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03 May
1951: King George opens Festival of Britain

02 May
1952: Comet inaugurates the jet age

16 Apr
1953: Queen launches Royal Yacht Britannia

03 Sep
1954: National Trust buys remote island

09 Jun
1958: Queen opens revamped Gatwick

02 Aug
1965: Riviera fires force campers to flee

20 Sep
1967: Queen Elizabeth 2 takes to the waves

04 Jun
1968: Dover begins bird purge

22 Jan
1970: Heathrow welcomes first 'jumbo jet'

26 May
1972: Thomas Cook packaged and sold

29 Jul
1976: Fire engulfs Southend Pier

04 Jun
1977: Greece releases UK plane-spotters

09 Aug
1979: Brighton bares all

05 Feb
1982: Laker Airways goes bust

11 Oct
1987: Search ends for Loch Ness monster

29 Apr
1993: Queen to open Palace doors

14 Sep
1993: UK tourist shot dead in Florida

06 May
1994: President and Queen open Chunnel

10 Oct
1999: Millennium Wheel edges upwards

01 Apr
2000: Wartime coding machine stolen

08 May
2000: Sneak preview of new Tate Modern

10 Jun
2000: Swaying Millennium Bridge closed

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

14 Jan
2002: UK declared free of foot-and-mouth

12 Oct
2002: Dozens killed in Bali nightclub explosion


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