914
Alec Guinness is born in Marylebone, London.
04/08/1914
Britain declares war on Germany
22/09/1914
Three British cruisers, Aboukir, Hogue and Cressy are sunk by German submarine U-9 killing 1400 British sailors.
27/10/1914
Poet Dylan Thomas is born in Swansea, Wales.
13/08/1915
Joseph Smith, convicted of murdering his brides in a zinc bath after he had gained access to their finances, is hanged.
12/10/1915
British nurse Edith Cavell is executed for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium
11/03/1916
Harold Wilson is born
22/04/1916
Yehudi Menuhin is born.
24/06/1916
Mary Pickford becomes first female film star to get a million dollar contract
09/07/1916
Edward Heath is born.
03/08/1916
Irish Republican, Sir Roger Casement is executed for treason after he attempts to persuade Germany to support Irish independence.
13/09/1916
Roald Dahl is born in Llandaff, Wales.
02/11/1917
British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour expresses support for establishing a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
16/09/1920
A bomb explodes in Wall Street, New York killing 30 people and injuring a further 200.
23/03/1921
Donald Campbell is born
18/10/1922
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is founded
24/07/1925
Insulin is successfully used to treat six year old Patricia Cheeseman at Guy's hospital in London
13/10/1925
British Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is born
03/01/1926
Beatles producer George Martin is born
08/05/1926
Broadcaster David Attenborough is born in London.
14/05/1926
Comedian Eric Morecambe, real name Bartholomew, was born in Morecambe
07/08/1926
The first British Grand Prix is staged at Brooklands, the winner is Robert Senechal who averaged 72 miles per hour on the 287 mile, 110 lap race.
14/10/1926
The book Winnie the Pooh is published by AA Milne
21/04/1927
Queen Elizabeth II is born.
14/10/1927
British film star Roger Moore is born, he went onto to play both Simon Templar - the Saint and James Bond - 007
18/06/1928
Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the Atlantic ocean.
25/08/1928
Liverpool football club opens the "Kop End" stand at their ground in Anfield.
28/06/1930
English engineer Frank Whittle patents the jet engine.
07/07/1930
Actor Arthur Conan Doyle dies of heart disease in Crowborough, Sussex, United Kingdom.
27/02/1932
English actress Elizabeth Taylor is born
14/01/1934
The Loch Ness Monster, described as a sea serpent estimated at over 50 ft long is sighted in Loch Ness, Scotland
23/02/1934
English composer Sir Edward Elgar dies in Worcester.
09/05/1934
English playwright Alan Bennett is born
03/09/1935
Malcolm Campbell breaks the world land speed record in his car Bluebird on Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah with a speed of 301.13 miles per hour.
09/05/1936
English playwright Albert Finney is born in Pendleton, Lancashire.
26/08/1936
The BBC transmits high resolution pictures from Alexandra Palace in north London to the Radio Show at Olympia; 7000 people queue to see the pictures.
05/10/1936
The Jarrow March starts as 200 unemployed shipyard workers from Jarrow in northeast England begin a march to London to protest about the lack of jobs.
31/10/1936
The Jarrow Marchers arrive in London to protest about the lack of jobs.
11/12/1936
In a radio broadcast to his subjects in Britain King Edward VIII abdicates the throne to be with the woman he loved, Wallis Simpson.
28/05/1937
Neville Chamberlain becomes prime minister of Britain.
11/06/1937
Reginald Mitchell dies of cancer.
20/07/1938
Actress Diana Rigg is born in Doncaster.
30/09/1938
British prime minister Neville Chamberlain returns to the UK and announces that the Munich agreement brings "Peace in our Time".
07/10/1938
British tennis player Ann Jones is born in Birmingham.
03/09/1939
Britain, France, New Zealand and Australia declare war on Germany after Adolf Hitler refuses to withdraw his troops from Poland.
30/06/1940
Germany occupies the Channel Islands
07/07/1940
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is born as Richard Starkey in Liverpool.
14/07/1940
Facing possible invasion Britain forms the Home Guard, a part-time volunteer army comprising men not eligable for National Service.
08/08/1940
The Battle of Britain officially starts as Germany prepares to invade Britain.
20/08/1940
Prime Minister Winston Churchill pays tribute to the Royal Air Force - "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
07/09/1940
Germany begins its mass bombing (Blitz) on London
13/09/1940
During the London Blitz of World War 2, Buckingham Palace is hit by a bomb.
15/09/1940
RAF Fighter Command claims victory over the Luftwaffe after a day of major bombing raids on London ends in major losses for the Germans.
09/10/1940
Beatles singer and guitarist John Lennon is born in Liverpool
14/10/1940
British pop singer Cliff Richard is born
09/11/1940
British prime minister Neville Chamberlain dies.
15/11/1940
Relays of the German Luftwaffe bomb Coventry in a massive raid which lasts more than 10 hours and leaves much of the city (including the 14th century cathedral) devastated.
01/02/1942
Terry Jones, Monty Python comedian is born
18/06/1942
Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool
11/08/1942
Barns Wallace patents a bouncing bomb which is subsequently used by the RAF to breach several German dams in 1943.
01/12/1942
Sir William Beveridge publishes a wide reaching report offering care for all from cradle to grave - "The Welfare State".
25/02/1943
Beatles guitarist George Harrison is born in Liverpool.
10/07/1943
American tennis champion Arthur Ashe is born
13/06/1944
During World War 2, the first V1 flying bomb (Doodlebug) lands in Britain, killing three people in a house in Southampton.
12/08/1944
The fuel pipeline (PLUTO) running under the British Channel from Britain to France goes into operation delivering fuel to support the allied advance.
08/01/1945
David Bowie is born as David Robert Jones in Brixton, London
08/05/1945
Victory in World War 2 is declared in Europe.
05/07/1945
Wartime British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is defeated in the general election which is won by the Labour Party lead by Clement Attlee.
26/07/1945
Actress Helen Mirren is born in Chiswick, London.
03/01/1946
World War 2 Nazi propaganda broadcaster William Joyce is hanged for treason.
10/01/1946
The first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, representing 51 nations, convenes at Westminster Central Hall in London.
20/11/1947
Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, marries Philip Mountbatten (Prince Philip) in Westminster Abbey in London.
29/07/1948
King George VI opens the 14th Olympics at Wembley Stadium in London
04/11/1948
Thomas Stearns Eliot is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
14/11/1948
Prince Charles is born at Buckingham Palace in London.
21/01/1950
The British writer George Orwell dies after a three year fight with tuberculosis
22/02/1950
British actress, comedienne Julie Walters is born
24/02/1950
Clement Attlee returns as prime minister of Britain but with a single-figure majority.
01/03/1950
Top nuclear scientist Klaus Fuchs is jailed for fourteen years at the Old Bailey for spying for the Soviet Union.
15/08/1950
Princess Anne is born at Clarence House in London.
08/09/1950
116 miners are found safe by rescuers after they had been trapped in the Knockshinnoch Caste mine in Scotland by a landslide.
23/09/1951
King George VI has an operation to remove part of his lung.
26/10/1951
The Conservative Party wins the general election by a small margin returning Sir Winston Churchill to the role of prime minister for a second time.
01/02/1952
TV detector vans are launched in the UK to catch unlicensed TV users
06/02/1952
King George VI dies peacefully in his sleep at the royal estate at Sandringham
08/02/1952
Queen Elizabeth II is proclaimed Queen at a ceremony in St James's Palace, London.
15/02/1952
King George VI is buried at St George's Chapel on his Windsor Castle estate.
26/02/1952
Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces that Britain has developed its own atomic bomb.
16/08/1952
Floods sweep through Lynmouth in north Devon, leaving 12 dead and 24 missing presumed dead.
06/09/1952
Twenty seven people are killed when a jet fighter breaks up over the crowd at an airshow in Hampshire.
23/09/1952
Charlie Chaplin returns to England for the first time in 21 years.
29/09/1952
World water speed record holder John Cobb is killed on Loch Ness when his boat Crusader breaks up at 240 mph.
08/10/1952
A rail crash involving three trains at Harrow leaves 112 dead and 200 injured.
09/12/1952
Four days of fog in London, which brought the capital to standstill, finally clears.
25/12/1952
Queen Elizabeth II makes her first Christmas broadcast to the Commonwealth as Queen of England.
28/01/1953
Teenager Derek Bentley is executed at Wandsworth Prison in London for his part in the murder of Pc Sidney Miles.
01/02/1953
Violent storms wreak havoc up and down the East coast of Britain claiming hundreds of lives.
05/02/1953
The rationing of confectionery in the United Kingdom ends after 10 years, with schoolchildren first in the queue for unlimited sweets and chocolate.
28/02/1953
Scientists James D Watson and Francis HC Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule that contains the human genes, in a Cambridge University laboratory.
24/03/1953
Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II's grandmother, dies in her sleep after a lengthy illness.
31/03/1953
More than 1,500 attend the funeral of Queen Mary at St George's Chapel in Windsor.
16/04/1953
Thousands welcome Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip when they arrive in Scotland to launch the new royal yacht, Britannia.
24/04/1953
Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
02/06/1953
Queen Elizabeth II is crowned in Westminster Abbey, London.
25/06/1953
John Christie is sentenced to hang for murdering his wife and then concealing her body under the floorboards of their Notting Hill home in London.
15/07/1953
John Christie who was responsible for the deaths of at least six women is hanged in London
17/11/1953
Twenty Italian sailors lose their lives in a collision between a French and an Italian boat in the channel near Dungerness
26/11/1953
The House of Lords votes in favour of the introduction of commercial television in the UK despite concerns about the influence of the advertisers.
10/01/1954
Thirty-five people are missing, believed dead, after a BOAC Comet jet airliner crashes into the Mediterranean.
12/02/1954
A new body is established to control the production and development of nuclear power in the UK
03/04/1954
Oxford wins the 100th Boat Race in rough conditions on the River Thames.
06/05/1954
Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run a mile in less that four minutes (3 minutes 59.4 seconds) during a track meeting at Oxford.
06/05/1954
Tony Blair is born.
19/10/1954
The public inquiry into the crashes of two Comet air craft within months of each other hears that the most likely explanation is metal fatigue.
23/01/1955
Fourteen people die and dozens are injured when an express train travelling from York to Bristol derails at Sutton Coldfield station.
24/02/1955
Deep snow and freezing temperatures continue to cause havoc across much of Britain.
11/03/1955
Sir Alexander Fleming - the man who discovered the life-saving drug penicillin - dies of a heart attack.
05/04/1955
Sir Winston Churchill resigns as prime minister of Britain due to failing health.
09/07/1955
American group Bill Haley and the Comets reach no 1 in the US with Rock Around the Clock.
13/07/1955
Ruth Ellis is hanged at Holloway prison for the murder of her lover David Blakely. She was the last woman to be hanged in Britain.
16/07/1955
Sterling Moss becomes the first British racing driver to win the British Grand Prix
23/07/1955
Donald Campbell breaks the world water speed record in his boat Bluebird on Ullswater in the Lake District, with a speed of 202.32 miles per hour.
21/09/1955
The United Kingdom annexes the rocky islet of Rockall, 300 miles (483km) west of Scotland, to stop the Soviets spying on missile tests.
31/10/1955
Princess Margaret calls of her plans to marry divorced Group Captain Peter Townsend.
07/12/1955
Clement Attlee resigns as leader of the Labour Party opposition in the commons. He will accept a peerage and continue his Labour Party work in the House of Lords
16/12/1955
Queen Elizabeth II opens the Terminal at London Airport - later to be known as Terminal 2 at Heathrow.
11/02/1956
Two British diplomats, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, who vanished in mysterious circumstances five years ago re-appear in the Soviet Union.
23/06/1956
Two British diplomats, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, flee to Russia before they can be arrested for spying against Britain.
31/07/1956
English cricketer Jim Laker takes all 10 Australian wickets in the second innings of the Test Match at Old Trafford.
17/09/1956
Manchester solicitor, Norman Buckley, breaks the one hour world water speed record in his boat on Windemere in the Lake District, with an average speed of 70 miles per hour.
17/10/1956
Queen Elizabeth II opens Calder Hall, Britain's first nuclear power station.
09/01/1957
Sir Anthony Eden resigns as prime minister of Britain due to ill health after one year and 279 days in the post.
10/01/1957
Harold Macmillan accepts the Queen's invitation to become prime minister following the sudden resignation of Sir Anthony Eden.
06/07/1957
Althea Gibson becomes the first black player to win a Wimbledon singles title after defeating fellow American Darlene Hard.
07/10/1957
World ice dance champion Jayne Torville is born in Nottingham.
11/10/1957
British comedienne Dawn French is born
28/12/1957
The Stanley abattoir in Liverpool is shut down after foot and mouth is found in cattle waiting to be slaughtered.
06/02/1958
Seven Manchester United footballers are among 21 dead after an air crash in Munich.
19/10/1958
Mike Hawthorne becomes the first British Formula One racing champion.
29/01/1959
Dense fog - the worst for seven years - brings road, rail and air transport in many parts of England and Wales to a virtual standstill.
07/10/1959
300 people are trapped by a fire which breaks out part way along the pier at Southend in Essex.
28/06/1960
A gas explosion kills 37 in a coal mine in Monmouthshire, Wales
06/03/1961
One of Britain's most popular entertainers, George Formby, has died after suffering a heart attack.
01/07/1961
Princess Diana is born as Lady Diana Spencer in Park House, Sandringham.
04/12/1961
Health minister, Enoch Powell, announces that the birth control 'pill' will be availble on the National Health Service
01/01/1962
Decca Records turn down the Beatles
22/01/1962
James Hanratty enters a plea of "not guilty" as he appears in court accused of murder a man in a lay-by on the A6.
21/07/1962
The Rolling Stones make their first public appearance, at the Marquee Club in London.
16/08/1962
The original Beatles drummer Peter Best is fired by Beatles manager Brian Epstein and is replaced by Ringo Starr.
23/08/1962
Beatles singer and guitarist John Lennon marries his childhood sweetheart Cynthia Powell.
11/09/1962
The Beatles record their first single, "Love Me Do" and "PS I Love You".
18/01/1963
Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell dies after a sudden deterioration in his heart condition.
22/03/1963
The Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, denies any impropriety with Christine Keeler.
22/03/1963
The Beatles release their first album "Please Please Me".
27/03/1963
Dr Richard Beeching issues his first report calling for closure of one third of Britain's 7,000 railway stations.
18/06/1963
Henry Cooper comes close to becoming World Heavyweight champion when he knocks Cassius Clay (later to be Muhammad Ali) to the floor at the end of the fourth round. Clay wins when the fight is stopped in round six due to a cut above Cooper's eye.
08/08/1963
A gang of 15 thieves ambush the Glasgow to Euston mail train and steal £2.7 million
23/08/1963
The Beatles release the single "She Loves You".
05/09/1963
Christine Keeler is arrested and charged with perjury.
09/09/1963
Jim Clark becomes the world's youngest motor racing champion.
18/10/1963
Alec Douglas-Home becomes Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party.
10/01/1964
The Beatles release their first US album "Introducting the Beatles".
29/02/1964
The Queen's cousin, Princess Alexandra, gives birth to a son at her home in Surrey.
15/03/1964
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are married.
09/07/1964
British group The Animals reach no 1 in the UK with The House of the Rising Sun.
17/07/1964
Donald Campbell sets a new landspeed world record of 429 mph in his car, Bluebird.
12/08/1964
British writer Ian Fleming dies.
04/09/1964
Queen Elizabeth II opens the Forth road bridge over the Firth of Forth in Scotland, the longest suspension bridge in Europe at 6,156 feet.
23/12/1964
The government announces that Dr Richard Beeching is to leave the British Railways Board and return to ICI.
31/12/1964
Donald Campbell has broken the world water speed record in his speedboat Bluebird with an average speed of 276.33 miles per hour.
04/01/1965
Poet Thomas Stearns Eliot dies of emphysema in London.
07/01/1965
Identical twin brothers Ronald Kray and Reginald Kray are in custody charged in connection with running a protection racket.
15/01/1965
Sir Winston Churchill is gravely ill after suffering a stroke
24/01/1965
Sir Winston Churchill has dies at the age of 90 with his wife Lady Clementine Churchill and family at his bedside.
30/01/1965
Thousands of people pay their last respects to Britain's greatest wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill who is buried today after a full state funeral.
16/02/1965
A second report from British Railways Board chairman Dr Richard Beeching outlines transport needs for the next 25 years
23/02/1965
Comedian Stan Laurel dies aged 74.
11/06/1965
Beatles member Paul McCartney is awarded an OBE(Order of the British Empire) in Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honours list.
11/06/1965
Beatles member John Lennon is awarded an OBE(Order of the British Empire) in Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honours list.
11/06/1965
Beatles member Ringo Starr is awarded an OBE(Order of the British Empire) in Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honours list.
11/06/1965
Beatles member George Harrison is awarded an OBE(Order of the British Empire) in Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honours list.
08/07/1965
Great Train robber Ronnie Biggs escapes from Wandsworth prison by scaling a 30 foot high wall with three other prisoners.
28/07/1965
Edward Heath becomes leader of the Conservative Party.
06/08/1965
The Beatles release the album "Help".
27/12/1965
The oil rig Sea Gem collapses in the North Sea killing four and leaving nine members of the crew missing.
09/02/1966
The UK goverment announces that a prototype Fast Breeder Reactor will be built at the Dounreay power station in a remote part of Scotland
03/03/1966
The BBC announces plans to begin broadcasting television programmes in colour from next year.
20/03/1966
The football World Cup is stolen while on exhibition in London.
31/03/1966
Labour's Harold Wilson is on course to win the general election with a majority of about 100 seats in the House of Commons.
30/07/1966
England wins the football World Cup, beating Germany 4 - 2 in extra time.
05/08/1966
The Beatles release the album "Revolver".
27/08/1966
Yachtsman Francis Chichester sets sail in Gypsy Moth IV from Plymouth to attempt a solo round the world voyage.
29/08/1966
The Beatles perform their last live concert to an audience of 25,000 at Candlestick Park, San Francisco.
08/09/1966
Queen Elizabeth II opens the Severn bridge linking Wales with south west England.
21/10/1966
The coal slag tip at Aberfan in Wales slides into the village killing 130 (many of whom are children) and injuring more
22/10/1966
Double agent George Blake escapes from prison. The Soviet Union is believed to have arranged the escape
04/01/1967
British speed record holder Donald Campbell dies while trying to set a new water speed record on Lake Conniston.
18/01/1967
Jeremy Thorpe becomes the new leader of the Liberal Party in Britain
18/03/1967
The supertanker Torrey Canyon runs aground between Land's End and the Scilly Isles, leaking oil into the sea.
29/03/1967
The stricken oil supertanker, the Torrey Canyon, refuses to sink despite more than a day of heavy bombing by the RAF and the Royal Navy.
01/06/1967
The Beatles release the album "Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club".
25/06/1967
The Beatles perform a new song, "All you need is love", during a live international telecast.
07/07/1967
Round the world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
14/07/1967
Abortion is legalised in Britain.
27/08/1967
The Beatles manager Brian Epstein is found dead in his home in Belgravia, London.
20/09/1967
The cruise liner QE2 is launched from Clydebank.
11/10/1967
Harold Wilson and the Labour Party scrape a victory in the general election.
16/10/1967
British television presenter Davina McCall is born
05/11/1967
A rail crash at Hither Green in south London kills 40 and injures more than 80 when a train derails.
21/11/1967
The government announces that the number of animals slaughtered in the latest outbreak has reached a record 134,000.
28/11/1967
All horse racing in Britain is suspended in an attempt to contain the spread of foot and mouth.
12/12/1967
Rolling Stones member Brian Jones has a nine month jail sentence overturned by the court of appeal.
15/01/1968
20 people die as hurricane force winds lash Scotland
07/04/1968
Motor racing world champion Jim Clark is killed in a car crash during a Formula Two race at Hockenheim.
20/04/1968
The Conservative right-winger, Enoch Powell, has made a hard-hitting speech attacking the government's immigration policy.
08/06/1968
James Earl Ray is arrested in London on suspicion of the murder of the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
24/06/1968
British comedian Tony Hancock dies
04/07/1968
Yachtsman Alec Rose completes his single-handed voyage around the world in his ship, Lively Lady.
30/08/1968
The Beatles release the single "Hey Jude".
31/08/1968
While playing for Nottinghamshire cricketer Gary Sobers becomes the first person to score six "sixes" in a single over.
08/09/1968
British tennis player Virginia Wade beats Billie Jean King to win the US Open.
05/10/1968
A civil rights demonstration in Northern Ireland is broken up by police, many demonstrators are injured.
27/10/1968
6,000 protesters against the Vietnam War clash with Police in Grovesnor Square outside the American Embasssy.
22/11/1968
The Beatles release the album "White Album".
17/12/1968
Eleven year old Mary Bell is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of two small boys, four year old Martin Brown and three year old Brian Howe.
04/01/1969
50 die as an airliner crashes into house near Gatwick airport
14/01/1969
Sir Matt Busby announces his retirement as Manchester United manager
18/02/1969
Hundreds of people clamour to see the marriage of popstars Lulu and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees in a Buckinghamshire church.
04/03/1969
The Kray twins, Ronald Kray and Reginald Kray, face life sentences after being found guilty of murder at the Central Criminal Court.
12/03/1969
Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman (Linda McCartney) are married in a civil ceremony at Marylebone Registry Office in London.
17/04/1969
A 21-year-old woman, Bernadette Devlin, is voted in as Britain's youngest ever female MP and the country's third youngest ever.
01/07/1969
In a ceremony at Caernarvon Castle, Prince Charles is invested as Prince of Wales by his mother Queen Elizabeth II.
03/07/1969
Rolling Stones member Brian Jones dies by drowning
04/07/1969
The Rolling Stones release "Honky Tonk Women".
04/07/1969
British tennis player Ann Jones wins the Wimbledon women's singles title after defeating American Billie Jean King.
05/07/1969
300,000 rock fans attend a free concert in Hyde Park given by the Rolling Stones in memory of guitarist Brian Jones who died two days earlier.
14/08/1969
British troops are sent to Northern Ireland to assist in quelling the sectarian violence.
26/09/1969
The Beatles release the album "Abbey Road".
10/10/1969
The findings of the Hunt report are accepted by the government resulting in the disarming of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the disbanding of the Ulster Special Constabulary.
22/10/1969
Led Zeppelin release their most famous album, "Led Zeppelin II".
13/11/1969
Irene Hanson gives birth to quintuplets at Queen Charlotte's maternity hospital in London.
16/12/1969
British members of parliament vote by a large majority to remove the death penatly as punishment for murder.
02/01/1970
4,000 are known to have died this week as a result of Asian flu
04/01/1970
The Beatles record as a band for the last time
16/04/1970
Protestant right-winger Ian Paisley wins a seat in Northern Ireland's parliament.
08/05/1970
The Beatles release the album "Let It Be".
19/06/1970
Edward Heath becomes the new British prime minister after a surprise victory for the Conservatives in the general election.
18/09/1970
Jimi Hendrix dies of asphyxiation following drinking wine and taking drugs
02/01/1971
Sixty six football supporters are killed following a clash between Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers at the Ibrox Park Stadium in Glasgow
11/01/1971
The first divorce is granted under the UK divorce act
27/01/1971
The Angry Brigade claim responsibility for a series of bomb attacks.
15/02/1971
The British Government launches a new decimal currency across the country.
08/03/1971
British postal workers go back to work after seven weeks on strike.
23/04/1971
The Rolling Stones album "Sticky Fingers" is released.
14/07/1971
Michael Bassett committed suicide in his car, leaving a confession that he had killed three French students.
11/08/1971
Edward Heath leads the British yachting team to victory in the Admirals Cup.
15/10/1971
British footballer Andy Cole is born
23/10/1971
British troops fire on a car speeding through a check point, killing the two women occupants.
31/10/1971
A bomb explodes in the Post Office Tower in London, nobody is injured.
08/11/1971
Led Zeppelin release their album, "Led Zeppelin IV".
04/12/1971
A bomb explodes in a Catholic pub in Belfast killing 10 people and injuring 17 more.
1972
The song 'Seaside Woman', written by Linda McCartney, is recorded by Wings.
09/01/1972
Coal miners walk out at midnight in their first national strike for almost 50 years.
16/02/1972
Many homes and businesses will be without electricity for up to nine hours a day from today, the Central Electricity Generating Board has announced.
22/02/1972
Five women and an army priest are killed in an IRA bomb attack on army premises in Hampshire.
31/03/1972
More than 500 people attend a Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament(CND) rally in London ahead of a four-day demonstration against nuclear arms.
12/05/1972
The Rolling Stones album "Exile on Main St" is released.
28/05/1972
The Duke of Windsor dies in his home in Paris.
26/08/1972
Yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester dies of cancer in Plymouth.
13/12/1972
300 British victims of the Thalidomide drug are offered compensation worth £11.8 million.
01/01/1973
United Kingdom is admitted in to the European Community
11/01/1973
The first Open University degrees are awarded
28/08/1973
Princess Anne becomes the first member of the Royal family to visit Russia when she arrives in Kiev to ride in an equestrian event.
07/09/1973
Jackie Stewart becomes motor racing World Champion for a third time.
10/09/1973
Two bombs explode in rail stations in London injuring 13 people.
20/09/1973
Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
26/09/1973
Concorde makes a record non-stop flight from Washington to Paris.
20/10/1973
The Dalai Lama visits Britain, he is expected to be in Britain for ten days.
14/11/1973
Princess Anne and lieutenant Mark Phillips are married in Westminster Abbey.
14/11/1973
Eight members of the Provisional IRA are convicted of planting bombs in London in March 1973.
10/01/1974
UK Train drivers strike cripples rail services
13/02/1974
British singer Robbie Williams is born
15/02/1974
The hunt in the Arctic Ocean for the missing British trawler Gaul and its 36-man crew is called off after a week.
06/03/1974
UK coal workers bring an end to a 16 week dispute following a pay increase of over 30%.
15/03/1974
Architect John Poulson is jailed for five years for bribing public figures to win contracts.
20/03/1974
Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips escape an apparent kidnap attempt.
26/06/1974
British actor Richard Burton divorces his wife, American actress, Elizabeth Taylor.
05/07/1974
Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors win the Wimbledon singles championships.
12/07/1974
The manager Liverpool football club Bill Shankly resigns.
17/07/1974
A bomb explodes in the Mortar room of the Tower of London killing one and injuring 41.
22/10/1974
A provisional IRA bomb explodes in a London club injuring four people.
04/11/1974
Judith Ward is convicted of the bombing of an army coach in which 12 people died.
21/11/1974
Two bombs explode in pubs in Birmingham, killing 19 people and injuring nearly 200.
24/11/1974
Six people, who later became known as the Birmingham Six, are charged with the pub bombings in Birmingham
22/12/1974
The London home of former prime minister Edward Heath is bombed, the IRA is believed to have been responsible for the bombing.
14/01/1975
17-year-old heiress, Lesley Whittle, is kidnapped from her home in Shropshire.
27/01/1975
Five IRA bombs go off in London and 19 are injured in Manchester from another IRA bomb
11/02/1975
The British Conservative Party chooses Margaret Thatcher as its new leader
28/02/1975
A London Underground train crashes at Moorgate, killing the driver and at least 29 passengers.
04/03/1975
Silent film legend Charlie Chaplin becomes Sir Charles after a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
19/06/1975
An inquest jury decides Lord Lucan murdered the 29-year-old nanny of his three young children.
23/06/1975
Singer K.T. Tunstall is born in Edinburgh
05/07/1975
Arthur Ashe gains the Wimbledon singles title after defeating Jimmy Connors
05/09/1975
A bomb explodes at the London Hilton hotel killing 2 and injuring 63
22/09/1975
A series of IRA bombs explode across Northern Ireland effectively ending the ceasefire.
03/10/1975
In London, the Spaghetti House Siege comes to a peaceful conclusion as the six remaining hostages are released; the kidnappers are subsequently arrested.
09/10/1975
A bomb explodes at a bus stop in Picadilly killing one person and injuring 20 more.
10/10/1975
Only 16 months after getting divorced, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton re-marry in Africa.
03/11/1975
Queen Elizabeth II formally opens the first oil pipeline from the North Sea to the UK mainland.
27/11/1975
Ross McWhirter joint founder of the Guinness Book of Records is killed outside his home.
29/11/1975
Motor Racing's Graham Hill is killed in an air crash.
06/12/1975
Three armed IRA members take a couple hostage in their home in Balcombe Street, London.
12/12/1975
The Balcombe Street siege ends peacefully when the IRA men release their hostages (John Mathews and Sheila Mathews) and surrender to police.
02/01/1976
Hurricane force winds of up to 105 mph hit the UK leaving 22 dead
07/01/1976
As the Cod War escalates, a British naval frigate is involved in another collision with an Icelandic gunboat in the Atlantic.
12/01/1976
British author Agatha Christie dies at the age of 85. World wide sales of her 80 books topped 300 million
21/01/1976
Two Concordes take off simultaneously from London and Paris
11/02/1976
Figure skater John Curry wins Britain's first Olympic gold in the sport - and the country's first medal at the winter games for 12 years
16/03/1976
Harold Wilson, Labour leader for 13 years and Prime Minister for almost eight, announces his resignation to a shocked nation.
19/03/1976
Buckingham Palace announces that Princess Margaret will separate from Lord Snowdon after 16 years of marriage.
05/04/1976
James Callaghan wins the Labour leadership contest and takes over at Number 10 Downing Street.
09/04/1976
The president of the Young Liberals, Peter Hain, is acquitted of robbing a branch of Barclays bank.
14/06/1976
Former Prime Minister Harold Wilson receives a knighthood.
29/07/1976
Fire engulfes the pier at Southend in Essex.
30/08/1976
100 police officers are injured in a riot that occurs at the close of the Notting Hill carnival in west London.
23/09/1976
Fire on board HMS Glasgow kills eight people.
04/10/1976
British Rail launch their high speed 125 mph "intercity" service with a service between London and Bristol.
04/12/1976
British composer Benjamin Britten dies at his Suffolk home at the age of 63
1977
'Seaside Woman' is released as a single by Suzy and the Red Stripes
03/01/1977
Former Home Secretary Roy Jenkins announces he is leaving Westminster politics to become Britain's first President of the European Commission.
06/01/1977
The music publisher EMI ends its contract with the notorious punk rock group, the Sex Pistols after reports of abusive behaviour at Heathrow Airport.
14/01/1977
Anthony Eden dies.
29/01/1977
Seven IRA bombs explode in London
07/06/1977
Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her official Silver Jubilee.
01/07/1977
Virginia Wade wins the Wimbledon women's singles title.
14/11/1977
Firefighters strike in the United Kingdom in support of a 30% pay claim, troops are brought in to provide emergency cover.
15/11/1977
Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips's first child, Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, is born
16/12/1977
Queen Elizabeth II unveils the new underground link between central London and Heathrow.
13/02/1978
Tomorrow's World presenter Anna Ford has been officially announced as ITN's first female newsreader.
19/06/1978
Cricketing star Ian Botham becomes the first man in the history of the game to score a century and take eight wickets in one innings of a Test match
21/06/1978
William Hanna was killed while walking home when shooting broke out between the British army and IRA gunmen at the Ballysillan post office depot in Belfast.
25/07/1978
The first baby, Louise Joy Brown, conceived by In-vitro Fertilisation is born in Oldham, United Kingdom.
20/09/1978
The police launch a nationwide manhunt for the killers of 13 year old paperboy Carl Bridgewater who was shot dead.
05/10/1978
Four people are killed and fifty injured when bombs explode at two pubs in Guildford.
12/10/1978
Sid Viscious of the Sex Pistols is arrested for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in New York.
27/10/1978
Barry Williams kills four people and injures many more in two separate locations near Birmingham.
10/01/1979
The Prime Minister, James Callaghan, flies back into strike-torn Britain denying allegations the country is in chaos.
02/02/1979
Punk rock musician Sid Viscious of the Sex Pistols dies of a drug overdose in New York.
18/03/1979
Three die and eight are seriously injured in an explosion at a colliery in Lancashire.
28/03/1979
Prime Minister James Callaghan loses a parliamentary vote of confidence by a minority of one - forcing him to call an early general election.
30/03/1979
Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Airey Neave is killed by a car bomb as he leaves the House of Commons car park.
31/03/1979
The radiation leak at Three Mile Island is brought under control three days after the initial problems.
03/05/1979
Margaret Thatcher becomes Europe's first woman prime minister following the decisive Conservative Party win in the general election
14/08/1979
A freak storm hits the Fastnet yacht race, damaging many boats and killing at least 3 people.
27/08/1979
Two booby-trapped IRA bombs explode killing 18 British soldiers at Warrenpoint, South Down.
02/09/1979
The body of 20 year old student Barbara Leach is discovered in an alley way in Bradford, she is the 12th victim of the Yorkshire Ripper.
21/09/1979
During a training mission, while trying to avoid another jet fighter a Harrier jump jet crashes into a Cambridgeshire house killing two men and a young boy.
27/09/1979
English singer Gracie Fields dies
16/11/1979
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher names Anthony Blunt, a former security service officer, as the 'fourth man' in the Philby affair.
21/12/1979
Lancaster House Agreement: An independence agreement for Rhodesia is signed in London by Lord Carrington, Sir Ian Gilmour, Robert Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo, Bishop Abel Muzorewa and Dr S C Mundawarara
02/01/1980
The first UK national steel strike since 1926 begins
27/03/1980
At least 120 oil rig workers are feared dead as a North Sea accommodation platform collapses during gales.
30/03/1980
Norah Jones is born
29/04/1980
British film director Alfred Hitchcock dies at the age of 80 in Hollywood.
10/05/1980
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, West Ham United beat Arsenal 1-0.
17/10/1980
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first British monarch to make a state visit to the Vatican where she meets Pope John Paul II.
10/11/1980
Michael Foot is elected leader of the Labour Party following Jim Callaghan stepping down.
05/01/1981
Police in England arrested Peter Sutcliffe, a truck driver, he is later convicted of the "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women.
06/01/1981
Scottish writer AJ Cronin dies
16/01/1981
Bernadette McAliskey (formerly Bernadette Devlin) is shot by a gunman at her home in County Tyrone.
25/01/1981
Four ex members of the Labour Party form a new party in british politics - the Social Democrats
18/02/1981
Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Government withdraws plans to close 23 pits in its first major U-turn since coming to power two years earlier.
24/02/1981
Buckingham Palace announces the engagement of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer (who upon marraige becomes Princess Diana).
01/03/1981
Imprisoned IRA member Bobby Sands begins a hunger strike at the Maze prison.
23/03/1981
The government bans all animal transport to contain an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
26/03/1981
The Social Democratss launch their new political party pledging to 'reconcile the nation' and 'heal divisions between classes'.
03/04/1981
Hundreds of youths riot in Brixton in South London
10/04/1981
Imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands is elected to Westminster as the MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone.
11/04/1981
The arrest of a black man leads to hundreds of youths rampaging through the streets of Brixton in south London.
29/04/1981
In a London court, Peter Sutcliffe admits responsiblity for the "Yorkshire Ripper" murders of 13 women.
05/05/1981
IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands dies in the Maze prison after 66 days without food
09/05/1981
Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City draw 1-1 after extra time in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Tottenham win the replay 3-2
12/05/1981
IRA hunger striker Francis Hughes dies in the Maze prison after 59 days without food
14/05/1981
Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City 3-2 in the FA Cup replay
09/07/1981
Youth's in several British cities riot
29/07/1981
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer (Princess Diana) marry in St Paul's Cathedral.
29/08/1981
A portrait of Princess Diana hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in London is damaged by vandals.
03/10/1981
Senior republican figures indicate that the hunger strike in the Maze prison is over.
25/11/1981
Lord Scarman's report into the Brixton riot blames the 'serious social and economic problems affecting Britain's inner cities' as the cause of the riot.
22/05/1982
Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers draw 1-1 after extra time in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Tottenham win the replay 1-0
27/05/1982
Tottenham Hotspur beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 in the FA Cup replay
19/06/1982
Italian banker Roberto Calvi is found hanged under Blackfriars bridge.
21/06/1982
Princess Diana has given birth to a boy sixteen hours after checking in to St Mary's Hospital, in London. Prince William weighed 7lb 1½oz
20/07/1982
Two IRA bombs explode killing 11 soldiers in London.
11/08/1982
Ronald Kray and Reginald Kray are allowed out of prison to attend their mother's funeral.
01/09/1982
Former Ipswich manager Bobby Robson is appointed manager of the England football team.
04/09/1982
A peace protest against the deployment of cruise missiles starts at the American Aif force base at Greenham Common.
11/10/1982
The Mary Rose, a tudor battleship sunk on July 19th 1545, is raised from the sea bed in the Solent channel near Portsmouth
21/10/1982
Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness become the first members of Sinn Fein to be elected to the Ulster Assembly.
27/10/1982
Three RUC officers are killed while investigating reports of a robbery in Lurghan when a Bomb explodes under their car.
12/12/1982
The American Air force base at Greenham Common is encircled by 20,000 women in protest against the planned siting of American cruise missiles.
28/02/1983
U2 release the Album 'War'
21/05/1983
Manchester United and Brighton Hove Albion draw 2-2 after extra time in the FA Cup final
26/05/1983
Manchester United beat Brighton Hove Albion 4-0 in the FA Cup replay
09/06/1983
The Conservative Party led by Margaret Thatcher win the general election with a large majority
05/08/1983
A mass trial of twenty two IRA members results in them being jailed for a combined total of 4,000 years.
25/09/1983
134 IRA prisoners at the Maze prison escape.
02/10/1983
Neil Kinnock becomes leader of the Labour Party
22/10/1983
One million people gather in London for a CND rally.
24/10/1983
Civil servant Dennis Nilsen appears in court accused of six murders and two attempted murders. Human remains of several bodies have been found at both his current flat and at a house he had previously lived in.
26/11/1983
The largest, to date, robbery takes place at the Brinks Mat warehouse at Heathrow airport. The armed gang escape with £25 million pounds of gold bullion
04/12/1983
SAS soldiers involved in an undercover operation in Northern Ireland shoot two IRA gunmen dead and injure a third man who escapes.
06/12/1983
Lars Ljungberg becomes the first person to receive a heart and lung transplant in Britain, the donor was a lady who had died the previous day.
17/12/1983
Three police officers and three members of the public are killed when a car bomb explodes outside the Harrods store in London.
19/12/1983
The first person to receive a heart and lung transplant in Britain, Lars Ljungberg, dies with his wife and mother beside him, 13 days after the tranplant.
14/03/1984
Gunmen shoot and injure the Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams, in an attack in central Belfast.
17/03/1984
The 130th Boat Race is postponed less than an hour before it is due to start after the Cambridge vessel is involved in a collision.
09/04/1984
About 100 pickets are arrested during violent clashes with police outside two working coal pits in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
12/04/1984
Arthur Scargill, leader of the miners' union the NUM, will not allow a national ballot to take place on whether to stop the strike.
17/04/1984
WPC Yvonne Fletcher is shot dead when an unknown person within the Libyan embassy fires shots at a crowd of protesters. Ten protesters are wounded.
27/04/1984
The Siege of the Libyan Embassy in London ends 11 days after the shooting of WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the embassy
19/05/1984
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Everton beat Watford 2-0.
19/05/1984
Sir John Betjeman dies at his Cornish home today at the age of 78 having been incapicitated by a stroke.
29/05/1984
A heart attack ended the career of Eric Morecambe at the age of 58 on this day. He collapsed following a charity show and later died in hospital.
07/07/1984
Martina Navratilova wins her fifth Wimbledon singles title.
23/07/1984
The UK goverment issues a report which confirms that there is a cancer cluster near the Sellafield nuclear plant, but claims the plant is not the cause.
18/08/1984
Civil servant Clive Ponting is charged under the Official Secrets act for leaking information about the sinking of the Argentinian warship Belgrano during the Falklands War.
05/10/1984
Essex police make sieze the biggest haul of cannabis in the UK when they search a schooner moored in North Fambridge, Essex.
12/10/1984
Margaret Thatcher survives an IRA bomb attack at the Conservative Party conference in Brighton
23/11/1984
A fire, thought to have been caused by an electrical fault, breaks out at Oxford Circus tube station. Nearly 1000 passengers were trapped in smoke filled tunnels for several hours.
10/01/1985
Eight people die and dozens are injured when an explosion destroys a block of flats in south-west London.
22/02/1985
The pound falls to its lowest rate ever against the dollar - only worth $1.0765
03/03/1985
Miners leaders vote to end the longest-running industrial dispute in Britain without any peace deal over pit closures
11/05/1985
Fire sweeps through the Bradford City ground killing 40 fans.
18/05/1985
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Manchester United beat Everton 1-0.
30/05/1985
Roy Plomley, creator of the BBC's Desert Island Discs radio show dies today at the age of 71. His show started in 1941 and was the longest running BBC programme
06/07/1985
Boris Becker at the age of 17, becomes the first unseeded player to win Wimbledon
07/07/1985
Unseeded 17 year old German tennis player Boris Becker becomes the youngest player to win the men's Wimbledon singles title.
13/07/1985
The Live Aid concerts organised by Bob Geldorf take place to raise money for African famine relief.
04/09/1985
The wreck of the liner Titanic is photographed using remote control underwater cameras.
15/09/1985
The european team captained by Tony Jacklin wins the Ryder Cup, the first time for many years.
28/09/1985
Riot brake out in Brixton following a woman being shot and seriously injured by police during a house search.
01/10/1985
Police face continued rioting in Liverpool and Peckham.
06/10/1985
Police constable Keith Blakelock is killed during riots on the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham, London.
29/11/1985
A family of four are killed in a gas explosion which destroys their block of flats in Glasgow.
09/01/1986
Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns his Cabinet job after a row with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher over the Westland helicopter affair.
15/02/1986
Eight police officers are injured in the worst outbreak of violence yet outside the News International printing plant in Wapping, east London.
07/04/1986
Home computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair sells the rights to his machines to Amstrad in a £5m deal.
10/05/1986
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Liverpool beat Everton 3-1.
10/06/1986
Bob Geldorf is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
05/07/1986
Martina Navratilova wins the Wimbledon women's singles title for the seventh time.
19/07/1986
British boxer Frank Bruno is defeated by Tim Witherspoon in the boxing heavyweight world championship fight.
23/07/1986
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson marry in Westminster Abbey
10/08/1986
Cricketer Ian Botham scores a record 175 in a one day Sunday league match, this include 13 sixes.
22/08/1986
Deputy chief constable of Greater Manchester police, John Stalker is cleared of misconduct.
24/08/1986
Bob Geldorf marries Paula Yates.
25/08/1986
Britain stages its first street motor race, around the streets of Birmingham.
31/08/1986
British sculptor Henry Moore dies at the age of 88
19/09/1986
Two passenger trains collide in Staffordshire, killing 2 people and injuring over 100.
24/10/1986
Britain breaks diplomatic relations with Syria following revelations of Syria's complicity in the terrrorist plot to blow up an El Al airliner.
28/10/1986
Jeremy Bamber is sentenced to jail for a minimum of 25 years for the murder of his step parents, sister and her two sons.
06/11/1986
45 oil workers are killed when a Chinook helicopter crashes into the North Sea off the coast of Scotland.
06/11/1986
Alex Ferguson becomes Manchester United manager
20/11/1986
Following information from Myra Hindley, Police have started new searches on Saddleworth Moor for the bodies of two more of the victims of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.
29/12/1986
Harold Macmillan, British prime minister from 1957 to 1963 dies at the age of 92
20/01/1987
Police carry out a series of dawn raids and make 26 arrests in their biggest operation so far against violence in and around football stadiums.
11/02/1987
Cynthia Payne is acquitted of nine charges of controlling prostitutes at her home in south-west London.
26/02/1987
The General Synod of the Church of England votes to allow the ordination of women
16/05/1987
A Tottenham Hotspur own goal gives the FA Cup to Coventry City in a 3-2 victory.
22/05/1987
One of Wolfgang Mozart's notebooks fetches £2.3 million at auction at Sotherby's
12/06/1987
Margaret Thatcher sweeps to victory in general election with massive parliamentary majority
04/08/1987
In a letter, Ian Brady makes reference to five other killings. Myra Hindley denies knowledge of any further killings.
06/08/1987
David Owen resigns from the Social Democrats when it votes to merge with the Liberal Party.
19/08/1987
A lone gunman, Michael Ryan, kills 14 and wounds a further 15 before killing himself in the Wiltshire town of Hungerford
08/10/1987
Coroner's inquest into the Zeebrugge Ferry disaster records a verdict of unlawful killing.
16/10/1987
Hurricane force winds of 110 mph hit southern England leaving 13 dead.
23/10/1987
Former champion jockey Lester Piggott is jailed for three years for tax evasion.
08/11/1987
The IRA bomb Enniskillen Rememberance Day parade killing 11.
18/11/1987
A fire at Kings Cross Station in London leaves 27 people dead.
03/02/1988
Nurses across the UK take part in a day of industrial action to secure more money for themselves and the NHS.
04/02/1988
Thousands of seamen at major British ports continue to strike even though their union has called an end to the action.
16/03/1988
A gunman kills three mourners and injures at least 50 people attending a funeral for IRA members shot dead in Gibraltar.
14/05/1988
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Wimbledon beat Liverpool 1-0
08/08/1988
The Duke and Duchess of York announce the birth of their first child.
12/12/1988
35 are killed and 100s injured when three trains collide in Clapham during the morning rush hour.
21/12/1988
A bomb explodes on board Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, killing all 259 passengers and crew on board and 11 people on the ground.
24/12/1988
North sea oil production is shut down following oil storage ship Medora breaking its moorings in gale force winds.
26/12/1988
A suitcase discovered in the wreckage of the Boeing 747 is sent for analysis to a goverment research centre amid speculation that the crash may have been caused by sabotage.
08/01/1989
A Boeing 737 airplane crashes onto the M1 motorway near East Midlands airport, killing 46 people
16/02/1989
Investigators in Lockerbie, Scotland, said a Semtex bomb and an electronic timer hidden inside a Toshiba radio cassette player in a case in the cargo hold had brought down Pan Am flight 103 the previous December.
20/02/1989
Police are hunting two IRA bombers who attacked an army barracks at Tern Hill in Shropshire.
04/03/1989
Six people die and 80 are injured, some of them seriously, in a rail crash at Purley in Surrey.
15/04/1989
At least 93 football supporters have been killed in Britain's worst-ever sporting disaster at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium.
20/05/1989
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Liverpool beat Everton 3-2
11/07/1989
Actor Laurence Olivier dies in Steyning, West Sussex, United Kingdom.
02/08/1989
Trade relations are re-established between Britain and Argentina following the Falklands War.
18/08/1989
Michael Knighton buys Manchester United for £20 million.
20/08/1989
51 party goers are killed when a dredger collides with the pleasure cruiser Marchoness on the Thames in London.
31/08/1989
Buckingham Palace announces that Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips are to separate.
14/09/1989
Linda McCartney publishes her own guide to vegetarian Cookery - "Linda McCartney's Home Cooking". The book went on to become the biggest-selling vegetarian cookbook ever in the UK.
22/09/1989
An IRA bomb at an army barracks in Kent kills 11 people.
19/10/1989
The Guildford Four are freed after 14 years in jail for the IRA pub bombings that the Court of Appeal rules they did not commit.
05/12/1989
Margaret Thatcher defeats Sir Anthony Meyer to retain the leadership of the Conservative Party
09/01/1990
The United Kingdom government today pledges £2.2 million for research into BSE, otherwise known as 'mad cow disease'
25/01/1990
At least 39 people, some of them children, die in the worst weather to hit England and Wales since the 1987 hurricane.
01/04/1990
Up to 1,000 prisoners run amok at Strangeways Prison in Manchester in a violent protest against overcrowding.
12/05/1990
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Manchester United draw with Crystal Palace 3-3. United win the replay with a single goal.
26/05/1990
In the FA Cup final replay at Wembley, Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 1-0.
07/07/1990
Martina Navratilova wins her record ninth Wimbledon singles title.
03/08/1990
A record high temperature of 37.1 degrees C is recorded in Leicestershire.
01/11/1990
Deputy Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Howe resigns in protest at the Prime Minister (Margaret Thatcher) policies towards Europe and her opposition to a single European currency.
20/11/1990
Margaret Thatcher fails to win outright victory in the battle for the Conservative Party leadership.
22/11/1990
Margaret Thatcher steps down as leader of the Conservative Party when her cabinet refuse to support her.
23/11/1990
Roald Dahl dies of leukemia in Oxford.
27/11/1990
Margaret Thatcher resigns as it becomes clear that she cannot defeat her chief rival for the Conservative Party leadership, Michael Heseltine. John Major succedes her as leader, having been elected by the Conservative Party caucus
28/11/1990
Margaret Thatcher formally tenders her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II and leaves Downing Street for the last time.
01/12/1990
The 49.1 kilometre Channel Tunnel was connected when a British workman cut through to connect the French and British sections of the tunnel.
1991
Linda McCartney launchs her range of ready-made vegetarian meals.
03/01/1991
The UK Foreign Office is expelling eight Iraqi embassy officials from the UK following threats of attacks on Western targets.
08/01/1991
One person dies and hundreds are injured when a commuter train from Kent crashes into buffers at Cannon Street station in London.
07/02/1991
An IRA mortar bomb is fired into the garden of 10 Downing Street
14/03/1991
The Birmingham Six walk free from jail after their convictions for the murder of 21 people in two pubs are quashed by the Court of Appeal.
18/05/1991
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Tottenham Hotspur beat Nottingham Forest 2-1.
30/07/1991
Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti gives a free concert in London's Hyde Park to celebrate 30 years in opera.
24/09/1991
The Nirvana release the album "Nevermind".
13/11/1991
After 3 years of investigations Dumfries and Galloway police indict two Libyans, Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi and Lamin Khalifah Fhimah, for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103.
19/11/1991
Terry Waite returns to the United Kingdom after five years as a hostage in Beirut
24/11/1991
Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock group Queen, dies at the age of 45, he was HIV positive and died of broncho-pneumonia.
25/11/1991
The appeal court quashed the conviction of Winston Silcott for the killing of PC Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riots.
05/12/1991
Mirror Group Newspapers reveals debts of £1 billion and administrators are called in. It is revealed that Robert Maxwell has removed £350 million from the company's pension fund without proper authority.
19/03/1992
Buckingham Palace announces that Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York are to separate due to irreconcilable differences.
10/04/1992
John Major leads the Conservatives to an unexpected fourth successive general election victory
13/04/1992
Neil Kinnock resigns as Labour Party leader blaming the Conservative-backed press for his party's defeat at the general election.
27/04/1992
The House of Commons elects a woman, Betty Boothroyd, to the post of Speaker for the first time in its 700 year history
09/05/1992
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Liverpool beat Sunderland 2-0.
30/06/1992
Margaret Thatcher takes her place in the House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven.
16/09/1992
The British government suspends its membership of the Exchange Rate Mechanism in what becomes know as "Black Wednesday".
13/10/1992
President of the Board of Trade Michael Heseltine announces that 31 of the remaining 50 deep coal mines will close with a loss of 31,000 mining jobs.
11/11/1992
The Church of England votes in favour of the ordination of women
20/11/1992
Fire brakes out in a private chapel in Windsor Castle and developes into a fierce blaze, as 200 fire fighters attempt to bring it under control.
26/11/1992
The British government announces that Queen Elizabeth II has volunteered to pay income tax on her personal income and to take her children off the public payroll.
09/12/1992
Prince Charles and Princess Diana announce that they will separate.
12/12/1992
Princess Anne becomes Mrs Timothy Laurence following a small wedding in Scotland.
05/01/1993
An oil tanker carrying 85,000 tonnes of crude oil runs aground in Shetland in hurricane force winds.
12/02/1993
Toddler James Bulger goes missing, CCTV footage shows him leaving the shopping centre with two boys
14/02/1993
Police confirm a body found on a railway embankment in Merseyside is that of missing toddler James Bulger.
20/02/1993
Two 10-year-old boys are charged with the abduction and murder of two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool.
20/03/1993
One boy is dead and more than 50 people are injured as two bombs explode in the centre of Warrington.
24/04/1993
The City of London is devastated as an IRA bomb explodes, killing one person and injuring 40
15/05/1993
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Arsenal draw with Sheffield Wednesday 1-1. Arsenal win the replay 2-1.
20/05/1993
In the FA Cup final replay at Wembley, Arsenal beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1.
24/11/1993
Two ten year old boys are found guilty of murdering toddler James Bulger
15/12/1993
Prime ministers John Major and Albert Reynolds sign a historic declaration to bring peace to Northern Ireland. The declaration allows for Sinn Fein to join talks on the future of the province if the IRA renounces violence.
28/12/1993
Following a tip off from Italian anti-mafia investigators, British customs officials seize cocaine valued at £70 million
14/01/1994
The Duchess of Kent becomes the first member of the Royal Family to convert to Catholicism for more than 300 years.
01/03/1994
Frederick West is charged with two further murders following the discovery of more human remains in the garden of his Gloucester home.
06/05/1994
Queen Elizabeth II and President Francois Mitterrand formally inaugurate the Channel Tunnel
14/05/1994
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Manchester United beat Chelsea 4-0.
03/07/1994
Martina Navratilova is defeated in the final of her last Wimbledon
21/07/1994
Tony Blair is elected leader of the Labour Party, replacing John Smith who died of a heart attack.
28/08/1994
Sunday trading laws are changed allowing thousands of shops in England and Wales to open on Sunday.
31/08/1994
The IRA announces a 'complete cessation of military operations'
19/11/1994
The first Lottery draw in the UK takes place with a jackpot of approximately £7 million
15/12/1994
Former 800m Commonwealth gold medallist, Diane Modahl, is found guilty of taking a banned drug. She was cleared in March 1996.
1995
Linda McCartney is diagnosed with breast cancer, and her condition soon gets worse as the cancer spread to her liver. Linda takes issue with anti-cancer drugs that have been tested on animals.
01/01/1995
Frederick West is found dead hanged in his prison cell at Winson Green prison near Birmingham.
27/01/1995
Manchester United's Eric Cantona is fined £20,000 and banned from playing football following his attack on a fan.
09/03/1995
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip pay a symbolic visit to Northern Ireland - their first since the IRA and Loyalist ceasefires came into the previous year.
17/03/1995
Notorious gangland killer Ronald Kray dies in hospital two days after he collapses in his ward at Broadmoor.
20/05/1995
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Everton beat Manchester United 1-0.
24/05/1995
Harold Wilson dies aged 79.
20/06/1995
Oil giant Shell caves in to international pressure and abandons plans to dump the Brent Spar oil rig at sea.
04/07/1995
John Major is re-elected as leader of the Conservative Party having resigned to test the extent of his support amongst MPs.
05/10/1995
Linda McCartney publishes 'Linda's Kitchen: Simple and Inspiring Recipes for Meals Without Meat'
13/11/1995
Leah Betts goes into a coma after taking an ecstacy tablet at a party.
16/11/1995
The Queen Mother has her hip replaced in a 90 minute operation at the King Edward VII hospital, doctors advise that she is making a good recovery.
22/11/1995
Rosemary West is sentenced to life imprisonment for her part in the murder of ten girls and young women.
08/12/1995
Head teacher Philip Lawrence is stabbed while protecting one of his pupils who was being assaulted, he dies while being treated by paramedics.
13/12/1995
Hundreds of black and white youths riot on the streets of Brixton in south London attacking police and destroying shops and vehicles following the death of a black man while in police custody.
20/12/1995
Queen Elizabeth II has written to Princess Diana and Prince Charles urging them to seek an early divorce.
10/02/1996
The IRA admit planting the bomb that exploded in the Docklands area of London the previous night.
18/02/1996
Three people are feared dead after a bomb explodes on a London bus, nine days after the IRA ended its ceasefire.
13/03/1996
A lone gunman goes on a shooting spree at a school in Dunblane, Scotland, killing 16 children and their teacher.
16/04/1996
Buckingham Palace announces that Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York have begun divorce proceedings.
11/05/1996
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Manchester United beat Liverpool 1-0.
30/05/1996
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are granted an uncontested decree ending their ten year marraige.
08/07/1996
Wolverhampton school teacher, Lisa Potts, is badly injured while protecting the children from a man wielding a machete.
17/07/1996
TWA flight 800 explodes shortly after leaving New York's John F Kennedy airport bound for Paris, all 230 on board were killed.
28/08/1996
The official decree ending the 15 year marraige of Prince Charles and Princess Diana is issued.
02/09/1996
British boxer Frank Bruno outpoints Oliver McCall in the boxing heavyweight world championship fight at Wembley Stadium, London to become World Champion.
16/10/1996
Following the Dunblane massacre handguns are banned in Britain.
09/01/1997
Lone yachtsman, Tony Bullimore, feared drowned after his boat capsized in the Southern Ocean five days ago, is found safe and well.
15/01/1997
Princess Diana angers government ministers after calling for an ban on the use of landmines.
06/02/1997
The Court of Appeal makes an historic judgement in favour of Diane Blood who will be allowed to be inseminated with her dead husband's sperm.
14/02/1997
Jurors at the inquest into the death of Stephen Lawrence have decided the black teenager was unlawfully killed 'in a completely unprovoked racist attack by five white youths'.
21/02/1997
Three men (the Bridgewater Three) jailed 18 years ago for the murder of 13-year-old paper boy Carl Bridgewater are released after their convictions are ruled unsafe.
23/02/1997
Scientists in Scotland announced they had succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named Dolly.
11/03/1997
Musician Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
08/04/1997
Veteran war reporter Martin Bell vows to defeat disgraced Conservative MP Neil Hamilton in the battle for Tatton.
02/05/1997
At the age of 44, Tony Blair becomes the Britain's youngest prime minister in 185 years.
17/05/1997
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 2-0.
19/06/1997
William Hague becomes the youngest leader of the Conservative Party in 200 years
05/07/1997
Martina Hingis at 16 becomes the youngest person to win the Wimbledon singles championship in 110 years after defeating Jana Novotna.
14/07/1997
Convicted murderer Reginald Kray marries Roberta Jones at Maidstone prison in Kent.
06/09/1997
A funeral service for Princess Diana takes place at Westminster Abbey.
19/09/1997
A Rail Crash at Southall involving a passenger train and a freight train kills 6 people and injures 150.
10/04/1998
The Northern Ireland peace talks have ended with an historic agreement called the Good Friday Agreement.
16/05/1998
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Arsenal beat Newcastle United 2-0.
31/07/1998
The UK goverment announces a total ban on the use of land mines, one month before the anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.
15/08/1998
A large car bomb explodes in Omagh, Northern Ireland, killing 29 and injuring 370.
06/01/1999
Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones announce their engagement.
24/02/1999
A report on the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence says London's police force is 'institutionally racist'.
12/03/1999
One of the 20th century's finest musicians Yehudi Menuhin dies, aged 82.
21/03/1999
One of Britain's most loved and most successful comedians, Ernie Wise, dies aged 73.
29/03/1999
The case of James Hanratty is sent back to the Court of Appeal - 37 years after he was hanged for the notorious A6 murder in Bedfordshire.
22/05/1999
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Manchester United beat Newcastle United 2-0.
01/06/1999
Inventor of the hovercraft Christopher Cockerell dies in Hythe, Hampshire.
19/06/1999
Prince Edward marries Sophie Rhys-Jones at Windsor. The couple become the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
05/10/1999
A Rail Crash between two trains near Paddington kills 8 people and injures more than 160.
10/10/1999
Thousands gather to view the Millenium wheel being added to the skyline of London
15/10/1999
In an out of court settlement the Metropolitan Police pay £50,0000 damages to Winston Silcott who was wrongly convicted of the murder of Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riots.
06/01/2000
Hospitals around the UK are feeling the strain of the current flu outbreak even though it has not been classed as an epidemic.
07/01/2000
Former Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken is released from jail after serving less than half of his 18-month sentence.
11/01/2000
Seven fishermen are feared drowned off the Scottish coast after the disappearance of their dredger in force nine gales.
01/04/2000
The Enigma machine, used by the Germans to encrypt messages in the World War 2, is stolen from Bletchley Park.
04/04/2000
Severe weather forces the closure of Luton airport as blizzards and flooding cause widespread chaos.
20/05/2000
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Chelsea beat Aston Villa 1-0.
18/07/2000
Police confirm that a body found in West Sussex is that of eight year old Sarah Payne who disappeared from her grandparent's home on 1st July.
28/07/2000
Nearly 80 men imprisoned for terrorist offences are release from the Maze prison in Northern Ireland.
05/08/2000
Alec Guinness dies aged 86 at Midhurst, Sussex.
12/08/2000
A memorial service is held at Guildford cathedral in memory of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne.
17/10/2000
A train derailment at Hatfield kills 4 people.
27/11/2000
Ten year old schoolboy, Damilola Taylor dies from a stab wound in the leg.
22/12/2000
American singer Madonna marries British film maker Guy Ritchie in a ceremony in a Scottish castle.
05/01/2001
A report reveals that the former GP Harold Shipman may have killed more than 300 of his patients.
08/01/2001
The High Court rules that the identities and whereabouts of the the two boys who murdered toddler James Bulger in 1993 will be kept secret for the rest of their lives.
12/01/2001
Sven Goran Eriksson, flies in to start his new job as the coach of the England football team.
22/01/2001
The government launches a £3m campaign to convince parents the controversial MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) triple vaccine is safe.
24/01/2001
Peter Mandelson resigns from the Cabinet over a passports-for-cash scandal.
31/01/2001
Family GP Dr Harold Shipman is jailed for life for murdering 15 of his patients, making him Britain's most prolific convicted serial killer.
21/02/2001
The European Commission bans all British milk, meat and livestock exports following the UK's first outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease for two decades.
28/02/2001
Up to 13 are killed and more than 70 injured when a high speed train is hit by a car which careered off the motorway.
08/03/2001
Divers raise the wreck of Donald Campbell's boat, Bluebird, from the bottom of Coniston Water in Cumbria.
11/03/2001
The UK sees the worst day for new foot and mouth cases since the disease was first diagnosed two weeks earlier.
07/05/2001
Escaped Great Train robber Ronnie Biggs returns to Britain where he is re-arrested and jailed to complete his sentence.
12/05/2001
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Liverpool beat Arsenal 2-1
08/06/2001
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is elected for a second term following a landslide victory.
22/06/2001
The Parole Board decides that the two schoolboy murderers of James Bulger are to be released.
03/08/2001
A car bomb explodes in Ealing Broadway, London, seven people are injured. Dissident Irish Republicans are blamed for the explosion.
23/10/2001
The IRA announces that it has begun decommissioning its weapons.
08/11/2001
Barry George is jailed for life for the murder of TV presenter Jill Dando.
14/01/2002
Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announces that the UK Foot and Mouth outbreak is now clear after no new cases in the last 3 months.
09/02/2002
Britain's Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, dies aged 71.
30/03/2002
Buckingham Palace announces that the Queen Mother has died peacefully in her sleep aged 101.
04/05/2002
In the FA Cup final at the Millenium Stadium, Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-0
28/09/2002
Edwina Currie reveals that she had an affair with former Prime Minister John Major.
23/02/2003
Norah Jones wins five Grammy Awards for the album 'Come Away With Me', tying the record for a female artist held by Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys, and since tied by Beyonce.
13/05/2003
In the FA Cup final at the Millenium Stadium, Arsenal beat Southampton 1-0
27/07/2003
Bob Hope dies of pneumonia in Toluca Lake, California.
24/10/2003
The legendary supersonic aircraft, Concorde, makes its last commercial passenger flight amid emotional scenes at Heathrow airport
29/10/2003
Iain Duncan Smith resigns as leader of the Conservative Party following a vote of no confidence.
17/12/2003
Ian Huntley is convicted of murdering of two 10 year old girls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
28/12/2003
British Home Secretary David Blunkett and Transport Secretary Alistair Darling announce that armed undercover Sky Marshals will be placed on some British planes while in United States air space.
08/01/2004
Queen Elizabeth II names the largest passenger ship ever built - the Queen Mary.
13/01/2004
Harold Shipman is found hanging by a bed sheet strung around the bars of his cell at Wakefield Prison at 06:20 GMT.
22/05/2004
In the FA Cup final at the Millenium Stadium, Manchester United beat Millwall 3-0
16/08/2004
The average August rainfall falls in two hours causing flash floods which devastate the village of Boscastle.
18/11/2004
Britain outlaws fox hunting in England and Wales
15/12/2004
David Blunkett resigns amid accusations that he used his position as Home Secretary to fast track a visa application for his ex lover's nanny.
07/02/2005
Britain's Ellen MacArthur becomes the fastest person to sail solo around the world.
10/02/2005
Clarence House announces that Prince Charles will marry his long-term partner Camilla Parker-Bowles on 8 April. Mrs Parker-Bowles will take the title HRH Duchess of Cornwall after the civil ceremony at Windsor Castle.
16/02/2005
The Kyoto Protocol that aims to slow down global warming takes effect but the US remains outside it.
18/02/2005
Hunting with dogs in England and Wales becomes illegal as the ban on the activity passes into law
09/04/2005
Prince Charles weds Camilla Parker-Bowles at a civil ceremony followed by a blessing.
05/05/2005
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is elected for a third term but with a drasticaly reduced majority.
21/05/2005
In the FA Cup final at the Millenium Stadium, Arsenal beat Manchester United 5-4 on penalties after drawing 0-0 after extra time.
07/07/2005
A series of bomb attacks on London transport network kills 30 and injure 700 more.
22/07/2005
Jean Charles de Menezes is shot dead by Metropolitan police at Stockwell underground after he was challenged by armed officers and failed to obey their instructions.
28/07/2005
The IRA formally offers an end to its armed campaign and commits to pursue its objectives peacefully.
12/09/2005
England win the Ashes from Australia.
06/12/2005
David Cameron is elected leader of the Conservative Party with a large majority.
13/05/2006
In the FA Cup final at the Millenium Stadium, Liverpool beat West Ham United 3-1 on penalties after drawing 3-3 after extra time.
17/05/2006
Musician Paul McCartney and his second wife Heather Mills-McCartney announce that they are to separate.
19/05/2007
In the FA Cup final at Wembley, Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0
16/10/2007
British film star Deborah Kerr dies at the age of 86
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