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3 Themes
1. Liberalization
2. Forceful Foreign Policy
3. Fluctuating Economy

February 23, 1950 Clement Attlee elected as Prime Minister for the Labor party (Political)

August 29, 1950 Britian enters Korean War and gives support to America (Political)

October 23, 1951 Conservative Prime Minister Winston Churchill elected (Political)

May 26, 1955 Conservatives win majority in general election and Anthony Eden becomes Prime Minister (Political)

November 5, 1956 Britain, along with France, invade Egypt after Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal (Political)

January 9, 1957 Harold Macmillan, also a conservative, replaces Eden (Political)

March 6, 1957 Ghana becomes the first African Colony to gain independence (Political)

October 8, 1959 Conservatives win yet another general election and Macmillan returns as Prime Minister (Political)

January 14, 1963 De Gaulle and French Government veto British entry to Common Market

October 19, 1963 Conservative Alec Douglas-Home becomes Prime Minister (Political)

1964 Supermarkets rise with abolition of Resale Price Maintenance (Economic)

October 15 1964, Harold Wilson of the Labor Party elected as Prime Minister (Political)

November 8, 1965 Death penalty is abolished (Social)

June 18, 1970 Conservative Edward Heath elected Prime Minister (Political)

August 19, 1971 Britain's oil discovery in the North Sea is autioned off and gives their economy a big boost (Economic)

January 30, 1972 British army open fire at a protesting crowd in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and kill 14 and injure 17 on "Bloody
Sunday" (Social)
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January 1, 1973 Britain joins the European Ecomonic Community (EEC) (Economic)

March 16, 1976 Harold Wilson resigns and is replaced by Labor Party's James Callaghan (Political)

September, 1976 Britain forced to borrow money from IMF (International Monetary Fund) (Economic)

May 3, 1979 Margaret Thatcher, a conservative, becomes Britain's first woman Prime Minister (Political)

August 27, 1979 IRA kills Lord Mountbatten, the Queen's cousin and 18 others at Warrenpoint (Social)

January 26, 1982 High unemployment caused by economic recession (Economic)

April 2, 1982 Argentina enters Falkland Islands currently a British Territory (Political)

October 12, 1984 Bomb strike at conference in Brighton (Political)

June 19, 1987 Prime Minister Thatcher wins her third term (Political)

March 31, 1990 New adational tax starts cause poll tax riots in London (Economic)

November 22, 1990 Thatcher resigns John Major takes spot (Political)

May 1, 1997 Tony Blair becomes prime minister (Political)

January 1, 1999 Britain opts of using single currency. The euro was iniatiated and euro coins were put into effect in 2002 (Economic)
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March 2000 The stock market encounters rough strech as the "doctum bubble" explodes (Economic)

September 11, 2001 Islamic highjackers crash planes into the twin tower buildings in New York. President Bush exclaimed there is a "world wide war" (Political)

March 20, 2003 Briatin and United States invade Iraq (Political)

May 1, 2004 A total of ten states enter the European union- the addition made the European Union the largest trade union in the world (Economic)

May 5, 2005 Tony Blair wins third straight term as Prime Minister (Political)

July 6, 2005 Live 8 concert across the world for AIDS fundraising (one location was in London) (Social)

August 10, 2006 Britain athorities announced that they found a plot to blow up a plane. Twenty one people were arrested and the supposed explosive was supposedly contained in water bottles (Political)

February 20, 2007 Tony Blair announces the withdrawl of 1,600 British troops from Iraq (Political)


2012 London to host Olympics (Social)
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