23 February - in the general election Labour held onto power
with a majority of just five.
26 May - petrol rationing ended.
25 June - The Korean War began.
3 May - King George VI opened the Festival of Britain on the
South Bank in London.
25 October - Clement Altee (Labour) called another general
election. He hoped to increase his majority, but lost to Winston Churchill
(Conservative) who formed the next government.
British spies Burgess and Maclean defected to the USSR.
6 February - King George VI died.
5 July - the last London tram ran from Woolwich to New Cross.
4 November - Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican) beat Adlai Stevenson (Democrat) to become the US President. The previous
President Harry S Truman withdrew from the race for the Democratic Party Nomination.
14 November - The New Musical Express (NME) published the
first hit singles chart.
29 May - Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first
men to climb Everest.
2 June - The Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
27 July - The Korean War ended.
4 July - all rationing ended.
6 May - Roger Bannister ran a mile in under four minutes at
the Iffley Road Track in Oxford.
6 April - Anthony Eden succeeded Winston Churchill as Prime
22 September - Commercial television was first broadcast in
13 July - Ruth Ellis became the last woman to be hanged in the
Mary Quant opened
her first boutique, Bazaar, on the King's Road in Chelsea, London.
5 November - British and French paratroopers landed along the
6 November - Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican) beat Adlai Stevenson
(Democrat) for a second time to hold onto the US Presidency.
Britain's first transistor radio, the Pam 710, went on sale.
In 1957s Lee Cooper, Britain's home grown jeans label took
out adverts in the national press. This signified jeans were being officially pushed for leisure wear as well
as work wear.
9 January - Anthony Eden resigned as Prime Minister and Harold
Macmillan succeeded him.
1 June - ERNIE (Electronic Random Number Indicating Equipment)
picked the first premium bond winners.
4 October - Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, launched
by the USSR.
November - CND (The Campaign for Nuclear
In the course of 1958, more than half of UK households had television
sets for the first time
1 January - The European Economic Community (EEC) was formed.
29 August to 5 September - white working class youths rioted
in Notting Hill. The riots were racially motivated.
5 December - Prime Minister Harold Macmillan opened Britain's
first stretch of motorway. It formed part of the M6. The M1 opened the following
25 July - the first Hovercraft trip across the English
26 August - BMC launched the Mini in the UK.
11 October - postcodes were used for the first time.
17 November - duty free drinks were first sold at UK airports.