1941 - 1950

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1941

No census total pop. estimated at 48.2M

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1942

Invention of world's first programmable computer by Alan Turing in co-operation with Max Neumann

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1944

June 6: D-Day invasion of Normandy

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1945

May 8: VE Day

June 26: UN Charter signed

Atomic bombs dropped on Japan

September 2: VJ Day

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1946

National Health Service starts in Britain

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1947

January 1: Coal Mines nationalised

April 1: School leaving age raised to 15 in Britain

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1948

January 1: British Railways nationalised

July 1: Berlin airlift starts (to 12 May 1949)

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1949

March 15: Clothes rationing ends

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1950

May 19: Points rationing ends

May 26: Petrol rationing ends

June 25: Korean War starts ( to 27 July 1953)

September 9: Soap rationing ends

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