The United Kingdom in History (Part 15)

Historical Events

Events 1401 - 1,500 of 2,285

  • 1942-12-01 The Beveridge Report is published by the British government unveiling plans for a post-war welfare state
  • 1942-12-25 British Col S W Bailey reaches Mihailovics headquarter
  • 1943-01-11 US & Britain relinquish extraterritorial rights in China

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1943-01-13 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Casablanca

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1943-01-23 British 8th army marches into Tripoli
  • 1943-01-30 6 British Mosquitos bomb Berlin in daylight
  • 1943-02-16 British premier Winston Churchill contracts pneumonia
  • 1943-03-19 British 8th army opens assault on Mareth line, Tunisia
  • 1943-03-30 British 1st army recaptures Sejenane
  • 1943-04-06 British & US armies link up in Africa during WW II
  • 1943-04-06 British offensive at Wadi Akarit, South Tunisia
  • 1943-04-07 British/US troops make contact at Wadi Akarit, South-Tunisia
  • 1943-04-23 British & US offensive directed at Tunis/Bizerta
  • 1943-05-06 British 1st army opens assault on Tunis
  • 1943-05-07 British 11th Hussars occupy Tunis
  • 1943-05-12 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in USA
  • 1943-05-20 French, British & US victory parade in Tunis Tunisia
  • 1943-05-28 British miliitary reaches Tito
  • 1943-06-11 British invades Pantelleria (a tiny island south of Sicily)
  • 1943-07-08 British air raid sinks U-232
  • 1943-07-09 British air raid sinks U-435
  • 1943-07-10 US, British and Canadian forces invade Sicily in WW II (Operation Husky)
  • 1943-07-18 British assault on Catania Sicily
  • 1943-07-27 772 British bombers attack Hamburg
  • 1943-07-28 World War II: Operation Gomorrah: The British bomb Hamburg causing a firestorm that kills 42,000 German civilians
  • 1943-08-04 British premier Winston Churchill travels on the Queen Mary to Canada
  • 1943-08-05 Sicily: 3 US A-36's bomb British headquarter
  • 1943-08-17 498 British bombers attack Peenemunde (development base for the V weapons)
  • 1943-09-03 British 8th Army lands in Southern Italy (Messina)
  • 1943-09-04 British 8th Army lands at Taranto, South Italy
  • 1943-09-09 US, British & French troops land in Salerno (operation Avalanche)
  • 1943-09-10 British 8th army occupies Tarente
  • 1943-09-22 British dwarf submarines attack Tirpitz
  • 1943-10-03 British 8th army lands at Termoli, East Italy
  • 1943-10-08 Great Britain establishes bases on Azores
  • 1943-11-18 444 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1943-11-23 British Forces Broadcasting Service begins operation
  • 1943-12-10 British 8th Army (1st Canadian Infantry Division) occupies Orsogna/Ortona Italy
  • 1943-12-26 British sink German battle cruiser Scharnhorst
  • 1944-01-02 1st use of helicopters during warfare (British Atlantic patrol)
  • 1944-01-10 British troops conquer Maungdaw, Burma
  • 1944-01-21 649 British bombers attack Magdeburg
  • 1944-01-28 683 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1944-02-15 891 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1944-02-19 823 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1944-03-24 811 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 1944-03-26 705 British bombers attack Essen
  • 1944-03-30 781 British bombers attack Nuremberg
  • 1944-04-03 British dive bombers attack battle cruiser Tirpitz
  • 1944-04-04 British troops capture Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  • 1944-05-14 British troops occupy Kohima
  • 1944-05-23 British and Canadian troops occupy Pontecorvo, Italy
  • 1944-05-29 British troops occupy Aprilia, Italy
  • 1944-06-04 1st British gliders touch down on French soil for D-Day
  • 1944-06-05 1st British gliders touched down on French soil for D-Day invasion
  • 1944-06-12 British 12th airborne batallion and the 13th & 18th Hussars attack and capture BrĂ©ville
  • 1944-06-22 British 14th Army frees Imphal Assam
  • 1944-06-25 British assault at Caen, Normandy
  • 1944-06-26 2nd British army reaches Grainville-Mouen line
  • 1944-07-08 British troops march into Caen, Normandy
  • 1944-07-18 7:45 Operation Goodwood: British assault east of Caen
  • 1944-07-18 British air raid on German convoy SW of Heligoland
  • 1944-07-18 British troops occupy Bourquebus hill range, Normandy
  • 1944-07-20 Heavy storm hampers British offensive at Caen
  • 1944-07-21 British premier Winston Churchill flies to France, meets Montgomery
  • 1944-07-26 The first German V-2 rocket hits Great Britain (nicknamed "gasometer").
  • 1944-07-27 1st British jet fighter used in combat (Gloster Meteor)
  • 1944-08-04 British 8th Army reaches suburbs of Florence, Italy
  • 1944-08-11 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Italy
  • 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 surrender
  • 1944-09-23 Proclamation No. 30 was issued, declaring the existence of a state of war between the Philippines and the United States and the United Kingdom
  • 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
  • 1944-12-03 Britain's Home Guard ('Dad's Army') is officially stood down at a special farewell parade in Hyde Park, London.
  • 1944-12-27 Greece: British premier Winston Churchill flies back to London
  • 1945-01-03 British Premier Winston Churchill visits France
  • 1945-01-14 In Greece, Communists and the British agree to a cease-fire in the struggle to control Athens (and with it Greece)
  • 1945-01-20 The Hungarian Provisional Government concludes an armistice with the USSR, US, and Britain, agree to pay reparations and to join the war against Germany
  • 1945-01-21 British troops land on Ramree, near coast of Burma

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1401 - 1,500 of 2,533

  • 1939-03-17 Robin Knox-Johnston, British yachtsman
  • 1939-04-05 Crispian St. Peters, British singer
  • 1939-04-16 Donald MacCormick, British broadcaster
  • 1939-04-21 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, Merseyside
  • 1939-04-25 Veronica Sutherland, British diplomat
  • 1939-04-26 Roger Buckley, British High Court Judge
  • 1939-05-15 Dorothy Shirley, British athlete
  • 1939-05-18 Patrick Cormack, British politician (C), born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire
  • 1939-06-05 Margaret Drabble, British author (Needle's Eye)
  • 1939-06-15 Brian Jacques, British author
  • 1939-06-20 Budge Rogers, British rugby player
  • 1939-07-16 Mary Parkinson, British broadcaster, born in Doncaster, West Riding
  • 1939-08-16 Sir Trevor Mcdonald, Trinidadian-born British television newsreader
  • 1939-08-17 Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), born in Blackburn, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • 1939-08-18 Robert Horton, British businessman
  • 1939-08-23 Charles Wardle, MP/under sect of state British home office
  • 1939-09-25 Leon Britain, British politician, vice president (Commission of European Communities)
  • 1939-09-28 Rudolph Walker, Trinidadian-born British actor
  • 1939-10-31 Tom O'Connor, British comedian
  • 1939-11-17 Auberon Waugh, British author (d. 2001)
  • 1940-01-04 Brian Josephson, British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • 1940-02-08 Averil Cameron, British(?) historian
  • 1940-02-20 Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • 1940-02-20 V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • 1940-02-21 Peter Gethin, British racing driver
  • 1940-02-29 Gretchen Christopher, British(?) pop singer
  • 1940-03-15 Frank Dobson, British politician
  • 1940-03-29 Eden Kane [Richard Graham Sarstedt], British singer, born in New Delhi, India
  • 1940-04-02 Penelope Keith, British actress (Norman Conquests, Priest of Love)
  • 1940-04-03 R S Burman, CEO (Association of British Chambers of Commerce)
  • 1940-04-04 Richard Attwood, British racing driver
  • 1940-04-10 Gloria Hunniford, British broadcaster/actress (Old Curiosity Shop)
  • 1940-04-13 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver (d. 1988)
  • 1940-05-10 Bill Cash, British politician (C, born in London
  • 1940-05-14 'H'. Jones, British Soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • 1940-06-06 Willie-John McBride, British rugby player
  • 1940-06-18 Michael Sheard, British actor (d. 2005)
  • 1940-06-22 Esther Rantzen, British TV presenter
  • 1940-06-25 A.J. Quinnell, British writer (d. 2005)
  • 1940-07-01 Kenneth Clarke, British minister
  • 1940-07-03 Heather Steel, British judge
  • 1940-07-26 Brian Mawhinney, chairman (British Conservative Party)
  • 1940-07-30 Clive Sinclair, British computer inventor (ZX Spectrum)
  • 1940-08-10 Barbara Mills, QC, British Director of Public Prosecutions
  • 1940-08-13 Timothy Wood, British government asst whip

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1940-10-09 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1980)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1940-10-14 Christopher Timothy, British actor (All Creatures Great & Small)
  • 1940-10-17 Peter Stringfellow, British nightclub owner
  • 1940-10-20 Kathy Kirby, British singer
  • 1940-11-28 Clem Curtis, British singer (The Foundations), born in Trinidad
  • 1941-01-07 Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor (d. 2004)
  • 1941-01-19 Tony Anholt, British actor (d. 2002)
  • 1941-01-19 Colin Gunton, British theologian (d. 2003)
  • 1941-02-01 Robert Walmsley, British Vice-Admiral
  • 1941-02-27 Ian McGarry, general secretary (British Actors' Equity Association)
  • 1941-02-27 Paddy Ashdown, British MP, leader of Liberal Democrats (1988-1999), born in New Delhi, British Raj
  • 1941-03-06 Ann Winterton, British MP
  • 1941-03-19 Lord Vestey, British food magnate/billionaire (Union International)
  • 1941-03-26 Richard Dawkins, British evolutionary biologist
  • 1941-04-05 Dave Swarbrick, British folk fiddler (Fairport Convention), born in New Malden, Surrey (d. 2016)
  • 1941-04-07 Gorden Kaye, British actor (Allo Allo), born in Huddersfield (d. 2017)

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1941-04-14 Julie Christie, British actress (Darling, Doctor Zhivago), born in Chabua, Assam, India

  • 1941-04-23 Ed Stewart, British DJ and broadcaster (Crackerjack), born in Exmouth, Devon (d. 2016)
  • 1941-04-29 Jonah Barrington, British World champion squash player (1966-73)
  • 1941-05-22 Sir Menzies Campbell, British politician
  • 1941-05-24 Martin Mogg, governor (British Durham Prison)
  • 1941-05-26 Reg Bundy, British performer (d. 2003)
  • 1941-05-31 June Clark, British Professor of Nursing (Middlesex U)
  • 1941-06-07 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer, born in Wells (d. 1972)
  • 1941-07-01 John Gould, British composer/musical comic
  • 1941-07-07 Michael Howard, British politician
  • 1941-07-16 George Young, MP/British minister of housing & planning
  • 1941-07-25 Peter Suschitzky, Polish-British cinematographer
  • 1941-08-20 Dave Brock, British musician and founder of Hawkwind
  • 1941-08-20 Robin Oakley, British journalist
  • 1941-08-22 Michael Aldrich, British inventor (online shopping), born in Brocket Hall, England (d. 2014)
  • 1941-10-31 Derek Bell, British racing driver
  • 1941-11-24 Pete Best, British drummer (Beatles)
  • 1941-12-24 John Levene, British actor
  • 1942-01-03 John Thaw, British actor (d. 2002)
  • 1942-01-29 Richard Needham, British MP
  • 1942-02-10 Michael Bishop, CEO (British Midland Airways)
  • 1942-02-12 Chananjit Vohra, Kenyan/British hotel magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1942-02-24 Stuart Henry, British disc jockey
  • 1942-03-27 John E. Sulston, British chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1942-04-02 Graham Bright, British politician private secretary to British PM John Major
  • 1942-04-17 David Bradley, British actor
  • 1942-04-22 Denis Lill, New Zealand-born British actor (Only Fools and Horses), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1942-05-06 Colin Earl, British musician (Mungo Jerry)
  • 1942-05-11 Rachel Billington, British writer
  • 1942-05-19 Robert Kilroy-Silk, British politician and television presenter
  • 1942-05-20 Simon Keswick, British financier/merchant (Hong Kong)
  • 1942-05-21 David Hunt, British Conservative politician, born in Glyn Ceiriog, Wales
  • 1942-05-22 Barbara Parkins, actress (Betty-Peyton Place, Asylum), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1942-05-27 Roger Freeman, British minister of transport
  • 1942-05-31 John Daniel, British Vice-Chancellor (Open U)
  • 1942-07-17 Peter Sissons, British newsreader
  • 1942-08-24 Howard Jacobson, British novelist and newspaper columnist
  • 1942-09-07 Alan Oakes, British Footballer
  • 1942-09-17 Desmond Lynam, British sportscaster

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