English 5p Cufflinks


51st Birthday Gift.The cufflinks are made using English 5p coins

The year on the coin you receive will be the specific year of the listing

1968 - Infromation and Events from 1968

January – Ford Escort car introduced.
1 January – Cecil Day-Lewis is announced as the new Poet Laureate.
5 January – Gardeners' World debuts on BBC1 television, featuring Percy Thrower.
8 January – Prime Minister Harold Wilson endorses the 'I'm Backing Britain' campaign, encouraging workers to work extra time without pay or take other actions to help competitiveness, which is spreading across Britain.
4 February – 96 Indians and Pakistanis arrive in Britain from Kenya. Some 1,500 Asians have now arrived in Britain from Kenya, where they were forced out by increasingly draconian immigration laws.
6 February–18 February – Great Britain and Northern Ireland compete at the Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, but do not win any medals.
14 February – Northampton, the county town of Northamptonshire, is designated as a New town, with the Wilson government hoping to double its size and population by 1980.
24 February – Announcement of the first discovery (last year) of a pulsar by astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell working with Antony Hewish at the University of Cambridge.
1 March – First performance of an Andrew Lloyd Webber–Tim Rice musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in its original form as a "pop cantata", by pupils of Colet Court preparatory school in Hammersmith.
2 March – Coal mining in the Black Country, which played a big part in the Industrial Revolution, ends after some 300 years with the closure of Baggeridge Colliery near Sedgley.
12 March – Mauritius achieves independence from British Rule.
15 March – George Brown, British Foreign Secretary, resigns.
17 March – A demonstration in London's Grosvenor Square against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War leads to violence – 91 police injured, 200 demonstrators arrested.
1 April – Thames Valley Police is formed by the amalgamation of Berkshire Constabulary, Buckinghamshire Constabulary, Oxford City Police, Oxfordshire Constabulary and Reading Borough Police.
7 April – Motor racing world champion Jim Clark, 32, is killed when his car leaves the track at 170 mph and smashes into a tree during a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim.
18 April – London Bridge sold to American entrepreneur Robert P. McCulloch who rebuilds it at Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
20 April – Enoch Powell makes his controversial Rivers of Blood Speech on immigration.
21 April – Enoch Powell is dismissed from the Shadow Cabinet by Opposition leader Edward Heath due to the Rivers of Blood Speech, despite several opinion polls stating that the majority of the public shares Mr Powell's fears.
23 April – Five and ten pence coins are introduced in the run-up to Decimalisation, which will be complete within the next three years.
27 April – The Abortion Act 1967 comes into effect, legalising abortion on a number of grounds, with free provision through the National Health Service.
3 May – Mr Frederick West (aged 45) becomes Britain's first heart transplant patient.
8 May – The Kray Twins, 34-year-old Ronnie and Reggie, are among 18 men arrested in dawn raids across London. They stand accused of a series of crimes including murder, fraud, blackmail and assault. Their 41-year-old brother Charlie Kray is one of the other men under arrest.[17]
11 May – Manchester City win the Football League First Division title.
16 May – Ronan Point tower block at Newham in east London collapses after a gas explosion, killing four occupants.
18 May – West Bromwich Albion win the FA Cup for the fifth time, with Jeff Astle scoring the only goal of the game against Everton at the Wembley Stadium.
29 May – Manchester United become the first English winners of the European Cup after beating Benfica 4-1 in extra-time at Wembley Stadium.
7 June – Start of Ford sewing machinists strike at the Dagenham assembly plant: women workers strike for pay comparable to that of men.
8 June – Martin Luther King, Jr.'s killer, James Earl Ray, arrested in London.
10 June – National Health Service reintroduces prescription charges.
18 June – Frederick West, Britain's first heart transplant, dies 46 days after his operation.
20 June – Austin Currie, Member of Parliament at Stormont in Northern Ireland, along with others, squats a house in Caledon to protest discrimination in housing allocations.
4 July – Alec Rose returns from a 354-day single-handed round-the-world trip for which he receives a knighthood the following day.
10 July – Floods in South West England.[22]
17 July – The Beatles animated film Yellow Submarine debuts in London.
31 July – The BBC sitcom Dad's Army is first aired on television.
8 August – Royal Navy Leander-class frigate HMS Scylla is launched at Devonport, the last ship to be built in a Royal Dockyard.
11 August – British Rail's last steam train service runs on the standard gauge: steam locomotives make the 314-mile return passenger journey from Liverpool to Carlisle before being dispatched to the scrapyard or preservation.
31 August – First Isle of Wight Festival.
September – The new school year sees the first local authorities adopt three tier education, where 5-7 infant, 7-11 junior schools are replaced by 5-8 or 5-9 first schools and 8-12 or 9-13 middle schools, with the transfer age to grammar and secondary modern schools being increased to 12 or 13.[23]
8 September – Tennis player Virginia Wade wins the 1968 U.S. Open Women's Singles event.
15 September – Floods in South East England.
16 September – General Post Office divides post into first-class and second-class services.
26 September – Theatres Act 1968 ends censorship of the theatre.
27 September – The US musical Hair opens in London following the removal of theatre censorship.
October – The M1 motorway is completed when the final 35-mile section opens between Rotherham and Leeds.
2 October – A woman from Birmingham gives birth to the first recorded instance of live Sextuplets in the UK
5 October – A civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland, which includes several Stormont and British MPs, is batoned off the streets by the Royal Ulster Constabulary.[28]
6 October – British racing drivers Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and John Surtees take the first three places at the United States Grand Prix.
8 October – Enoch Powell warns that immigrants "may change the character" of England.
12 October–27 October – Great Britain and Northern Ireland compete at the Olympics in Mexico City and win 5 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals.
13 October – The rebuilt Euston railway station opens.
18 October – National Giro opens for business through the General Post Office, with administrative headquarters at Bootle.
27 October – Police and protestors clash at an anti-Vietnam War protest outside the Embassy of the United States in London.
18 November – A warehouse fire in James Watt Street, Glasgow, kills 22.
21 November – The Cyril Lord carpet business goes into receivership.
22 November – The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society released.
26 November – The Race Relations Act is passed, making it illegal to refuse housing, employment or public services to people in Britain because of their ethnic background.[36]
29 November – The Dawley New Town (Designation) Amendment (Telford) Order extends the boundaries of Dawley New Town in Shropshire and renames it Telford.
30 November – The Trade Descriptions Act comes into force, preventing shops and traders from describing goods in a misleading way

1968 - Videos from 1968