Leeds in History

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.
  • 2012-10-06 The Leeds Rhinos defeat the Warrington Wolves 26-18 to win the 2012 Super League grand final

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, Leeds England, poet laureate of England (Garden)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1905-09-30 Nevill Francis Mott, English physicist (Nobel Prize 1977), 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)
  • 1918-04-11 Richard Wainwright, English politician, Liberal MP for Colne Valley (1966–70), born in Leeds (d. 2003)
  • 1918-04-26 Jack Morpurgo, American Literature scholar (Leeds University)
  • 1920-01-30 Patrick Heron, British abstract painter, born in Leeds, South Yorkshire (d. 1999)
  • 1924-11-21 Christopher Tolkien, British author and son of J. R. R. Tolkien, born in Leeds, England
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1937-04-03 William Gaunt, English actor (Champions), born in Pudsey, Yorkshire
  • 1941-01-24 Michael Chapman, Leeds England, rocker (Looking for 11)
  • 1943-05-14 [Derek] Lek Leckenby, English 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
  • 1944-09-03 Gary Leeds, rocker (Walker Brothers), born in Glendale, California
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Person of interestMelanie Brown

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

  • 1987-04-16 Aaron Lennon, English footballer, born in Leeds, United Kingdom

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