1951 - 1960

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1951

Census: Pop. E&W 43.7M, Scot 5M. NI 1.37M

May 3: Festival of Britain opens on South Bank, London

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1952

February 6: George VI dies; Elizabeth II Queen, returns from Kenya

February 21: Identity Cards abolished in Britain

November: Hydrogen Bomb detonated

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1953

February 4: Sweet rationing ends

May 29: Everest conquered

June 2: Coronation of Elizabeth II

September 26: Sugar rationing ends (after nearly 14 years)

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1954

May 6: First sub 4 minute mile (Roger Bannister, 3 mins 59.4 secs)

July 3: Food rationing officially ends in Britain

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1955

Royal Commission on Common Land started led to 1965 Common Land Registration Act

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1956

June3: 3rd class travel abolished on British Railways 

On July 26, 1956, President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt nationalised the Suez Canal, a vital link in the world’s shipping lanes that had previously been administered by the Anglo-French Suez Canal Company. On October 29, the first waves of a joint Israeli, French, and British attack, agreed in secret earlier that month, struck Egyptian territory.

September 25: Submarine telephone cable across the Atlantic opened

October 31: Britain and France invade Suez

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1957

June 1: Premiun Bonds first prizes drawn

October 4: Sputnik launched

Treaty of Rome to create European Economic Community (EEC)

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1958

February 25: CND launched

July 26: Charles created Prince of Wales

'The Beatles' formed

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1959

May 24: Empire Day becomes Commonwealth Day

Aug: BMC Mini car launched

September 5: Introduction of Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) in Britain

October 3: Postcodes introduced in Britain

November 1: First section of M1 motorway opened

Charles De Gaulle becomes French President

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1960

February 3: Macmillan 'wind of change' speech in S. Africa

March 17: New 1 notes issued by Bank of England

March 18: Last steam locomotive of British Railways named

September 12: MoT tests on motor vehicles introduced

October 1: HMS Dreadnought (nuclear submarine) launched 

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