United Kingdom: History

  1. 1536

    England and Wales are politically and administratively unified.

  2. 1707

    England and Scotland are unified as Great Britain.

  3. 1921

    Ireland, with the exception of six northern counties, gains its independence from the United Kingdom.

  4. 1931

    An economic crisis forces millions into unemployment.

  5. 1940

    German air attacks are held off in the Battle of Britain during World War II, although many cities in Britain are badly damaged.

  6. 1949

    The United Kingdom becomes a founding member of NATO.

  7. 1973

    The United Kingdom joins the European Economic Community.

  8. 1981

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her administration begin a program aimed to privatize state-run industries.

  9. 2008

    The government part-nationalizes three leading banks with a 37 billion pound rescue package, as the global financial crisis hits the country.

  10. 2010

    The United Kingdom signs a treaty with France that represents an agreement to cooperate in testing nuclear warheads.

  11. 2012

    The UK economy continues to shrink, marking a return to recession.

  12. 2013

    Prime Minister David Cameron proposes a referendum on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union after the next election.

  13. 2016

    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 The United Kingdom hasn't formally withdrawn from the EU, and negotiations are underway.


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