London in History (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 927

  • 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 (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".
  • 1948-07-29 King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic games in London
  • 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 (Best Picture 1952)
  • 1951-12-01 Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London
  • 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; "Smog" becomes a word
  • 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, the 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 by 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
  • 1958-10-02 Musical show "Valmouth" 1st produced in London
  • 1958-10-14 Brendan Behan's "Hostage" premieres in London
  • 1959-01-29 'The Great Smog' hits London, many die of chest and lung-related illnesses
  • 1959-04-23 1st heliport in Britain opens in London

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1959-05-01 Floyd Patterson KOs Brian London in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1959-05-28 Johnson & Bart's musical "Lock up your daughters" premieres in London
  • 1960-03-18 5th Eurovision Song Contest: Jacqueline Boyer for France wins singing "Tom Pillibi" in London
  • 1960-07-01 Robert Bolt's "A Man For All Seasons" premieres in London
  • 1960-09-27 Europe's 1st "moving pavement" (travelator), opens at Bank station on the London Underground

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 858

  • 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, actor (Excalibur, A Man For All Seasons), born in London, England
  • 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
  • 1940-04-04 Bijan, Iran, mens apparel designer (Beverly Hills, 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
  • 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, bassist (Michael Nesmith band)
  • 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
  • 1943-03-08 Lynn Redgrave, actress (Georgie Girl)/Weight-Watcher, born in London, England
  • 1943-04-08 James Herbert, horror writer (The Rats), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1943-04-16 Dave Peverett, English rocker (Foghat, Savoy Brown), born in London, England
  • 1943-06-25 Bill Moggridge [William], designer (1st laptop computer), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • 1943-06-29 Roger Ruskin Spear, saxophonist (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band), born in London, England
  • 1943-08-01 Denis Payton, rock musician (Dave Clark Five - Glad All Over), born in London, England
  • 1943-08-04 David Carr, rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), born in Leyton, London (d. 2011)
  • 1943-08-06 Michael Anderson Jr, actor (Clay-The Monroes), born in London, England
  • 1943-11-11 Chas Hodges, English musician (Chas & Dave), born in London
  • 1943-12-06 Mike Smith, rocker/pianist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in London, England

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1944-01-09 Jimmy Page, rock guitarist (Led Zeppelin-Stairway to Heaven), born in London, England

Rock Star Jimmy Page
Rock Star
Jimmy Page
  • 1944-01-19 Laurie London, English singer
  • 1944-02-02 Andrew Davis, Ashbridge, England, conductor (New Phil Orch-London)

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1944-02-13 Jerry Springer, talk show host (Jerry Springer Show), born in London, England

Talk Show Host Jerry Springer
Talk Show Host
Jerry Springer
  • 1944-03-01 John Napier, set designer (Royal Shakesphere Company), born in London, England
  • 1944-05-14 Francesca Annis, actress (Madame Bovary, Dune), born in London, England
  • 1944-05-18 Albert Hammond, rocker (It Never Rains In Southern California ), born in London
  • 1944-05-30 Lenny Davidson, rocker (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in London, England
  • 1944-06-11 Alan Horworth, British politician (L), first Conservative to change to Labour party, born in London
  • 1944-06-21 Jon Hiseman, English drummer, born in London
  • 1944-06-21 Ray Davies, singer/guitarist (Kinks-Come Dancing), born in London, England
  • 1944-06-22 Peter Asher, singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love), born in London, England
  • 1944-07-22 Rick Davies, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Supertramp), born in London, England
  • 1944-08-08 John Renbourn, English folk musician (Pentangle), born in London
  • 1944-08-20 John Povey, English musician, born in London
  • 1944-10-09 John Entwistle, rock guitarist/vocalist (Who-Baba O'Riley), born in London, England
  • 1944-11-16 Joanna Pettit, actress (Knots Landing, Cry of the Innocent), born in London, England

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1945-01-10 Rod Stewart, British singer (Maggie Mae, Do You Think I'm Sexy), born in London, England

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
  • 1945-03-09 Robin Trower, guitarist (Procol Harum-Whiter Shade of Pale), born in London, England
  • 1945-04-20 Jimmy Winston, organist (Samll Facres-Itchycoo Park), born in London, England

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1945-05-19 Peter Townshend, Englisg rock guitarist, vocalist and composer (The Who-Tommy), born in London, England

  • 1945-06-17 Ken Livingstone, English politician (Mayor of London 2000-08), born in London
  • 1945-06-28 Dave Knights, rock bassist (Procol Harum-Conquistador), born in London, England
  • 1945-07-18 Danny McCullock, rocker (Animals), born in London, England
  • 1945-07-26 Helen Mirren [Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironoff], English actress (The Queen, The Madness of King George), born in London, England
  • 1945-11-11 Chris Dreja, rocker (Yardbirds), born in London, England
  • 1945-11-12 Valerie Leon, actress (Blood from Mummy's Tomb), born in London, England
  • 1946-03-05 Murray Head, British singer (One Night in Bangkok), born in London
  • 1946-03-07 Matthew Fisher, rock keyboardist (Procol Harum), born in London, England
  • 1946-03-22 Laraine Ashton, fashion models' agent (London)
  • 1946-04-01 Ronnie "Plonk" Lane, rock bassist (Small Faces-Hey Girl), born in London, England
  • 1946-04-18 Hayley Mills, actress (Parent Trap, Pollyanna), born in London, England
  • 1946-06-25 Ian McDonald, rock guitarist (Foreigner, King Crimson), born in London, England
  • 1946-06-26 Clive Francis, actor (Masada), born in London, England
  • 1946-07-23 Andy MacKay, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away), born in London, England

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1946-08-23 Keith Moon, English rock drummer (Who-I'm A Boy), born in London, England (d. 1978)

Rocker Keith Moon
Keith Moon
  • 1946-09-09 Pete Gavin, English rocker (Heads Hands & Feet), born in London
  • 1946-09-19 John Coghlan, rock drummer (Status Quo), born in London, England
  • 1946-09-28 Helen Shapiro, Bethnal Green London, rock vocalist
  • 1946-10-17 Vicki Hodge, actress (Confessions of a Sex Maniac), born in London, England
  • 1946-10-29 Peter Green, [Peter Greenbaum], rocker (Fleetwood Mac), born in London, England
  • 1946-11-23 Diana Quick, actress (Brideshead, Big Sleep, Odd Job), born in London, England
  • 1946-12-14 Jane Birkin, actress (Mrs Don Juan, Dark Places, Dust), born in London, England
  • 1947-01-06 Sandy Denny, country singer (Fairport Convention-If You Gotta Go), born in London, England

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1947-01-08 David Bowie [Jones], English singer-songwriter (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 1947-02-03 Dave Davies, rock vocalist/guitarist (Kinks-Lola), born in London, England

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1947-03-24 Alan Sugar, English multi-millionaire/computer manufacturer (Amstrad), born in Hackney, London

Computer Entrepreneur Alan Sugar
Computer Entrepreneur
Alan Sugar
  • 1947-04-01 Robin Scott, English singer (M), born in London
  • 1947-04-08 Steve Howe, rock guitarist (Asia, Yes-Roundabout), born in London, England
  • 1947-04-22 Barry Guy, English composer and double bass player, born in London
  • 1947-05-06 Dennis Cowan, rocker (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London, England

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1947-06-24 Mick Fleetwood, rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way), born in London, England

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Mick Fleetwood
  • 1947-07-08 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), born in London (d. 2016)

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1947-07-17 Camilla Parker Bowles (Duchess of Cornwall), wife of Prince Charles, born in London, England

Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles
Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla Parker Bowles
  • 1947-07-19 Brian May, rock guitarist (Queen-We are the Champions), born in London, England
  • 1947-07-23 David Essex, [Cook], rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day), born in London, England
  • 1947-09-19 Tanith Lee, British sci-fi author (Don't Bite the Sun), born in London
  • 1947-09-26 Graham Faulkner, actor (Brother Sun Sister Moon), born in London, England
  • 1947-09-30 Marc Bolan, rock vocalist (T-Rex-Bang a Gong), born in London, England
  • 1947-10-01 Rob Davis, English musician and songwriter (Groovejet (If This Ain't Love), born in London

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