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1919 in the United Kingdom: Other years 1918 | 1919 | 1920 | 1921 | 1922 British and Irish current events Sport 1920 English cricket season Football England | Scotland Events from the year 1920 in the United Kingdom. Contents 1 Incumbents 2 Events 2.1 Undated 3 Publications 4 Births 5 Deaths 6 References 7 See also // Incumbents Monarch - King George V Prime Minister - David Lloyd George, coalition Events 10 January - The steamer Treveal is wrecked in the English Channel; 35 people lose their lives. 11 February - The Council of the League of Nations meets for the first time in London. 23 February - War Secretary Winston Churchill announces that conscripts will be replaced by a volunteer army of 220,000 men. 10 March - The Ulster Unionist Council accepts the Government's plan for a Northern Ireland Parliament. 17 March - Queen Alexandra unveils a monument to Nurse Edith Cavell in London. 27 March - Troytown wins the Grand National. 31 March In the Second reading debate in Parliament on the Government of Ireland Bill, Unionist leader Sir Edward Carson opposes the division of Ireland, seeing it as a betrayal of southern and western unionists.[1] Disestablishment of the Church in Wales comes into effect, under terms of the Welsh Church Act 1914.[2] 20 April–12 September - Great Britain and Ireland compete at the Olympics in Antwerp and win 15 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze medals. 24 April - Aston Villa beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 in the first FA Cup Final since 1915. 29 April - Welwyn Garden City established by Ebenezer Howard. The first house is occupied just before Christmas.[3] 10 May - Forty Irish republican prisoners on hunger strike at Wormwood Scrubs are released. 17 May - Sinn Féin supporters and Unionists engage in pitched street battles in Derry. 18 May - Women lecturers are given equal status to their male colleagues at Oxford University. 21 May - The Government proposes a car tax of £1 per horsepower (13 p/kW). 30 May - At least twenty people drown in serious floods in Lincolnshire. 9 June - King George V opens the Imperial War Museum at the Crystal Palace. 20 June - Five die in severe rioting in Ulster. 24 June - Troops are sent to reinforce the Derry garrison. 5 July - A new airmail service starts from London to Amsterdam. 13 July - London County Council bans foreigners from almost all council jobs. 16 July - The Great War is officially declared over with Austria. 23 July - Fourteen die and one hundred are injured in fierce rioting in Belfast. 24 July - Frank T. Courtney wins the Aerial Derby air race from Hendon at an average speed of 153.5 mph (247.0 km/h).[4] 31 July - The Communist Party of Great Britain is founded in London. 1 August - The first Congress of the Communist Party of Great Britain opens. 2 August - The Government introduces a new bill to "restore order" in Ireland which allows for suspension of jury trials. 3 August - There are Catholic riots in Belfast in protest at the continuing British military presence. 9 August - The Labour Party says it will call for a general strike if the United Kingdom declares war on Russia. 18 August - The first night bus services are introduced in London. 29 August - Eleven die and forty are injured in street battles in Belfast. 22 September - The Metropolitan Police forms the Flying Squad, following an announcement on 17 February that their horses will be replaced by cars. 7 October - The first one hundred women are admitted to study for full degrees at Oxford University. 10 October - It is announced that compulsory hand signals are to be introduced for all drivers. 14 October - The first women receive degrees at Oxford University, these being awarded retrospectively. Dorothy L. Sayers is among them.[5] 16 October - Miners go on strike. 20 October - Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst is charged with sedition after calling upon workers to loot the London Docks. 25 October The Emergency Powers Bill to counter the miners' strike has its second reading in the House of Commons. Terence MacSwiney, jailed Lord Mayor of Cork, dies in Brixton Prison after a 78-day hunger strike. 28 October - Sylvia Pankhurst is jailed for six months. 3 November - The miners' strike ends after only a small majority vote to continue. 8 November - Rupert Bear first appears in a cartoon strip in the Daily Express.[6] 10 November - The body of The Unknown Warrior arrives from France for burial in Westminster Abbey. 11 November - King George V unveils the Cenotaph; The Unknown Warrior is buried.[6] 21 November - Bloody Sunday: Irish Republicans kill 14 British agents in Dublin; later that day 13 spectators and one player at a gaelic football match at Croke Park in Dublin are shot by the paramilitary Auxiliary Division.[7] 5 December - The Scots vote against prohibition. 11 December - Irish War of Independence: British forces set fire to 5 acres (20,000 m2) of the centre of the city of Cork, including the City Hall, in reprisal attacks after a British auxiliary is killed in a guerilla ambush. 23 December Government of Ireland Act comes into effect, providing for the partition of Ireland into Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland with separate parliaments.[7] Jewish leaders in London launch a £25 million appeal for Palestine. Undated Arthur Eddington's observation of a total eclipse of the Sun seems to confirm the "bending of light" in Einstein's theory of Special Relativity. Meccano Ltd of Liverpool produce the first Hornby toy train, a clockwork 0 gauge model. Publications John Galsworthy's novels In Chancery and Awakening, part of The Forsyte Saga. Births 3 January - Hugh McCartney, Labour Party MP (died 2006) 9 January - Clive Dunn, actor 22 January - Alf Ramsey, footballer, (died 1999) 25 March - Paul Scott, novelist, playwright and poet (died 1978) 9 May - Richard Adams, author 21 May - Anthony Steel, actor, (died 2001) 25 March - Patrick Troughton, actor (died 1987) 3 August - P. D. James, writer of crime fiction 21 August - Christopher Robin Milne, author and bookseller (died 1996) 11 November - Roy Jenkins, politician (died 2003) Deaths 5 June - Rhoda Broughton, novelist (born 1840) 10 July - John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher, admiral (born 1841) References ^ Hansard debate 31 Mar 1920 ^ Price, D.T.W. (1990). A History of the Church in Wales in the Twentieth Century. Penarth: Church in Wales Publications. ISBN 0853260265.  ^ Review of C. B. Purdom, The Building of Satellite Towns, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1925 ^ "The Aerial Derby". Society of Air Racing Historians. http://www.airrace.com/ResultsAerial.htm. Retrieved 2010-08-25.  ^ Hibbert, Christopher (1988). The Encyclopædia of Oxford. London: Macmillan. p. 427. ISBN 0-333-39917-X.  ^ a b Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-141-02715-0.  ^ a b Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 488–490. 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