The Last 80 Years: UK

Can you name the facts about the last 80 years in the UK?

2013Prime Minister David Cameron loses a vote 285-272 in the House of Commons on the principle of British involvement in military intervention in this country
2012This building, the tallest in the European Union, officially opens
2011This party wins an overall majority in the Scottish Parliament, announcing plans for a referendum on independence the following year
2010Following a hung Parliament, this Liberal Democrat leader forms a coalition government with the Conservative party, becoming Deputy Prime Minister
2009This team wins the FA Cup for the fifth time, beating Everton 2-1
2008Boris Johnson defeats this Labour incumbent to become Mayor of London
2007This man becomes Prime Minister, following the anticipated resignation of Tony Blair
2006This actor makes his debut as James Bond
2005This Liberal Democrat leads his party to win the most seats of any third party since 1923, with 62 MPs
2004Piers Morgan is dismissed as the editor of this newspaper
2003This member of the Rolling Stones is knighted
2002This man is elected to succeed George Carey as Archbishop of Canterbury
2001This man leads the Conservative Party to a net gain of 1 MP in the general election, and subsequently resigns
2000This London pedestrian bridge is first opened to the public, and closed within days when it starts swaying
1999This comedian dies of a heart attack aged 73, nearly 15 years after the death of his comedy partner Eric Morecambe
1998This agreement between the UK and Irish governments is signed and approved by referendum
1997This band wins the Eurovision Song Contest, the first (and, to date, only) UK win since 1981
1996This sheep is the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell
1995Attempting to reassert authority, Prime Minister John Major resigns as the Tory leader and beats this challenger in the subsequent leadership election
1994This Labour Party leader dies suddenly of a heart attack
1993This party wins their first council seat in a by-election in Millwall
1992This man leads the Labour Party to a surprising defeat, following consistent polling showing a small lead over the Conservatives, and subsequently resigns
1991This building is hit by a mortar attack, carried out by the Provisional Irish Republican Army
1990Riots break out in response to this tax, which - with many others refusing to pay - contributes to the downfall of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
1989This man becomes the first English winner of the Masters tournament
1988This book is published, with the author, Salman Rushdie, subject to a fatwā calling for his death the following year
1987David Owen resigns as leader of this party, following a vote from its members to merge with the Liberals
1986This man resigns as Defence Secretary over the Westland Affair, later making the 1990 leadership challenge that leads to the resignation of Margaret Thatcher
1985'A View to a Kill' sees this man make his last appearance as James Bond
1984The Provisional Irish Republican Army bombs a hotel in this seaside town, aiming to kill Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet
1983Margaret Thatcher wins reelection by a landslide against this Labour leader, who subsequently resigns
1982This war breaks out with Argentina
1981The first episode of this sitcom airs, voted Britain's best in a 2004 BBC poll
1980Despite government pressure, the British Olympic Association votes to send athletes to the Summer Olympics in this city
1979This Prime Minister loses a vote of no confidence by 1 vote in the House of Commons, and then the subsequent general election
1978Nottingham Forest wins the Football League First Division for the first time in their history under this renowned mananger
1977This horse wins the Grand National for the third time
1976This punk rock band releases their debut single: Anarchy in the U.K.
1975A referendum is held on the continued membership of this international organisation, with 67% voting yes
1974Two general elections result in a hung Parliament and then a small Labour majority, but both see this Conservative Prime Minister beaten
1973Pink Floyd releases this studio album, which becomes one of the best selling albums of all time worldwide
1972The first episode of this long running quiz show airs
1971This man founds the Democratic Unionist Party
1970This man is the first actor to be given a life peerage and become a Lord
1969This aircraft makes its first flight
1968This politician makes his famous and controversial 'Rivers of Blood' speech over immigration
1967This cult television series starring Patrick McGoohan first airs
1966England beats West Germany 4-2 to win the FIFA World Cup, with this man scoring the only hat-trick ever in a World Cup final
1965The first episode of this 'Supermarionation' series featuring International Rescue airs
1964The murderers of John Alan West are the last people to receive this on the British Isles
1963This man becomes Labour leader, whose first premiership after the 1964 election will see liberalisation of laws on divorce, homosexuality and abortion
1962The Beatles release this, their first single in their own right
1961The first edition of this satirical and current affairs magazine is published
1960This Prime Minister makes his 'Winds of Change' speech, receiving a frosty reception from the South African parliament
1959The Conservative party increases its overall majority to 100 over the Labour Party, which is now led by this man after the retirement of Clement Attlee
1958The first of these 'wars' over fishing rights breaks out with Iceland
1957This person makes their first televised Christmas message
1956The Suez Crisis leads to the resignation of this Prime Minister at the start of the following year
1955This popular Ealing comedy film is released, starring Alec Guinness, Katie Johnson and Peter Sellers
1954This man is the first to break the four-minute mile
1953Winston Churchill wins this Nobel Prize
1952This Agatha Christie play opens in London, and is still running today
1951This character first appears in the Beano comic, and still appears today
1950The film release of Treasure Island sees this man play Long John Silver, who effectively invents the 'pirate voice' by exaggerating his west country accent
1949This politically significant dystopian novel is first published
1948This publicly funded institution, providing the right to universal healthcare, begins operating
1947This man is appointed as the last Viceroy of India
1946Winston Churchill uses this term to describe the ideological and political division of Europe in a speech in America
1945This Nazi propaganda broadcaster is captured in Germany, and charged with high treason
1944The first V-1 flying bomb attacks on London take place, the bombs themselves are given this nickname
1943173 people are killed in a crush in this London Underground station, at the time being used as an air-raid shelter, and is thought to be the single largest loss of civilian life in the UK during World War II
1942This city is the first to be bombed as part of the Baedeker Raids, which targeted historic cities rather than strategic ones, in response to the bombing of Lübeck
1941This Nazi politician flies to Scotland, hoping to engage in peace talks, and is immediately arrested
1940Germany's defeat in the Battle of Britain denies them air superiority, and ends the threat of this operation being carried out, that of a German invasion
1939This Prime Minister announces the declaration of war on Germany
1938This psychoanalyst arrives in London, having fled Vienna
1937The world's oldest emergency call service comes into operation in London, reached by dialling this number
1936Following the Abdication Crisis, this man becomes the only Prime Minister to have served under three different monarchs
1935This Prime Minister, who has been the first ever Labour Prime Minister but had now been leading a National Government, retires
1934Ten thousand people attend a British Union of Fascists rally in Birmingham, organised by this man
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