London in History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 984


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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1895-01-13 Oscar Wilde's "Ideal Husband" premieres in London

Writer and Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer and Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • 1895-02-14 Oscar Wilde's "Importance of Being Earnest," opens in London
  • 1895-10-05 The first individual time trial for racing cyclists is held on a 50-mile course north of London.
  • 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 (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 '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, England
  • 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.
  • 1908-01-18 Frederick Delius' "Brigg Fair" premieres in London
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1909-06-26 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
  • 1912-12-17 Albania's de facto independence from the Ottoman Empire is recognized at the London Conference of Ambassadors
  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 with 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)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,418

  • 1885-08-16 Charles Carson, British actor (Cry the Beloved Country), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1885-11-13 Montague Fawcett Phillips, British composer, born in Tottenham, London (d. 1969)
  • 1885-12-19 F S Flint, translator/poet (imagist movement), born in London, England
  • 1886-01-17 Ronald Firbank, British novelist (Flower Beneath the Foot), born in London, England (d. 1926)
  • 1886-07-10 John Vereker, 6th Viscount Gort, British soldier, Field Marshal during WW II, born in London, England (d. 1946)
  • 1886-09-14 Jan Garrique Masaryk, Czech, statesman/minister to London (1918-35)
  • 1887-02-23 Cyril Delevanti, British actor (Soylent Green, The Night of the Iguana), born in London, England (d. 1975)
  • 1887-02-25 Leonard Carey, British actor (Rebecca, Laughter), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1887-03-14 Lawrance Collingwood, English composer, born in London (d. 1982)
  • 1887-04-24 Denys Finch Hatton, English big-game hunter, born in Kensington, London (d. 1931)
  • 1887-06-01 Clive Brook, British actor and director (List of Adrian Messenger), born in London, England (d. 1974)
  • 1887-06-22 Julian S Huxley, biologist/philosopher, Darwin's Bulldog, born in London, England
  • 1887-08-08 Esme Percy, British actor (Murder!, Pygmalion, Old Spanish Custom), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • 1887-11-11 Roland Young, British-born American actor, born in London, England (d. 1953)

Person of interestBernard Montgomery

1887-11-17 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, born in London (d. 1976)

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1887-11-23 Boris Karloff [William H Pratt], British actor (The Mummy, Frankenstein), born in Camberwell, London, England (d. 1969)
  • 1888-02-08 Edith Evans, British actress (Tom Jones, David Copperfield), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • 1888-03-24 Jameson Thomas, British actor (Piccadilly, Farmer's Wife), born in London, England (d. 1939)
  • 1888-04-11 Donald Calthrop, British actor (Blackmail, Scrooge, Rome Express), born in London, England (d. 1940)
  • 1888-05-14 Miles Mander, British actor (Tower of London, Wuthering Heights, Murder!), born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England (d. 1946)
  • 1888-10-03 Claud Allister, British actor (Kiss Me Kate, Quartet, Bulldog Drummond), born in London, England (d. 1970)

Person of interestArnold J. Toynbee

1889-04-14 Arnold J. Toynbee, English historian (A Study of History), born in London (d. 1975)

  • 1889-04-16 Charlie Chaplin, British actor and comedian (City Lights, Gold Rush), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • 1889-04-24 Stafford Cripps, British Labour politician, born in London (d. 1952)
  • 1889-05-31 Athene Seyler, British actress (Make Mine Mink), born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • 1889-08-06 John Middleton Murry, English poet and literary critic (Between Two Worlds), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • 1889-08-31 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), born in London, England (d. 1967)
  • 1889-11-07 Lionel Tennyson, 3rd Baron Tennyson and cricketer (England batsman & captain), born in Westminster, London (d. 1951)
  • 1889-11-10 Claude Rains, British actor (Invisible Man, Casablanca), born in London, England (d. 1967)
  • 1890-02-25 Myra Hess, concert pianist, born in London, England
  • 1890-03-29 Harold Spencer Jones, English astronomer and 10th astronomer royal of England whose work led to a more accurate determination of the distance between the Earth and the Sun, born in London (d. 1960)
  • 1890-05-23 Herbert Marshall, English actor (Murder, Razor's Edge, Little Foxes), born in London, England
  • 1890-06-19 Barbara Everest, American actress (Fatal Witness, Inquest), born in London, England (d. 1968)
  • 1890-10-01 Stanley Holloway, actor (Higgins-Our Man Higgins), born in London, England
  • 1890-12-10 George Merritt, actor (I Monster, Q Planes), born in London, England
  • 1891-01-25 Dame Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, British actress (The Devil Rides Out), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1891-07-14 Henry Oscar, actor (Saint in London), born in London, England
  • 1891-08-02 Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, composer (Olympians), born in London, England
  • 1891-09-16 Isabel Jeans, British actress (Easy Virtue, Heavens Above), born in London, England (d. 1985)
  • 1891-12-17 Robertson Hare, actor (Our Girl Friday, Banana Ridge), born in London, England
  • 1892-03-13 Alec Rowley, English composer, born in London (d. 1958)
  • 1892-05-11 Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Most Foul, The V.I.P.s), born in London (d. 1972)
  • 1892-06-11 Edward Shanks, British poet and critic, born in London, England (d. 1953)
  • 1892-06-16 Lupino Lane, English actor (Love Parade), born in London (d. 1959)
  • 1892-07-17 Mary Clare, British actress (Evil Mind, Young & Innocent), born in London, England (d. 1970)
  • 1892-08-02 Jack L Warner [Jacob Warner], Canadian-American film executive and president of the Warner Bros. Studios, born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1978)
  • 1892-08-22 Percy Fender, English cricketer (legendary Surrey & England all-rounder), born in Balham, London (d. 1985)
  • 1892-12-06 F Osbert S Sitwell, poet/writer (Out of the Flame), born in London, England
  • 1892-12-25 Rebecca West, [Cicely Isabel Fairfield], English author (Meaning of Treason), born in London
  • 1893-04-03 Leslie Howard [Stainer], British actor (Gone With the Wind, Of Human Bondage), born in London, England (d. 1943)
  • 1893-05-15 Stanley Lupino, English comic (Cheer Up, Over She Goes), born in London (d. 1942)
  • 1893-05-26 Eugene Goossens, British conductor and composer (Perseus), born in London, England (d. 1962)
  • 1894-01-10 Reginald Denham, Broadway director (Obsession, The Bad Seed), born in London, England

Person of interestHarold Macmillan

1894-02-10 Harold Macmillan, British Conservative politician and Prime Minister (1957-63), born in London (d. 1986)

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
  • 1894-03-05 Henry Daniell, British actor (The Great Dictator, Camille, Philadelphia Story, Body Snatchers), born in London, England (d. 1963)
  • 1894-06-06 Violet Trefusis, English writer and socialite who had a famous affair with writer Vita Sackville-West, born in London England (d. 1972)
  • 1894-09-17 Fay Compton [Virginia Lillian Emeline Compton], British actress (The Haunting), born in West Kensington, London (d. 1978)
  • 1894-10-27 Oliver Leese, British World War II general, born in Westminster, London (d. 1978)
  • 1894-10-30 Peter Warlock [Philip Heseltine], British composer, born in London (d. 1930)
  • 1895-02-23 Richard Goolden, British actor (Two Days to Live, School for Husbands), born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1895-07-05 Gordon Jacob, English composer, born in London (d. 1984)
  • 1895-07-18 Marie Ney, British actress (Brief Ecstasy, Simba, Witchcraft), born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1895-07-24 Robert Graves, writer/poet (I Claudius) [or 6/26], born in London, England
  • 1895-07-26 Jerry Verno, British actor (River of Unrest, Ourselves Alone, Sweeney Todd), born in London, England (d. 1975)
  • 1895-10-24 Jack Warner [Waters], British actor (Dixon of Dock Green, Christmas Carol), born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1896-03-10 Nancy Cunard, British writer and activist, born in London (d. 1965)
  • 1896-04-23 Margaret Kennedy, English novelist (The Constant Nymph), born in Hyde Park Gate, London (d. 1967)
  • 1896-06-29 Irene Browne, British actress (All at Sea, Peg O' My Heart), born in London, England (d. 1965)
  • 1896-08-18 Alan Mowbray, British actor (Dante, Colonel Flack), born in London, England (d. 1969)
  • 1896-11-16 Oswald Mosley, British politician and founder of British Union of Fascists, born in London (d. 1980)
  • 1897-02-01 Denise Robins, romantic novelist (1st Long Kiss), born in London, England
  • 1897-05-18 Jack Raine, British actor (Quartet), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • 1897-05-28 Henry Kendall, British director and actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich & Strange), born in London, England (d. 1962)
  • 1897-05-31 Margalo Gillmore, British actress (Skirts Ahoy, High Society), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • 1897-11-02 Jacob Bjerknes, Norwegian-American meteorologist (USAF in London), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1975)
  • 1897-11-07 Ruth Pitter, British poet and 1st woman to receive the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1955, born in Ilford, London (d. 1992)
  • 1897-12-09 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi, Music Man), born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • 1898-03-30 Joyce Carey, British actress (Brief Encounter, The Cedar Tree), born in Kensington, London (d. 1993)

Person of interestGertrude Lawrence

1898-07-04 Gertrude Lawrence, English actress (Mimi, Rembrandt) and musical performer, born in London (d. 1952)

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence
  • 1898-07-08 Alec Waugh, English novelist (Island in the Sun); brother of Evelyn, born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1898-11-09 Owen Barfield, British philosopher of language, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1899-01-11 Eva Le Gallienne, English-American actress and director (Resurrection), born in London, England (d. 1991)
  • 1899-01-17 Nevil Shute [Norway], novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice), born in London, England
  • 1899-04-22 Martyn Green, British actor (Gilbert & Sullivan, Iceman Cometh), born in London, England (d. 1975)
  • 1899-08-07 Irene "Renie" Riano, English-born American actress [The Family Jewels], born in London, England (d. 1971)
  • 1899-10-08 Milner Gray, British graphic designer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1899-11-23 Norman Hunter, English children's writer (Professor Branestawm), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1899-12-15 Frank Vosper, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Rome Express), born in London, England (d. 1937)
  • 1900-02-08 John Cameron, Scottish judge, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1900-02-12 Fred Emney, British actor (Let the People Sing, Adventures of a Private Eye, Lilac Domino), born in London, England (d. 1980)
  • 1900-02-21 Sydney Arnold, British comic actor (The Meaning of Life, Top Secret!, Miss Jones & Son), born in Westminster, London, England (d. 1993)
  • 1900-03-06 John Henry Pyle Pafford, British librarian (University of London), born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire (d. 1996)
  • 1900-04-23 Harold French, British director and actor (The Cavalier of the Streets, Trio, Quartet), born in Lambeth, London (d. 1997)
  • 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)

Person of interestQueen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

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)

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