Blackpool in History

Historical Events

  • 1879-09-19 The Blackpool Illuminations are switched on for the first time.
  • 1885-09-29 First practical public electric tramway in the world is opened in Blackpool, England

Historic Event

1922-09-04 William Walmsley and William Lyons officially found the Swallow Sidecar Company (later Jaguar Cars) in Blackpool, England

Ballon d'Or

1956-12-18 Ballon d'Or: Blackpool & England winger Stanley Matthews wins inaugural award for best football player in Europe; beats Real Madrid pair Alfredo Di Stéfano & Raymond Kopa

Famous Birthdays

William LyonsWilliam Lyons (1901-1985)

1901-09-04 British industrialist and automobile manufacturer (Jaguar cars), born in Blackpool, Lancashire

  • 1912-04-17 Isador Caplan, British lawyer and Aldeburgh Festival pioneer, born in Blackpool, England (d. 1995)
  • 1913-12-26 Frank Swift, English soccer goalkeeper and journalist (19 caps; Manchester City 376 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Blackpool, Lancashire (d. 1958)
  • 1915-02-01 Stanley Matthews, English soccer forward (54 caps; Stoke City, Blackpool; 1st British player to be knighted), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England (d. 2000)
  • 1920-09-16 Sheila Quinn, British nurse and adviser (British Red Cross), born in Blackpool, England (d. 2016)
  • 1926-07-16 Brian Howard, deputy chairman (Marks & Spencer), born in Blackpool, England (d. 2005)
  • 1932-04-26 Michael Smith, English-Canadian biochemist (Nobel 1993- Site-directed mutagenesis), born in Blackpool, England (d. 2000)
  • 1939-09-10 Cynthia Lennon (née Powell), first wife of Beatle John Lennon (1962-68), and mother of singer, photographer, activist Julian Lennon, born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England (d. 2015)
  • 1939-09-26 Ricky Tomlinson, English actor and comedian (Mike Bassett: England Manager), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • 1942-02-02 Graham Nash, British-American musician and singer-songwriter (The Hollies - "Bus Stop"; Crosby, Stills & Nash - "Our House"), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1942-12-31 Andy Summers, English rock guitarist (Police - "Roxanne"), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1946-07-30 Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, English rock bassist (Jethro Tull), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • 1947-08-14 Maddy Prior, English folk singer (Steeleye Span, Silly Sisters, Carnival Band), born in Blackpool, United Kingdom
  • 1948-03-28 John Evan, British rock keyboardist (Jethro Tull), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1949-09-11 Roger Uttley, English rugby union player, born in Blackpool, England
  • 1954-09-21 Julia Grant [previously George Roberts], British transgender activist featured in "A Change of Sex", born in Blackpool, England (d. 2019)

Robert SmithRobert Smith (63 years old)

1959-04-21 British rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Cure - "Friday I'm In Love"), born in Blackpool, England

  • 1959-05-03 David Ball, English rock keyboardist (Soft Cell), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1959-10-04 Chris Lowe, English rock keyboardist (One Under The Eight, Pet Shop Boys), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England

David ThewlisDavid Thewlis (59 years old)

1963-03-20 English actor (Remus Lupin-Harry Potter series), born in Blackpool, Lancashire

  • 1970-11-23 Zoë Ball, British television and radio presenter, born in Blackpool, United Kingdom
  • 1973-03-02 Trevor Sinclair, English soccer winger (12 caps; Blackpool, West Ham, QPR, Manchester City), born in Dulwich, England
  • 1974-12-13 Nicholas McCarthy, German-English guitarist (Franz Ferdinand), born in Blackpool, England
  • 1979-11-07 Barney Harwood, English CBBC presenter, born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
  • 1986-04-27 Jenna Coleman, British actress (Doctor Who), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England

Famous Deaths

  • 2000-02-23 Stanley Matthews, English soccer forward (54 caps; Stoke City, Blackpool; 1st British player to be knighted), dies at 85