Causes of death over 100 years
The UK Office of National Statistics has produced a fascinating interactive plot of the causes of death in the UK over the last 100 years.
I've captured a screenshot of the plots but I'd urge to go and have a look at the interactive plot on the website http://visual.ons.gov.uk/causes-of-death-over-100-years/.
What is very apparent is the impact the introduction of antibiotics had in the late 1940's, and the introduction of mass vaccinations, deaths due to infections have been virtually eliminated.
In men heart disease remains the major killer whilst in women it is breast cancer. Sadly among the young it looks like mental health issues are a major concern.