London in History (Part 5)

Historical Events

Events 401 - 500 of 984

  • 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
  • 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
  • 1922-02-22 London issues a unilateral declaration of Egyptian independence
  • 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 and 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

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1928-04-26 Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition reopens in London after a fire

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud
  • 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 and London Treaty of 1930
  • 1935-04-10 Vaughan Williams' 4th Symphony premieres in London

Music releaseTheater Premiere

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

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1937-05-12 Coronation of King George VI of Great Britain (and his other realms and territories beyond the sea) at Westminster Abbey, London

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • 1937-06-30 The world's first emergency call telephone service is launched in London using the number 999

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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 and Leonide Massine's 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 401 - 500 of 1,418

  • 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)
  • 1902-05-04 Rodney Meredith Thomas, English architect and painter, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 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)
  • 1902-11-09 Anthony Asquith, British film director (Carrington V C (Court martial)), born in London (d. 1968)
  • 1903-01-06 Francis L Sullivan, British actor (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Missing Rembrandt), born in London, England (d. 1956)
  • 1903-02-27 Reginald Gardiner, British actor (The Flying Deuces, The Great Dictator), born in London, England (d. 1980)
  • 1903-03-24 Patrick Ludlow, British actor (Naughty Husbands, Evergreen and Modesty Blaise), born in Kensington, London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1903-03-25 Gertrude "Binnie" Barnes, actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers), born in London, England (d. 1998)

Person of interestBob Hope

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)

Person of interestAlec Douglas-Home

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
  • 1904-03-13 Henry Iliffe Cozens, English Royal Air Force pilot, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1904-03-16 Clive Morton, British actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Moonraker), born in London, England (d. 1975)

Person of interestJohn Gielgud

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)
  • 1905-01-02 Michael Kemp Tippett, English composer/conductor (A Child of Our Time), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1905-02-18 Queenie Leonard, British actress, born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1905-03-10 Richard Haydn, British actor (The Sound of Music, Alice in Wonderland), born in Camberwell, London, England (d. 1985)
  • 1905-03-23 Ralph Perring, Lord Mayor (London)
  • 1905-04-25 Walter Hassan, British automotive engineer, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 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)
  • 1906-04-09 Hugh Gaitskell, British politician (Leader of the Labour Party), born in Kensington, London (d. 1963)
  • 1906-04-27 Mark Alexander Abrams, English market researcher, born in Edmonton, London (d. 1994)
  • 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
  • 1907-06-15 James Robertson Justice, British actor (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Moby Dick), born in Lewisham, London, England (d. 1975)
  • 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)
  • 1908-03-01 Terence De Marney, British actor (Lorna Doone, Doctor Who, The Immortal Gentleman), born in London, England (d. 1971)
  • 1908-03-25 Bridget D'Oyly Carte, British theater & hotel director, born in London, England (d. 1985)
  • 1908-04-10 Aidan Crawley, British journalist and politician (Labour MP 1945-51), born in Benenden, Kent (d. 1993)
  • 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)
  • 1908-12-03 Edward Underdown, British actor (Beat the Devil, Thunderball), born in London, England (d. 1989)
  • 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, British architect and Mayor of London (1967-68) (d. 1991)
  • 1909-03-24 Thomas "Tommy" Trinder, British radio comedian and actor (Save a Little Sunshine, Phoenix), born in Streatham, London, England (d. 1989)
  • 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)

Person of interestJessica Tandy

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 André Morell [Cecil André Mesritz], British actor (Ben-Hur, The Message, Hound of the Baskervilles), born in London, England (d. 1978)
  • 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)
  • 1909-11-17 Gerald Savory, British actor playwright and TV producer (Heart of the Matter), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 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)

Person of interestWilliam Shockley

1910-02-13 William Shockley, American physicist who helped invent the transistor (1956 Nobel), who was also known for his racist eugenics views, born in London, England (d. 1989)

Physicist William Shockley
Physicist
William Shockley

Person of interestDavid Niven

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

Nobel Prize Winning Chemist Archer John Porter Martin
Nobel Prize Winning Chemist
Archer John Porter Martin

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