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

Historic Event

1989-01-14 1,000 muslims burn Salman Rushdies' "Satanic Verses" in Bradford, England

  • 2000-12-09 Tottenham defender Ledley King scores fastest goal in English Premier League history when he nets after 9.82 seconds in 3-3 draw at Bradford City

Famous Birthdays

  • 1643-02-16 John Sharp, English Archbishop of York (1691-1714), born in Bradford, England (d. 1714)
  • 1810-04-21 John Putnam Chapin, American politician (10th Mayor of Chicago (1846-47), born in Bradford, Vermont (d. 1864)
  • 1838-02-06 Henry Irving [John Brodribb], British Victorian actor, 1st actor to receive a knighthood (knighted 1895) and the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula, 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)
  • 1894-09-13 J. B. Priestly, English novelist and scriptwriter (The Good Companions, An Inspector Calls), born in Bradford, United Kingdom
  • 1898-08-25 Arthur Wood, English cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests, 11 dismissals), born in Bradford, England (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, England (d. 1996)
  • 1912-11-08 Joseph Fattorini, English businessman, born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1918-01-28 Harry M Corbett, Bradford, puppeteer/entertainer (Sooty, Some People)
  • 1922-02-09 Jim Laker, English cricket spin bowler (46 Tests; 193 wickets; world best 19-90 4th Test v Australia 1956), born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1986)
  • 1922-04-09 Gerald Moverley, first Bishop of the Diocese of Hallam in Yorkshire, born in Bradford, England (d. 1996)
  • 1922-04-13 John Braine, English novelist (Life at the Top), born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1986)
  • 1922-05-03 Len Shackleton, English former footballer, born in Bradford, England (d. 2000)
  • 1922-06-04 John West, vice chancellor (Bradford University)
  • 1923-11-05 Ian Munro, British medical journalist, humanitarian and cricketer, born in Bradford, England (d. 1997)
  • 1924-06-27 Bob Appleyard, English cricketer (superb England off-spinner, brief career), born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2015)
  • 1925-07-01 Frank Lowson, England cricket batsman (7 Tests, 2 x 50s; Yorkshire CCC), born in Bradford, England (d. 1984)
  • 1925-10-19 Bernard Hepton, British actor (6 Wives of Henry VIII), born in Bradford, England
  • 1927-05-29 Trevor Holdsworth, English CEO (National Power), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England (d. 2010)
  • 1931-07-06 Donal Donnelly, Irish actor (The Godfather: Part III, Dead), born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2010)
  • 1933-05-10 Barbara Taylor Bradford, author
  • 1934-10-20 Timothy West, English actor (Brass), born in Bradford, England
  • 1936-08-03 Edward Petherbridge, English actor (The Guardians), born in West Bowling, Bradford, Yorkshire, England

David HockneyDavid Hockney (85 years old)

1937-07-09 English artist (Pop Art), born in Bradford, England

  • 1944-05-02 John Verity, English rocker (Argent), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1946-08-06 Allan Holdsworth, British progressive rock and jazz-fusion guitarist (Soft Machine), born in Bradford (d. 2017)
  • 1951-09-01 David Bairstow, English cricket wicket keeper, broadcaster (4 Tests, 13 dismissals; father of England Test 'keeper Jonny; Yorkshire CCC), born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1998)
  • 1952-07-29 Joe Johnson, English snooker player (World Champion, 1986: Senior Masters, 2019), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire
  • 1953-10-27 Peter Firth, English actor (Equus, Lifeforce, Tess), born in Bradford, England
  • 1955-04-09 Joolz Denby, English poet and novelist, born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1961-11-10 John Walton, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2001), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • 1963-08-23 Richard Illingworth, English cricket spin bowler (9 Tests, 19 wickets; Worcestershire CCC) and international umpire, born in Bradford, England
  • 1964-05-24 Adrian Moorhouse, British 100m breaststroker (Olympic gold 1988), born in Bradford, England
  • 1964-06-17 Steve Rhodes, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper 1994-95), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • 1977-10-13 Gareth Batty, English cricketer, born in Bradford, Yorkshire
  • 1981-11-20 Kimberley Walsh, English pop singer (Girls Aloud - "The Promise"), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1984-07-12 Gareth Gates, British singer-songwriter, born in Bradford, England

Zayn MalikZayn Malik (29 years old)

1993-01-12 British pop singer (One Direction, 2010-15 - "Story Of My Life"; solo -"Pillowtalk"), born in Bradford, England

Famous Deaths

  • 2013-09-13 James Bradford, American heavyweight weightlifter (Olympic silver 1952, 56), dies at 84