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1897

22 June

Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria

1899

8 September

10,000 British troops are sent to Natal, South Africa, signalling the start of the Boer War.

1900

17 May

Town of Mafeking relieved by British forces, the most important symbolic event of the Boer War.

1901

22 January

Death of Queen Victoria, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, having ascended the throne in 1837

1902

31 May

Boer War formally ends following the signing of an armistice at Vereeniging.

9 August

Coronation of King Edward VII

1908

21 June

Greatest suffragette rally in Hyde Park.

1910

6 May

Death of King Edward VII

1911

4 January

Siege of Sidney Street begins after members of an anarchist gang thought to have murdered a police officer are traced to a house in Houndsditch.

22 June

Coronation of King George V

1912

14 April

The ocean liner Titanic strikes an iceberg and sinks on her maiden voyage

1914

28 June

Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is assassinated in Sarajevo, the event said to have triggered World War I.

4 August

Britain enters war following ultimatum to Germany to withdraw from Belgium

1916

24 April

Armed uprising in Dublin centred around the Post Office. Although it is quickly crushed and its leaders executed, this will become one of the pivotal events leading to Irish independence.

31 May

Battle of Jutland secures British control over the seas, forcing the German navy to return to port.

1 July

Battle of the Somme begins. On the first day, 20,000 Britons are killed and 40,000 injured.

7 December

New coalition government formed under David Lloyd George

1917

7 November

Bolsheviks led by Lenin overthrow provisional government in Petrograd in the 'October Revolution' (so called because Russia was using an older calendar at the time)

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