Historical timeline: 1951 - Today

Date

Coutts event

World event 

1951

Seymour Egerton becomes the Chairman of Coutts

London’s Foreign Exchange Market re-opens
1952

 

Death of George VI and accession of Elizabeth II
1953

 

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first climbers to reach the summit of Everest
1957 Ultrasound scanning is pioneered by Ian Donald, a Scottish physician
1961

Coutts opens its first out-of-town branch in Eton

1963

Coutts become the first British bank to have a fully computerised accounts system

John F Kennedy, President of the United States, is assassinated in Dallas, Texas
1965   The death penalty is abolished in the United Kingdom
1967

Coutts opens its Fleet Street branch

‘Summer of Love’ in San Francisco
1974

Work begins on the new 440 Strand building

The Watergate scandal leads to the resignation of Richard Nixon
1976

David Money-Coutts becomes Chairman of Coutts

Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
1978

Queen Elizabeth II opens our new 440 Strand building

Public service strikes threaten chaos in Britain
1981   The first space shuttle, Columbia, is launched
1986 ‘Big Bang’ in the City of London
1987

Coutts & Co (Suisse) opens in Geneva

On ‘Black Monday’ stock markets crash around the world
1989 The fall of the Berlin Wall
1991

Coutts Group formed

The Channel Tunnel opens
1992

Coutts celebrates its tercentenary

The US President George H W Bush and the Russian President Boris Yeltsin formally declare that the Cold War is over
1993

Sir David Money-Coutts retires and Sir Ewen Fergusson becomes Chairman

1994

Coutts opens offices in Singapore and Hong Kong

1999

The Earl of Home becomes the Chairman of Coutts

The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II
2000

Acquisition of NatWest by Royal Bank of Scotland

2001 Al-Qaeda attacks the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon
2002

Coutts opens its Monaco branch

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Golden Jubilee
2003

Coutts become the principal sponsor of the Almeida Theatre

Invasion of Iraq
2004

Coutts’ Cayman office is hit by Hurricane Ivan

An earthquake and tsunami hits the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day
2006

Coutts sponsors the Royal Court Theatre

2007   Northern Rock suffers the UK’s first banking run since 1866
2008

Coutts opens offices in Abu Dhabi and Qatar

2009   The Icelandic government and banking system collapse, leading to the resignation of Prime Minister Geir Haarde
2010

Coutts sponsors London Fashion Week

2012   Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee

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