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08 Mar 1950: Gas turbine car gets road test

26 May 1950: UK drivers cheer end of fuel rations

02 May 1952: Comet inaugurates the jet age

16 Apr 1953: Queen launches Royal Yacht Britannia

04 May 1953: Duke of Edinburgh gets his wings

16 Dec 1955: Queen opens London Airport terminal

23 Jun 1955: Queen Elizabeth sails on schedule

09 Jun 1958: Queen opens revamped Gatwick

23 Jul 1957: Bus dispute turns violent

29 Jan 1959: Fog brings transport chaos

11 Jun 1959: Hovercraft marks new era in transport

26 Jun 1959: Queen and Eisenhower open seaway

14 Jun 1961: Panda replaces zebra at road crossing

02 Apr 1962: New pedestrian crossings cause chaos

21 Mar 1963: Train drives itself

06 Feb 1964: Green light for Channel Tunnel

16 Feb 1965: Beeching plans for 'bloated' railways

23 May 1966: Emergency laws over seamen's strike

15 Jun 1966: Hovercraft deal opens show

12 May 1967: Stansted to become London's third airport

20 Sep 1967: Queen Elizabeth 2 takes to the waves

05 Nov 1967: Forty die in Hither Green rail crash

02 Mar 1969: Concorde flies for the first time

22 Jan 1970: Heathrow welcomes first 'jumbo jet'

16 Jul 1970: State of emergency called over dock strike

19 Oct 1970: Large oil field found in North Sea

13 Oct 1971: Army blasts N Ireland border roads

26 Sep 1973: Concorde slashes Atlantic flight time

23 Nov 1984: London tube fire traps hundreds

15 Feb 1974: No hope of survivors from missing Gaul trawler

15 Dec 1974: New speed limit to curb fuel use

28 Feb 1975: Dozens killed in Moorgate Tube crash

04 Oct 1976: New train speeds into service

16 Dec 1977: Queen opens 'tube' link to Heathrow

06 Jul 1978: Eleven die in sleeper train inferno

25 Jul 1978: Motability gets moving in the UK

27 Jul 1978: Transatlantic balloonists in trouble

05 Feb 1982: Laker Airways goes bust

07 Oct 1985: Gunmen hijack Italian cruise liner

04 Feb 1988: Defiant seamen strike on

16 Jul 1987: Great British airline ready for take off

16 Oct 1987: Hurricane winds batter southern England

01 Dec 1990: Tunnel links UK and Europe

06 Jul 1992: Riot police confront French truckers

01 Feb 1994: MPs condemn sale of Rover

01 May 1994: Race ace Senna killed in car crash

06 May 1994: President and Queen open Chunnel

28 Sep 1994: Hundreds feared dead in ferry disaster

18 Jan 1996: Green groups join bypass battle

05 Oct 1999: Death toll rising in Paddington crash

12 May 2000: Ford quits Dagenham after 70 years

25 Jul 2000: Concorde crash kills 113

08 Sep 2000: French fuel protests spread to UK

15 Sep 2000: UK fuel protesters go back home

15 Jul 2000: Police camera action violates human rights

24 Oct 2003: End of an era for Concorde

28 Dec 2003: Britain gives go-ahead for 'sky marshals'
 
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