George V, 1910-36

Key Events


 1910  George V becomes King and Emperor of India on the death of his father, Edward VII.
 1911  Parliament Act ensures the sovereignty of the House of Commons.
 1911  National Insurance Act provides sickness and unemployment benefits.
 1912  The luxury passenger ship S.S. Titanic sinks on her maiden voyage, drowning more than 1,500 people.
 1913  Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison throws herself under the Kings horse at the Epsom Derby
 1914  Anglican Church in Wales is disestablished.
 1914  The heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire is assassinated. Outbreak of World War I.
 1914  Battles of Mons, the Marne, and Ypres.
 1915  Second Battle of Ypres. Allied Gallipoli expedition fails to remove Turkey from the war.
 1916  Battle of the Somme. Naval Battle of Jutland between British and German fleets.
 1916  Easter Rising in Dublin in support of Irish independence.
 1916  David Lloyd George replaces Asquith as Prime Minister.
 1917  Battle of Passchendale.
 1917  Russian Revolution.
 1918  Czar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra (both cousins of George V) and their royal family are shot in Ekaterinburg.
 1918  Kaiser Wilhelm II (cousin of George V) abdicates as Germany faces defeat in World War I.
 1918  The end of World War I. Armistice signed on 11 November.
 1918  Reform Act gives votes to women over 30.
 1918  General Election produces landslide victory for Sinn Fein MPs in Ireland, who refuse to take their seats in Westminster and form their own DalI parliament in Dublin.
 1919  Lady Astor becomes the first woman MP to take her seat in the House of Commons
 1919  Third Afghan War. Afghanistan gains independence from Britain
 1919  A flu-pandemic (known as Spanish Flu) rages around the world killing over 50 million people.
 1919  -1921 Ireland partitioned into the Free State and the province of Northern Ireland.
 1920  Marconi opens first radio broadcasting station in Britain
 1920  A flu epidemic rages around the world killing more than 20 million people.
 1922  The British Broadcasting Company starts radio transmissions
 1923  Prince Albert (later George VI) marries Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
 1924  Ramsay MacDonald becomes Prime Minister of the first Labour Government
 1926  General Strike fails to reverse wage cuts and imposition of longer hours.
 1926  John Logie Baird demonstrates world’s first television in London
 1927  British Broadcasting Corporation founded by Royal Charter
 1928  All women over the age of 21 get the vote.
 1928  George V falls seriously ill with blood poisoning of the lung.
 1928  Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin
 1929  Beginning of the Great Depression which lasted almost 10 years
 1931  The Statute of Westminster recognizes independence of. the dominions.
 1931  Great Depression leads to the formation of a national government of all three political parties under the leadership of Ramsay MacDonald.
 1932  George V makes the first annual Christmas broadcast on radio.
 1935  George V celebrates his Silver Jubilee.
 1935  Robert Watson-Watt demonstrates Radar
 1935  Stanley Baldwin replaces Ramsay MacDonald as prime minister
 1936  George V dies at Sandringham.


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