Cardiff in History

Historical Events

  • 1870-02-02 Cardiff Giant (supposed petrified human) proved to be gypsum
  • 1916-11-16 Eugene O'Neill's "Bound East for Cardiff" premieres in NYC
  • 1923-07-03 Dockers' strike in Hull/Grimsby/Cardiff/Bristol over to London
  • 1941-01-02 World War II: German bombing severely damages the Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales.
  • 1955-12-20 Cardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales
  • 1958-07-18 6th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1958-07-26 6th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games close in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1965-12-12 The Beatles' last concert in Great Britain (Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Wales)
  • 1999-11-06 4th Rugby World Cup: Australia beats France 35-12 in Cardiff

Famous Birthdays

  • 1893-01-15 Ivor Novello (David Ivor Davies, Cardiff Wales, composer/writer/actor (Truth Game)
  • 1909-07-04 Alec Templeton, Cardiff Wales, pianist/composer (Concertino Lirico)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1916-09-13 Roald Dahl, British author (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1990)

Author Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl
  • 1922-08-01 Frank Hauser, British theatrical director (Oxford Playhouse), born in Cardiff (d. 2007)
  • 1933-04-22 John A Llewellyn, Cardiff Wales, astronaut
  • 1937-01-08 Shirley Bassey, Cardiff Wales, singer (Goldfinger, Moonraker)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1949-06-05 Ken Follett, Welsh spy author (Eye of the Needle, Lie Down with Lions), born in Cardiff, Wales

Author Ken Follett
Ken Follett
  • 1967-02-18 Colin Jackson, Cardiff Wales, 100m hurdler (Olympic-silver-1988)
  • 1979-08-01 Honeysuckle Weeks, Cardiff, Welsh actress

Famous Weddings

  • 2015-12-31 TV presenter Alex Jones (38) weds Charlie Thomson in a magical ceremony at Cardiff Castle

Famous Deaths

  • 1954-11-19 Walter Bartley Wilson, founding member of Cardiff City F.C. (b. 1870)