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Recent British History


  1. In 1972 over half of the 55,000 Asians expelled from which African country settled in Britain?
  2. What name was given to the period between November 1978 and February 1979 which was characterised by widespread strikes in the UK?
  3. Britain's first credit card was launched in 1966. What was the name of this card?
  4. In 1958 which town was by-passed by Britain's very first motorway?
  5. Which British politician was the last governor of Hong Kong?

  6. Which country was Princess Elizabeth visiting when she was announced Queen in 1952?
  7. In 1960 Penguin Books was found not guilty under the Obscene Publications Act for publishing which novel?
  8. Which National park, the UK’s first, opened in 1956?
  9. In which year was the voting age lowered to 18?
  10. England won the football world cup in 1966 but in which month?
  11. Which ship docked at Tilbury, from Jamaica, and is seen by some as the start of mass immigration from Britain's former colonies?
  12. In 1957, the Gold Coast becomes the first African state to become independent of the UK. What was it renamed?
  13. What name was given to the severe air pollution event that affected London, in December 1952?
  14. On 29 August, 1950, British troops arrived on which peninsula?
  15. In which year did Diana, Princess of Wales, die due to a Paris traffic collision?
  16. Which Royal Marines slang word describing a long-distance march carrying full kit became well known through coverage of the Falklands War?
  17. Who became British Prime Minister on the 10 January, 1957?
  18. In 1979, Britain’s first official nudist beach opened in which seaside resort?
  19. Who became the first British person and the first European woman in space?
  20. The Samphire Hoe country park was created by using what?


  1. Uganda
  2. The Winter of Discontent
  3. Barclaycard
  4. Preston
  5. Chris Patten
  6. Kenya
  7. Lady Chatterley's Lover (by D. H. Lawrence)
  8. The Peak District
  9. 1969
  10. July (30th)
  11. The SS Empire Windrush
  12. Ghana
  13. The Great Smog
  14. korean peninsula

  15. 1997
  16. Yomp or yomping
  17. Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minister
  18. Brighton
  19. Helen Sharman (1991)
  20. Channel Tunnel excavations (4.9 million cubic metres of chalk marl from the tunnel)