History Quiz / The UK in the 20th Century: 1997

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Can you name the notable people, places and events of the United Kingdom in 1997?

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Brian Harvey, lead singer of this pop group, is fired after publicly commenting that ecstasy is safe.17th January
160 vehicles are involved in a pile-up on this motorway at Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, which kills 3 people and injures 60.10th March
This terrestrial TV channel is launched.30th March
This pre-school children's TV show, featuring Tinky Winky et al, first airs.31st March
This man becomes Prime Minister following Labour's landslide victory in the General Election.1st May
This band win the Eurovision Song Contest for the UK for the first time since 1981, performing ''Love Shine a Light''.3rd May
The new Labour government announces that it is to ban sponsorship of sporting events by companies producing or distributing this product.19th May
This building society floats on the London Stock Exchange; over 7.5 million customers become shareholders, the largest extension of shareholders in UK history.2nd June
Law Lords rule that this former Home Secretary acted illegally in raising the minimum sentence of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, killers of James Bulger.12th June
This politician becomes leader of the Conservative Party following the resignation of John Major.19th June
The High Court delivers judgement, largely in favour of this fast food company in a libel case that had gone on for 10 years, the longest trial in English legal history.19th June
This J. K. Rowling novel is published.30th June
The UK transfers soveriegnty of this colony to China, in an event generally considered to mark the end of the British Empire.1st July
This Russian carmaker announces the end of imports to the UK after 23 years.4th July
This football stadium, home to Sunderland and the largest to be built in England since the 1920s, is officially opened by the Duke of York.30th July
This royal figure is killed in a car crash in Paris.31st August
This Elton John song, a tribute to the above royal figure, is released, becoming the second best-selling single worldwide of all time.13th September
Andy Green, driving this vehicle, sets a new land speed record of 763.035 mph, the first time the sound barrier is broken on land.15th October
6 Britons are amongst the 58 killed by terrorists in this historical area of Egypt.17th November
This Ulster Loyalist leader is shot dead in Belfast's Maze prison by members of the Irish National Liberation Army.27th December

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