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Events from the year 2016 in the United Kingdom.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • 4 January – As strong winds and heavy rain continue to batter parts of Scotland, more than 30 flood warnings are issued by SEPA.[1]
  • 6 January – Labour MPs Jonathan Reynolds and Stephen Doughty quit over the sacking of the shadow Europe minister Pat McFadden, after party leader Jeremy Corbyn reshuffles his shadow cabinet and makes controversial changes within his team.[2]
  • 11 January
  • 12 January – junior doctors in England providing non-emergency care strike for 24 hours in a dispute with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over pay and working hours.[5]
  • 14 January
    • The gang of "brazen burglars" involved in the £14m Hatton Garden jewellery heist, dubbed the "largest burglary in English legal history", face jail after the final three are convicted of involvement.[6]
    • The Metropolitan Police announce that an extra 600 armed officers are to be trained and patrols more than doubled to help counter the threat of a terrorist attack in London.[7]
  • 15 January – Tim Peake conducts the first spacewalk by an "official" British astronaut, stepping outside an ISS airlock.[8]
  • 20 January – Unemployment rates fall to 5.1%, their lowest level in almost a decade, but figures show that wage growth has slowed.[9]
  • 21 January
    • An inquiry finds that the murder of British ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in 2006 in London was "probably" approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin.[10]
    • Figures show that murders and killings in England and Wales have increased to their highest level for five years, largely due to an abnormally high number of deaths in June when 75 people were killed.[11]
  • 28 January – after three weeks of appeals, Camelot receive a "valid claim" for the record breaking £33m Lotto jackpot prize drawn on 9 January.[12]
  • 29 January – the last Land Rover Defender rolls off the production line at Solihull, ending 68 years of production.[13]

February[edit]

  • 1 February – scientists are given the go-ahead by regulators to genetically modify human embryos which were to be destroyed in seven days.[14]
  • 3 February – the High Court gives permission for Lord Lucan to be declared dead, and for a death certificate to be issued 42 years after his disappearance.[15]
  • 8 February – Storm Imogen hits Britain, causing thousands of power outages and structural damage across the country, along with disruption for many commuters.[16]
  • 10 February – junior doctors walk out in their second recent strike over Saturday working arrangements, causing disruption to medical services.[17]
  • 12 February – After many years as print newspapers, it is announced that the UK newspapers The Independent and the Independent on Sunday will cease to print and become online-only at the end of March.[18] Its stablemate, the i, will be sold to Johnston Press.[19]
  • 16 February – BBC Three becomes the first UK television network to become online only, having broadcast for its final night after 13 years as a television channel.[20]
  • 20 February – David Cameron announces that Britain will hold a referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union on 23 June.[21]
  • 21 February – Mayor of London Boris Johnson announces he is to campaign for the UK to leave the European Union.[22]
  • 22 February – the pound hits its lowest level against the dollar, falling down as much as 2.4%, in almost seven years amid concerns about a possible exit from the European Union.[23]

March[edit]

  • 7 March – Official tourist figures for 2015 show the British Museum remains the most popular attraction in the United Kingdom.[24]
  • 9 March
    • Four of the gang of "brazen burglars" involved in the Hatton Garden jewellery heist are sentenced to seven years' imprisonment, while a fifth is given six years.[25]
    • Junior doctors strike for the third time over new contracts, with NHS England saying that more than 5,000 operations have been cancelled as a result.[26]
  • 16 March – Chancellor George Osborne announces the Budget for 2016 and the year ahead.[27]
  • 18 March – Iain Duncan Smith resigns as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions claiming that he came under pressure from the Treasury to "salami slice" welfare, and voicing his objection to £4bn of planned cuts to disability benefits announced in the Budget.[28] Duncan Smith is succeeded in the post by Stephen Crabb.[29]
  • 19 March – England win the Six Nations Grand Slam—their first since 2003.[30]
  • 21 March – Brian Reader, the ringleader in the Hatton Garden jewellery heist, and the last of the gang to be sentenced, is given more than six years in jail.[31]
  • 23 March – drivers on London Underground's Piccadilly line go on strike for 24 hours over "bullying".[32]
  • 28 March – Storm Katie rips through parts of Britain through the Easter weekend and many parts of the country suffer damage. The storm causes disruption with many flights cancelled or diverted as a result.[33]
  • 30 March – British steel maker Tata Steel reports that it will sell off its British operations in a move to save money, leaving many thousands of jobs at risk, including those at the large Port Talbot steelworks in Wales.[34]
  • 31 March – Prime Minister David Cameron and his fellow MPs cut short their spring break and return to the UK for an emergency meeting on the planned closure of the Tata Steel works.[35]

April[edit]

  • 1 April – a new National Living Wage comes into force in the United Kingdom, requiring employers to pay all workers over 25 years old at least £7.20 per hour.[36]
  • 6 April – the 2016 Dog Microchipping Legislation comes into force, requiring every dog in England, Scotland and Wales to be micro-chipped if they are over eight weeks old. (This law had already been introduced in Northern Ireland, in 2012).[37]
  • 7 April – A junior doctors' strike over pay disputes enters its second day, with over 5,000 operations and procedures being postponed.[38]
  • 10 April – English golfer Danny Willett wins the 2016 Masters Tournament, the first time a Briton has won the tournament since Nick Faldo in 1996.[39]
  • 13 April – Stoke Gifford Parish Council in Gloucestershire becomes the first council in the UK to charge runners who use one of its parks and those who participate in the weekly park fun run events.[40]
  • 14 April – in the final report following the Shoreham Airshow disaster in August 2015, the Civil Aviation Authority tightens the rules of all future airshows over safety fears.[41]
  • 15 April – the European Union membership referendum campaign gets underway in the UK as both sides prepare to persuade voters to decide whether they want to leave or remain in the EU when the referendum takes place in June.[42]
  • 16 April – thousands of people take part in a protest against austerity cuts in central London, including the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell.[43]
  • 21 April – Queen Elizabeth II marks her 90th birthday.
  • 26 April

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • 1 August – Permission is given to enlarge the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District National Parks in northern England.[78]
  • 4 August – The Bank of England cuts interest rates from 0.5% to 0.25% – a record low and the first cut since 2009.[79]
  • 8 August – a five-day strike by workers on Southern Rail begins, disrupting train services between London, Surrey and Sussex, the longest rail strike in the United Kingdom since 1968.[80]
  • 12 August – Mumin Sahin and Emin Ozmen are jailed for a total of 42 years for their part in the UK's largest ever drugs haul, in which 3.2 tonnes of cocaine worth £512 million was seized from a vessel in the North Sea.[81]
  • 16 August
    • The radical Islamic cleric Anjem Choudary and his assistant Mohammed Mizahnur Rahman are both found guilty at the Old Bailey of "inviting Islamic State".[82]
    • The world's largest ever wind farm, consisting of 300 turbines producing 1.8 gigawatts of clean energy, is approved for construction off the Yorkshire coast.[83]
  • 17 August – the Airlander 10 hybrid airship, the world's largest aircraft at 92 m (302 ft) in length and 38,000 m³ (1,300,000 cu ft) in volume, has its maiden civilian flight in Bedfordshire.[84]
  • 21 August – Team GB finish competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They finish second in the medal table, with 27 golds, 23 silvers, and 17 bronze medals; their best Olympic result in over a century.[85]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Publications[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

Matt Hobden (1993–2016)
David Bowie (1947–2016) in 2002
Alan Rickman (1946–2016), acclaimed stage and screen actor, in 2011
Black (1962–2016)
Sir Terry Wogan (1938–2016) at his investiture in 2005

February[edit]

Sir Christopher Zeeman (1925–2016) in 2009
Eric Lubbock, 4th Baron Avebury (1928–2016) in 2006

March[edit]

Sir George Martin (1926–2016), often referred to as the "Fifth Beatle", in 2006
Keith Emerson (1944–2016)
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934–2016) in 2012
Paul Daniels (1938–2016), a world renowned magician and television performer, in 2013
Ronnie Corbett (1930–2016), acclaimed for his work on The Two Ronnies with comedy partner Ronnie Barker
Denise Robertson (1932–2016), dubbed "the best agony aunt in the business"

April[edit]

Motorcyclist Martin Lampkin (1950–2016) at the Trial Sant Llorenç in 1978
Howard Marks (1945–2016) in 2000
Sir Arnold Wesker (1932–2016) at the Durham Book Festival in 2008
Victoria Wood (1953–2016) in Laos
Sir Harry Kroto (1939–2016) in 2010

May[edit]

Chris Mitchell (1988–2016) in 2009
Sally Brampton (1955–2016) discussing depression in 2010
Joe Temperley (1929–2016) (left) performing with Gary Smulyan in 2005
David Rendel (1949–2016) at the Newbury declaration during the 2005 general election

June[edit]

Sir Tom Kibble (1932–2016)
Dave Swarbrick (1941–2016) in 2006
Henry McCullough (1943–2016) in 2008

July[edit]

Michael Beaumont (1927–2016) in 2012
Michael J. Elliott (1951–2016) in 2008
Eric Kuhne (1951–2016) in 2007

August[edit]

6th Duke of Westminster (1951–2016) in 1997
Kenny Baker (1934–2016) in 2005
Dalian Atkinson (1968–2016) in 2008
Dame Margaret Anstee (1926–2016) in Honduras in 2002

September[edit]

Sylvia Gore (1944–2016) in 2015
Hidayat Inayat Khan (1917–2016) in 2004

October[edit]

Sir Neville Marriner (1924–2016) in Barcelona in 2010
Andrew Vicari (1932–2016) in 2007
Pete Burns (1959–2016) performing in Liverpool in 2008
Jimmy Perry (1923–2016) in 2011

November[edit]

Bap Kennedy (1962–2016) in 2009
David Hamilton (1933–2016) in 2012
Andrew Sachs (1930–2016), best known for playing Manuel in Fawlty Towers, in 2004

December[edit]

Greg Lake (1947–2016) in 2005
Bernard Fox (1927–2016) in the film Hogan's Heroes
Richard Adams (1920–2016), author of Watership Down, in 2008
Rick Parfitt (1948–2016) in Sweden in 2007
George Michael (1963–2016) in 1988

See also[edit]

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