Historical timeline: 1901 - 1950


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Death of Queen Victoria and accession of Edward VII


End of the Boer War


The Wright Brothers fly the first heavier-than-air, powered aeroplane

After 165 years at 59 Strand, Coutts moves to its current location at 440 Strand

The New York subway opens

1905   The massacre of peaceful protesters by the Imperial Guard in Russia marks the beginning of the 1905 Russian Revolution

Angela Burdett-Coutts dies at the age of 92

A major earthquake and fire in San Francisco kills thousands and destroys much of the city
1910   Death of Edward VII and accession of George V

Coutts hire their first female staff as typists

The Mona Lisa is stolen from the Louvre
1912   The Titanic sinks on its maiden voyage with the loss of over 1,500 lives

Coutts acquire the private bank Robarts, Lubbock & Co., giving Coutts a seat in the City Clearing House and its first branch

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo
precipitates the start of World War I
1915   The first air raid on London
1916   The Battle of The Somme
1917   The Russian Revolution of 1917 leads to the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II

Twenty-eight Coutts clerks lost their lives during World War I

End of World War I

Coutts enters into an affiliation with the National Provincial Bank

The Treaty of Versailles is signed
1920   Prohibition comes into force in USA

Coutts opens its branch at 1 Old Park Lane in London

The Irish Free State is created
1922   The USSR is created

Coutts arrange special buses to transport members of staff to work during the general strike of 1926 

The 1926 general strike lasts for nine days in an unsuccessful attempt to ensure better wages and working conditions for coal miners

Coutts opens its branch at 16 Cavendish Square in London

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight, from New York City to Paris
1928   An act is passed enabling women to vote on the same terms as men

Coutts opens its branch at Cadogan Place

The Wall Street Crash leads to global Depression
1935   Hitler renounces the Treaty of Versailles
1936   Abdication of Edward VIII and accession of George VI
1939   Outbreak of World War II

The 440 Strand building receives some damage during The Blitz

Food rationing is introduced in the UK
1941   The US joins the war, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour

Nineteen Coutts clerks lost their lives during World War II 

The US drops atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Sir Jasper Ridley becomes the Chairman of Coutts

The British government takes control of Bank of England
1947   Princess Elizabeth marries Philip Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey
1948   Gandhi is assassinated in New Delhi

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