A massive power failure affects most of the northwestern and southeastern United Kingdom and London, leaving thousands of homes, various train lines, and parts of Newcastle International Airport without power.
A court in the United Kingdom sentences an 18-year-old man to 15 years in prison for attempted murder for throwing a six-year-old French boy off the roof of the Tate Modern art gallery in London in December. He was 17 at the time of the crime, and said he "wanted to be on the television news". The boy survived but suffered life-changing injuries.
Tens of thousands of people demonstrate against racism in the United Kingdom. A protest on Whitehall in London turns violent and a mounted officer falls from her horse, which then bolts.
British airline Flybe collapses into administration with the loss of 2,000 jobs after failing to secure financial support. The airline says the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is partly to blame for its collapse. Flybe provided more than half of UK domestic flights outside London.
British retailer Tesco suspends operations at a factory in China after the "Sunday Times" newspaper reports that a six-year-old in London found a message from Shanghai prisoners calling for help and urging whoever finds the message to alert a human rights organisation, with a link to the author of the story, hidden inside a pack of charity Christmas cards. Tesco says that it has a policy against using prison labour.
AMC Theatres is purchasing London-based Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group in a deal valued at about £921 million ($1.21 billion). AMC has 385 theaters with 5,380 screens, most in the United States. Odeon & UCI has 242 theaters and 2,236 screens in the U.K. and Ireland. AMC noted its $1.1 billion (£835 million) acquisition of Carmike Cinemas (276 thrs-2,954 scrs) (of Columbus, Georgia) is still in the works.
Australian entertainer Rolf Harris is sentenced to 5 years and 9 months at Southwark Crown Court in London, United Kingdom, convicted on 12 charges of indecently assaulting female minors between 1968 and 1986. Harris will be eligible for release on licence after half of the sentence in 2017.
Talks between the foreign ministers of Britain and Ecuador end with no breakthrough over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who remains in the country's London embassy.
The former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's ceremonial funeral is held in London.
Metro Bank opens its first branch, in Holborn, London, the first wholly new high street bank in the United Kingdom for more than a century.
Indian Muslim television preacher Zakir Naik is banned from entry into the United Kingdom for what is described as "unacceptable behaviour". He was due to lecture in Sheffield and London.