By Kenneth J. Panton
The final zone of a century, from 1979 to 2007, has been eventful for the uk of serious Britain and northern eire. The 12 months 1979 introduced significant alterations to the uk, particularly whilst the political weather altered significantly with the arrival to energy of the Conservatives below Margaret Thatcher following the disastrous "Winter of Discontent," which was once characterised through financial woes and exertions unrest. In 1997, the political weather shifted once more while the hot Labour celebration received a landslide victory and the govt. was once run by way of the left-leaning centrist, Tony Blair. The interval witnessed conflicts raging either at domestic and out of the country, it observed the untimely demise of a princess, and, extra certainly, the reemergence of the united kingdom economy.The old Dictionary of latest uk seeks to give the occasions, humans, and traits of the final 28 years and to assist clarify the present kingdom of the uk. wisdom of this can be important to figuring out the society, politics, personalities, and activities which are shaping the rustic instantaneously. this is often performed via a chronology courting from 1979 to the current, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over seven hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on major people, areas, occasions, associations, and agencies, in addition to the political, financial, social, cultural, and spiritual aspects.
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Extra info for Historical Dictionary of the Contemporary United Kingdom (Historical Dictionaries of Europe)
26 February: The British Overseas Territories Act gives full citizenship to inhabitants of all British Dependent Territories (with the exception of sovereign base areas on Cyprus) and redesignates those areas British Overseas Territories. 1 March: During a visit to Australia, Prince Philip adds to a long list of royal gaffes by asking a group of aborigines whether they still throw spears at each other. 15 March: Queen Elizabeth gives royal assent to the Scottish Parliament’s Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill, which outlaws hunting with dogs in Scotland.
24 May: Harold Wilson, prime minister from 1964–70 and 1974–76, dies. 4 July: John Major retains the leadership of the Conservative Party (and the prime ministership), defeating challenger John Redwood. 3 September: The United Kingdom Independence Party is formed as a rallying ground for conservatives who want Britain to withdraw from the European Union. 8 September: David Trimble succeeds James Molyneaux as leader of the Ulster Unionist Party. 9 October: Alec Douglas-Home, who renounced his peerage in 1963 in order to become prime minister, dies.
11 May: The Nolan Report on standards in public life makes 55 recommendations that lead to the introduction of a new code of conduct for members of Parliament. 21 May: Nineteen-year-old Stephen Churchill becomes the first victim of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease as “mad cow disease” strikes humans. 24 May: Harold Wilson, prime minister from 1964–70 and 1974–76, dies. 4 July: John Major retains the leadership of the Conservative Party (and the prime ministership), defeating challenger John Redwood.