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26 May 1950: UK drivers cheer end of fuel rations

02 May 1952: Comet inaugurates the jet age

01 Sep 1960: Game on for British betting shops

10 Sep 1963: American Express comes to Britain

01 Dec 1965: Sweeping changes to British farming

01 Mar 1966: Britain to go decimal in 1971

23 Apr 1968: Decimal coins reach the high street

30 Nov 1968: Shops told to stop conning customers

16 Sep 1968: Post Office backs first class service

02 Jan 1969: Murdoch wins Fleet Street foothold

16 Jul 1970: State of emergency called over dock strike

19 Oct 1970: Large oil field found in North Sea

15 Feb 1971: D-Day delivers new UK currency

26 May 1972: Thomas Cook packaged and sold

06 Nov 1972: Pay and price freeze aims to curb inflation

10 Sep 1973: Big Biba opens its doors

03 Nov 1975: North Sea oil begins to flow

05 Apr 1976: Billionaire Howard Hughes dies

06 Jan 1977: EMI fires Sex Pistols

09 Feb 1979: Forest break football transfer record

25 May 1979: Price of milk shoots up

13 Nov 1979: Times returns after year-long dispute

22 Jan 1981: Murdoch bids to take over Times

05 Feb 1982: Laker Airways goes bust

19 Jun 1982: 'God's banker' found hanged

06 Jan 1983: Danes raid British fishing grounds

01 Feb 1984: Halfpenny coin to meet its maker

25 Oct 1984: Europe grants emergency aid for Ethiopia

03 Mar 1985: Miners call off year-long strike

07 Apr 1986: Sinclair sells computer business

01 Dec 1986: Surprise inquiry into Guinness affairs

01 Jul 1987: Stock-broker guilty of corruption

16 Jul 1987: Great British airline ready for take off

19 Oct 1987: Shares plunge after Wall Street crash

04 Nov 1987: Millionaire's big plans for English landmark

21 Feb 1988: TV evangelist quits over sex scandal

20 Jul 1990: IRA bombs Stock Exchange

08 Oct 1990: Britain's first full day in ERM

21 Jun 1991: Anger over chairman's 66% pay rise

05 Jul 1991: International bank closed in fraud scandal

09 Jul 1991: Bank collapse costs taxpayers millions

05 Nov 1991: Publisher Robert Maxwell dies at sea

05 Dec 1991: Maxwell business empire faces bankruptcy

11 Jan 1993: BA dirty tricks against Virgin cost 3m

26 Apr 1993: Recession over - it's official

01 Feb 1994: MPs condemn sale of Rover

25 May 1994: Camelot wins UK lottery race

28 Aug 1994: Sunday trading legalised

02 Dec 1995: Rogue trader jailed for six years

19 May 1997: Labour to stub out tobacco sponsorship

19 Jun 1997: Victory for McDonald's - at a cost

28 Feb 2000: Nuclear chief quits over safety scandal

03 May 2000: Leading stock exchanges plan merger

12 May 2000: Ford quits Dagenham after 70 years

27 May 2000: GM blunder leaves farmers in uproar

12 Jul 2000: British-backed dam threatens ancient lifestyle

17 Jul 2000: Tesco bows to imperial pressure

24 Jan 2001: Mandelson resigns - again

21 Feb 2001: Ban follows foot-and-mouth outbreak

02 May 2001: Sotheby's and Christies chiefs charged

05 May 2001: Sun shines on foot-and-mouth crisis

15 May 2001: UK supermarkets slash price of drugs

17 Sep 2001: Workers return to Wall Street

11 Dec 2001: 30,000 postal jobs 'to be cut'

01 Jan 2002: Celebrations as euro hits the streets

04 Dec 2003: US pulls back from steel trade war
 
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