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22 June 1976
Robert Relf made headlines for being a 'race rebel' in 1976 when he placed a sign to advertise the sale of his home in Leamington Spa ‘to an English family only’. After refusing to take it down, he was arrested and jailed for being in breach of the Race Relations Act.
01 September 1978
In September 1978, the Runnymede Trust Bulletin included, for the first time, a section on 'race' attacks.
19 December 1980
The 'sus' law was to be replaced by a new law of attempt and a new offence of interference with vehicles.
11 July 1969
Colour and Citizenship: A Report on British Race Relations, the first survey of race relations in Britain was published.
17 September 1986
Ahmed Iqbal Ullah, a young school student stabbed to death in school playground.
04 May 1978
A young Bengali man, Altab Ali, died as a result of neck injuries recieved in an apparently unprovoked knife attack in Whitechapel.
07 August 1972
In 1972 the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin ordered Asians who were not Ugandan citizens to leave the country within 90 days.
30 June 1982
Prison Department report included information on black people in prison for the first time. The report stated that the proportion of black people in penal establishments had been growing.
21 June 1982
12 Asian men, known as the Bradford 12, were acquitted of charges of making explosive devices with the intent to cause damage to property and persons.
02 April 1980
A police incident in St Paul's, Bristol sparked violent clashes.
10 February 1986
Birtain's first Asian woman mayor took office.
03 September 1985
Brent Council gave its support to Britain's first voluntary-aided Muslim school.
14 January 1981
In the first case of its kind British Leyland was held to have discriminated indirectly on racial grounds by insisting that applicants complete forms in English.
30 October 1981
The British Nationality Act, which came into force in 1983, made significant changes to the requirements for British citizenship.
04 April 1981
Tensions between the local community and the police in Brixton escalated to riots.
30 August 1986
Independent Inquiry presented serious indictment of policing before, during and after the Tottenham riot.
10 January 1965
In 1965 The Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (CARD) was created to recruit activists and campaign agaisnt racism and for race equality in Britain.
15 June 1969
Runnymede Director, Dipak Nandy, considered the wisdom of including questions on ethnic origin in the next Census.
29 May 1976
The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) was established by the Race Relations Act 1976 to prevent racial injustices and promote racial equality.
01 March 1968
The Commonwealth Immigration Act 1968 subjected all holders of UK passports to immigration controls unless they, their parents or a grandparent had been born, adopted or naturalised in the United Kingdom. The legislation was prompted by the thousands of Kenyan Asians arriving in the UK to flee political turmoil in Kenya.
17 January 1975
A conference held in London in January 1975 recommended a new national body - The National Commission for Racial Equality.
17 October 1979
British Society for Social Responsibility in Science criticised the race question in the 1981 Census on the grounds that it would be of no use to those fighting racism.
20 April 1968
Enoch Powell MP delivered an infamous speech that became known as the 'rivers of blood' speech.
03 July 1981
The Daily Telegraph reported the Metropolitan Police Commissioner saying that the greatest problem for himself and successors would be 'getting along with ethnic minorities' in London.
25 July 1985
Britain's first black bishop was consecrated in July 1985.
23 April 1985
Britain's first black council leader, Bernie Grant, took up his post in April 1985.
08 December 1985
Diane Abbott became the first black woman to be selected to fight a seat at the General Election.
11 June 1987
In the 1987 general election, four non-white candidates were elected as members of parliament. Margaret Thatcher led the Conservative Party to their third term of office.
08 June 1979
George Lindo had been jailed for robbery despite strong alibis, no direct evidence against him and evidence of a false 'confession'. In June 1979, he was cleared by the Court of Appeal.
20 August 1976
In 1976, one of the UK's most important strikes began at Grunwick Photo Processing Plant. The strike was the first dispute where a majority of the strikers belonged to ethnic minorities.
27 July 1988
Three Appeal Court judges decided that gypsies are a distinct racial group.
09 September 1985
Two men died during 48 hours of rioting in the Handsworth district of Birmingham in September 1985.
01 January 2000
The Scrap Sus Campaign told Parliament that the 'sus' law was a major cause of the deteriorating relationship between the black community and the police.
24 May 1971
The Commonwealth Immigration Act of 1971 decreased Commonwealth immigrants' entry and settlement rights, bringing them in line with other immigrants.
31 October 1981
The Home Secretary announced an inquiry into racist organisations in Britain.
10 September 1969
Dipak Nandy commented on the judgement in the Race Relations Board's first prosecution under the Race Relations Act 1968.
28 August 1982
In 1982, Val McCalla, a Jamaican-born accountant, founded The Voice newspaper aimed at Black Britons.
27 March 1987
Leeds Football Club launched a campaign against racist football fans.
15 June 1974
Kevin Gately died in clashes between National Front members, anti-fascists and the police.
27 January 1978
In a television interview Conservative MP Margaret Thatcher claimed that British people feared being 'swamped' by immigrants from the new Commonwealth and Pakistan.
30 May 1981
Dr Aggrey Burke said that, 'if you're black, and working class, there are much greater changes of being compulsorily admitted to hospital under a section of the Mental Health Act...'
28 June 1984
NALGO, became the first British trade union to adopt a comprehensive policy of positive action towards black members.
12 October 1974
In the 1974 General Election, the National Front lost all 90 deposits. Their best result was in Hackney, South and Shoreditch.
30 October 1979
Martin Webster, a leader of the National Front, was found guilty of inciting racial hatred.
18 January 1981
13 people were killed and 29 injured in a fire that engulfed a house in New Cross, south London.
12 March 1985
New All Party Parliamentary Group on Race Relations was launched at the House of Commons.
24 September 1982
Eight youths were arrested when fighting took place between a group of Asian youths and three police officers in plain clothes.
23 November 1978
A Birmingham nightclub was ordered to open its doors to black and Chinese people after having previously barred these groups.
30 August 1976
Riots erupted at the Notting Hill Carnival after tensions developed between the police and black youth attending the festival.
18 March 1986
Jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing at the inquest into the death of John Mikkleson.
15 November 1983
Policy Studies Institute report said that racialism and racial prejudice were pervasive within the Metropolitan Police.
15 November 1984
Runnymede Trust report said that political parties could not be trusted with securing racial equality as long as they tolerated inequality in their own ranks.
01 January 1987
The Public Order Act 1986 that defined 'racial hatred' came into force.
15 September 1981
A Runnymede Trust report questioned the role of church school in a multiracial and multicultural society.
26 November 1968
The Race Relations Act 1968 was intended to strengthen the first Race Relations Act 1965, which had applied only to public places, such as hotels or cinemas.
29 May 1976
The 1976 Race Relations Act expanded on legislation formed by the 1968 Act. Importantly, the Act concentrated on addressing racial discrimination through legal procedures.
03 May 1981
The Monday Club, a grouping within the Conservative Party, called for the repatriation of 50,000 immigrants each year.
01 January 2000
Runnymede Trust launches a series of lectures to commemorate its 20th anniversary.
14 April 1978
In April 1978 Runnymede launched the report, 'Sus – A Report on the Vagrancy Act 1824 by Research Officer Clare Demeuth.
10 December 1980
The Runnymede Trust office in London was the object of an arson attack.
01 May 1969
In May 1969, the Runnymede Trust published its first Race Relations Bulletin with the Institute of Race Relations.
25 November 1981
Lord Scarman's inquiry into disorders in Brixton found that they were caused by built-up resentment and tensions resulting from racial disadvantage and discrimination.
09 April 1969
Wolverhampton Transport Committee dropped its ban on turbans and long beards after a lengthy battle with a local Sikh group.
25 March 1983
The House of Lords ruled that Sikhs are a racial group as defined by the Race Relations Act 1976.
23 April 1979
Disturbances in Southall after National Front St George's Day election meeting.
31 March 1985
The Swann report on multiracial education said the problem facing the education system was how to educate all children for life in a multiracial and multicultural society.
30 October 1968
The Runnymede Trust was established.
17 June 1981
The TUC launched a campaign to improve the position of black workers through the publication of a 'black workers' charter'.
30 July 1985
TUC discussion document said the gaps between union policy and what happens in practice needed to be tackled urgently.
31 December 1981
A Labour Force Survey report said that the unemployment rate for black people was almost twice that for white people.
29 September 1985
Following rioting in Handsworth, rioting took place in a number of other areas in September and October 1985.
24 January 1979
Virginity testing of immigrant women carried out by a doctor at Heathrow Airport.

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