Caused by: Trinidad and Tobago and Uganda gaining independence from Britain; the appointment of the first female County Court judge.
The great storm of 1987
Caused by: MPs voting against the restoration of the death penalty.
2003: The European heat wave
Caused by: The Eurozone coming into full force.
2005: The Birmingham tornado
Caused by: Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia joining the EU; the first ever black person being appointed an Archbishop of the Church of England.
2007: Torrential rain and gale force winds
Caused by: The smoking ban coming into force.
2012: England's wettest year on record
Caused by: Transport for London banning anti-gay bus adverts; the EU winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
2013: St Jude Storm
Caused by: The death of Margaret Thatcher; Nigel Farage being heckled in Edinburgh.