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Anniversaries of Historic Events

Date Day Event year Anniv- ersary Event Comment
17 JanSat1209800800th anniversary of Cambridge University 800 of Cambridge rung around the world
24 MarThu1911100Publication of The Ringing World Centenary articles in The Ringing World
7-8 AprThu-Fri1761250Extent of Major rung at Leeds, Kent by 14 ringers
12 AprTue196150Yuri Gagarin became first human in space
2 MayMon1611400King James Bible published
10 JunFri192190Duke of Edinburgh born
14 DecWed1861150Prince Albert diedConsort to Queen Victoria, d 1861
8 JanSun1912100African National Congress foundedSouth Africa
17 JanTue1912100Robert Falcon Scott reached South PoleBut found Amundson had been there first
23 JanMon1912100International Opium Convention signedFirst international drug control treaty
6 FebMon195260Accession of Queen Elizabeth IIOn the death of George VI
7 FebTue1812200Charles Dickens bornAuthor and social commentator
27 MarTue1912100James Callaghan bornUK Prime Minister 1976-79
10 AprTue1912100RMS Titanic left Southampton on maiden voyageDesigned to be 'unsinkable'
15 AprSun1912100RMS Titanic sank2:20am after hitting iceberg a few hours earlier
11 MayFri1812200Spencer Perceval assassinatedUK Prime Minister 1809-1812 (only one to be assassinated)
12 MaySat1812200Edward Lear bornEnglish artist, illustrator, author, and poet, renowned for literary nonsense, especially limericks
13 MaySun1912100Royal Flying Corps establishedForerunner of the Royal air Force
19 MaySat1662350Act of UniformityPrescribed use of the Book of Common Prayer
24 MayThu1862150Opening of new Westminster BridgeOldest bridge in central London
23 JunSat1912100Alan Turing bornBritish mathematician, pioneer of computer science
4 JulWed1862150Lewis Carroll conceives outline of Alice in WonderlandDuring a boat trip with Alice Liddell
20 JulFri1912100First peal by all ladies bandChristchurch, Cubitt Town, London
4 NovSun194270Battle of El AlameinTurning point in World War 2
10 JanThu1863150World's first underground railway opened to the public6km of the Metropolitan Line between Paddington & Farringdon
17 JanThu1863150David Lloyd George bornUK Prime Minister 1916-22
19 JanSat1813200Henry Bessemer bornBritish engineer, invented the modern steel-making process
19 MarTue1813200David Livingston bornScottish missionary and explorer
20 MarWed1413600Henry IV diedKing of England 1399-1413
27 MarWed1863150Henry Royce bornEnglish engineer and co-founder of Rolls-Royce
25 AprThu194370Wartime ban on ringing lifted for service ringingThe ban was lifted for all ringing in June
15 MayWed1863150Frank Hornby bornInventor of Meccano and Hornby model railways
22 MayWed1813200Richard Wagner bornGerman composer
2 JunSun195360Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
28 JunFri1838175Coronation of Queen Victoria
29 JunSat1613400Globe Theatre destroyed by fireBuilt in 1599 for Shakespeare's playing company
27 JulSat196350Extent of Major rung by 8 ringersAt Loughborough, in 17h58m
30 JulTue1863150Henry Ford bornFounder of Ford Motor Company
4 AugSun1213800Barons and Clergy met at St Albans AbbeyStart of the process that led to Magna Carta 2 years later
28 AugWed196350Martin Luther King's 'I have a Dream' speech
31 AugSat1913100Bernard Lovell born'Father of radio astronomy'
20 SepFri1863150Jacob Grimm diedGerman folklorist
30 SepMon1913100Rudolf Diesel diedGerman engineer, inventor of the diesel engine
10 OctThu1813200Giuseppe Verdi bornItalian Romantic composer
16 NovSat1713300Tercentenary of Fabian Stedman's burial at St Andrew Undershaft, London(Exact date of death unknown.)
Details of ringing and publicity
19 NovTue1863150Lincoln gives the Gettysburg AddressDuring the American Civil War
22 NovFri1913100Benjamin Britten bornBritish composer
22 NovFri196350John F Kennedy assassinated35th US President
24 DecTue1863150William Makepeace Thackeray diedBritish novelist
25 AprFri1874140Guglielmo Marconi bornFather of long distance Radio Transmission
26 AprSat1564450William Shakespeare baptisedDate of birth unknown
6 MayTue195460Roger Banister runs the mile in 4 minutesFirst person to do so
20 MayTue1514500Royal Charter granted to Trinity House General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, and British territorial waters (except) Scotland
7 JunSat195450Alan Turing diedBritish mathematician, pioneer of computer science
24 JunTue1314700Battle of Bannockburn
31 JulThu1714300Queen Anne died
1 AugFri1714300Accession of George I
4 AugMon1914100Britain entered First World WarRinging for First World War centenary
22 AugFri1864150First Geneva Convention signed
20 OctMon1714300Coronation of King George I
22 OctWed1814200First plastic surgery in Britain
Jan-Dec   FirstPeal2015A year long initiative to mark a special year for ringing
20 JanTue1265750First English Parliament held
24 JanSat196550Winston Churchill died
4 MarWed1890125Forth Rail Bridge opened
24 AprFri196550Pennine Way - Opening ceremony on Malham MoorBritain's first long distance footpath (267 miles)
2 MaySat1715300First recorded pealPlain Bob Triples at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich
8 MayFri194570VE DayWorld War II end of hostilities in Europe
31 MaySun197540First National Twelve-bell Striking CompetitionSt Mary Redcliffe, Bristol
14 JunSun800Grand Ringing Day for Magna CartaMagna Carta, the Grand Ringing Day and LiberTeas
15 JunMon1215800Magna Carta sealedBy King John, on Runnymede Island
18 JunThu1815200Battle of Waterloo
4 JulSat1865150Alice in Wonderland published
15 AugSat194570VJ DayWorld War II end of hostilities in Japan
9 SepWed  Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest reigning British MonarchSurpassing the record of Queen Victoria (63 years & 216 days)
28 SepMon1865150Britain's first Woman doctor qualified
25 OctSun1415600Battle of AgincourtHenry V victory on St Crispins Day
Unknown1666350Isaac Newton discovered gravity
6 JanWed1066950Harold crowned King of England
21 JanThu197640Concorde's first commercial flightLondon to Bahrain & Paris to Rio
18 FebThu1516500Queen Mary Tudor born
31 MarThu1891125First meeting of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
21 AprThu192690Queen Elizabeth II bornSee also Official Birthday weekend in June
20 AprWed1916100Sir A P Heywood diedFounder and first president of the Central Council
23 AprSat1616400William Shakespeare died
23-24 AprSat-Sun  Weekend organised by Derby DA & CC Ringing and other events in Duffield / Derby to mark centenary of death of AP Heywood death and 125th anniversary of the Central Council.
31 May/1 JunTue - Wed1916100Battle of Jutland
3 JunFri  BBC Music Day Widespread ringing at 7pm. Let the BBC know you are taking part.
10-12 JunFri - Sun1926(90)Celebration for Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthdayOfficial birthday is 11 June (real birthday 21 April), see below
12 JunSun  National birthday ringingPlan your ringing and publicity for 10 - 12 June
25 JunThu195660Friends of Cathedral Music
1 JulFri1916100Battle of the Somme began
2 SepFri1666350Great Fire of London began
8 SepThu  Challenge 500Widespread ringing at 6pm - register with Heritage Open Days.
8-11 SepThu-Sun  Heritage Open DaysSee Challenge 500 above:
14 OctFri1066950Battle of Hastings
17 OctMon195660Calder Hall power station openedWorld's first commercial scale nuclear power station
28 OctFri1216800Henry III crownedRe-enactment there on the day
18 NovFri1916100Battle of the Somme endedOne of the bloodiest in human history
25 DecSun1066950William the Conqueror crowned
30 DecFri196650First peal of 23-spliced all the work Major rung
4 OctWed195760Sputnik launchedWorld's first satellite
31 OctTue1517500Martin Luther's 'Ninety Five Themes' began the Protestant Reformation
23 NovThu1917100Bell ringing to mark initial British success in the Battle of CambraiThe only time ringing was allowed during the war. The first tank battle.
6 FebTue1918100Women first get the vote in BritainRepresentation of the People Act
1 AprSun1918100Formation of the Royal Air ForceAmalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service
25 AprWed194375Wartime ban on ringing lifted for service ringingThe ban was lifted for all ringing in June
2 JulMon192890Equal voting rights for women and men in BritainEqual Franchise Act
26 AugSun1718300First peal of Grandsire TriplesAt St Peter Mancroft, Norwich
25 SepTue1818200First human blood transfusion
21 OctSun195860First women peers enter House of Lords
11 NovSun1918100End of First World WarRinging for First World War centenary
10 DecMon1868150First traffic signals in Britain
19 DecWed1843175Dickens publishes 'A Christmas Carol'
2 MarSat196950Concorde's first flight
4 AprTue194970Nato founded
2 MayThu1519500Leonardo da Vinci died
5 JunWed194970First appearance of Noddy
28 JunFri1919100Treaty of VersaillesFormal end of First World War
Ringing for First World War centenary
20 AugTue1819200Prince Albert born
20 SepTue1519700Magellan set sail to circumnavigate the world
6 OctSun1769250Captain Cook reaches New Zealand
17 NovSun1869150Suez Canal inaugurated
10 JanFri1840180Postal service began in BritainPenny Post
10 FebMon1840180Queen Victoria & Prince Albert married
19 AprSun1770250Captain Cook reaches Australia
6 MayWed1840180Penny Black issuedWorld's first stamp
21 NovSat1620400Mayflower lands in America
17 AprSat195170Peak District National Park createdBritain's first National Park