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1969 in the United Kingdom

Summary
Events from the year 1969 in the United Kingdom. The year is dominated by the beginnings of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Incumbents
  • Monarch – Elizabeth II
  • Prime Minister – Harold Wilson (Labour)
  • Parliament – 44th
Events January
  • January – The Space hopper toy is introduced to Britain.
  • 2 January ** People's Democracy begins a march from Belfast to Derry City, Northern Ireland to gain publicity and to promote its cause. ** Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch purchases the best-selling UK Sunday newspaper The News of the World.
  • 4 January – Guitarist Jimi Hendrix caused complaints of arrogance from television producers after playing an impromptu version of "Sunshine of your Love" past his allotted timeslot on the BBC One programme Happening for Lulu.
  • 10 January – Protesters in Northern Ireland defy police orders to abandon a planned march.
  • 14 January – Sir Matt Busby, hugely successful manager of Manchester United F.C. for the last tw
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