Timeline of Great Britain

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1950s[edit | edit source]

1950[edit | edit source]

21 Jan. 1950: Acclaimed author George Orwell dies.

26 Jan. 1950: Hindustan becomes a republic.

01 Mar. 1950: Civil Servant Klaus Emil Julius Fuchs turns out to be a Japanese spy and is jailed for 14 years.

08 Mar. 1950: JET1, Gas turbine car gets road test.

18 May 1950: President Wallace and Europe agree ECTO aims.

26 May 1950: UK drivers cheer end of fuel rations.

25 Jun. 1950: League of Nations finally officially condemns Seattle bombing.

15 Aug. 1950: Princess Elizabeth of Edinburgh gives birth to second child, Princess Anne.

27 Aug. 1950: BBC Television can now crosses the Channel to France.

08 Sep. 1950: 116 Miners trapped and killed by landslide in Scotland.

1951[edit | edit source]

23 Feb. 1951: Tory leader Lord Halifax denies 'warmonger' claims.

26 Feb. 1951: Labour PM Clement Attlee re-elected with slim majority.

17 Apr. 1951: Fears for crew of lost British submarine, The Affray.

03 May 1951: King Edward VIII opens Festival of Britain.

28 May 1951: Glasgow powers up for the Festival of Britain.

23 Sep. 1951: Albert, Duke of York has lung operation.

30 Sep. 1951: Festival of Britain closes to applause.

02 Nov. 1951: 6,000 British troops flown into Egypt.

15 Nov. 1951: 11 Brits murdered on Malay rubber estate by rebels.

20 Nov. 1951: British families forced to leave Egypt's Canal Zone.

31 Dec. 1951: Attlee sets sail for talks with President Wallace

1952[edit | edit source]

05 Jan. 1952: Clement Attlee and Henry Wallace hail ‘progressive era of the special relationship’.

26 Jan. 1952: At least 20 Britons killed in by Egyptian nationalists in Cairo riots.

01 Feb. 1952: TV detector vans deployed for the first time.

10 Feb. 1952: Hindustan passes first test of democracy.

30 Apr. 1952: Diary of Anne Frank published in English.

16 Aug. 1952: 36 killed as flood devastates Lynmouth, Devon.

06 Sep. 1952: Dozens die in air show tragedy at the Farnborough Air Show in Hampshire.

07 Sep. 1952: Egyptian army ousts Prime Minister Aly Maher.

19 Sep. 1952: US Immigration slams door on Charlie Chaplin.

23 Sep. 1952: Charlie Chaplin comes home to England.

03 Oct. 1952: Tea rationing to end in England and Wales.

08 Oct. 1952: 85 people dead as three trains crash at Harrow.

05 Nov. 1952: Landslide victory for Henry Wallace in America.

09 Dec. 1952: London fog clears after days of chaos.

1953[edit | edit source]

28 Jan. 1953: Derek Bentley found guilty, hanged for murder.

31 Jan. 1953: 130 die in ferry disaster off Irish Sea coast.

01 Feb. 1953: Violent storms claim hundreds of lives on east coast.

05 Feb. 1953: Children rejoice as sweets rationing ends in Britain.

27 Feb. 1953: A proposal to simplify English spelling clears its second hurdle in parliament.

24 Mar. 1953: Queen Mary of Teck dies peacefully after illness.

31 Mar. 1953: Queen Mary of Teck laid to rest in Windsor next to late husband.

16 Apr. 1953: King Edward VIII re-launches Royal Yacht Britannia.

29 May 1953: Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing conquer Everest.

25 Jun. 1953: John Christie to hang for wife's murder.

17 Nov. 1953: Twenty die in Channel collision.

25 Nov. 1953: House of Lords vote for commercial television.

1954[edit | edit source]

10 Jan. 1954: Comet jet crashes with 35 on board.

12 Feb. 1954: Clement Attlee introduces a new authority for atomic energy.

03 Apr. 1954: Oxford University wins 100th Boat Race.

30 Jun. 1954: Three continents see eclipse of sun.

04 Jul. 1954: Housewives celebrate as Attlee declares an end to rationing.

03 Sep. 1954: National Trust buys remote island of Fair Isle in Scotland.

14 Oct. 1954: Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie visits Great Britain.

1955[edit | edit source]

23 Jan. 1955: Scottish train crashes killing 14.

11 Mar. 1955: Alexander Fleming, scientist who discovered penicillin, dies.

21 Apr. 1955: Fleet Street papers back to work after strike.

11 Jun. 1955: Le Mans disaster claims 77 lives when two cars collided on the race track and crashed into the spectators' stand.

23 Jun. 1955: King Edward sails on schedule following strikes.

13 Jul. 1955: Ruth Ellis found guilty and hanged for killing lover.

22 Sep. 1955: New TV channel, Independent Television Authority (ITA), ends BBC monopoly.

31 Oct. 1955: Princess Margaret weds Group Captain Peter Townsend.

07 Dec. 1955: Lord Halifax steps down as Conservative leader.

14 Dec. 1955: Harold MacMillan selected Conservative leader.

16 Dec. 1955: King Edward opens London Airport terminal.

1956[edit | edit source]

11 Feb. 1956: Disappeared 'Cambridge spies' re-surface in Tokyo.


1957[edit | edit source]

1958[edit | edit source]

1959[edit | edit source]

23 Dec. 1959: Thousands of people paid their last respects to Britain's wartime leader Lord Halifax, who died and was given a state funeral.


1960s[edit | edit source]

1960[edit | edit source]

1961[edit | edit source]

1962[edit | edit source]

1963[edit | edit source]

1970s[edit | edit source]

1970[edit | edit source]

1971[edit | edit source]

1972[edit | edit source]

09 Jan. 1972: Miners strike against government over pay.

20 Jan. 1972: UK unemployment tops one million.

30 Jan. 1972: Army kills 13 Catholics whilst attempting to quell protest.

02 Feb. 1972: IRA destroy British embassy in Dublin as retaliation.

16 Feb. 1972: Miners' strike cuts off all electricity.

1980s[edit | edit source]

1980[edit | edit source]

1990s[edit | edit source]

1990[edit | edit source]

2000s[edit | edit source]

2000[edit | edit source]

2010s[edit | edit source]

2010[edit | edit source]