London in History (Part 10)

Historical Events

Events 901 - 1,000 of 1,161

Historic Event

1983-09-21 David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" premieres in London

Music Concert

1983-09-22 The Everly Brothers reunite after 10 years apart in concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London

  • 1983-10-26 Hugh Whitemore's "Pack of Lies" premieres in London
  • 1983-12-17 The Provisional IRA bombs Harrods department store in London, killing six people and injuring 90
  • 1984-01-02 16 year old future South African Test cricket batsman Darryl Cullinan scores his 1st first-class century (106 no) for Border against Natal B in East London
  • 1984-04-04 Michael Frayn's "Benefactors" premieres in London
  • 1984-04-17 During Libyan Embassy demonstration in London, British police officer Yvonne Fletcher shot dead
  • 1984-05-08 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed

Historic Event

1984-05-17 Prince Charles calls proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend," sparking controversy on the role of the Royal Family and course of modern architecture.

  • 1984-08-30 Sotheby's in London begins 2 day auction of rock memorabilla
  • 1984-09-01 Middlesex beats Kent off the last ball of the Nat West Trophy cricket final in London; John Emburey hits Kent seamer Richard Ellison to square leg for 4 for the winning runs
  • 1984-09-25 1st London performance of musical "Stepping Out" presented
  • 1984-10-31 Howard Goodall & Melvyn Bragg's musical "Hired Man" premieres in London
  • 1985-04-03 Vic Elliot pockets 15,780 pool balls in 24 hours in London
  • 1985-04-21 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway wins London Marathon in race record 2:21:06
  • 1985-07-13 "Live Aid" concerts held at both Wembley Stadium (London) and John F. Kennedy Stadium (Philadelphia) raises over $70 million for African famine relief
  • 1985-07-16 Bill to abolish Greater London Council receives royal assent
  • 1985-09-28 Riots in Brixton, London, rompted by police shooting of Dorothy Groce by police
  • 1985-10-06 PC Keith Blakelock is murdered as riots erupt in the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham, north London.
  • 1985-10-08 Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzner's "Les Miserables" premieres in London
  • 1985-12-04 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London
  • 1986-03-06 Ken Ludwig's "Lend me a Tenor" premieres in London
  • 1986-08-03 First NFL 'American Bowl' exhibition game at London's Wembley Stadium, Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6
  • 1986-09-03 Alan Ayckbourn's "Woman in Mind" premieres in London
  • 1986-10-05 London Sunday Times reports Israel is stocking nuclear arms

Music Premiere

1986-10-09 Stage musical "Phantom of the Opera" premieres in London, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman; runs for 13,629 performances

  • 1986-10-21 Hugh Whitemore's "Breaking the Code" premieres in London
  • 1986-10-27 British government deregulates financial markets in a "Big Bang", enhancing London's status as a financial capital while increasing income inequality
  • 1987-04-16 British Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears at Bow Street Magistrates' Court in London charged with gross indecency
  • 1987-06-27 "The Living Daylights", 15th James Bond film, 1st film to star Timothy Dalton premieres in London
  • 1987-08-09 LA Rams beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • 1987-10-16 Great Storm of 1987: 175-kph hurricane force winds hit London and much of the South of England killing 23 people and causing widespread blackouts

Music Premiere

1987-10-27 Peter Shaffer's musical "Lettice & Lovage" premieres in London

  • 1987-11-18 31 people die in a fire at King's Cross, London's busiest tube station
  • 1988-06-10 Greatest number of participants (31,678) on a bicycle tour (London)
  • 1988-07-31 Miami Dolphins beat San Francisco 49ers, 27-21 in the American Bowl at London's Wembley Stadium
  • 1988-09-01 Timberlake Westenbaker's "Our Country's Good" premieres in London
  • 1988-09-15 Museum of Moving Image in London opens
  • 1988-10-16 "Smile Jamaica" concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London
  • 1988-12-12 3 trains collide in London, 40 die
  • 1988-12-20 Animal rights terrorists fire-bomb Harrod's department store, London
  • 1989-06-13 "Licence to Kill", 16th James Bond film, last directed by John Glen and starring Timothy Dalton premieres in London
  • 1989-08-20 Dredger "Bow Belle" collides with pleasure boat "Marchioness" on the River Thames in central London; the "Marchioness" sinks in 30 seconds, drowning 51

Music Premiere

1989-09-20 Musical "Miss Saigon," premieres in London, created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil

  • 1989-09-25 Ronald Harwood's play "Another Time" premieres in London
  • 1989-10-12 Musical "Buddy" with Paul Hipp premieres in London
  • 1989-10-23 William Nicholson's "Shadowlands" premieres in London
  • 1990-01-28 "Independent on Sunday" begins publishing in London
  • 1990-02-08 David Hares "Racing Demon" premieres in London
  • 1990-02-14 Alan Ayckbourn's "Man of the Moment," premieres in London
  • 1990-03-31 Major riots occur in London and other British towns in protest against the new Community Charge poll tax laws
  • 1990-10-21 The first Apple Day, is held in Covent Garden, London.

Music History

1990-12-14 Louis Jordan's revue "Five Guys Named Moe" premieres in London

  • 1991-02-27 Ben Elton's "Silly Cow" premieres in London
  • 1991-03-23 1st World League of American Football games, London beats Frankfurt 24-11, Sacramento beats Raleigh-Dur 9-3 & Mont beats Birmingham 20-5
  • 1991-03-26 Marc Camoletti's "Don't Dress for Dinner" premieres in London
  • 1991-04-15 East-Europe Bank forms in London
  • 1991-04-16 Leander & Seago's musical "Matador" premieres in London
  • 1991-06-09 1st WLAF World Bowl, Wembley Stadium, London: London Monarchs beat Barcelona Dragons, 21-0
  • 1992-04-11 Irish Republican Army bombs London financial district, killing 3

Music Concert

1992-04-20 All-star benefit concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium, London; performers include: Queen, Roger Daltry, Robert Plant, Zucchero, Paul Young, Seal, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Mick Ronson, George Michael, Elton John, Axl Rose, and Liza Minnelli

  • 1992-05-20 36th European Cup: Barcelona beats Sampdoria 1-0 at London
  • 1992-08-29 Largest wrestling crowd outside US (75,000) at Wembley Stadium, London
  • 1992-10-26 London Ambulance Service thrown into chaos after implementation problems with a new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system
  • 1993-01-26 Everton scores a 3-1 away win over Wimbledon at Selhurst Park in London; lowest ever attendance at an EPL fixture, 3,039

Theater Premiere

1993-04-01 Alan Bennett's play "The Madness of George III" premieres in London

Theater Premiere

1993-04-13 Tom Stoppard's play "Arcadia" premieres in London directed by Trevor Nunn, starring Rufus Sewell, Felicity Kendal and Bill Nighy

  • 1993-04-24 The IRA explodes a 1000kg car bomb in Bishopsgate, London, killing a news photographer and injuring 44 others
  • 1993-05-12 Parma of Italy win 33rd European Cup Winner's Cup against Royal Antwerp of Belgium 3-1 in London
  • 1993-07-12 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Sunset Boulevard", based on Billy Wilder's 1950 film, starring Patti Lupone and Daniel Benzali, opens at the Adelphi Theatre, London
  • 1993-07-16 S van Ruysdael's "Winter Landscape" sold for £705,500 in London

Golf Major

1993-08-29 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), London Hunt GC: Brandie Burton wins in a playoff from Betsy King

Boxing Title Fight

1993-10-01 In his first World Boxing Council heavyweight title defence Lennox Lewis beats fellow Londoner Frank Bruno by TKO in 7 at the National Stadium in Cardiff, Wales

  • 1994-03-09 IRA launch 1st of 3 mortar attacks on London's Heathrow Airport
  • 1994-03-19 England beats Wales, 15-8 at Twickenham, London but the Welsh take the Five Nations Rugby Championship as title decided by using points difference for the first time
  • 1994-05-14 FA Cup Final: Manchester United defeat Chelsea 4-0 at Wembley Stadium, London
  • 1994-12-01 Rober Schumanns 2nd Symphony premieres in London
  • 1995-02-26 London finance house Barings collapses after huge losses in Singapore by rogue trader Nick Leeson

Boxing Title Fight

1995-09-02 British boxer Frank Bruno beats American champion Oliver McCall in a unanimous 12 round points decision in London for the WBC heavyweight title

  • 1996-01-29 6,138th performance of "Cats" is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, "A Chorus Line"
  • 1996-02-09 The Irish Republican Army declares the end of its 18 month ceasefire shortly followed by a large bomb in London's Canary Wharf.
  • 1996-02-10 A bomb explodes in Docklands area of London, ending the 17-month ceasefire; James McArdle is eventually found guilty and jailed for 25 years
  • 1996-06-30 UEFA European Championship Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England: Oliver Bierhoff scores his second goal in extra time as Germany beat Czech Republic, 2-1

Historic Event

1997-03-06 Picasso's painting Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery, and is recovered a week later.

  • 1997-04-30 "London Assurance" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • 1997-05-22 "Closer" play by Patrick Marber starring Clive Owen, opens at the Royal National Theatre in London

Globe Theatre Fire

1997-06-12 Shakespeare's Globe theatre opens in London, England, replica of original Globe theatre (1599-1642) with performance of Henry V, after campaign by Sam Wanamaker

  • 1997-06-29 "London Assurance" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 72 performances

Historic Event

1997-09-06 Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales held at Westminster Abbey in London

Film Premiere

1997-12-09 "Tomorrow Never Dies", 18th James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh, premieres in London

Knighthood

1998-02-24 Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

  • 1998-04-05 France thrashes Wales, 51-0 at Wembley Stadium, London for its second straight Five Nations Rugby Championship and Grand Slam; fly-half Christophe Lamaison lands 5 conversions and 2 penalties

Historic Event

1998-07-12 South African President Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach drive through the streets of London

  • 1998-08-03 The Oval stages first competitive cricket match played under floodlights in London when home team Surrey loses to Sussex by 8 wickets in the day/night 40-over fixture

Murder of Interest

1998-10-16 Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a Spanish warrant requesting his extradition on murder charges

Sports History

1999-06-20 Cricket World Cup, Lord's, London: Shane Warne takes 4/33 as Australia beats Pakistan by 8 wickets; Lance Klusener (RSA), Player of Series

  • 1999-07-01 The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day powers are transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh
  • 1999-10-05 The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London kills 31 people.

Knighthood

2000-03-30 Richard Branson is knighted by Charles, Prince of Wales for "services to entrepreneurship" at Buckingham Palace, London

  • 2000-05-04 Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 901 - 1,000 of 1,983

  • 1924-04-20 Leslie Phillips, British actor (Carry On; sorting hat- Harry Potter series), born in Tottenham, Greater London
  • 1924-05-01 Dennis Main-Wilson, British TV and radio producer (Marty, Till Death Us Do Part), born in Dulwich, London (d. 1997)
  • 1924-05-28 Edward du Cann, British politician and Chairman of the Conservative Party (1965-67), born in Beckenham, London (d. 2017)
  • 1924-07-24 David Loram, British vice-admiral (Supreme Allied Commander), born in London (d. 2011)
  • 1924-07-28 Peter James Frederick Green, CEO (LLoyd's of London)
  • 1924-07-30 Christopher Shaw, British composer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1924-09-20 John Vassall, British spy and civil servant (spied for Soviet Union), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1924-09-24 Sheila MacRae, British-born actress (Jackie Gleason Show), born in London, England (d. 2014)
  • 1924-09-25 Norman Ayrton, British actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Academy, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1924-11-07 Wolf Mankowitz, English playwright and writer (A Kid for Two Farthings), born in Spitalfields, London (d. 1998)
  • 1925-01-08 James Saunders, English playwright (Ark), born in Islington, London (d. 2004)
  • 1925-02-16 David Emms, British educator (London Goodenough Trust for Overseas Graduates) (d. 2015)
  • 1925-02-27 Michael Kaye, British arts director (LSO, South Bank), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • 1925-03-11 James Miskin, QC/recorder of London
  • 1925-03-21 Peter Brook, English theater and film director (Marat/Sade), born in London
  • 1925-04-03 Tony Benn, British politcian, Minister of Technology and President of the Stop the War Coalition, born in Marylebone, London (d. 2014)
  • 1925-04-09 Michael Richardson, British investment banker and advisor to Margaret Thatcher known as "Mr Privatisation", born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1925-04-12 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer, born in Hendon, London (d. 2008)
  • 1925-04-22 George Cole, English actor (Minder, Vampire Lovers), born in London, England (d.2015)
  • 1925-05-02 John Neville, English theatre and film actor, born in Willesden, London (d. 2011)
  • 1925-05-06 Patrick Meaney, British businessman and CEO (Rank Organization), born in Wandsworth, London (d. 1992)
  • 1925-05-27 Vere Harmsworth, 3rd Viscount Rothermere, English press magnate (The Mail on Sunday), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1925-06-19 Charlie Drake [Charles Springall], English comedian (Plank, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Splish Splash), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • 1925-06-23 Miriam Karlin, British actress (The Rag Trade), born in Hampstead, London (d. 2011)
  • 1925-07-07 Yvonne Mitchell, writer (Johnny Nobody, Genghis Khan), born in London, England
  • 1925-07-18 Hubert Doggart, English cricketer (2 Tests for England 1950), born in Earl's Court, London (d. 2018)
  • 1925-08-22 Honor Blackman, English actress (Goldfinger, The Avengers), born in Plaistow, London (d. 2020)
  • 1925-08-27 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, born in Bishopsgate, London (d. 1999)
  • 1925-08-28 John Gillett, British film critic and researcher, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1925-09-02 Ronnie Stevens, actor (Rodney-Dick & Duchess), born in London, England

Angela Lansbury

1925-10-16 Angela Lansbury, British actress (Gaslight, Murder She Wrote), born in London, England

  • 1925-11-09 Sir Alistair Horne, British historian and journalist (A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1925-11-11 June Whitfield, English comedian (Terry and June, Absolutely Fabulous), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1925-11-11 John Guillermin, British film director (The Towering Inferno), born in London (d. 2015)

George Martin

1926-01-03 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles; Jeff Beck; America; The Goon Squad), born in London, England (d. 2016)

  • 1926-01-14 Warren Mitchell, English actor (Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1926-02-16 John Schlesinger, English director (Midnight Cowboy, Darling), born in London, England
  • 1926-02-22 Kenneth Williams, British actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On films), born in King's Cross, London (d. 1988)
  • 1926-03-13 F. H. McClintock, British criminologist, born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1926-03-27 Louis Blom-Cooper, barrister specialising in public and administrative law and co-editor of The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009, born in London
  • 1926-04-02 Michael Rizzello, English sculptor and coin designer, born in London (d. 2004)
  • 1926-04-02 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (The Beatles - "Penny Lane"), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1926-04-09 Michael Ogden, British barrister (Ogden Tables), born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1926-04-11 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1926-04-16 Barbara Tizard, British educator and author, born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1926-04-18 Doug Insole, English cricketer (England batsman of the 50's, nine Tests), born in Clapton, London (d. 2017)

Elizabeth II

1926-04-21 Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, 1952- ), born in London, England

  • 1926-04-28 Francis Burt, British composer, born in London (d. 2012)

David Attenborough

1926-05-08 David Attenborough, English naturalist, TV producer and host (BBC "Life" and "Our Planet" series), born in London, England

  • 1926-05-17 David Ogilvy, Earl of Airlie, Scottish peer, Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth, born in London
  • 1926-05-19 David Jacobs, British broadcaster (Juke Box Jury), born in London (d. 2013)
  • 1926-06-10 Lionel Jeffries, British actor (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Camelot), born in Forest Hill, London (d. 2010)
  • 1926-06-12 Jackie Pallo, English professional wrestler, born in Islington, Greater London, England (d. 2006)
  • 1926-07-18 Jane Hylton [Audrey Gwendolene Clark], British actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot, Daybreak), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • 1926-07-18 Richard Pasco, British actor (Gorgon, Arch of Triumph), born in Barnes, London (d. 2014)
  • 1926-07-20 Patricia "Pat" Cutts, British actress (Coronation Street), born in London, England (d. 1974)
  • 1926-07-21 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), born in London, England (d. 1980)
  • 1926-07-27 Peter Coker, English painter, born in London (d. 2004)
  • 1926-08-11 Bernard Ashley, English businessperson, fashion designer and co-founder of Laura Ashley, born in London (d. 2009)
  • 1926-08-27 Patricia "Pat" Coombs, British comedienne and actress (Carry On Again Doctor, Cranford), born in Camberwell, London (d. 2002)
  • 1926-09-06 Arthur William Oldham, English composer, born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1926-09-17 Reginald Marsh, British actor (Sicilians, It Happened Here), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1926-09-26 Julie London, American pop singer ("Cry Me A River"), and actress (Emergency - "Nurse MaColl"), born in Santa Rosa, California (d. 2000)
  • 1926-11-05 John Berger, English art critic and author (Ways of Seeing), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1926-11-06 Brian Abel-Smith, British economist and expert adviser, born in Kensington Court Gardens, London (d. 1996)
  • 1926-12-10 Harry Fowler, British actor (Great: Isambard Kingdom Brunel), born in Lambeth, London (d. 2012)
  • 1926-12-30 Stanley Tracey, British jazz pianist and composer (Under Milk Wood), born in Denmark Hill, South London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1927-02-07 John Buller, British composer, born in London (d. 2004)
  • 1927-04-05 John Gilbert, British politician and Minister (Labour), born in London (d. 2013)
  • 1927-04-13 Bill Wedderburn, Baron Wedderburn of Charlton, British politician, born in London (d. 2012)
  • 1927-04-17 Christopher Whelen, British composer and conductor, born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • 1927-04-26 Dame Anne McLaren, British biologist and leading researcher on human in vitro fertilisation (IVF), born in London, England (d. 2007)
  • 1927-06-04 Geoffrey Palmer, British actor (A Fish Called Wanda, The Madness of King George, Butterflies, Smacks & Thistle), born in London, England (d. 2020)
  • 1927-06-08 Michael Levey, English art historian and director (British National Gallery), born in Wimbledon, London (d. 2008)
  • 1927-06-11 Beryl Grey, English prima ballerina, born in Highgate, London
  • 1927-06-18 Paul Eddington, British actor (Devil Rides Out, Devil's Bride), born in Paddington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1927-07-16 John Freeland, Legal advisor UK foreign office and judge at the European Court of Human Rights, born in London (d. 2014)
  • 1927-08-01 Franklyn Perring, English botanist (co-author of Atlas of the British Flora, 1962), born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1927-08-11 Raymond Leppard, British-American harpsichordist, conductor (Indianapolis Symphony, 1987-2001; BBC Northern Symphony, 1973-80), and composer (Lord Of The Flies), born in London, England
  • 1927-08-20 Yootha Joyce, British actress (Man About the House, George and Mildred), born in Wandsworth, London (d. 1980)
  • 1927-09-07 Eric Hill, British children's books author and illustrator (Where's Spot), born in Holloway, London (d. 2014)
  • 1927-09-10 Gwendoline "Gwen" Watford, British actress (Present Laughter, Cleopatra, Taste the Blood of Dracula), born in London, England (d. 1994)

Roger Moore

1927-10-14 Roger Moore, British actor (The Saint, James Bond), born in London (d. 2017)

  • 1927-10-16 Lee Montague, British actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust), born in London, England
  • 1927-11-17 Fenella Fielding, English actress (Carry On films), born in London (d. 2018)
  • 1927-12-21 Michael Carreras, British film producer & director, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1994)
  • 1927-12-26 Denis Quilley, British actor (Anything Goes; The Lady's Not For Burning; Masada), born in London, England (d. 2003)

Vidal Sassoon

1928-01-17 Vidal Sassoon, British-American hair stylist and CEO of Vidal Sasson, born in London (d. 2012)

  • 1928-02-22 Bruce Forsyth, English comedian & TV host (Generation Game), born in London, England
  • 1928-02-29 Joss Ackland, British actor (Queenie, To Kill a Priest), born in London, England
  • 1928-03-11 Peter Roger Hunt, English director (Dr No), born in London, England
  • 1928-03-17 Eunice Gayson, British actress and 1st Bond Girl (Sylvia Trench- "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love"), born in London (d. 2018) [1]
  • 1928-03-26 Carole Carr [Carless], British singer and actress (Down Among the Z Men), born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • 1928-03-30 John Heddle Nash, Britiish lyric tenor, born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1928-04-03 Jennifer Paterson, English chef and TV personality (Two Fat Ladies), born in Kensington, London (d. 1999)
  • 1928-04-04 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London
  • 1928-04-05 Michael Bryant, British actor (Sakharov; Girly), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1928-04-05 Peter Moore, British academic (Professor of Statistics at London Business School) (d. 2010)
  • 1928-04-08 Eric Porter, British actor (Antony & Cleopatra; The 39 Steps), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1928-04-09 Monty Sunshine, British jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Petite Fleur), born in Stepney, London (d. 2010)

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