Major British Political and Social Events Since 1900 - dummies

Major British Political and Social Events Since 1900

By Julian Knight, Michael Pattison

Part of British Politics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Britain’s political and social scene has changed dramatically over the course of a century, with the result that it’s barely recognisable today. Here are just a few of the important events that have shaped our lives today.

Year Event
1907 Legalisation of trade unions
1908 Introduction of state pension
1914 Outbreak of World War One
1918 Women over 30 given right to vote
1919 Formation of League of Nations
1924 First Labour government
1928 Women allowed to vote on same terms as men
1929 Wall Street Crash
1939 Outbreak of World War Two
1945 Creation of United Nations
1944 Butler Education Act, creating publicly funded system of
grammar, comprehensive and technical schools
1948 National Health Service established
1957 Suez crisis
1962 Cuban missile crisis
1963 Profumo affair
1967 Legalisation of abortion and decriminalisation of
1969 Voting age lowered to 18
1973 Britain becomes member of European Economic Community
1984 Start of miners’ strike
1989 Fall of Berlin Wall signals demise of Cold War
1998 Good Friday Agreement
2001 9/11 terrorist attacks in USA
2003 UK and USA invade Iraq
2007 July bombings in London
2008 Global financial crisis