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Discover the articles we will be publishing throughout 2020. If you would like to promote or submit any of your own articles for publication on Historic UK, please contact us for more information. Also, if you are interested in sponsoring or advertising any of our upcoming articles please let us know.

January 2020

Culture UK:  Harry Bensley – Man in Iron Mask 1908 (set off 1st) | Wassailing (6th) | Eve of St. Agnes (20th) | Lord Byron 1788 (born 22nd) | Folklore Year – Jan | Pantomime – Jan | Historic Birthdates – Jan |

Destinations UK:  Ironbridge 1781 (first tolls 1st) | SS Great Eastern Launch Ramp 1858 (31st) | Londons only lighthouse (music will end midnight 31st 2999) |

History of England:  Thames Frost Fairs 1608 | Siege of Sydney Street 1911 (3rd) | Henry VIII marries Anne of Cleeves 1540 (6th) | William Laud beheaded 1645 (10th) | King James Bible commissioned 1604 (18th) | Battle Braddock Down 1643 (19th) |  Battle Nantwich 1644 (25th) | Henry VIII died 1547 (28th) | Oliver Cromwell executed 1661 (30th) |

History of Scotland: Act of Union 1707 (1st) | Greyfriars Bobby 1872 (died 14th) | Robert Burns & Haggis (25th) |  Burke and Hare 1829 (Burke hanged 28th) | Pittenween Witch Trial 1705 (30th) |

History of Wales: St. Dwynwen’s Day (25th) |

History of Britain: Spanish Flu Pandemic 1918 | Lord Haw-Haw 1946 (hanged 3rd) | Retreat from Kabul 1842 (6th) | Votes for Women 1918 (10th) | Percy Pilcher 1866 (born 16th) | Battle of Corunna 1809 (16th) | Battle Falkirk Moor 1746 (17th) | WW1 Zepplin Raids 1915 (19th) | First Dicken Medal Awarded 1945 (22nd) | British Convicts to Australia 1788 (arrive Sydney Cove 26th) | Walter Arnold – Speeding Ticket 1896 (28th) | Victoria Cross 1856 (29th) | Loss Princess Victoria ferry 1953 (31st) |

 

February 2020

Culture UK: Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday (between 3rd Feb and 9th March, this year 25th February) | Kissing Friday (Friday after Shrove Tuesday) | St. Valentine Day (14th) | Women and Children First 1852 (26th) | Leap Year Superstitions (29th) |  Folklore Year – Feb | Historic Birthdates – Feb |

Destinations UK: Gretna Green | Secret London (TBC)

History of England: Giro Nazi Dog 1934 | Sweyn Forkbeard 1014 (died 3rd) | Shakespeare, Richard II and Rebellion 1601 (7th) | Lady Jane Grey beheaded 1554 (12th) | Second Battle St.Albans 1461 (17th) | Queen Mary I birth 1516 (18th) | Samuel Pepys born 1633 (23rd) |

History of Scotland: Honours of Scotland 1818 (displayed 4th) | Mary, Queen of Scots 1587 (executed 8th) | Battle Ancrum Moor 1545 (27th) |

History of Wales: St Teilo (9th) | Last Invasion of Britain 1797 (23rd) |

History of Britain: Leeds Dripping Riots 1865 | Decimalisation 1971 (15th) | Fall of Singapore 1942 (15th) | Steam Trains 1804 – Trevithick (21st) | Birkenhead Drill 1852 (26th) |

 

March 2020

Culture UK: Pace Egging (Easter) |  St. Piran’s Day (5th) | Wilfred Owen 1893 (born 18th) | Tichborne Dole (25th) | Calcutta Cup 1871 (first international rugby match 27th) | Folklore Year – Mar & Easter | Historic Birthdates – Mar |

Destinations UK: St Davids (1st) | Burlington Arcade 1819 (opened 20th) |

History of England: Bethnal Green Tube Disaster 1943 (3rd) | Edward of York 1461 (first reign as king 4th) | Battle Boroughbridge 1322 (16th) | Tolpuddle Martyrs 1834 (sentenced 18th) | Death of Edward The Martyr 978 (18th) | Battle Hopton Heath 1643 (19th) | Battle of Stow (21st) | Jacuetta of Luxembourg 1437 second marriage (before 23rd) | Battle of Towton 1461 (29th) | Scott of the Antarctic 1912 (last diary entry 29th) | Battle Cheriton 1644 (29th) | The 335 War 1651 (30th) |

History of Scotland: Robert William Thomson 1873 (death 8th) | David Livingstone 1813 (born 19th) |

History of Wales: St. David’s Day (1st) | St Patrick’s Day (17th) | Joseph Jenkins 1869 (arrives in Australia 22nd) |

History of Britain: WWI Conscription 1916 (automatic enlistment 2nd) | Bethnal Green Tube Disaster 1943 (3rd) | The Great Blizzard of 1891 (9th) | End of Crimean War 1856 (30th) |

 

April 2020

Culture UK: April Fool (1st) | Pace Egging (Easter Sunday) |  William Wordsworth 1770 (born 7th) | National Unicorn Day (Scotland’s National Animal 9th) | All England Croquet and Lawn tennis Club 1877 Name changed 14th) Charlotte Bronte 1816 (born 21st) | Hyde Park Secret Pet Cemetery 1881 (28th) | Folklore Year – Apr | Historic Birthdates – Apr |

Destinations UK: Algate Pump 1876 (report concerning water quality from “Pump of Death” 15th) | London’s First Drinking Fountain 1859 (opened 21st) | Stratford-upon-Avon (23rd) |

History of England: Death of Sir Francis Walsingham 1590 (6th) | Drake – Singeing of King of Spain’s Beard 1587 (12th) | Black Monday 1360 (13th) | Battle of Barnet 1471 (14th) | Lionel Buster Crabb 1956 (last seen 19th) | St. George’s Day (23rd) | William Shakespeare 1616 (death 23rd) | C B Fry 1872 (birth 25th) | Mutiny on the Bounty 1789 (28th) |

History of Scotland:  National Unicorn Day (9th) | Battle of Braes 1882 (19th) |

History of Wales: TBC

History of Britain: No Vote Census 1911 (2nd) | Funeral of Cecil Rhodes 1902 (3rd) | RMS Titanic (10th) | Battle Culloden 1746 (16th) | Queen Caroline 1821 (banned from George IV Coronation 29th) | Guernica – Britain’s fight for Spain 1937 (25th) |

 

May 2020

Culture UK: Well Dressing | May Day Celebrations (1st) | Dorset Ooser (1st) |  Thomas Gainsborough 1727 (baptised 14th) | Folklore Year – May | Historic Birthdates – May |

Destinations UK: Settle to Carlisle Railway 1876 (opened to passengers 1st) | Highgate Cemetery 1839 (consecrated 20th) | Manchester Ship Canal 1894 (opened 21st) | Newgate Prison Wall 1868 (last public hanging 26th) |

History of England: Great Exhibition 1851 (1st) | Battle Tewksbury 1471 (4th) | Theft Crown Jewels 1671 (9th) | Jamestown 1607 (new colony founded 14th) | Battle Lewes 1264 (14th) |  Battle Stratton 1642 (16th) | Ascott Martyrs 1873 (charged 20th) | Second Battle of Lincoln 1217 (20th)| First Battle of St.Albans 1455 (22nd) |

History of Scotland: Battle Spoiling Dyke 1578 (no date) | Battle Auldearn 1645 (9th) | The Great Lafayette 1911 (9th) | James ‘Paraffin’ Young 1883 (born 13th) | Captain William Kidd 1701 (hanged 23rd) | Scotland’s Oldest Cinema opens 1913 (26th) |

History of Wales: Battle of St Fagans 1648 (8th) | Robert Owen 1771 (born 14th) | Richard Wilson 1782 (died 15th) |

History of Britain: Crossword Panic 1944 (throughout May) | Act of Union 1707 (effective 1st) | Festival Of Britain 1951 (4th) |  Sinking of the Lusitania 1915 (7th) | Albert Ball 1917 (died 7th) | VE Day 1945 (8th) |  Florence Nightingale 1820 (born 12th) | British Convicts to Australia 1787 (13th leave Porstmouth) | TE Lawrence – death 1935 (19th) | Queen Victoria born 1819 (24th) | Empire Day (24th) | Dunkirk 1940 (evacuation starts 26th) |

 

June 2020

Culture UK: Well Dressing | Wimbledon | Chester Mystery Plays | Folklore Year – Jun | Historic Birthdates – Jun | Tolpuddle Martyrs return to England 1837 (13th) |

Destinations UK: Red Lion Square 1684 (10th) | St Dogmaels (feastday 14th) | Duke of Wellington’s Mounting Stone (Waterloo 18th 1815) |

History of England: London’s Great Stink – Summer 1858 | Death at Derby 1913 (4th) | Dutch Fleet spotted – Raid on Medway 1667 (6th) | Death of Edward The Black Prince 1376 (8th) | Death of Aethelflaed 918 (12th) | Wat Tyler 1381 (13th) | Wat Tyler Peasants Revolt 1381 (met King Richard II 14th) | Battle Naseby 1645 (14th) | Magna Carta (king’s seal 15th) | Birth of Edward The Black Prince 1330 (15th) | Battle of Stoke Field 1487 (16th) | Battle of Blackheath – Cornish Rebellion 1497 (17th) | Battle Chalgrove Field 1463 (17th) | Saint Nectan 468 (died 17th) | Tooley Street Fire 1861 (22nd) | John Cabot 1492 (24th) | John Wesley 1703 (born 28th)  Battle Cropredy Bridge 1644 (29th) |  Battle Adwalton Moor 1643 (30th) |

History of Scotland: Scottish Pipers – D-Day 1944 (6th) | Robert Stevenson 1772 (born 8th) | Black Agnes 1338 (10th) | Battle Bothwell Bridge 1679 (22nd) | Bannockburn 1314 (23-24th)| Flora Macdonald 1746 (27th) |

History of Wales: Battle of Mynydd Hyddgen 1401 | Mold Riot 1869 (2nd) | Saint Nectan 468 (died 17th) |

History of Britain: Coronation 1953 (2nd) | Thomas Hardy 1840 (born 2nd) | Death at the Derby 1913 (4th) | Evacuation of Dunkirk completed 1940 (4th) | D-Day Mulberry Harbours 1944 (set sail 6th) | John Constable 1776 (born 11th) | Skittles – Catherine Walters 1839 (born 13th) | Pig War (15th) | Duchess of Richmonds Ball (15th) | War 1812 (started 18th) | Wellington 1815 (18th Waterloo) | Balck Hole Calcutta 1756 (20th) | Today in Time 1808 (21st) | Tooley St Fire 1861 (22nd) | William Thomson – Lord Kelvin 1824 (born 26th) |

 

July 2020

Culture UK: World’s first tennis tournament – Wimbledon 1877 (9th) | St. Swithuns Day 862 (15th) | Folklore Year – Jul | Historic Birthdates – Jul |

Destinations UK: Bridgewater Canal 1761 (opened 17th July) | Plymouth Hoe 1588 (19th) | Cutty Sark – Fastest Ship on the Seas 1889 (25th) |

History of England: Battle Marston Moor 1644 (2nd) | Battle Lansdowne Hill 1643 (5th) | Death of King Edward I 1307 (7th) | Duke of Monmouth found 1685 (8th) | Lady Jane Grey 1553 (reigned 10-19th) | Battle Langport 1645 (10th) | Battle of Northampton 1460 (10th) | Great Fire of London 1212 (started 10-12th) | Battle Roundway Down 1643 (13th) | Spanish Armada 1588 (19th) | Great French Armada 1545 (sighted 19th) | Battle Shrewsbury 1403 (21st) | Ratcliffe Fire 1794 (23rd) | Introduction of Tobacco 1586 (27th?) | The Old Lady Threadneedle Street 1694 (founded 27th) | Dr Robert Hooke 1635 (28th) |

History of Scotland:  Battle Alford 1645 (2nd) | Darien Scheme 1698 (set sail 12th) | Battle Halidon Hill 1333 (19th) | Jacobites & Two Pretenders 1745 (Bonnie Prince Charles landed 23rd) | Battle Harlaw 1411 (24th) | Battle Newburn 1640 (28th) |

History of Wales: Eisteddfod | Patagonia 1865 (settlers arrive 27th) |

History of Britain: Somme 1916 (1st) | Birth of NHS 1948 (5th) | Operation Husky – Gliders 1943 (9th) | Evacuation of Gibraltar 1940 (11th) | SS Great Britain launch 1843 (19th) | Battle Killiecrankie 1689 (27th) |

 

August 2020

Culture UK: Yorkshire Day (1st) | First performance – Rule Britannia 1740 (1st) | Alfred Lord Tennyson 1809 (birth 6th) | Thomas De Quincey 1785 (born 15th) | Pendle Witch Trial 1612 (17th) | Folklore Year – Aug | Historic Birthdates – Aug |

Destinations UK: Tower Subway 1870 (railway opens 2nd) | Blenheim Palace 1704 (date of battle 13th) |

History of England: Height of South Sea Bubble 1720 | Battle of Evesham 1265 (4th) | Henry VII lands army Pembrokeshire 1485 (7th) | Battle Maldon 991 (9th, poss 10th) | Royal Ascot 1711 (11th) | Disease in Medieval England (13th) | Peterloo 1819 (16th) | Pendle Witches 1612 (trial 17-19th) | Crowning of King Edward I 1274 (19th) | Battle Bosworth Field 1485 (22nd) | Origins of English Civil War 1642 (22nd) | Battle of Crecy 1346 (26th) – Longbow | Sir Robert Walpole 1676 (born 26th) | Capability Brown 1716 (baptised 30th) | Jack the Ripper 1888 (first victim 31st) |

History of Scotland: Battle Otterburn 1388 (5th) | Alexander Fleming 1881 (born 6th) | Battle Dupplin Moor 1332 (10-11th) | Sir Walter Scott 1771 (born 15th) | Keir Hardy 1856 (born 15th) | Duncan and MacBeth 1057 (MacBeth killed 15th) | Battle of Standard 1138 (22nd) | William Wallace 1305 (executed 23rd) |

History of Wales: Richard Wilson 1714 (born 1st) |Llanelli Railway Riots 1911 (19th) | Sir Henry Morgan 1688 (died 25th) |

History of Britain: Battle of the Nile 1798 (1st) | Smallpox Hospital Ships 1882 | Pathfinders Force 1942 – formation | Florence Lady Baker 1841 (born 6th) | 5th Battalion Norfolks 1915 (12th) | George IV 1762 (born 12th) | Battle of Peking 1900 (14-15th) | VJ Day 1945 (15th) | Battle Kilsyth 1645 (15th) | T. E. Lawrence 1888 (born 15th) |  WW1 – Battle for Skies (19th) |  WW1 – Western Front (23rd) | War 1812 (White House set on fire 24th) | Shortest War in History 1896 (26th) |

 

September 2020

Culture UK: Michaelmas (29th) | Folklore Year – Sept | Historic Birthdates – Sept |

Destinations UK: Golden Boy Pye Corner 1666 (6th) | Battle 1066 (28th) |

History of England: Pope Adrian IV (Nicholas Brakespear) dies 1159 (1st) | Great Fire London 1666 (2nd) & Survivors of Great Fire | Battle Worcester 1651 (3rd) |  Max Woosnam 1892 (6th) | The Blitz 1940 (began 7th) | Battle of Poitiers 1356 (19th) – Longbow | Battle of Myton 1319 (20th) | Battle of Blore Heath 1459 (23rd) | Battle Rowton Heath 1645 (24th) | Battle Stamford Bridge 1066 (25th) | Francis Drake 1580 (circumnavigated globe 26th) | Norman Conquest 1066 (28th) | Sir Robert Peel 1829 (29th) |

History of Scotland: Battle of Dunbar 1650 (3rd) | Battle of Flodden 1513 (9th) | Battle Pinkie Cleugh 1547 (10th) | Mungo Park 1771 (born 11th) | Battle Homildon 1402 (14th) | Helen Duncan 1944 (released from prison 22nd) | Scottish Piper War Heroes (Laidlaw 25th) | Anglo-Scottish Wars 1290 (death of Margaret, Maid of Norway 26th) | William Topaz McGonagall 1902 (death 29th) | Nova Scotia 1621 (charter 29th) |

History of Wales: Roald Dahl 1916 (born 13th) |

History of Britain: Give us our 11 days 1752 (2nd) | King’s Speech 1939 (3rd) | First Opium War 1839 (4th) | Cleopatra’s Needle 1878 (erected 12th) | Battle Philiphaugh 1645 (13th) | Fighting Jack Churchill 1906 (born 16th) | Battle of Prestonpans (21st) | Mad Jack Mytton 1796 (born 30th) |

 

October 2020

Culture UK: A. A. Milne 1882 (born 18th) | Saint Ursula (feast day 21st) | History of Halloween (31st) | Folklore Year – Oct | Historic Birthdates – Oct |

Destinations UK: Greenwich Meridian – International Meridian Conference 1884 | Battle 1066 (14th) | French Cannons as Street Bollards (Trafalgar 21st) | Greenwich Meridian, Royal Observatory 1884 (22nd) |

History of England: Battle Winceby 1643 (11th) | Ceremony of Quit Rents 1211 (after 11th) | Disease in Medieval England 1399 (13th) | Battle of Hastings (14th) | Battle of Byland 1322 (14th) | Feast day of Saint Ursula (21st) | Great London Tornado 1091 (23rd) | Battle and Phantom Battle of Edgehill 1642 (23rd) | War of Jenkins’ Ear 1739 (23rd) | Agincourt 1415 (25th) – Longbow | Alfred the Great 899 (death 26th) |

History of Scotland: Deacon William Brody 1788 (hanged 1st) | Battle of Byland 1322 (14th) | Battle of Nevilles Cross 1346 (17th) | Darien Scheme 1698 (landed 30th) | Halloween in Scotland (31st) |

History of Wales: Dylan Thomas 1914 (born 27th) |

History of Britain: Dying for Humbug 1858 | Crimean War 1853 (started 5th) | Rainhill Trials 1829 (6th – 14th) | Great Gateshead Fire 1854 (6th) | Second Opium War 1856 (start 8th) | The Luddites 1779 (9th) | Napoleon Exile St Helena 1815 (15th) | Fighting Jack Churchill 1906 (born 16th) | London Beer Flood 1814 (17th) | Lord Palmerston 1784 (born 20th) | Trafalgar Day 1805 (21st) | Admiral Collingwood 1805 (21st) | Nelson 1805 (21st) | Dedication of the WLA & WTC Memorial 2014 (21st) | Charge of Light Brigade 1854 (25th) | Captain Cook born 1728 (27th) | Wall Street – Great Depression 1929 (29th) | Battle of Nalapani – Gurkha War 1814 (started 31st) |

 

November 2020

Culture UK: Pantomime | Bonfire Night 1950’s (5th) | Martinmas (11th) | Stir-Up Sunday |  George Eliot 1819 (22nd) | William Blake 1757 (born 28th) | Assocation Football 1872 (first internation match 30th) | Folklore Year – Nov | Historic Birthdates – Nov |

Destinations UK:  Tyburn Tree Gallows 1783 (last used 3rd) | Newgate Prison 1724 (Jack Sheppard hanged 16th) | Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 1805 (opened 26th) | Eleanor Crosses 1290 (death 28th) | St Andrews (30th) |

History of England: Guy Fawkes 1605 (5th) | William of Orange lands at Brixham 1688 (5th) | Jack The Ripper 1888 (last murder 9th) | Mayflower sights dry land 1620 (9th) | William Hogarth 1697 (born 10th) | St Brice’s Day Massacre 1002 (13th) | Jack Sheppard 1724 (hanged 16th) | Love Life of Virgin Queen 1558 (17th) | St Edmund, the first patron saint of England (20th) |

History of Scotland: St Margaret 1093 (16th) | Gorbals Whisky Flood 1906 (21st) | Battle Solway Moss 1542 (24th) | St. Andrew (30th) & Stone of Destiny returned 1996 (30th) |

History of Wales: Dylan Thomas 1953 (death 9th) |

History of Britain: Thankful Villages | Recruitment to the Bantam battalions start 1914 | Spencer Perceval 1762 (born 1st) | Passchedale 1917 (6th) | Stanley – Livingstone 1871 (10th) | Battle Sheriffmuir 1715 (13th) | Gorbals Whisky Flood 1906 (21st) | Origin of Species 1859 (published 24th) Winston Chirchill 1874 (born 30th) |

 

December 2020

Culture UK: Christmas Crackers | Darker side of Christmas | The Christmas Tree | Harris’s List 1700s (sold each Christmas) | Nicholas Brakespear elected pope 1154 (4th) | St. Nicholas Day circa 343 (6th) | Ada Lovelace 1815 (born 10th) | Dandy comic 1937 (first published 4th) | Jane Austen 1775 (born 16th) | George Eliot 1891 (born 22nd) | Old Glory & Cutty Wren (26th) | Rudyard Kipling 1865 (born 30th) | Folklore Year – Dec | Historic Birthdates – Dec |

Destinations UK: Rochester | Execution Dock 1830 (last used 16th) | Tyneham 1943 (19th) | Miracles St Thomas Becket 1170 (29th) |

History of England: Tudor Christmas | Medieval Christmas | Anglo-Saxon Christmas | The Life of Charles Dickens | St Edmund born 841 (25th)  | Sweyn Forkbeard 1013 (declared king 25th) | Thomas Becket 1170 ((murdered 29th (850 years)), also King Henry II | East India Company 1600 (founded 31st) |  Lancashire Cotton Famine 1862 (support against slavery 31st) |

History of Scotland:  James Bruce 1730 (born 14th) | Thomas Cochrane 1775 (born 14th) | Eilean Mor 1900 (26th) | Hogmanay (31st) |

History of Wales: Christmas Traditions of Wales |

History of Britain: Georgian Christmas | Victorian Christmas | A World War II Christmas | A 1960s Christmas | Dickin medal first awarded 1943 (2nd) | Agatha Christie disappears 1926 (3rd) | Barnbow Lasses 1916 (5th) | Zulu War 1878 (11th) | William Thomson – Lord Kelvin 1907 (died 17th) | Lewes Snow Drop 1836 (27th) | George Cayley 1773 (born 27th) | Vera Brittain 1893 (born 29th) |