1920 in the United Kingdom
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- 9 January – the cargo steamer Treveal is wrecked in the English Channel; 35 people lose their lives.
- 11 February – the Council of the League of Nations meets for the first time in London.
- 23 February – War Secretary Winston Churchill announces that conscripts will be replaced by a volunteer army of 220,000 men.
- 10 March – the Ulster Unionist Council accepts the Government's plan for a Parliament of Northern Ireland.
- 17 March – Queen Alexandra unveils a monument to Nurse Edith Cavell in London.
- 27 March – Troytown wins the Grand National.
- 29 March – Sir William Robertson is promoted to Field Marshal, the first man to rise from private (enlisted 1877) to the highest rank in the British Army.
- 31 March
- In the Second reading debate in Parliament on the Government of Ireland Bill, Unionist leader Sir Edward Carson opposes the division of Ireland, seeing it as a betrayal of Unionists in the south and west.
- Disestablishment of the Church in Wales comes into effect, under terms of the Welsh Church Act 1914.
- 10 April – West Bromwich Albion win the Football League title for the first time.
- 20 April–12 September – Great Britain and Ireland compete at the Olympics in Antwerp and win 15 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze medals.
- 24 April – Aston Villa beat Huddersfield Town 1–0 in the first FA Cup Final since 1915.
- 29 April – Welwyn Garden City established by Ebenezer Howard. The first house is occupied just before Christmas.
- 10 May – Forty Irish republican prisoners on hunger strike at Wormwood Scrubs are released.
- 11 May – Lady Cynthia Mosley, second daughter of ex-Viceroy of India, The Earl Curzon of Kedleston, marries Oswald Mosely in the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, London.
- 17 May – Sinn Féin supporters and Unionists engage in pitched street battles in Derry.
- 18 May – women lecturers are given equal status to their male colleagues at the University of Oxford.
- 21 May – the Government proposes a car tax of £1 per horsepower (13 p/kW).
- 30 May – at least twenty people drown in severe floods in Lincolnshire.
- 9 June – King George V opens the Imperial War Museum at The Crystal Palace.
- 20 June – five die in severe rioting in Ulster.
- 24 June – troops are sent to reinforce the Derry garrison.
- 3 July – the Scenic Railway (roller coaster) at Dreamland Margate amusement park opens, the first in the U.K.
- 5 July – a new airmail service starts from London to Amsterdam.
- 13 July – London County Council bans foreigners from almost all council jobs.
- 16 July – World War I is officially declared over with Austria.
- 23 July – fourteen die and one hundred are injured in fierce rioting in Belfast.
- 24 July – Frank T. Courtney wins the Aerial Derby aircraft race from Hendon at an average speed of 153.5 mph (247.0 km/h).
- 28 July – the first women jury members in England are empanelled at Bristol quarter sessionss.
- 30 July – 8 August: 1st World Scout Jamboree held at Olympia, London.
- 31 July
- 1 August – the first Congress of the Communist Party of Great Britain opens.
- 3 August – there are Catholic riots in Belfast in protest at the continuing British Army presence.
- 9 August – the Labour Party says it will call for a general strike if the United Kingdom declares war on Russia.
- 13 August – the Restoration of Order in Ireland Act receives Royal Assent, providing for Irish Republican Army activists to be tried by court-martial rather than by jury in criminal courts.
- 16 August – first Firearms Act passed.
- 18 August – the first night bus services are introduced in London.
- 28 August – the first games in the new Football League Third Division are played by the 22 clubs who were elected to the new division from the Southern League. Among the members of the new division are Southampton, Crystal Palace, Millwall, Norwich City, Queen's Park Rangers and Luton Town. A northern section is planned for next season.
- 29 August – eleven die and forty are injured in street battles in Belfast.
- 22 September – the Metropolitan Police forms the Flying Squad, following an announcement on 17 February that their horses will be replaced by cars.
- 7 October – the first one hundred women are admitted to study for full degrees at the University of Oxford.
- 10 October – it is announced that compulsory hand signals are to be introduced for all drivers.
- 14 October – the first women receive degrees at the University of Oxford, these being awarded retrospectively. Dorothy L. Sayers is among them.
- 16 October – miners go on strike.
- 20 October – suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst is charged with sedition after calling upon workers to loot the London Docks.
- 25 October
- 28 October – Sylvia Pankhurst is jailed for six months.
- 3 November – the miners' strike ends after only a small majority vote to continue.
- 8 November – Rupert Bear first appears in a cartoon strip in the Daily Express.
- 10 November – the body of The Unknown Warrior arrives from France aboard HMS Verdun for burial in Westminster Abbey.
- 11 November – King George V unveils the Cenotaph; The Unknown Warrior is buried.
- 15 November – first complete public performance of Gustav Holst's suite The Planets given in London by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Albert Coates.
- 21 November – Bloody Sunday: the Irish Republican Army, on the instructions of Michael Collins, shoot dead the Cairo gang, fourteen British undercover agents in Dublin, most in their homes. Later this day in retaliation the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary open fire on a crowd at a Gaelic Athletic Association Football match in Croke Park, killing thirteen spectators and one player and wounding 60. Three men are shot this night in Dublin Castle "while trying to escape".
- 28 November – Kilmichael Ambush: the flying column of the 3rd Cork Brigade IRA, led by Tom Barry, ambushes two lorries carrying Auxiliaries at Kilmichael, County Cork, killing seventeen (with three of its men also dying), which leads to official reprisals.
- 29 November – rationing imposed during World War I ends when the restriction on availability of sugar is lifted by the government.
- 5 December – the Scots vote against prohibition.
- 11 December – Irish War of Independence: the Burning of Cork: British forces set fire to 5 acres (20,000 m2) of the centre of the city of Cork, including the City Hall, in reprisal attacks after a British auxiliary is killed in a guerilla ambush.
- 23 December
- Government of Ireland Act 1920, passed by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, receives Royal Assent from George V providing for the partition of Ireland into Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland with separate parliaments, granting a measure of home rule.
- Jewish leaders in London launch a £25 million appeal for Palestine.
- 26 December – Dick, Kerr's Ladies F.C. draw the largest-ever crowd to attend a women's association football match, 53,000 spectators at Goodison Park, Liverpool, for a game against St. Helen's Ladies.
- This year sees the all-time highest annual number of live births in the country, over 1.1 million.
- Publication of Arthur Eddington's observation of the "bending of light" during the total solar eclipse of May 29, 1919, giving a confirmation of Einstein's theory of general relativity.
- Meccano Ltd of Liverpool produce the first Hornby toy train, a clockwork 0 gauge model.
- Prince Albert (later George VI), who became Duke of York earlier in the year, meets Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who will become his wife in 1923 (and later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother).
- The British Empire, the largest empire ever in history, reaches its peak of 33 million square miles and a population of 423 million people.
- Edmund Blunden's The Waggoner and Other Poems.
- John Galsworthy's novels In Chancery and Awakening, part of The Forsyte Saga.
- Dean William Inge's Romanes Lecture The Idea of Progress.
- Wilfred Owen's collected Poems (posthumous).
- The anthology Valour and Vision: Poems of the War, 1914–1918.
- 3 January – Hugh McCartney, Labour Party MP (died 2006)
- 9 January – Clive Dunn, actor (died 2012)
- 22 January – Alf Ramsey, footballer (died 1999)
- 30 January – Michael Anderson, film director (died 2018)
- 5 February – Frank Muir, actor, comedy writer and raconteur (died 1998)
- 26 February – Derek Goodwin, ornithologist (died 2008)
- 3 March – Ronald Searle, cartoonist (died 2011)
- 6 March – Lewis Gilbert, film director (died 2018)
- 14 March – Dorothy Tyler-Odam, high jumper (died 2014)
- 20 March – Dudley Savage, radio broadcaster (died 2008)
- 25 March
- 9 April – Alex Moulton, mechanical engineer and inventor (died 2012)
- 16 April – Alan Pegler, English businessman (died 2012)
- 4 May – Ronald Chesney, harmonica player and comedy scriptwriter (died 2018)
- 9 May – Richard Adams, novelist (died 2016)
- 21 May – Anthony Steel, actor (died 2001)
- 19 June – Geoffrey Lewis, professor (died 2008)
- 22 June – Marea Hartman, athletics administrator (died 1994)
- 23 June – Henry Chadwick, theologian (died 2008)
- 4 July – Anthony Barber, politician (died 2005)
- 24 July – Tamar Eshel, Israeli diplomat and politician
- 3 August – P. D. James, writer of crime fiction (died 2014)
- 21 August – Christopher Robin Milne, author and bookseller (died 1996)
- 27 August
- 4 September – Teddy Johnson, popular singer (died 2018)
- 5 October – Ronald Leigh-Hunt, actor (died 2005)
- 15 October – Daniel Everett, RAF pilot (killed in action 1945)
- 11 November – Roy Jenkins, politician (died 2003)
- 25 November – Bernard Weatherill, politician and Speaker of the House of Commons (died 2007)
- 28 November – Cecilia Colledge, Olympic figure skater (died 2008)
- 10 December – Alfred Goldie, mathematician (died 2005)
- 11 January – Pryce Pryce-Jones, entrepreneur (born 1834)
- 18 January – John McClure, admiral in the Imperial Chinese Navy (born 1837)
- 24 January – William Plunket, 5th Baron Plunket, diplomat and administrator (born 1864)
- 13 March – Charles Lapworth, geologist (born 1842)
- 14 April – John George Bartholomew, cartographer (born 1860)
- 17 April – Alex Higgins, Scottish international footballer (born 1863)
- 14 May – Ronald Montagu Burrows, archaeologist (b. 1867)
- 5 June – Rhoda Broughton, novelist (born 1840)
- 10 July – John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher, admiral (born 1841)
- 10 August – Erskine Beveridge, textile manufacturer and antiquarian (born 1851)
- 5 October – William Heinemann, publisher (born 1863)
- 23 November – George Callaghan, admiral (born 1852)
- 3 December – William de Wiveleslie Abney, astronomer and photographer (born 1843)
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- Hansard debate 31 Mar 1920
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- Review of C. B. Purdom, The Building of Satellite Towns, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1925.
- Results of Fifth Aerial Derby at Hendon Flight: 29 July 1920, p.833.
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