This event repeats every year until 05/07/21
Britain's National Health Service began operating on this day, 5 July 1948.
The NHS was launched at Manchester's Park Hospital (now known as Trafford General Hospital), where Health Minister Aneurin Bevan gave a speech. The newly created health boards took control of 2,751 of Britain’s 3,000 hospitals, which had been run by charities or local authorities, but were now nationalised. By the day of the launch 94% of the public were enrolled with the NHS. Previously, many patients had to pay to visit a doctor or stay in hospital, pushing many families into debt. Free healthcare for all swept that away.
One historian writes:
"The National Health Service started on 5 July 1948. It was a momentous achievement and, in spite of earlier professional opposition to some of the details, everybody wanted the new service to work. However, the weather was frightful, food was still rationed, there was a dollar economic crisis and a shortage of fuel."
Happy birthday, NHS.