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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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