History Quiz / The UK in the 20th Century: 1953

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Can you name the notable people, places and events of the United Kingdom in 1953?

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This man is executed at Wandsworth Prison for his part in the murder of PC Sidney Miles.28th January
This car ferry, sailing from Stranraer, Scotland, to Larne, Northern Ireland, sinks in the Irish Sea, killing 133 people, including the Deputy PM of Northern Ireland.31st January
This sea experiences a severe storm surge, causing widespread flooding and loss of life across the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium.31st January-1st February
James Watson and Francis Crick announce that they have discovered the structure of this molecule.28th February
This Yugoslav leader becomes the first Communist leader to visit the UK.16th March
This royal, consort to the late George V, dies in her sleep at Marborough House.24th March
Ian Fleming publishes this novel, the first to feature James Bond.13th April
In the first FA Cup final to be televised, this Lancashire club wins their first major trophy after coming back from 3-1 down to win 4-3, with Stanley Matthews instrumental.2nd May
This monarch is crowned.2nd June
On the same day, The Times exclusively carries James Morris' scoop of the conquest of this mountain by a British Expedition on 29th May.2nd June
Eskdalemuir, a small village in the south of Scotland, sets a new record for the highest rainfall in a 30 minute period, with this amount of rain falling (answer in mm, ± 3).26th June
The first roll-on|roll-off ferry crossing of the English Channel takes place, from Dover to this French town.30th June
A strain of this disease, affecting rabbits, arrives in the UK for the first time after being illegally introduced on an estate in West Sussex.August
Post-War rationing of this basic foodstuff ends.26th September
The Government sends troops to this South American colony, blaming communists for causing unrest.6th October
This largely telephone based charity, aiming to provide support to people undergoing emotional stress or at risk of suicide, is started by the Rev. Chad Varah in London.2nd November
This BBC current affairs series begins broadcasting; it continues to air to this day.11th November
These fossilised remains, thought to be a hitherto unknown form of early human, are exposed as a hoax.21st November
The England national football team suffer a 6-3 defeat to this European nation at Wembley, ending a 90-year unbeaten home run against non-British sides.25th November

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