London in History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 963

  • 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)

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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 was 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

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1900-05-02 George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" premieres in London

  • 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 (London Royal Aquarium)

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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
  • 1904-04-14 George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" premieres in London
  • 1904-04-20 George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" premieres in London
  • 1904-11-01 George Bernard Shaw's "John Bull's Other Island" premieres in London
  • 1904-12-27 '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)
  • 1905-04-05 James Barrie's "Alice-sit-by-the-fire" premieres in London
  • 1905-11-18 George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara" premieres in London
  • 1906-03-10 Baker Street & Waterloo Railway opens, constructed by the Underground Electric Railways Company of London. The contraction Bakerloo became the official name in July 1906.
  • 1906-03-20 George Bernard Shaw's "Captain Brassbound's Conversion" premieres in London
  • 1906-05-26 Vauxhall Bridge is opened in London.
  • 1906-09-25 John Galsworthy's "Silver Box" premieres in London
  • 1906-10-08 Karl Nessler demonstrates first 'permanent wave' for hair in London
  • 1906-11-19 London selected to host 1908 Olympics
  • 1906-11-20 George Bernard Shaw's "Doctor's Dilemma" premieres in London
  • 1907-01-04 George Bernard Shaw's "Don Juan in Hell" premieres in London
  • 1907-02-22 1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London
  • 1907-02-25 George Bernard Shaw's "Philanderer" premieres in London
  • 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.
  • 1908-04-27 4th modern Olympic games opens 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 4th Olympic games ends 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
  • 1909-02-21 John Galsworthy's "Strife" premieres in London
  • 1909-04-14 Anglo-Persian Oil Company forms in London
  • 1909-06-26 Victoria & Albert Museum opens in London

  • 1909-08-01 British SS Waratah disappears on Sydney to London, 300 killed
  • 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 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
  • 1912-09-04 First accident (collision) in London Underground: 22 people injured
  • 1913-01-06 Attempting to end hostilities in the Balkans, the London Peace Conference breaks down because Turkey refuses to cede Adrianpole, the Aegean island, and Crete
  • 1913-05-30 Treaty of London signed by the Great Powers, the Ottoman Empire and the victorious Balkan League (Serbia, Greece, Kingdom of Bulgaria, and Montenegro) bringing an end to the First Balkan War
  • 1913-07-29 Independence of the Principality of Albania recognized by the Conference of London
  • 1913-09-01 George Bernard Shaw's "Androcles & the Lion" premieres in London
  • 1914-03-10 Suffragettes in London damage Rokeby's painting Venus of Velasquez
  • 1914-04-09 "World, the Flesh & the Devil", 1st color film, shown in London

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1914-07-21 Fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli (23) marries Wilhelm Frederick Wendt de Kerlor (30) in London

Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
Fashion Designer
Elsa Schiaparelli
  • 1914-09-04 France, Russia, and Britain agree in a Pact of London that none will make a separate peace
  • 1914-09-05 Great Britain, France, Belgium and Russia sign pact of London
  • 1915-04-26 Italy secretly signes Pact of London with Britain, France & Russia
  • 1915-05-31 An LZ-38 Zeppelin makes an air raid on London
  • 1916-03-16 James Barries' "Kiss for Cinderella" premieres in London

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1916-03-28 First performance of "Jerusalem" by Geroge Parry set to words by William Blake at a Fight for Right meeting at the Queen’s Hall, London

Poet/Artist William Blake
Poet/Artist
William Blake
  • 1916-04-19 "Bing Boys are Here" opens in London
  • 1916-05-18 A British Royal Inquiry into the Easter Rising in Dublin is set up in London
  • 1916-08-31 Oscar Asche's musical "Chu Chin Chow" premieres in London
  • 1916-11-28 1st German air attack on London
  • 1917-04-07 James Barries' "Old Lady Shows Her" premieres in London
  • 1917-06-13 World War I: the deadliest German air raid on London during World War I is carried out by Gotha G bombers and results in 162 deaths, including 46 children, and 432 injuries.
  • 1917-06-14 1st German air attack on England, 100+ killed in East London
  • 1917-09-03 1st night bombing of London by German aircraft
  • 1918-12-26 After spending Christmas with American troops in France, Wilson goes to London for preliminary discussions about the forthcoming peace conference
  • 1919-04-19 Opera "Monsieur Beaucaire" is produced (London)
  • 1919-05-29 An expedition sponsored by the Royal Society of London observes a total eclipse of the sun in the Gulf of Guinea, off the African continent
  • 1919-07-22 De Falla & Massine's "Three-cornered Hat" premieres in London
  • 1919-08-25 1st scheduled passenger service by airplane (Paris-London)
  • 1919-10-07 First London-Amsterdam airline service (British Aerial Transport & KLM)
  • 1919-10-26 Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, premieres in Queen's Hall London
  • 1919-11-12 Ross & Keith Smith start a 1 month flight from London to Australia
  • 1919-12-13 Ross & Smith land in Australia from a flight from London
  • 1919-12-30 Lincoln's Inn in London admits its first female bar student.
  • 1920-02-04 1st flight from London to South Africa departs (takes 1½ months)
  • 1920-03-20 1st flight from London to South Africa lands (took 1½ months)
  • 1920-04-21 John Galsworthy's "Skin Game" premieres in London
  • 1920-05-17 1st De Havilland double-decker flight (London) lands in Schiphol
  • 1920-09-02 W Somerset Maugham's "East of Suez" premieres in London

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,116

  • 1900-05-07 Ralph Truman, British actor (Henry V, Treasure Island, Web of Evidence), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1900-07-10 [Elsie] Evelyn Laye, English singer and actress (Bitter Sweet, Merry Widow), born in London, England (d. 1996)

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1900-08-04 Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, British consort of King George VI and Queen Mother after his death, born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2002)

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • 1900-08-31 Roland Culver, English actor (Thunderball, Encore), born in London, England (d. 1984)
  • 1900-10-08 Geoffrey Jellicoe, English landscape architect, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1900-12-22 Alan Bush, English composer pianist and teacher, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1901-01-02 Rex O'Malley, British actor (Camille, Zara, Midnight, Thief), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • 1901-02-18 Reginald Sheffield, British actor (Suspicion, Of Human Bondage, Second Chance), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • 1901-06-01 John Van Druten, English playwright and theatre director, born in London (d. 1957)
  • 1901-07-14 Gerald Finzi, British composer (Dies natalis), born in London, England
  • 1901-08-23 Cecil Rolph Hewitt, English journalist and policeman, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1901-12-21 Robin Irvine, British actor (Easy Virtue, When Boys Leave Home), born in London, England (d. 1933)
  • 1901-12-27 Irene Handl, British actress (Riding High, Morgan), born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • 1902-04-08 Josef Krips, conductor (London Symph 1954-63), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1902-04-13 Godfrey Kenton, English actor (The Tempest, Well's Theater), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1902-06-19 Guy Lombardo, London Ontario Canada, orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne)
  • 1902-08-16 Georgette Heyer, English novelist (Friday's Child), born in Wimbledon, London (d. 1975)
  • 1902-10-09 Freddie Young, British cinematographer (Lawrence of Arabia), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1902-10-28 Elsa Lanchester, British actress (The Bride of Frankenstien), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • 1903-01-06 Francis L Sullivan, British actor (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Missing Rembrandt), born in London, England (d. 1956)
  • 1903-03-25 Gertrude "Binnie" Barnes, actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers), born in London, England (d. 1998)

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1903-05-29 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], British born American entertainer, born in London, England (d. 2003)

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • 1903-06-08 Ronald Shiner, British actor (Dry Rot, Carry on Admiral, Keep it Clean, Aunt Clara), born in London, England (d. 1966)

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1903-07-02 Alec Douglas-Home, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1963-64), born in London (d. 1995)

British Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home
British Prime Minister
Alec Douglas-Home
  • 1903-08-14 Ronald Stewart, CEO (London Brick Co)
  • 1903-09-05 Gloria Holden, British actress (The Life of Emile Zola , Dracula's Daughter), born in London, England (d. 1991)
  • 1903-10-28 Evelyn A Waugh, author (Brideshead Revisited, Scoop), born in London, England
  • 1904-01-13 Richard Addinsell, composer (Taming of Shrew), born in London, England
  • 1904-03-16 Clive Morton, British actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Moonraker), born in London, England (d. 1975)

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1904-04-14 Sir John Gielgud, British stage and screen actor and director (Arthur, Hamlet, Ages of Man), born in London, England (d. 2000)

  • 1904-05-06 Catherine Lacey, British actress (Sorcerors), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • 1904-05-08 John Snagge, British newsreader and commentator for the BBC (Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1904-07-04 Angela Baddeley, actress (Ghost Train, Tom Jones), born in London, England
  • 1904-09-30 Frank Lawton, British actor (Devil Doll, Invisible Ray), born in London, England (d. 1969)
  • 1904-10-20 Anna Neagle, English actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • 1904-11-28 Nancy Mitford, English author (Love in a Cold Climate), one of the Mitford sisters, born in London (d. 1973)
  • 1905-02-18 Queenie Leonard, British actress, born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1905-03-23 Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
  • 1905-05-31 Florence Desmond, English actress and comedian, born in Islington, London (d. 1993)
  • 1905-06-05 John Abbott, British actor (The Jungle Book, Gigi, Smogasboard), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1905-07-31 Trenchard Cox, British museum director, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1905-08-04 Michael Scott Montague Fordham, English child psychiatrist and Jungian analyst, born in Kensington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1905-08-09 Leo Genn, British lawyer and actor (Mourning Becomes Electra, Moby Dick, Affair in Monte Carlo), born in London, England (d. 1978)
  • 1905-08-23 Leonard Constant Lambert, composer (King Pest), born in London, England
  • 1905-09-30 Ralph Forbes, English actor (Romeo & Juliet, Daniel Boone), born in London, England (d. 1951)
  • 1906-01-16 Diana Wynyard, British actress (Cavalcade), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • 1906-01-19 Lilian Harvey, Briths actress (Invitation to the Waltz), born in London, England (d. 1968)
  • 1906-03-16 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist (Take my wife ... please), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1906-08-25 Mollie Panter-Downes, British writer and columnist (The Shoreless Sea), born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1906-08-28 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), born in London (d. 1984)
  • 1906-09-21 Derrick De Marney, British actor (The Girl Was Young, Inheritance), born in London, England (d. 1978)
  • 1906-09-25 Phyllis Pearsall, British painter and writer (A to Z Map Company), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1906-10-12 Eddie Myers, British WWII soldier and engineer, born in Kensington, London (d. 1997)
  • 1906-10-14 Benita Hume, British actress (Tarzan Escapes, High Treason, Halls of Ivy), born in London, England (d. 1967)
  • 1906-12-30 Carol Reed, motion picture director (3rd Man, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • 1907-03-11 Jessie Matthews, British actress (Gangway, First a Girl), born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1907-04-14 Phyllis Konstam, British actress (Murder, Skin Game), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • 1907-05-18 Clifford Curzon, pianist (MacFarren Gold Medal), born in London, England
  • 1907-06-27 Valerie Cossart, British actress (Hartmans), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1907-08-25 Desmond Flower, English publisher, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1907-09-26 Ralph Michael, British actor (Quest, Doctor in the House), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1907-10-09 Quintin Hogg, British politician, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, born in London (d. 2001)
  • 1907-10-31 Helen Lessore, English artist, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1908-01-08 William Hartnell, English actor (first Doctor in Doctor Who, Jackpot), born in London (d. 1975)
  • 1908-01-10 Bernard Lee, British actor (M in James Bond movies, Fallen Idol, Dr No), born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1908-01-26 Jill Esmond, English actress, born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • 1908-03-25 Bridget D'Oyly Carte, British theater & hotel director, born in London, England (d. 1985)
  • 1908-04-10 Aidan Crawley, CEO (London Weekend TV)
  • 1908-05-28 Ian Lancaster Fleming, author (James Bond novels), born in London, England
  • 1908-06-03 Adele Dixon, American actress (Calling the Tune), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1908-08-04 Osbert Lancaster, English cartoonist and author (Daily Express), born in London (d. 1986)
  • 1908-08-21 David Farrar, English actor (Beat Girl, I Accuse, Watusi), born in Forest Gate, London (d. 1995)
  • 1908-10-07 Richard Caldicot, British actor (Horse's Mouth, Strife, Mrs Thursday), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1908-10-22 John Sutton, British actor (The Three Musketeers, Tower of London, Return of Fly), born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India (d. 1963)
  • 1909-02-04 Robert Coote, British actor (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Scaramouche), born in London, England (d. 1982)
  • 1909-02-28 Stephen Spender, English poet and critic (Vienna, Edge of Darkness), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1909-03-13 Gilbert Inglefield, Mayor of London (1967-68)
  • 1909-05-10 Harold Collison, British trade unionist (agriculture workers), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1909-05-19 Nicholas Winton, English Humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 600 children from Nazis), born in London (d. 2015)

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1909-06-07 Jessica Tandy, British actress (Birds, Cocoon, Batteries Not Included), born in London, England (d. 1994)

Actress Jessica Tandy
Actress
Jessica Tandy
  • 1909-06-28 Eric Ambler, suspense writer (Epitaph for a Spy), born in London, England
  • 1909-07-17 Hardy Amies, royal dressmaker (Queen Elizabeth II), born in London, England
  • 1909-08-20 Andre Morell, actor (Hound of the Baskervilles), born in London, England
  • 1909-09-17 Elizabeth Wilkinson, professor German University College London
  • 1909-09-23 Susan Travers, English-French Foreign Legion soldier, born in London, England (d. 2003)
  • 1909-12-18 Mona Barrie [Smith], British-American actress (Dawn on Great Divide), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • 1909-12-22 Patricia Hayes, British actress (A Fish Called Wanda), born in Wandsworth, London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1910-01-18 Arthur John Howard, British actor (Frieda, Last Holiday, Paradiso, Glass Cage), born in Camberwell, London (d. 1995)
  • 1910-02-10 Joyce Grenfell, British actress (Pickwick Papers, Americanization of Emily), born in London, England (d. 1979)

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1910-02-13 William Shockley, US physicist (Nobel 1956), racist, born in London, England

Physicist William Shockley
Physicist
William Shockley

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1910-03-01 David Niven, actor (Casino Royale, The Pink Panther), born in London, England (d. 1983)

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1910-03-01 Archer John Porter Martin, English chemist and Nobel laureate, born in London (d. 2002)

Nobel Prize Winning Chemist Archer John Porter Martin
Nobel Prize Winning Chemist
Archer John Porter Martin
  • 1910-06-15 David Rose, orchestra leader (Red Skelton Show, Stripper), born in London, England
  • 1910-06-17 Diana Mitford, English biographer, famous beauty, wife of Oswald Mosley and one of the Mitford sisters, born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1910-09-06 Frank Fidler, English artist, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1910-09-14 Jack Hawkins, actor (Ben-Four Just Men, Zulu, Malta Story), born in London, England
  • 1910-10-09 Donald Coggan, 101st Archbishop of Canterbury (1974-80), born in Highgate, London (d. 2000)
  • 1910-12-01 Dame Alicia Markova, ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32), born in London, England
  • 1910-12-24 Betty Ann Davies, British actress (Tough Guy), born in London, England (d. 1955)
  • 1910-12-29 Ronald Coase, British economist (Nobel Prize in Economics 1991), born in Willesden, London (d. 2013)

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Famous Deaths