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January - Vauxhall enters the coupé segment of the car market with the launch of its Cavalier-based Calibra, which is the first coupé built by General Motors in Europe since the demise of the Opel Manta in 1988.
1 January - Glasgow begins 1990 as the Culture Capital of Europe.
19 January - Police in Johannesburg, South Africa break up a demonstration against the cricket match played by rebel English cricketers led by Mike Gatting.
25 January - Burns' Day storm: hurricane-force winds are reported to have killed 39 people in England and Wales.
29 January - Lord Justice Taylor publishes his report in the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool F.C. supporters on 15 April last year. He recommends that all top division stadiums are all-seater by 1994 and that the rest of the Football League follows suit by 1999, but rules out the government's proposed ID card scheme to combat football hooliganism as "unworkable".
9 February - Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran renews his fatwa on British author Salman Rushdie, which he imposed last year following controversy over the author's book The Satanic Verses.
The UK and Argentina restore diplomatic links after eight years. Diplomatic ties were broken off links in response to Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982.
Neil Kinnock's dream of being prime minister is looking closer to becoming reality as the latest MORI poll shows Labour on 51% with a 17-point lead over the Conservatives.
20 February - Three people are injured in Leicester city centre by a bomb explosion.
23 March - The Duke and Duchess of York's second child, another daughter, is born.
31 March - 200,000 protesters in Poll Tax Riots in London in the week preceding official introduction of the Community Charge.
2 April - An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale and centred on the Shropshire town of Bishop's Castle is felt throughout much of England and Wales.
28 April - Liverpool F.C. are champions of the Football League for a record 18 time.
29 April - Stephen Hendry, 21, becomes the youngest ever world snooker champion.
Nottingham Forest equal Liverpool's record of four Football League Cup wins by defeating Oldham Athletic 1-0 in the final at Wembley Stadium. 21-year-old striker Nigel Jemson scores the only goal of the game.
- Rover Group launches a heavily facelifted version of its Metro, which has been the best-selling car of the combine previously known as British Leyland and more recently Austin Rover since its 1980 launch.
- The second phase of the landmark Nissan car factory near Sunderland is opened, four years after the first phase, to prepare for production of the Bluebird replacement, the Primera, which goes on sale this autumn. It is also set to be joined by the first British-built Micra when the new version of the company's entry-level European model is launched in two years.
4 May - The local council elections see Labour win more local council seats than the Conservatives. Neil Kinnock's hopes of victory in the next general election are further boosted by the fact that Labour have finished ahead in most of the last year's opinion polls.
7 May - The Prince and Princess of Wales travel to Budapest for the first postwar British royal visit there.
12 May - The FA Cup final ends in a 3-3 draw between Manchester United and Crystal Palace FC, an extra time equaliser from United striker Mark Hughes forcing a replay.
17 May - Manchester United equal the record total for FA Cup wins by winning the final replay 1-0 against Crystal Palace. Defender Lee Martin scores the only goal of the game.
British agriculture Minister John Gummer feeds a hamburger to his 5-year-old daughter to counter rumours about the spread of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy and its transmission to humans.
Unemployment is reported to have risen for the first time in four years, though it is still only just over 1,600,000 compared to the high of more than 3,000,000 that was on record in 1986.
24 May - Bobby Robson announces that he will be leaving his job as England football manager after this summer's World Cup to take charge of the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.
28 May - Swindon Town, managed by the former Tottenham Hotspur and Argentina footballer Ossie Ardiles, win promotion to the Football League First Division for the first time in their history by defeating Sunderland 1-0 in the Second Division playoff final at Wembley Stadium.
30 May - France bans British beef and live cattle imports as a precaution against fears of BSE being spread.
17 June - Over 20,000 Swindon Town football fans demonstrate on the streets of Swindon in a bid for promotion to the First Division to be restored.
20 June - Chancellor of the Exchequer John Major proposes the "hard ecu", a currency which would ciruclate into parallel with national currencies as an alternative to full monetary union.
22 June - Housing Minister Michael Spicer announces a £15million plan to tackle homelessness.
Girobank Plc privatised by sale to the Alliance & Leicester Group.
Swindon Town Football Club are allowed to remain in the Second Division after a successful appeal to the Football Association.
4 July - England's chances of winning the World Cup are ended by a penalty shoot-out defeat at the hand of West Germany in the semi-finals.
10 July - FIFA announces that the ban on English clubs following the Heysel disaster five years ago will be lifted following the good behaviour of English fans at the World Cup; however, not all of the English league's European places will be restored immediately. Aston Villa, the league runners-up, will be England's sole entrants in the UEFA Cup, while FA Cup winners Manchester United will compete in the European Cup Winners' Cup and league champions Liverpool - the team whose rioting at the 1985 European Cup final resulted in the ban - will have to serve at least one extra year, meaning that there will be no English representation at the 1990-91 European Cup.
11 July - Labour MP's accuse the Conservative government of "fraud" amid allegations that the 1,600,000 fall in unemployment since 1986 included a million people leaving the list without finding work.
14 July - Trade and Industry Secretary Nicholas Ridley resigns following an interview in The Spectator in which he likened the European Union to Hitler's Germany.
15 July - The Football Association names Graham Taylor as the new England manager. Taylor, 46, recently took Aston Villa to second place in the English league, and also reached an FA Cup final with his previous club Watford.
An official report reveals that High Street sales are at their lowest since 1980, sparking further fears of a recession.
Nigel Mansell, Britain's most successful racing driver of the last 10 years, announces that he is to retire from Grand Prix races at the end of the 1990 season.
17 July - German food superstore chain Aldi opens its first British store in Birmingham and plans to have up to 200 stores across the country by 1993.
19 July - Saddam Hussein, dictator of Iraq, frees Daphne Parish from prison for "humanitarian reasons" and she returns to Britain.
The England cricket team defeats the India national cricket team in a high-scoring Lord's test match totalling 1,603 runs.
Aldershot FC, members of the Football League Fourth Division, are wound up in the High Court "hopelessly insolvent" with debts of £495,000.
August - Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet company is renamed Birmingham Royal Ballet on relocation to a residency at the Birmingham Hippodrome.
1 August - British Airways Flight 149 is seized by the Iraqi Army at Kuwait International Airport following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
3 August - Heat wave peaks with a temperature of 37.1°C (99°F) recorded at Nailstone, Leicestershire.
5 August - Margaret Thatcher announces her desire for a new Magna Carta to guarantee basic rights for all European citizens.
7 August - The winding-up order on Aldershot FC is lifted when 19-year-old property developer Spencer Trethewy pledges a £200,000 rescue package for the Hampshire-based club.
14 August - A survey carried out by the BBC reveals that 20% of taxpayers in England and Wales had not paid their Community Charge by 30 June this year.
16 August - A MORI poll shows that Labour now has a 15-point lead over the Conservatives with 50% of the vote, while support to the Liberal Democrats has doubled to 10% over the last seven months.
23 August -
- British hostages in Iraq are paraded on TV.
- Ford launches the new version of its Escort hatchback, estate and cabriolet, and Orion saloon. Sales begin in Britain and the rest of Europe next month.
24 August - Irish hostage Brian Keenan is released in Beirut, Lebanon, after being held a hostage there for more than four years.
The BBC begins broadcasting on Radio 5, its first new station for 23 years.
29 August - Home Secretary David Waddington announces that the case of the Birmingham Six will be referred to the Court of Appeal.
3 September - Most British secondary schools begin the new adademic year with a continuous year numbering system; with year groups renumbered as 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 in place of the traditional first, second, third, fourth and fifth years. Although some schools still retain the traditional year numbers, most are expected to follow suit over the next few years.[dubious – discuss]
A fire causes severe damage to the historic town centre of Totnes in Devon.
The large Meadowhall Centre, the second largest shopping complex in Britain, opens on a former steelworks site in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
10 September - Pegasus, a leading British travel operator, goes bankrupt.
Pound Sterling joins the Exchange Rate Mechanism.
First members of the Women's Royal Naval Service to serve officially on an operational warship board Type 22 frigate HMS Brilliant.
18 October - Eastbourne by-election in East Sussex.
19 October - David Bellotti for the Liberal Democrats wins the "safe" Eastbourne Conservative seat.
Treasury officials speak of their belief that a "brief, technical" recession in the British economy is now inevitable.
Edward Heath, the former British prime minister, leaves Baghdad on a plane bound for Heathrow Airport with 33 freed hostages. Saddam Hussein has promised to release a further 30 hostages in the near future.
27 October - Economists predict that the current economic downturn will be confined to the second half of this year.
British Sky Broadcasting founded as a merger between Sky Television and British Satellite Broadcasting.
Government produces Planning Policy Guidance 16: Archaeology and Planning to advise local authorities on the treatment of archaeology within the planning process. Site developers are required to contract with archaeological teams to have sites investigated in advance of development.
Neil Kinnock, who has been leader of the Labour Party since October 1983, is now the longest serving opposition leader in British political history.
Geoffrey Howe, Deputy Prime Minister, resigns over the government's European policy.
Broadcasting Act makes bidding for independent television franchises more commercially-based and relaxes regulation of television and radio broadcasting.
2 November - Neil Kinnock announces his support for the adoption of a single European currency.
8 November - The second Bootle by-election of the year sees Labour hold onto the seat once more with new MP Joe Benton gaining nearly 80% of the votes.
12 November - The Football Association penalises Arsenal two points and Manchester United one point and fines both clubs £50,000 for a mass player brawl in a Football League match between the two clubs last month at Old Trafford.
13 November - Geoffrey Howe makes a dramatic resignation speech in the House of Commons, attacking the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher's hostility towards the EC.
14 November -
The CBI confirms that the whole of Britain is now in recession, with every region now reporting a fall in output.
Former cabinet minister Michael Heseltine announces that he will challenge Margaret Thatcher's leadership.
19 November - Major job cuts are reported to be on the way at the Rover Group as the recession affects demand for the company's Rover and Land Rover products.
20 November - Margaret Thatcher fails to win outright victory in a leadership contest for the Conservative Party.
22 November - Margaret Thatcher announces she will resign as Leader of the Conservative Party and therefore as Prime Minister. She will be the longest-serving premier of the century.
26 November - Plastic surgeons Michael Masser and Kenneth Patton are murdered in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
27 November - John Major is elected Leader of the Conservative Party, defeating Douglas Hurd and Michael Heseltine.
28 November - John Major appointed Prime Minister by the Queen.
Channel Tunnel workers from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 meters beneath the English Channel seabed, establishing the first land connection between the United Kingdom and the mainland of Europe for around 8,000 years.
8 December - The UK grinds to a halt following heavy snow overnight. Large parts of the country are without power after snowfall brings down power lines, disrupting the electricity supply. Many rural areas are cut off for several days, while the Army is called out to help restore power. There is grim news for the retail industry as a CBI survey reports that retail sales have hit a standstill and High Street employment will fall.
The first British hostages in Iraq released by Saddam Hussein arrive back in the UK.
The government makes £42million compensation available to the 1,200 British haemophiliacs infected with the AIDS virus through blood transfusions.
Poundland, a supermarket chain selling all items for £1, opens its first store at Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire.
Netto, a Swedish discount food supermarket chain, opens its first store in Britain in Leeds.
19 December - Tony Adams, the Arsenal captain and England defender, is sentenced to four months in prison for a drink-driving offence committed in Southend-on-Sea on 6 May this year.
23 December - The nine-month-old daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York is christened Eugenie Victoria Helena.
25 December - Storms on Christmas Day leave more than 100,000 British homes without power.
26 December - The fatwa (order to kill) against Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie is upheld by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, more than one year after it was first issued. Rushdie is still living in hiding.
29 December - Leading economists warn that the recession creeping upon Britain will deepen during 1991 and unemployment is likely to increase to well over 2,000,000 from the current total of over 1,700,000.
30 December - An opinion poll shows Labour slightly ahead of the Conservatives for the first time since John Major became prime minister.
31 December - 88-year-old authoress Barbara Cartland becomes a Dame in the New Year's Honours.
Undated Inflation has increased to a nine-year high of 9.5%.
Publications Iain M. Banks' novel Use of Weapons.
Louis de Bernières' novel The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts.
A. S. Byatt's novel Possession: A Romance.
Hanif Kureishi's novel The Buddha of Suburbia.
Ian McEwan's novel The Innocent.
Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels Eric and Moving Pictures and The Bromeliad novels Diggers and Wings.
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's novel Good Omens.
Births23 March - Princess Eugenie of York, daughter of The Duke and Duchess of York
15 April - Emma Watson, actress
23 April - Dev Patel, actor
16 May - Thomas Sangster, actor
26 December - Aaron Ramsey, footballer