London in History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 1,166

  • 1885-11-09 Opera "Ermine" premieres in London
  • 1886-02-23 "The Times" of London publishes world's 1st classified ad
  • 1886-09-25 Comedy opera "Dorothy" first produced in London
  • 1887-05-09 Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London
  • 1887-07-05 Columbia University 4's crew becomes first American boat to win at London's Henley Regatta (Visitors Challenge Cup)
  • 1887-11-13 Bloody Sunday clashes in central London
  • 1888-03-21 Arthur Pinero's "Sweet Lavender" premieres in London

MurderMurder of Interest

1888-08-31 The body of Jack the Ripper's first victim, Mary Ann Nichols, is found in Whitechapel in London's East End

First Victim of Jack the Ripper Mary Ann Nichols
First Victim of Jack the Ripper
Mary Ann Nichols
  • 1888-09-25 Royal Court Theatre, London, opens
  • 1888-09-30 "Jack the Ripper" murders 2 more women, Liz Stride & Kate Eddowes, in Whitechapel, London
  • 1889-03-23 The free Woolwich Ferry officially opens in east London
  • 1889-05-14 The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is launched in London
  • 1889-12-07 Gilbert & Sullivan's "Gondoliers" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1890-04-26 Henry Morton Stanley inaugurated in London

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • 1890-05-17 Comic Cuts, 1st weekly comic paper, published in London
  • 1890-05-24 Tivoli Theater of Varieties opens in London

  • 1890-11-04 Prince of Wales opens first underground station at Stockwell, South London
  • 1891-03-28 1st world weightlifting championship won by Edward Lawrence in London, England
  • 1891-04-01 London-Paris telephone connection opens
  • 1891-05-06 Conductors on London General Omnibus Company go on strike
  • 1891-07-26 Henry James' "American" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1892-02-22 "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde premieres at St James Theatre, London

Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer and Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • 1892-02-25 James Barrie's "Walker London" premieres in London
  • 1893-05-10 Imperial Institute in London opens
  • 1893-10-14 George Edwarde's "Gaiety Girl" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1894-04-21 George Bernard Shaw's "Arms & the Man" premieres in London

  • 1894-06-30 London's Tower Bridge opens
  • 1894-09-10 London taxi driver George Smith is the first to be fined for drunk driving
  • 1895-01-05 Henry James' play "Guy Domville" opens in London
  • 1895-01-13 Oscar Wilde's "Ideal Husband" premieres in London
  • 1895-02-14 Oscar Wilde's "Importance of Being Earnest," opens in London
  • 1895-10-05 First UK individual cycling time trial is held on a 50-mile course north of London; Frederick Thomas Bidlake organiser
  • 1896-01-15 Henry Arthur Jones' "Michael & his Lost Angel" premieres in London
  • 1896-02-17 Muzzling Order on the London County Council enforced
  • 1896-03-07 Gilbert & Sullivan's last operette "Grand Duke" premieres in London
  • 1896-04-25 Sidney Jones & Harry Greenbacks musical premieres in London

  • 1896-05-04 1st edition of London Daily Mail (halfpenny)
  • 1896-05-09 1st horseless carriage show in London (featured 10 models)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1897-05-18 "Dracula" by Irish author Bram Stoker is published by Archibald Constable and Company in London

Novelist Bram Stoker
Novelist
Bram Stoker
  • 1897-05-22 The Blackwall Tunnel, London, under the River Thames is officially opened
  • 1897-07-25 Writer Jack London sails to join the Klondike Gold Rush where he will write his first successful stories
  • 1897-08-19 1st electric taxis drive in London
  • 1897-10-22 World's first car dealer opens in London
  • 1897-12-06 London becomes the world's first city to host licenced taxicabs
  • 1898-05-27 Arthur Pinero's "Trelawney of the Wells" premieres in London
  • 1899-05-17 Victoria & Albert Museum foundation laid, London, England
  • 1899-11-11 Stuart/Rubens/Boyd-Jones' "Floradora" premieres in London
  • 1900-02-27 In London, the Trades Union Congress and the Independent Labour Party (formed in 1893) meet, results in a Labour Representative Committee and eventually the modern Labour Party in 1906
  • 1900-05-02 George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" premieres in London
  • 1900-05-25 Retired London fire master Eyre Massey Shaw aged 70 reputedly becomes oldest gold medalist in Olympics for sailing (disputed)
  • 1900-07-16 A report appears in London that all foreigners in Peking, China, have been massacred. Although soon exposed as false, the report helps mobilize support for relief of foreigners
  • 1900-07-23 Pan-African Congress meets in London
  • 1901-10-16 Baron Hayashi of Japan begins negotiations in London to make an alliance with the British and strengthen Japan's position against Russians
  • 1901-12-14 1st table tennis tournament is held at the London Royal Aquarium

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1902-10-02 Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" is published by Frederick Warne & Co. in London

Children's Author Beatrix Potter
Children's Author
Beatrix Potter
  • 1903-06-06 President Emile Loubet of France and Minister of Foreign Affairs Theophile Declasse visit London, furthering the cause of Entente Cordiale between Britain and France
  • 1903-07-17 The Russian Social Democratic Workers Party meets, first in Brussels and then London because their leaders have been forced into exile by the Russian Government
  • 1904-11-01 George Bernard Shaw's comedy play "John Bull's Other Island" premieres in London
  • 1904-12-27 Stage play "Peter Pan" by J. M. Barrie premieres at the Duke of York Theatre in London
  • 1904-12-28 1st daily wireless weather forecasts published (London)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1905-03-07 Arthur Conan Doyle publishes "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" collection in London after public pressure to revive his famous detective (Feb New York)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1907-12-02 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns retains his title; KOs Englishman Gunner Moir in 10th round at the National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1907-12-10 The worst night of the Brown Dog riots in London, when 1,000 medical students clash with 400 police officers over the existence of a memorial for animals who have been vivisected.
  • 1908-01-18 Frederick Delius' "Brigg Fair" premieres in London
  • 1908-04-27 IV Summer (Modern) Olympic Games open in London
  • 1908-05-12 George Bernard Shaw's "Getting Married" premieres in London
  • 1908-05-24 John Masefields "Tragedy of Nan" premieres in London
  • 1908-08-29 NY gives a ticker tape parade to returning US Olympians from London
  • 1908-09-03 James Barries "What Every Woman Knows" premieres in London
  • 1908-10-31 IV Summer (Modern) Olympic Games close in London
  • 1908-12-04 The world's ten leading maritime nations attend a Naval Conference in London; they agree on rules for blockade, convoys, and seizure of contraband
  • 1908-12-11 Frederick Delius' "In a Summer Garden" premieres in London
  • 1909-02-21 John Galsworthy's "Strife" premieres in London
  • 1909-04-14 Anglo-Persian Oil Company forms in London
  • 1909-05-08 British runner Henry Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31) in the Polytechnic Marathon in London
  • 1909-06-26 Victoria & Albert Museum opens in London
  • 1909-11-11 J M Synge's "Tinker's Wedding" premieres in London
  • 1910-02-21 John Galsworthy's "Justice" premieres in London
  • 1910-02-23 George Bernard Shaw's "Misalliance" premieres in London
  • 1910-10-22 Dr. Crippen is convicted at the Old Bailey of poisoning his wife and was subsequently hanged at Pentonville Prison in London.
  • 1911-04-12 1st non-stop London-Paris flight (Pierre Prier in 3h56m)
  • 1911-04-19 George Bernard Shaw's "Fanny's First Play" premieres in London
  • 1911-05-12 1st Inter-Empire Championships open in London
  • 1911-06-01 1st Inter-Empire Sports Championships close in London
  • 1911-10-04 1st escalator installed on the London Underground at Earl's Court Station
  • 1911-10-19 Royal Mint in London sends dies for Canadian $1 coin to Ottawa Branch
  • 1911-10-25 London's last horse drawn omnibus made its way from London Bridge Station to Moorgate

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,991

  • 1861-01-06 George Exton Lloyd, Anglican bishop and theologian, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1940)
  • 1861-06-17 Sidney Jones, British conductor and composer (The Geisha, A Gaiety Girl), born in Islington, London (d. 1946)
  • 1861-09-28 Amélie of Orléans, Queen of Portugal, wife of Carlos I, born in Twickenham, London (d. 1951)
  • 1861-12-18 Lionel Monckton, British composer (Edwardian musical comedy), born in London, England (d. 1924)
  • 1862-03-28 George William Louis Marshall-Hall, English composer, born in London (d. 1915)
  • 1862-04-25 Edward Grey, English viscount of Fallodon and Minister of Foreign Affairs, born in London (d. 1933)
  • 1862-07-11 Liza Lehmann, English composer, born in London (d. 1918)
  • 1862-09-25 Billy Hughes, 7th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor, Nationalist: 1915-23), born in London (d. 1952)
  • 1862-10-13 Mary Kingsley, English ethnographer and explorer who became the first European to enter parts of Gabon, Africa, born in London (d. 1900)
  • 1863-02-09 Anthony Hope [Hopkins], novelist, born in London, England
  • 1863-03-10 E J Ratcliffe [Edward], British stage and screen actor, born in London (d. 1948)
  • 1863-06-13 Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, English fashion designer, born in London (d. 1935)
  • 1863-07-21 C Aubrey Smith [Charles], British actor (The Prisoner of Zenda), born in London, England (d. 1948)
  • 1863-12-07 John Ebenezer West, English composer, born in Hackney, London (d. 1929)
  • 1864-02-14 Israel Zangwill, Jewish author (Children of The Ghetto) and Zionist leader, born in London (d. 1926)
  • 1864-06-02 Ben Webster, British actor (Old Curiosity Shop), born in London, England (d. 1947)
  • 1864-07-15 Marie Tempest [Marie Susan Etherington], British actress known as the "queen of her profession" (Yellow Sands), born in London, England (d. 1942)
  • 1864-09-14 Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, British lawyer and politician who helps form League of Nations (Nobel 1937), born in Cavendish Square, London (d. 1958)
  • 1864-10-09 Maud Watson, British tennis player (first Wimbledon female champion 1884-85), born in London, England (d. 1946)
  • 1865-01-03 Henry Lytton, British actor and opera singer (The Mikado), born in London, England (d. 1936)
  • 1865-02-09 Mrs Patrick Campbell [Beatrice Tanner], English actress (Pygmalion), born in London, England (d. 1940)
  • 1865-03-21 Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, English historian and politician, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1940)

Person of interestGeorge V

1865-06-03 George V, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India (1910-36), born in Marlborough House, London, (d. 1936)

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 1865-10-10 Rafael Merry del Val, British-born Spanish Roman Catholic cardinal, born in London, England (d. 1930)
  • 1866-02-15 Bannister Fletcher, English architect and architectural historian (A History of Architecture), born in London (d. 1953)
  • 1866-04-17 Ernest Starling, British physiologist (Frank-Starling law of the heart), born in London (d. 1927)
  • 1866-07-25 Frederick Frost Blackman, English botanist, born in London (d. 1947)

Person of interestBeatrix Potter

1866-07-28 Beatrix Potter, English children's author and illustrator (The Tale of Peter Rabbit), born in London (d. 1943)

Children's Author Beatrix Potter
Children's Author
Beatrix Potter
  • 1866-12-14 Roger Fry, English artist and art critic, born in St Pancras, London, England (d. 1934)
  • 1867-05-26 Mary of Teck, Queen of Great Britain and consort of George V, born in Kensington Palace, London (d. 1953)
  • 1867-08-02 Ernest Dowson, British poet (Decorations in Verse and Prose), born in Lee, London
  • 1867-09-19 Arthur Rackham, English book illustrator (Grimm's Fairy Tales, Rip van Winkle), born in London, England (d. 1939)
  • 1867-09-27 Rosa Lewis, English chef and owner (Cavandish Hotel London), born in Leyton, Essex (d. 1952)

Person of interestGeorge Arliss

1868-04-10 George Arliss, British Academy Award-winning actor (Disraeli; Devil; Green Goddess), born in London, England (d. 1946)

  • 1868-04-26 Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, English newspaper (Daily Mail and Daily Mirror), born in London, England (d. 1940)
  • 1868-07-06 Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom, fourth child and second daughter of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark, born in Marlborough House, London (d. 1935)
  • 1868-08-07 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), born in London (d. 1946)
  • 1868-08-12 Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford, 22nd Governor of New South Wales (1908-13) and Viceroy of British India (1916-21), born in London, England (d. 1933)
  • 1868-10-23 Frederick Lanchester,, English Engineer who built the first British petrol automobile (1896), born in London, England
  • 1869-03-03 Henry Wood, British conductor associated with London's promenade "Proms" concerts (Gentle Art of Singing), born in London, England (d. 1944)
  • 1869-03-29 Edwin Lutyens, English architect (Viceroy's House, New Delhi), born in London (d. 1944)
  • 1869-05-02 Tyrone Power Sr., British actor (Big Trial, Test of Donald Norton, Alexanders Ragtime Band), born in London, England (d. 1931)
  • 1869-11-26 Maud of Wales, Queen of Norway, spouse of King Haakon VII, born in Marlborough House, London (d. 1938)
  • 1870-01-04 Percy Pitt, English composer (BBC), born in London (d. 1932)
  • 1871-07-08 Clement Harris, English composer, born in London (d. 1897)
  • 1872-04-23 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician (harpsichord and clavichord), born in Harley Street, St Marylebone, London (d. 1948)
  • 1872-08-15 Harold Fraser-Simson, English composer, born in London (d. 1944)
  • 1872-08-24 Max Beerbohm, English caricaturist, writer and parodist (Saturday Review), born in London (d. 1956)
  • 1872-09-28 Tom Terriss, English director (His Buddy's Wife, Sumuru), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • 1873-03-26 Gerald du Maurier, British actor (Power, Escape!, Masks and Faces), born in London, England (d. 1934)

Person of interestHoward Carter

1873-05-09 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, born in London (d. 1939)

Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • 1873-05-09 Lilian Mary Baylis, English theatrical manager (Old Vic & Sadler's Wells Theater), born in London (d. 1937)
  • 1873-06-07 Landon Ronald, British composer, pianist and teacher (Guildhall School of Music), born in Kensington, London (d. 1938)
  • 1873-06-21 H. M. Tomlinson, British writer (Sea & Jungle), born in London (d. 1958)
  • 1873-09-01 Guy Standing, English actor (Cradle Song), born in London, England (d. 1937)

Person of interestTeddy Flack

1873-11-05 edwin flack, Australian athlete, (Olympic gold 800m, 1500m 1896), born in London, England (d. 1935)

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack
  • 1874-04-14 Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa and Canada, born in Kensington Palace, London (d. 1957)
  • 1874-05-29 G. K. Chesterton [Gilbert Keith], English writer (Man Who Made Gold), born in London, England

Person of interestCharles Vyner Brooke

1874-09-26 Charles Vyner Brooke, 3rd and last White Rajah of Sarawak (1917-46), born in London, England (d. 1963)

3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Vyner Brooke
3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Vyner Brooke
  • 1874-10-15 Prince Alfred of Edinburgh, born in Buckingham Palace, London (d. 1899)
  • 1874-12-31 Ernest Austin, English composer, born in Poplar, London (d. 1947)
  • 1875-03-09 Martin Shaw, English composer, born in London (d. 1958)
  • 1875-03-14 Norman O'Neill, English composer, born in Kensington, London (d. 1934)
  • 1875-03-29 Paul Rubens, English musical comedy composer (Miss Hook of Holland), born in London (d. 1917)
  • 1875-05-04 Reggie Schwartz, South African cricketer (1st of great South African googlists), born in Lee, London (d. 1918)
  • 1875-06-09 Henry Dale, English physiologist (Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology 1936), born in London, England (d. 1968)
  • 1875-08-15 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, African-British composer (Hiawatha's Wedding Feast), born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • 1875-10-26 H. B. Warner, British actor (Sunset Boulevard, The King of Kings), born in London, England (d. 1958)
  • 1876-01-12 Jack London, American writer/socialist (Call of the Wild), born in San Francisco (d. 1916)
  • 1876-02-03 William Tedmarsh, British silent movie actor (Two Beds and No Sleep), born in London, England (d. 1937)
  • 1877-06-11 Renee Vivien, English-born poet, wrote in French, born in London (d. 1909)
  • 1877-08-27 Charles Stewart Rolls, British auto manufacturer (Rolls-Royce Ltd), born in Berkeley Square, London (d. 1910)
  • 1877-09-26 Edmund Gwenn, English actor (Miracle on 34th Street), born in London, England (d. 1959)
  • 1877-11-25 Harley Granville-Barker, English dramatist, producer (The Voysey Inheritance) and critic, born in London (d. 1946)
  • 1878-07-24 Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, Irish sci-fi writer (Time & Gods), born in London (d. 1957)
  • 1879-01-15 Ernest Thesiger, English actor (Bride of Frankenstein, Ghoul), born in London, England (d. 1961)
  • 1879-04-09 Gerald Kelly, British painter, born in London (d. 1972)
  • 1879-04-29 Thomas Beecham, English composer (found London Philharmonic), born in St Helens, Lancashire (d. 1961)
  • 1879-06-04 Mabel Lucie Attwell, English children's author and illustrator, born in Mile End, London (d. 1964)
  • 1879-10-30 Eily Malyon, British actress (Jane Eyre, I Married a Witch, Devotion), born in London, England (d. 1961)
  • 1880-01-01 Edie Martin, British actress (Titfield Thunderbolt), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • 1880-02-14 Edgar Bainton, British-Australian composer, born in Hackney, London (d. 1956)
  • 1880-03-01 Lytton Strachey, English biographer and critic (Benson Medal 1923), born in London, England
  • 1880-04-13 Charles Christie, Canadian film studio owner, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1955)
  • 1880-06-21 Josiah Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp, British civil servant, industrialist, economist, statistician and banker, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1941)
  • 1880-10-12 (James) Healey Willan, British-Canadian organist, composer, and educator, born in Balham, London, England (d. 1968)
  • 1881-08-02 Ethel M. Dell, English author (Storm Drift), born in London (d. 1939)
  • 1881-09-12 Daniel Jones, English phoneticist (English pronouncing dictionary), born in London (d. 1967)
  • 1881-09-28 Henry Geehl, English composer, born in London (d. 1961)
  • 1881-10-26 Margaret Wycherly, British actress (Keeper of the Flame), born in London, England (d. 1956)

Person of interestVirginia Woolf

1882-01-25 Virginia Woolf [Adeline], British author (Jacob's Room, To Lighthouse), born in London, England (d. 1941)

  • 1882-04-18 Leopold Stokowski, British conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra, Disney's Fantasia), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1882-05-30 Wyndham Halswelle, Scottish runner (Olympic gold 1908), born in London (d. 1915)
  • 1882-07-05 Inayat Khan, Indian sufi (founder of the Sufi Order in the West (London) in 1914), born in Vadodra, Bombay State, British India (d. 1927).
  • 1882-07-27 Donald Crisp, British actor and director (How Green Was My Valley, Pollyana), born in Bow, London, England (d. 1974)
  • 1882-08-14 Gisela Richter, English art historian, born in London (d. 1972)
  • 1882-09-03 Johnny Douglas, English cricket all-rounder, boxer (23 Tests; Olympic gold middleweight 1908), born in Stoke Newington, London (d. 1930)

Person of interestClement Attlee

1883-01-03 Clement Attlee, British Prime Minister (L-1945-51), born in Putney, London (d. 1967)

British Prime Minister Clement Attlee
British Prime Minister
Clement Attlee
  • 1883-03-24 James I Wedgwood, British theosophist and bishop (Liberal Catholic Church), born in London (d. 1951)
  • 1883-03-28 William Henry Harris, English composer, born in Fulham, London (d. 1973)

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