Elizabeth and Victoria:
Two Queens, Two Worlds
Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch in 2015, beating the time spent on the throne by her great great grandmother Queen Victoria. Scroll down through parallel timelines of events during each of their lives.
1837 - 1901
1952 - Present
The UK lands on Hong Kong island and raises the Union Jack
The planet Neptune is discovered
The Pre-Raphaelites, a group of influential artists, first meet
The Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War
Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species"
Sudan gains independence from the UK
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space
The Beatles release their debut album "Please Please Me"
Protests in the U.S, Europe against the Vietnam War
The Rubik's Cube is invented by Erno Rubik
Victor Hugo's novel "Les Miserables" is published
Alexander Graham Bell invents the first working telephone
Queen Victoria is crowned Empress of India
The Statue of Liberty is dedicated in New York
Punk anthem "God Save the Queen" released by the Sex Pistols
Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web
Queen Elizabeth's "annus horribilis": Windsor Castle fire, royal separations
9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.
Sherlock Holmes makes his debut in "A Study in Scarlet"
New Zealand becomes the first country to give women the vote
The first Olympic Games of the modern era open in Athens
The first "Harry Potter" movie sweeps cinemas worldwide
Barack Obama is elected as the first black U.S. president
London Olympics: The Queen's stunt double parachutes into the stadium