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Important Dates in British History - a timeline

Here are events from 1940 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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On this day:
Battle of Poitiers - 1356, Great Plague of London at its Height - 1665, 'Lord Haw-Haw' sentenced to death - 1945, First Traffic Wardens in London - 1960, First Glastonbury - 1970, First Episode of Fawlty Towers - 1975, Murder of Carl Bridgewater - 1978, Southall Train Crash - 1997

Famous and historic events from 1940

Balham Blitz Tube Disaster
Battle of Britain ends
Bomb Kills 166 in Liverpool Air-Raid Shelter
Churchill forms Wartime Coalition Government
Coventry Blitz
Evacuation of Dunkirk begins
Evacuation of Dunkirk ends
Food Rationing Begins
German Troops invade Channel Islands
LDV becomes Home Guard
Marples Hotel Tragedy
Official end of the Battle of Britain
The Battle of Britain begins
The Blitz begins
Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister
Worst night of The Blitz

Famous Britons born in 1940
Angela Carter
Barbara Mills
Billy McNeill
Brian Josephson
Brian Mawhinney
Bruce Chatwin
Chay Blyth
Cliff Richard
Clive Sinclair
David Jason
David Pilbeam
Denis Law
Esther Rantzen
Geoffrey Boycott
Gillian Shephard
Ian Lang
Jeffrey Archer
Jimmy Greaves
Jimmy Tarbuck
John Byrne
John Hurt
John Lennon
John McCririck
Ken Clarke
Lionel Morton
Mary Rand
Michael Gambon
Mike Hailwood
Patrick Stewart
Penelope Keith
Peter Stringfellow
Ringo Starr
Ronald Pickup
Stan Boardman
Tim Brooke-Taylor
Tom Jones
Trevor Nunn
Willie John McBride
Zandra Rhodes

Recommended Books:

A Picture of Britain
A Picture of Britain
Ashes Fever
Ashes Fever
Coast
Coast
Churchill
Churchill

Brit Quote:
In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible - George Orwell
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On this day:
Battle of Poitiers - 1356, Great Plague of London at its Height - 1665, 'Lord Haw-Haw' sentenced to death - 1945, First Traffic Wardens in London - 1960, First Glastonbury - 1970, First Episode of Fawlty Towers - 1975, Murder of Carl Bridgewater - 1978, Southall Train Crash - 1997
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