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26 May
1950: UK drivers cheer end of fuel rations

03 May
1951: King George opens Festival of Britain

30 Sep
1951: Festival closes to applause

05 Feb
1953: Sweet rationing ends in Britain

21 Apr
1955: Fleet Street papers back after strike

14 May
1957: Cheers as petrol rationing ended

20 Feb
1958: Historic Sheerness docks to close

26 Jun
1959: Queen and Eisenhower open seaway

25 May
1963: African states unite against white rule

14 May
1964: Nasser and Khrushchev divert the Nile

17 Jun
1964: Japan trade fair floats into London

01 Dec
1965: Sweeping changes to British farming

01 Mar
1966: Britain to go decimal in 1971

22 Aug
1966: ICI announces big nylon job losses

23 Apr
1968: Decimal coins reach the high street

24 Jun
1968: Rail go-slow begins

16 Sep
1968: Post Office backs first class service

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

28 Jul
1972: National dock strike begins

26 Mar
1973: Stock Exchange admits women

07 Jan
1976: Iceland and Britain clash at sea

19 Jul
1976: Fight for fishing rights in Europe

25 May
1979: Price of milk shoots up

25 May
1982: Dozens killed as Argentines hit British ships

01 Feb
1984: Halfpenny coin to meet its maker

01 Dec
1986: Surprise inquiry into Guinness affairs

04 Feb
1988: Defiant seamen strike on

30 May
1990: France bans British beef imports

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

06 Jul
1992: Riot police confront French truckers

17 Jul
2000: Tesco bows to imperial pressure

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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