1837 - Queen Victoria becomes Queen aged 20
1838 - Slavery is abolished in the British Empire
1840 - New Zealand becomes a British colony
1845 - The great potato famine begins in Ireland, an estimated 800,000 people died and the same number emigrated.
1851 - The Great Exhibition opens at the Crystal Palace in London, 6 million people would visit in 5 months
1854 - The Crimea War begins as Britain and France declare war on Russia
1858 - India comes under direct rule of the British Government
1876 - Telephone is invented by Alexander Graham Bell
1880 - Education becomes compulsory for children under ten.
1888 - Belfast declared a city by Queen Victoria
1899 - The Boer War begins in South Africa.
1901 - Queen Victoria dies