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0308-11-11 The Congress of Carnuntum: Attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, the leaders of the Tetrarchy declare Maxentius and Licinius to be Augusti, while rival contender Constantine I is declared Caesar of Britain and Gaul.

Roman Emperor Maxentius
Roman Emperor
Roman Emperor Constantine the Great
Roman Emperor
Constantine the Great
  • 1066-09-20 Battle of Fulford, Yorkshire: Harald III Hardrada of Norway defeats Northern Saxon Earls Edwin and Morcar
  • 1303-05-20 Treaty of Paris restores Gascony to the English and arranges for marriage of English Prince Edward to French Princess Isabella

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1327-01-25 King Edward III accedes to the English throne

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III
  • 1340-06-24 English fleet destroys the French at the battle of Sluys (the Hundred Years War)
  • 1421-03-21 Battle of Beauge-French beat English

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1430-05-23 Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne & sold to the English

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • 1537-08-25 The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, and the second most senior, is formed.
  • 1600-12-31 British East India Company chartered
  • 1607-04-26 1st English colony in American lands at Cape Henry, Virginia
  • 1618-07-16 Capt John Gilbert patents 1st dredger in Britain
  • 1624-01-28 Sir Thomas Warner founds the first English colony in the Caribbean, on Saint Kitts.
  • 1632-06-20 Britain grants 2nd Lord Baltimore rights to Chesapeake Bay area
  • 1639-08-22 Madras (now Chennai), India, founded by the British East India Company on sliver of land bought from local Nayak rulers
  • 1641-08-20 England & Scotland sign Treaty of Pacification

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1647-06-04 English Parliamentary army under Cornet George Joyce takes King Charles I as a prisoner during Second Civil War

King Charles I
Charles I
  • 1653-07-04 English Barebones Parliament goes into session
  • 1658-06-25 Spanish garrison at Dunkirk surrenders to French & English
  • 1664-03-12 New Jersey becomes an English colony
  • 1664-07-23 4 British ships to drive Dutch out of NY, arrive in Boston

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1673-11-09 English King Charles II dismisses Earl of Shaftesbury

  • 1679-07-12 Britain's King Charles II ratifies Habeas Corpus Act allowing prisoners right to be imprisoned to be examined
  • 1683-11-01 The English crown colony of New York is subdivided into 12 counties.
  • 1689-02-13 British Parliament adopts the Bill of Rights which establishes the rights of parliament and places limits on the crown
  • 1689-04-11 William III & Mary II crowned as joint rulers of Britain
  • 1690-01-22 Iroquois tribes renew allegiance to British against French
  • 1691-02-17 Thomas Neale granted English patent for American postal service
  • 1704-08-13 Battle of Blenheim (aka Second Battle of Höchstädt): a combined British, German & Dutch army led by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, decisively beat French & Bavarian forces.
  • 1707-04-29 English and Scottish parliaments accept Act of Union; creates the United Kingdom of Great Britain (comes into being 1st May)
  • 1707-05-01 Acts of Union comes into force, uniting England and Scotland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • 1708-03-11 Queen Anne withholds Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoes legislation.
  • 1709-02-02 British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years, his story inspires "Robinson Crusoe"
  • 1710-04-10 The first law regulating copyright is issued in Great Britain.
  • 1710-10-16 British troops occupies Port Royal, Nova Scotia
  • 1712-07-20 The Riot Act takes effect in Great Britain.
  • 1713-04-11 Peace of Utrecht; France cedes Maritime provinces to Britain - English, Prussian, Savoois, Portuguese & French peace treaty
  • 1713-06-23 The French residents of Acadia are given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia, Canada.
  • 1718-12-17 France, Britain and Austria declare war on Spain (War of the Quadruple Alliance 1718–1720)
  • 1731-04-09 British mariner Robert Jenkins' ear cut off by Spanish Guarde Costa in the Caribbean, later catalyst for war between Britain & Spain
  • 1733-05-17 Great Britain passes Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum & molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions
  • 1735-09-22 Robert Walpole is first British "Prime Minister" (actually First Lord of the Treasury) to live at 10 Downing Street
  • 1736-05-26 Battle of Ackia (La), British & Chickasaw Indians defeat French
  • 1739-10-23 War of Jenkins' Ear starts: British Prime Minister, Robert Walpole, reluctantly declares war on Spain.
  • 1742-02-02 British Walpole government resigns
  • 1742-02-09 Sir Robert Walpole, often referred to as the first British Prime Minister, enobled as 1st Earl of Orford
  • 1742-02-16 Earl of Wilmington becomes British premier (First Lord of the Treasury)
  • 1743-02-14 Henry Pelham becomes Britain's First Lord of Treasury
  • 1743-06-27 War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: in Bavaria, King George II of Britain personally leads troops into battle. The last time a British monarch would command troops in the field.
  • 1746-04-16 Jacobite Rising 1745: Battle of Culloden, the last battle on British soil: Royalist troops under the Duke of Cumberland defeat the Jacobite army.
  • 1747-05-14 A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at first battle of Cape Finisterre.
  • 1747-10-25 British fleet under Admiral Sir Edward Hawke defeats the French at the second battle of Cape Finisterre.
  • 1749-05-11 British parliament accepts Consolidation Act, which reorganised the Royal Navy
  • 1753-07-07 British Museum founded by an Act of Parliament (opens in 1759)
  • 1754-06-19 Albany Congress held by seven British colonies & Iroquois indians
  • 1755-06-16 British capture Fort Beauséjour, expel Acadians
  • 1755-07-09 Battle at Duquesne (Pittsburgh): French troops beat British
  • 1756-05-17 Britain declares war on France (7 Years' or French & Indian War)
  • 1756-06-20 Siraj ud-Daulah Nawab of Bengal takes Calcutta from the British
  • 1756-12-06 British troops under Robert Clive occupy Fulta, India
  • 1757-01-02 British troops occupy Calcutta India
  • 1758-06-23 Seven Years' War: Battle of Krefeld - British forces defeat French troops at Krefeld in Germany.

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1758-07-26 British battle fleet under gen James Wolfe conquerors Louisbourg

British Army Officer James Wolfe
British Army Officer
James Wolfe
  • 1758-08-08 British troops occupy & plunder Cherbourg
  • 1758-09-11 Battle of Saint Cast France repels British invasion during the Seven Year's War.
  • 1758-11-25 Britain captures Fort Duquesne (later Fort Pitt/Pittsburgh) from French
  • 1758-12-31 British expeditionary army occupies Goree (Dakar) Senegal
  • 1759-01-15 British Museum opens in Montague House, London
  • 1759-04-08 British troops chase French out of Masulipatam India
  • 1759-05-01 British fleet occupies Guadeloupe, West Indies, capturing it from France
  • 1759-07-25 British capture Fort Niagara from French (7 Years' War)
  • 1759-09-12 British soldiers capture the town of Quebec.
  • 1759-09-13 British beat French forces at Plains of Abrahams (Quebec)
  • 1759-09-18 Battle of Quebec ends, French surrender to British who capture Quebec City
  • 1759-11-20 -22] Battle in Bay of Quiberon, British beat French
  • 1760-01-22 Battle at Wandewash India: British troops beat French
  • 1760-10-25 George III becomes King of Great Britain.
  • 1761-01-16 The British capture Pondicherry, India, from the French.
  • 1761-06-08 British fleet occupies Belle Île off the Brittany Coast
  • 1761-09-22 Coronation of George III of the United Kingdom and Queen Charlotte.
  • 1762-04-05 British take Grenada, West Indies, from French
  • 1762-12-09 British parliament accepts Treaty of Paris
  • 1763-02-12 John Casteret appointed British minister of foreign affairs
  • 1763-08-05 Pontiac's War: Battle of Bushy Run - British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac's Indians at Bushy Run.
  • 1763-10-07 George III of Great Britain issues Proclamation of 1763, closing lands in North America north & west of Alleghenies to white settlement
  • 1764-11-16 Native Americans surrender to British in Indian War of Chief Pontiac
  • 1765-03-22 Stamp Act passed; 1st direct British tax on colonists
  • 1765-03-24 Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers
  • 1765-08-14 Massachusetts colonists challenge British rule by an Elm (Liberty Tree)
  • 1765-11-01 Stamp Act goes into effect in British colonies
  • 1766-03-17 Britain repeals the Stamp Act
  • 1767-05-14 British government disbands Americans import duty on tea
  • 1767-06-29 British pass Townshend Revenue Act levying taxes on America

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1770-03-05 Boston Massacre (or the Incident on King Street ), British soldiers kill 5 men in a crowd throwing snowballs, stones, and sticks at them. African American Crispus Attucks 1st to die; later held up as early black martyr. Galvanised anti-British feelings

Former Slave and Seaman Crispus Attucks
Former Slave and Seaman
Crispus Attucks
  • 1771-01-22 Spain cedes Falkland Islands to Britain
  • 1772-06-10 Burning of British revenue cutter Gaspée by Rhode Islanders
  • 1773-04-27 British Parliament passes Tea Act (Boston won't like this)
  • 1773-10-14 American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom's East India Company tea ships' cargo are burned at Annapolis, Maryland.
  • 1774-03-07 British close port of Boston to all commerce
  • 1774-03-28 Britain passes Coercive Act against Massachusetts
  • 1774-05-20 Britain gives Quebec, Labrador & territory north of Ohio

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 2,272

  • 1364-05-20 Henry Percy, [Harry Hotspur], English soldier/politican
  • 1564-09-24 William Adams, English navigator and 1st ever Western Samurai (d. 1620)
  • 1605-08-08 Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, British colonial Governor of Maryland (d. 1675)
  • 1605-10-19 Thomas Browne, English writer (Garden of Cyrus), born in London
  • 1609-08-06 Richard Bennett, English Colonial Governor of Virginia (d. 1675)
  • 1620-10-31 John Evelyn, English writer and diarist (Life of Mrs Godolphin)
  • 1621-04-25 Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist (d. 1679)
  • 1638-05-06 Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, English politician and First Lord of the Admiralty (d. 1696)
  • 1653-07-05 Thomas Pitt, English merchant and Governor of Madras (d. 1726)
  • 1655-12-28 Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the British Admiralty (d. 1698)
  • 1656-09-14 Thomas Baker, English antiquarian (d. 1746)
  • 1657-06-10 James Cragg the Elder, British politician (d. 1721)
  • 1660-04-16 Hans Sloane, England, physician/naturalist/founder (British Museum)
  • 1661-04-16 Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, British poet and statesman (d. 1715)
  • 1661-11-28 Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, British Governor of New York and New Jersey (d. 1723)
  • 1663-03-06 Francis Atterbury, English man of letters and priest, born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (d. 1732)
  • 1663-05-20 William Bradford, English-born colonial printer (Pennsylvania's first printing press) (d. 1752)
  • 1665-12-28 George FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, British general (d. 1716)
  • 1666-02-09 George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (d. 1737)
  • 1676-08-26 Robert Walpole, (Whig) British PM (1721-42) [NS=Sept 5]
  • 1683-03-01 Caroline of Ansbach, wife of George II of Great Britain (d. 1737)
  • 1683-03-13 John Theophilus Desaguliers, French-British philosopher (d. 1744)
  • 1683-10-25 Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, British politician (d. 1757)
  • 1683-10-30 George II [August], King of Great-Britain (1727-60)
  • 1685-06-30 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera) (d. 1732)
  • 1685-07-03 Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet, British cavalry officer (d. 1768)
  • 1686-04-09 James Craggs the Younger, British politician (d. 1721)
  • 1693-03-24 John Harrison, British clockmaker (d. 1776)
  • 1693-09-03 Charles Radclyffe, British politician (d. 1746)
  • 1696-06-27 William Pepperrell, British colonial soldier (d. 1759)
  • 1697-04-23 George Baron Anson, British admiral/explorer
  • 1704-10-29 John Byng, British admiral (d. 1757)
  • 1705-02-21 Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, British naval officer (d. 1781)
  • 1706-03-06 George Pocock, British admiral (d. 1792)

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1708-11-15 William Pitt the Elder, British Prime Minister (Whig, 1756-61, 66-68), `Great Commoner', born in London, England (d. 1778)

British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner) William Pitt the Elder
British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner)
William Pitt the Elder
  • 1710-04-17 Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, British Freemason (d. 1767)
  • 1710-09-30 John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, British statesman (d. 1771)
  • 1710-11-27 Robert Lowth, British bishop (d. 1787)
  • 1711-07-10 Princess Amelia Sophia of Great Britain (d. 1783)
  • 1711-08-19 Edward Boscawen, British admiral (d. 1761)
  • 1712-10-14 George Grenville, British PM (1763-65)
  • 1712-10-21 Sir James Steuart, British economist (d. 1780)
  • 1713-05-30 Princess Caroline Elizabeth of Great Britain (d. 1757)
  • 1713-10-07 Granville Elliott, British military officer (d. 1759)
  • 1714-02-25 Sir Hyde Parker, 5th Baronet, British admiral (d. 1782)
  • 1715-03-04 James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave, British statesman (d. 1763)
  • 1717-01-05 William Wildman Shute Barrington, British statesman (d. 1793)
  • 1717-09-24 Horace Walpole, England, British horror writer (Castle of Otranto)
  • 1718-06-17 George Howard, British field marshal (d. 1796)
  • 1718-08-11 Sir Frederick Haldimand, Swiss-born British colonial governor (d. 1791)
  • 1719-03-04 George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras (d. 1777)
  • 1719-03-13 John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, British field marshal (d. 1797)
  • 1720-07-18 Gilbert White, English "father of British naturalists"
  • 1721-01-21 James Murray, British military officer, governor of Quebec (d. 1794)
  • 1721-08-31 George Hervey, 2nd Earl of Bristol, British statesman (d. 1775)
  • 1721-12-06 James Elphinston, British philologist (d. 1809)
  • 1722-09-16 Gabriel Christie, British general (d. 1799)
  • 1722-12-30 Charles Yorke, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (d. 1770)
  • 1723-02-24 John Burgoyne, British general (d. 1792)
  • 1723-03-05 Princess Mary of Great Britain (d. 1773)
  • 1723-11-08 John Byron, British naval officer (d. 1786)
  • 1723-12-22 Carl Friedrich Abel, German/British viola-da-gamba-player/composer
  • 1724-02-28 George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend, British field marshal (d. 1807)
  • 1724-05-19 Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (d. 1779)
  • 1724-09-03 Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester, British soldier and Governor of Quebec (d. 1808)

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1724-12-12 Samuel Hood, Butleigh, 1st Viscount Hood, British admiral, (d. 1816)

British Admiral Samuel Hood
British Admiral
Samuel Hood
  • 1725-03-11 Henry Benedict Stuart, pretender to the throne of Great Britain (d. 1807)
  • 1725-04-25 Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel, British admiral (d. 1786)
  • 1725-09-25 Robert Clive, English explorer/founder (British empire in India)
  • 1726-03-08 Richard Howe, British admiral (d. 1799)
  • 1726-06-25 Thomas Pennant, British naturalist

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1727-01-02 James Wolfe, Westerham, Kent, England, British Army officer, defeated the French in Canada and captured Quebec

British Army Officer James Wolfe
British Army Officer
James Wolfe
  • 1729-01-01 Edmund Burke, British author (Philosophy & Inquiry) [NS=Jan 12]
  • 1729-01-12 Edmund Burke, British author (Philosophy & Inquiry) [OS=Jan 1]
  • 1730-12-08 Jan Ingenhousz, Dutch-born British physiologist and botanist (d. 1799)
  • 1732-04-13 Frederick North, (C) British PM (1770-82)
  • 1733-01-22 Philip Carteret, British Naval Officer

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1735-01-01 Paul Revere, silversmith/US patriot (British are coming)

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere
  • 1737-05-02 William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1805)
  • 1737-05-14 George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, British statesman (d. 1806)
  • 1737-05-20 William Petty Fitzmaurice, British statesman (d. 1805)
  • 1738-04-14 William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1783, 1807-09) Dies 1809.
  • 1738-04-16 Henry Clinton, British general (d. 1795)
  • 1743-09-22 Quintin Craufurd, British author (d. 1819)
  • 1745-07-13 Robert Calder, British naval officer (d. 1818)
  • 1746-09-28 Sir William Jones, British Orientalist/jurist (d. 1794), born in London, England
  • 1750-01-10 Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine, British Lord Chancellor (d. 1823)
  • 1750-05-02 John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War (d. 1780)
  • 1750-09-26 Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood, British admiral (d. 1810)
  • 1753-03-26 Benjamin Thompson, physicist (Royal Inst of Great Britain, Woburn MA)
  • 1753-08-12 Thomas Bewick, England, artist (British Birds, Aesop's Fables)
  • 1754-08-21 Banastre Tarleton, British soldier and politician (d. 1833)
  • 1757-05-30 Henry Addington, Viscount Sidmouth (C), British PM (1801-04)
  • 1758-05-17 John St Aubyn, British fossil collector (d. 1839)

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1758-09-29 Horatio Nelson, Burnham Thorpe Britain, naval hero (Trafalgar)

British Admiral Horatio Nelson
British Admiral
Horatio Nelson

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1759-08-24 William Wilberforce, Kingston upon Hull, British politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade

Abolitionist William Wilberforce
William Wilberforce
  • 1759-10-25 Baron Grenville, (Whig) British PM (1806-07)
  • 1760-10-01 William Beckford, British writer (Epsiodes of Vathek)
  • 1761-11-21 Dorothy Jordan, British actress (d. 1816)
  • 1762-08-12 King George IV of the United Kingdom (1820-30)

Famous Weddings

  • 1734-03-25 William IV, Prince of Orange-Nassau marries princess Anne of Great Britain, eldest daughter of King George II at St. James' Palace
  • 1761-09-08 Marriage of George III of the United Kingdom to Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Queen Charlotte).

HeartWedding of Interest

1762-12-21 British Explorer Captain James Cook marries Elizabeth Batts

Captain/Explorer James Cook
James Cook
  • 1816-05-02 Léopold (Léopold I)of Saxe-Coburg, 1st King of Belgium following independence from the Netherlands marries British Princess Charlotte Augusta

HeartWedding of Interest

1840-02-10 British Queen Victoria (20) marries her cousin Albert (20) of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, later the Prince Consort at St James' Palace

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • 1848-04-10 British influential art critic and social commentator John Ruskin marries Effie Gray in Perth, Scotland (later annulled).
  • 1880-05-16 British writer Mary Anne Evans, (pen name George Eliot), aged 60 marries John Cross, 20 years her junior

HeartWedding of Interest

1893-01-18 British Poet and writer Rudyard Kipling (26) marries Carrie Balestier (29) in London

HeartWedding of Interest

1893-07-06 British Prince George Duke of York (later George V) marries Princess Victoria of Teck (Queen Mary) at St James's Palace

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V

HeartWedding of Interest

1912-08-10 British literary figure (author of "To the Lighthouse") Virginia Woolf (30) weds political theorist Leonard Woolf (31)

HeartWedding of Interest

1914-07-13 British poet and novelist D. H. Lawrence (28) weds Frieda Weekley (34) after obtaining Frieda's divorce from her 1st husband

HeartWedding of Interest

1914-10-07 44th US Ambassador to the United Kingdom Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (26) weds John F. Fitzgerald's mother, Rose Fitzgerald (24)

Kennedy Family Matriarch Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
Kennedy Family Matriarch
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
Patriarch of the Kennedy family Joseph P. Kennedy
Patriarch of the Kennedy family
Joseph P. Kennedy

HeartWedding of Interest

1916-03-22 British writer ('Lord of the Rings'), poet and professor J.R.R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien marries Edith Mary Bratt at St. Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church, Warwick

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1922-07-18 British naval officer Louis Mountbatten (22) weds Lord Mount Temple's daughter Edwina Cynthia Annette Ashley (20) at St. Margaret's in Westminster, London
  • 1924-08-28 British children's writer Enid Blyton (27) marries editor Major Hugh Alexander Pollock, DSO (36)
  • 1927-04-23 Mary Barbara Hamilton (25,)best-selling British romantic author, marries 1st husband Alexander McQorquodale
  • 1934-02-10 British born actor "North by Northwest" Cary Grant (30) weds "City Lights" actress Virginia Cherrill (26)
  • 1936-12-28 British best-selling romantic author Barbara Cartland (35) marries 2nd husband Hugh McCorquodale
  • 1942-07-08 British born actor "His Girl Friday" Cary Grant (38) weds American heiress and socialite Barbara Hutton (29)
  • 1943-10-20 British Children's writer Enid Blyton marries 2nd husband surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters at City of Westminster registry office, London

HeartWedding of Interest

1947-11-20 Future British Queen Princess Elizabeth II (21) weds Lt Philip Mountbatten (26) in Westminster Abbey, London

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1949-12-25 British born actor "Notorious" Cary Grant (45) weds actress Betsy Drake (26)

HeartWedding of Interest

1953-07-02 British writer ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") Ronald Dhal marries American actress Patricia Neal

Actress Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal

HeartWedding of Interest

1956-06-16 British Poet and Poet Laureate Ted Hughes marries American writer and poet (The Bell Jar) Sylvia Plath at St George the Martyr Holborn, London.

Poet Ted Hughes
Ted Hughes
Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • 1956-09-14 British playwright (Nobel prize for literature 2005) Harold Pinter (26) marries 1st wife actress Vivien Merchant (27)
  • 1973-07-04 British Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles (33) weds Camilla Rosemary Shand (26) at Guards Chapel in Birdcage Walk in London, England
  • 1973-11-14 Britain's Princess Anne marries commoner, Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey
  • 1980-11-27 British playwright (Nobel prize for literature 2005) Harold Pinter (50) marries 2nd wife British writer and historian Antonia Frazer (48)
  • 1981-07-27 British television: On Coronation Street, Ken Barlow marries Deirdre Langton, proving to be a national event with massive viewer numbers
  • 1986-07-23 Britain's Prince Andrew (26) weds Sarah Ferguson (26) at Westminster Abbey in London, England
  • 1989-04-15 South African/British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries
  • 1992-07-18 Helen Windsor, daughter of British Duke and Duchess of Kent weds art dealer Timothy Taylor at Windsor Castle
  • 1996-09-04 Judy Garland's daughter Lorna Luft (44) weds musician and musical director Colin Freeman (30) at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • 1997-08-28 British-Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie (50) weds Elizabeth West
  • 1998-02-22 Singer-songwriter Tori Amos (34) weds British sound engineer Mark Hawley (34) in West Wycombe, England
  • 1999-01-23 Princess of Monaco Caroline (42) weds dynastic head of the House of Hanover and Britain's King George I descendant Prince Ernst August (45) in Monaco
  • 1999-05-01 "As Good As It Gets" actor Greg Kinnear (35) weds British model Helen Labdon (29)
  • 2003-08-30 Daughter of Paul McCartney and fashion designer Stella McCartney (31) weds British publisher Alasdhair Willis on the 300-acre Gothic Estate in Scotland's Isle of Bute

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-05-10 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) weds British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) in Costa Careyes, Mexico

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum
Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter
  • 2005-05-14 The Beverly Hills, 90210 actor Jason Priestley (35) weds British makeup artist Naomi Lowde at the One & Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas
  • 2005-06-01 "The White Stripes" guitarist, pianist and lead vocalist Jack White (29) weds British model Karen Elson (26) in Manaus, Brazil
  • 2005-06-25 British pop sensation Sophie Ellis Bextor (26) weds "The Feeling" bassist Richard Jones at Palazzo Terranova in Umbria
  • 2005-09-10 British television presenter Kate Garraway (38) weds former political lobbyist Derek Draper (38) at St. Mary The Virgin parish church in London, England
  • 2006-05-13 British football star player Gary O'Neil (22) weds Donna Guerin in Highclere Castle, Hampshire
  • 2006-07-22 British TV presenter Ant McPartlin (30) weds former member of "Deuce" Lisa Armstrong (29) at St. Nicholas Church in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England

HeartWedding of Interest

2008-09-27 Actress and singer Scarlett Johansson (23) weds film actor Ryan Reynolds (31) at Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat in Tofino, British Columbia

  • 2009-03-21 British songbird who soared to the top of the charts with her hit "Unwritten" Natasha Bedingfield (27) weds California businessman Matthew Robinson at Church Estate Vineyard's in Malibu, California
  • 2010-01-09 Food writer and former fashion model Sophie Dahl (32) weds British jazz singer Jamie Cullum (30) in Hampshire, England
  • 2010-05-16 British comedian David Walliams (38) weds supermodel Lara Stone (26) at Claridge's Hotel in London

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-07-21 Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr (27) weds British actor Orlando Bloom (33) in a secret ceremony

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-08-07 British pop star Robbie Williams (36) weds actress Ayda Field (31) in an intimate ceremony at Beverly Hills mansion

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-11-06 Professional golfer Greg Norman (51) weds Australian interior decorator Kirsten Kutner (41) on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands

Golfer Greg Norman
Greg Norman
  • 2011-06-18 British peer and brother of Princess Diana Charles Spencer (47) weds Canadian social entrepreneur and former model Karen Gordon (39) at Althorp House in Northamptonshire

HeartWedding of Interest

2011-06-22 British actor best known as British secret agent "James Bond" Daniel Craig (43) weds film and theatre actress Rachel Weisz (41) at a private ceremony in New York

Actress Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz

HeartWedding of Interest

2011-07-15 American TV personality and host Vanessa Minnillo (30) weds American singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (37) at Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in British Virgin Islands

TV Personality & Model Vanessa Minnillo
TV Personality & Model
Vanessa Minnillo

HeartWedding of Interest

2011-07-30 Granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and British equestrian Zara Phillips (30) weds England rugby player Mike Tindall (32) at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland

Daughter of Princess Anne Zara Phillips
Daughter of Princess Anne
Zara Phillips
  • 2011-08-27 British heiress Petra Ecclestone (22) weds entrepreneur James Stunt at Orsini Odescalchi Castle near City of Rome
  • 2011-12-30 Scottish actor David Tennant (40) weds actress Georgia Moffett (27) in London, United Kingdom
  • 2012-08-26 "Bridesmaids" actor Chris O'Dowd (32) weds British TV presenter Dawn Porter (33) at an intimate ceremony with family and friends in London
  • 2012-09-29 "The Lovely Bones" actor Stanley Tucci (52) formally weds British literary agent Felicity Blunt at Middle Temple Hall in London

Famous Divorces

  • 1992-04-23 British Princess Anne (the Princess Royal) and her 1st husband Captain Mark Phillips divorce after 19 years
  • 2010-04-02 "Wayne's World" actress Tia Carrere (43) divorces British photojournalist Simon Wakelin due to irreconcilable differences after 7 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2012-04-06 Actress and model Heidi Klum (39) divorces British soul and R&B singer-songwriter Seal (49) due to irreconcilable differences after almost seven years of marriage

Supermodel Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum
Musician & Songwriter Seal
Musician & Songwriter

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 1,074

  • 0093-08-23 Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman Governor of Britain (b. 40)
  • 1450-07-12 Jack Cade, slain in a revolt against English King Henry VI
  • 1534-04-20 Elizabeth Barton, [St Magd van Kent], English nun and prophet (only women whose head was on a spike on London Bridge), hung for treason
  • 1546-03-26 Thomas Elyot, English diplomat, dies at about 56
  • 1563-03-12 John Bull, English composer of national anthem (God Save The King), dies
  • 1605-04-06 John Stow, English historian (Survey of London), dies
  • 1622-01-23 William Baffin, English explorer, dies at of a gunshot wound at about 38
  • 1622-07-01 William Parker, 4th Baron Monteagle, English peer and politician (helped stop Gunpowder Plot) (b. 1575)


1649-01-30 Charles I, King of Great Britain (1625-49), beheaded for treason

King Charles I
Charles I

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1658-09-03 Oliver Cromwell, English general (1653-58)/Lord Protector, dies at 59

English Military and Political Leader Oliver Cromwell
English Military and Political Leader
Oliver Cromwell
  • 1660-12-24 Mary, 1st British Princess Royal and the Princess of Orange (b. 1631)
  • 1662-06-14 Henry Vane the Younger, English politician and Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1613)
  • 1666-06-30 Alexander Brome, English poet
  • 1668-12-22 Stephen Day, English-born colonial printer (The Psalms in Meter - 1st book printed in American colonies), dies at about 58
  • 1674-10-15 Robert Herrick, English poet ('Gather ye rosebuds while ye may'), born in London
  • 1675-04-12 Richard Bennett, English Colonial Governor of Virginia (b. 1609)
  • 1677-05-20 George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol, English statesman (b. 1612)
  • 1679-10-26 Roger Boyle, 1st Earl of Orrery, British soldier, statesman, and dramatist (b. 1621)
  • 1680-08-24 Thomas Blood, Irish-born thief of the British crown jewels (b. 1618)
  • 1696-04-30 Robert Plot, British naturalist (b. 1640)
  • 1696-05-30 Henry Capell, 1st Baron Capell, First Lord of the British Admiralty (b. 1638)
  • 1698-04-29 Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the British Admiralty (b. 1655)
  • 1706-08-23 Colonel Edward Nott, Esq., British Crown Governor of Virginia (b. 1654)
  • 1710-06-01 David Mitchell, British admiral (b. 1642)
  • 1714-05-15 Roger Elliott, British general and Governor of Gibraltar
  • 1716-04-14 Arthur Herbert, 1st Earl of Torrington, British admiral
  • 1716-10-28 Stephen Fox, British politician (b. 1627)
  • 1717-03-03 Pierre Allix, French/British theologist/vicar, dies at about 75
  • 1717-05-20 John Trevor, British statesman (b. 1637)
  • 1717-11-26 Daniel Purcell, British composer (b. 1664)
  • 1719-11-26 John Hudson, British classical scholar (b. 1662)
  • 1723-03-31 Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, British-born American statesman (b. 1661)
  • 1726-04-28 Thomas Pitt, British Governor of Madras (b. 1653)
  • 1726-07-22 Hugh Drysdale, British Colonial Governor of Virginia

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1727-06-11 King George I of Great Britain (b. 1660)

King George I
George I
  • 1727-07-23 Simon Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain
  • 1729-09-07 William Burnet, British-born American statesman (b. 1688)
  • 1732-01-12 John Horsley, British archaeologist (b. 1685)
  • 1736-03-25 Nicholas Hawksmoor, British architect
  • 1737-01-29 George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (b. 1666)
  • 1737-02-14 Charles Talbot, 1st Baron Talbot of Hensol, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1685)
  • 1737-11-20 Caroline of Ansbach, queen of Great-Britain, dies
  • 1738-12-22 Constantia Jones, British prostitute (executed)
  • 1740-06-06 Alexander Spotswood, British governor of Virginia Colony
  • 1744-10-18 Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britain (b. 1660)
  • 1745-03-29 Robert Walpole, 1st British premier (1722-42), dies at 68
  • 1746-12-08 Charles Radclyffe, British politician (b. 1693)
  • 1748-03-14 George Wade, British military leader (b. 1673)
  • 1748-11-25 Isaac Watts, British hymnwriter (b. 1674)
  • 1751-12-19 Louise of Great Britain, wife of Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1724)
  • 1752-05-03 Samuel Ogle, British provincial Governor of Maryland (b. c. 1692)
  • 1752-07-29 Peter Warren, British admiral
  • 1753-01-11 Hans Sloane, English physician (British Museum), dies at 92
  • 1755-07-09 Edward Braddock, British General, mortally wounded at Fort Duquesne during French & Indian War. Dies 13th July.
  • 1755-07-13 Edward Braddock, British general, dies in battle at Pittsburgh
  • 1756-12-08 William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington, British statesman and diplomat
  • 1757-05-06 Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, British politician (b. 1683)
  • 1758-07-06 George Howe, 3rd Viscount Howe, British general
  • 1758-10-12 Richard Molesworth, 3rd Viscount Molesworth, British field marshal (b. 1680)
  • 1758-11-22 Richard Edgcumbe, 1st Baron Edgcumbe, British politician (b. 1680)
  • 1759-03-11 John Forbes, British general (b. 1710)

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1759-09-13 James Wolfe, British general (Plains of Abraham), dies in battle at 32

British Army Officer James Wolfe
British Army Officer
James Wolfe
  • 1759-10-10 Granville Elliott, British military officer (b. 1713)
  • 1760-10-25 George II (August), king of Great Britain (1727-60), dies at 76
  • 1761-01-10 Edward Boscawen, British admiral (b. 1711)
  • 1761-04-09 William Law, British minister and theologian (b. 1686)
  • 1761-11-30 John Dollond, British optician (b. 1706)
  • 1763-05-03 George Psalmanazar, British impostor (b. 1679)
  • 1763-08-21 Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont, British statesman (b. 1710)
  • 1764-10-02 William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • 1764-10-26 William Hogarth, British painter (b. 1697)
  • 1765-09-02 Henry Bouquet, Swiss-born British army officer (b. 1719)
  • 1765-11-30 George Glas, British merchant and adventurer (b. 1725)
  • 1765-12-03 Lord John Philip Sackville, British cricketer (b. 1713)
  • 1766-01-01 James III Edward, Old Pretender/king of Gt Britain/Ireland, dies at 77
  • 1766-01-09 Thomas Birch, British historian (b. 1705)
  • 1767-12-01 Henry Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan, British Freemason (b. 1710)
  • 1768-02-01 Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet, British cavalry officer (b. 1685)
  • 1770-01-20 Charles Yorke, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1722)
  • 1770-07-27 Robert Dinwiddie, British colonial governor of Virginia (b. 1693)
  • 1770-10-18 John Manners, Marquess of Granby, British soldier (b. 1721)
  • 1770-11-13 George Grenville, British premier (1763-65)/Stamp Act, dies at 58
  • 1771-01-05 John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, British statesman (b. 1710)
  • 1774-07-14 James O'Hara, 2nd Baron Tyrawley and Kilmaine, British field marshal (b. 1682)
  • 1775-06-17 Major John Pitcairn, British marine (killed in battle) (b. 1722)
  • 1775-11-21 John Hill, British writer
  • 1775-12-07 Charles Saunders, British admiral
  • 1776-06-27 Thomas Hickey, plan to hand George Washington to British, executed


1776-09-22 Nathan Hale, US captain/patriot/spy, hanged by the British for spying at 21

US Patriot and Soldier Nathan Hale
US Patriot and Soldier
Nathan Hale
  • 1776-11-17 James Ferguson, British astronomer (b. 1710)
  • 1777-05-11 George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras (b. 1719)
  • 1778-08-12 Peregrine Bertie, 3rd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, British general and politician (b. 1714)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1779-02-14 James Cook, British explorer killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii at 50

Captain/Explorer James Cook
James Cook
  • 1779-12-23 Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (b. 1724)
  • 1780-05-18 Charles Hardy, British governor of Newfoundland
  • 1780-09-23 John Andre, hanged as a British spy at 29
  • 1780-10-02 John Andre, British major, hanged by Americans (spied with B Arnold)
  • 1780-11-26 James [Denham] Steuart, 4th Baronet, British economist (b. 1712)
  • 1781-04-23 James Abercrombie, British general (b. 1706)
  • 1781-09-28 William Henry Nassau de Zuylestein, 4th Earl of Rochford, British diplomat and statesman (b. 1717)