London in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 945

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1726-10-28 "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift is published by Benjamin Motte in London

Author, Poet and Satirist Jonathan Swift
Author, Poet and Satirist
Jonathan Swift
  • 1728-01-29 John Gays' "Beggar's Opera" premieres in London [NS=Feb 9]

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1728-02-28 George Frideric Handel's opera "Siroe, re di Persia" premieres in London

  • 1728-05-04 George Frideric Handel's opera "Tolomeo, re di Egitto" premieres in London
  • 1731-02-02 George Frideric Handel's opera "Poro" premieres in London
  • 1732-12-07 The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London.
  • 1738-04-15 Premiere in London of "Serse", an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel
  • 1742-05-28 1st indoor swimming pool opens (Goodman's Fields, London)
  • 1743-03-23 George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" premieres in London
  • 1745-02-15 Colley Cibbers "Papal Tyranny" premieres in London
  • 1747-01-31 The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.
  • 1747-02-14 Astronomer James Bradley presents his discovery of the wobbling motion of the Earth on its axis to the Royal Society, London
  • 1749-04-27 First performance of George Frideric Handel's Fireworks Music in Green Park, London.
  • 1750-02-08 Minor earthquake in London
  • 1755-04-15 Samuel Johnson's "A Dictionary of the English Language" published in London
  • 1755-07-15 French ambassador recalled from London
  • 1759-01-15 British Museum opens in Montague House, London
  • 1759-04-20 George Frideric Handel is buried in Westminster Abbey, London
  • 1762-02-02 Thomas Arnes' opera "Artaxerxes" premieres in London
  • 1762-07-10 Louis-Fran├žois Roubiliac's monument to George Frideric Handel is unveiled at Westminster Abbey in London
  • 1763-04-30 Member of Parliament and journalist John Wilkes confined in the Tower of London, charged with seditious libel
  • 1763-05-16 Samuel Johnson 1st meets his future biographer James Boswell in London
  • 1766-12-05 World's largest auction house - Christie's hold their first sale in their permanent saleroom in Pall Mall,London
  • 1768-01-09 Philip Astley stages the first modern circus in London.
  • 1768-05-10 John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for "The North Briton" severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London.
  • 1772-01-01 First traveler's cheques go on sale in London, can be used in 90 European cities
  • 1773-03-18 Oliver Goldsmith's "She Stoops to Conquer" premieres in London
  • 1775-01-17 R B Sheridan's "The Rivals" premieres in London

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1775-11-11 Mohawk military leader Joseph Brant goes to London to solicit more support from the government and to persuade the Crown to address past Mohawk land grievances in exchange for their participation as allies in the impending war

Mohawk Military Leader Joseph Brant
Mohawk Military Leader
Joseph Brant

AgreementUnited States Declaration of Independence

1776-08-10 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.

  • 1777-05-01 RB Sheridan's "School for Scandal" premieres in London
  • 1780-06-02 Anti-Catholic demonstration attacks parliament in London
  • 1780-06-07 Anti-Catholic riot in London, hundreds die
  • 1783-11-03 John Austin, a footpad turned murderer, is the last to be publicly hanged at London's Tyburn gallows
  • 1783-12-07 Theatre Royal opens in Covent Garden, London
  • 1783-12-09 First execution at Newgate Jail in London (now the site of the Central Criminal Court aka the Old Bailey), relocated from Tyburn (now the site of Marble Arch)
  • 1785-01-01 "Daily Universal Register" (Times of London) publishes 1st issue
  • 1785-01-13 John Walter publishes 1st issue of "The Times" of London
  • 1787-02-04 1st Anglican bishops of NY & Pennsylvania consecrated in London
  • 1788-01-01 London's Daily Universal Registrar becomes the Times
  • 1792-01-25 The London Corresponding Society is founded.
  • 1792-03-24 Benjamin West (US) becomes president of Royal Academy of London
  • 1792-10-02 Baptist Missionary Society forms in London
  • 1794-03-12 Theatre Royal in London's Dury Lane opens after being rebuilt
  • 1797-01-15 1st top hat worn by John Etherington of London
  • 1797-05-12 Nore Mutiny: British Royal Navy sailors mutiny on the Thames, England and blockade London

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1800-03-20 Alessandro Volta reports his discovery of the electric battery in a letter to Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London

Physicist and Inventor Alessandro Volta
Physicist and Inventor
Alessandro Volta
Botanist and explorer Joseph Banks
Botanist and explorer
Joseph Banks
  • 1801-10-01 Britain & France signs Preliminary of London
  • 1803-07-26 The Surrey Iron Railway, arguably the world's first public railway, opens in south London.
  • 1804-02-24 London's Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute.

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1806-01-09 Admiral Viscount Horatio Nelson receives a state funeral and is interred in St Paul's Cathedral, London.

British Admiral Horatio Nelson
British Admiral
Horatio Nelson
  • 1806-10-07 Carbon paper patented in London by inventor Ralph Wedgwood
  • 1807-01-28 London's Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight
  • 1809-09-18 Royal Opera House in London opens


1812-05-11 British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London. Ironically, descendants of both were later elected to Parliament at the same time.

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval
  • 1812-09-03 World's first cannery ( Donkin, Hall and Gamble) opens in London, England to supply food to the Royal Navy
  • 1812-10-14 Work on London's Regent's Canal starts.
  • 1814-08-13 Treaty of London-Netherland stops transporting slaves
  • 1814-10-17 A Beer Flood occurs in London killing nine.
  • 1814-11-28 The Times of London first printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer - makes newspapers available to a mass audience
  • 1815-10-31 Cornishman Sir Humphrey Davy patents miner's safety lamp

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1815-12-23 "Emma" By Jane Austen by published by John Murray in London

Novelist Jane Austen
Jane Austen

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1818-01-01 Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" is published anonymously by the small London publishing house of Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • 1820-01-12 Astronomical Society of London (now the Royal Astronomical Society) founded in England
  • 1820-08-01 London's Regent's Canal opens.
  • 1822-10-20 1st edition of London Sunday Times
  • 1823-04-22 Baltic Club (Exchange) forms in London
  • 1823-05-08 "Home! Sweet Home!" by John Howard Payne is 1st sung in London
  • 1823-12-13 Gioacchino Rossini arrives in London
  • 1824-02-16 Athenaeum club founded in London
  • 1824-05-10 The National Gallery in London opens to the public in its temporary home in a townhouse on Pall Mall
  • 1826-02-11 University College London founded; known until 1836 as London University
  • 1826-04-12 Weber's opera "Oberon" premieres in London
  • 1828-04-27 Zoological Gardens at Regent's Park London, opens
  • 1828-10-25 The St Katharine Docks opened in London.
  • 1829-06-08 1st UK municipal swimming pool outside of London opens in Liverpool

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1829-06-19 Sir Robert Peel introduces the Metropolitan Police Act 1829 into Parliament to establish a unified police force for London

British Prime Minister Robert Peel
British Prime Minister
Robert Peel
  • 1829-07-04 The first London bus "omnibus", operated by George Shillibeer, begins service between Marylebone Road and Bank Junction
  • 1829-09-29 The first units of the London Metropolitan Police appear on the streets of the British capital
  • 1830-03-16 London's re-organised police force (Scotland Yard)
  • 1831-08-01 London Bridge opens to traffic
  • 1832-02-13 First appearance of cholera in London
  • 1834-10-16 Much of the ancient structures of the Palace of Westminster (parliament) in London is burnt down.
  • 1834-12-23 Joseph Hansom of London receives patent for Hansom cabs
  • 1836-06-16 London Working Men's Association forms

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1837-02-17 Charles Lyell makes his presidential address to the Geographical Society, London and announces that Richard Owen has concluded from Darwin's fossils that extinct species were related to current species in the same locality

Geologist Charles Lyell
Charles Lyell

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

  • 1837-07-25 The first commercial use of an electric telegraph was successfully demonstrated by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone between Euston and Camden Town in London
  • 1838-02-25 London pedestrian walks 20 miles backward then forward in 8 hours
  • 1838-04-09 UK National Gallery re-opens in its new dedicated building in Trafalgar Square, London

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1838-06-28 Coronation of Queen Victoria in Westminster Abbey, London

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • 1839-04-19 Treaty of London constitutes Belgium an independent kingdom & Luxembourg a Grand Duchy
  • 1840-04-27 Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, laid by wife of Sir Charles Barry.
  • 1841-03-04 Dion Boucicault's "London Assurance" premieres in London
  • 1842-05-14 Illustrated London News; the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, begins publication
  • 1842-11-17 Opera "Linda di Chamounix" is produced (London)
  • 1843-10-01 News of the World begins publication in London
  • 1843-11-27 Opera "Bohemian Girl" is produced (London)
  • 1844-06-06 Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) forms in London
  • 1845-03-17 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London

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Birthdays 101 - 200 of 977

  • 1836-06-09 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, 1st qualified woman physician in Britain, first woman mayor (Aldeburgh), born in London (d. 1917)

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1836-11-18 William Schwenck Gilbert, English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator (Gilbert & Sullivan), born in London, England

English Dramatist William Schwenck Gilbert
English Dramatist
William Schwenck Gilbert
  • 1839-08-04 Walter Pater, writer (Plato & Platoism), born in London, England
  • 1840-03-26 George Smith, Archaeologist and assyriologist (cuneiform (script)), born in London, England
  • 1840-03-31 Benjamin Baker, English civil engineer who designed the bridge over the Firth of Forth, Scotland and the London underground, born in Frome, England (d. 1907)
  • 1842-05-13 Arthur Sullivan, English operatic composer (Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S Pinafore), born in London (d. 1900)
  • 1842-07-26 Alfred Marshall, economist, born in London, England
  • 1843-01-20 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid, Constantinople, London)
  • 1844-07-22 William Archibald Spooner, reverend/inventor (spoonerisms), born in London, England

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1845-08-26 Mary Ann Nichols, English victim of Jack the Ripper, born in London (d. 1888)

First Victim of Jack the Ripper Mary Ann Nichols
First Victim of Jack the Ripper
Mary Ann Nichols

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1847-05-07 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1894-95), born in London (d. 1929)

British Prime Minister Archibald Primrose
British Prime Minister
Archibald Primrose
  • 1847-09-14 William Edward Ayrton, English Physicist and Inventor, born in London, England
  • 1849-09-21 Edmund Gosse, translator/critic (Father & Son), born in London, England

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1850-01-27 Samuel Gompers, American labor union leader (American Federation of Labor), born in London, England

Founder of the American Federation of Labor Samuel Gompers
Founder of the American Federation of Labor
Samuel Gompers
  • 1850-01-29 Ebenezer Howard, pioneer of garden cities, born in London, England
  • 1850-05-18 Oliver Heaviside, physicist (predicted ionosphere), born in London, England
  • 1852-05-24 Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham, Scottish politician, born in London (d. 1936)
  • 1852-08-23 Arnold Toynbee, English economic historian and social reformer, born in London (d. 1883)
  • 1854-08-10 J Scott Lidgett, theologist, born in London, England
  • 1855-09-28 Thomas F Tout, historian (Manchester school of historiography), born in London, England
  • 1857-03-27 Karl Pearson, mathematician, born in London, England
  • 1857-04-14 Victor Horsley, English physician and neuroscientist, born in London (d. 1916)
  • 1858-01-22 Beatrice Potter Webb, English sociologist, economist ( founded London School of Economics) and writer (My Apprenticeship), born in Standish (d. 1943)
  • 1859-12-22 Cecil [James] Sharp, collector of English folk music and dance, born in London, England
  • 1863-02-09 Anthony Hope [Hopkins], novelist, born in London, England
  • 1863-03-10 E. J. Ratcliffe, English stage and screen actor, born in London (d. 1948)
  • 1863-07-21 C[harles] Aubrey Smith, actor (Prisoner of Zenda), born in London, England
  • 1864-06-02 Ben Webster, actor (Old Curiosity Shop), born in London, England
  • 1865-03-21 Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, English historian and politician, born in London (d. 1940)

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1865-06-03 George V, King of Great Britain (1910-36), born in Marlborough House, London, (d. 1936)

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 1866-02-15 Bannister Fletcher, architect & architectural historian, born in London, England

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1866-07-28 Beatrix Potter, English children's author and illustrator ("The Tale of Peter Rabbit"), born in London (d. 1943)

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

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1868-04-10 George Arliss, actor (Devil, Green Goddess), born in London, England

  • 1868-08-12 Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford, 22nd Governor of New South Wales (1908-13) and Viceroy of British India (1916-21), born in London, England (d. 1933)
  • 1868-10-23 Frederick Lanchester, , English Engineer who built the first British petrol automobile (1896), born in London, England
  • 1869-03-29 Edwin Lutyens, architect, London
  • 1869-05-02 Tyrone Power Sr, actor (Alexanders Ragtime Band), born in London, England
  • 1870-01-04 Percy Pitt, English composer (BBC), born in London (d. 1932)
  • 1871-07-08 Clement Harris, English composer, born in London (d. 1897)
  • 1872-09-28 Tom Terriss, director (His Buddy's Wife, Sumuru), born in London, England

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1873-05-09 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, born in London (d. 1939)

Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun
Howard Carter

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1873-11-05 Teddy Flack [Edwin], Australian athlete, double Olympic gold medallist in 1896, born in London, England (d. 1935)

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack
  • 1874-03-26 Gerald du Maurier, actor (Power, Escape, Masks & Faces), born in London, England
  • 1874-05-29 G. K. Chesterton [Gilbert Keith], English writer (Man Who Made Gold), born in London, England

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1874-09-26 Charles Vyner Brooke, 3rd and last White Rajah of Sarawak (1917-46), born in London, England (d. 1963)

3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Vyner Brooke
3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Vyner Brooke
  • 1875-03-29 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer (Miss Hook of Holland), born in London (d. 1917)
  • 1875-06-09 Henry Dale, physiologist (Nobel-1936), born in London, England
  • 1875-08-15 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, African-British composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast), born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • 1875-10-26 H[arry] B[yron] Warner, actor (King of Kings), born in London, England
  • 1876-01-12 Jack London, American writer/socialist (Call of the Wild), born in San Francisco (d. 1916)
  • 1877-06-11 Renee Vivien, English-born poet, wrote in French, born in London (d. 1909)
  • 1877-11-25 Harley Granville-Barker, dramatist/producer/critic, born in London, England
  • 1879-01-15 Ernest Thesiger, English actor (Bride of Frankenstein, Ghoul), born in London, England (d. 1961)
  • 1879-04-29 Thomas Beecham, England, composer (found London Philharmonic)
  • 1879-10-30 Eily Malyon, actress (Jane Eyre, I Married a Witch, Devotion), born in London, England
  • 1880-01-01 Edie Martin, actress (Titfield Thunderbolt), born in London, England
  • 1880-03-01 Lytton Strachey, English biographer and critic (Benson Medal 1923), born in London, England

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1881-08-06 Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist (invented penicillin; Nobel Prize 1945), born in Lochfield, Scotland (d. 1955)

  • 1881-09-28 Henry Geehl, English composer, born in London (d. 1961)
  • 1881-10-26 Margaret Wycherly, actress (Keeper of the Flame), born in London, England

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1882-01-25 Virginia Woolf [Adeline], British author (Jacob's Room, To Lighthouse), born in London, England (d. 1941)

  • 1882-04-18 Leopold Stokowski, British conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1882-07-06 Ralph Morgan, [Wupperman], American actor (Creeper, Imposter, Jack London), born in NYC, New York

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1883-01-03 Clement Attlee, British Prime Minister (L-1945-51), born in Putney, London (d. 1967)

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister
Clement Attlee
  • 1883-03-24 James I Wedgwood, British theosophist and bishop (Liberal Catholic Church), born in London (d. 1951)
  • 1883-05-15 Stanley Marchant, English composer, born in London (d. 1949)
  • 1883-11-08 Arnold Bax, English composer (Farewell My Youth), born in London (d. 1953)
  • 1883-11-25 Percy Marmont, actor (Capt Apache), born in London, England
  • 1885-02-25 Sylvia Brett, Lady Brooke and Ranee of Sarawak, born in London, England (d. 1971)
  • 1885-04-13 Pieter S Gerbrandy, Dutch lawyer/premier in London (1940-45)
  • 1885-08-07 Gordon Harker, actor (Facts of Love, Champagne), born in London, England
  • 1885-08-16 Charles Carson, actor (Cry the Beloved Country), born in London, England
  • 1885-12-19 F S Flint, translator/poet (imagist movement), born in London, England
  • 1886-01-17 Ronald Firbank, British novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot), born in London, England (d. 1926)
  • 1886-09-14 Jan Garrique Masaryk, Czech, statesman/minister to London (1918-35)
  • 1887-06-01 Clive Brook, British actor/director (List of Adrian Messenger), born in London, England (d. 1974)
  • 1887-06-22 Julian S Huxley, biologist/philosopher, Darwin's Bulldog, born in London, England
  • 1887-08-08 Esme Percy, actor (Old Spanish Custom), born in London, England
  • 1887-11-11 Roland Young, British-born American actor, born in London, England (d. 1953)

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1887-11-17 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, born in London (d. 1976)

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1888-02-08 Edith Evans, actress (Tom Jones, David Copperfield), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • 1888-03-24 Jameson Thomas, actor (Farmer's Wife), born in London, England
  • 1888-04-11 Donald Calthrop, actor (Blackmail, Scrooge, Rome Express), born in London, England
  • 1888-05-14 Miles Mander, Wolverhampton England, actor (Tower of London)
  • 1888-10-03 Claud Allister, actor (Bulldog Drummond), born in London, England

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1889-04-14 Arnold J. Toynbee, English historian (A Study of History), born in London (d. 1975)

  • 1889-04-16 Charles 'Charlie' Chaplin, British actor and comedian (City Lights, Gold Rush), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1889-05-31 Athene Seyler, actress (Make Mine Mink), born in London, England
  • 1889-08-31 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), born in London, England (d. 1967)
  • 1889-11-10 Claude Rains, actor (Invisible Man, Casablanca), born in London, England
  • 1890-02-25 Myra Hess, concert pianist, born in London, England
  • 1890-03-29 Harold Spencer Jones, 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, born in London, England
  • 1890-05-23 Herbert Marshall, actor (Murder, Razor's Edge, Little Foxes), born in London, England
  • 1890-06-19 Barbara Everest, actress (Fatal Witness, Inquest), born in London, England
  • 1890-10-01 Stanley Holloway, actor (Higgins-Our Man Higgins), born in London, England
  • 1890-12-10 George Merritt, actor (I Monster, Q Planes), born in London, England
  • 1891-07-14 Henry Oscar, actor (Saint in London), born in London, England
  • 1891-08-02 Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, composer (Olympians), born in London, England
  • 1891-09-16 Isabel Jeans, actress (Easy Virtue, Heavens Above), born in London, England
  • 1891-12-17 Robertson Hare, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge), born in London, England

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