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Robert Stephenson's Britannia Tubular Bridge is opened
Tacky leads a slave rebellion in Jamaica
IRA kill the Queen's cousin Lord Mountbatten
Great Reform Act changes parliamentary representation
Municipal Corporations Bill creates town councils
First Allied troops land in Europe as invasion of Sicily begins
United Nations comes into existence with Britain as a founder member
British mandate of Mesopotamia becomes the Kingdom of Iraq
Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade is formed
Act of Union of England and Scotland is ratified
Britain and France declare war on Russia and the Crimean War begins
William Gladstone becomes prime minister for the first time
Parliament passes a bill to abolish slavery in the British empire
Olympic Games open at White City in London
World's first steam locomotive passenger service begins
Education becomes compulsory for children under ten
New law introduces secular school boards
Jarrow men march to London to highlight local poverty and unemployment
'Cambridge spies' surface in Moscow
Education funding becomes linked to pupils' results
'Factory Age' begins with the opening of Britain's first cotton mill
Abolition of Resale Price Maintenance prompts the rise of supermarkets
'Boston Tea Party' heightens tensions in North American colonies
William Pitt the Younger's government outlaws Trade Unions
'Simon Report' proposes representative government for India
National Insurance Act provides cover against sickness and unemployment
Britain holds its first census
Prime Minister Harold Wilson resigns and is replaced by James Callaghan
Anne dies and George I accedes to the throne
Britain 'abolishes' the slave trade
Sierra Leone is established under British rule as a home for former slaves
People's Charter advocates social and political reform
Berlin Airlift begins after Soviet forces blockade the city
American War of Independence begins
Penitentiary Act authorises state prisons
Conservative Sir Alec Douglas-Home becomes prime minister
Royal Navy defeats a French and Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar
Britain goes to war with France following the execution of Louis XVI
Radical journalist John Wilkes is arrested for criticising the king
Major national industries are privatised
'Tolpuddle Martyrs' are sentenced to transportation for trade union activities
Victoria comes to the throne after the death of William IV
The Great Exhibition opens at the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London
Prime Minister Viscount Melbourne resigns and sparks a political crisis
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Saltash railway bridge links Devon and Cornwall
Second Reform Act doubles the electorate
Guglielmo Marconi is awarded a patent for radio communication
Britain switches on its first nuclear power station
British colony of Singapore surrenders to Japanese forces
Gresford Mine Disaster kills 266 in North Wales
'Beveridge Report' lays the foundations for the Welfare State
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is created
First edition of 'The Times' of London is published
Elizabeth II succeeds her father, George VI
Prime Minister Ramsay Macdonald resigns in a row over the budget
12-month 'Miners' Strike' over pit closures begins
Former slave Olaudah Equiano publishes his autobiography
Conservative Stanley Baldwin becomes prime minister for the third time
British convicts start being transported to penal colonies overseas
George III dies and is succeeded by George IV
Excise crisis shakes Sir Robert Walpole's administration
Suffragette Emily Davison is killed by the king's horse
Seven Years' War between Britain and France begins
Chancellor David Lloyd George introduces the 'People's Budget'
'Gordon Riots' break out in protest against the Catholic Relief Act
George I dies and is succeeded by the second Hanoverian king, George II
Liberals form a government under Henry Campbell-Bannerman
Edward VIII abdicates in order to marry Wallace Simpson
Second Boer War begins in South Africa
Winston Churchill becomes prime minister of the coalition government
The 'Taff Vale' case leads to the birth of the Labour party
Butler Act creates free secondary education
British West Africa Squadron is formed to suppress slave trading
Parliament grants Catholic emancipation following repealing of the Test and Corporation Acts
Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, dies aged 42
Watson and Crick publish their discovery of the structure of DNA
George VI is crowned king
David Lloyd George becomes prime minister
Olympic Games open at Wembley Stadium in London
Allies defeat the Japanese at the battles of Imphal and Kohima
Death penalty is abolished
Corn Laws are introduced to protect British agriculture
Second Land Act reforms Irish property law
Married women obtain the right to acquire their own property
French Revolution begins with the storming of the Bastille
Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigns over the 'appeasement' of Italy
George II becomes the last British monarch to lead his army into battle
Arthur Balfour succeeds Lord Salisbury as prime minister
'Lusitania' is sunk by a German submarine
Irish nationalist John Mitchel is arrested for treason
Important artists establish the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
Britain joins the European Economic Community
Lord North becomes prime minister
Britain declares war on Spain and the 'War of Jenkins's Ear' begins
Americans defeat the British army at Yorktown, Virginia
Britain begins to evacuate loyalists from American colonies
Victoria is declared empress of India
Riots erupt in American colonies after parliament levies 'stamp' taxes
Worsening pollution prompts the passing of the Clean Air Act
Liverpool overtakes Bristol as Britain's busiest slave trading port
IRA bombers strike at the Conservative conference in Brighton
First women priests are ordained by the Church of England
Samuel Sharpe leads a massive slave revolt in Jamaica
English, Dutch and Austrians sign the Treaty of the Grand Alliance
Luddite protesters attack industrial machinery in protest against unemployment
Britain declares war on Germany in response to the invasion of Belgium
HMS 'Hood' sunk by the German battleship 'Bismarck'
London-Birmingham line opens and the railway boom starts
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, defeats Napoleon at Waterloo
William III dies and Anne accedes to the throne
General Edmund Allenby leads British forces into Jerusalem
Australia, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa are recognised as autonomous
General strike is declared after miners reject the Samuel Report
Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist' is published
Slavery is effectively outlawed in England
Republic of Ireland comes into being
'Titanic' sinks with the loss of 1,503 lives
Britain declares war on Germany in response to the invasion of Poland
Conservative Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain's first female prime minister
Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel resigns after the Corn Laws are repealed
Sir William Armstrong's home becomes the first to use electric light
Abortion and homosexuality are legalised
Suez Canal opens, linking the Mediterranean and the Red Sea
Tay Bridge collapses in gale force winds
Handel's 'Messiah' gets its first performance, in Dublin
Scotland and Wales reject devolution
Ghana becomes the first British colony in Africa to gain independence
William Gladstone disestablishes the Church of Ireland
Joseph Lister writes on antiseptics in 'The Lancet'
Idi Amin expels Uganda's Asians and many settle in Britain
George IV dies and is succeeded by his brother William IV
Tanks are used for the first time, by the British at Flers, France
Allied leaders shape the post-war world at the Yalta Conference
A uniform postage rate of one penny is introduced
'Balfour Declaration' gives British support to a Jewish homeland in Palestine
Congress of Berlin aims to settle European problems
Oswald Mosley founds the British Union of Fascists
'Plaid Cymru' is formed to disseminate knowledge of the Welsh language
Members of the Bengal army mutiny in India
Scottish Nationalist Party is founded to fight for an independent Scotland
Third Reform Act stops short of creating a male democracy
Sinn Fein sets up its own parliament, the 'Dáil Eireann', in Dublin
Herbert Asquith forms a coalition government
Parish councils are created
Festival of Britain is opened by George VI
Decisive British victory over German forces at Battle of El Alamein, Egypt
Eleven die at the Peterloo massacre in Manchester
Sir Robert Walpole becomes the first prime minister
Conservative Andrew Bonar Law becomes prime minister
Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden resigns and is replaced by Harold Macmillan
France vetoes Britain's entry to the European Common Market
First major 'Jacobite' rising begins
Battle of the Somme begins with a British and French attack
National Eisteddfod Association holds its first meeting
Strikes paralyse Britain during the so-called 'Winter of Discontent'
Anglo-Irish Peace Treaty is signed, resulting in partition of the island
Society of United Irishmen rebel against British rule in Ireland
Conservatives win the general election, with Sir Anthony Eden as prime minister
Parliament rejects William Wilberforce's bill to abolish the slave trade
British troops attempt to suppress Toussaint L'Ouverture's rebellion in Haiti
Voting by secret ballot is introduced
Conservatives win the general election, with Edward Heath as prime minister
Britain and France invade Egypt after nationalisation of the Suez Canal
Election ends in a 'hung parliament' with Harold Wilson as prime minister
'Bonnie Prince Charlie' lands in Scotland to claim the British throne
Ramsay Macdonald becomes the first Labour prime minister
Scottish landlords start evicting tenants in the Highland Clearances
World's first test-tube baby is born in Oldham
American colonists are taxed on imports
Commercial television starts with the first ITV broadcast
Concorde, the world's first supersonic airliner, makes its maiden flight
Act of Settlement places the House of Hanover in line for the English throne
Irish potato famine begins
Britain's first permanent symphony orchestra is founded
Riots break out over the parliamentary Reform Bill
First Battle of Ypres exhausts the British army
Working class 'Blanketeers' mount a march to London
Irish Land Act gives rights to tenants
India gains independence from Britain
All women over the age of 21 get the vote
John Osborne's play 'Look Back in Anger' is staged
George III succeeds his grandfather George II
'Lib-Lab' pact enables Labour to break into national politics
Introduction of new local taxes sparks 'poll tax' riots in London
National Health Service is established
Act of Union creates the United Kingdom
John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, defeats the French at Blenheim, Bavaria
Decimalised currency replaces 'pounds, shillings and pence'
Factory Act restricts work hours for women and children
Humber Bridge opens, the longest single-span bridge in the world
Motorway system opens with the M6 Preston bypass
Herbert Asquith becomes Liberal prime minister
World War One ends when Germany signs an armistice
Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' is published
Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin
Allied forces land in Normandy on D-Day, starting the liberation of France
Post-war immigration from the Commonwealth begins
Conservative Stanley Baldwin becomes prime minister
Treaty of Vereeniging ends the Second Boer War
Methodist John Wesley publishes 'Thoughts Upon Slavery'
Prime Minister David Lloyd George resigns as his wartime coalition breaks up
'Dieppe Raid' ends in disaster for the Allies
Racial tensions spark riots in Brixton and other areas
Britain declares war on the Ottoman Empire
First fleet of convicts sails to Australia
Conservatives win a landslide election following the 'Zinoviev Letter'
'Entente Cordiale' is signed between Britain and France
Church of Scotland splits over separation of church and state
Sir Satyenda Prassano Sinha becomes the first Indian peer
'South Sea Bubble' bursts and triggers a financial panic
Civil partnerships give same-sex couples legal rights
Britain tests its first hydrogen bomb
British army kills 14 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on Bloody Sunday
Income tax is introduced for the first time during peacetime
Edward VII dies and is succeeded by George V
Slavery is 'abolished' in the British empire
Britain's coal industry is nationalised
House of Lords loses its power of veto over legislation
Radical artisans form the London Corresponding Society
British soldiers kill hundreds of unarmed Indian civilians at Amritsar, India
House of Lords rejects the 'People's Budget'
Robert Peel sets up the Metropolitan Police
Comprehensive education system is initiated
George V dies and is succeeded by Edward VIII
Lady Astor becomes the first woman to take her seat in parliament
Poaching becomes a capital offence
Sir Robert Peel forms a Conservative government
Irish rebels of the 'Easter Rising' seize the post office in Dublin
Treaty of Utrecht ends a decade of war in Europe
First British high commissioner of Palestine is appointed
Parliament approves old age pensions
Indian province of Bengal passes into British control after the Battle of Plassey
Labour wins the general election with Ramsay Macdonald as prime minister
Sir Stafford Cripps goes to India to offer post-war self-government
Jacobites are defeated at Culloden, the last battle on British soil
1,000 people are killed in the Belfast Blitz
Sir Robert Walpole resigns as prime minister
German gunboat provokes the 'Agadir crisis' with France
William Pitt the Younger becomes prime minister
Victoria dies and is succeeded by Edward VII
New Poor Law reforms Britain's social security system
Labour wins the general election with Clement Attlee as prime minister
First British use of poison gas, at Loos, France
World's first municipal park opens in Birkenhead, Merseyside
Rumours emerge that William Gladstone supports 'Home Rule' for Ireland
'Black Wednesday' forces withdrawal of sterling from the ERM
133 Africans are thrown overboard the slave ship 'Zong'
Naval mutinies occur at Spithead and the Nore

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