Blackpool in History

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Mr Jaguar William Lyons
Mr Jaguar
William Lyons

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestWilliam Lyons

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

Mr Jaguar William Lyons
Mr Jaguar
William Lyons
  • 1912-04-17 Isador Caplan, British lawyer and Aldeburgh Festival pioneer, born in Blackpool, England (d. 1995)
  • 1939-09-10 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, born in Blackpool, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • 1942-02-02 Graham Nash, British-American musician and singer-songwriter (the Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1942-12-31 Andy Summers, English rock guitarist (Police-Roxanne), born in Blackpool, Lancashire
  • 1948-03-28 John Evans, British rock drummer (Jethro Tull), born in Blackpool, Lancashire

Person of interestRobert Smith

1959-04-21 Robert Smith, Sussex, English rock guitarist and vocalist (Cure-Hell's Kitchen), born in Blackpool, England

Musician Robert Smith
Robert Smith
  • 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

Person of interestDavid Thewlis

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

  • 1986-04-27 Jenna Coleman, British Actress (Doctor Who), born in Blackpool, Lancashire