Today in United Kingdom History (Part 12)

Historical Events

Events 1101 - 1,200 of 1,712

  • 1944-08-04 British 8th Army reaches suburbs of Florence, Italy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944-08-11 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Italy

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1944-08-13 British 8th Army occupies Florence
  • 1944-08-14 British premier Winston Churchill arrives at Corsica
  • 1944-08-20 US & British forces destroy German 7th Army at Falaise-Argentan Gap
  • 1944-09-03 Tank division of British Guards free Brussels
  • 1944-09-04 British 11th Armoured Division frees Antwerp
  • 1944-09-05 British premier Winston Churchill travels to Scotland
  • 1944-09-15 British bombers hit Tirpitz with Tallboy bombs
  • 1944-09-17 British Premier Winston Churchill travels to US
  • 1944-09-17 Operation Market Garden: British airborne division lands Arnhem Neth
  • 1944-09-18 British submarine Tradewind torpedoes Junyo Maru: 5,600 killed, including 1,377 allied PoWs and 4,200 Javanese slave labourers.
  • 1944-09-21 Last British paratroopers at bridge of Arnhem surrenders
  • 1944-09-26 British & Polish paratroopers evacuate Oosterbeek (Arnhem)
  • 1944-09-28 Battle of Arnhem, Germans defeat British airborne in Netherlands
  • 1944-10-04 British troops land on Greek continent
  • 1944-10-09 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Russia for talks with Stalin
  • 1944-10-14 British troops march into Athens
  • 1944-10-19 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill flies back to London from Moscow
  • 1944-11-01 World War II: Units of the British Army land at Walcheren in the Netherlands.
  • 1944-11-05 Canadian & British troops liberate Dinteloord
  • 1944-11-25 World War II: A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth's store in Deptford, United Kingdom, killing 160 shoppers.
  • 1944-11-30 Biggest & last British battleship HMS Vanguard launched
  • 1944-12-03 British order to disarm causes general strike in Greece
  • 1944-12-27 Greece: British premier Winston Churchill flies back to London
  • 1945-01-03 British Premier Winston Churchill visits France
  • 1945-01-21 British troops land on Ramree, near coast of Burma
  • 1945-02-13 Gerbrandy Dutch government refuses Dutch Jewish right to buy
  • 1945-02-21 British Army captures Goch
  • 1945-02-22 British troops take Ramree Island, Burma
  • 1945-03-01 British 43rd Division under Gen Hubert Essame occupies Xanten

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-03-04 In the United Kingdom, Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, joins the British Auxiliary Transport Service as a driver.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1945-03-08 "Kiss Me Kate" opens in Britain
  • 1945-03-16 Würzburg, Germany is 90% destroyed, with 5,000 dead, in only 20 minutes by British bombers.
  • 1945-03-19 British 36th division conquers Mogok (ruby mine)
  • 1945-03-23 British 7th Black Watch crosses the Rhine
  • 1945-03-24 Operation Varsity: British, US & Canadian airborne landings east of the Rhine
  • 1945-03-26 British premier Winston Churchill looks over at the Rhine (near Ginsberg)
  • 1945-03-27 British premier Winston Churchill sails to eastern banks of Rhine
  • 1945-04-15 British Army liberates Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen
  • 1945-04-25 British troops reach Grebbe line Neth
  • 1945-04-28 British commandos attack Elbe & occupy Lauenburg
  • 1945-05-03 British troop join in Rangoon
  • 1945-05-07 WWII: British troops enter Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1945-05-09 World War II: The Channel Islands are formally liberated by the British.
  • 1945-05-23 British military police arrest Admiral Karl Doenitz
  • 1945-05-23 German island of Helgoland in North Sea surrenders to British

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1945-07-05 Labour Party under Clement Attlee wins British parliamentary elections (results not declared until 26 July)

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister
Clement Attlee

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1945-10-08 US President Harry Truman announced atomic bomb secret shared with Britain and Canada

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1945-10-09 British troops occupy Andamanen in Gulf of Bengal
  • 1946-02-21 Anti-British demonstrations in Egypt
  • 1946-03-01 British government nationalises and takes control of the Bank of England, after 252 years
  • 1946-03-15 British Prime Minister Clement Attlee agrees with India's right to independence
  • 1946-03-22 Britain signs treaty granting independence to Jordan
  • 1946-05-01 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery appointed British supreme commander
  • 1946-05-25 Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day); Abdullah ibn Hussein becomes king of Jordan
  • 1946-06-29 British mandatory government of Palestine arrests 100 leaders of Yishnuv

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1946-07-01 The last White Rajah, Charles Vyner Brooke cedes Sarawak to the British Crown

3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Vyner Brooke
3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Vyner Brooke
  • 1946-07-15 British North Borneo Company transfers its rights to modern day Sabah to the British Crown
  • 1946-08-13 Britain diverts illegal emmigrants bound for Palestine to Cyprus
  • 1946-08-23 Ordinance No. 46 of the British Military Government constitutes the German Land (state) of Schleswig-Holstein.
  • 1946-10-06 US Pres Harry Truman questions Great Britain Jews about Palestine
  • 1946-10-22 2 British ships sink near Albania
  • 1947-01-01 Britain nationalizes its coal industry
  • 1947-01-10 British stop ships Independence & In-Gathering from landing in Israel
  • 1947-02-07 Arabs & Jews reject British proposal to split Palestine
  • 1947-06-03 British Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten visits Pakistan
  • 1947-07-09 Engagement of Britain's Princess Elizabeth & Lt Philip Mountbatten
  • 1947-07-10 Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is recommended as the first Governor General of Pakistan by then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Clement Attlee.
  • 1947-07-18 British seize "Exodus 1947" ship of Jewish immigrants to Palestine
  • 1947-07-19 Prime Minister of shadow Burma government, Bogyoke Aung San and 6 of his cabinet and 2 non-cabinet members assassinated by armed paramilitaries
  • 1947-08-14 Pakistan gains independence from Great Britain
  • 1947-09-08 British government sails "Exodus" with fugitives from Nazis
  • 1947-10-26 The British Military Occupation ends in Iraq.
  • 1947-12-26 British transfer Heard & McDonald Islands (Indian Ocean) to Australia
  • 1948-01-01 British railways are nationalised to form British Rail.
  • 1948-02-29 Stern-group bomb Cairo-Haifa train, 27 British soldiers died
  • 1948-03-18 France & Great Britain & Benelux sign Treaty of Brussels
  • 1948-05-14 Israel declares independence from under British administration
  • 1948-05-15 28 year old British Mandate over Palestine ends
  • 1948-06-28 British begin airlift “Operation Plainfare” to West Berlin
  • 1948-06-30 Last British troops leave Israel
  • 1948-07-05 Britain's National Health Service Act begins
  • 1948-07-15 Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain
  • 1948-08-14 14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain
  • 1948-09-08 British De Havilland 08-fighter flies faster than sound
  • 1948-11-17 Britain's House of Commons votes to nationalize steel industry
  • 1949-04-03 North Atlantic Treaty signed by US, Britain, France & Canada
  • 1949-04-09 UN Intl Court of Justice held Albania responsible for incidents in Corfu Channel & awards Britain damages
  • 1949-04-18 Republic of Ireland withdraws from British Commonwealth
  • 1949-05-09 Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London
  • 1949-05-13 1st British-produced jet bomber, the Canberra, makes its 1st test flight
  • 1949-05-17 British government recognises Republic of Ireland (previously Irish Free State)
  • 1949-06-01 British government grants Cyrenaica (East-Libya) independence
  • 1949-07-30 British warship HMS Amethyst escapes down Yangtze River, having been refused a safe passage by Chinese Communists after 3-month standoff
  • 1949-11-24 British steel & iron industry nationalised
  • 1949-11-26 India adopts a constitution as a British Commonwealth Republic

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1101 - 1,200 of 2,272

  • 1933-07-13 David M Storey, British rugby player/playwright (Home)
  • 1933-07-17 Bruce Wells, British boxer & actor
  • 1933-08-10 Butler-Sloss, British Lady Justice
  • 1933-08-11 Julian Oswald, British Admiral of the Fleet
  • 1933-08-21 Barry Norman, Britain, film critic (Film Greats)
  • 1933-09-08 Michael Frayn, British playwright
  • 1933-09-17 D A Fenner, British headmaster (Alleyn's School)
  • 1933-09-17 Desmond Fennell, British high court judge
  • 1933-10-10 Gerald Masters, South African/British author (Pan Book of Dates)
  • 1934-01-20 Tom Baker, British actor (Angels Die Hard, Vault of Horror)
  • 1934-02-11 John Surtees, British race car driver
  • 1934-02-12 Annette Crosbie, British(?) actress
  • 1934-03-06 John Noakes, British TV presenter
  • 1934-03-11 Keith Speed, British MP
  • 1934-03-27 David Hancock, secretary (British Dept of Education & Science)
  • 1934-04-02 Christopher France, British permanent secretary (Dept of Health)
  • 1934-04-02 Peter Middleton, British permanent secretary (Treasury)
  • 1934-04-03 David Jones, British reverend/headmaster (Bryanston School)
  • 1934-04-16 Geoffrey Owen, British editor (Financial Times)
  • 1934-04-16 Richard Kenshaw, British broadcaster
  • 1934-04-22 Nico Ladenis, British restauranteur (Nico at 90)/=
  • 1934-05-21 Phillip King, British sculptor
  • 1934-06-05 Gwen Swire, British social worker
  • 1934-06-10 Paul Gibson, British high court judge
  • 1934-06-11 Anthony Evans, British high court judge
  • 1934-06-18 Carl de Winter, sect-gen (Federation of British Artists)
  • 1934-06-19 Terence Clark, British diplomat
  • 1934-06-20 Brian Barder, British high commissar (Australia)
  • 1934-06-26 Jeremy Wolfenden, British journalist (d. 1965)
  • 1934-07-15 Simon Gournlay, president (British National Farmer's Union)
  • 1934-08-12 Kenneth Eaton, Controller (British Navy)
  • 1934-08-14 Robin McLaren, British ambassador (China)
  • 1934-08-18 Ronnie Carroll, British singer
  • 1934-09-28 Janet Munro, British actress (d. 1972)
  • 1934-10-02 Richard Scott, British high court judge
  • 1934-10-27 David Barclay, British hotel magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1934-10-27 Frederick Barclay, British hotel magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1934-11-01 William Mathias, British composer (d. 1992)
  • 1935-02-14 David Wilson, British governor (Hong Kong)
  • 1935-04-04 Lord Ichayra, secretary-general (British Banking Association)
  • 1935-04-05 Donald Lynden-Bell, British astronomer
  • 1935-05-08 Viscount Falkland, British peer (Lib-Dem)
  • 1935-05-23 Juliet Campbell, British ambassador (to Luxembourg)
  • 1935-05-26 Sheila Steafel, South African-born British actress
  • 1935-06-15 Fernand Schokweiler, British judge
  • 1935-07-16 Tom Rosenthal, publisher/British broadcaster
  • 1935-07-28 Simon Dee, British television broadcaster
  • 1935-08-10 Jerrie Anthony Hulme, British major-general
  • 1935-08-23 Brendan Jackson, British air marshal
  • 1935-10-09 Don[ald] McCullin, British photographer
  • 1935-11-05 Lester Piggott, British jockey (11 time champ)
  • 1936-01-03 David Vine, British sport commentator
  • 1936-01-08 Robert May, Baron May of Oxford, Australian-born British scientist
  • 1936-01-28 Bill Jordan, British trade unionist
  • 1936-01-30 Patrick Caulfield, British painter and printmaker (d. 2005)
  • 1936-02-13 John Harris, British(?) cricket player
  • 1936-02-15 Andrew Miller, British principal (Stirling U)
  • 1936-02-20 Roy Beggs, British MP
  • 1936-03-04 David Thompson, British food magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1936-03-22 Philip Ely, president (British Law Society)
  • 1936-03-30 Mark Burns, British director (Juggernaut)
  • 1936-04-03 Reginald Hill, British crime author (Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novels)
  • 1936-04-05 Michael Livesay, British admiral/pres (RN College Greenwich)
  • 1936-04-09 Michael Somare, British foreign affairs minister (Paupa & New Guinea)
  • 1936-04-16 James Rand, British judge (Advocate General)
  • 1936-04-26 Edward Cazalet, British High Court Judge
  • 1936-05-05 Patrick Gowers, British composer
  • 1936-05-08 Neville Purvis, British vice admiral (Chief of Fleet Support)
  • 1936-05-10 Anthony Mullens, British Lt-Gen (Deputy chief of defense)
  • 1936-05-15 Ralph Steadman, British cartoonist
  • 1936-05-27 Benjamin Bathurst, vice chief of British Defense Staff
  • 1936-05-27 Lord Holme, president British Liberal Party
  • 1936-06-01 Gerald Scarfe, British illustrator
  • 1936-06-05 Barry Wilson, deputy chief (British Defense Staff)
  • 1936-06-17 Ken Loach, British film director (The Wind That Shakes the Barley), born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire
  • 1936-06-26 Robert Maclennan, British MP
  • 1936-07-25 Gerry Ashmore, British racing driver
  • 1936-08-14 Trevor Bannister, British actor (Are You Being Served?), born in Durrington, Wiltshire (d. 2011)
  • 1936-08-22 Anne Downey, British circuit judge
  • 1936-09-29 Michael Partridge, British civil servant
  • 1936-10-25 Sir Martin Gilbert, British historian (Winston Churchill biography), born in London, England
  • 1936-11-23 Robert Barnard, British mystery writer
  • 1936-12-22 James Burke, British writer
  • 1937-02-14 John MacGregor, British MP
  • 1937-02-15 P J Squire, British headmaster (Bedford Modern School)
  • 1937-02-22 Noel Murphy, British(?) rugby player
  • 1937-02-24 Jerry Wiggin, British MP
  • 1937-03-20 Mark Saville, QC, British high court judge
  • 1937-04-03 Simon Brown, British high court judge
  • 1937-04-09 Valerie Singleton, British broadcaster
  • 1937-04-10 Stan Mellor, British racehorse trainer/jockey
  • 1937-04-17 Brian Sedgemore, British MP
  • 1937-04-17 Terry Dicks, British MP
  • 1937-04-18 Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin
  • 1937-05-08 Michael Simmons, Air Marshal (British Ministry of Defense)
  • 1937-05-20 Lord "Benjie" Iveagh, British brewer (Guinness)/large landowner
  • 1937-07-24 Baroness Blatch, British minister of state for Education
  • 1937-07-27 Anna Dawson, British comedienne (Violet-Keeping Up Appearances)
  • 1937-08-11 Taki Theodoracopoulos, Greek/British journalist/multi-millionaire
  • 1937-08-14 Brian Curvis, Swansea, Wales, boxer, British welterweight champion (1960-1964), (d. 2012)

Famous Weddings


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Famous Divorces


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Famous Deaths


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