Today in United Kingdom History (Part 10)

Historical Events

Events 901 - 1,000 of 1,715

  • 1940-06-04 British complete the "miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 300,000 allied troops from France
  • 1940-06-07 British/French troops evacuate Narvik
  • 1940-06-08 Last British troops leave Narvik Norway
  • 1940-06-10 Italy declares war on France & Britain during WW II
  • 1940-06-11 World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy.
  • 1940-06-21 The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • 1940-07-03 British Royal Navy sinks French fleet in Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria, to prevent Germany seizing it.
  • 1940-07-04 British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
  • 1940-07-05 Diplomatic relations broken between Britain & Vichy government in France
  • 1940-07-10 Battle of Britain begins as Nazi forces attacked shipping convoys in English Channel
  • 1940-07-11 British & German dogfight above Lyme Bay

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1940-07-19 Hitler orders Great Britain to surrender

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1940-08-03 Italian troops invade British Somalia
  • 1940-08-03 Seaplane Clare makes 1st British passenger flight to the US
  • 1940-08-07 Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 1856 British Guiana)
  • 1940-08-11 German air raid on British harbors Portland/Weymouth
  • 1940-08-12 Luftwaffe bombs British radar stations, loses 31 aircraft
  • 1940-08-17 Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain
  • 1940-08-18 Battle of Britain - 'The hardest day": Luftwaffe attacks the RAF in largest ever air battle
  • 1940-08-20 1st Polish squadrons fight along allies in the Battle of Britain

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1940-08-20 British PM Churchill says of Royal Air Force, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1940-08-25 First British night bombing of Germany (Berlin)
  • 1940-09-03 US gives Britain 50 destroyers in exchange for Newfoundland base lease
  • 1940-09-15 Tide turns in Battle of Britain in WW II, RAF beats Luftwaffe
  • 1940-09-23 -27] French/British assault on French fleet in Dakar, flees
  • 1940-10-02 British Council receives Royal Charter
  • 1940-10-02 British liner Empress loaded with refugees for Canada, sunk
  • 1940-10-31 Battle of Britain, fought between the RAF and Luftwaffe over the English Channel and southern England, ends
  • 1940-11-11 British Fleet Air Arm attack destroys half of Italian fleet at Taranto
  • 1940-12-07 North Africa: British counter offensive under general O'Connor
  • 1940-12-09 British assault on Banghazi, Libya: first major allied offensive in North Africa
  • 1940-12-10 British anti-offensive in Libya (Sidi Barrani)
  • 1940-12-12 British troops conquer Sidi el-Barrani
  • 1940-12-16 British air raid on Mannheim
  • 1940-12-17 British troops occupy Sollum, Egypt
  • 1941-01-05 British/Australian troops conquer Bardia, Libya
  • 1941-01-09 Maiden flight by Canada's British-built Avro Lancaster military plane
  • 1941-01-19 British offensive in Eritrea
  • 1941-01-19 British troops occupies Kassalaf, Sudan
  • 1941-01-21 Australian and British troops attack Tobruk, Libya
  • 1941-01-21 British communist newspaper "Daily Worker" banned
  • 1941-01-22 British/Australian troops capture Tobruk from Italians
  • 1941-01-24 British troops march into Abyssinia
  • 1941-02-04 British tanks occupy Maus, Libya
  • 1941-02-06 British troops conquer Bengazi, Libya
  • 1941-02-09 British troops conquer El Agheila
  • 1941-02-22 Arthur "Bomber" Harris becomes British Air Marshal
  • 1941-02-28 British-Italian dogfight above Albania
  • 1941-03-04 The United Kingdom launches Operation Claymore on the Lofoten Islands, during World War II.
  • 1941-03-07 50,000 British soldiers land in Greece
  • 1941-03-07 British troops invade Abyssinia (Ethiopia)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1941-03-11 FDR signs Lend-Lease Bill (lend money to Britain)

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1941-03-24 British troops defeat British Somalia
  • 1941-03-27 Britain leases defense bases in Trinidad to US for 99 years
  • 1941-04-06 British general Gambier-Parry caught in North Africa
  • 1941-04-06 Italian held Addis Ababa surrenders to British & Ethiopian forces
  • 1941-04-07 British generals O'Connor & Neame captured in North Africa
  • 1941-04-17 British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to nazis
  • 1941-04-24 British army begins evacuation of Greece
  • 1941-04-28 Last British troops in Greece surrender
  • 1941-05-07 British House of Commons votes for Churchill (477-3)
  • 1941-05-12 British forces march into Alexandria
  • 1941-05-15 1st British turbojet flies
  • 1941-05-15 British attack Halfaya-pass & Fort Capuzzo in Egypt & Libya
  • 1941-05-16 Italian army under Aosta surrenders to Britain at Amba Alagi Ethiopia
  • 1941-05-16 Last great German air attack on Great Britain (Birmingham)
  • 1941-05-18 Italian army in Ethiopia under general Aosta surrenders to Britain
  • 1941-05-22 British troops attack Baghdad
  • 1941-05-24 Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive
  • 1941-05-27 German battleship Bismarck sunk by British naval force
  • 1941-05-28 British army begins evacuation of Crete
  • 1941-05-31 British troops vacate Crete
  • 1941-06-01 British troops occupy Bagdad, Iraq
  • 1941-07-07 World War II: Beirut is occupied by Free France and British troops.
  • 1941-07-19 British PM Winston Churchill launched his "V for Victory" campaign
  • 1941-08-14 US President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issue the joint declaration that later becomes known as the Atlantic Charter

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1941-09-11 Charles Lindbergh, charges "British, Jewish & Roosevelt administration" are trying to get US into WW II

  • 1941-09-22 British signal officer Bill Hudson lands in Montenegro
  • 1941-11-07 British air attacks on Berlin, Mannheim & Ruhrgebied
  • 1941-11-14 British aircraft carrier Ark Royal sank in Mediterranean, having been torpedoed by a German submarine the day before
  • 1941-11-18 British troops open attack on Tobruk, North Africa
  • 1941-11-22 British cruiser Devonshire sinks German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis
  • 1941-11-26 General Alan Cunningham relieved of command of British 8th Army in North Africa
  • 1941-11-26 British troops conquer Belhamed, Sidi Rezegh & El Duda
  • 1941-11-27 British 13th Army Corps reaches Tobruk
  • 1941-12-01 British cruiser Devonshire sinks German sub Python
  • 1941-12-06 Dutch & British pilots see Japanese invasion fleet at Singapore
  • 1941-12-08 US & Britain declare war on Japan, US enters WW II
  • 1941-12-10 British battleship Prince of Wales and battlecruiser Repulse (Force Z ) sunk following Japanese aerial attacks off Malaya. 840 men die
  • 1941-12-13 U-81 torpedoes British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal
  • 1941-12-14 U-557 torpedoes British cruiser Galatea
  • 1941-12-23 British troops overrun Benghazi, Libya
  • 1941-12-25 Japan announces surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong
  • 1941-12-26 Winston Churchill becomes first British Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress, warning that Axis would "stop at nothing"
  • 1942-01-03 American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) Command forms
  • 1942-01-08 British Air Marshal Richard Peirse replaced as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Bomber Command
  • 1942-01-12 British troops reconquer Sollum
  • 1942-01-23 Tank battle at Adzjedabia, Africa Korp vs British 8th army
  • 1942-03-03 1st combat flight for Canadian British-built Avro Lancaster bomber
  • 1942-03-12 British troops vacate the Andamanen in Gulf of Bengal

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 901 - 1,000 of 2,276

  • 1927-02-10 Jakov Lind, German/British author (Counting My Footsteps)
  • 1927-02-10 Nigel Bagnall, British field marshal
  • 1927-02-10 Viscount Cowdray, British financier/multi-millionaire
  • 1927-02-16 June Brown, British actress
  • 1927-02-28 John Swire, British aircraft magnate (Cathay Pacific)
  • 1927-03-11 Raymond Jackson, [Jaki], British cartoonist
  • 1927-03-11 Ron Todd, British trade unionist
  • 1927-04-06 Gerry Mulligan, British saxophonist/orchestra leader (Jazz on a Summer Day)
  • 1927-04-21 Gerald Flood, British actor (d. 1989)
  • 1927-05-17 Ronald Halstead, deputy CEO (British Steel)
  • 1927-05-28 Robert Evans, CEO (British Gas)
  • 1927-05-31 Isabel Stoate, British diplomat
  • 1927-05-31 Michael Sandberg, British CEO (Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp)
  • 1927-06-04 Geoffrey Palmer, British actor (Smacks & Thistle)
  • 1927-06-08 Michael Levey, director (British National Gallery)
  • 1927-06-18 Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born British actress
  • 1927-07-20 Anthony Cavendish, British MI 6 agent/banker
  • 1927-08-27 Hugh Byatt, British diplomat
  • 1927-09-02 Francis Matthews, British actor (On the Bowery, Paul Temple)
  • 1927-09-07 Eric Hill, British children's Author
  • 1927-09-10 Gwen Watford, British actress (Body in the Library, Ghoul)
  • 1927-10-01 Sandy Gall, Malaysian-born British journalist and newscaster
  • 1927-10-21 Nadine Judd, [Nadia Moore/Nerina], South African/British ballerina
  • 1927-11-15 Gregor Mackenzie, British politician (d. 1992)
  • 1927-12-07 Helen Watts, British contralto
  • 1927-12-27 Antony Gardner, British politician
  • 1928-02-20 Donald Longmore, British cardiac surgeon
  • 1928-02-25 Keith Williamson, British RAF marshal
  • 1928-02-29 Alan Loveday, British(?) violinist
  • 1928-03-12 Roland Moyle, British deputy chairman (Police Complaints Authority)
  • 1928-03-20 Anthony Blond, British publisher (The Publishing Game, Book Book)
  • 1928-03-22 DC Ingman, CEO (British Waterways Board
  • 1928-03-23 Alfred Morris, British MP
  • 1928-04-04 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death)
  • 1928-04-09 Brian Cubbon, British senior civil servant
  • 1928-04-15 Richard Evans, British diplomat
  • 1928-04-19 John Horlock, British vice-chancellor (Open College)
  • 1928-04-26 Gordon Downey, British Comptroller General/Reader Rep (Independent)
  • 1928-05-18 P G Hammersley, British Rear-Admiral
  • 1928-05-24 Stanley Baxter, British comedian (Joey Boy, Fast Lady)
  • 1928-05-28 Albert Booth, British government minister
  • 1928-06-07 Reg Park, British bodybuilder
  • 1928-06-18 Michael Blakemore, British theater director (Country Life)
  • 1928-06-19 Raymond Powell, British MP
  • 1928-06-20 David Mitchell, British MP
  • 1928-07-26 Don Beauman, British racing driver (d. 1955)
  • 1928-09-14 Sir Angus Ogilvy, husband of English princess Alexandra, born in London, England
  • 1928-09-17 Brian Matthew, British disc jockey
  • 1928-09-22 Eric Broadley, MBE, British automotive engineer (Lola Cars)
  • 1928-09-27 G H Martin, British keeper of Public Records
  • 1928-10-02 Anthony Tippett, British chief of Fleet Support
  • 1928-10-08 Bill Maynard, British actor
  • 1928-11-02 Paul Johnson, British historian
  • 1928-11-10 William Staveley, British admiral
  • 1928-11-15 John Orchard, British actor (d. 1995)
  • 1929-02-16 Peter NF Porter, Australian/British author/poet (Chair of Babel)
  • 1929-03-06 Hal Miller, British MP
  • 1929-04-06 Willis Hall, British writer
  • 1929-04-15 Jocelyn Barrow, deputy chair person (British Broadcast Standards)
  • 1929-04-18 Peter Hordern, British CEO (Fina)
  • 1929-04-29 [John] Jeremy Thorpe, British MP (Liberal)
  • 1929-05-06 Rosemary Camp, president (Council for British Archaeology)
  • 1929-05-09 Kay Dotrice, British actress (d. 2007)
  • 1929-05-11 Edward Anson, British vice-admiral
  • 1929-05-14 Henry McGee, British actor (d. 2006)
  • 1929-05-29 Anthony Grant, British MP
  • 1929-05-29 Katie Boyle, [Lady Sander Saunders], British broadcaster
  • 1929-05-31 Neil Shaw, British CEO (Tate & Lyle)
  • 1929-06-08 Earl Ferrers, British minister of state (Dept of Environment)
  • 1929-06-21 John Morgan, British ambassador (to Mexico)
  • 1929-07-22 John Barber, British racing driver
  • 1929-07-31 Lynne Reid Banks, British author
  • 1929-08-22 Baroness Ewart-Biggs, British (Lab) spokesperson on Home Affairs
  • 1929-09-25 Ronnie Barker, British comedian (the Two Ronnies)
  • 1929-09-28 Nigel Althaus, British government broker
  • 1929-09-29 Murray McLaggan, British Lord-Lieutenant (Mid Glamorgan)
  • 1929-10-02 John Zochonis, British multi-millionaire soap magnate
  • 1929-10-07 Robert Westall, British author (d. 1993)
  • 1929-12-25 Stuart Hall, British radio and television presenter
  • 1929-12-30 Rosalind Hurley, British physician, barrister, ethicist and writer (d. 2004)
  • 1930-01-04 Iain Cuthbertson, British actor (Guilty, Scandal, Rep, Danger UXB)
  • 1930-01-27 Roger Sims, British MP
  • 1930-01-28 David Morris, British MEP
  • 1930-02-01 Peter Tapsell, British MP
  • 1930-02-15 C F Payne, British chief constable, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1930-02-20 Bill Walker, British MP
  • 1930-03-12 Antony Acland, provost of Eton/British ambassador (to US)
  • 1930-03-18 Pat Halcox, British musician, (d. 2013)
  • 1930-03-30 Rolf Harris, Australian/British cartoonist and entertainer, born in Bassendean, Western Australia
  • 1930-04-11 James Alan Ferman, secretary (British Board of Film Classification)
  • 1930-04-16 Frank Page, British broadcaster/actor (Hudson Hawk, Dark Dancer)
  • 1930-04-16 John Robson, British ambassador (Norway)
  • 1930-05-10 June Knox-Mawer, British radio host/novelist (World of Islands)
  • 1930-05-20 Robert Bunyard, Commandant (British Police Staff College)
  • 1930-05-30 Mark Birley, British nightclub owner (d. 2007)
  • 1930-05-31 William Taylor, British Chairman of Convocation (London University)
  • 1930-06-19 Bryan Kneale, British sculptor
  • 1930-06-21 Gerald Kaufman, British MP (shadow Foreign Secretary)
  • 1930-07-25 Annie Ross, British jazz singer
  • 1930-07-27 Ronald Dearing, chairman (British Post Office)

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Famous Divorces


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Famous Deaths

Deaths 901 - 1,000 of 1,074

  • 2005-09-18 Michael Park, British Rally co-driver (b. 1966)
  • 2005-09-26 Helen Cresswell, British author
  • 2005-10-18 John Hollis, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2005-11-11 Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield, British photographer (b. 1939)
  • 2005-11-23 Constance Cummings, American-born British actress (b. 1910)
  • 2005-12-07 Lucy d'Abreu, was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from April 2004 until her death (b. 1892)
  • 2005-12-31 Phillip Whitehead, British politician (b. 1937)
  • 2006-01-05 Lord Merlyn-Rees, British politician (b. 1920)
  • 2006-01-08 Tony Banks, British politician (b. 1943)
  • 2006-02-09 Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)
  • 2006-02-13 Peter Frederick Strawson, British philosopher (b. 1919)
  • 2006-02-14 Lynden David Hall, British singer (b. 1974)
  • 2006-02-27 Linda Smith, British comedian (b. 1958)
  • 2006-03-02 Jack Wild, British actor (b. 1952)
  • 2006-03-07 John Junkin, British performer (b. 1930)
  • 2006-03-09 John Profumo, British cabinet minister (b. 1915)
  • 2006-03-18 Michael Attwell, British actor (b. 1943)
  • 2006-03-26 Nikki Sudden, British singer/songwriter (b. 1956)
  • 2006-03-27 Ruari McLean, British typographer (b. 1917)
  • 2006-05-10 Val Guest, British film director (b. 1911)
  • 2006-05-17 Eric Forth, British Member of Parliament (b. 1944)
  • 2006-06-14 Monty Berman, British film and television producer (b. 1905)
  • 2006-06-28 George Unwin, British WWII fighter ace (b. 1913)
  • 2006-07-08 Peter Hawkins, British actor/voice actor (b. 1924)
  • 2006-07-20 Ted Grant, British Trotskyist (b. 1913)
  • 2006-07-28 David Gemmell, British writer (b. 1948)
  • 2006-08-20 Cpl Bryan Budd VC, British soldier (Afghanistan) (b. 1977)
  • 2006-08-30 Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)
  • 2006-08-31 Tom Delaney, British racing driver (b. 1911)
  • 2006-09-15 Raymond Baxter, British television presenter (b. 1922)
  • 2006-10-03 John Crank, British mathematician (b. 1913)
  • 2006-10-14 Maurice Grosse, British paranormal investigator (b. 1919)
  • 2006-10-16 Ross Davidson, British actor (b. 1949)
  • 2006-11-10 Diana Coupland, British comedy actress (b. 1932)
  • 2006-11-27 Alan Freeman, British disc jockey known by his nickname 'Fluff' (b. 1927)
  • 2006-12-18 Mike Dickin, British radio broadcaster (b. 1943)
  • 2007-01-04 Sir Lewis Hodges, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1918)
  • 2007-01-08 Francis Cockfield, British politician (b. 1916)
  • 2007-02-14 Gareth Morris, British flautist (b. 1920)
  • 2007-02-23 John Ritchie, British footballer (b. 1941)
  • 2007-03-04 Richard Joseph, British games soundtrack composer (b. 1954)
  • 2007-03-04 Ian Wooldridge, British sports journalist (b. 1932)
  • 2007-03-21 Kevin Whitrick, first British man to commit suicide on a live chatroom (b. 1964)
  • 2007-06-18 Bernard Manning, British comedian (b. 1930)
  • 2007-07-05 George Melly, British jazz & blues musician (b. 1926)
  • 2007-08-03 John Gardner, British author (b. 1926)
  • 2007-08-10 Tony Wilson, British music personality and broadcaster (b. 1950)
  • 2007-08-15 Richard Bradshaw, British opera conductor, (b. 1944)
  • 2007-08-17 Bill Deedes, British journalist and politician (b. 1913)
  • 2007-08-21 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish writer (b. 1960)
  • 2007-08-30 Michael Jackson, British beer and whiskey author/expert. (b. 1942)
  • 2007-09-03 Jane Tomlinson, British charity fund raiser (b. 1964)
  • 2007-09-10 Anita Roddick, British businesswoman (b.1942)
  • 2007-10-02 Christopher Derrick, British writer (b. 1921)
  • 2007-10-20 Paul Raven, British bass-player (Killing Joke, Ministry) (b. 1961)
  • 2007-11-22 Verity Lambert, first producer of British SF series Doctor Who (b. 1935)
  • 2007-12-01 Anton Rodgers, British actor (b. 1933)
  • 2007-12-24 Nicholas Pumfrey, British judge (b. 1951)
  • 2007-12-29 Kevin Greening, British radio presenter (b. 1962)
  • 2007-12-31 Tommy Dickson, British footballer (b. 1929)
  • 2008-01-02 George MacDonald Fraser, British author (b. 1925)
  • 2008-01-03 Natasha Collins, British actress and television presenter (b. 1976)
  • 2008-01-30 Jeremy Beadle, British television host, (b. 1948)
  • 2008-02-07 Tamara Desni, German-born British actress (b. 1913)
  • 2008-02-18 Sir Richard Knowles, British politician (b. 1917)
  • 2008-02-21 Sunny Lowry, First British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
  • 2008-03-16 John Hewer, Actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials. (b. 1922)
  • 2008-03-24 Neil Aspinall, British record producer (b. 1941)
  • 2008-04-12 Cecilia Colledge, British ice skater and Olympian (b. 1920)
  • 2008-05-23 David Mitton, British television director (b. 1939)
  • 2008-06-22 Jane McGrath, British-born Australian cancer support campaigner (b. 1966)
  • 2008-07-04 Charles Wheeler, British journalist (b. 1923)
  • 2008-07-30 Anne Armstrong U.S. ambassador to Britain and first female counsel to the President, dies at 80
  • 2008-08-12 Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
  • 2008-08-23 John Russell, British-born American art critic and author
  • 2008-08-29 Geoffrey Perkins, British comedy producer (b. 1953)
  • 2008-10-08 Bob Friend (newscaster), British newscaster (b. 1938)
  • 2008-10-23 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • 2008-11-16 Reg Varney, British actor (On The Buses) (b. 1916)
  • 2008-12-24 Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Birthday Party, The Homecoming), dies at 78
  • 2009-01-10 William Frederick "Bill" Stone, British World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • 2009-01-11 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (b. 1936)
  • 2009-01-14 Jan Kaplick√Ĺ, British architect of Czech origin (b. 1937)
  • 2009-01-16 John Mortimer, British barrister, screenwriter and author. (b. 1923)
  • 2009-01-18 Tony Hart, British artist and TV presenter (b. 1925)
  • 2009-01-24 Reg Gutteridge, British Boxing Journalist (b. 1924)
  • 2009-03-02 Chris Finnegan, British Olympic Boxing Gold Medallist (b. 1944)
  • 2009-04-15 Clement Freud, British writer, broadcaster and former liberal MP (b.1924)
  • 2009-04-19 J.G. Ballard, British novelist. (b. 1930)
  • 2009-04-24 John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
  • 2009-05-20 Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (b. 1980)
  • 2009-05-31 Danny La Rue, British entertainer (b. 1927)
  • 2009-06-07 Hugh Hopper, British musician (b. 1945)
  • 2009-07-06 Johnny Collins, British folk and maritime music singer (b. 1938)
  • 2009-07-18 Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran (b. 1896)
  • 2009-07-19 Henry Surtees, British racing driver. (b. 1991)
  • 2009-09-14 Keith Floyd, British TV chef (b. 1943)
  • 2009-11-16 Edward Woodward, British actor (The Equalizer) (b. 1930)
  • 2009-11-20 Max Robertson, British sports commentator, radio and television presenter and author (b. 1915)
  • 2009-12-03 Richard Todd, Irish-born British actor (b. 1919)