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1764

  James Hargreaves invents spinning jenny

1769

  Richard Arkwright invents water frame

1789

  French Revolution

1791

  Parliamentary Committee examines slave trade

1792

  London Corresponding Society formed

1794

Thomas Hardy arrested

Habeas Corpus suspended

1807

  Slave trade abolished

1811-12

  Luddites

1815

End of the Napoleonic Wars

One million people in Britain, out of a population of 20 million, can vote

1819

  Peterloo

1830

  Revolution in France

1832

The Great Reform Act gives most middle class men the right to vote

1833

  Slavery abolished

1834

Grand National Consolidated Trade Union set up with 800,000 members

1815

First Chartist petition

Rebecca riots (1839-43)

1844

Cooperative Movement starts in Rochdale where workers jointly buy goods to sell at lower prices and share the profits

1847

Factory Act limits women and children to working a maximum of 10 hours a day

1848

  Last Chartist petition

1867

Second Reform Act gives vote to most working class men in the towns

1870

Married Women's Property Act allows women to keep up to £200 of their own earnings (before this any money belonging to a married woman went to her husband)

Women allowed to vote in School Board elections

1872

Secret Ballot Act

1882

Second Married Women’s Property Act

1884

Third Reform Act gives vote to most working class men in rural areas

1888

Match girls’ strike results in unskilled workers winning improved working conditions

Women allowed to vote in local council elections

1889

Dock strike

1893

Third Married Women's Property Act gives married women legal control of all property they own at marriage and all property they earn or inherit after marriage

1903

Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) formed

1913

Emmeline Pankhurst arrested and imprisoned (one of several times)

Emily Wilding Davison killed at the Epsom Derby

1918

Women over the age of thirty get the right to vote

1928

Women over the age of 21 get the right to vote (the same as men)

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