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The 31 historical dates every pupil should know

The date Winston Churchill was made Prime Minister is on the professor's list Photo: PA

A Cambridge professor has published a list of 31 key dates from history that all GCSE pupils should know.

Covering more than 1,500 years, the dates range from the Anglo-Saxon Conquest in 500AD to Winston Churchill becoming Prime Minister in 1940.

David Abulafia, a professor of Mediterranean history at Cambridge University, produced the list for the think tank Politea. He said current GCSE studies were disjointed and has proposed a curriculum which encompasses the nation's history.

The curriculum will be submitted to a review launched by the education secretary Michael Gove last year. The government is thinking about introducing a new curriculum in history and other subjects in September 2014.

Mr Abulafia said the current "lack of continuity" in the teaching of history was a "fundamental problem". "What one actually wants is a sense that things join up, a sense of context," he said.

In his new curriculum, students would study history across a greater period of time, rather than as isolated events.

The professor's key dates in history:

  • 500 AD: Anglo Saxon conquest
  • 900 AD: The Danelaw
  • 1066: The Norman Conquest
  • 1170: The Murder of Thomas a Becket
  • 1215: Magna Carta
  • 1314: Scottish and Welsh Wars. Bannockburn
  • 1381: Peasants' revolt
  • 1415: Agincourt
  • 1485: Defeat of Yorkists. Battle of Bosworth
  • 1535: Execution of Thomas More
  • 1553: Catholic Restoration
  • 1588: Defeat of the Spanish Armada
  • 1611: King James Bible
  • 1649: Execution of Charles 1
  • 1689: Glorious Revolution and Battle of Boyne
  • 1707: Union of England and Scotland
  • 1721: Robert Walpole, first Prime Minister
  • 1763: Treaty of Paris
  • 1769: Start of Industrial Revolution
  • 1776: Loss of American Colonies
  • 1805: Battle of Trafalgar
  • 1825: Opening of the first railway
  • 1832: Great Reform Bill
  • 1833: Abolition of Slavery
  • 1838: Chartism
  • 1846: Repeal of Corn Laws
  • 1886: Irish Home Rule Bill
  • 1904: Entente Cordiale
  • 1919: Treaty of Versailles
  • 1931: Statute of Westminster
  • 1940: Winston Churchill Prime Minister