United Kingdom: History
England and Wales are politically and administratively unified.
England and Scotland are unified as Great Britain.
Ireland, with the exception of six northern counties, gains its independence from the United Kingdom.
An economic crisis forces millions into unemployment.
German air attacks are held off in the Battle of Britain during World War II, although many cities in Britain are badly damaged.
The United Kingdom becomes a founding member of NATO.
The United Kingdom joins the European Economic Community.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her administration begin a program aimed to privatize state-run industries.
The government part-nationalizes three leading banks with a 37 billion pound rescue package, as the global financial crisis hits the country.
The United Kingdom signs a treaty with France that represents an agreement to cooperate in testing nuclear warheads.
The UK economy continues to shrink, marking a return to recession.
Prime Minister David Cameron proposes a referendum on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union after the next election.
On June 23rd, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum. The United Kingdom hasn't formally withdrawn from the EU, and negotiations are underway.