London in History (Part 8)

Historical Events

Events 701 - 800 of 945

  • 1973-03-08 The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain, planting four car bombs in London; 10 members of PIRA are arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973-03-17 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1973-03-26 Susan Shaw is first woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange
  • 1973-04-26 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" musical opens in London
  • 1973-05-14 Gold hits record $102.50 an ounce in London
  • 1973-06-19 "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" stage production opens in London
  • 1973-06-26 London production of musical "Grease" premieres
  • 1973-07-04 Alan Ayckbourne's "Absurd Person Singular," premieres in London
  • 1973-07-26 Peter Shaffers "Equus" premieres in London
  • 1973-08-15 David Storey's "Cromwell" premieres in London
  • 1974-01-03 Gold hits record $121.25 an ounce in London
  • 1974-01-08 Gold hits record $126.50 an ounce in London
  • 1974-01-21 Gold hits record $161.31/silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
  • 1974-02-10 Silver futures hit record $4.81½ an ounce in London
  • 1974-02-21 Silver hits record $5.96½ an ounce in London
  • 1974-03-04 David Hares' "Knuckle" premieres in London
  • 1974-03-21 Attempt made to kidnap Princess Anne in London's Pall Mall
  • 1974-05-06 Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London
  • 1974-05-26 During a David Cassidy concert in London a 14-year old is trampled
  • 1974-06-17 The Provisional Irish Republican Army bombs the Houses of Parliament in London, injuring 11 people and causing extensive damage
  • 1974-09-01 The SR-71 Blackbird sets (and holds) the record for flying from New York to London: 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds.
  • 1974-11-08 The Earl of Lucan disappears after his nanny is found murdered in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974-12-19 "The Man with the Golden Gun", 9th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Britt Ekland and Christopher Lee, premieres in London

  • 1975-02-28 41 killed in London Underground, as train speeds past final stop
  • 1975-02-28 A major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London kills 43 people.
  • 1975-03-26 "Tommy" premieres in London
  • 1975-04-23 Harold Pinter's play "No Man's Land" premieres in London
  • 1975-06-02 First recorded snowfall in London in June
  • 1975-07-23 Alan Ayckbourn's "Absent Friends" premieres in London
  • 1975-07-30 Simon Gray's "Otherwise Engaged" premieres in London
  • 1975-09-28 The Spaghetti House siege, in which nine people were taken as hostages, takes place in London.
  • 1975-12-06 Balcombe Street Siege: for 6 days, four Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers hold two hostages at an apartment in London, England
  • 1976-01-29 Bombs set off in London's West End by the IRA; 1 person is injured

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976-04-05 Tom Stoppard's "Dirty Linen" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Playwright
Tom Stoppard
  • 1976-05-31 The Who set the record for the loudest concert of all time, 120 decibels at 50 metres, at The Valley in Charlton
  • 1977-05-07 22nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marie Myriam for France wins singing "L'oiseau et l'enfant" in London

Music concertMusic Concert

1977-05-12 1st quadrophonic concert by Pink Floyd in London

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • 1977-06-18 Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten & Paul Cook, beaten & robbed by London pub

Film release premierFilm Premier

1977-07-07 "The Spy Who Loved Me", 10th James Bond film starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, premieres in London

  • 1977-07-18 Hugh Leonard's "Da" premieres in London
  • 1977-09-26 Sir Freddie Laker begins cut-rate "Skytrain" service, London to NY
  • 1977-11-17 Bernard Pomerance's "Elephant Man" premieres in London
  • 1977-11-21 First flight of Concorde (London to New York)
  • 1978-01-01 News editor Donald Woods finally arrives in London after escaping the apartheid regime in South Africa
  • 1978-03-31 Wings release "London Town" album
  • 1978-04-14 David Hare's "Plenty" premieres in London
  • 1978-05-10 22nd European Cup: Liverpool beats Club Brugge 1-0 at London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978-06-09 Johannes Gutenberg's Bible, the first book produced using the printing press, (1 of 21 complete versions) sells for $2.4 million, London

  • 1978-06-11 Christa Tybus of London sets record of 24½ hrs of hula-hoop

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1978-06-21 Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's musical "Evita" premieres in London

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
Tim Rice
  • 1978-08-20 Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
  • 1978-10-03 Gold hits record $223.50 an ounce in London
  • 1978-11-08 Tom Stoppard's "Night & Day" premieres in London
  • 1978-11-15 Harold Pinter's play "Betrayal" premieres in London
  • 1979-03-29 Caryl Churchill's "Cloud Nine" premieres in London
  • 1979-04-17 Brian Clark's "Whose Life is it Anyway?" premieres in London
  • 1979-04-23 Fighting in London between the Anti-Nazi League and the Metropolitan Police Special Patrol Group results in the death of protester Blair Peach.
  • 1979-05-02 "Quadrophenia" premieres in London
  • 1979-05-03 Martin Sherman's "Bent" premieres in London
  • 1979-06-26 "Moonraker", 11th James Bond film starring Roger Moore, premieres in London
  • 1979-07-18 Gold hits record $303.85 an ounce in London
  • 1979-09-05 Earl Mountbatten's Ceremonial Funeral held in Westminster Abbey
  • 1979-10-18 "Beatlemania" opens in London
  • 1979-11-02 Peter Shaffer's musical "Amadeus" premieres in London
  • 1980-01-15 Pam Gems' "Piaf!" premieres in London
  • 1980-04-30 Ronald Harwood's "The Dresser" premieres in London
  • 1980-04-30 Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London
  • 1980-05-05 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends as the SAS and police storm the building
  • 1980-08-19 Willy Russell's "Educating Rita" premieres in London
  • 1980-09-27 Marvin Hagler defeats Alan Minter to claim boxing's world Middleweight championship in London. They have to be escorted away by police after a riot forms.
  • 1981-04-03 Race riots in London's Brixton area
  • 1981-04-11 Race riot in London area of Brixton
  • 1981-05-11 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" (based on T. S. Eliot) premieres in London
  • 1981-06-24 "For Your Eyes Only", 12th James Bond, starring Roger Moore and 1st drected by John Glen premieres in London
  • 1981-07-01 Nell Dunn's "Steaming" premieres in London
  • 1981-07-14 Kevin Wade's "Key Exchange," premieres in London
  • 1981-07-30 Simon Gray's "Quartermaine's Terms" premieres in London
  • 1981-08-18 Football running back, Herschel Walker, of U of Georgia, takes out a Lloyd's of London insurance policy for $1 million
  • 1981-10-01 J Chodorov/N Panama's "Talent for Murder" premieres in London
  • 1982-02-23 Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" premieres in London
  • 1982-06-19 The body of God's Banker, Roberto Calvi is found hanging beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London
  • 1982-07-20 T Macauly & D Vosburghs musical "Windy City," premieres in London
  • 1982-07-20 Hyde Park and Regent's Park bombings: 11 British soldiers and 7 military horses killed in Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb attacks during military ceremonies in London
  • 1982-09-01 Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" premieres in London
  • 1982-11-16 Tom Stoppard's "Real Thing" premieres in London
  • 1983-02-08 Champion thoroughbred Shergar kidnapped in Ireland; never found Lloyds of London pays $10.6 million insurance
  • 1983-03-09 Caryl Churchill's "Fen" premieres in London
  • 1983-03-30 Ray Cooney's "Run for your Wives" premieres in London
  • 1983-06-06 "Octopussy", 13th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams and Louis Jourdan premieres in London
  • 1983-08-06 Minnesota Vikings beat St Louis Cards 28-10 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • 1983-09-21 David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" premieres in London
  • 1983-09-22 Everly Brothers reunite after 10 years (Royal Albert Hall, London))
  • 1983-10-26 Hugh Williams' "Pack of Lies" premieres in London
  • 1983-12-17 The Provisional IRA bombs Harrods department store in London, killing six people and injuring 90
  • 1984-04-04 Michael Frayn's "Benefactors" premieres in London
  • 1984-04-17 During Libyan Embassy demonstration in London, British police officer Yvonne Fletcher shot dead
  • 1984-05-08 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984-05-17 Prince Charles calls proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend," sparking controversy on the role of the Royal Family and course of modern architecture.

His Royal Highness Prince Charles
His Royal Highness
Prince Charles
  • 1984-08-30 Sotheby's in London begins 2 day auction of rock memorabilla
  • 1984-09-25 1st London performance of musical "Stepping Out" presented

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 701 - 800 of 977

  • 1949-07-28 Simon Kirke, rock drummer (Bad Company), born in London, England
  • 1949-07-28 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), born in London (d. 1980)
  • 1949-09-12 Tony Stevens, English rocker (Foghat, Savoy Brown), born in London
  • 1949-11-06 Nigel Havers, English actor (Don't Wait Up), born in London
  • 1950-02-23 Steve Priest, rock bassist (Sweet Hayes), born in London, England
  • 1950-05-13 Danny Kirwan, rocker (Fleetwood Mac), born in London, England
  • 1950-05-17 Alan Johnson, British politician (Home Secretary 2009-10), born in London

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1950-07-18 Richard Branson, British music enterperneur (Virgin Atlantic), born in London, England

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
  • 1950-07-26 Susan George, actress (Straw Dogs, Mandingo), born in London, England
  • 1950-08-18 Dennis Elliott, rock drummer (Foreigner), born in London, England
  • 1950-08-30 Antony Gormley, British sculptor (Angel of the North), born in London, England
  • 1950-09-14 Paul Kossoff, rock guitarist (Free), born in London, England
  • 1950-09-30 Victoria Tennant, London England (All of Me, Chiefs, Winds of War)
  • 1950-10-18 Sheila White, actress (I Claudius), born in London, England
  • 1950-10-31 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2016)
  • 1951-03-16 Kate Nelligan, actress (Bethune, Eye of the Needle), born in London, Ontario
  • 1951-04-13 Peter Davison, English actor (fifth Doctor in Doctor Who, All Creatures Great and Small), born in London
  • 1951-06-16 John Salthouse, English actor (Abigail's Party), born in London
  • 1951-10-16 Daniel Gerroll, actor (Big Business), born in London, England
  • 1951-11-21 Nick Gilder, singer (Hot Child in the City), born in London, England
  • 1951-11-23 David Rappaport, 3'11" actor (Wizard, Time Bandits), born in London, England
  • 1951-12-23 Anthony Phillips, English musician (founding member of Genesis), born in London
  • 1952-03-26 David Amess, British politician (C), born in London
  • 1952-07-03 Andy Fraser, rock bassist (Free London), born in London, England
  • 1952-10-04 Nina Carter, vocalist (Blonde on Blonde), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1952-10-09 Sharon Osbourne, English/American music manager, TV personality (X-Factor, America's Got Talent) and wife of Ozzy Osbourne, born in London

Music Manager/TV Personality Sharon Osbourne
Music Manager/TV Personality
Sharon Osbourne
  • 1952-10-26 Andrew Motion, English poet (British Poet Laureate 1999-2009), born in London
  • 1953-05-24 Alfred Molina, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears), born in London, England
  • 1953-06-16 Ian Mosley, Paddington London, drummer (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1953-07-23 Graham Gooch, English cricketer, captain of England, opening batsman and prolific run scorer, born in London

Cricketer Graham Gooch
Cricketer
Graham Gooch
  • 1953-09-27 Diane Abbott, British politician (L) 1st black woman elected to UK parliament, born in London
  • 1954-01-06 Anthony Minghella, director and screenwriter (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1954-03-03 Chris Hughes, English record producer and rock drummer (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • 1954-03-17 Lesley-Anne Down, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker), born in London, England
  • 1954-03-17 Wally Stocker, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You), born in London, England
  • 1954-04-24 Captain Sensible, [Ray Burns], English rock bassist (Women & Captains 1st), born in London
  • 1954-06-05 Michael "Nicko" McBrain, English heavy metal drummer (Iron Maiden-Powerslave), born in London, England
  • 1954-11-03 Adam Ant, [Stuart Goddard], English punk rocker (If I Strip For You), born in London, England
  • 1954-11-09 Dennis Stratton, rock guitarist (Iron Maiden), born in London, England
  • 1955-02-09 Charles Shaughnessy, actor (Shane-Days of our Lives, Nanny), born in London, England
  • 1955-03-29 Marina Sirtis, English actress (Troi-Star Trek: The Next Generation), born in London, England
  • 1955-05-06 John Hutton, British politician and cabinet minister (L), born in London
  • 1955-06-08 Griffin Dunne, actor (American Werewolf in London, Who's That Girl)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1955-06-08 Tim Berners-Lee, English inventor (World Wide Web), born in London, England

Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee
Computer scientist
Tim Berners-Lee
  • 1955-06-26 Mick Jones, rock vocalist/guitarist (Clash-Havana 3 AM), born in London, England
  • 1955-07-18 Teresa Ann Savoy, actress (Caligula), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1955-09-03 Steve Jones, rock guitarist (Sex Pistols), born in London, England

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
  • 1956-02-11 H.R. [Paul D. Hudson], singer (Bad Brains), born in London, England
  • 1956-07-20 Paul Cook, English rock drummer (Sex Pistols), born in London
  • 1956-09-14 Joe Penny, actor (Gangster Wars, Riptide, Jake & the Fatman), born in London, England
  • 1956-09-29 Sebastian Coe, British 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1980, 84), born in London, England
  • 1956-12-23 Dave Murray, English heavy metal guitarist and songwriter (Iron Maiden), born in London, England
  • 1957-01-09 Phil Lewis, English rock vocalist (LA Guns-It's Over Now), born in London, England
  • 1957-03-08 Clive Burr, East Ham, London, drummer (Iron Maiden 1979-82), (d. 2013)
  • 1957-03-12 Steve Harris, hard rock bassist (Iron Maiden-Gypsy's Kiss), born in London, England
  • 1957-04-07 Simon Climie, English singer-songwriter and producer (Climie Fisher - Love Changes), born in London

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1957-04-29 Daniel Day-Lewis, English actor (Last of the Mohicans, Gangs of New York), born in London

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1957-05-10 Sid Vicious, [John Simon Ritchie], bassist (Sex Pistols), born in London, England

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • 1957-05-19 Sophia Crawford, actress (Power Rangers), born in London, England
  • 1957-05-27 Duncan Goodhew, English 100m breast stroke swimmer (Oly-Gold-1980), born in London, England
  • 1957-08-24 Stephen Fry, English comedian and actor (Blackadder, QI), born in London
  • 1957-08-31 Glenn Tilbrook, rock vocalist/guitarist (Squeeze-Tempted), born in London, England
  • 1957-11-04 Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister (2013-15), born in London, England
  • 1957-12-08 Phil Collen, English heavy-metal guitarist (Def Leppard - Love Bites), born in London, England
  • 1958-01-24 Jools Holland, British musician and TV presenter, born in Blackheath, London
  • 1958-01-25 Gary Brian Tibbs, rock bassist (Adam & The Ants, Roxy Music), born in London, England
  • 1958-06-20 Kelly Johnson [Bernadette], Edmonton, London, guitarist (Girlschool), (d. 2007)
  • 1958-07-30 Daley Thompson, Decathalete (Olympic-gold-1980, 1984), born in London, England
  • 1958-09-06 Buster Bloodvessel [Douglas Trendle], English singer (Bad Manners), born in London
  • 1958-09-19 Lita Ford, vocalist (Kiss Me Deadly, Runaways), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1959-04-15 Emma Thompson, English actress (Henry V, Howards End, Oscar 1992), born in London

Actress Emma Thompson
Actress
Emma Thompson
  • 1959-04-27 Marco Pirroni, rock guitarist (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • 1959-05-03 Ben Elton, Catford, London, English actor and comedian (Blackadder Back & Forth, Friday Night Live)
  • 1959-05-17 Paul Di'anno, rocker (Iron Maiden Chingford, London V Early Vocalist
  • 1959-05-25 Cathryn Harrison, actress (Old Woman in Black Moon), born in London, England
  • 1959-05-26 Brian Peaker, rower (Olympics-96), born in London, Ontario
  • 1959-06-06 Amanda Pays, actress (Max Headroom, Off Limits), born in London, England
  • 1959-07-06 John Keeble, rock drummer (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England
  • 1959-07-27 David East, English cricketer, born in London
  • 1959-08-04 Laurence Anholt, British children's author, born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1959-10-07 Simon Cowell, English recording executive and television producer (X-Factor, American Idol), born in London

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
  • 1959-10-15 Sarah Magaret Fergusson, [Fergie], Duchess of York, born in London, England
  • 1959-10-16 Gary Kemp, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England
  • 1959-10-29 Finola Hughes, actress (Anna-General Hospital, Staying Alive), born in London, England
  • 1960-03-25 Steve Norman, rock sax (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England
  • 1960-04-24 Paula Yates, English TV personality (The Big Breakfast), born in London (d. 2000)
  • 1960-05-19 Yazz, [Yasmin Evans], singer (Fine Time), born in London, England
  • 1960-05-29 Adrian Paul, actor (Dance to Win, Highlander), born in London, England
  • 1960-07-20 Katie Rabbet, Prince Andrew's former girlfriend, born in London, England
  • 1960-08-28 Emma Samms, [Samuels], actress (Colby's, General Hospital), born in London, England
  • 1960-09-09 Hugh Grant, London England (4 Weddings & a Funeral, 9 Months)
  • 1960-10-19 Dan Woodgate, rock drummer (Madness, Voice of Beehive), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1960-11-05 Tilda Swinton, actress (Orlando), born in London, England

Actress Tilda Swinton
Actress
Tilda Swinton
  • 1960-12-21 Louis Demetrius Alvanis, London-based pianist
  • 1960-12-27 Maryam D'Abo, actress (Living Daylights, Xtro, Until Sept), born in London, England
  • 1961-04-18 Jane Leeves, actress (Murphy Brown, Daphne Moon-Fraiser), born in London, England
  • 1961-05-14 Tim Roth, actor (Reservoir Dogs, Vincent & Theo), born in London, England
  • 1961-05-20 Clive Allen, WLAF kicker (London Monarchs)
  • 1961-06-06 Dee C. Lee [Diane Catherine Sealy], British rock musician (Wham!, Style Council), born in London, England
  • 1961-08-08 The Edge, [Dave Evans], rock guitarist (U2-I Will Follow), born in London, England

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