Key Events of the Period
Date Event
22nd January 1901 King Edward VII becomes King.
30th December 1902 The National Antarctic Expedition reaches farther south than anyone had been before.
8th April 1904 Britain and France agree to the Entente Cordiale, ending several long-standing conflicts between the two countries.
26th June 1905 The Austin Motor Company is formed at Longbridge, Birmingham.
6th May 1910 King George V becomes King.
17th January 1912 Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole as part of the Terra Nova Expedition.
4th August 1914 The Great War starts.
8th August 1914 The ship Endurance leaves Plymouth on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.
15th June 1919 Two English pilots, Alcock and Brown, become the first to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
11th November 1919 The first Remembrance Day event occurs to remember those who fought in the Great War.
6th December 1921 The Anglo-Irish Treaty is signed, making Ireland a separate country from Great Britain.
18th October 1922 The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation - the BBC) is formed.
14th November 1922 The BBC begins transmitting radio programmes of: news, talks and music.
4th May 1926 The General Strike starts - railwaymen, factory workers, printers, builders, bus drivers and many others did not go to work in protest against low wages and increasing hours of work.
27th September 1928 The first 'talkies', or sound films appeared in cinemas.
2nd July 1928 All women aged over 21 were allowed to vote in elections.
1930 The Housing Act orders the clearance of slums in towns.
24th May 1930 Amy Johnson becomes the first to fly solo (alone) to Australia.
20th January 1936 King Edward VIII becomes King.
October 1936 The Jarrow Crusade takes place - 207 people march from Jarrow in Tyne and Wear to London in protest against the closure of the ship building industries.
2nd November 1936 The world's first television service begins broadcasting by the BBC.
11th December 1936 King George VI becomes King.
3rd July 1938 The Mallard becomes the fastest-ever steam locomotive, reaching a speed of 126mph.
3rd September 1939 World War II starts.
15th August 1947 India leaves the British Empire to become an independent country.
5th July 1948 The National Health Service is created in England and Wales.
29th July 1948 The Summer Olympic games are held in Britain.
20th September 1948 The Moris Minor car is shown for the first time.
15 March 1949 Clothes rationing ends.
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15th February 1971 Decimal Day - the old monetary units of: pound, shilling and pence are replaced with the pound sterling and new pence.
1st January 1973 Britain joins the EEC (European Economic Community - later renamed the European Union).
23rd September 1974 CEEFAX begins broadcasting a teletext information service.
29th December 1975 Sex Discrimination Act and Equal Pay Act gives women more chance or equality at work.
21st January 1976 Concorde begins flying scheduled flights with a top speed of 2,100 km/h.
29th March 1981 The first 26-mile long London Marathon takes place.
2nd April 1982 The Falklands War starts.
23rd April 1982 The ZX Spectrum personal home computer is released.
29th August 1982 Sir Ranulph Fiennes completes the Transglobe Expedition, journeying around the world on its polar axis.
2nd November 1982 Channel 4 begin broadcasting.
10th January 1985 The Sinclair C5 battery electric vehicle is launched.
5th February 1989 Four channel Sky Television package is launched.
5th January 1993 The MV Braer tanker spills 84,700 tonnes of crude oil into the sea off the coast of Scotland.
14th November 1994 The Channel Tunnel opens for passenger service.
1st January 2000 People celebrate the new year with the opening of the Millennium Dome in London.