London in History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 963

  • 1920-11-11 The burials of unknown soldiers take place simultaneously in Westminster Abbey, London, and at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris.
  • 1921-02-21 The London Conference on the Near East begins: the issue is the Allies' 1920 Treaty of Sevres, which had given part of Turkish Asia Minor to Greece
  • 1921-03-17 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic in London
  • 1921-05-30 Lord Dunsany's "If" premieres in London

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1921-06-06 Southwark Bridge in London is opened to traffic by King George V and Queen Mary.

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 1921-06-20 At the Imperial Conference in London, V.S. Srinivasa Sastri puts forward a case for the granting of full citizenship rights to Indians in South Africa and other British colonies
  • 1921-08-28 2nd Pan-African Congress meets (London, Brussels & Paris)
  • 1921-10-06 International PEN is founded in London.
  • 1922-01-26 Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Pastoral Symphony" premieres in London
  • 1922-06-16 Irish republicans are beaten in a national election; the vote is in favor of the Treaty of London, which leaves the Irish Free State as a dominion within the British Commonwealth
  • 1922-10-17 Scottish worker begins hunger march from Glasgow on London
  • 1922-12-24 London Coloseum opens
  • 1923-02-01 Noel Coward's "Young Idea" premieres in London
  • 1923-02-21 Andre Charlot's musical "Rats" premieres in London
  • 1923-06-28 Queen Wilhelmina & Prince Henry of the Netherlands state visit to London
  • 1923-07-03 Dockers' strike in Hull/Grimsby/Cardiff/Bristol over to London
  • 1923-08-20 London dock strike ends
  • 1923-09-04 A Charlot & N Coward's revue "London Calling" premieres in London
  • 1923-09-17 Sutton Vane's "Outward Bound," premieres in London
  • 1923-09-26 The Commonwealth Conference is held in London, where Britain recognizes the right of the Dominions to make treaties with foreign powers
  • 1924-03-11 Eden Phillpotts' "Farmer's Wife" premieres in London
  • 1924-03-26 Premiere of Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" in London
  • 1924-03-31 Croydon Airport, London: Imperial Airways established
  • 1924-03-31 London public transport strike ends
  • 1924-07-16 Conference over German recovery payments begins in London
  • 1924-08-16 Conference about German recovery payments opens in London
  • 1924-11-08 Fortune Theatre opens in London
  • 1924-11-30 1st photo facsimile transmitted across Atlantic by radio (London-NYC)
  • 1924-12-16 Noel Coward's "Vortex" premieres in London
  • 1924-12-19 The last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is sold in London, England.
  • 1925-04-21 Noel Coward's "Fallen Angels" premieres in London
  • 1925-04-23 1st London performance of operetta "Fasquita" staged
  • 1925-06-29 Canada House opens in London, England.

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1926-01-26 John Logie Baird gives the first public demonstration of television in his laboratory in London

Inventor of Television John Logie Baird
Inventor of Television
John Logie Baird
  • 1926-03-07 1st transatlantic telephone call (London-NY)
  • 1926-08-03 Traffic lights installed at Piccadilly Circus, London
  • 1926-09-26 JB Fagan's "And So to Bed" premieres in London
  • 1927-01-07 Commercial transatlantic telephone service inaugurated between New York & London
  • 1927-02-16 Noel Coward's "Marquise" premieres in London
  • 1927-04-19 "Vagabond King" opens in London
  • 1928-03-22 Noel Coward's musical "This Year of Grace" premieres in London
  • 1928-04-26 Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition reopens in London after a fire
  • 1928-07-03 John Logie Baird demonstrates the first colour television transmission in London
  • 1929-01-21 Robert Sherriff's "Journey's End" premieres in London
  • 1929-04-04 "New Moon" musical opens in London
  • 1929-10-11 Sean O'Casey's "Silver Tassle" premieres in London
  • 1930-04-22 US, Britain & Japan sign London Naval Treaty
  • 1930-09-04 Cambridge Theatre opens in London
  • 1930-09-15 1st international bridge match is held in London. US team defeats England
  • 1930-09-24 Noel Coward's "Private Lives" premieres in London
  • 1930-12-03 Richard Rodgers/L Hart's musical "Evergreen" premieres in London

  • 1931-04-08 "White Horse Inn" opens in London
  • 1931-05-08 Operette "Land of Smiles" premieres in London
  • 1931-09-17 Operetta "Victoria & Her Husband" premieres in London
  • 1931-10-13 Noel Coward's "Cavalcade" premieres in London
  • 1931-11-12 Sibelius/Ashton's ballet "Lady of Shalott" premieres in London
  • 1932-05-03 24 tourists begin 1st air-charter holiday (London-Basle, Switzerland)
  • 1932-05-09 Piccadilly Circus, London, first lit by electricity
  • 1933-04-27 Jessop & Son department store in Nottingham, England, acquired by John Lewis Partnership. The partnership's first shop outside London.
  • 1933-07-20 In London, 500,000 march against anti-Semitism.
  • 1933-08-23 1st TV boxing match - Archie Sexton & Laurie Raiteri in London
  • 1933-09-14 Schaduwproces-Rijksdagbrand opens in London
  • 1934-08-04 2nd British Empire Games open in London, England
  • 1934-08-11 2nd British Empire Games close in London, England
  • 1934-11-21 "Uiver" returns from Schiphol in London-Melbourne air race
  • 1934-12-29 Japan renounces Wash Naval Treaty of 1922 & London Treaty of 1930
  • 1935-04-10 Vaughan Williams' 4th Symphony premieres in London

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1935-11-01 T. S. Eliot's play "Murder in the Cathedral" premieres in London

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • 1936-01-09 Noel Coward's "Astonished Heart" premieres in London
  • 1936-05-12 Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Poisoned Kiss" premieres in London
  • 1936-06-11 International Surrealist Exhibition opens in London, England.
  • 1936-10-05 The Jarrow March sets off for London.
  • 1936-11-02 At 3pm the BBC begins the world's first regular high-definition TV broadcast service from specially constructed studios at Alexandra Palace, North London
  • 1936-11-06 Terence Rattigan's "French Without Tears" premieres in London
  • 1936-11-30 London's Crystal Palace (built 1851) destroyed by fire
  • 1937-02-26 Christopher Isherwood and W. H. Auden's "Ascent of F6" premieres in London
  • 1937-05-10 Busmen strike in London
  • 1937-06-30 The world's first emergency call telephone service is launched in London using the number 999.

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1937-09-21 J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' is published by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1938-02-17 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
  • 1938-03-16 Noel Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London

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1938-06-06 Sigmund Freud arrives in London

Father of Psychology Sigmund Freud
Father of Psychology
Sigmund Freud
  • 1938-07-21 Paul Hindemith & Leonide Massines ballet premieres in London
  • 1938-09-20 Emlyn Williams' "Corn is Green," premieres in London
  • 1940-01-30 Benjamin Britten's "Lesson Illuminations" premieres in London
  • 1940-05-05 Norwegian government-in-exile forms in London

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1940-05-16 British Premier Winston Churchill returns to London from Paris

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

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1940-06-01 Major General Bernard Montgomery returns to London

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1940-06-17 General De Gaulle departs Bordeaux for London
  • 1940-07-28 Radio Orange begins broadcasting from London
  • 1940-08-23 German Luftwaffe begins night bombing on London
  • 1940-08-24 Luftwaffe bombs London
  • 1940-09-03 Dutch government in exile of Gerbrandy forms in London
  • 1940-09-07 Beginning of the Blitz, the German Luftwaffe bomb London for 1st of 57 consecutive nights
  • 1940-09-16 Luftwaffe attacks central London
  • 1940-10-15 -16] Heavy German air raid on London, 400 killed
  • 1940-10-15 London's Waterloo Station bombed by German luftwaffe
  • 1940-12-29 Germany drops its 1st incendiary bombs on London during the Blitz
  • 1941-07-02 Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" premieres in London
  • 1941-09-23 General de Gaulle forms government in exile in London

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 1,116

  • 1911-04-23 Ronald Neame, British director (1st Monday in Oct, Poseidon Adventure), born in London, England (d. 2010)
  • 1911-07-18 Hume Cronyn, Canadian actor (World According to Garp, Cocoon), born in London, Ontario (d. 2003)
  • 1911-10-21 Peter Graves, English actor (Derby Day/Admirable Crichton), born in London, England
  • 1912-02-07 Derek Farr, actor (8 O'Clock Walk, Doctor at Large), born in London, England
  • 1912-02-12 Ernest Clark, actor (Doctor in the House), born in London, England
  • 1912-06-23 Alan Turing, British mathematician and computer scientist pioneer (Turing Machine), born in London (d. 1954)
  • 1912-09-22 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr., English thoroughbred horse owner (Bed O' Roses, Native Dancer), born in London (d. 1999)

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1913-02-06 Mary Leakey, British paleoanthropologist, discovered earliest human footprints ((3.6 million years old), born in London (d. 1996)

Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey
Paleoanthropologist
Mary Leakey
  • 1913-02-10 Douglas Slocombe, British cinematographer (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in London (d. 1916)
  • 1913-04-16 Les Tremayne, actor (Angry Red Planet, War of the Worlds), born in London, England
  • 1913-04-21 Norman Parkinson, English fashion photographer (Harper's Bazaar), born in London (d. 1990)
  • 1913-05-02 Nigel Patrick, actor and director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), born in London, England
  • 1913-05-06 Stewart Granger, English actor (Prisoner of Zenda, King Solomon's Mines), born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • 1913-05-19 Bert Hardy, English photographer (Picture Post), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1913-07-24 George H. Brown, English film producer (Hotel Sahara), born in London (d. 2001)
  • 1913-10-28 Peter Glenville, English stage and screen actor and director (Hotel Paradiso, Becket), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1914-03-05 Joan Sterndale-Bennett, British actress (Brighton Rock), born in London, England (d. 1996)

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1914-04-02 Alec Guinness, British actor (Bridge on River Kwai), born in London, England (d. 2000)

  • 1914-06-05 Beatrice de Cardi, British archaeologist, born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1914-08-08 Unity Mitford, English fascist sympathizer and one of the Mitford sisters, born in London (d. 1948)
  • 1914-09-05 Stuart Freeborn, motion picture make-up artist (Star Wars: Yoda, Jabba the Hut), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1914-10-02 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1914-10-07 Sarah Churchill, actress (All Over Town, Royal Wedding), born in London, England
  • 1915-01-31 John Profumo, British cabinet minister (Profumo scandal), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • 1915-02-18 Phyllis Calvert, Chelsea, English actress (The Man in Grey), born in London, England
  • 1915-07-21 Miles Fitzalan-Howard, British army general and peer (Duke of Norfolk), born in London (d. 2002)
  • 1916-01-13 Osa Massen, Copenhagen Denmark, actress (Jack London, Rocketship XM)
  • 1916-05-20 Rev Owen Chadwick, English historian, priest and university chancellor, born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1916-07-31 Sydney Tafler, actor (Too Many Crooks), born in London, England
  • 1916-08-22 John Slater, actor (Deadlock, Cartel, Devil's Pass), born in London, England

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1916-09-28 Peter Finch, actor (Network, Windom's Way, Raid on Entebbe), born in London, England

  • 1917-02-19 Dick Emery, actor (Yellow Submarine, Loot, Baby Love), born in London, England
  • 1917-07-06 Hugo Cole, composer and music critic, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1917-07-08 Pamela Brown, actress (Cleopatra, Beckett), born in London, England
  • 1917-08-01 Benjamin Roberts, British industrial relations expert (London School of Economics) (d. 2011)
  • 1917-08-30 Denis Healey, English politician (Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer), born in London, (d. 2015)
  • 1917-09-17 Peter Bennett, actor (Leonides-Adv of Sir Lancelot), born in London, England
  • 1917-09-24 William Putnam Bundy, editor (Lvaggerier & Vagaries), born in London, England
  • 1917-12-22 Andrew Fielding Huxley, physiologist (Nobel 1963), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • 1918-02-04 Ida Lupino, Anglo-American actress (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) and director (The Hitch-Hiker), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1918-02-04 Norman Wisdom, comedian (Kraft Music Hall), born in London, England
  • 1918-02-28 Alfred Burke, actor (Backfire), born in London, England
  • 1918-03-01 Roger Delgado, English actor (Agent 8 3/4, Hot Enough for June), born in London, England (d. 1973)
  • 1918-07-06 Sebastian Cabot, actor (Mr French-Family Affair, Time Machine), born in London, England
  • 1918-09-24 Richard Hoggart, author/warden (Goldsmith's College London)
  • 1919-01-04 Havelock Henry Trevor Hudson, underwriter (Lloyd's of London)
  • 1919-01-25 Patricia Louise Dalton, chair (Sherlock Holmes Society of London)
  • 1919-03-27 Julian Amery, British conservative politician and minister, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1919-06-20 Bruce Gordon, actor (Frank Nitti-Untouchables), born in London, England
  • 1919-07-07 Jon Pertwee, English actor and entertainer (third Doctor in Doctor Who, Worzel Gummidge), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1919-07-31 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1919-08-02 John Pinkerton, English computer scientist who designed the first business computer in England, the LEO computer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1919-08-13 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist (Lullaby of Birdland), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1919-12-23 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1919-12-25 Noele Gordon, British actress (Crossroads), born in East Ham, London, (d. 1985)
  • 1920-01-08 Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1920-02-04 Derek Worlock, English Roman Catholic Archbishop Liverpool, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1920-02-23 John St Aubyn, 4th Baron St Levan, English peer (St Michael's Mount), born in London (d. 2013)
  • 1920-03-06 Lewis Gilbert, director/actor (You Only Live Twice), born in London, England
  • 1920-05-10 Bert Weedon, English guitar player ("Play in a Day" books), born in London (d. 2012)
  • 1920-05-21 Anthony Steel, actor (Malta Story, Wooden Horse), born in London, England
  • 1920-05-30 George London, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)

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1920-07-25 Rosalind Franklin, English chemist and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, born in London (d. 1958)

Chemist and Molecular Biologist Rosalind Franklin
Chemist and Molecular Biologist
Rosalind Franklin
  • 1920-08-05 Selma Diamond, comedienne (Selma-Night Court), born in London, Ontario
  • 1920-08-21 Christopher R. Milne, son of Alan A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh), born in Chelsea, London (d. 1996)
  • 1920-09-05 Peter Racine Fricker, British composer, born in London (d. 1990)
  • 1920-12-30 Michael Allinson, London England (George Washington)
  • 1921-02-05 John M Pritchard, conductor, born in London, England
  • 1921-03-04 Joan Greenwood, actress/director (Amorous Mr Prawn), born in London, England
  • 1921-03-28 Dirk Bogarde (born Derek van den Bogaerde) actor (Death in Venice, Servant), born in London, England
  • 1921-04-08 Alfie Bass, actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), born in London, England
  • 1921-04-12 Alfred Mabbs, British archivist (Public Records Office), born in London (d. 2009)
  • 1921-04-16 Peter Ustinov, actor (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), born in London, England
  • 1921-04-26 Harry Knutton, Maj-Gen/dir-general (London City & Guilds Institute)
  • 1921-05-06 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1921-05-08 Graham Leonard, Bishop of London
  • 1921-05-17 Dennis Brain, french-hornist (Serenade), born in London, England
  • 1921-06-19 Allan Davis, London mayor (1985-86), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1921-06-21 Jean Kent, actress (Adv of Sir Francis Drake), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1921-07-31 Peter Benenson, British founder of Amnesty International, born in London (d. 2005)
  • 1921-08-03 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1921-09-24 Leonard Lopes-Salzedo, British composer, born in London, England
  • 1921-12-08 Terence Morgan, actor (Adv of Sir Francis Drake), born in London, England
  • 1921-12-30 Michael Hollings, British Catholic priest/crusader, born in Camberley, London (d. 1997)
  • 1922-01-11 Kathleen Byron, actress (Abdication, Profile, 4 Days), born in London, England
  • 1922-02-06 Patrick Macnee, British actor (John Steed-Avengers), born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1922-03-10 Pamela Mason, actress (Navy vs Night Monsters), born in London, England
  • 1922-04-16 Kingsley Amis, English novelist (Lucky Jim, James Bond Dossier), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1922-04-27 Daphne Anderson, actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), born in London, England
  • 1922-05-06 Alan Ross, editor (London Magazine)
  • 1922-05-08 Brian Kellett, CEO (Port of London Authority)

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1922-05-27 Christopher Lee, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), born in London, England (d. 2015)

  • 1922-05-31 Denholm Elliott, actor (Alfie, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1922-09-17 Ursula Howells, actress (Girly, Murder is Announced), born in London, England
  • 1922-10-16 Max Bygraves, actor (Tom Brown's School Days), born in London, England
  • 1922-12-16 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1923-01-13 Jack Watling, actor (Nanny, Adventure for 2, Naked Heart), born in London, England
  • 1923-03-11 Terry Alexander, actor (Tony-Behind the Scenes), born in London, England
  • 1923-04-29 Maxine Audley, actress (Peeping Tom, Ricochet, House of Cards), born in London, England
  • 1923-05-20 Samuel "Sam" Selvon, Trinidad-born writer (The Lonely Londoners), born in San Fernando (d. 1996)

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