Three events from a year
1. Clement Attlee became Prime Minister, V-E Day was celebrated and George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ was published.
2. The first episode of ‘EastEnders’ was broadcast, Comic Relief was launched and the first UK heart-lung transplant was carried out in Middlesex.
3. Queen Victoria died at Osborne House, Alexandra Palace opened to the public and a national census was conducted.
4. The BBC was formed, Andrew Bonar Law became Prime Minister and the entrance to King Tutankhamen’s Tomb in the Valley of the Kings was discovered.
5. Fleetwood Mac’s album ‘Rumours’ was released, Red Rum won the Grand National for the third time and Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Silver Jubilee.
6. Old Trafford, the largest football stadium in England, was opened, Dr. Crippen was hanged in Pentonville prison and the Terra Nova set sail for the Antarctic in Robert Falcon Scott’s last expedition.
7. Concorde was unveiled in France, the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act made pirate radio illegal and Milton Keynes was formally designated a ‘new town’.
8. Winston Churchill resigned from his post as Prime Minister due to ill health, Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in the UK and Stirling Moss became the first English winner of the British Grand Prix.
9. George VI became the first reigning monarch to visit Canada, petrol rationing and identity cards were introduced and registration for national service for men aged between 20 and 23 began.
10. Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Ruby Jubilee, the Duke and Duchess of York separated and Betty Boothroyd became the first female Speaker of the House of Commons.