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Important Dates in British History - a timeline

Here are events from Surrey that have shaped Britain and its peoples and affected its history. If you feel we have left something out please don't hesitate to let us know.
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Henry VI Crowned as Henri II in Paris - 1431, Oliver Cromwell becomes 'lord protector' - 1653, The 'Bill of Rights' established - 1689, Boston tea party - 1773, Battle of the Bulge Begins - 1944

Famous historic dates from Surrey

15th of June 1215 : Magna Carta Signed
21st of April 1509 : Death of Henry VII. Accession of Henry VIII
24th of March 1603 : Elizabeth I dies
7th of August 1606 : First Known Performance of Macbeth
8th of March 1702 : Death of William of Orange
19th of May 1759 : Kew Gardens Opens
4th of May 1780 : 1st Running of the Derby
14th of July 1867 : 1st demonstration of Dynamite
3rd of August 1879 : Kew Devastated by Ice-Fall
17th of October 1895 : First Motoring Offences in Britain
12th of February 1898 : Britains 1st Car Crash Fatality
6th of July 1907 : Brooklands Racing Circuit Opens
5th of June 1913 : Suffragette dies - throws herself in front of the KIngs Horse
7th of August 1926 : Britains 1st Grand Prix is held at Brooklands
5th of May 1930 : Amy Johnson begins her flight upon Gypsy Moth
6th of June 1936 : Gatwick Airport Opens
2nd of April 1946 : Founding of Sandhurst Royal Military Academy
22nd of May 1951 : Burgess and Maclean Defect
6th of September 1952 : Farnborough Air Show Disaster
4th of March 1966 : Lennon’s Bigger than Jesus Quip
18th of June 1972 : Staines Air Disaster
5th of October 1974 : IRA Bomb Guildford
8th of June 1996 : First Woman Jockey in Derby

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Henry VI Crowned as Henri II in Paris - 1431, Oliver Cromwell becomes 'lord protector' - 1653, The 'Bill of Rights' established - 1689, Boston tea party - 1773, Battle of the Bulge Begins - 1944
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