The United Kingdom in History (Part 11)

Historical Events

Events 1001 - 1,100 of 2,285

  • 1916-05-21 Britain begins "Summer Time" (daylight saving time)
  • 1916-05-24 Conscription begins in Britain
  • 1916-05-24 Last British-Indian contract workers arrive in Suriname
  • 1916-05-31 British battle cruiser HMS Invincible explodes, killing all but 6 (Battle of Jutland)
  • 1916-07-01 British court martial (Easter uprising)
  • 1916-07-01 First day of the Battle of the Somme: the British Army suffers its worst day, losing 19,240 men (WWI)
  • 1916-07-26 The US Protests the 'Blacklist' issued by the British forbidding trade with some 30 US firms
  • 1916-08-04 The Turks attack the British line at Romani in the northern Sinai (WWI)
  • 1916-08-21 Sir Roger Casement, an Ulster Protestant and ardent Irish nationalist, arrested by the British
  • 1916-10-07 The German submarine U-53 arrives off Newport, Rhode Island, and sinks 9 British merchant ships in international waters
  • 1916-11-03 Treaty establishes British suzerainity over Qatar
  • 1916-11-13 British offensive at Ancre, Belgium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1916-12-07 David Lloyd George replaces resigning H. H. Asquith as British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister
David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
British Prime Minister
H. H. Asquith

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1917-06-04 Most Excellent Order of British Empire inaugurated by King George V to recognise the efforts of his people in WWI

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 1917-06-07 The British detonate mines beneath the German-held Messines Ridge, in the Ypres area
  • 1917-06-15 In order to calm troubled relations with Ireland, the British grant amnesty to the Prisoners taken during the Easter Rising of 1916
  • 1917-06-19 The British Royal Family, which has had strong German ties since George I, renounces its German names and titles and adopts the name of Windsor

CommunicationHMS Vanguard Disaster

1917-07-09 British battleship HMS Vanguard explodes at Scapa Flow (the result of an internal explosion of faulty cordite), killing 804

  • 1917-07-17 Royal Proclamation by King George V changes name of British Royal family from German Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor
  • 1917-07-22 British bomb German lines at Ypres, 4,250,000 grenades
  • 1917-08-05 British troops attack canal of Ypres in Boesinghe, Belgium
  • 1917-09-20 British assault on Polygon Forest, France
  • 1917-09-26 British assault on Menin-street, France
  • 1917-10-04 British assault on Broodseinde, France
  • 1917-10-17 1st British bombing of Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1917-10-30 British government gives final approval to Balfour Declaration

British Prime Minister Arthur Balfour
British Prime Minister
Arthur Balfour
  • 1917-11-07 British capture Gaza, Palestine, from Turks
  • 1917-11-16 British occupy Tel Aviv and Jaffa
  • 1917-11-20 First successful tank use in battle (Britain breaks through German lines) at Battle of Cambrai WWI
  • 1917-12-09 British forces under General Allenby capture Jerusalem
  • 1917-12-23 3 British warships come close to Holland
  • 1918-01-05 British premier Lloyd George demand for unified peace
  • 1918-01-31 A series of accidental collisions on a misty Scottish night leads to the loss of two Royal Navy submarines with over a hundred lives, and damage to another five British warships.
  • 1918-02-06 Britain grants women (30 & over) vote
  • 1918-04-01 United Kingdom: the Royal Air Force is created from the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps.
  • 1918-04-16 The British House of Commons passes a new Military Service Bill, taking men up to 55 years old and extending to Ireland
  • 1918-05-24 British officer General Poole lands at Murmansk, the Russian port on the Barents Sea
  • 1918-08-01 British troops enter Vladivostok
  • 1918-08-08 WW I: The Battle of Amiens begins - Canada, Australian and British breakthrough with 600 tanks
  • 1918-08-17 British troops attack Baku, Azerbaijan
  • 1918-08-20 WW I: Britain opens offensive on Western front
  • 1918-10-15 British Q-ship Cymric sinks British submarine J6
  • 1918-11-21 The German High Seas Fleet of 5 battlecruisers, 9 battleships, 7 cruisers and 49 destroyers surrendered to the British Grand Fleet and were shepherded into the Firth of Forth
  • 1919-01-02 Anti-British uprising in Ireland
  • 1919-01-21 Irish militant nationalist party Sinn Fein creates its own parliament in Dublin and declares Ireland independent of Great Britain, sparking the Irish War of Independence
  • 1919-04-12 British Parliament passes a 48-hour work week with minimum wages
  • 1919-04-13 British troops open fire on demonstrators in Amritsar, India, killing 350
  • 1919-04-14 Following Gandhi's nonviolent methods, Muslim and Hindu protest British rule; British troops fire on the crowds, killing 400
  • 1919-05-03 Afghanistan Emir Amanoellah begins war against Great Britain
  • 1919-05-06 Paris Peace Conference disposes of German colonies; Ger E Africa is assigned to Britain & France, German SW Africa to South Africa
  • 1919-05-12 The Transvaal British Indian Association calls a mass meeting to organise opposition to the proposed Asiatics (Land and Trading) Amendment Act; in the Act, Transvaal Indians are prohibited from owning shares in limited companies
  • 1919-06-21 The German Navy, feeling betrayed by the terms of the Versailles Treaty, scuttles most of its ships interned at Great Britain's Scapa Flow Naval base in the Orkney Islands
  • 1919-07-06 British R-34 lands in NY, 1st airship to cross Atlantic (108 hr)
  • 1919-08-08 Treaty of Rawalpindi, British recognise Afghanistan's independence
  • 1919-09-04 British intervene in Petrograd
  • 1919-09-14 British regime forbids Sinn Fein Dáil
  • 1919-09-27 British troops withdraw from the North Russian town of Archangelsk after fighting Bolsheviks/Soviets
  • 1919-11-28 US-born Lady Astor elected first female member of British House of Commons
  • 1919-12-01 Lady Nancy Astor sworn-in as 1st female member of British Parliament
  • 1920-01-21 14th Davis Cup: Australasia beats Great Britain in Sydney (4-1)
  • 1920-03-10 Home Rule Act passed by the British Parliament, dividing Ireland into two parts; it is rejected by the southern counties, where the Ango-Irish war continues for a year
  • 1920-03-28 Anton Denkin's White Russian troops defeated by Bolsheviks/Soviets at Novorossijsk on the Black Sea (The British aid Denkin in his escape)
  • 1920-03-31 British parliament accepts Irish Home Rule law
  • 1920-04-20 Balfour Declaration recognized, makes Palestine a British Mandate
  • 1920-04-24 British Mandate over Palestine goes into effect (lasts 28 years)
  • 1920-04-30 The British Government ends military conscription
  • 1920-07-01 Sir Herbert Samuel takes over as high commissioner over Palestine, where Arab resistance to the British mandate continues
  • 1920-07-21 Irish Nationalist and Loyalists engage in street fighting over the issue of Irish independence from Britain, though Loyalist are reinforced by 1500 British Auxiliaries and 5800 British troops
  • 1920-07-23 British East Africa renamed Kenya & becomes a British crown colony
  • 1920-08-10 Turkish government renounces its claim to Israel, recognizes British mandate
  • 1920-08-24 With British approval, Greece is encouraged to take offensive action against Turkish nationalists in Asia Minor
  • 1920-11-11 Great Britain's monument to her war dead, the Cenotaph in Whitehall, designed by Edwin Lutyens, unveiled
  • 1920-12-17 British Empire receives League of Nations mandate over Nauru
  • 1921-01-20 British submarine HMS K5 (which was unusually equipped with steam turbines) sank with 57 crew during exercises in the Bay of Biscay

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1921-02-12 Winston Churchill becomes British Minister of Colonies

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1921-02-18 British troops occupy Dublin
  • 1921-03-16 Britain signs a trade agreement with the USSR and sends a trade mission to Moscow: this goes against the US, who in the same month refused to sign a trade agreement
  • 1921-03-17 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
  • 1921-03-31 British coal miners goes on strike
  • 1921-04-15 Black Friday in Britain: leaders of transport and rail unions announce a decision not to call for strike action in support of the miners; despite widespread feeling decision a breach of solidarity and a betrayal of the miners
  • 1921-05-15 British Legion formed to care for ex-servicemen
  • 1921-05-27 After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty
  • 1921-06-19 Census held in Great Britain
  • 1921-06-20 At the Imperial Conference in London, V.S. Srinivasa Sastri puts forward a case for the granting of full citizenship rights to Indians in South Africa and other British colonies
  • 1921-06-21 The UK, the Dominions, and India, become the British Commonwealth of Nations

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1921-07-16 Encouraged by the British, King Constantine of Greece launches a drive to take Asia Minor from nationalists under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

President and founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
President and founder of the Republic of Turkey
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  • 1921-08-23 British declare a truce with Irish Nationalists Sinn Fein
  • 1921-08-24 British airship R-38 crashes in River Humber, 44 die
  • 1921-11-13 US, France, Japan & British Empire sign a Pacific Treaty
  • 1921-12-16 The Anglo-Irish Treaty, agreed to by the British Parliament and Sinn Fein, is ratified
  • 1922-02-21 Great Britain grants Egypt independence
  • 1922-02-28 Egypt regains independence from Britain, but British troops remain
  • 1922-06-16 Irish republicans are beaten in a national election; the vote is in favor of the Treaty of London, which leaves the Irish Free State as a dominion within the British Commonwealth
  • 1922-09-11 British mandate of Palestine begins
  • 1922-10-18 British Broadcasting Company (BBC) founded, later called British Broadcasting Corporation
  • 1922-11-15 British Conservative Party wins election; /Labour Party comes second

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1001 - 1,100 of 2,533

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1926-04-21 Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, 1952- ), born in London, England

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1926-05-06 John Hamilton-Jones, CEO (Richmond Enterprises)/British Maj-Gen
  • 1926-05-08 Ronald Waterhouse, British high court judge (d.2011)
  • 1926-05-09 Francis Kennedy, British diplomat
  • 1926-05-13 Wallace Breem, British author
  • 1926-05-31 Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man (d. 2008)
  • 1926-06-08 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C), born in Bexhill (d. 2001)
  • 1926-06-18 Patricia Hutchinson, British ambassador (Uruguay)
  • 1926-07-15 John Graham, British ambassador to NATO
  • 1926-07-30 Peter T Thwaites, British brig-gen/playwright (Love or money)
  • 1926-08-17 George Melly, British singer (d. 2007)
  • 1926-09-10 Beryl Cook, British painter
  • 1926-11-23 Christopher Logue, British poet/stage writer (Trials)
  • 1926-12-26 Geoffrey Howe, British politician (Chancellor and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher), born in Aberavon, Glamorganshire (d. 2015)
  • 1927-01-08 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator, born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 2015)
  • 1927-01-13 Sydney Brenner, British Nobel Laureate
  • 1927-01-20 Geoffrey WT Atkins, British World Champion racket player (1954-72)
  • 1927-01-24 Sir Patrick Macnaghten, 11th Baronet, British aristocrat (d. 2007)
  • 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)
  • 1927-05-11 Anthony Hollis, British High Court Judge, (d. 2003)
  • 1927-05-17 Ronald Halstead, deputy CEO (British Steel)
  • 1927-05-18 Richard Body, British politician (C), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire
  • 1927-05-28 Robert Evans, CEO (British Gas)
  • 1927-05-31 Isabel Stoate, British diplomat
  • 1927-05-31 James Eberle, British admiral, director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs)
  • 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)
  • 1927-07-20 Anthony Cavendish, British MI 6 agent/banker
  • 1927-08-01 Franklyn Perring, English Botanist (co-author of Atlas of the British Flora, 1962), born in London, England
  • 1927-08-27 Hugh Byatt, British diplomat
  • 1927-09-02 Francis Matthews, British actor (On the Bowery, Paul Temple)
  • 1927-09-07 Graham Dudley Whettam, British composer, born in Swinden
  • 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, New Zealand and British violinist, born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • 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 Peter Griffiths, British politician (C), controversially won his seat (1964), born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire (d. 2013)
  • 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
  • 1928-07-17 Jean Muir, British fashion designer and dressmaker, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1928-07-26 Don Beauman, British racing driver (d. 1955)
  • 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)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1929-05-04 Audrey Hepburn, British actress (Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1993)

  • 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)
  • 1929-05-18 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (C) (1964-1987), born in London
  • 1929-05-29 Anthony Grant, British MP
  • 1929-05-29 Katie Boyle, [Lady Sander Saunders], British broadcaster
  • 1929-05-29 Peter Higgs, Newcastle upon Tyne, British theoretical physicist (Nobel, 2013)
  • 1929-05-31 Neil Shaw, British CEO (Tate & Lyle)
  • 1929-06-08 Earl Ferrers, British minister of state (Department 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
  • 1929-08-02 John Gale, British theatrical producer (Chichester Festival)
  • 1929-08-02 John Hannam, British MP (C) (1970-1997)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1001 - 1,100 of 1,292

  • 2005-07-17 Gavin Lambert, British-born screenwriter (b. 1924)
  • 2005-07-19 John Tyndall, British politician (b. 1934)
  • 2005-07-21 Long John Baldry, British blues musician (b. 1941)
  • 2005-07-21 Lord Alfred Hayes, British Wrestling Announcer for WWE (b. 1928)
  • 2005-07-26 Betty Astell, British actress (b. 1912)
  • 2005-07-28 Ronald MacDonald, British major-general (WWII), dies at 93
  • 2005-08-06 Robin Cook, British politician (b. 1946)
  • 2005-08-31 Michael Sheard, British actor (b. 1940)
  • 2005-08-31 Joseph Rotblat, Polish-British physicist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1908)
  • 2005-09-03 Richard S.R. Fitter, British ornithologist and botanist (b. 1913)
  • 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 Ian Wooldridge, British sports journalist (b. 1932)
  • 2007-03-21 Kevin Whitrick, first British man to commit suicide on a live chatroom (b. 1964)
  • 2007-05-10 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), dies at 71
  • 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)
  • 2007-10-14 Frank Hauser, British theatrical director (Oxford Playhouse), dies at 85
  • 2007-10-20 Paul Raven, British bass-player (Killing Joke, Ministry) (b. 1961)
  • 2007-11-22 Verity Lambert, English film and TV producer, 1st producer of Doctor Who, dies at 71
  • 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 (Beadle's About), dies of pneumonia at 59
  • 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)
  • 2008-07-29 Eric Varley, British politician and cabinet minister, dies at 75
  • 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)
  • 2008-10-14 Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man, dies at 82
  • 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
  • 2008-12-30 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, dies at 69
  • 2009-01-09 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies of cancer at 67
  • 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 Kaplický, 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)