Bradford in History

Historical Events

  • 1985-05-11 56 die and at least 265 are injured at Bradford City football ground in the worst fire in English football history
  • 1989-01-14 1,000 muslims burn Salman Rushdies' "Satanic Verses" in Bradford, England

Famous Birthdays

  • 1838-02-06 Henry Irving [John Brodribb], British Victorian actor, 1st actor to receive a knighthood (knighted 1895), born in Bradford, England (d. 1905)
  • 1857-05-02 Frederic Cliffe, English composer, born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1931)
  • 1862-01-29 Frederick Delius, British composer (A Mass of Life, Brigg Fair, In a Summer Garden), born in Bradford, England (d. 1934)
  • 1868-06-30 C V France, British actor (The Skin Game, Adventure in Blackmail), born in Bradford England (d. 1949)
  • 1874-10-26 Martin Lowry, English chemist (Brønsted–Lowry acid–base theory), born in Low Moor, Bradford (d. 1936)
  • 1892-09-06 Edward Victor Appleton, English physicist (Nobel Prize 1947), born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 1965)
  • 1893-04-27 Allen Sothoron, American baseball player, born in Bradford, Ohio (d. 1939)
  • 1898-08-25 Arthur Wood, English cricket wicket-keeper (England 1938-39), born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1973)
  • 1904-02-20 Bramwell Fletcher, British actor (White Cargo, Random Harvest, The Mummy), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England (d. 1988)
  • 1911-04-03 Watkins Shaw, British musicologist, born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1996)
  • 1918-01-28 Harry M Corbett, Bradford, puppeteer/entertainer (Sooty, Some People)
  • 1922-02-09 James C "Jim" Laker, Bradford England, cricket off spinner
  • 1922-04-09 Gerald Moverley, first Bishop of the Diocese of Hallam in Yorkshire, born in Bradford, England (d. 1996)
  • 1922-05-03 Len Shackleton, English former footballer, born in Bradford, England (d. 2000)
  • 1922-06-04 John West, vice chancellor (Bradford University)
  • 1925-10-19 Bernard Hepton, Bradford England, actor (6 Wives of Henry VIII)
  • 1931-07-06 Donal Donnelly, Bradford Yorkshire England, actor (Dead)
  • 1933-05-10 Barbara Taylor Bradford, author
  • 1934-10-20 Timothy West, English actor (Brass), born in Bradford, England
  • 1937-07-09 David Hockney, Bradford England, artist (Pop Art)
  • 1944-05-02 John Verity, English rocker (Argent), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1946-08-06 Allan Holdsworth, British guitarist, born in Bradford (d. 2017)
  • 1947-10-03 7th earl of Bradford, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1953-10-27 Peter Firth, Bradford England, actor (Equus, Lifeforce, Tess), born in Bradford, England

Person of interestZayn Malik

1993-01-12 Zayn Malik, English pop singer (One Direction), born in Bradford, England

Singer-songwriter Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik

Famous Deaths

  • 1985-05-11 Samuel Frith, English co-founder of soccer team (Bradford City), dies
  • 2013-09-13 James Bradford, American heavyweight weightlifter (Olympic silver 1952, 56), dies at 84