The UK in the 20th Century: 1909

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Can you name the notable people, places and events of the United Kingdom in 1909?

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This retirement income scheme comes into force.1st January
This explorer's Nimrod Expedition to the South Pole is forced to turn back just 112 miles from the pole.9th January
This actor, best known for roles in The Pink Panther and Around the World in 80 Days, and winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1958 (for Separate Tables), is born.1st March
The Anglo-Siamese Treaty is signed in this Thai city.10th March
This famous department store (the second largest in the UK) opens on Oxford Street in London.15th March
The Children Act 1908 comes into effect, (amongst other things) abolishing this method of execution for under-16s.11th April
The Scottish Football Association withholds this competition after a riot between rival fans in the final.17th April
This tennis player, winner of Wimbledon for three consecutive years from 1934 to 1936, is born.18th May
This footballer and manager, famous for managing Manchester United to a host of league titles and cup wins in the 50s and 60s, is born.26th May
Edward VII and Queen Alexandra open this London museum, dedicated to a former monarch and her husband.26th June
This French aviator flies across the English Channel from Calais to Dover, winning a prize of £1000 from the Daily Mail.25th July
This intelligence organisation is secretly established.23rd August
The first Boy Scout rally is held at this exhibition site in South East London.3rd September
This stadium hosts its first rugby football match.2nd October
This artist, known for his bold but bleak figurative art style, including the late masterpiece Study for a Self Portrait -Triptych, 1985-86, is born.28th October
This (now defunct) high street chain opens its first store in Liverpool.5th November
This West Country university is founded.4th December
This African country, antagonists in the Boer Wars, is granted dominion status.7th December

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