Britain successfully explodes it's first atomic bomb
reveals Britain's limited world status
Anthony Eden - Conservatives
replaces Eden as Conservative Prime Minister
permits free entry into Britain for all Commonwealth citizens
Aneurin Bevan resigns from the Labour cabinet over the introduction of charges in the NHS. The Labour party is split over the issue.
King George Vl dies; accession of Elizabeth ll
Race riots break out in London
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is founded.
First march, 'London to Aldermaston'
aims to reduce discrimination and the Race Relations Board is set up
aims to exclude Kenyan Asians
Restricted immigration to those with at least 1 grandparent born in the UK. Effectively end non-white immigration.
Gives the government broad powers of intervention in industrial disputes but is widely opposed by trade unions
The miners strike begins. Labour forms a minority government under Harold Wilson
The labour party gains a majority and forms a government.
First 8 mile stretch of motorway opens
Britain begins negotiations for membership of European Economic Community (EEC)
Britain applies for membership of the EEC a second time. The application is vetoed by France (they think Britain and America would join together and take it over).
The £ is devalued from $2.80 to $2.40
From shilling to pounds
State of emergency due to miners strikes
Britain becomes a member!
Miners, power workers and railway workers ban overtime. A 3-day working week is introduced from the end of December because of power shortages
And 3-day strike ends too
Referendum gives clear majority for staying in EEC
Grammar, Secondary Technical or Secondary Modern schools based on 11+ exam.
introduces child benefits to parents
National Insurance Act, National Health Service Act and National Assistance Act help create a welfare state 'from the cradle to the grave'
designates areas where new towns are to be built under development corporations (government bodies)
National Health Service, National Insurance and National Assistance are implemented
First purpose-built comprehensive school
a second (and 1st independent, commercial) television channel, is launched
John Osborne's play symbolises the attack of the 'angry young men' on the Establishment
More freedom for youngsters
Babara Hulanicki opened Biba Boutique in Kensington
the mini-skirt arrives on the cat walk
encourages local education authorities to reorganise secondary schooling on comprehensive lines
legalised homosexuality in private between consenting males over 21
allows local halth authorities to provide a family planning service. And the pill became available for single women.
Radio One is launched as a channel for popular music
legalises the termination of pregnancy
made it easier for women (and men) in unhappy marriages to divorce
1st national conference takes place
Brings equal pay act into force. LAW. establishes the equalopportunities commission.