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Gandhi’s ’31 tour among top 50 list

world Updated: Aug 10, 2008 22:53 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt
Hindustan Times
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Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Britain in 1931 is one of the 50 things included in the list of important dates in British history compiled by the

History Channel

. The list has encapsulated things every Briton should know about their nation’s past.

The list will form the basis of a five-part television series, 50 Things You Need to Know About British History, which is sponsored by Telegraph Media Group.

He visited the UK and stayed for 12 weeks in 1931 attending the Round Table Conference and met the British Prime Minister, the Aga Khan and Jinnah amongst others.

Another India-related date on the list is 1757 when the East India company won in the Battle of Plassey. The most controversial omission is Queen Victoria. The Beatles are in and the Roman invasion. But there is no room for Sir Walter Raleigh, Florence Nightingale or even Sir Winston Churchill.

The less-obvious events are the building of the Red House by architect William Morris in 1859, the creation of the Football Association Rule Book in 1863, the miners’ strike of 1984 and the completion of the Channel Tunnel in 1991.