01 Jan 2014

January Of British Past 0  

Posted in British History & Traditions

History is being made every day. Here we have chosen a selection of events that have occurred in the UK or involving famous English people. Of course many other notable events have occurred on these dates, but this is our selection of interesting facts, we hope you find it interesting too.

1 January – In 1973 the UK officially joined the European Economic Community

2 January – In 1973 Scotland first declared this date to be a bank holiday

3 January – In 1892 J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit & the Lord of The Rings Trilogy was born

JRR Tolkien Books

4 January – In 1643 physicist and mathematician, Sir Isaac newton was born

5 January – In 1944 The Daily Mail became the first transoceanic newspaper

6 January – In 1955, popular actor Rowan Atkinson (a.k.a. Mr Bean) was born

7 January – In 1785 Jean-Pierre-François Blanchard and John Jeffries made the first trip across the English Channel in a hot-air balloon.

8 January – In 1947 Singer, David Bowie was born in London

9 January – In 1768 the first modern circus was staged in London by Philip Astley

10 January – In 1863 the London Underground, the world’s oldest underground railway, opened between Paddington and Farringdon stations

London Underground Early Years

11 January – In 1569 the first official lottery is held in England

12 January – In 1895 The National Trust was founded in the UK

13 January – 1977 British actor, Orlando Bloom was born in Kent

14 January – In 1878 Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for  Queen Victoria.

15 January – In 1759 the British Museum opened

British Museum Old Photo

16 January – In 1974 model, Kate Moss, was born in London

17 January – In 1983 the BBC launched Britain’s first breakfast news TV program

18 January – In 1882 A. A. Milne, author of the Winnie The Pooh Books was born

Winnie the Pooh Original Illustration

19 January – In 1963 The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the UK

20 January – In 1265 The first English parliament held its first meeting at the Palace of Westminster

21 January – In 1950 George Orwell, author of Animal Farm sadly passed away, aged 47

22 January – In 1927 the first radio broadcast of a football match occurred. (the match was Arsenal v Sheffield United)

23 January – In 1924 Ramsay Macdonald became Britain’s first Labour prime minister, leading a minority government.

24 January – In 1908 the first Boy Scout troop was formed in England by Robert Baden Powell

Boy Scouts Original Uniform

25 January – In 1882, author Virginia Woolf was born in London

26 January – In 1788 the first convicts deported from England land at Sydney Cove in Australia

27 January – In 1832, Lewis Carroll, author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was born

28 January – In 1813 Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is published, with the writer identified only as “the author of Sense and Sensibility.”

Pride & Prejudice Original Cover

29 January – In 1856 The Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military decoration for gallantry, is created by royal warrant.

30 January – In 1858 the Hallé Orchestra was formed, with their first performance in Manchester

31 January – In 1983 British drivers were first required to wear seat belts

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