English History

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0122-09-13 Building begins on Hadrian's Wall, Northern England

Roman Emperor Hadrian
Roman Emperor
Hadrian
  • 0597-12-25 England adopts Julian calendar
  • 0673-09-24 Synod of Hertford opens; canons made for English Church
  • 0793-06-08 Vikings in long ships from modern-day Norway plunder St Cuthbert's monastery on Lindisfarne Island, off the northeast coast of England
  • 0851-08-22 Erispoe defeats Charles the Bald near the Breton town of Jengland.
  • 0910-08-05 The last major Viking army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward and Earl Aethelred.
  • 0939-10-27 Edmund I succeeds Athelstan as King of England
  • 0959-10-01 Edgar I, the Peaceful, becomes king of all England
  • 0979-04-14 Challenge to throne of King Aethelred II of England
  • 0991-08-10 Battle of Maldon: English, led by Bryhtnoth, confront a band of inland-raiding Vikings near Maldon in Essex. The English are defeated and the story is immortalised in a well-known poem.
  • 1002-11-13 English king Ethelred II (the 'Unready') launches 'St Brice's Day' massacre of Danish settlers
  • 1016-11-30 Cnut the Great (Canute), King of Denmark, claims the English throne after the death of Edmund 'Ironside'
  • 1043-04-03 Edward the Confessor crowned king of England
  • 1066-01-06 King Harald of England crowned
  • 1066-04-24 Halley's Comet sparks English monk to predict country will be destroyed
  • 1066-09-25 Battle of Stamford Bridge; English army under King Harold Godwinson defeat invading Norwegians led by King Harald Hardrada and Harold's brother Tostig, who were both killed
  • 1066-09-27 William the Conqueror's troops set sail for England
  • 1066-09-28 William the Conqueror invades England landing at Pevensey Bay, Sussex
  • 1066-10-14 Battle of Hastings, Duke William of Normandy and the Norman army defeat English forces of Harold II
  • 1066-12-25 Duke William of Normandy ('William the Conqueror) crowned King of England
  • 1100-08-02 King William II of England (William Rufus) is killed by an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrell while hunting in the New Forest.
  • 1100-08-05 Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey
  • 1106-09-28 Battle at Tinchebrai: English King Henry I beats his brother Robert
  • 1135-12-22 Norman nobles recognize Stefanus van Blois as English king
  • 1138-08-22 English defeat the Scottish at Cowton Moor, Yorkshire. Banners of various saints carried into battle - led to the name Battle of the Standard
  • 1150-03-25 Tichborne family of Hampshire England start tradition of giving gallon of flour to residents to keep deathbed promise
  • 1154-12-04 Adrian IV elected Pope. The only Englishman to become pontiff, Nicholas Breakspear was a member of the family which until recent years brewed beer in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
  • 1154-12-19 King Henry II of England crowned
  • 1156-01-20 According to legend, freeholder Lalli slays English crusader Bishop Henry with an axe on the ice of Lake Köyliönjärvi in Finland
  • 1174-07-13 William I of Scotland, key rebel in Revolt of 1173-1174, captured at Alnwick by forces loyal to Henry II of England.
  • 1189-02-06 Riots in Lynn, Norfolk (England) spread to Norwich
  • 1189-07-06 Richard the Lionheart is crowned King of England
  • 1190-03-16 York Progrom: Jews living in York, England, besieged in Clifford's Tower and massacred or commit sucide rather than submit to baptism
  • 1190-03-17 Crusades complete massacre of Jews of York England
  • 1190-03-18 Crusaders kill 57 Jews in Bury St Edmunds, England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1191-06-08 King Richard I of England arrives at Acre in modern day Israel to join the Siege of Acre during the Third Crusade

AgreementTreaty of Interest

1192-09-02 Sultan Saladin and King Richard the Lionheart of England sign treaty over Jerusalem, at end of the Third Crusade

1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria Saladin
1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria
Saladin
King Richard the Lionheart
King
Richard the Lionheart
  • 1192-09-21 English King Richard I the Lion hearted, captured by Leopold V, Duke of Austria
  • 1192-10-09 Richard I of England, the Lion Heart, leaves Jerusalem in disguise
  • 1194-02-04 100,000 ransom is paid for Richard I, King of England
  • 1194-05-02 King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter.
  • 1199-03-25 Richard I, Lion Heart, King o f England, is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France which leads to his death on April 6.
  • 1200-05-22 Treaty of Le Goulet signed between France and England
  • 1202-04-28 King Philip II expels King John of England ("Lackland") from France
  • 1207-07-15 King John of England expels Canterbury monks for supporting Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton.
  • 1210-11-01 King John of England begins imprisoning Jews
  • 1213-05-15 King John of England names Stephen Langton as Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1214-07-02 Battle of La Roche-aux-Moines (Angers), part of King John of England attempt to reclaim Normandy from France
  • 1214-07-27 1st battle of Bouvines - King Philip II of France vs Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV and King John of England; as a result John lost Normandy and his other possessions in France (hence his nickname John "Lackland")

  • 1215-03-04 King John of England makes an oath to the Pope as a crusader to gain the support of Innocent III.

AgreementMagna Carta

1215-05-12 English barons serve ultimatum on King John; leads to Magna Carta

  • 1215-06-15 King John signs Magna Carta at Runnymede, near Windsor, England
  • 1216-05-21 French crown prince Louis enters England, having been invited by barons at war with King John.
  • 1216-10-12 King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash as the flood tide swamps his wagons, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps near Sutton Bridge
  • 1216-10-19 King John of England dies at Newark-on-Trent and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry
  • 1217-05-20 The Second Battle of Lincoln is fought near Lincoln, England, resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke.
  • 1217-08-24 Battle of South Foreland: English fleet beats France
  • 1217-09-12 French prince Louis & English King Henry III sign peace treaty
  • 1259-12-04 Treaty of Paris: English King Henry III & French King Louis IX
  • 1264-05-14 Battle of Lewes, 2nd Barons' War: Simon de Montfort the younger, Earl of Leicester, defeats English King Henry III
  • 1265-01-20 First English Parliament summoned other than by royal command (in this instance by Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester) mets in Westminster Hall
  • 1265-01-23 1st English Parliament not summoned by the monarch formally convened (some authorities)
  • 1265-08-04 Battle of Evesham: English prince Edward beats Simon de Montfort the younger
  • 1272-11-20 Edward I proclaimed King of England
  • 1272-11-21 Following Henry III of England's death on November 16, his son Prince Edward becomes King of England.
  • 1275-05-23 King Edward I of England orders cessation of persecution of French Jews
  • 1278-05-10 Jews of England imprisoned on charges of coining
  • 1278-11-17 680 Jews arrested (293 hanged) in England for counterfeiting coins
  • 1284-03-03 Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England
  • 1290-07-12 Jews are expelled from England by order of King Edward I
  • 1290-07-18 King Edward I of England orders expulsion of Jews
  • 1290-10-09 Last of 16,000 English Jews expelled by King Edward I, leaves
  • 1291-05-10 Scottish nobles recognize authority of English king Edward I
  • 1291-11-28 Eleanor of Castile, wife of King Edward I of England, dies in Northamptonshire. Crosses are erected where her body rests on the way to London.
  • 1295-07-05 Scotland and France form an alliance, the beginnings of the Auld Alliance, against England.
  • 1295-11-27 English King Edward I calls what later became known as "The Model Parliament" extending the authorities of its representatives
  • 1296-03-30 Edward I sacks Berwick-upon-Tweed, during armed conflict between Scotland and England
  • 1296-04-27 Battle of Dunbar: The Scots are defeated by Edward I of England.

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1297-09-11 Battle at Stirling Bridge, Scottish rebel William Wallace beats English

Scottish nobleman William Wallace
Scottish nobleman
William Wallace
  • 1298-07-22 English defeat Scots at Battle of Falkirk
  • 1301-02-07 Edward of Caernarion (later Edward II) becomes first (English) Prince of Wales
  • 1303-05-20 Treaty of Paris restores Gascony to the English and arranges for marriage of English Prince Edward to French Princess Isabella
  • 1304-07-20 Wars of Scottish Independence: Fall of Stirling Castle - King Edward I of England takes the last rebel stronghold of the war.
  • 1305-08-05 William Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.
  • 1305-08-23 William Wallace, Scottish patriot, is executed for high treason by Edward I of England.
  • 1314-06-24 Battle of Bannockburn; Scotland regains independence from England
  • 1318-04-01 Berwick-upon-Tweed is captured by the Scottish from the English.

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1322-10-14 Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland's independence

King of Scotland Robert the Bruce
King of Scotland
Robert the Bruce

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1327-01-25 King Edward III accedes to the English throne

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III
  • 1327-02-01 Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer.
  • 1328-05-01 Wars of Scottish Independence end: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton - the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
  • 1336-08-12 English King Edward III ends wool export to Flanders
  • 1337-03-17 Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy made in England
  • 1340-01-26 English king Edward III proclaimed king of France
  • 1340-06-24 English fleet destroys the French at the battle of Sluys (the Hundred Years War)
  • 1340-09-25 England & France sign disarmament treaty
  • 1346-08-26 Battle of Crécy, south of Calais in northern France; Edward III's English longbows defeat Philip VI's army, cannons used for first time in battle
  • 1346-10-17 Battle of Neville's Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by Edward III of England at Calais, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 4,832

  • 0040-06-13 Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general and Governor of Britain, conquered Wales and Northern England, born in Gallia Narbonensis (Roman province in Southern France) (d. 93)
  • 1102-02-07 Empress Matilda, Princess of England and wife of Henry V of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1169)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1117-12-21 Thomas Becket, English archbishop of Canterbury (1162-1170), born in London, England (d. 1170)

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Becket
  • 1133-03-05 King Henry II of England (1154-89), born in Le Mans (d. 1189)
  • 1155-02-28 Henry the Young King, son of Henry II of England (d. 1183)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1157-09-08 Richard I [Richard the Lion Hearted], King of England (1189-99), born in Oxford, England (d. 1199)

  • 1157-09-13 Alexander Neckum/de Sancto Albano, English theologist/encyclopedist
  • 1162-10-13 Leonora of England, Queen of Castile (d. 1214)
  • 1167-12-24 John "without a land", King of England (1199-1216)
  • 1201-08-09 Arnold Fitz Thedmar, English chronicler (d. 1274)
  • 1207-10-01 Henry III, king of England (1216-72)
  • 1210-07-22 Joan of England, Queen consort of Scotland, wife of Alexander II of Scotland (d. 1238)
  • 1222-08-04 Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford, English soldier (d. 1262)
  • 1239-06-17 Edward I, King of England (1272-1307) subdued Wales, expelled Jews from England
  • 1240-09-29 Margaret of England, Queen consort of Scotland, (d. 1275)
  • 1242-06-25 Beatrice of England, Duchess of Brittanny (d. 1275)
  • 1243-09-02 Gilbert de Clare, 7th Earl of Hertford, English politician (d. 1295)
  • 1245-01-16 Edmund Crouchback, son of Henry III of England (d. 1296)
  • 1261-02-01 Walter de Stapledon, English bishop (d. 1326)
  • 1269-06-18 Princess Eleanor of England (d. 1298)
  • 1273-11-24 Alphonso, Earl of Chester, son of Edward I of England (d. 1284)
  • 1275-03-15 Margaret Plantagenet, English princess (d. 1318)
  • 1284-04-25 Edward II, King of England (1307-27), Caernarfon Castle Gwynedd,
  • 1285-05-01 Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, English politician (d. 1326)
  • 1286-06-24 John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey, English politician and the last Warenne earl of Surrey (d. 1347)
  • 1287-01-24 Richard Aungerville, English bishop (d. 1345)
  • 1287-04-25 Roger de Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, de facto ruler of England (d. 1330)
  • 1300-06-01 Thomas of Brotherton, 1st Earl of Norfolk, son of Edward I of England (d. 1338)
  • 1301-08-05 Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent, English politician (d. 1330)
  • 1301-09-24 Ralph Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford, English soldier (d. 1372)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1312-11-13 Edward III, King of England (1327-77) noted for his military success and for restoring royal authority, born in Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England (d. 1377)

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III
  • 1328-06-25 William Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, English military leader (d. 1397)
  • 1332-06-16 Isabella de Coucy, English princess (d. 1382)
  • 1338-11-29 Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Edward III of England, born in Antwerp, Buchy of Brabant (d. 1368)
  • 1341-06-05 Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York, son of Edward III of England (d. 1402)
  • 1341-11-10 Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland, English statesman, born in Alnwick, Northumberland, England (d. 1408)
  • 1342-11-08 Julian of Norwich, English saint (d. 1416)
  • 1344-10-10 Mary Plantagenet, English princess (d. 1362)
  • 1355-01-07 Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester, son of Edward III of England (d. 1397)
  • 1364-05-20 Henry Percy, [Harry Hotspur], English soldier/politician
  • 1364-11-30 John FitzAlan, 2nd Baron Arundel, English soldier (d. 1390)
  • 1366-03-22 Thomas de Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk, English politician (d. 1399)
  • 1366-07-11 Anne of Bohemia, consort of Richard II of England (d. 1394)
  • 1367-01-06 Richard II, King of England (1377-99), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1400)
  • 1367-04-03 Henry IV, Bolingbroke Lincolnshire, King of England (1399-1413)
  • 1387-09-16 Henry V, King of England (1413-22) and France (1416-19), born in Monmouth Castle, Monmouth, Principality of Wales (date disputed) (d. 1422)
  • 1388-09-29 Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Henry IV of England (d. 1421)
  • 1389-06-20 John, Duke of Bedford, regent of England (d. 1435)
  • 1389-11-09 Isabella of Valois, queen consort of England, born in Paris (d. 1409)
  • 1390-12-27 Anne de Mortimer, claimant to the English throne (d. 1411)
  • 1391-11-06 Edmund de Mortimer, 5th Earl of March, English politician, born in New Forest, Westmeath, Ireland (d. 1425)
  • 1394-06-04 Philippa of England, queen of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (d. 1430)
  • 1395-03-18 John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter, English military leader (d. 1447)
  • 1396-10-16 William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, English soldier (d. 1450)
  • 1401-10-27 Catherine of Valois, Queen of Henry V of England, born in Paris (d. 1437)
  • 1403-02-22 Charles VII, King of France (1422-61), drove the English out from Northern France, (d. 1461)
  • 1404-03-25 John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, English military leader (d. 1444)
  • 1406-09-26 Thomas de Ros, 9th Baron de Ros, English soldier and politician (d. 1430)
  • 1411-09-21 Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, claimant to the English throne (d. 1460)
  • 1415-05-03 Cecily Neville, mother of Edward IV of England and Richard III of England (d. 1495)
  • 1417-11-23 William FitzAlan, 16th Earl of Arundel, English politician (d. 1487)
  • 1420-11-24 John Stafford, 1st Earl of Wiltshire, English politician (d. 1473)
  • 1421-07-25 Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland, English politician, born in Leconfield, United Kingdom (d. 1461)
  • 1421-12-06 Henry VI, King of England (1422-61, 1470-71), born at Windsor Castle (d. 1471)
  • 1422-08-13 William Caxton, 1st English printer (Histories of Troy)
  • 1427-09-09 Thomas de Ros, 10th Baron de Ros, English politician (d. 1464)
  • 1428-11-22 Richard Neville [16th Earl of Warwick], English nobleman and military commander known as Warwick the Kingmaker (d. 1471)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1430-03-23 Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI of England, born in Pont-à-Mousson, Lorraine, France (d. 1482)

Queen Consort to King Henry VI of England Margaret of Anjou
Queen Consort to King Henry VI of England
Margaret of Anjou
  • 1442-04-28 Edward IV, King of England (1461-70, 71-83), born in Rouen, Normandy (d. 1483)
  • 1443-05-17 Edmund, Earl of Rutland, brother of Kings Edward IV of England and Richard III of England
  • 1443-05-31 Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII of England (d. 1509)
  • 1452-10-02 Richard III, King of England (1483-85), born in Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire, England (d. 1485)
  • 1453-10-13 Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales and the only son of King Henry VI of England and Margaret of Anjou, born in London (d. 1471)
  • 1454-09-04 Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, English politician, born in Wales (d. 1483)
  • 1456-06-11 Anne Neville, wife of Richard III of England (d. 1485)
  • 1457-01-28 Henry VII, Pembroke Castle, 1st Tudor king of England (1485-1509)
  • 1464-04-23 Robert Fayrfax, English court composer, born in Deeping Gate, Lincolnshire (d. 1521)
  • 1466-02-11 Elizabeth of York, Queen Consort of England and wife of King Henry VII, born in Westminster Palace, London (d. 1503)
  • 1467-08-11 Mary of York, English princess (d. 1482)
  • 1478-02-07 Sir Thomas More, English statesman, humanist, and author (d. 1535)
  • 1480-11-10 Bridget of York, English princess and nun, born in Eltham Palace, London (d. 1517)
  • 1486-09-20 Arthur, Prince of Wales, son of King Henry VII of England (d. 1502)
  • 1489-07-02 Thomas Cranmer, England, archbishop/reformer/martyr

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1491-06-28 Henry VIII, King of England (1509-47) who separated the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, born in London (d. 1547)

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1492-07-02 Elizabeth Tudor, English princess (d. 1495)
  • 1495-11-21 John Bale, England, bishop/anti-catholic playwright (Kynge Johan)
  • 1496-03-18 Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VII of England and queen consort of Louis XII of France (d. 1533)
  • 1500-03-03 Reginald Pole, English Cardinal/"heretic"
  • 1501-01-16 Anthony Denny, confidant of King Henry VIII of England (d. 1559)
  • 1502-09-13 John Leland, English antiquarian (d. 1552)
  • 1505-01-30 Thomas Tallis, English composer (d. 1585)
  • 1510-10-06 Rowland Taylor, English clergyman, born in Northumberland, England (d. 1555)
  • 1510-10-06 John Caius, English physician, born in Norwich, England (d. 1573)
  • 1513-12-23 Thomas Smith, English diplomat and scholar (d. 1577)
  • 1514-06-16 John Cheke, English classical scholar (d. 1557)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1515-09-22 Anne of Cleves, Queen of England and 4th wife of Henry VIII, born in Dusseldorf, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1557)

Queen of England Anne of Cleves
Queen of England
Anne of Cleves
  • 1515-10-08 Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, born in Harbottle Castle, Northumberland, England (d. 1578)
  • 1516-02-18 Mary I Tudor, [Bloody Mary], Greenwich, queen of England (1553-58)
  • 1520-09-13 William Cecil 1st baron Burghley, English premier
  • 1522-05-24 John Jewel, English bishop (d. 1571)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 100 of 117

  • 1152-05-18 Eleanor of Aquitaine marries Henri of Anjou, handing the future King Henry II of England most of France, allowing future kings of England to claim France for centuries thereafter

HeartWedding of Interest

1191-05-12 Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre in Cyprus

  • 1236-01-14 English King Henry III marries Eleonora of Provence
  • 1290-07-08 Princess Margaret (15), daughter of Edward I of England marries John II of Brabant at Westminster Abbey

HeartWedding of Interest

1328-01-24 King Edward III of England marries Philippa of Henegouwen (Hainault)

King of England Edward III
King of England
Edward III
  • 1365-07-27 Isabella of England marries Enguerrand of Coucy at Windsor
  • 1382-01-20 King Richard II of England marries Anne of Bohemia and daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor at Westminster Abbey. Anne died of plague in 1394.

HeartWedding of Interest

1445-04-23 Margaret of Anjou weds King Henry VI of England in Titchfield, Hampshire

Queen Consort to King Henry VI of England Margaret of Anjou
Queen Consort to King Henry VI of England
Margaret of Anjou
  • 1472-07-12 Richard Plantagenet, Duke of Gloucester and later King of England, marries Anne Neville, daughter of the Earl of Warwick, in Westminster Abbey.
  • 1486-01-18 King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV

HeartWedding of Interest

1501-10-15 Heir to the English Prince Arthur marries Catherine of Aragon

Spanish Princess, Queen of England Catherine of Aragon
Spanish Princess, Queen of England
Catherine of Aragon

HeartWedding of Interest

1531-01-05 Pope Clemens VII forbids English King Henry VIII to re-marry

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII

HeartWedding of Interest

1533-01-25 England's King Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn, his 2nd wife

Queen Anne Boleyn
Queen
Anne Boleyn
King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
  • 1536-05-30 English King Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour, his 3rd wife
  • 1540-07-28 English King Henry VIII marries Catharine Howard, his 5th wife
  • 1543-07-12 England's King Henry VIII weds Catherine Parr (6th & last wife)
  • 1553-05-21 Lady Jane Grey (15), later English queen for 9 days, marries Lord Guildford Dudley (18)
  • 1554-07-24 Queen Maria of England marries Philip, king of Naples/Jerusalem
  • 1613-02-24 English princess Elizabeth marries Earl Frederik of Palts

HeartWedding of Interest

1625-06-13 English king Charles I marries French princess Henriette

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • 1641-05-12 Prince Willem II of Orange (14) marries English princess Mary Henrietta Stuart (9)

HeartWedding of Interest

1656-11-12 English Poet and author of epic "Paradise Lost" John Milton (47) marries 2nd wife Katherine Woodcock

  • 1662-02-24 English Poet and author of "Paradise Lost" John Milton marries 3rd wife Elizabeth Mynshull, 31 years his junior.
  • 1677-11-14 Prince William of Orange (27) marries English princess Mary Stuart (15)
  • 1735-07-09 Author, poet, critic and lexicographer and writer of the first English dictionary Dr. Samuel Johnson (25) marries the widow Elizabeth "Tetty" Porter, 21 years his senior

HeartWedding of Interest

1749-08-25 British admiral Samuel Hood (24) weds Susannah Linzee in Portsmouth, England

British Admiral Samuel Hood
British Admiral
Samuel Hood

HeartWedding of Interest

1795-10-04 Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (22) weds Sara Fricker in Bristol, England

Poet, Critic, and Philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poet, Critic, and Philosopher
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

HeartWedding of Interest

1800-08-19 Social reformer Elizabeth Fry (20) weds tea dealer Joseph Fry (23) at the Norwich Quaker Meeting House in Norwich, England

English Social Reformer Elizabeth Fry
English Social Reformer
Elizabeth Fry

HeartWedding of Interest

1802-10-04 English romantic poet William Wordsworth (32) marries childhood friend Mary Hutchinson

  • 1811-08-28 English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (19) elopes to Scotland with 1st wife Harriet Westbrook (16)

HeartWedding of Interest

1814-07-25 Inventor Charles Babbage (21) weds Georgina Whitmore at St. Michael's Church in Devon, England

Inventor Charles Babbage
Inventor
Charles Babbage
  • 1816-12-30 English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (24) marries 2nd wife writer "Frankenstein" Mary Godwin (19) and daughter of early feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft

HeartWedding of Interest

1836-04-02 English novelist and social critic Charles Dickens (24) marries Catherine Thomson Hogarth (20)

Novelist Charles Dickens
Novelist
Charles Dickens
  • 1836-08-20 English novelist (Vanity Fair) William Makepeace Thackeray (25) marries Isabella Gethin Shawe (20)

HeartWedding of Interest

1838-11-11 Emma Wedgwood accepts English naturalist Charles Darwin's marriage proposal

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin

HeartWedding of Interest

1839-07-25 British PM William Gladstone (29) weds Catherine Glynne (27) in England

British Prime Minister William Gladstone
British Prime Minister
William Gladstone

HeartWedding of Interest

1854-06-29 English Novelist and author of "Jane Eyre" Charlotte Brontë marries curate Arthur Bell Nicholls

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1892-09-12 61st UK Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin (25) weds writer and activist Lucy Ridsdale (23) in Rottingdean, England

British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
British Prime Minister
Stanley Baldwin

HeartWedding of Interest

1896-03-24 Writer "Heart of Darkness" Joseph Conrad (39) marries Englishwoman Jessie George (23)

Novelist Joseph Conrad
Novelist
Joseph Conrad

HeartWedding of Interest

1908-09-02 Naval officer Robert Scott (40) weds sculptress Kathleen Bruce (30) at the Chapel Royal in London, England

Polar Explorer Robert Scott
Polar Explorer
Robert Scott
  • 1922-02-28 English princess Mary marries Viscount Lascelles at Westminster Abbey

HeartWedding of Interest

1923-04-26 English prince Albert Duke of York (George VI) (27) marries Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (22) at Westminster Abbey

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI

HeartWedding of Interest

1927-07-27 British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (39) weds Elizabeth Carver in Chiswick, England

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1935-11-06 English Prince Henry weds Alice Montagu-Douglas-Scott

HeartWedding of Interest

1936-12-24 Paleoanthropologist Mary Nicol (23) weds archaeologist Louis Leakey (33) in England

Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey
Paleoanthropologist
Mary Leakey
Archaeologist and paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist and paleoanthropologist
Louis Leakey

HeartWedding of Interest

1943-04-10 Actor Peter Cushing (29) weds actress Violet Helene Beck in London, England

HeartWedding of Interest

1949-08-12 Multi-Tony award-winning actress Angela Lansbury (23) weds actor and producer Peter Shaw (31) at St. Columba's Presbyterian Church of Scotland in London, England

HeartWedding of Interest

1951-09-15 Actor Peter Sellers (26) weds actress Anne Howe in London, England

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
  • 1952-07-15 Gerald D. Lascelles (under English princess Mary) weds Angela Dowding

HeartWedding of Interest

1955-06-18 Former World No. 1 tennis player Lew Hoad (20) weds tennis player Jenny Staley (21) at St Mary's Church in Wimbledon, England

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad

HeartWedding of Interest

1956-04-23 Novelist C. S. Lewis (57) weds poet Joy Davidman (41) at the register office in Oxford, England

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis

HeartWedding of Interest

1956-10-06 Tennis player champ Ken Rosewall (21) weds Wilma McIver at St John's Church of England Cathedral in Brisbane, Australia

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

HeartWedding of Interest

1957-09-15 Country music legend Patsy Cline (25) weds linotype operator Charles Dick (23) in Winchester, England

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • 1960-05-06 English Princess Margaret marries Antony Armstrong-Jones (later Lord Snowdon) at Westminster Abbey

HeartWedding of Interest

1961-03-25 Playwright Samuel Beckett (54) weds Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil on a secret civil ceremony in England

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 1961-06-08 English prince Edward, Duke of Kent, weds Katharine Worsley
  • 1963-04-24 English princess Alexandra marries Sir Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey
  • 1964-02-19 Actor Peter Sellers (38) weds actress Britt Ekland in London, England
  • 1966-06-15 English writer of blockbuster novels, Jackie Collins weds 2nd husband Oscar Lerman

HeartWedding of Interest

1967-06-29 Actress Maggie Smith (32) weds actor Robert Stephens (35) in Greenwich, England

Actress Maggie Smith
Actress
Maggie Smith

HeartWedding of Interest

1968-05-20 "The Who" guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend (23) weds Karen Astley in England

  • 1972-07-08 English prince Richard marries Birgitte of Deurs (Henriksen)
  • 1973-07-04 British Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles (33) weds Camilla Rosemary Shand (26) at Guards Chapel in Birdcage Walk in London, England
  • 1975-03-08 5th Earl of Lichfield Patrick Anson (35) weds Lady Leonora Grosvenor (26), daughter of the 5th Duke of Westminster at Chester Cathedral in England
  • 1975-08-23 Actress Maggie Smith (40) weds playwright Beverley Cross (44) at the Guildford Register Office in Surrey, England
  • 1977-06-14 English model Twiggy Lawson (27) weds actor Michael Witney (45)
  • 1978-06-30 English prince Michael marries baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz in Vienna, Austria
  • 1978-11-17 Gerald Lascelles, British aristocrat and son of Princess Mary weds 2nd wife Elizabeth Collingwood in Vienna

HeartWedding of Interest

1984-03-22 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (36) weds singer/dancer Sarah Brightman (23) in Hampshire, England

  • 1986-07-23 Britain's Prince Andrew (26) weds Sarah Ferguson (26) at Westminster Abbey in London, England
  • 1988-01-09 English earl of St Andrews marries Sylvana Tomaselli
  • 1991-09-22 American Jewish playwright and screenwriter David Mamet marries 2nd wife, English actress Rebecca Pidgeon

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1992-08-20 Rocker Sting weds Trudie Styler at an 11th century chapel in Wiltshire, England

Singer and Actor Sting
Singer and Actor
Sting
  • 1998-02-22 Singer-songwriter Tori Amos (34) weds British sound engineer Mark Hawley (34) in West Wycombe, England

HeartWedding of Interest

1998-11-22 "Titanic" actress Kate Winslet (23) weds assistant film director Jim Threapleton (25) at All Saints Church in Reading, England

Actress Kate Winslet
Actress
Kate Winslet
  • 1999-07-09 Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark (33) weds architect and yachtsman Carlos Morales Quintana (28) at St. Sophia Cathedral in London, England

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-07-28 Six-time golf winner Nick Faldo (44) weds third wife Valerie Bercher on a lavish ceremony in Windsor, England

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

HeartWedding of Interest

2002-09-14 No Doubt lead vocalist Gwen Stefani (42) weds lead singer and rhythm guitarist "Bush" Gavin Rossdale (46) at St. Paul's Church in London, England

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani
  • 2004-12-31 English actor Terence Stamp (64) weds Elizabeth O'Rourke (23) in London
  • 2005-06-24 "Real Madrid" football striker Michael Owen (25) weds Louise Bonsall at Carden Park Hotel in Chester, England
  • 2005-08-21 "Strictly Come Dancing" hostess Natasha Kaplinsky (32) weds investment banker Justin Bower at St. Margaret's Church in Somerset, England
  • 2005-08-30 "Squeeze" band founder Jools Holland (47) weds sculptor Christabel McEwen at St. James Church in Cooling, Kent, England
  • 2005-09-10 Fashion model Jodie Kidd (26) weds entrepreneur Aidan Butler at St. Peter's Church in Twineham, West Sussex, England
  • 2005-09-10 "The Yardbirds" rock guitarist Jeff Beck (61) weds Sandra Cash in Tunbridge Wells, England
  • 2005-09-10 British television presenter Kate Garraway (38) weds former political lobbyist Derek Draper (38) at St. Mary The Virgin parish church in London, England
  • 2005-09-10 Camilla Parker-Bowles's son Tom Parker Bowles (30) weds "Harpers & Queen" fashion features editor Sara Buys at St. Nicholas' Church in Rotherfield Greys, Oxfordshire, England
  • 2005-12-10 Actress Jane Danson (27) weds "Brookside" actor Robert Beck (35) at Gibbon Bridge Hotel in Lancashire, England
  • 2005-12-17 Race car driver Gary Paffett (24) weds his lady love Lisa in England
  • 2006-05-29 Award-winning English actress Tamzin Outhwaite (35) weds former "EastEnders" actor Tom Ellis (26) at All Saints Church in Lullington, Somerset
  • 2006-07-22 British TV presenter Ant McPartlin (30) weds former member of "Deuce" Lisa Armstrong (29) at St. Nicholas Church in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England
  • 2006-07-29 "Primal Scream" lead singer Bobby Gillespie (44) weds stylist Katy England at St. Margaret's Church in Betley, Staffordshire
  • 2006-09-02 Former "EastEnders" actress Hannah Waterman (31) weds actor Ricky Groves (38) at a country church in Inwardleigh, England
  • 2006-10-20 "Liberty X" member Michelle Heaton (27) weds Pop Idol's Andy Scott-Lee (26) in Hertfordshire, England
  • 2006-12-02 "Emmerdale" actor Nick Miles (44) weds Stephanie Lumb at the Roundthorn Country House Hotel in Penrith, England

HeartWedding of Interest

2007-03-03 Model and actress Elizabeth Hurley (41) weds Indian textile heir Arun Nayar (42) at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire, England

  • 2009-09-12 Financial analyst and only son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Lord Frederick Windsor (30) weds actress Sophie Winkleman (29) at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey, England
  • 2010-01-09 Food writer and former fashion model Sophie Dahl (32) weds British jazz singer Jamie Cullum (30) in Hampshire, England

HeartWedding of Interest

2011-06-11 Recording artist Lily Allen (26) weds Sam Cooper (32) at St. James The Great church in Gloucestershire, England

Recording Artist & Fashion Designer Lily Allen
Recording Artist & Fashion Designer
Lily Allen

HeartWedding of Interest

2011-07-01 English model Kate Moss (37) weds English guitarist Jamie Hince (42) at St. Peter's Church, Southrop in Gloucestershire

Supermodel Kate Moss
Supermodel
Kate Moss

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1533-05-23 King Henry VIII & Catherine of Aragon's marriage declared null & void by authority English clergy not the Pope

King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII
Spanish Princess, Queen of England Catherine of Aragon
Spanish Princess, Queen of England
Catherine of Aragon

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1540-07-09 English King Henry VIII annuls his 6 month marriage to his 4th wife Anne of Cleves, on the grounds of non-consummation and her pre-contract to Francis of Lorraine

Queen of England Anne of Cleves
Queen of England
Anne of Cleves
King of England Henry VIII
King of England
Henry VIII

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 2,379

  • 0093-08-23 Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general and Governor of Britain, conquered Wales and Northern England, dies at 53
  • 0197-02-19 D Clodius Septimus Albinus, Roman bequest in England, dies in battle
  • 0303-04-23 Saint George, Greek officer in the Roman army, beheaded. Patron saint of many lands including England
  • 0604-05-26 Augustinus van Canterbury, bishop/apostle of England, dies (or 605)
  • 0616-02-24 King Ethelbert of Kent, 1st English king to convert to Christianity
  • 0642-02-28 Oswald, English King of Northumbria and saint, dies in the Battle of Maserfield at about 38
  • 0689-01-12 Benedict Biscop, English saint, dies
  • 0699-02-03 Saint Werburgh, Anglo Saxon Princess and patron saint of Chester, England
  • 0709-04-24 Wilfrid, English bishop and saint, dies at about 76
  • 0709-05-25 Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury, Bishop of Sherborne. English poet and scholar (b. cica 639)
  • 0727-10-19 Saint Frideswide, patron saint of Oxford, England
  • 0729-04-24 Egbert[us], English bishop/saint, dies in Iona at 89
  • 0735-05-26 Bede (Beda Venerabilis), English historian and monk, (b. circa 672 or 673)
  • 0754-06-05 Boniface, [Winfrid], English saint/archbishop (Dokkum), dies at 79
  • 0754-06-05 Eoda, English speaking bishop of Utrecht, murdered
  • 0804-05-19 Alcuin of York, English scholar, dies in Tours France at 69
  • 0900-10-28 Alfred the Great, English monarch, dies
  • 0924-07-17 King Edward the Elder of England (899-924)
  • 0939-10-27 King Athelstan I of England (b. 895)
  • 0946-01-26 Eadgyth, English-born German Queen, wife of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor
  • 0946-05-25 Edmund the Older, king of Wessex/England (939-46), dies
  • 0955-11-23 Edred, King of England (b. c. 923)
  • 0959-10-01 King Edwy (Eadwig) of England (955-959) "the All-Fair", dies at about 18
  • 0975-07-08 Edgar, King of England (959-75), dies
  • 0988-05-19 Dunstan[us], English archbishop of Canterbury, dies
  • 1014-02-03 Sweyn Forkbeard, Viking king of Denmark, Norway and England (1013-14), dies
  • 1014-02-03 King Sweyn [Sweyn Forkbeard] I of Denmark and England (born cira 960)
  • 1016-04-23 Æthelred II "the Unready", king of England (979-1016), dies
  • 1035-11-12 Cnut (Canute) "The Great", King of Denmark. England, Norway and parts of Sweden. Reigned 1016-1035.
  • 1040-03-17 Harold Harefoot (Harold I), King of England (1035-40), dies
  • 1042-06-08 Harthacnut/Harthacanute, King of Denmark and England (b. 1018) Lambeth
  • 1066-01-05 Edward de Belijder, the Confessor, king of England (1043-66), dies
  • 1066-10-14 Harold II, King of England (1066), dies at the Battle of Hastings
  • 1075-12-19 Edith of Wessex, wife of Edward the Confessor of England
  • 1087-09-09 William I, The Conqueror, King of England/Duke of Normandy, dies
  • 1100-08-02 William II, [Rufus], king of England, shot in New Forest at 44
  • 1118-05-01 Edith of Scotland, first wife of Henry I of England (b. c. 1080)
  • 1120-11-25 William Adelin, son and heir of Henry I of England (b. 1104) dies in White Ship tragedy trying to save his illegitimate half-sister Countess of Perche while crossing the English Channel
  • 1135-12-01 Henry I Beauclerc, King of England and the 1st English King fluent in the English language, dies of fever after eating "a surfeit of lampreys"
  • 1147-10-31 Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester, English politician (bc. 1090)
  • 1151-04-23 Queen Adeliza of England (b. 1103)
  • 1152-05-03 Matilda of Boulogne, Queen of England (b. 1105)
  • 1153-08-17 Eustace IV of Boulogne, son of Stephen of England (b. 1130)
  • 1154-10-25 Stefanus van Blois, king of England (1135-54), dies
  • 1159-09-01 Adrian IV, [Nicole Breakspear], only English pope (1154-59), dies
  • 1167-01-12 Aelred of Hexham/Rievaulx, English abbot/saint, dies at about 56
  • 1167-02-27 Robert of Melun, English philosopher/bishop of Hereford, dies

MurderAssassination

1170-12-29 Thomas Becket, English Archbishop of Canterbury, assassinated by 4 knights of King Henry II at 52

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Becket
  • 1176-04-20 Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, English soldier (b. 1130)
  • 1176-10-12 William d'Aubigny, 1st Earl of Arundel, English politician
  • 1181-06-30 Hugh de Kevelioc, 3rd Earl of Chester, English politician (b. 1147)
  • 1183-06-11 Henry the Young King, son of Henry II of England (b. 1155)
  • 1189-02-04 Gilbert of Sempringham, English monastery founder/saint, dies
  • 1189-07-06 Henry II, King of England (1154-89), dies at 56
  • 1189-09-03 Jacob of Orleans, Rabbi, killed in anti Jewish riot in London England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1199-04-06 Richard I, the Lion-hearted, King of England (1189-99), dies at 41

  • 1199-09-04 Joan of England, Queen consort of Sicily, wife of William II of Sicily (b. 1165)
  • 1204-10-21 Robert de Beaumont, 4th Earl of Leicester, English nobleman
  • 1205-07-13 Hubert Walter, Archbishop of Canterbury and Justicier of England
  • 1216-10-19 King John of England (1199-1216), agreed to the Magna Carta, dies at 49
  • 1218-12-30 Richard de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford, English politician (b. 1162)
  • 1226-03-07 William de Longespee, 3rd Earl of Salisbury, English military leader
  • 1226-12-11 Robert de Ros, English politician (b. 1177)
  • 1230-12-23 Berengaria of Navarre, queen of Richard I of England
  • 1238-03-04 Joan of England, Queen Consort of Scotland, wife of Alexander II (b. 1210)
  • 1241-12-01 Isabella of England, wife of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1214)
  • 1245-08-21 Alexander van Hales, English scholar, dies
  • 1246-05-31 Isabella of Angouleme, queen of John of England
  • 1253-10-09 Robert Grosseteste, English scientist, scholastic philosopher, theologian and Bishop of Lincoln, dies at around 78
  • 1262-07-15 Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford, English soldier (b. 1222)
  • 1265-04-25 Roger de Quincy, 2nd Earl of Winchester, English crusader
  • 1265-05-16 Saint Simon Stock, English saint (b. 1165)
  • 1265-08-04 Simon de Montfort the younger, English Earl of Leicester, dies in battle
  • 1271-03-13 Henry of Almain, English crusader (b. 1235)
  • 1272-11-16 Henry III, King of England (1216-72, Provisions of Oxford), dies
  • 1275-09-24 Humphrey de Bohun, 2nd Earl of Hereford, Constable of England (b. 1208)
  • 1279-09-10 Robert Kilwardby/Anglicus, English philosopher/Cardinal, dies
  • 1282-08-25 Thomas Cantilupe, English saint (b. ca 1218)
  • 1284-08-19 Alphonso, Earl of Chester, son of Edward I of England (b. 1273)
  • 1290-11-28 Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I of England (b. 1241)
  • 1291-06-26 Eleanor of Provence, wife of Henry III of England
  • 1292-12-08 John Peckham, English archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 62
  • 1295-12-07 Gilbert de Clare, 7th Earl of Hertford, English politician (b. 1243)
  • 1296-06-05 Edmund Crouchback, son of Henry III of England (b. 1245)
  • 1297-09-11 Hugh de Cressingham, English treasurer, dies in battle
  • 1297-12-31 Humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford, English soldier (b. 1249)
  • 1307-04-07 Joan of Acre, daughter of Edward I of England (b. 1271)
  • 1307-07-07 Edward I, King of England (1272-1307), dies at 68
  • 1317-02-14 Marguerite of France, queen of Edward I of England (b. 1282)
  • 1322-03-16 Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford, English soldier (b. 1276) dies in battle at Boroughbridge
  • 1322-03-22 Thomas, 2nd Earl of Lancaster, English politician (b. 1278)
  • 1322-04-14 Bartholomew de Badlesmere, 1st Lord Badlesmere, English soldier (b. 1275)
  • 1326-10-15 Walter de Stapledon, English bishop (b. 1261)
  • 1326-11-17 Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, English politician (b. 1285)
  • 1326-11-26 Hugh the younger Despenser, English knight (b. 1286)
  • 1327-09-21 Edward II, king of England (1307-1327), assassinated at 43
  • 1330-03-19 Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent, English politician (b. 1301)
  • 1330-11-29 Roger de Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, de facto ruler of England (b. 1287)
  • 1338-08-04 Thomas of Brotherton, 1st Earl of Norfolk, son of Edward I of England (b. 1300)
  • 1340-12-04 Henry Burghersh, English bishop and chancellor (b. 1292)