The United Kingdom in History (Part 14)

Historical Events

Events 1301 - 1,400 of 2,292

  • 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
  • 1941-01-18 World War II: A counter-offensive is launched by the British against the Italians in East Africa
  • 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
  • 1941-01-31 British army Layforce commando units set sail
  • 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)

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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 major general Michael Gambier-Parry captured in North Africa
  • 1941-04-06 Italian forces holding Addis Ababa surrender 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 German battleship Bismarck sinks the 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 evacuate Crete
  • 1941-06-01 British troops occupy Bagdad, Iraq
  • 1941-07-07 World War II: Beirut is occupied by Free France and British troops.

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1941-07-19 British PM Winston Churchill launched his "V for Victory" campaign

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 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

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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
  • 1942-03-21 Convoy QP9 departs Great Britain to Murmansk
  • 1942-03-28 British naval forces raid Nazi occupied French port of St Nazaire
  • 1942-03-29 British cruiser HMS Trinidad torpedoes itself in the Barents Sea
  • 1942-03-29 British destroyer HMS Campbeltown explodes in St Nazaire: 400 Germans die
  • 1942-05-05 British assault on Diego Suarez Madagascar
  • 1942-05-16 1st transport of British/Dutch prisoners to South Burma
  • 1942-05-21 Convoy PQ16 departs Great Britain for Russia
  • 1942-05-26 Tank battle at Bir Hakeim: Afrika Korps vs British army
  • 1942-06-05 British offensive in North Africa under General Ritchie
  • 1942-06-22 Jewish Brigade attached by British Army in WW II, forms
  • 1942-06-25 British RAF staged a 1,000 bomb raid on Bremen Germany (WW II)
  • 1942-06-25 British premier Winston Churchill travels from US to London
  • 1942-06-26 German assault on British at Mersa Matruh
  • 1942-08-04 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Cairo
  • 1942-08-05 British government cancels agreement of Munich
  • 1942-08-08 "Monty" appointed commander of British 8th Army at Alamein

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1942-08-10 General Bernard Montgomery appointed commander British 8th Army in North Africa

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1942-08-11 British aircraft carrier HMS Eagle torpedoed & sinks
  • 1942-08-12 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Moscow, meets Stalin
  • 1942-08-19 WWII: Over 4,000 Canadian and British soldiers killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France
  • 1942-08-23 British Premier Winston Churchill flies back to London from Cairo
  • 1942-09-05 British & US bomb Le Havre & Bremen
  • 1942-09-10 British troops lands on Madagascar
  • 1942-10-07 US & UK government announce establishment of United Nations
  • 1942-10-23 During WW II, Britain launches major offensive at El Alamein, Egypt
  • 1942-10-24 Second day of battle at El Alamein: British infantry
  • 1942-10-25 3rd day of battle at El Alamein: British offensive
  • 1942-10-28 6th day battle at El Alamein: British offensive under Montgomery
  • 1942-11-02 11th day of battle at El Alamein: British assault on Tel el Aqqaqir
  • 1942-11-05 Pro-British Clandestine Radio Diego Suarez's final transmission

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1942-11-08 Operation Torch; began as US and British forces under Eisenhower land in French North Africa

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1301 - 1,400 of 2,535

  • 1935-08-02 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), born in Merseyside (d. 2007)
  • 1935-08-10 Jerrie Anthony Hulme, British major-general
  • 1935-08-19 Alan Baker, British Mathematician and winner of the Fields Medal (1970) for his work on transcendental number theory, born in London, England
  • 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)
  • 1936-03-04 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
  • 1936-05-02 Engelbert Humperdinck, [Arnold George Dorsey], British singer, born in Madras, India
  • 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
  • 1936-05-30 Roy Harford, Fulham UK, British-born NZ cricketer
  • 1936-06-01 Gerald Scarfe, British illustrator
  • 1936-06-05 Barry Wilson, deputy chief (British Defense Staff)
  • 1936-06-10 Graham Carleton Greene, British literary agent
  • 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
  • 1936-09-27 Gordon Honeycombe, British broadcaster/author, born in Karachi, Colonial India (d. 2015)
  • 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 Kaplick√Ĺ, British architect of Czech origin
  • 1937-05-08 Michael Simmons, Air Marshal (British Ministry of Defense)
  • 1937-05-20 Benjamin Guinness, 3rd Earl of Iveagh, British brewer (Guinness) and large landowner (d. 1992)
  • 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)
  • 1937-08-20 Jim "Bullseye" Bowen, British TV game show host and comedian
  • 1937-08-27 Mark Potter, British court judge
  • 1937-09-02 Derek Fowlds, British actor
  • 1937-09-12 Wesley Hall, West indian/British politician
  • 1937-09-24 Alan Grose, British vice-admiral
  • 1937-09-29 Alice Mahon, British MP
  • 1937-09-29 R B Heywood, director (British Antarctic Survey)
  • 1937-10-04 Jackie Collins, British-American author (The Stud, Lucky), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1937-11-09 Roger McCough, British poet
  • 1937-11-12 Peter Lloyd, British MP
  • 1937-11-30 Tom Simpson, British cyclist (d. 1967)
  • 1937-12-26 John Horton Conway, British mathematician
  • 1938-01-01 Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (d. 2005)
  • 1938-01-02 Ian Brady, British serial killer
  • 1938-01-21 John Savident, British actor
  • 1938-01-26 Margaret Daly, British MEP
  • 1938-02-15 Lord Justice Ward, British judge
  • 1938-03-11 Malcolm Keith Speed, British high court judge
  • 1938-03-12 Norman Hogg, British MP
  • 1938-03-24 David Irving, British historian
  • 1938-03-29 Margaret Howard, British broadcaster
  • 1938-04-04 Peter Attenborough, British headmaster (Charterhouse)
  • 1938-04-06 Paul Daniels, British magician (The Paul Daniels Magic Show), born in South Bank, Yorkshire (d. 2016)
  • 1938-05-20 Alan Smithers, British professor
  • 1938-05-31 John Prescott, British Labour MP
  • 1938-06-13 Gwynne Howell, British opera singer
  • 1938-06-27 Kathryn Beaumont, British voice actress
  • 1938-07-18 Dudu Pukwana, [Mtutuzel], South African/British saxophonist/composer
  • 1938-07-19 Nicholas Bethell, British historian (d. 2007)
  • 1938-08-03 Terry Wogan, British broadcaster (Eurovision Song Contest, Blankety Blank), born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2016)
  • 1938-08-31 Martin Bell, British journalist
  • 1938-09-29 Henry Keswick, British businessman (CEO-Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd)
  • 1938-10-08 David Willis, British journalist (BBC World Service)
  • 1938-11-03 Martin Dunwoody, British mathematician
  • 1938-11-08 John Asprey, British jeweler/multi-millionaire
  • 1938-12-04 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 Olympic Golds 1968, 1970), born in Chepstow, Monmouthshire (d. 2015)
  • 1938-12-28 Richard Sudhalter, British(?) writer/jazz musician
  • 1939-01-07 Tom Kierman, British(?) rugby player
  • 1939-02-05 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, born in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire (d. 2008)
  • 1939-02-17 John Leyton, British singer
  • 1939-02-19 Gwen Taylor, British actress (Life of Brian, Sob Sisters, Screaming)
  • 1939-03-12 David Mlinaric, British interior director

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Famous Deaths


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