Leeds in History

Historical Events

  • 1643-01-23 Sir Thomas Fairfax takes Leeds for Parliamentarians in English Civil War

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1930-07-11 Bradman scores 309 in a day vs England at Leeds, goes on to 334

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1931-10-10 William Waltons "Belshazzar's Feast" premieres in Leeds
  • 1967-06-09 Boycott scores 246* v India, Leeds, 573 minutes, 29 fours 1 six
  • 1973-05-16 AC Milan of Italy win 13th European Cup Winner's Cup against Leeds of England 1-0 in Saloniki
  • 1973-07-05 Test cricket debut of English umpire Harold "Dickie" Bird v NZ at Leeds (66 Tests, 69 ODI)
  • 1975-05-28 19th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Leeds United 2-0 at Paris
  • 1977-06-26 The Yorkshire Ripper kills 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds, changing public perception of the killer as she was the first victim who was not a prostitute.

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1987-07-06 Pakistan cricket all-rounder Imran Khan reaches 300th Test wicket milestone, during 3rd Test vs England at Leeds

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan
  • 2012-10-06 The Leeds Rhinos defeat the Warrington Wolves 26-18 to win the 2012 Super League grand final
  • 2019-08-25 Ben Stokes with an unbeaten 135 leads England to a record run chase of 362-9 and victory over Australia in the 3rd cricket Test at Headingley, Leeds; keeps Ashes Series alive at 1-1

Famous Birthdays

  • 1632-02-20 Thomas Osborne, Duke of Leeds, English PM (1690-94)/founder (Tories)
  • 1724-06-08 John Smeaton, British civil engineer, born in Austhorpe, Leeds, England (d. 1792)
  • 1764-05-01 Benjamin Henry Latrobe, American architect (completed U.S. Capitol), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 1820)
  • 1830-11-08 Oliver Otis Howard, American Major General (Union Army), born in Leeds, Maine (d. 1909)
  • 1835-05-30 Alfred Austin, English poet laureate of England (Garden), born in Headingley, Yorkshire, England (d. 1913)
  • 1844-09-20 William H. Illingworth, English-American photographer, born in Leeds, England (d. 1893)
  • 1848-03-03 Adelaide Neilson, English stage actress (The Hunchback), born in Leeds, England (d. 1880)
  • 1861-04-09 Charles Holroyd, English artist and curator, Director of the National Gallery (1906-16), born in Potternewton, Leeds (d. 1917)
  • 1864-04-22 Phil May, English cartoonist, born in Wortley, Leeds (d. 1903)
  • 1879-08-21 Henry Ainley, English actor (As You Like It), born in Morley, West Yorkshire, England (d. 1945)
  • 1885-03-26 Robert Blackburn, British aviation pioneer and the founder of Blackburn Aircraft, born in Kirkstall, Leeds (d. 1955)
  • 1905-05-18 Hedley Verity, English cricket spin bowler (40 Tests, 144 wickets @ 24.37), born in Leeds, Yorkshire (d. 1943)
  • 1905-09-30 Nevill Francis Mott, English physicist (Nobel Prize for Physics 1977 for work on amorphous semiconductors), born in Leeds, England (d. 1996)
  • 1909-03-22 Jack Popplewell, British composer and playwright (If I Should Fall In Love Again), born in Leeds, England (d. 1996)
  • 1909-08-23 Syd Buller, English first-class cricketer and cricket umpire, born in Wortley, Leeds, Yorkshire (d. 1970)
  • 1912-08-12 Margaret Scriven, English tennis player (French C'ships 1933-34), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2001)
  • 1916-07-18 Kenneth Armitage, English sculptor, born in Leeds, England (d. 2002)
  • 1917-08-01 Benjamin Roberts, British industrial relations expert (London School of Economics), born in Leeds, England (d. 2011)
  • 1918-04-11 Richard Wainwright, English politician, Liberal MP for Colne Valley (1966–70), born in Leeds (d. 2003)
  • 1918-09-24 Richard Hoggart, British author (The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working Class Life) and warden (Goldsmith's College London), born in Leeds, England (d. 2014)
  • 1920-01-30 Patrick Heron, British abstract painter, born in Leeds, South Yorkshire (d. 1999)
  • 1923-07-03 Sue Ryder, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw & Cavendish, British volunteer with Special Operations Executive in the Second World War, born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 2000)
  • 1924-11-21 Christopher Tolkien, British author and son of J. R. R. Tolkien, born in Leeds, England (d. 2020)
  • 1925-04-09 Tom Jackson, British union leader (Post Office), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2003)
  • 1926-10-31 Jimmy Savile, English entertainer and suspected sexual predator, born in Leeds (d. 2011)
  • 1927-07-10 Don Revie, English footballer and soccer manager (Leeds and England), born in Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 1989)
  • 1928-06-07 Reg Park, British bodybuilder (Mr Universe 1951, 58, 65), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2007)
  • 1930-06-16 David Konstant, bishop (Leeds)
  • 1930-06-21 Gerald Kaufman, British Labour MP, born in Leeds (d. 2017)
  • 1932-01-26 Christopher Price, Director (Leeds Metropolitan U)

Person of interestPeter O'Toole

1932-08-02 Peter O'Toole, Irish actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia), born in Leeds (d. 2013)

  • 1935-12-10 Terry Allcock, English footballer (Norwich City), born in Leeds, England
  • 1937-04-03 William Gaunt, English actor (Champions), born in Pudsey, Yorkshire
  • 1941-01-24 Michael Chapman, English musician (Looking for 11), born in Leeds, England
  • 1943-05-14 Derek "Lek" Leckenby, English rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), born in Leeds, England (d. 1994)
  • 1943-06-13 Malcolm McDowell, English actor (Clockwork Orange, Caligula), born in Leeds, England
  • 1943-08-14 Barrie Leadbeater, English cricketer and umpire, born in Harehills, Leeds
  • 1945-01-31 Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, British judge, 1st woman to head UK Supreme Court, born in Leeds, England
  • 1948-12-20 Stevie Wright, Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire (d. 2015)
  • 1950-05-11 Jeremy Paxman, English broadcaster (University Challenge, Newsnight), born in Leeds, England
  • 1955-02-27 Peter Christopherson, English musician & video director, born in Leeds, United Kingdom (d. 2010)
  • 1960-02-04 Tim Booth, British singer (Heat, The World's End), born in Leeds, England
  • 1961-03-27 Ellery Hanley, British rugby league player, born in Leeds
  • 1961-12-11 Marco Pierre White, English chef and restaurateur (youngest chef ever to have been awarded three Michelin stars), born in Leeds, England
  • 1962-06-12 Paul Clark, English musician (The Bolshoi), born in Leeds, England
  • 1965-07-01 Gary Schofield, British Rugby League five-eighth (Great Britain 46, England 3 caps), born in Leeds, England
  • 1966-03-04 Wash West [Wash Westmoreland], English film director (Still Alice, The Last of Robin Hood), born in Leeds, England
  • 1968-05-04 Julian Barratt, English comedian and musician, one half of The Mighty Boosh, born in Leeds, England
  • 1973-04-24 Gabby Logan, British television presenter, born in Leeds, England
  • 1973-11-06 Nell McAndrew, British model, born in Leeds, England
  • 1974-02-22 Chris Moyles, English DJ, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 1974-07-30 Jason Robinson, English dual-code rugby player, born in Leeds, United Kingdom

Person of interestMelanie Brown

1975-05-29 Melanie Brown [Mel B], English singer "Scary Spice" (Spice Girls), born in Leeds, England

  • 1979-02-26 Corinne Bailey Rae, English singer, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 1986-01-04 James Milner, English footballer, born in Wortley, Leeds
  • 1987-04-16 Aaron Lennon, English footballer, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 1989-06-27 Matthew Lewis, English actor (The Syndicate), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

Famous Deaths


Person of interestWilliam Holden

1981-11-12 William Holden [Beedle], American actor (The Blue Knight, Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai), slips on a rug and bleeds to death at 63

  • 1989-05-26 Don Revie, English footballer and soccer manager (Leeds and England), dies at 61