Today in United Kingdom History (Part 8)

Historical Events

Events 701 - 800 of 1,713

  • 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
  • 1918-08-01 British troops enter Vladivostok
  • 1918-08-08 WW I: The Battle of Amiens begins - Canada/Australian/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
  • 1919-01-02 Anti-British uprising in Ireland
  • 1919-04-12 British Parliament passes a 48-hour work week with minimum wages
  • 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
  • 1919-07-06 British R-34 lands in NY, 1st airship to cross Atlantic (108 hr)
  • 1919-08-08 Treaty of Rawalpindi, British recognise Afghanistan's independence
  • 1919-08-13 British troops open fire on demonstrators in Amritsar, India; killing 350
  • 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
  • 1920-03-31 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)
  • 1920-07-23 British East Africa renamed Kenya & becomes a British crown colony
  • 1920-08-10 Turkish government renounces its claim to Israel, recognizes British mandate
  • 1920-12-17 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
  • 1921-03-17 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
  • 1921-03-31 British coal miners goes on strike
  • 1921-05-24 British Legion forms
  • 1921-05-27 After 84 years of British control, Afghanistan achieves sovereignty
  • 1921-06-19 Census held in Great Britain
  • 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
  • 1922-02-21 Great Britain grants Egypt independence
  • 1922-02-28 Egypt regains independence from Britain, but British troops remain
  • 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
  • 1922-11-16 Turkish kalief/sultan Mehmed VI asks British army for help
  • 1922-11-17 The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire Mehmed VI is expelled to Malta on British warship
  • 1922-11-22 British Labour party selects Ramsay MacDonald as leader
  • 1922-12-17 Last British troops leave Irish Free State
  • 1922-12-24 BBC broadcasts first British radio play "The Truth about Father Christmas"
  • 1923-01-01 Britain's Railways are grouped into the Big Four: LNER, GWR, SR, and LMSR.
  • 1923-02-23 Great Britain lowers import duty on German products from 26% to 5%
  • 1923-03-25 British government grants Trans-Jordan autonomy
  • 1923-05-22 Stanley Baldwin succeeds Andrew Bonar Law as British premier
  • 1923-05-25 Britain recognizes Transjordan with Abdullah as its leader
  • 1923-06-19 Baldwin-Mellon-agreement concerning Britain entering the war
  • 1923-09-12 Britain takes over Southern Rhodesia from British South Africa Co
  • 1923-10-02 British occuping army leaves Constantinople
  • 1923-12-08 Labour/Liberals win British parliament
  • 1923-12-21 Nepal changes from British protectorate to independent nation
  • 1924-01-23 Ramsey MacDonald forms 1st Labour government in Britain
  • 1924-02-01 Ramsay MacDonald's incoming Labour government formally recognizes the Soviet Union
  • 1924-03-06 British Labour government cuts military budget
  • 1924-03-31 Croydon Airport, London: Imperial Airways established
  • 1924-04-01 Crown takes over Northern Rhodesia from British South Africa Co
  • 1924-04-01 Imperial Airways forms in Britain
  • 1924-04-23 British Empire Exhibition opens at Wembley
  • 1924-08-08 British-Russian trade agreement signed
  • 1924-10-08 British Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald falls to Conservatives
  • 1924-10-29 Labour party loses British parliamentary election
  • 1924-11-02 Sunday Express publishes first British crossword puzzle
  • 1924-11-04 British Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald resigns
  • 1924-11-21 British premier Baldwin cancels Labour contract with USSR
  • 1924-12-02 British-German trade agreement signed
  • 1925-01-29 British Liberal Party chooses David Lloyd George as leader
  • 1925-03-12 British government of Baldwin refuses to ratify Geneva agreement
  • 1925-04-03 Great Britain goes back to gold standard
  • 1925-04-06 1st film shown on an airplane (British Air)
  • 1925-04-28 Netherlands & Great Britain return to gold standard
  • 1925-05-01 Cyprus becomes a British Crown Colony
  • 1925-05-21 George Lloyd, Baron Lloyd of Dolobran, becomes British High Commissioner in Egypt
  • 1925-05-30 British mariners shoot on demonstrators
  • 1925-06-23 British warship fires on Hong Kong harbor strikers
  • 1925-12-06 Italy, Britain & Egypt sign Jaghbub accord (Italy)
  • 1926-05-01 British coal miners go on strike
  • 1926-05-03 British General Strike: Trade Union Congress calls for a general strike 1 minute to midnight to support striking coal miners
  • 1926-05-12 British General Strike ends after 9 days, coal mine workers stay on strike
  • 1926-09-01 British Columbia Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1926-11-19 British mine strikes after 28 weeks ends
  • 1927-01-19 British government decides to send troops to China
  • 1927-02-12 British expeditionary army lands in Shanghai
  • 1927-02-19 General strike against British occupiers in Shanghai
  • 1927-03-21 Guomindang Army conquerors Shanghai as British marines flee
  • 1927-03-26 Gaumont-British Film Corporation forms
  • 1927-05-01 1st British airliner to serve cooked meals (Imperial Airways)
  • 1927-05-20 Saudi Arabia becomes independent of Great Britain (Treaty of Jeddah)
  • 1927-12-14 Iraq gains independence from Britain, but British troops remain
  • 1928-07-02 British parliament reduces the age at women can vote to 21 - the same as men (Representation of the People Act 1928)
  • 1928-11-12 British steamer "Vestris" capsizes & sinks off Virginia, kills 110
  • 1929-05-27 2nd Ryder Cup: Britain-Ireland, 7-5 at Moortown, England
  • 1929-06-05 Ramsey MacDonald forms minority Labour government in Britain
  • 1929-09-17 British troops begin withdrawal from occupied Germany

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 701 - 800 of 2,272

  • 1917-07-27 Robert Cowans, executive director (British Aerospace)
  • 1917-08-01 Benjamin Roberts, British industrial relations expert (London School of Economics) (d. 2011)
  • 1917-09-21 Phyllis Nicolson, British mathematician (d. 1968)
  • 1917-10-27 Augustine Harris, British Bishop of Middlesbrough (d. 2007)
  • 1917-11-16 John Whiting, British dramatist/actor (Saint's Day)
  • 1917-11-27 Tiny Rowland, [Roland Fuhrop], German/British owner (Observer)
  • 1918-01-28 Trevor Skeet, British MP
  • 1918-02-10 Idwal Pugh, British ombudsman
  • 1918-03-05 Halsey S Colchester, British SAS/spy (MI6)/priest
  • 1918-03-20 Donald Featherstone, British writer and wargamer
  • 1918-04-11 William Perrie, British prison governor
  • 1918-04-16 Dick Gibson, British racing driver
  • 1918-04-23 Anthony Craxton, British TV producer
  • 1918-05-13 John Johnston, British diplomat (Rhodesia, Malaysia)
  • 1918-07-03 Lord Mulley, British MP (Labour)
  • 1918-08-01 Wyndraeth Morris-Jones, British political scientist, born in Carmarthenshire (d. 1999)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1918-08-12 Guy Gibson, British aviator, awarded Victoria Cross (d. 1944)

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson
RAF Pilot
Guy Gibson
  • 1918-08-13 Denis Smallwood, British air chief marshal
  • 1918-08-27 Lord Winstanley, physician/British MP (Labour)
  • 1918-09-08 Derek Barton, British chemist (Nobel 1969)
  • 1918-09-27 Martin Ryle, Britain, radio astronomer/astronomer royal (1972-82)
  • 1919-01-20 Royalton Kisch, British(?) conductor
  • 1919-01-29 Norman F Simpson, British playwright (One Way Pendulum)
  • 1919-02-23 Derek Ezra [Baron Ezra], British politician and Liberal Democrat Life Peer
  • 1919-03-06 Maurice Grosse, British paranormal investigator (d. 2006)
  • 1919-03-18 Christopher Challis, British cinematographer
  • 1919-03-23 Michael Lyne, British air Vice-marshal
  • 1919-04-05 Douglas Henley, British auditor-general
  • 1919-05-28 Charles John Robert Manners, 10th Duke of Rutland, British land owner/multimillionaire
  • 1919-06-06 Charles Pringle, British air marshal
  • 1919-06-18 Ted Leadbitter, British MP (Lab)
  • 1919-06-20 Ronald Hines, Dutch/British actor (Pack of Lies)
  • 1919-06-26 Lord Rawlinson, British attorney general (Ewell)
  • 1919-08-22 Earl Cathcart, British major-general
  • 1919-08-27 Lord Dormand, of Eastington, British MP (Labour)
  • 1919-11-24 David Kossoff, British actor (d. 2005)
  • 1920-01-06 Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (d. 1987)
  • 1920-01-09 Chan Canasta, Polish-British magician (d. 1999)
  • 1920-01-09 Clive Dunn, British actor, (d. 2012)
  • 1920-01-15 John Junor, British editor in chief (Sunday Express)
  • 1920-01-27 John Box, British film production designer and art director (d. 2005)
  • 1920-02-05 Frank Muir, British comedian (d. 1998)
  • 1920-03-11 Henry Marking, CEO (British Airways)
  • 1920-03-14 Dorothy Tyler-Odam, Great Britain, high jumper (Oly-silver-36, 48)
  • 1920-04-06 Bernard Carter, British painter/etcher
  • 1920-05-13 Gareth Morris, British flautist (d. 2007)
  • 1920-05-20 William Simpson, British trade union leader
  • 1920-05-29 Robin Haydon, British diplomat
  • 1920-06-20 Haydn Tudor Evans, British high court judge
  • 1920-06-21 Helen Cattanach, British Army Nursing Service (QARANC)
  • 1920-07-15 Ruthven Wade, British Air Chief marshal
  • 1920-07-18 Eric Brandon, British racing driver (d. 1982)
  • 1920-07-20 Jack Harman, British general
  • 1920-07-20 Jeffrey Petersen, British diplomat
  • 1920-07-27 James Munn, commissioner (British University)
  • 1920-08-12 Peter West, British sports commentator
  • 1920-09-04 Teddy Johnson, British singer
  • 1920-09-05 Peter Racine Fricker, British composer
  • 1920-09-16 Sheila Quinn, adviser (British Red Cross)
  • 1920-09-23 Gerard W Taylor, South African/British surgeon
  • 1920-10-06 Lord Donaldson of Lymington, British judge (d. 2005)
  • 1920-11-02 Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2012)
  • 1920-11-05 Tommy Goodwin [Thomas], Connecticut, British Track Cyclist (2 X Olympic Bronze 1948), (d. 2012)
  • 1920-11-11 Roy Jenkins, British MP (Labour)
  • 1920-11-22 Anne Crawford, British film actor (d. 1956)
  • 1920-12-06 George Porter, British chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)
  • 1921-01-13 Dachine Rainer, British writer (d. 2000)
  • 1921-02-16 Araucaria, British crossword compiler
  • 1921-02-20 Ruth Gipps, British(?) conductor/composer
  • 1921-02-22 David Greene, British television director (d. 2003)
  • 1921-03-06 Oliver Wright, British Ambassador (To US)
  • 1921-03-26 George Jefferson, CEO (British Telecom)
  • 1921-04-05 Lady Fisher, founder (British Women Caring Trust)
  • 1921-04-06 Franta Belsky, British sculptor
  • 1921-04-13 James Wilson, British Lt-General
  • 1921-05-06 Robert Fell, CEO (British Stock Exchange)
  • 1921-05-13 Syd[ney G] Vincent, British mine workers leader
  • 1921-05-17 John Garlick, British senior civil servant
  • 1921-05-20 John Harrison, British vice admiral/surgeon
  • 1921-05-31 Andrew Grima, British jeweller
  • 1921-06-12 Christopher Derrick, British writer (d. 2007)
  • 1921-06-27 Muriel Pavlow, British actress
  • 1921-07-31 Peter Benenson, British founder of Amnesty International (d. 2005)
  • 1921-08-08 John Herbert Chapman, British physicist (d. 1979)
  • 1921-08-10 Leonard Lickorish, dir-gen (British Tourist Authority)
  • 1921-08-12 Patrick Howard-Dobson, president (Royal British Legion)
  • 1921-09-11 Edwin Richfield, British Actor (d. 1990)
  • 1921-09-24 Leonard Overton, British glider pilot (Arnhem 1944)
  • 1921-11-26 Verghese Kurien, Calicut, British India, engineer (billion-litre idea), (d.2012)
  • 1922-01-25 Raymond Baxter, British TV host/author (Fast Lady)
  • 1922-02-06 Denis Norden, British television personality
  • 1922-02-13 Lord Pym of Sandy, British minister of foreign affairs
  • 1922-02-16 Geraint Evans, British opera vocalist (Knaben Wunderhorn)
  • 1922-03-17 Megan Bull, British head mistress (Holloway Jail)
  • 1922-04-05 Tom Finney, Preston, Lancashire, English football player (Preston North End)
  • 1922-04-09 Michael Palliser, head of British diplomatic service
  • 1922-04-16 Leo Tindemans, Belgian statesman, Prime Minister of Belgium (1974-78), born in Zwijndrecht,
  • 1922-05-10 David Orr, deputy chairman (Inchcape)/CEO (British Council, Unilever)
  • 1922-05-13 Michael Ainsworth, British cricketer (d. 1978)
  • 1922-05-18 GMcC Kitson, British principal (Central School of Speech/Drama)

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 701 - 800 of 1,074

  • 1995-01-07 Larry Grayson, British entertainer (Generation Game), dies at 65 or 71
  • 1995-01-22 Margaret Barbara Lambert, British historian (Saar), dies at 88
  • 1995-01-27 Geoffrey Parsons, Australian/British pianist, dies at 65
  • 1995-01-27 Halsey S Colchester, British SAS/MI6-spy/priest, dies at 76
  • 1995-01-29 Raymond Joseph Cecil, British architect, dies at 69
  • 1995-01-29 Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympics-gold-1948), dies at 77
  • 1995-01-30 Gerald M Durrell, British zoologist/author (Mockery Bird), dies at 70
  • 1995-02-04 Betty Davis, British dance teacher of Dame Margot Fonteyn, dies
  • 1995-02-08 Wilhelm J Soukop, Austrian/British sculptor, dies at 88
  • 1995-02-15 Viscount Camrose, British large landowner/Conservative, dies
  • 1995-02-25 Jack Clayton, British director (Great Gatsby), dies at 73
  • 1995-03-05 Vivian Stanshall, British musician (Magical Mystery Tour), dies at 51
  • 1995-03-07 Don Cook, British foreign correspondent, dies at 74
  • 1995-03-08 Ota Adler, Czech/British fur trader (Jewish Aid Fund), dies at 83
  • 1995-03-29 Baltimora, British singer (b. 1957)
  • 1995-05-24 Harold Wilson, British PM (1964-70, 74-76), dies of cancer at 79
  • 1995-05-28 Jean Muir, British fashion designer, dies at 66
  • 1995-08-02 Brian Smith, British sportscaster, dies
  • 1995-08-19 Danny Arnold, British TV producer, dies at 70
  • 1995-08-25 John Killan Houston Brunner, British sci-fi writer, dies at 60
  • 1995-08-29 Harry Broadhurst, British airman, dies at 89
  • 1995-10-09 Alec Douglas-Home, PM of Britain (1963-64), dies
  • 1995-10-09 Lord Home of Hirsel, cricket (Middlesex player later British PM), dies
  • 1995-11-21 Noel Jones, British diplomat (b. 1940)
  • 1996-02-17 Bentley Bridgewater, british Museum secretary, dies at 84
  • 1996-03-04 Barbara Lewis, British obituarist, dies at 55
  • 1996-03-28 Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith, British bibliophile, dies at 87
  • 1996-04-30 David Michael Ifshin, British political campaign organiser, dies at 46
  • 1996-05-24 John Abbott, British actor (Lady Jane, Quest), dies at 90
  • 1996-06-10 Norman Lambert, British restuarateur, dies
  • 1996-06-11 Alan Weeks, British sports commentator, dies at 72
  • 1996-06-25 Sir Arthur Snelling, British Ambassador (b. 1914)
  • 1996-07-09 Peter Martini, British journalist, dies at 31
  • 1996-07-09 Susan Cowdy, British ornithologist, dies at 81
  • 1996-12-29 Willaim Brown, British TV executive, dies at 67
  • 1997-02-02 Godfrey Baseley, British radio executive, dies at 92
  • 1997-08-07 Vincent Gulliver, Britain's oldest man, dies at 109
  • 1997-09-06 P. H. Newby, British author and BBC radio director (b. 1918)
  • 1997-12-02 Shirley Crabtree, British professional wrestler (b. 1930)
  • 1997-12-04 Richard Vernon, British actor (Gandhi, Hard Days Night), dies at 72
  • 1998-02-08 Enoch Powell, British Conservative MP and shadow cabinet member (b.1912)
  • 1998-03-16 Derek Harold Richard Barton, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • 1998-04-05 Cozy Powell, British musician (b. 1947)
  • 1998-05-02 Kevin Lloyd, British actor (b. 1949)
  • 1998-06-11 Catherine Cookson, British novelist (b. 1906)
  • 1998-07-27 Binnie Barnes, British actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers), dies at 95
  • 1998-09-10 Carl Forgione, British actor (b. 1944)
  • 1998-10-17 Joan Hickson, British actress (b. 1906)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1998-10-28 Ted Hughes, Poet and British Poet Laureate (1984-98), dies aged 68

  • 1998-11-02 Vincent Winter, British actor (b. 1957)
  • 1998-11-13 Valerie Hobson, British actress (b. 1917)
  • 1998-12-01 Freddie Young, British cinematographer (b. 1902)
  • 1998-12-07 John Addison, British composer (b. 1920)
  • 1999-01-15 Betty Box, British film producer (b. 1915)
  • 1999-02-09 Bryan Mosley, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 1999-02-28 Christine Glanville, British Puppeteer (. 1924)
  • 1999-03-17 Rod Hull, British comedian (b. 1936)
  • 1999-03-21 Ernie Wise, British comedian (b. 1925)
  • 1999-04-14 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer (b. 1931)
  • 1999-04-15 Harvey Postlethwaite, British engineer and racing car designer (b. 1944)
  • 1999-04-26 Jill Dando, British television presenter (b.1961)
  • 1999-06-01 Christopher Sydney Cockerell, British engineer and inventor (b. 1910)
  • 1999-06-16 David Edward Sutch, British musician (b. 1940)
  • 1999-06-23 Buster Merryfield, British actor (b. 1920)
  • 1999-07-12 Bill Owen, British actor (b. 1914)
  • 1999-08-15 Sir Hugh Casson, British architect and artist (b. 1910)
  • 1999-09-17 Frankie Vaughan, British singer (b. 1928)
  • 1999-11-21 Quentin Crisp, British writer, raconteur and actor (b. 1908)
  • 1999-12-29 Leon Radzinowicz, British criminologist (b. 1906)
  • 2000-01-02 Patrick O'Brian, British novelist (b. 1914)
  • 2000-01-17 Philip Jones, British trumpeter (b. 1928)
  • 2000-01-26 Kathleen Hale, British author (b. 1898)
  • 2000-03-07 Charles Gray, British actor (b. 1928)
  • 2000-03-28 Anthony Powell, British novelist (b. 1905)
  • 2000-04-11 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (b. 1945)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2000-05-21 Sir John Gielgud, British stage and screen actor and director (Hamlet, Arthur), dies at 96

  • 2000-05-25 Nicholas Clay, British actor (b. 1946)
  • 2000-05-27 Crawford Murray MacLehose of Beoch, British statesman (b. 1917)
  • 2000-06-02 Gerald Whitrow, British mathematician (b. 1912)
  • 2000-06-24 Vera Atkins, Romanian-born British intelligence officer (b. 1908)
  • 2000-06-28 Jane Birdwood, British anti-Semitic activist (b. 1913)
  • 2000-07-01 Sarah Payne, British murder victim (b. 1992)
  • 2000-07-22 Eric Christmas, British actor (b. 1916)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2000-08-05 Sir Alec Guinness, British actor (b. 1914)

  • 2000-09-09 Julian Critchley, British politician (b. 1930)
  • 2000-09-19 Anthony Robert Klitz, British artist (b. 1917)
  • 2000-10-01 Reginald Kray, British gangster (b. 1933)
  • 2000-10-03 John Grant, British politician (b. 1932)
  • 2000-11-09 Hugh Paddick, British actor (b. 1915)
  • 2001-01-11 Michael Williams, British actor, husband of Judi Dench (b. 1935)
  • 2001-01-16 Auberon Waugh, British author and journalist (b. 1939)
  • 2001-01-30 Johnnie Johnson, British fighter pilot (b. 1915)
  • 2001-03-02 John Diamond, British journalist (b. 1953)
  • 2001-04-01 Olivia Barclay, British astrologer (b. 1919)
  • 2001-05-02 Ted Rogers, British comedian (b. 1935)
  • 2001-08-03 Christopher Hewett, British actor (b. 1922)
  • 2001-08-18 David Peakall, British scientist (b. 1931)
  • 2001-09-01 Brian Moore British sports commentator (b. 1932)
  • 2001-10-07 Christopher Adams, British-born pro wrestler and judoka (b. 1955)
  • 2001-10-12 Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, British politician (b. 1907)