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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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