Birmingham UK in History

Historical Events

  • 1791-07-14 The Priestley Riots drive Joseph Priestley, a supporter of the French Revolution, out of Birmingham, England.
  • 1837-07-04 Grand Junction Railway, the world's first long-distance railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool.

CommunicationOpening of Euston Station

1837-07-20 Euston railway station opens in London as the terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway (L&BR), the city's 1st intercity railway station

  • 1839-07-27 Chartist riots break out in Birmingham, England
  • 1895-09-11 FA Cup stolen in Birmingham
  • 1900-10-03 Edward Elgar/Cardinal Newmans oratorium premieres in Birmingham
  • 1940-11-19 First major German air raid on Birmingham - about 440 bombers kill 450
  • 1941-05-16 Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)
  • 1974-11-21 Birmingham pub bombings: 21 civilians killed when bombs explode at two pubs in Birmingham, England (deadliest attack in England during "the Troubles")
  • 1984-02-01 Indian diplomat Ravindra Mhatre kidnapped and murdered by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • 1985-09-09 Race riot in Birmingham, England
  • 1991-03-14 English Court of Appeal frees "Birmingham 6" who had been unjustly sentenced in August 1975 to life imprisonment
  • 1995-03-12 Ice Dance Championship at Birmingham UK won by Gritshuk & Platov (RUS)
  • 1995-03-12 Ice Pairs Championship at Birmingham won by Radka Kovarikova & Rene Novotny
  • 1995-03-12 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Birmingham won by Elvis Stojko (CAN)
  • 1995-03-12 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Birmingham won by Chen Lu (CHN)
  • 1998-05-09 43rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dana International for Israel wins singing "Diva" in Birmingham
  • 1999-05-19 Lazio of Italy win 39th European Cup Winner's Cup against Mallorca of Spain 2-1 in Birmingham
  • 2005-07-28 A tornado touches down in a residential area in south Birmingham, England, causing £4,000,000 worth of damages and injuring 39 people.
  • 2007-01-31 Suspects are arrested in Birmingham in the UK, accused of plotting the kidnap, holding and eventual beheading of a serving Muslim British soldier in Iraq.
  • 2015-07-22 'Oldest' Qur'an fragments discovered in collection of Birmingham University, radiocarbon testing dates to AD568 - AD645

Famous Birthdays

  • 1822-02-16 Francis Galton, anthropologist & geneticist, born in Birmingham, England

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1869-03-18 [Arthur] Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister (C, 1937-40), born in Birmingham, England

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain
  • 1881-01-17 Alfred Radcliffe-Browne, British anthropologist (Andaman Islanders), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1955)
  • 1895-09-26 Fay Holden, actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1896-05-19 Michael Balcon, producer/father of Jill Balcon, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1896-10-15 Melville Cooper, TV panelist (I Got a Secret), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1903-01-07 Alan Napier, actor (Alfred-Batman), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1918-01-27 Skitch Henderson, orchestra leader (Tonight Show), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1922-02-26 Margaret Leighton, actress (Astonished Heart), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1924-06-09 Tony Britton, actor (Day of Jackal, Girl in my Soup), born in Birmingham, England

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1925-05-12 Tony Hancock, actor (Rebel, Wrong Box), born in Birmingham, England

Comedian Tony Hancock
Tony Hancock
  • 1930-05-21 Stanley Wells, director (Shakespeare Institute U of Birmingham)
  • 1940-06-25 Clint Warwick, [Eccles], bassist (Moody Blues), born in Birmingham, England (2004)
  • 1941-12-27 Michael 'Mike' Pinder, rocker (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1942-06-16 John Rostill, English rocker (The Shadows), born in Birmingham (d. 1973)
  • 1945-11-24 Bev [Beverley] Bevan, rock drummer (ELO), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1946-01-07 Andy Brown, rock drummer (Fortunes Birmingham)
  • 1946-11-08 Roy Wood, rock vocalist/cellist (ELO), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1947-05-13 Pete "Overend" Watts, English rock bassist (Mott The Hoople-All Young Dudes), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1947-11-02 Dave Pegg, British pop bassist (Jethro Tull-Crest of a Nave), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1948-05-05 Bill Ward, heavy metal drummer (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1949-07-17 Geezer Butler, English rock bassist (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1955-01-19 Simon Rattle, England, orchestra conductor (Birmingham Symph Orch)
  • 1956-09-15 Jaki Graham, British R&B singer-songwriter, born in Birmingham
  • 1958-05-18 Toyah Wilcox, rocker (I Want to Be Free), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1960-09-07 David Steele, rock keyboardist (Fine Young Cannibals), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1962-01-06 Philip Brown, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1984), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1963-04-04 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), born in Birmingham (d. 1992)
  • 1963-11-22 Corinne Russell, comedienne (Benny Hill Show), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1975-06-09 Andrew Symonds, cricketer (Birmingham, brilliant Qld & Gloucs batsman)

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1977-04-23 John Oliver, English comedian (The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), born in Birmingham, West Midlands

Comedian John Oliver
John Oliver
  • 1981-01-11 Jamelia Niela Davis, English singer, born in Birmingham, England

Famous Deaths

  • 1984-02-03 Ravindra Mhatre, Indian diplomat, murdered at 48 by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • 2006-12-23 Johnny Vincent, English footballer for Birmingham City and Middlesbrough (b. 1947)