9th May 2016

Historic Anniversaries & other events

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Date Day Event year Anniv- ersary Event Comment
   2009    Back to: Things to ring for
17 Jan Sat 1209 800 800th anniversary of Cambridge University 800 of Cambridge rung around the world
   2010
   2011    Back to: Things to ring for
24 Mar Thu 1911 100 Publication of The Ringing World Centenary articles in The Ringing World
7-8 Apr Thu-Fri 1761 250 Extent of Major rung at Leeds, Kent by 14 ringers
12 Apr Tue 1961 50 Yuri Gagarin became first human in space
2 May Mon 1611 400 King James Bible published
10 Jun Fri 1921 90 Duke of Edinburgh born
14 Dec Wed 1861 150 Prince Albert died Consort to Queen Victoria, d 1861
   2012    Back to: Things to ring for
8 Jan Sun 1912 100 African National Congress founded South Africa
17 Jan Tue 1912 100 Robert Falcon Scott reached South Pole But found Amundson had been there first
23 Jan Mon 1912 100 International Opium Convention signed First international drug control treaty
6 Feb Mon 1952 60 Accession of Queen Elizabeth II On the death of George VI
7 Feb Tue 1812 200 Charles Dickens born Author and social commentator
27 Mar Tue 1912 100 James Callaghan born UK Prime Minister 1976-79
10 Apr Tue 1912 100 RMS Titanic left Southampton on maiden voyage Designed to be ‘unsinkable’
15 Apr Sun 1912 100 RMS Titanic sank 2:20am after hitting iceberg a few hours earlier
11 May Fri 1812 200 Spencer Perceval assassinated UK Prime Minister 1809-1812 (only one to be assassinated)
12 May Sat 1812 200 Edward Lear born English artist, illustrator, author, and poet, renowned for literary nonsense, especially limericks
13 May Sun 1912 100 Royal Flying Corps established Forerunner of the Royal air Force
19 May Sat 1662 350 Act of Uniformity Prescribed use of the Book of Common Prayer
24 May Thu 1862 150 Opening of new Westminster Bridge Oldest bridge in central London
23 Jun Sat 1912 100 Alan Turing born British mathematician, pioneer of computer science
4 Jul Wed 1862 150 Lewis Carroll conceives outline of Alice in Wonderland During a boat trip with Alice Liddell
20 Jul Fri 1912 100 First peal by all ladies band Christchurch, Cubitt Town, London
4 Nov Sun 1942 70 Battle of El Alamein Turning point in World War 2
   2013    Back to: Things to ring for
10 Jan Thu 1863 150 World’s first underground railway opened to the public 6km of the Metropolitan Line between Paddington & Farringdon
17 Jan Thu 1863 150 David Lloyd George born UK Prime Minister 1916-22
19 Jan Sat 1813 200 Henry Bessemer born British engineer, invented the modern steel-making process
19 Mar Tue 1813 200 David Livingston born Scottish missionary and explorer
20 Mar Wed 1413 600 Henry IV died King of England 1399-1413
27 Mar Wed 1863 150 Henry Royce born English engineer and co-founder of Rolls-Royce
25 Apr Thu 1943 70 Wartime ban on ringing lifted for service ringing The ban was lifted for all ringing in June
15 May Wed 1863 150 Frank Hornby born Inventor of Meccano and Hornby model railways
22 May Wed 1813 200 Richard Wagner born German composer
2 Jun Sun 1953 60 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
28 Jun Fri 1838 175 Coronation of Queen Victoria
29 Jun Sat 1613 400 Globe Theatre destroyed by fire Built in 1599 for Shakespeare’s playing company
27 Jul Sat 1963 50 Extent of Major rung by 8 ringers At Loughborough, in 17h58m
30 Jul Tue 1863 150 Henry Ford born Founder of Ford Motor Company
4 Aug Sun 1213 800 Barons and Clergy met at St Albans Abbey Start of the process that led to Magna Carta 2 years later
28 Aug Wed 1963 50 Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech
31 Aug Sat 1913 100 Bernard Lovell born ‘Father of radio astronomy’
20 Sep Fri 1863 150 Jacob Grimm died German folklorist
30 Sep Mon 1913 100 Rudolf Diesel died German engineer, inventor of the diesel engine
10 Oct Thu 1813 200 Giuseppe Verdi born Italian Romantic composer
16 Nov Sat 1713 300 Tercentenary of Fabian Stedman’s burial at St Andrew Undershaft, London (Exact date of death unknown.)
Details of ringing and publicity
19 Nov Tue 1863 150 Lincoln gives the Gettysburg Address During the American Civil War
22 Nov Fri 1913 100 Benjamin Britten born British composer
22 Nov Fri 1963 50 John F Kennedy assassinated 35th US President
24 Dec Tue 1863 150 William Makepeace Thackeray died British novelist
   2014    Back to: Things to ring for
25 Apr Fri 1874 140 Guglielmo Marconi born Father of long distance Radio Transmission
26 Apr Sat 1564 450 William Shakespeare baptised Date of birth unknown
6 May Tue 1954 60 Roger Banister runs the mile in 4 minutes First person to do so
20 May Tue 1514 500 Royal Charter granted to Trinity House General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, and British territorial waters (except) Scotland
7 Jun Sat 1954 50 Alan Turing died British mathematician, pioneer of computer science
24 Jun Tue 1314 700 Battle of Bannockburn
31 Jul Thu 1714 300 Queen Anne died
1 Aug Fri 1714 300 Accession of George I
4 Aug Mon 1914 100 Britain entered First World War Ringing for First World War centenary
22 Aug Fri 1864 150 First Geneva Convention signed
20 Oct Mon 1714 300 Coronation of King George I
22 Oct Wed 1814 200 First plastic surgery in Britain
   2015    Back to: Things to ring for
Jan-Dec FirstPeal2015 A year long initiative to mark a special year for ringing
20 Jan Tue 1265 750 First English Parliament held
24 Jan Sat 1965 50 Winston Churchill died
4 Mar Wed 1890 125 Forth Rail Bridge opened
24 Apr Fri 1965 50 Pennine Way – Opening ceremony on Malham Moor Britain’s first long distance footpath (267 miles)
2 May Sat 1715 300 First recorded peal Plain Bob Triples at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich
8 May Fri 1945 70 VE Day World War II end of hostilities in Europe
31 May Sun 1975 40 First National Twelve-bell Striking Competition St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol
14 Jun Sun 800 Grand Ringing Day for Magna Carta Magna Carta, the Grand Ringing Day and LiberTeas
15 Jun Mon 1215 800 Magna Carta sealed By King John, on Runnymede Island
18 Jun Thu 1815 200 Battle of Waterloo
4 Jul Sat 1865 150 Alice in Wonderland published
15 Aug Sat 1945 70 VJ Day World War II end of hostilities in Japan
9 Sep Wed Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest reigning British Monarch Surpassing the record of Queen Victoria (63 years & 216 days)
28 Sep Mon 1865 150 Britain’s first Woman doctor qualified
25 Oct Sun 1415 600 Battle of Agincourt Henry V victory on St Crispins Day
   2016    Back to: Things to ring for
Unknown 1666 350 Isaac Newton discovered gravity
6 Jan Wed 1066 950 Harold crowned King of England
21 Jan Thu 1976 40 Concorde’s first commercial flight London to Bahrain & Paris to Rio
18 Feb Thu 1516 500 Queen Mary Tudor born
31 Mar Thu 1891 125 First meeting of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
21 Apr Thu 1926 90 Queen Elizabeth II born See also Official Birthday weekend in June
20 Apr Wed 1916 100 Sir A P Heywood died Founder and first president of the Central Council
23 Apr Sat 1616 400 William Shakespeare died
23-24 Apr Sat-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 Jun Tue – Wed 1916 100 Battle of Jutland
3 Jun Fri BBC Music Day Widespread ringing at 7pm. Let the BBC know you are taking part.
10-12 Jun Fri – Sun 1926 (90) Celebration for Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday Official birthday is 11 June (real birthday 21 April), see below
12 Jun Sun National birthday ringing Plan your ringing and publicity for 10 – 12 June
25 Jun Thu 1956 60 Friends of Cathedral Music founded www.fcm.org.uk
1 Jul Fri 1916 100 Battle of the Somme began
2 Sep Fri 1666 350 Great Fire of London began
8 Sep Thu Challenge 500 Widespread ringing at 6pm – register with Heritage Open Days.
8-11 Sep Thu-Sun Heritage Open Days See Challenge 500 above:
14 Oct Fri 1066 950 Battle of Hastings
17 Oct Mon 1956 60 Calder Hall power station opened World’s first commercial scale nuclear power station
28 Oct Fri 1216 800 Henry III crowned Re-enactment there on the day
18 Nov Fri 1916 100 Battle of the Somme ended One of the bloodiest in human history
25 Dec Sun 1066 950 William the Conqueror crowned
30 Dec Fri 1966 50 First peal of 23-spliced all the work Major rung
   2017    Back to: Things to ring for
6 Jan Fri 1007 1000 Coronation of King Cnut – in London (Also known as Canute)
11 Jan Wed 1717 300 first 10-bell peal rung 5040 Grandsire Caters at St Brides, in Fleet Street by London Scholars
17 Feb Fri 1867 150 First ship passes through Suez Canal
21 Mar Tue 1617 400 Burial of Pocahontas Native American who married a plantation owner, moved to England and became a celebrity.  Died at Gravesend, Kent
16 April Sun 1867 150 Wilbur Wright born American pioneer of manned flight
8 Jun Thu 1867 150 Frank Lloyd Wright born American architect (‘greatest American architect of all time’)
 18 Jul  Tue 1817  200 Jane Austen died English novelist (Pride and Prejudice)
 3 Aug Thu  1867 150 Stanley Baldwin born British prime minister
27 Sep Wed 1817 200 Hiram R Revels born 1st African American US senator
4 Oct Wed 1957 60 Sputnik launched World’s first artificial satellite
31 Oct Tue 1517 500 Martin Luther’s ‘Ninety Five Themes’ began the Protestant Reformation
4 Nov Sat 1942 75 Battle of El Alamein Turning point in World War 2
15 Nov Wed 1942 75 Ban on ringing lifted for one Sunday Winston Churchill’s request victory ringing after El Alamein
17 Nov Fri Peal for Pudsey! Fund raising for Children in Need
20 Nov Mon 1947 70 Marriage of Queen Elizabeth & Duke of Edinburgh
23 Nov Thu 1917 100 Bell ringing to mark initial British success in the Battle of Cambrai The first tank battle
25 Nov Sat 1867 150 Alfred Nobel patented dynamite Founder of the Nobel prizes
10 Dec Sun 2008 9 ‘We sound the bell in Europe to support Human Rights’ Italian initiative supported in Germany & UK – ringing at 8pm
  2018    Back to: Things to ring for
1 Jan Mon 1818 200 Publication of Frankenstein By Mary Shelley — published anonymously
14 Jan Sun 1818 200 James Barham died Bellringer who conducted the extent of Major rung in relays in 1761
6 Feb Tue 1918 100 Women first get the vote in Britain Representation of the People Act
1 Apr Sun 1918 100 Formation of the Royal Air Force Amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service
25 Apr Wed 1943 75 Wartime ban on ringing lifted for service ringing The ban was lifted for all ringing in June
4 May Fri 1818 200 Treaty against illegal slave handling Signed by Britain & Netherlands
5 May Sat 1818 200 Karl Marx born German philosopher
8 May Tue 1818 200 Paul Revere died American patriot and bell founder
6 Jun Wed 1868 150 Robert Falcon Scott born Leader of the ill-fated south pole expedition
7 Jun Thu 1868 150 Charles Rennie Mackintosh born Influential Scottish architect and artist
2 Jul Mon 1928 90 Equal voting rights for women and men in Britain Equal Franchise Act
20 Jul Mon 1818 200 Emily Brontë born English novelist (Wuthering Heights)
16 Aug Thu 1768 250 Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth aboard the Endeavour His first voyage bound for the Pacific Ocean
26 Aug Sun 1718 300 First peal of Grandsire Triples At St Peter Mancroft, Norwich
25 Sep Tue 1818 200 First human blood transfusion
21 Oct Sun 1958 60 First women peers enter House of Lords
11 Nov Sun 1918 100 End of First World War Ringing for First World War centenary
6 Dec Thu 1768 250 First publication of Encyclopaedia Britannica First of 100 weekly parts. It was completed by 1771
10 Dec Mon 1868 150 First traffic signals in Britain
19 Dec Wed 1843 175 Dickens publishes ‘A Christmas Carol’
  2019   Back to: Things to ring for
19 Feb Tue 1819 200 Henry Haley born Bellringer who conducted the first peal outside the British Isles, at Philadelphia in 1850
2 Mar Sat 1969 50 Concorde’s first flight
3 Mar Sun 1869 150 Sir Henry Wood born Founder of ‘The Proms’
28 Mar Thu 1819 200 Sir Joseph Bazalgette born English civil engineer who created London‘s sewage system
4 Apr Tue 1949 70 Nato founded North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
1 May Wed 1769 250 Arthur Wellesley born Duke of Wellington and British Prime Minister
2 May Thu 1519 500 Leonardo da Vinci died Renaissance architect, engineer, and painter (Mona Lisa)
24 May fri 1819 200 Queen Victoria born
5 Jun Wed 1949 70 First appearance of Noddy In ‘Noddy Goes to Toyland’ by Enid Blyton
12 Jun Wed 1819 200 Charles Kingsley born English vicar/historian, author of The Water-Babies
28 Jun Fri 1919 100 Treaty of Versailles Formal end of First World War
Ringing for First World War centenary
19 Aug Mon 1819 200 James Watt died Scottish inventor who played a critical role in the development of the steam engine
20 Aug Tue 1819 200 Prince Albert born
20 Sep Tue 1519 700 Magellan set sail to circumnavigate the world
6 Oct Sun 1769 250 Captain Cook reaches New Zealand
17 Nov Sun 1869 150 Suez Canal inaugurated
22 Nov Fri 1819 200 George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) born English author
  2020   Back to: Things to ring for
10 Jan Fri 1840 180 Postal service began in Britain Penny Post
12 Jan Sun 1820 200 Royal Astronomical Society founded
17 Jan Fri 1820 200 Anne Brontë born English novelist/poet (Tenant of Wildfell Hall)
29 Jan Wed 1820 200 King George III died
10 Feb Mon 1840 180 Queen Victoria & Prince Albert married
18 Mar Wed 1870 150 Neville Chamberlain born British Prime Minister
7 Apr Tue 1770 250 William Wordsworth born English poet laureate
19 Apr Sun 1770 250 Captain James Cook reached Australia
28 Apr Tue 1770 250 Captain James Cook lands in Australia At Botany Bay.  (His journal said Sunday 29th but civil time was 28th)
6 May Wed 1840 180 Penny Black issued World’s first stamp
11 May Mon 1820 200 Launch of HMS Beagle The ship that took Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage
12 May Tue 1820 200 Florence Nightingale born British nurse (Crimean War)
2 Aug Sun 1820 200 John Tyndall born Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved the greenhouse effect of Earth’s atmosphere
14 Aug Fri 1870 150 William Pye born Bellringer who became the second person to ring 1000 peals
2 Oct Fri 1870 200 Mahatma Gandhi born Pacifist and spiritual leader (real name Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi)
21 Nov Sat 1620 400 Mayflower lands in America
16 Dec Wed 1770 250 Ludwig van Beethoven born German composer
31 Dec Thu 1720 300 Bonnie Prince Charlie born Charles Edward Stuart, ‘The Young Pretender’
  2021   Back to: Things to ring for
3 Feb Wed 1821 200 Elizabeth Blackwell born First woman physician, born in Bristol
23 Feb Tue 1821 200 John Keats died Romantic poet. (died of tuberculosis aged 25)
29 Mar Mon 1871 150 Royal Albert Hall opened By Queen Victoria
17 Apr Sat 1951 7070 Peak District National Park created Britain’s first National Park
15 Aug Sun 1771 250 Walter Scott born Scottish novelist/poet
19 Aug Thu 1871 150 Orville Wright born American pioneer aviator
30 Aug Mon 1871 150 Ernest Rutherford born New Zealand physicist ‘father of nuclear physics’
20 Oct Wed 1871 150 Charles Babbage died English mathematician who invented the Difference Engine, precursor of the computer
10 Nov Wed 1871 150 Henry Morton Stanley met David Livingstone At Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika with the immortal words ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume?’
  2022   Back to: Things to ring for
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