Leeds in History

Historical Events

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

Sports History

1930-07-11 21 year old Australian cricket super-batsman Don Bradman is 105 at lunch, 220 at tea, and 309 at stumps on the first day in 3rd Test vs England at Leeds; goes on to 334

  • 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.

Sports History

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

  • 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 cricket umpire (33 Tests 1956-69), born in Leeds, England (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 soccer forward (6 caps; Leicester City, Hull City, Manchester City, Sunderland, Leeds) and manager (Leeds, England, UAE), born in Middlesbrough, England (d. 1989)
  • 1928-06-07 Reg Park, British bodybuilder (Mr Universe - 1951, 58, 65), born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2007)
  • 1930-06-21 Gerald Kaufman, British Labour MP, born in Leeds (d. 2017)
  • 1932-01-26 Christopher Price, Director (Leeds Metropolitan U)

Peter O'ToolePeter O'Toole (1932-2013)

1932-08-02 Irish actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia), born in Leeds

  • 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, British rock musician (Throbbing Gristle; Psychic TV), commercial & music video director, born in Leeds, United Kingdom (d. 2010)
  • 1960-02-04 Tim Booth, British rock singer (James - "Sit Down"), born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, 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

Melanie BrownMelanie Brown (47 years old)

1975-05-29 English pop singer "Scary Spice" (Spice Girls), and television personality (America's Got Talent; X-FActor), 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

William HoldenWilliam Holden (1918-1981)

1981-11-12 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 soccer forward (6 caps; Leicester City, Hull City, Manchester City, Sunderland, Leeds) and manager (Leeds, England, UAE), dies from MND at 61