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

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