London in History (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 945

  • 1943-04-27 Soviet Union breaks contact with Polish government exiled in London
  • 1943-04-29 Noel Coward's "Present Laughter" premieres in London
  • 1943-04-30 Noel Coward's "This Happy Breed" premieres in London
  • 1943-06-01 Germany shoots down a civilian flight from Lisbon to London, all die
  • 1943-09-10 Lt-Gen Bradley arrives in Prestwick/London
  • 1943-11-21 7 Belgian ministers in London criticise King Leopold III for surrendering to Germany
  • 1943-12-24 Terence Rattigan's "While the Sun Shines" premieres in London

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1944-01-16 General Eisenhower takes command of Allied Invasion Force in London

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1944-01-21 447 German bombers attack London
  • 1944-01-29 285 German bombers attack London
  • 1944-03-19 Tippett's oratorium "Child of Our Time" premieres in London
  • 1944-06-04 French general De Gaulle arrives in London
  • 1944-06-12 1st V-1 rocket assault on London
  • 1944-06-17 Resistance fighter/poet Col Blake arrives in London
  • 1944-07-01 2,500+ killed in London/SE England by German flying bombs
  • 1944-08-16 Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London
  • 1944-09-08 1st V-2 rockets land in London & Antwerp
  • 1944-10-19 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill flies back to London from Moscow
  • 1944-12-03 Britain's Home Guard ('Dad's Army') is officially stood down at a special farewell parade in Hyde Park, London.
  • 1944-12-20 Terence Rattigan's "O Mistress Mine" premieres in London
  • 1944-12-27 Greece: British premier Winston Churchill flies back to London
  • 1945-01-23 Dutch Premier Gerbrandy, exiled in London, tenders his resignation
  • 1945-02-07 London, Washington and Moscow discuss final phase of World War II
  • 1945-02-23 2nd Dutch government of Gerbrandy forms in London
  • 1945-03-28 Last German V-1 (buzz bomb) attack on London
  • 1945-04-21 Ivor Novello's "Perchance to Dream" premieres in London
  • 1945-06-05 Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes" premieres in London
  • 1945-08-08 US, USSR, Britain & France sign Treaty of London, set down procedures for Nuremberg trials
  • 1945-08-22 Noel Coward's revue "Sigh no More" premieres in London
  • 1945-09-19 Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) sentenced to death in London
  • 1945-12-23 Frederick Astons "Cinderella" premieres in London
  • 1946-01-10 UN General Assembly meets for 1st time in London
  • 1946-04-25 Christopher Fry's "Phoenix too Frequent" premieres in London
  • 1946-09-06 Terence Rattigan's "The Winslow Boy" premieres in London
  • 1946-12-19 Noel Cowards musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London
  • 1947-04-26 "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London
  • 1948-07-28 London's Metropolitan Police Flying Squad foils a bullion robbery in the "Battle of London Airport".

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1948-07-29 King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic games in London

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • 1948-08-06 Bob Mathias, US, wins decathlon at London Olympics
  • 1948-08-11 Summer Olympics opens in London
  • 1948-08-14 14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain
  • 1949-05-09 Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London
  • 1950-01-18 Christopher Fry's "Venus Observed" premieres in London
  • 1950-03-01 Klaus Fuchs sentenced to 14 years for atomic espionage (London)
  • 1950-03-07 Ice Pairs Championship at London won by K Kennedy & P Kennedy (USA)
  • 1950-03-07 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in London won by Alena Vrzanova CZE
  • 1950-03-07 Men Figure Skating Championship in London won by Richard Button (USA)
  • 1950-05-22 Richard Strauss' "4 Last Songs" (4 letzte Lieder) in London

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1950-10-16 The first edition of C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" is released in London

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis
  • 1951-01-28 "La Vie Commence Demain", which depicted artificial insemination & is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
  • 1951-05-03 Royal Festival Hall opens in London

  • 1951-05-16 The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (New York International Airport) and Heathrow Airport (London), operated by El Al Israel Airlines.
  • 1951-05-23 Peter Ustinov's "Love of Four Colonels" premieres in London
  • 1951-05-26 Vaughan Williams' "Pilgrim's Progress" premieres in London
  • 1951-08-26 "An American in Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnell and starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Academy Awards Best Picture 1952)
  • 1951-12-01 Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London
  • 1952-02-15 King George VI is buried in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, England
  • 1952-03-05 Terence Rattigan's "Deep Blue Sea" premieres in London
  • 1952-04-21 BOAC begins 1st passenger service with jets (London-Rome route)
  • 1952-05-02 Operations begin at United Suriname Workers of Netherlands which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers
  • 1952-07-06 Last tram ride in London
  • 1952-09-12 Noel Coward's "Quadrille," premieres in London

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1952-10-06 Agatha Christie's play "The Mousetrap" opens in London (still running)

Novelist Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie
  • 1952-10-08 Harrow and Wealdstone, northwest London, 112 people killed in Britain's worst peace-time rail crash.
  • 1952-12-04 Killer fogs begin in London, England; the term "Smog" is coined
  • 1952-12-05 -8] worst smog in London ever, 4-8,000 die
  • 1953-01-28 19-year old Derek Bentley is hanged in Wandsworth Prison, London, controversially convicted of the murder of a police officer. He was pardoned on 30th July 1998.

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1953-06-02 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1953-11-05 Terence Rattigan's "Sleeping Prince" premieres in London
  • 1953-11-30 Edward Mutesa II, kabaka (king) of Buganda is deposed and exiled to London by Sir Andrew Cohen, Governor of Uganda
  • 1954-01-14 Sandy Wilson's musical "Boyfriend" premieres in London
  • 1954-03-22 Closed since 1939, the London bullion market reopens.

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1954-07-29 Publication of "Fellowship of the Ring" 1st volume of "Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien published by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1954-08-24 William Heatherton's "Reluctant Debutante" premieres in London

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1954-09-17 "The Lord of the Flies" by William Golding is published by Faber and Faber in London

Nobel Laureate and Novelist William Golding
Nobel Laureate and Novelist
William Golding
  • 1954-11-11 Publication of "Two Towers", 2nd volume of "Lord of the Rings", by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London
  • 1954-12-03 William Walton's opera "Troilus & Cressida" premieres in London
  • 1955-07-05 Six week old British dock strike ends as London dockers return to work

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1955-07-09 The Russell-Einstein Manifesto is released by Bertrand Russell in London.

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 1955-07-13 The last execution of a woman in Britain, Ruth Ellis, takes place at Holloway Prison, London.
  • 1955-10-20 Publication of "The Return of the King", the 3rd and final volume of "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London
  • 1956-01-24 An inquiry considers building homes in a war devastated area in London
  • 1956-03-09 Weather forecasting phone line set up in London England
  • 1956-04-04 Enid Bagnold's "Chalk Garden" premieres in London
  • 1956-04-25 Noel Coward's musical "South Sea Bubble" premieres in London
  • 1956-05-08 John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger" premieres in London

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1956-07-24 Brendan Behan's "Quare Fellow" premieres in London

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • 1957-01-01 Benjamin Britten's ballet "Prince & the Pauper," premieres in London

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1957-04-03 Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" premieres in London

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 1957-04-10 John Osborne's "Entertainer" premieres in London
  • 1957-07-27 St James' Theatre in London closes
  • 1957-12-26 Roger Sessions' 3rd Symphony premieres in London
  • 1958-01-01 BOAC Britannia flies London to NY in a record 7h57m
  • 1958-03-19 Britain's first planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's, London
  • 1958-04-04 The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London.
  • 1958-05-19 Premiere of Harold Pinter's play "Birthday Party" in London
  • 1958-06-09 HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport, (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom.
  • 1958-06-27 Harry Burrell flies KC-135 record (5:27:42.8) NY to London
  • 1958-07-17 Peter Shaffer's "Five Finger Exercise" premieres in London
  • 1958-09-09 Race riots in Notting Hill Gate, London

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 977

  • 1931-09-24 Anthony Newley, English actor and singer-songwriter (Dr Doolitte, Goldfinger theme), born in London (d. 1999)

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1932-02-27 Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress (Father of the Bride, Butterfield 8, Cleopatra), born in London, England (d. 2011)

  • 1932-03-11 Valerie French, actress (Jubal), born in London, England
  • 1932-04-03 Janet Bately, Prof of English Language (King's College London)
  • 1932-05-24 Arnold Wesker, British playwright (Bratkartoffeln Inbegriffen), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1932-07-16 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1932-08-06 Howard Hodgkin, British abstract painter, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1932-08-27 Antonia Fraser, British author and biographer (Mary Queen of Scots), born in London, England

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1933-03-14 Michael Caine, [Maurice J Micklewhite], actor (Alfie), born in London, England

  • 1933-03-23 Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
  • 1933-05-23 Joan Henrietta Collins, actress (Alexis-Dynasty, Bitch), born in London, England
  • 1933-06-26 Claudio Abbado, composer/conductor (London Symph-1982), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1933-07-09 Oliver Sacks, English Neurologist and author (Awakenings), born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1933-09-16 Jim Gilbert, British artist and criminal, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1933-10-09 Peter Mansfield, British Physician whose discoveries led to MRI (2003 Nobel Prize), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1933-10-10 Daniel Massey, actress (Vault of Horror), born in London, England
  • 1934-01-29 Noel Harrison, singer/actor (Mark-Girl from UNCLE), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1934-03-23 Bryan Bass, headmaster (City of London School)
  • 1934-04-03 Jane Goodall, ethologist (studied African chimps), born in London, England
  • 1934-04-07 Victor Feldman, jazz musician (drums and piano), born in London UK (d. 1987)
  • 1934-06-01 Sylvia Syms, English actress (Asylum, Moonraker, Shirley Valentine), born in London, England
  • 1934-06-16 Eileen Atkins, actress (Equus, Devil Within Her), born in London, England
  • 1934-07-01 Jean Marsh, actress (Dark Places, Eagle has Landed), born in London, England
  • 1934-07-08 Marty Feldman, comedian (Young Frankenstein), born in London, England
  • 1934-08-16 John Standing, British actor (Edward-Lime Street), born in London, England
  • 1934-09-26 Raphael Samuel, British Marxist historian, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1934-10-30 Hamilton Camp, actor (Andrew-He & She, Meatballs 2), born in London, England
  • 1934-11-01 Hugh Bidwell, mayor (London)
  • 1934-12-30 Nicolas Coster, British actor (Our Private World, Ryan's Four), born in London, UK
  • 1935-03-27 Julian Glover, actor (QED, Heat & Dust, Mandela), born in London, England

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1935-04-19 Dudley Moore, English actor and comedian (10, Arthur, Bedazzled), born in London (d. 2002)

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • 1935-06-03 Raoul Franklin, chancellor (City University London)
  • 1935-07-20 Ted Rogers, comedian (Aladdin, Cinderella), born in London, England
  • 1935-08-19 Alan Baker, British Mathematician and winner of the Fields Medal (1970) for his work on transcendental number theory, born in London, England
  • 1935-09-28 Heather Sears, actress (Room at the Top), born in London, England
  • 1935-10-23 Jimmy Dale, Canadian orchestra leader (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • 1935-10-30 Michael Winner, English film producer and director (Big Sleep, Death Wish), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1935-11-27 Verity Lambert, English film and TV producer (1st producer of Doctor Who, The Naked Civil Servant), born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1936-01-29 Patrick Caulfield, British painter and printmaker, born in London (d. 2005)
  • 1936-04-24 Jill Ireland, actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino), born in London, England
  • 1936-10-25 Sir Martin Gilbert, British historian (Winston Churchill biography), born in London, England
  • 1936-12-17 Tommy Steele [Thomas Hicks], English pop singer, 1st British Rock and Roll star, born in London
  • 1937-01-30 Vanessa Redgrave, British actress (Blow-Up, Julia, Orient Express), born in London, England
  • 1937-02-16 Paul Bailey, English novelist and biographer, born in London
  • 1937-04-13 Edward Fox, English actor (The Day of the Jackal, Gandhi), born in Chelsea, London
  • 1937-08-05 Alan Howard, theatre and film actor (Royal Shakespeare Company), born in London, UK (d. 2015)
  • 1937-08-18 William George Rushton, actor, author and cartoonist (TW3), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1937-08-22 Max Hebditch, director (Museum of London)
  • 1937-10-04 Jackie Collins, British-American author (The Stud, Lucky), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1937-10-20 Emma Tennant, English writer (Pemberley: Or, Pride and Prejudice Continued), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1938-02-13 Oliver Reed, actor (Big Sleep), born in London, England
  • 1938-03-06 Pauline Boty, English artist, born in London (d. 1966)
  • 1938-03-18 Kenny Lynch, British entertainer, born in London
  • 1938-04-22 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), born in London, UK
  • 1938-05-12 Susan Hampshire, actress (Vanity Fair, Living Free), born in London, England
  • 1938-07-22 Terence Stamp, English actor (The Collector, Billy Budd), born in London, England
  • 1938-08-12 Anthony Joliffe, mayor of London
  • 1938-09-27 Alexander Graham, Lord Mayor of London
  • 1938-10-22 Derek Jacobi, actor (Lanner-Strauss Family, Dead Again), born in London, England
  • 1939-01-09 Susannah York, English actress (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Superman), born in London, England
  • 1939-02-02 Rachel English, author (My 1st 500), born in London, England
  • 1939-02-24 George Bain, principal (London Business School)
  • 1939-03-05 Samantha Eggar, actress (Collector, Dr Doolittle) [or May 3], born in London, England
  • 1939-03-15 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Facts of Life & other fiction), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1939-04-05 David Winters, choreographer (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • 1939-04-12 Alan Ayckbourn, playwright, born in London, England
  • 1939-04-15 Marty Wilde, English singer-songwriter and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • 1939-04-16 Dusty Springfield, [Mary O'Brien], vocalist (Growing Pains), born in London, England
  • 1939-05-19 James Fox, actor (The Servant), born in London, England
  • 1939-07-06 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1939-07-16 Corin Redgrave, Brtish actor (Excalibur, A Man For All Seasons), born in London (d. 2010)
  • 1939-07-18 Brian Auger, fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis), born in London, England
  • 1939-07-28 Clem Cattini, rock drummer (Tornados London)
  • 1939-08-16 Carol Shelley, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple), born in London, England
  • 1939-08-28 Clem Cattini, English rock drummer (the Tornados), born in London
  • 1939-12-23 Johnny Kidd, [Frederick Heath], rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), born in London, England
  • 1940-02-02 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), born in London (d. 2000)
  • 1940-02-09 Brian Bennett, rock drummer (Shadows), born in London, England
  • 1940-02-22 Julian Chagrin, mime/actor (Golddiggers), born in London, England
  • 1940-04-01 Annie Nightingale, English broadcaster, 1st BBC Radio 1 female presenter, born in London
  • 1940-04-04 Bijan, Iran, mens apparel designer (Beverly Hills, American London), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-05-10 Bill Cash, British politician (C, born in London
  • 1940-09-03 Pauline Collins, actress (Shirley Valentine), born in London, England
  • 1940-10-13 Chris Farlowe [John Henry Deighton], English singer (Out of Times), born in London
  • 1941-01-26 Henry Jaglom, actor (Eating, Lucky Ducks, Always), born in London, England
  • 1941-02-25 David Puttnam, film producer/CEO (Columbia Pictures), born in London, England

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1941-06-02 Charlie Watts, drummer (Rolling Stones), born in London, England

Drummer Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts
  • 1941-08-29 Robin Leach, TV host (Life Styles of Rich & Famous), born in London, England
  • 1941-10-07 Martin Murray, rocker (Honeycombs), born in London, England
  • 1941-10-19 Simon Ward, actor (4 Musketeers, 4 Feathers), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • 1941-10-22 Charles Keating, English actor (Carl Hutchins-Another World), born in London, England, (d. 2014)
  • 1941-11-21 Juliet Mills, actress (Nanny & the Professor, QB VII), born in London, England
  • 1942-02-06 John London, American songwriter and bassist (Michael Nesmith band), born in Brazos County, Texas
  • 1942-03-15 Hughie Flint, rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London, England
  • 1942-06-19 Neil Chalmers, director (National History Museum, London)
  • 1942-07-27 Barbara Ferris, actress (Nice Girl Like Me), born in London, England
  • 1942-09-27 Alvin Stardust, English singer, born in Muswell Hill, North London, (d. 2014)
  • 1942-12-15 Dave Clark, rock drummer (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in London, England
  • 1943-02-16 Anthony Dowell, ballet dancer (Royal Ballet), born in London, England
  • 1943-03-02 Tony Meehan [Daniel Meehan], English rocker (Drifters, Vipers), born in London, England

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths