London in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 945

  • 1012-04-19 Martyrdom of Alphege in Greenwich, London.
  • 1065-12-28 Westminster Abbey in London consecrated
  • 1212-07-10 The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground
  • 1291-11-28 Eleanor of Castile, wife of King Edward I of England, dies in Northamptonshire. Crosses are erected where her body rests on the way to London.

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1305-08-05 William Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.

Scottish nobleman William Wallace
Scottish nobleman
William Wallace

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1346-10-17 Battle of Neville's Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by Edward III of England at Calais, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years.

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III
  • 1373-06-13 Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of Alliance (world's oldest extant) signed in London
  • 1381-06-14 Richard II in England meets leaders of Peasants' Revolt on Blackheath. The Tower of London is stormed by rebels who enter without resistance
  • 1434-11-24 River Thames in London freezes over
  • 1471-04-11 Wars of the Roses: King Edward IV of England siezed London from Henry VI
  • 1471-05-21 King Edward IV enters London
  • 1478-02-18 George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is privately executed in the Tower of London (allegedly by being drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine).
  • 1483-04-09 Edward V (aged 12) succeeds his father Edward IV as king of England. He is never crowned, and disappears presumed murdered, after incarceration in the Tower of London with his younger brother Richard (the "Princes in the Tower")
  • 1497-06-24 Cornish traitors Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank are executed at Tyburn, London
  • 1499-11-23 Flemish pretender to the English throne Perkin Warbeck hanged for reportedly attempting to escape from Tower of London. Invaded England in 1497, claiming to be the lost son of King Edward IV
  • 1529-11-03 London - 1st sitting of the Reformation Parliament
  • 1534-04-17 Sir Thomas More confined in Tower of London

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1536-05-02 Anne Boleyn is arrested and taken to the Tower of London

  • 1536-05-19 Anne Boleyn, second wife of English King Henry VIII, is beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason

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1541-11-09 Queen Catherine Howard (Henry VIII's fifth wife) confined in Tower of London

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1547-01-19 Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, executed in the Tower of London for treason
  • 1554-02-09 Battle at London: Sir Thomas Wyatt defeated and his rebellion against Queen Mary crushed
  • 1557-02-27 1st Russian Embassy arrives in London
  • 1568-07-13 Revd Alexander Nowell, Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, London, perfects a way to bottle beer

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1571-01-23 Queen Elizabeth I of England opens Royal Exchange in London

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • 1578-05-31 Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England, to Frobisher Bay, Canada. Eventually mines fools gold, famously used to pave the streets of London.
  • 1583-06-18 Richard Martin of London takes out first life insurance policy, on William Gibbons; premium was £383
  • 1587-03-01 Puritan English parliamentary leader Sir Peter Wentworth confined in London Tower
  • 1598-08-04 London's head office of Hanze closed
  • 1601-01-07 Robert, Earl of Essex, leads revolt in London against Queen Elizabeth
  • 1601-02-08 Earl Robert Devereux of Essex armies draws into London
  • 1601-02-13 1st British East India Company voyage departs from London, lead by John Lancaster

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1603-04-05 New English King James I (James VI of Scotland) departs Edinburgh for London

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • 1606-12-20 Virginia Company settlers leave London to establish Jamestown, Virginia

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1609-05-20 Shakespeare's Sonnets are first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.

  • 1609-10-12 Children's rhyme "Three Blind Mice" published in London
  • 1611-04-20 First known performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre, London recorded by Simon Forman

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1616-03-20 Walter Raleigh released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Explorer
Walter Raleigh

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1621-05-31 Sir Francis Bacon imprisoned in the Tower of London for 1 night

Statesman/Philosopher Francis Bacon
Statesman/Philosopher
Francis Bacon
  • 1624-06-16 Virginia becomes an English crown colony following the bankruptcy of the London Company
  • 1624-09-12 1st submarine publicly tested in London on the Thames for King James I
  • 1628-11-24 John Ford's "Lover's Melancholy" premieres in London
  • 1640-11-11 Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, impeached by the House of Lords on the evidence of John Pym, and imprisoned in the Tower of London; he was later executed.

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1642-01-10 King Charles I & family flee London for Oxford

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • 1642-11-13 Battle at Turnham Green outside London: King Charles I vs English parliament
  • 1653-12-01 An athlete from Croydon is reported to have run 20 miles from St Albans to London in less than 90 minutes
  • 1660-01-01 General Moncks army battles with the Tweed on way to London
  • 1660-02-03 General Monck's army reaches London

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1660-05-29 On his 30th birthday Charles II returns to London from exile in the Netherlands to claim the English throne after the Puritan Commonwealth comes to an end

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1660-11-28 The Royal Society forms in London
  • 1661-01-06 The Fifth Monarchists unsuccessfully attempt to seize control of London.
  • 1661-04-23 English king Charles II crowned in London
  • 1662-07-15 King Charles II charters Royal Society in London
  • 1663-05-07 Theatre Royal in Drury Lane London opens
  • 1665-11-07 1st edition of "London Gazette"
  • 1666-09-02 Great Fire of London begins at 2am in Pudding Lane, 80% of London is destroyed
  • 1666-09-05 Great Fire of London ends, leaving 13,200 houses destroyed and 8 dead
  • 1666-09-06 After St Paul's Cathedral and much of the city had been burned down over four days, the Great Fire of London is finally extinguished.

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1672-02-08 Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 1673-02-20 1st recorded wine auction held (London)
  • 1675-08-10 King Charles II and John Flamsteed lay the foundation stone of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London
  • 1677-02-16 Earl of Shaftesbury arrested and confined in the Tower of London
  • 1678-02-18 John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" is published in Holborn, London, by Nathaniel Ponder
  • 1678-02-27 Earl of Shaftesbury freed from the Tower of London
  • 1681-03-21 3rd Exclusion Parliament meets in London
  • 1681-10-24 Earl of Shaftesbury accused of high treason in London
  • 1682-02-09 Thomas Otway's "Venice Preserved" premieres in London
  • 1682-07-14 Henry Purcell appointed organist of Chapel Royal, London
  • 1683-11-22 Purcell's "Welcome to All the Pleasures" premieres in London
  • 1688-11-26 King James II escapes back to London
  • 1688-12-10 King James II flees London
  • 1688-12-20 Prince William of Orange's troops arrive in London
  • 1693-06-27 1st women's magazine "Ladies' Mercury" published (London)
  • 1695-04-30 William Congreve's "Love for Love" premieres in London
  • 1696-11-21 J Vanbrughe's "Relapse or Virtue in Danger" premieres in London

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1697-12-02 St Paul's Cathedral, designed by Sir Christopher Wren is consecrated for use (previous building destroyed in the Great Fire of London)

Architect Christopher Wren
Architect
Christopher Wren
  • 1698-01-04 Most of the Palace of Whitehall in London, the main residence of the English monarchs, is destroyed by fire.

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1701-05-23 Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and the murder of William Moore

Pirate Legend William Kidd
Pirate Legend
William Kidd
  • 1705-04-23 Richard Steele's "Tender Husband" premieres in London
  • 1705-11-23 Nicholas Rowe's play "Ulysses" premieres in London
  • 1709-01-11 Colley Cibber's play "Rival Fools" premieres in London

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1711-02-24 George Frideric Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres at Haymarket theatre in London

  • 1711-03-01 "The Spectator" begins publishing (London)
  • 1714-02-02 Nicholas Rowe's play "The Tragedy of Jane Shore" premieres in London
  • 1715-04-20 Nicholas Rowe's play "The Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey" premieres in London
  • 1715-08-01 First Doggett's Coat and Badge race (Waterman's race) held on Thames River (London Bridge to Chelsea)
  • 1715-11-24 London's Thames River freezes over
  • 1717-06-24 1st Free Masons' grand lodge founded in London
  • 1717-07-17 George Frideric Handel's "Water Music" premieres on the river Thames in London
  • 1718-05-15 James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun
  • 1721-03-09 British Chancellor Exchequer John Aislabie confined in London Tower
  • 1722-11-07 Richard Steele's "Conscious Lovers" premieres in London
  • 1723-01-12 George Frideric Handel's opera "Ottone" premieres at the King's Theatre London
  • 1724-02-20 George Frideric Handel's opera "Giulio Cesare in Egitto" premieres in London
  • 1724-11-11 Joseph Blake, alias Blueskin, a highwayman known for attacking "Thief-Taker General" (and thief) Jonathan Wild at the Old Bailey, is hanged in London. (b. c. 1700)
  • 1724-12-09 Colley Cibber's play "Caesar in Egypt" premieres in London

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1725-01-04 Benjamin Franklin arrives in London [OS=Dec 24 1724]

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 977


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1117-12-21 Thomas Becket, English archbishop of Canterbury (1162-1170), born in London, England (d. 1170)

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Becket
  • 1453-10-13 Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales and the only son of King Henry VI of England and Margaret of Anjou, born in London (d. 1471)
  • 1466-02-11 Elizabeth of York, Queen Consort of England and wife of King Henry VII, born in Westminster Palace, London (d. 1503)

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1491-06-28 Henry VIII, King of England (1509-47) who separated the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, born in London (d. 1547)

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1527-07-13 John Dee, alchemist/astrologer/mathematician (d. 1609), born in London, England

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1533-09-07 Elizabeth I, Queen of England and Ireland (1558-1603) and daughter of Henry VIII and Anna Boleyn, born in Greenwich, London (d. 1603)

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • 1540-01-25 Edmund Campion, saint/Jesuit martyr (Decem Rationes), born in London, England

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1558-11-06 Thomas Kyd, English dramatist (Spanish Tragedy), born in London (d. 1594)

Dramatist and Playwright Thomas Kyd
Dramatist and Playwright
Thomas Kyd

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1561-01-22 Francis Bacon, Strand, statesman/essayist (Novum Organum), born in London, England (d. 1626)

Statesman/Philosopher Francis Bacon
Statesman/Philosopher
Francis Bacon

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1572-06-11 Ben Jonson, English playwright and poet (Volpone, Alchemist), born in London (d. 1637)

Playwright and Poet Ben Jonson
Playwright and Poet
Ben Jonson
  • 1573-07-15 Inigo Jones, architect (Old St Paul's Cathedral, Coven Garden), born in London, England
  • 1591-08-24 Robert Herrick, English poet ('Gather ye rosebuds while ye may') (baptized), born in London (d. 1674)
  • 1593-04-13 Thomas Wentworth, earl of Strafford/Viceroy of Ireland, born in London, England

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1603-12-21 Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist, born in London (d. 1684)

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • 1605-10-19 Thomas Browne, English writer (Garden of Cyrus), born in London

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1608-12-09 John Milton, poet/puritan (Paradise Lost), born in London, England (d. 1674)

  • 1627-01-28 Alfonso Marsh, English composer and lutenist, born in London (d. 1681) baptismal date

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1630-05-29 Charles II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1660-85), born in St. James's Palace, London (d. 1685)

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II

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1633-02-23 Samuel Pepys, English navy administrator and Member of Parliament famous for his Diary of the English Restoration period, born in London (d. 1703)

Diarist Samuel Pepys
Diarist
Samuel Pepys
  • 1635-08-11 Thomas Betterton, actor/dramatist (Coriolanus), born in London, England

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1644-10-14 William Penn, English Philosopher, Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania, born in London, England (d. 1718)

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn

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1660-09-13 Daniel Defoe, English novelist (Robinson Crusoe), born in London, England

Novelist Daniel Defoe
Novelist
Daniel Defoe
  • 1664-01-24 John Vanbrugh, dramatist/architect (baptized), born in London, England
  • 1664-07-21 Matthew Prior, English poet and diplomat, born in London (d. 1721)
  • 1671-11-06 Colley Cibber, English actor, dramatist and poet, Poet Laureate 1730-57), born in London (d. 1757)
  • 1673-08-11 Richard Mead, physician, born in London, England
  • 1684-02-22 William Pulteney, statesman (Earl of Bath), born in London, England

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1688-05-21 Alexander Pope, English poet (Rape of the Lock, translation of Homer) (d. 1744), born in London, England

  • 1693-02-04 George Lillo, bourgeois English dramatist (London Merchant)

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1693-07-21 Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle, British Prime Minister (Whig: 1757-62), born in London (d. 1768)

British Prime Minister Thomas Pelham-Holles
British Prime Minister
Thomas Pelham-Holles
  • 1696-08-12 Maurice Greene, English composer, born in London (d. 1755)

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1708-11-15 William Pitt the Elder, British Prime Minister (Whig, 1756-61, 66-68) known as the `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
  • 1710-02-07 William Boyce, English organist/composer (Cathedral Music), born in London (d. 1779)
  • 1712-01-17 John Stanley, English blind composer and organist, born in London (d. 1786)
  • 1715-04-11 John Alcock, English composer and organist, born in London (d. 1806)
  • 1722-07-16 Joseph Wilton, English sculptor (Westminster Abbey), born in London (d. 1803)

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1723-07-10 William Blackstone, jurist (Blackstone's Commentaries), born in London, England

  • 1725-10-17 John Wilkes, English radical, journalist (The North Briton) and politician, born in London (d. 1797)
  • 1728-07-03 Robert Adam, architect/designer (Adelphi Terrace, London)

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1732-04-13 Frederick North, Lord North, Prime Minister of Great Britain (Tory: 1770-82), "who lost America", born in London (d. 1792)

British Prime Minister Frederick North
British Prime Minister
Frederick North
  • 1737-08-11 Joseph Nollekins, sculptor, born in London, England
  • 1738-06-04 George III, King of Great Britain (1760-1820), born in London, England
  • 1738-12-31 Charles Cornwallis, British general and colonial administrator, born in London (d. 1805)

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1743-02-13 Joseph Banks, English botanist and naturalist who accompanied James Cook on board the Endeavour, born in London (d. 1820)

Botanist and explorer Joseph Banks
Botanist and explorer
Joseph Banks
  • 1745-02-20 Henry James Pye, English poet, British Poet Laureate (1790-1813), born in London (d. 1813)
  • 1746-09-28 Sir William Jones, British Orientalist and jurist born in London (d. 1794)
  • 1748-02-15 Jeremy Bentham, London England philosopher/originator (Utilitarian)

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1757-05-30 Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1801-04), born in London (d. 1844)

British Prime Minister Henry Addington
British Prime Minister
Henry Addington

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1757-11-28 William Blake, poet/painter (Songs of Innocence & Experience), born in London, England (d. 1827)

Poet/Artist William Blake
Poet/Artist
William Blake

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1762-11-01 Spencer Perceval, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1809-12), born in London (d. 1812)

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval
  • 1764-04-03 John Abernethy, surgeon, born in London, England

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1770-04-11 George Canning, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1827) and Foreign Secretary, born in London, England (d. 1827)

British Prime Minister George Canning
British Prime Minister
George Canning

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1770-06-07 Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Tory: 1812-27), born in London (d. 1828)

British Prime Minister Robert Jenkinson
British Prime Minister
Robert Jenkinson
  • 1774-03-20 John Braham, English tenor singer and composer, born in London (d. 1856)
  • 1775-02-10 Charles Lamb, critic/poet/essayist, born in London, England
  • 1775-02-12 Louisa Adams, US First Lady (1825-29), born in London (d. 1852)
  • 1775-02-18 Thomas Girtin, artist/watercolorist, born in London, England
  • 1776-02-23 John Walter II, chief proprietor (The Times, 1812-47), born in London, England
  • 1778-06-07 George Bryan "Beau" Brummel, English dandy, born in London, England

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1779-03-15 William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig 1834, 1835-41), born in London (d. 1848)

British Prime Minister William Lamb
British Prime Minister
William Lamb

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1779-12-18 Joseph Grimaldi, English pantomimist and the "greatest clown in history", born in London (d. 1837)

Greatest Clown in History Joseph Grimaldi
Greatest Clown in History
Joseph Grimaldi
  • 1782-08-10 Charles Napier, soldier, born in London, England
  • 1783-04-08 John Claudius, horticulturist, born in London, England
  • 1786-01-11 Joseph Jackson Lister, British optician who perfected the optical microscope by designing the achromatic objective lens, born in London, England

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1788-01-22 Lord Byron [George Gordon Byron], English romantic poet (Don Juan), born in London (d. 1824)

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
  • 1789-03-17 Edmund Kean, tragic actor (Shylock), born in London, England
  • 1790-08-19 Edward John Dent, British Clockmaker to Queen Victoria and commissioned to make Big Ben, London (completed after his death by his son Frederick Dent), born in London, England

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1791-12-26 Charles Babbage, British inventor (calculating machine), born in London, England (d. 1871)

Inventor Charles Babbage
Inventor
Charles Babbage
  • 1792-04-12 John George Lambton, statesman (1st Earl of Durham), born in London, England
  • 1792-09-27 George Cruikshank, caricaturist (Oliver Twist), born in London, England

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1795-10-31 John Keats, English Romantic poet (Ode to a Grecian Urn), born in London (d. 1821)

Romantic Poet John Keats
Romantic Poet
John Keats

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1797-08-30 Mary Shelley, author (Frankenstein), born in London, England

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • 1798-01-29 Henry Neele, poet, born in London, England
  • 1802-07-26 Winthrop Mackworth Praed, poet/politician, born in London, England
  • 1803-01-03 Douglas William Jerrold, author/playwright/wit (Punch Mag), born in London, England

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1804-12-21 Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1868, 1874-80) and writer, born in London (d. 1881)

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli
  • 1805-01-27 Samuel Palmer, painter/etcher (Valley of Vision), born in London, England
  • 1805-09-07 Samuel Wilberforce, English bishop and one of the greatest public speakers of his day (remembered for his opposition to Darwin's theory of evolution), born in London (d. 1873)

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1806-05-20 John Stuart Mill, English philosopher, political economist and utilitarian, born in London (d. 1873)

Philosopher and Political Economist John Stuart Mill
Philosopher and Political Economist
John Stuart Mill
  • 1810-09-29 Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, novelist, born in London, England

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1812-05-07 Robert Browning, poet (Pied Piper), born in London, England

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1815-12-10 Ada Lovelace, English mathematician considered the first computer programmer, born in London (d. 1852)

Mathematician and Computer Programmer Ada Lovelace
Mathematician and Computer Programmer
Ada Lovelace
  • 1817-02-23 George Watts, painter, born in London, England
  • 1817-07-15 John Fowler, English engineer (London Metropolitan Railway)
  • 1818-06-30 Edward John Hopkins, English organist and composer, born in London (d. 1901)
  • 1818-09-16 Francis Seymour Haden, English surgeon and etcher, born in London (d. 1910)

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1819-05-24 Queen Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom and Ireland (1837-1901), born in London (d. 1901)

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
Victoria
  • 1820-03-21 Frank Mori, English composer, born in London (d. 1873)
  • 1820-08-13 George Grove, biblical scholar/misicographer, born in London, England
  • 1821-06-08 Samuel White Baker, explorer (Ceylon/Egypt), born in London, England
  • 1823-05-17 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, Englidh contralto and composer, born in London (d. 1885)
  • 1824-01-08 [William] Wilkie Collins, English writer (Woman in White), born in London (d. 1889)
  • 1824-06-02 Samuel Wilks, British Physician and founding father of clinical science, born in London, England
  • 1824-06-20 George E Street, English architect, born in Woodford, London (d. 1881)
  • 1827-04-02 William Holman Hunt, Cheapside London, English painter (Light of the World), (d. 1910)
  • 1830-12-05 Christina Rossetti, poet (Winter Rain, Passing Away), born in London, England

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1831-05-16 David Edward Hughes, British-American inventor (microphone, teleprinter), born in either London, England or Corwen, Wales (d. 1900)

  • 1833-01-07 Henry Enfield Roscoe, English Chemist (vanadium and photochemistry), born in London, England
  • 1833-01-28 Charles George Gordon, general (China, Khartoum), born in London, England
  • 1836-03-16 Andrew Smith Hallidie, American inventor (cable car), born in London (d. 1900)

Famous Weddings


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1754-11-16 British PM William Pitt the Elder (46) weds Lady Hester Grenville (34) in Argyle Street, London

British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner) William Pitt the Elder
British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner)
William Pitt the Elder

HeartWedding of Interest

1782-08-18 Romantic Age poet and artist William Blake (24) marries Catherine Boucher, 5 years his junior, in St. Mary's Church, Battersea, London.

Poet/Artist William Blake
Poet/Artist
William Blake

HeartWedding of Interest

1797-07-26 US President John Quincy Adams (29) weds Louisa Johnson (22) at All Hallows Barking parish in London

6th US President John Quincy Adams
6th US President
John Quincy Adams

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1805-06-03 Lady Caroline Ponsonby (19) marries future Prime Minister William Lamb, Lord Melbourne (26) in London

British Prime Minister William Lamb
British Prime Minister
William Lamb

HeartWedding of Interest

1820-07-14 British PM Robert Peel (32) weds Sir John Floyd's daughter Julia at St George's, Hanover Square in London

British Prime Minister Robert Peel
British Prime Minister
Robert Peel

HeartWedding of Interest

1846-09-12 Poet and playwright Robert Browning (34) weds fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett (40) at Marylebone Church in London

HeartWedding of Interest

1867-02-16 Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald (52) weds Agnes Bernard (30) at St George's Church in Hanover Square, London

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald

HeartWedding of Interest

1871-06-14 Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro (40) weds Julie Vellay in London

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1878-03-20 53rd UK Prime Minister Archibald Primrose (31) weds heiress Hannah de Rothschild (27) at the Board of Guardians in Mount Street, London

British Prime Minister Archibald Primrose
British Prime Minister
Archibald Primrose

HeartWedding of Interest

1884-05-29 Irish writer Oscar Wilde marries Constance Lloyd at St. James Church, Paddington, London

Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer and Poet
Oscar Wilde

HeartWedding of Interest

1886-12-02 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt (28) weds second wife Edith Kermit Carow (25) in London

First Lady of the United States Edith Roosevelt
First Lady of the United States
Edith Roosevelt
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

1896-06-01 Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (41) marries Charlotte Frances Payne-Townshend (41) in Covent Garden, London.

HeartWedding of Interest

1902-07-01 British admiral John Jellicoe (42) weds Gwendoline Cayzer at Holy Trinity in London

British Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe
British Admiral of the Fleet
John Rushworth Jellicoe

HeartWedding of Interest

1908-09-02 Naval officer Robert Scott (40) weds sculptress Kathleen Bruce (30) at the Chapel Royal in London, England

Polar Explorer Robert Scott
Polar Explorer
Robert Scott

HeartWedding of Interest

1913-10-15 Author Beatrix Potter (47) weds solicitor William Heelis at St Mary Abbots in Kensington, London

Children's Author Beatrix Potter
Children's Author
Beatrix Potter

HeartWedding of Interest

1915-06-26 Poet T. S. Eliot (26) weds governess Vivienne Haigh-Wood (27) at Hampstead Register Office in London

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

1922-09-18 Nurse Margaret Sanger (43) weds James Noah Henry Slee in Bloomsbury, London

HeartWedding of Interest

1926-12-02 Film director/producer Alfred Hitchcock (27) weds director Alma Reville (27) at Brompton Oratory in London

HeartWedding of Interest

1927-10-15 Writer Graham Greene (23) weds Vivien Dayrell-Browning at St. Mary's Church in Hampstead, North London

HeartWedding of Interest

1931-07-04 Irish writer (Ulysses) James Joyce and Nora Barnacle finally marry in London registry office after meeting in 1904.

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • 1941-04-19 Youngest Mitford sister Deborah Mitford marries Andrew Cavendish, son of the Duke of Devonshire in London

HeartWedding of Interest

1943-04-10 Actor Peter Cushing (29) weds actress Violet Helene Beck in London, England

  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

1949-05-21 Film director David Lean (41) weds actress and producer Ann Todd (40) in London

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean

HeartWedding of Interest

1949-08-12 Multi-Tony award-winning actress Angela Lansbury (23) weds actor and producer Peter Shaw (31) at St. Columba's Presbyterian Church of Scotland in London, England

HeartWedding of Interest

1951-09-15 Actor Peter Sellers (26) weds actress Anne Howe in London, England

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers

HeartWedding of Interest

1951-12-13 British PM Margaret Thatcher (26) weds businessman Denis Thatcher (36) at Wesley's Chapel in City Road, London

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1952-08-14 UK Prime Minister Anthony Eden (55) weds UK prime minister's niece Clarissa Spencer-Churchill (32) in a civil ceremony at Caxton Hall, London

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden

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
Poet
Ted Hughes
Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath

HeartWedding of Interest

1962-05-04 Actor Christopher Plummer (32) weds columnist Patricia Lewis at the Marylebone Registry office in London

HeartWedding of Interest

1967-07-26 Cricketer Richie Benaud (35) weds second wife Daphne Surfleet in London

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud

HeartWedding of Interest

1968-01-20 Actress Sharon Tate (24) weds actor/director Roman Polanski (34) in Chelsea, London

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate

HeartWedding of Interest

1969-03-12 Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman in London

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

HeartWedding of Interest

1970-03-20 Singer David Bowie (23) weds model Angie Bowie (20) at Bromley Register Office in Beckenham Lane, London

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

HeartWedding of Interest

1971-02-05 Actress Judi Dench (36) weds actor Michael Williams (35) at St Mary's Catholic Church in Hampstead, London

Actress Judi Dench
Actress
Judi Dench
  • 1973-07-04 British Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles (33) weds Camilla Rosemary Shand (26) at Guards Chapel in Birdcage Walk in London, England

HeartWedding of Interest

1981-07-29 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales weds Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul's Cathedral, London

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles

HeartWedding of Interest

1983-12-15 Author Roald Dahl (67) weds Liccy Crosland (45) at Brixton Town Hall in South London

Author Roald Dahl
Author
Roald Dahl
  • 1984-08-18 Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes (22) weds Des Moines department store heiress Julie Anne Friedman (25) at London registrar's office
  • 1986-07-23 Britain's Prince Andrew (26) weds Sarah Ferguson (26) at Westminster Abbey in London, England

HeartWedding of Interest

1989-06-16 Actor Hugh Laurie (30) weds theatre administrator Jo Green in Camden, London

HeartWedding of Interest

1991-02-09 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (42) weds equestrian Madeleine Gurdon (28) in Westminster, London

  • 1994-07-14 Princess Margaret's daughter Sarah Armstrong-Jones (30) weds ex-actor and fellow artist Daniel Chatto (37) in London, United Kingdon
  • 1995-07-01 Crown Prince of Greece and the oldest son of the deposed King Constantine of Greece, Pavlos (28) weds Robert W. Miller's daughter Marie-Chantal Miller (26) at London's Cathedral of Saint Sophia

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-05-14 Actor Antonio Banderas (35) weds actress Melanie Griffith (38) at the Westminster register office in London

HeartWedding of Interest

1997-05-17 Actor Sylvester Stallone weds actress Jennifer Flavin in London

Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Actor/Director
Sylvester Stallone

HeartWedding of Interest

2002-01-01 Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton (56) weds Melia McEnery (25) at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Surrey, London

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • 2002-02-17 Actress Joan Collins (68) weds theater company manager Percy Gibson at Claridge's Hotel in London

HeartWedding of Interest

2002-09-14 No Doubt lead vocalist Gwen Stefani (42) weds lead singer and rhythm guitarist "Bush" Gavin Rossdale (46) at St. Paul's Church in London, England

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani
  • 2004-12-31 English actor Terence Stamp (64) weds Elizabeth O'Rourke (23) in London
  • 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
  • 2005-11-11 Millionaire Nasir Khan weds "Footballers' Wives" actress Laila Rouass (34) in London
  • 2005-11-30 "Only Fools and Horses" actor David Jason (65) weds Gill Hinchcliffe at Buckingham Palace in London
  • 2005-12-15 "Eastenders" actress Elaine Lordan (39) weds BBC manager Peter Manuel at Islington Town Hall in London
  • 2006-01-05 Adult film actress Linsey Dawn McKenzie (27) weds former Wimbledon F.C. and Northern Ireland footballer Mark Williams (35) at the central London register office
  • 2006-01-28 London Broncos rugby football player Craig Gower (27) weds TV personality and model Amanda Flynn (24) in Sydney, Australia
  • 2006-04-08 Spanish model and actress Ines Sastre (32) weds Alexandro Corrias at Brompton Oratory in South Kensington, London
  • 2006-06-19 "Savage Garden" pop singer Darren Hayes (34) weds animator Richard Cullen in London
  • 2006-09-02 "7th Heaven" actor Jeremy London (33) weds actress Melissa Cunningham at Hidden Chateau and Garden in West Hills, California
  • 2006-12-09 "The Office" actress Lucy Davis (33) weds actor Owain Yeoman (28) at St. Paul's Cathedral in London
  • 2008-02-14 Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (35) weds All Saints singer Nicole Appleton (33) at Westminster Register Office in London
  • 2008-02-19 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (49) weds actress Georgina Sutcliffe (29) at Marylebone Registry Office in central London
  • 2010-05-16 British comedian David Walliams (38) weds supermodel Lara Stone (26) at Claridge's Hotel in London

HeartWedding of Interest

2011-04-29 Royal wedding of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine [Kate] Middleton held at Westminister Abbey, London

Wife of Prince William Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Wife of Prince William
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Duke of Cambridge Prince William
Duke of Cambridge
Prince William
  • 2011-10-09 Musician Paul McCartney (69) weds New Yorker Nancy Shevell (51) in a civil ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall, London

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2011-12-30 Scottish actor David Tennant (40) weds actress Georgia Moffett (27), daughter of Peter Davison, the Fifth Doctor, in London

  • 2012-05-12 McFly guitarist Tom Fletcher (27) weds actress Giovanna Falcone (27) at One Marylebone in London
  • 2012-06-17 "Revenge" actress Ashley Madekwe (30) weds "Secret Diary Of A Call Girl" actor Iddo Goldberg (36) in London, England
  • 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
  • 2012-09-15 Singer Annie Lennox (57) weds Harvard-educated gynecologist Mitch Besser (57) on a private boat on the Thames River 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
  • 2012-12-21 "Rolling Stones" guitarist Ronnie Wood (65) weds theater producer Sally Humphreys (34) at Dorchester Hotel in London
  • 2015-07-10 Fashion model Nicky Hilton (31) weds banker James Rothschild at Kensington Palace in London
  • 2015-07-12 Former football player Ledley King (35) weds long-term girlfriend Amy Kavanagh at Syon House in West London
  • 2015-09-05 Actress Jessica Raine (33) weds actor Tom Goodman-Hill in London
  • 2015-11-28 Actor Kelvin Fletcher (31) weds actress Elizabeth Marsland (32) in London
  • 2015-12-20 Broadcaster Christine Bleakley (36) weds footballer Frank Lampard (37) at Saint Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London

HeartWedding of Interest

2016-03-04 Media mogul Rupert Murdoch (84) weds model Jerry Hall (59) in a private civil ceremony at Spencer House in London

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch
Media Mogul
Rupert Murdoch

Famous Deaths

  • 1189-09-03 Jacob of Orleans, Rabbi, killed in anti Jewish riot in London England

BattleExecution

1305-08-23 William Wallace, Scottish patriot, hanged, disemboweled & beheaded at Smithfield London

Scottish nobleman William Wallace
Scottish nobleman
William Wallace
  • 1381-06-15 Wat Tyler, leader of English Peasants' Revolt, beheaded in London

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1400-10-25 Geofrey Chaucer, author (Canterbury Tales), dies in London

Author and Poet Geoffrey Chaucer
Author and Poet
Geoffrey Chaucer
  • 1401-02-19 William Sawtree, 1st English religious martyr, burned in London
  • 1471-05-21 King Henry VI of England (1422-1471) is executed in the Tower of London at 49
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1536-05-19 Anne Boleyn, Queen of England and second wife of Henry VIII, beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason aged between 28 to 35

  • 1541-05-27 Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury (b. 1473) beheaded for treason in Tower of London by Henry VIII
  • 1583-07-06 Edmund Grindal, English bishop of London/archbhp of York, dies at 64
  • 1605-04-06 John Stow, English historian (Survey of London), dies
  • 1645-01-10 William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, beheaded, for treason, in the Tower of London at 71
  • 1674-10-15 Robert Herrick, English poet ('Gather ye rosebuds while ye may'), born in London
  • 1688-09-02 Robert Viner, Lord Mayor of London (b. 1631)

BattleExecution

1701-05-23 William Kidd, Scottish pirate legend, hanged at London's Execution Dock at about 56

Pirate Legend William Kidd
Pirate Legend
William Kidd

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1703-03-03 Robert Hooke, scientific genius, dies in London aged 67

Scientist Robert Hooke
Scientist
Robert Hooke

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1727-03-31 Isaac Newton, English physicist/astronomer, dies in London at 84

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 1733-01-25 Gilbert Heathcote, Mayor of London (b. 1652)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1794-01-16 Edward Gibbon, English historian (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire), dies in London at 56

Historian Edward Gibbon
Historian
Edward Gibbon

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1801-06-14 Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary War general, dies in London at 60

US Defector General Benedict Arnold
US Defector General
Benedict Arnold

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1850-07-02 Robert "Bobbie" Peel, British PM/founder London Police, dies at 62

British Prime Minister Robert Peel
British Prime Minister
Robert Peel
  • 1866-08-22 George Shillibeer, pioneer of London's 1st bus service, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1881-02-05 Thomas Carlyle, historian/essayist, dies in London at 85

Historian and Essayist Thomas Carlyle
Historian and Essayist
Thomas Carlyle
  • 1894-12-29 Christina Rossetti, English poet, dies at 64 in London
  • 1896-10-03 William Morris, artist and writer associated with Arts and Crafts movement, dies at 62 London
  • 1898-11-20 John Fowler, English engineer (London Metropolitan Railway), dies
  • 1906-04-20 Australian wombat; oldest known marsupial, dies in London Zoo at 26
  • 1907-05-19 Benjamin Baker, English civil engineer who designed the bridge over the Firth of Forth, Scotland and the London underground, dies at 67
  • 1916-02-28 Henry James, US/British writer (Bostonians), dies in London at 72
  • 1916-11-22 Jack London, American activist and author (Call of the Wild), dies at 40
  • 1922-06-22 Henry H Wilson, Field Marshal, murdered in London
  • 1924-05-29 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid/London), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1935-11-20 John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, British Admiral of the Fleet, dies of pneumonia at 75

British Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe
British Admiral of the Fleet
John Rushworth Jellicoe

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1936-03-12 David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty and British Admiral of the Fleet during World War I (Battle of Jutland), dies of heart failure at 65

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • 1938-08-06 Warner Oland, actor (Werewolf of London, Jazz Singer), dies at 57
  • 1940-04-18 Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, English historian and politician, dies after being hit by a car during London blackout at 75
  • 1941-08-14 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
  • 1943-04-30 Beatrice Potter Webb, British sociologist, economist ( founded London School of Economics) and writer (My Apprenticeship), dies at 85
  • 1944-06-27 Vera Menchik, Russian 1st official women's world chess champion (1927), dies in a London air raid at 38
  • 1947-10-13 Sydney Webb, English socialist and economist (founded London School of Economics) and husband of Beatrice Webb, dies at 88

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1950-01-21 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46

  • 1950-04-08 Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
  • 1952-11-29 Rosa Lewis, English chef/owner (Cavendish Hotel London), dies
  • 1956-06-11 Ralph Morgan, actor (Creeper, Imposter, Jack London), dies at 73
  • 1960-11-03 Harold Spencer Jones, London, English Astronomer and 10th astronomer royal of England whose work led to a more accurate determination of the distance between the Earth and the Sun
  • 1961-09-07 Pieter S Gerbrandy, lawyer/premier to London 1940-5, dies at 76

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1965-01-04 T. S. Eliot, American-born British poet (The Waste Land) and Nobel laureate (1948), dies in London at 76

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • 1969-12-28 Henry Oscar, actor (Saint in London), dies at 78
  • 1974-07-29 "Mama" Cass Elliot, singer (Mamas & Papas), dies from a heart attack in London at 32
  • 1976-04-26 Neil McCallum, actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
  • 1976-07-30 Emil Solomon "Solly" Sachs, South African socialist, dies in London
  • 1977-03-08 Henry Hull, actor (Werewolf of London, Boys Town), dies at 86
  • 1980-01-07 Sarah Selby, actress (Tower of London), dies at 74
  • 1980-09-03 Barbara O'Neil, actress (Tower of London, Stella Dallas)
  • 1983-08-01 Peter Arne, actor (Straw Dogs), bludgeoned to death in London at 62
  • 1985-03-24 George London, Canadian bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), dies at 64
  • 1986-02-01 Dick James, Beatles' music publisher (1962-70), dies in London at 58
  • 1986-06-03 Anna Neagle, English actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell), dies at 81
  • 1988-10-27 Charles Hawtrey, English actor (Carry On), dies near London at 73
  • 1988-12-07 Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire
  • 1989-01-19 Norma Varden, actress (Loose in London), dies
  • 1992-08-15 Martha Blackburn, Canada newspaper publisher (London Free Press), dies
  • 1993-05-27 Jan Wiley, actress (Underdog, Brute Man, She Wolf of London), dies
  • 1993-08-08 Roy London, US actor/director (Tiger Warsaw), dies of lymphoma at 50
  • 1994-04-16 Samuel "Sam" Selvon, Trinidad-born writer (The Lonley Londoners), dies at 70
  • 1994-08-15 Shepherd Mead, London England, dies of stroke at 80
  • 1995-05-18 Robert Harris, actor (Werewolf of London), dies at 95
  • 1995-09-18 Doreen Cannon, teacher of acting (London), dies at 64
  • 1996-07-27 Peter James Frederick Green, CEO (LLoyd's of London), dies at 71
  • 1999-05-08 Dirk Bogarde, London England, actor (b. 1921) (Death in Venice, Servant)
  • 2011-05-26 Ben Roberts, British industrial relations expert (London School of Economics), dies at 93
  • 2016-02-08 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), dies at 87
  • 2016-03-31 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), dies at 65
  • 2016-08-09 Bob Kiley, American public transit specialist (New York, London), dies at 80