The United Kingdom in History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 2,296

  • 1815-04-06 British militia shoots prisoners, 100's killed

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1815-06-18 Battle of Waterloo; Napoleon and France defeated by British forces under Wellington and Prussian troops under Blucher

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1815-08-09 Napoleon Bonaparte sets sail for exile on St Helena on board British ship the Northumberland
  • 1816-05-10 British steamship "Defiance" arrives at Rotterdam harbor
  • 1816-08-14 Great Britain annexes Tristan da Cunha
  • 1816-12-10 Dutch regain Sumatra from the British
  • 1817-01-22 British freighter Diana sinks off Malaya
  • 1818-01-02 The British Institution of Civil Engineers is founded.
  • 1818-05-04 Netherlands & Britain sign treaty against illegal slave handling
  • 1818-06-03 Maratha Wars between British & Maratha Confederacy in India ends
  • 1818-10-20 US & Britain agree to joint control of Oregon country
  • 1819-02-19 British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III.
  • 1820-01-30 British explorer Edward Bransfield aboard Williams sights Trinity Peninsula, Antarctica claims for Britain
  • 1822-07-08 Chippewas turn over huge tract of land in Ontario to the United Kingdom.
  • 1824-01-22 Ashantis defeat British forces in the Gold Coast.
  • 1824-03-04 The "National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck" was founded in the United Kingdom, later to be renamed The Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1858.
  • 1824-03-05 First Burmese War: The British officially declare war on Burma.
  • 1824-03-17 Britain & Netherlands sign a trade agreement
  • 1825-02-22 Russia & Britain establish Alaska-Canada boundary
  • 1825-06-22 British Parliament abolishes feudalism and the seigneurial system in British North America.
  • 1826-06-20 Siam and Britain sign trade/peace treaty
  • 1827-01-17 Duke of Wellington appointed British supreme commander
  • 1828-04-14 British 18-gun sloop HMS Acorn sinks off Halifax with 115 men aboard
  • 1829-03-22 The three protecting powers (Britain, France and Russia) establish the borders of Greece.
  • 1829-04-13 The Roman Catholic Relief Act passed by the British Parliament; it was the culmination of the process of Catholic Emancipation throughout the UK.
  • 1829-04-25 Charles Fremantle arrives in HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1829-09-29 British Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel establishes London's Metropolitan Police - hence the nicknames "bobbies" and "peelers"

British Prime Minister Robert Peel
British Prime Minister
Robert Peel
  • 1829-12-04 Britain outlaws "suttee" in India (widow burning herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre)
  • 1830-11-22 Charles Grey, (2nd Earl Grey), became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • 1830-12-20 Great Britain, France, Prussia, Austria and Russia recognize Belgium
  • 1831-09-08 William IV is crowned King of Great Britain.
  • 1832-03-22 British Parliament passes Lord John Russell's 1832 Reform Act, introducing wide-ranging changes to the electoral system of England and Wales and increasing the electorate from about 500,000 voters to 813,000
  • 1833-01-01 British government demands Falkland islands
  • 1833-01-02 Re-establishment of British rule on the Falklands.
  • 1833-01-03 Britain seizes control of Falkland Islands in South Atlantic
  • 1833-08-29 Britain's Slavery Abolition Act becomes law
  • 1834-08-01 Slavery abolished throughout the British Empire - Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into effect
  • 1834-10-28 The Battle of Pinjarra occurs in the Swan River Colony in present-day Pinjarra, Western Australia. Between 14 and 40 Aborigines are killed by British colonists.
  • 1835-04-18 William Lamb (Lord Melbourne) forms British government
  • 1836-08-17 British parliament accepts registration of births, marriages and deaths
  • 1836-12-28 Proclamation of South Australia as a British Province. Formal proclamation was read out in what is now the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg North by Captain (later Rear Admiral, Governor, Sir) John Hindmarsh
  • 1837-05-25 The Patriots of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom.
  • 1837-06-13 1st Mormon missionaries to British Isles leave Kirtland, Ohio

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1837-06-20 Queen Victoria at 18 ascends British throne following death of uncle King William IV. She ruled for 63 years ending in 1901

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • 1838-08-01 Apprenticeship system abolished in most of the British Empire. Former slaves no longer indentured to former owners.
  • 1839-01-19 Aden conquered by British East India Company
  • 1839-08-23 British capture Hong Kong from China
  • 1839-10-10 British troops under General Charles Napier occupy Beirut
  • 1839-11-03 1st opium war - 2 British frigates engage several Chinese junks
  • 1839-11-04 The Newport Rising is the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain.

AgreementTreaty of Waitangi

1840-02-06 The Treaty of Waitangi is signed between 40 Māori Chiefs (later signed by 500) and representatives of the British crown in Waitangi, New Zealand. The treaty was designed to share sovereignty between the two groups.

  • 1840-05-01 "Penny Blacks", first adhesive postage stamps issued by Great Britain
  • 1840-05-06 World's first postage stamp, the Penny Black, is issued in Great Britain
  • 1840-05-21 Captain William Hobson proclaims British sovereignty over New Zealand; the North Island by treaty and the South Island by 'discovery'
  • 1840-05-22 The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished.
  • 1840-07-15 Great Britain, Russia, Austria & Prussia sign Quadruple Alliance
  • 1840-07-23 Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper & Lower Canada
  • 1840-08-01 Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.
  • 1840-10-14 Maronite leader Bashir II surrenders to the British forces and goes into exile in Malta.
  • 1840-11-16 New Zealand officially becomes British colony
  • 1841-01-20 China cedes Hong Kong to the British during the 1st Opium War
  • 1841-01-26 Hong Kong proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain
  • 1841-07-17 British humorous and satirycal magazine "Punch" first published; it finally closed in 2002

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1841-09-24 British adventurer James Brooke obtains lands around the Sarawak river from the Sultan of Brunei

1st White Rajah of Sarawak James Brooke
1st White Rajah of Sarawak
James Brooke
  • 1842-01-06 4,500 British & Indian troops leave Kabul, massacred before reaching India
  • 1842-01-13 Dr. William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for (reputedly) being the sole survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad.
  • 1842-08-29 Great Britain & China sign Treaty of Nanking, ends Opium war
  • 1843-02-02 US & British settlers in Oregon Country choose government committee

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1843-04-06 William Wordsworth is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Victoria">Victoria

Poet William Wordsworth
William Wordsworth
Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • 1843-05-04 Great Britain annexes Natal
  • 1843-06-26 Hong Kong proclaimed a British Crown Colony
  • 1843-07-19 Brunel's steamship the SS Great Britain is launched, becomes first ocean-going craft with an iron hull or screw propeller and the largest vessel afloat in the world
  • 1843-08-08 Natal (in South Africa) is made a British colony
  • 1843-10-14 British arrest Irish nationalist Daniel O'Connell for conspiracy
  • 1843-11-28 Ka Lahui: Hawaiian Independence Day - The Kingdom of Hawaii is officially recognized by the United Kingdom and France as an independent nation.
  • 1845-03-11 The Flagstaff War: In New Zealand, Chiefs Hone Heke and Kawiti lead 700 Māoris to chop down the British flagpole and drive settlers out of the British colonial settlement of Kororareka because of breaches of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi.
  • 1846-01-05 The United States House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the United Kingdom.
  • 1846-01-28 Battle of Allwal, British beat Sikhs in Punjab
  • 1846-02-10 British defeat Sikhs in battle of Sobraon, India
  • 1846-02-20 British occupy Sikh citadel of Lahore
  • 1846-06-08 Battle at Gwanga: British troops beat Bantu
  • 1846-06-15 Oregon Treaty signed, setting US-British boundary at 49°N
  • 1846-08-05 Oregon territory divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel
  • 1847-11-12 Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.
  • 1848-01-01 Britain takes Mosquito Coast from Nicaragua
  • 1848-07-29 Irish Potato Famine: Tipperary Revolt - an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule put down by police
  • 1849-01-31 Corn Laws abolished in Britain
  • 1849-03-29 Great Britain formally annexs Punjab after defeat of Sikhs in India
  • 1849-10-16 British seize Tigre Island in Gulf of Fonseca from Honduras
  • 1850-01-18 British blockade Piraeus, Greece, to enforce mercantile claims
  • 1850-06-29 British ex-Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel falls off his horse; he died three days later

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1850-11-19 Alfred Tennyson becomes British Poet Laureate, succeeding William Wordsworth

  • 1851-06-30 Battle of Viervoet (Basotho-British war)
  • 1851-07-24 Window tax abolished in Britain
  • 1851-08-12 1st America's Cup - US schooner America beats British yacht Aurora after race around the Isle of Wight
  • 1852-01-01 National debt of Britain & Ireland is 765,126,582 pounds
  • 1852-01-17 British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa)
  • 1852-02-02 1st British public men's toilet opens (Fleet St London)
  • 1852-02-11 First British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street, London)
  • 1852-02-26 British troopship Birkenhead sinks off South Africa-458 die, 193 survive

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 2,538

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1887-11-17 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, born in London (d. 1976)

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1887-12-26 Arthur Ernest Percival, British Army officer (d. 1966)
  • 1888-01-23 Gilbert Ledward, British sculptor
  • 1888-02-21 Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (d. 1965)
  • 1889-02-01 Gertrude Caton-Thompson, British archaeologist (Zimbabwe, So Arabia)
  • 1889-02-10 Howard Spring, British author/novelist/writer/critic (O Absalom)
  • 1889-02-22 Robin G Collingwood, English philosopher (Roman Britain)
  • 1889-03-24 Albert Hill, British athlete (d. 1969)
  • 1890-07-11 Arthur W Tedder of Glenguin, British air marshal (WW II)
  • 1890-08-05 Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer (d. 1987)
  • 1890-08-24 Jean Rhys, British writer (d. 1979)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1890-09-15 Agatha Christie, English crime writer (Murder on Orient Express), born in Torquay, Devon (d. 1976)

Novelist Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie
  • 1890-11-15 Richmal Crompton, British author (d. 1969)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1890-12-06 Dion Fortune, British occultist (d. 1946)

Occultist and Author Dion Fortune
Occultist and Author
Dion Fortune
  • 1890-12-22 Harry Pollitt, Droylsden United Kingdom, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain
  • 1891-01-25 Dame Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Britain, actress (Cleopatra)
  • 1891-08-06 William Slim, British general (d. 1970)
  • 1891-12-25 Kenneth A N Anderson, British general (Dunkerk, North Africa)
  • 1892-02-14 Nikolaj A Orloff, Russian/British pianist (Chopin)
  • 1892-03-10 Eva Turner, British soprano
  • 1892-03-31 Stanislav Wladyslaw Maczek, Polish/British general-major/commandant
  • 1892-04-14 Vere G Childe, British archaeologist/prehistorian
  • 1892-05-16 Richard Tauber, [Ernst Seiffert], Austria/British, tenor/conductor
  • 1892-06-11 Edward B B Shanks, British poet/critic

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1892-06-13 Basil Rathbone, South African born British actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in Johannesburg (d. 1967)

  • 1892-10-04 Hermann Glauert, British aerodynamicist (d. 1934)
  • 1893-03-27 Karl Mannheim, Hung/German/British sociologist (Ideology & Utopia)
  • 1893-09-07 Leslie Hore-Belisha, British Minister of Transport
  • 1893-09-11 W. Douglas Hawkes, British racing driver (d. 1974)
  • 1893-09-16 Alexander Korda, British movie producer (3rd man)
  • 1893-10-08 Orovida Camille Pissarro, Epping England, British painter and etcher
  • 1894-02-10 [Maurice] Harold MacMillan, (C) British PM (1957-63), born in London, England
  • 1894-06-21 Milward Kennedy, British public servant and mystery writer (d. 1968)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1894-06-23 Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire and Emperor of India (Jan 20th, 1936 until his abdication on Dec 11th, 1936), born in Richmond, England (d. 1972)

King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII
  • 1894-10-27 Oliver Leese, British general (d. 1978)
  • 1894-12-31 Ernest John Moeran, British composer
  • 1895-02-04 Nigel Bruce, Baja Mexico, British actor (Dr Watson-Sherlock Holmes)
  • 1895-04-15 Harry F V Edward, British Guiana, 100m/200m runner (Oly-bronze-1920)
  • 1895-04-25 Stanley Rous, British soccer official
  • 1895-05-03 Zoltan Korda, Hungarian/British director (Jungle Book, 4 Feathers)
  • 1895-07-14 Frank Raymond Leavis, British literary critic (Culture & Environment)
  • 1895-07-26 Jane Bunford, Britain's tallest-ever person (d. 1922)
  • 1895-09-27 Woolf Barnato, British racing driver (d. 1948)
  • 1895-12-02 Harriet Cohen, British pianist (d. 1967)
  • 1895-12-14 King George VI of the United Kingdom (d. 1952) Reigned 1936-52.
  • 1896-01-09 Warwick Braithwaite, New Zealand-born British conductor (d. 1971)
  • 1896-01-25 John Moores, British gambling magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1896-03-10 Nancy Cunard, British writer and activist, born in London (d. 1965)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1896-06-19 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, born in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
  • 1896-07-26 Henry Birkin, British racing driver (d. 1933)
  • 1896-09-22 Henry Segrave, British racing driver (d. 1930)
  • 1896-11-16 Oswald Mosley, baron/British nazi
  • 1897-01-08 Dennis Wheatley, British author (d. 1977)
  • 1897-04-16 John B Glubb, British commandant/writer (A soldier with the Arabs)
  • 1897-05-22 Robert Neumann, Austrian/British author (Waters of Babylon)
  • 1897-06-08 John G. Bennett, British scientist and author (d. 1974)
  • 1897-06-12 Anthony Eden, Earl of Avon (C), British PM (1955-57)
  • 1897-07-18 E. A. D. Eldridge, British racing driver (d. 1935)
  • 1897-07-29 Sir Neil Ritchie, British general (d. 1983)
  • 1897-11-07 Ruth Pitter, British poet and 1st woman to receive the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1955
  • 1897-11-09 Ronald G W Norrish, British chemist (Nobel 1967)
  • 1897-11-15 Aneurin Bevan, British politician (d. 1960)
  • 1897-11-18 Patrick M S Blackett, British physicist (nuclear reaction, Nobel 1948)
  • 1898-01-07 Al Bowlly, British jazz singer (d. 1941)
  • 1898-01-23 Freda Utley, British scholar and author (d. 1978)
  • 1898-04-08 Cecil [Maurice] Bowra, British classics expert (Greek experience)
  • 1898-04-12 Grantley H Adams, Premier of Barbados (1953-58) and Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation (1958-62), born in St. Michael, British Windward Islands
  • 1898-04-18 Lord Leatherland, British journalist/Labour peer
  • 1898-05-24 Kathleen Hale, British children book writer/illustrator (Orlando)
  • 1898-10-01 Karl Rankl, Austrian-born British composer and conductor (Covent Garden Opera Company), born in Gaaden (d. 1968)
  • 1899-01-23 Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (d. 1931)
  • 1899-05-06 Billy Cotton, British entertainer (d. 1969)
  • 1899-05-08 [Friedrich] August von Hayek, Aust/British economist (Road to Serfdom)
  • 1899-12-02 John Cobb, British racing driver (d. 1952)
  • 1899-12-08 John Qualen, actor (Grapes of Wrath, Searchers), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1900-01-20 Colin Clive, British actor (d. 1937)
  • 1900-03-29 Bill Aston, British racing driver (d. 1974)
  • 1900-04-25 Hubert Miles Gladwyn Jebb, 1st Baron Gladwyn, British politician and diplomat
  • 1900-05-05 Mervyn A Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1900-08-04 Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, British consort of King George VI and Queen Mother after his death, born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2002)

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • 1900-08-19 Gilbert Ryle, British philosopher (d. 1976)
  • 1900-09-23 Bill Stone, British serviceman; one of the last surviving veterans of World War I
  • 1901-02-20 Cecil H King, Irish/British daily newspaper publisher (Daily Mirror)
  • 1901-04-23 E.B. Ford, British ecological geneticist (d. 1988)
  • 1901-06-18 Llewellyn Rees, British theater actor (Invisible Creature)
  • 1901-06-19 Edward Lambert, British diplomat
  • 1901-07-14 Gerald Finzi, British composer (Dies natalis), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1901-09-04 William Lyons, British industrialist (Jaguar cars), born in Blackpool, Lancashire (d. 1985)

Mr Jaguar William Lyons
Mr Jaguar
William Lyons
  • 1901-09-15 Sir Donald Bailey, British engineer (d. 1985)
  • 1901-09-16 CFH "Freddie" Gough, British major scout (WW II, Arnhem)
  • 1901-09-17 Francis Chichester, Barnstaple, Devon, English aviator and sailor (Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire)
  • 1901-11-17 Joyce Wethered, Surrey England, golfer (4 time British Amateur champ)
  • 1901-12-07 A F [Tony] Pugsley, British rear-admiral (Walcheren attack (1944))
  • 1902-01-17 Geoffrey W Lloyd, British minister of Brandstoffen/Energy (1951-55)
  • 1902-02-04 Hartley Shawcross, British lawyer and politician (d. 2003)
  • 1902-03-16 Lucie Rie, Austrian-born British potter, born in Vienna (d. 1995)
  • 1902-03-30 Ted Heath, British musician and band leader (d. 1969)
  • 1902-05-06 Walter Dawson, British Air Chief marshall

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1902-07-28 Karl Popper, Austro-British philosopher (Logic of Forschung), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1994)

Philosopher and Professor Karl Popper
Philosopher and Professor
Karl Popper
  • 1902-10-09 Freddie Young, British cinematographer (d. 1998)

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 401 - 500 of 1,294

  • 1943-01-24 John Burns, British minister of Local Government (1905-14), dies
  • 1943-04-30 Beatrice Potter Webb, British writer (My Apprenticeship), dies at 85
  • 1943-10-07 Radclyffe Hall, British author (b. 1880)
  • 1943-10-21 Alfred DPR Pound, British admiral/1st Sealord (Jutland, WW II), dies
  • 1944-01-01 Sir Edward Lutyens, British architect who designed New Delhi (b. 1869)
  • 1944-03-23 O C Wingate, British general-major (Burma), dies in air crash
  • 1944-05-12 Arthur T Quiller-Couch [Q], British author/critic, dies at 80
  • 1944-05-19 Godfrey Wilson, British Anthropologist of social change and colonial problems in Africa, commits suicide as a conscientious objector in WW II
  • 1944-06-06 Danny Brotheridge, British lieutenant, 1st to die during D-Day landing WWII
  • 1944-07-19 Harry CA Eyres, British diplomat (Constantinople, Albania), dies at 87
  • 1944-09-18 Anthony Stefanich, British boxer/captain, killed in Arnhem
  • 1944-09-18 Peter Waddy, British major 1st Para Brigade, dies in battle in Arnhem
  • 1944-09-19 David Lord, British lieutenant/Dakota-pilot DFC/VC, dies in battle
  • 1944-09-19 Hilary Barlow, British colonel, dies
  • 1944-09-19 John AC Fitch, British lt-colonel, dies in battle in Arnhem

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1944-09-19 Guy Gibson, British wing commander, dies in a plane crash at 26

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson
RAF Pilot
Guy Gibson
  • 1944-09-22 "Cab" Calloway, British scout, dies in battle of Oosterbeek
  • 1944-10-26 Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria (b. 1857)
  • 1944-11-06 Lord Moyne, British prefect (Middle-East), murdered
  • 1945-03-18 William Grover-Williams, British racing driver
  • 1945-03-26 David Lloyd George, British (L) premier (1916-22), dies at 82
  • 1945-04-18 Ernest T Pyle, British/US newscaster, killed in WW II at 44
  • 1945-04-21 John Poston, British major/Montgomery's ADC, dies in battle at 25
  • 1945-11-20 Francis William Aston, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1877)
  • 1945-12-22 Otto Neurath, Austrian/British philosopher, dies at 63
  • 1946-01-03 William Joyce, (Lord Haw Haw), hanged in Britain for treason

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1946-01-08 Dion Fortune, British occultist and author dies at 55

Occultist and Author Dion Fortune
Occultist and Author
Dion Fortune
  • 1946-03-08 Frederick Lanchester, English Engineer who built the first British petrol automobile (1896), dies at 77
  • 1947-11-12 Emmuska Orczy, British author (Scarlet Pimpernel), dies at 82
  • 1947-12-01 Aleister Edward S Crowley, British occultist, dies at 72
  • 1948-07-27 Woolf Barnato, British racing driver (b. 1898)
  • 1948-10-12 Alfred Kerr, German-British writer, dies at 80
  • 1949-02-22 Russell Porter, actor (Betsy, Hanna's War, British Empire), dies
  • 1949-12-10 Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak (1949), dies at 45 after being fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by pro-Indonesian Malay student Rosli Dhoby
  • 1950-03-02 Rosli Dhobi, pro-Indonesian Malay student, hanged in Kuching for the assassination of Duncan Stewart, British Governor of Sarawak
  • 1950-05-24 Archibald Wavell, British general (b. 1883)
  • 1950-07-29 Joe Fry, British racing driver (b. 1915)
  • 1950-09-06 Olaf Stapledon, British writer and philosopher (b. 1886)
  • 1950-09-11 John C Smuts, co-found British RAF/South African PM (1919..48), dies at 80
  • 1950-12-01 Ernest John Moeran, British composer, dies at 55
  • 1950-12-25 Neil Francis Hawkins, British fascist (b. 1903)
  • 1951-03-07 Ivor Novello, British writer (Keep the Home Fires Burning), dies at 58
  • 1951-03-13 James I Wedgwood, British theosophist/Catholic bishop, dies at 67
  • 1951-04-22 Horace Donisthorpe, British entomologist (b. 1870)
  • 1951-10-06 Henry Gurney, British high commissioner to Malaya, assassinated
  • 1952-02-06 George VI, King of Britain (1936-52), dies at 56
  • 1952-02-10 Henry Drysdale Dakin, British-American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1880)
  • 1952-09-29 John Cobb, British racing driver (b. 1899)
  • 1953-01-08 Admiral Sir Hugh Binney, British naval commander and Governor of Tasmania (b. 1883)
  • 1953-03-24 Mary, [Victoria Mary] of Teck, Queen of Great Britain and consort of George V, dies at 85
  • 1953-03-24 Mary, queen of Great-Britain/North-Ireland, dies at 85
  • 1953-05-04 Edward B B Shanks, British poet/critic, dies at 60
  • 1953-06-16 Margaret Bondfield, English politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour), dies at 80
  • 1953-07-20 Jan Struther, British author (b. 1901)
  • 1953-09-21 Roger Quilter, British composer, dies at 75
  • 1953-10-03 Arnold Bax, English composer known for his orchestral music (Coronation March), dies at 69
  • 1954-01-01 Duff Cooper, British diplomat and writer (b. 1890)
  • 1954-06-07 Alan Turing, British mathematician and computer scientist pioneer (Turing Machine), commits suicide at 41
  • 1954-09-24 Edward Pilgrim, British suicide hastened by bureaucracy (b. 1904)
  • 1955-07-09 Don Beauman, British racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 1955-08-23 Reginald Tate, British actor (b. 1896)
  • 1955-09-10 Robert Blackburn, British aviation pioneer, dies at 70
  • 1955-10-24 Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, British Anthropologist (Structural Functionalism and studies of Andaman Islanders and Australian Aborigines), dies at 74
  • 1956-03-24 Edmund Taylor Whittaker, British mathematician (applied mathematics and the theory of special functions), dies at 82
  • 1956-04-19 Lionel K P "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II), dies at 47
  • 1956-09-27 Gerald Finzi, British composer (Dies natalis), dies at 55 of disseminated shingles, complicated by encephalitis
  • 1956-10-17 Anne Crawford, British film actor (b. 1920)
  • 1956-10-24 Henry Nicholas Ridley, British botanist (Malay Peninsula rubber industry), dies at 100
  • 1957-03-07 Wyndham Lewis, British author (b. 1882)
  • 1957-04-22 Ignatius Roy D Campbell, British poet (Garcia Lorca), dies at 54
  • 1957-10-19 Vere G Childe, British archaeologist/prehistorian, dies at 65
  • 1958-02-05 Henry M Tomlinson, British writer (Under red ensign), dies at 84
  • 1958-02-11 Ernest Jones, British psychonanalyst (b. 1879)
  • 1958-05-19 Ronald Colman, British actor (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 67
  • 1958-06-13 Edwin Keppel Bennett, British writer (b. 1887)
  • 1958-06-28 Alfred Noyes, British poet/essayist (Robin Hood), dies at 77
  • 1958-09-17 Friedrich Adolf Paneth, Austrian/British chemist, dies at 71
  • 1959-09-06 Kay Kendall, British actress (Genevieve), dies of leukemia at 32
  • 1959-09-28 Gerard Hoffnung, German-born British artist/humorist/musician, dies at 34
  • 1959-11-26 Albert Ketèlbey, British composer (b. 1875)
  • 1960-01-09 Elsie J. Oxenham, British children's author (b. 1880)
  • 1960-02-08 Giles Gilbert Scott, British architect (b. 1880)
  • 1960-02-08 John Langshaw Austin, British philosopher, (b. 1911)
  • 1960-02-28 F S Flint, British translator/poet (imagist movement), dies at 74
  • 1960-05-08 J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (b. 1904)
  • 1960-06-27 Harry Pollitt, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain dies at 69
  • 1960-07-06 Aneurin Bevan, British politician (b. 1897)
  • 1960-09-22 Melanie Klein, Austria/British psycho analyst, dies at 78
  • 1960-09-30 Harry St John Philby, [sheik Abdullah], British explorer, dies
  • 1960-12-29 Eden Phillpotts, British writer (b. 1862)
  • 1961-02-05 Anthony G de Rothschild, British philanthropist, dies at 73
  • 1961-03-06 George Formby, British singer/comedian, dies at 56
  • 1962-06-13 Eugene Goossens, British composer (Perseus), dies at 69
  • 1963-02-18 Todd "Hugh" Gaitskell, leader British Labour Party, dies at 56
  • 1963-03-13 Austin Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1912)
  • 1963-06-12 Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (Cape Matapan, WW II), dies at 80
  • 1963-06-17 John Cowper Powys, British writer and critic (Wolf Solent), dies at 90
  • 1963-06-17 John Whiting, British dramatist/actor (Devils), dies
  • 1963-09-01 Guy Burgess, British spy for the USSR
  • 1963-09-12 Mervyn A Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope), dies at 63