London in History (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 963

  • 1941-12-08 London: Dutch government-in-exile declares war on Japan
  • 1941-12-11 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy
  • 1942-05-26 Anglo-Soviet Treaty signed in London

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1942-06-25 British premier Winston Churchill travels from US to London

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1942-07-10 Netherland's government in exile (London) recognizes Soviet Union
  • 1942-08-23 British Premier Winston Churchill flies back to London from Cairo
  • 1942-12-17 Allies in London sentence German war criminals
  • 1943-03-03 Bomb fleeing crowd falls into London shelter; 173 die
  • 1943-04-27 Soviet Union breaks contact with Polish government exiled in London
  • 1943-04-29 Noel Coward's "Present Laughter" premieres in London
  • 1943-04-30 Noel Coward's "This Happy Breed" premieres in London
  • 1943-06-01 Germany shoots down a civilian flight from Lisbon to London, all die
  • 1943-09-10 Lt-Gen Bradley arrives in Prestwick/London
  • 1943-11-21 7 Belgian ministers in London criticise King Leopold III for surrendering to Germany
  • 1943-12-24 Terence Rattigan's "While the Sun Shines" premieres in London

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1944-01-16 General Eisenhower takes command of Allied Invasion Force in London

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1944-01-21 447 German bombers attack London
  • 1944-01-29 285 German bombers attack London
  • 1944-03-19 Tippett's oratorium "Child of Our Time" premieres in London
  • 1944-06-04 French general De Gaulle arrives in London
  • 1944-06-12 1st V-1 rocket assault on London
  • 1944-06-17 Resistance fighter/poet Col Blake arrives in London
  • 1944-07-01 2,500+ killed in London/SE England by German flying bombs
  • 1944-08-16 Dutch begin diplomatic contact with Vatican in London
  • 1944-09-08 1st V-2 rockets land in London & Antwerp
  • 1944-10-19 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill flies back to London from Moscow
  • 1944-12-03 Britain's Home Guard ('Dad's Army') is officially stood down at a special farewell parade in Hyde Park, London.
  • 1944-12-20 Terence Rattigan's "O Mistress Mine" premieres in London
  • 1944-12-27 Greece: British premier Winston Churchill flies back to London
  • 1945-01-23 Dutch Premier Gerbrandy, exiled in London, tenders his resignation
  • 1945-02-07 London, Washington and Moscow discuss final phase of World War II
  • 1945-02-23 2nd Dutch government of Gerbrandy forms in London
  • 1945-03-28 Last German V-1 (buzz bomb) attack on London
  • 1945-04-21 Ivor Novello's "Perchance to Dream" premieres in London
  • 1945-06-05 Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes" premieres in London
  • 1945-08-08 US, USSR, Britain & France sign Treaty of London, set down procedures for Nuremberg trials
  • 1945-08-22 Noel Coward's revue "Sigh no More" premieres in London
  • 1945-09-19 Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) sentenced to death in London
  • 1945-12-23 Frederick Astons "Cinderella" premieres in London
  • 1946-01-10 UN General Assembly meets for 1st time in London
  • 1946-04-25 Christopher Fry's "Phoenix too Frequent" premieres in London
  • 1946-09-06 Terence Rattigan's "The Winslow Boy" premieres in London
  • 1946-12-19 Noel Cowards musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London
  • 1947-04-26 "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London
  • 1948-07-28 London's Metropolitan Police Flying Squad foils a bullion robbery in the "Battle of London Airport".

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1948-07-29 King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic games in London

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • 1948-08-06 Bob Mathias, US, wins decathlon at London Olympics
  • 1948-08-11 Summer Olympics opens in London
  • 1948-08-14 14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain
  • 1949-05-09 Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London
  • 1950-01-18 Christopher Fry's "Venus Observed" premieres in London

  • 1950-03-01 Klaus Fuchs sentenced to 14 years for atomic espionage (London)
  • 1950-03-07 Ice Pairs Championship at London won by K Kennedy & P Kennedy (USA)
  • 1950-03-07 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in London won by Alena Vrzanova CZE
  • 1950-03-07 Men Figure Skating Championship in London won by Richard Button (USA)
  • 1950-05-22 Richard Strauss' "4 Last Songs" (4 letzte Lieder) in London

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1950-10-16 The first edition of C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" is released in London

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis
  • 1951-01-28 "La Vie Commence Demain", which depicted artificial insemination & is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
  • 1951-05-03 Royal Festival Hall opens in London
  • 1951-05-16 The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (New York International Airport) and Heathrow Airport (London), operated by El Al Israel Airlines
  • 1951-05-23 Peter Ustinov's "Love of Four Colonels" premieres in London
  • 1951-05-26 Vaughan Williams' "Pilgrim's Progress" premieres in London
  • 1951-08-26 "An American in Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnell and starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Academy Awards Best Picture 1952)
  • 1951-12-01 Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd" premieres in London
  • 1952-02-15 King George VI is buried in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, England
  • 1952-03-05 Terence Rattigan's "Deep Blue Sea" premieres in London
  • 1952-04-21 BOAC begins 1st passenger service with jets (London-Rome route)
  • 1952-05-02 Operations begin at United Suriname Workers of Netherlands which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers
  • 1952-07-06 Last tram ride in London
  • 1952-09-12 Noel Coward's "Quadrille," premieres in London

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1952-10-06 Agatha Christie's play "The Mousetrap" opens in London (still running)

Novelist Agatha Christie
Novelist
Agatha Christie
  • 1952-10-08 Harrow and Wealdstone, northwest London, 112 people killed in Britain's worst peace-time rail crash.
  • 1952-12-04 Killer fogs begin in London, England; the term "Smog" is coined
  • 1952-12-05 -8] worst smog in London ever, 4-8,000 die
  • 1953-01-28 19-year old Derek Bentley is hanged in Wandsworth Prison, London, controversially convicted of the murder of a police officer. He was pardoned on 30th July 1998.

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1953-06-02 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1953-11-05 Terence Rattigan's "Sleeping Prince" premieres in London
  • 1953-11-30 Edward Mutesa II, kabaka (king) of Buganda is deposed and exiled to London by Sir Andrew Cohen, Governor of Uganda
  • 1954-01-14 Sandy Wilson's musical "Boyfriend" premieres in London
  • 1954-03-22 Closed since 1939, the London bullion market reopens.

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1954-07-29 Publication of "Fellowship of the Ring" 1st volume of "Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien published by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1954-08-24 William Heatherton's "Reluctant Debutante" premieres in London

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1954-09-17 "The Lord of the Flies" by William Golding is published by Faber and Faber in London

Nobel Laureate and Novelist William Golding
Nobel Laureate and Novelist
William Golding
  • 1954-11-11 Publication of "Two Towers", 2nd volume of "Lord of the Rings", by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London
  • 1954-12-03 William Walton's opera "Troilus & Cressida" premieres in London
  • 1955-07-05 Six week old British dock strike ends as London dockers return to work

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1955-07-09 The Russell-Einstein Manifesto is released by Bertrand Russell in London.

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 1955-07-13 The last execution of a woman in Britain, Ruth Ellis, takes place at Holloway Prison, London.
  • 1955-10-20 Publication of "The Return of the King", the 3rd and final volume of "The Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien by George Allen and Unwin in London
  • 1956-01-24 An inquiry considers building homes in a war devastated area in London
  • 1956-03-09 Weather forecasting phone line set up in London England
  • 1956-04-04 Enid Bagnold's "Chalk Garden" premieres in London
  • 1956-04-25 Noel Coward's musical "South Sea Bubble" premieres in London
  • 1956-05-08 John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger" premieres in London

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1956-07-24 Brendan Behan's "Quare Fellow" premieres in London

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • 1957-01-01 Benjamin Britten's ballet "Prince & the Pauper," premieres in London

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1957-04-03 Samuel Beckett's "Endgame" premieres in London

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • 1957-04-10 John Osborne's "Entertainer" premieres in London
  • 1957-07-27 St James' Theatre in London closes
  • 1957-12-26 Roger Sessions' 3rd Symphony premieres in London

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 1,116

  • 1923-06-25 Nicholas Mosley, British novelist, biographer and son of Oswald Mosley, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1923-06-29 Ronnie Ronalde [Ronald Charles Waldron], British entertainer and world famous whistler, born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1923-08-06 Jack Parnell, orchestra leader (Englebert Humperdick Show), born in London, England
  • 1923-09-07 Peter Lawford, actor (Mrs Miniver, Thin Man), born in London, England
  • 1923-11-15 Peter Hammond, actor (Buccaneers), born in London, England
  • 1923-12-04 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1924-01-08 Ron Moody, actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1924-07-28 Peter James Frederick Green, CEO (LLoyd's of London)
  • 1924-09-24 Sheila MacRae, actress (Jackie Gleason Show), born in London, England (d. 2014)
  • 1925-02-16 David Emms, director (London Goodenough Trust for Overseas Graduates)
  • 1925-02-27 Michael Kaye, director (City of London Festival)
  • 1925-03-11 James Miskin, QC/recorder of London
  • 1925-03-21 Peter Brook, director (1776)/TV writer, born in London, England
  • 1925-04-22 George Cole, English actor (Minder, Vampire Lovers), born in London, England (d.2015)
  • 1925-05-27 Vere Harmsworth, 3rd Viscount Rothermere, English press magnate (The Mail on Sunday), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1925-07-07 Yvonne Mitchell, writer (Johnny Nobody, Genghis Khan), born in London, England
  • 1925-08-22 Honor Blackman, English actress (Goldfinger, The Avengers), born in Plaistow, London
  • 1925-09-02 Ronnie Stevens, actor (Rodney-Dick & Duchess), born in London, England

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1925-10-16 Angela Lansbury, British actress (Gaslight, Murder She Wrote), born in London, England

  • 1925-11-11 John Guillermin, film director (The Towering Inferno), born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1926-01-03 George Martin, British record producer (The Beatles), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1926-01-14 Warren Mitchell, English actor (Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part), born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1926-02-16 John Schlesinger, director (Midnight Cowboy, Darling), born in London, England
  • 1926-04-09 Michael Ogden, British barrister (Ogden Tables), born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1926-04-11 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, born in London (d. 2017)

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1926-04-21 Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, 1952- ), born in London, England

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

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1926-05-08 David Attenborough, Naturalist, TV producer and host (BBC "Life" Series), born in London, England

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough
  • 1926-05-14 Eric Morecambe, comedian (Morecambe & Wise, Picadilly Palace), born in London, England
  • 1926-05-17 David Ogilvy, Earl of Airlie, Scottish peer, Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth, born in London
  • 1926-05-19 David Jacobs, British broadcaster (Juke Box Jury), born in London (d. 2013)
  • 1926-06-10 Lionel Jeffries, British actor (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Camelot), born in Forest Hill, London (d. 2010)
  • 1926-07-18 Bryan Johnson, English singer and actor, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1926-07-18 Jane Hylton, actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot, Daybreak), born in London, England
  • 1926-07-27 Peter Coker, English painter, born in London (d. 2004)
  • 1926-08-11 Bernard Ashley, English businessperson, fashion designer and co-founder of Laura Ashley, born in London (d. 2009)
  • 1926-09-06 Arthur William Oldham, English composer, born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1926-09-26 Julie London, actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1926-11-05 John Berger, English art critic and author (Ways of Seeing), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1926-12-10 Harry Fowler, Lambeth, London, actor (Great: Isambard Kingdom Brunel), (d. 2012)
  • 1926-12-30 Stanley Tracey, Denmark Hill, London, jazz composer, (d. 2013)
  • 1927-02-07 John Buller, British composer, born in London (d. 2004)
  • 1927-04-05 John Gilbert, British politician and Minister (Labour), born in London (d. 2013)
  • 1927-08-01 Franklyn Perring, English Botanist (co-author of Atlas of the British Flora, 1962), born in London, England
  • 1927-08-11 Raymond Leppard, conductor (St Louis Symphony Orch), born in London, England

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1927-10-14 Roger Moore, British actor (The Saint, James Bond), born in London (d. 2017)

  • 1927-10-16 Lee Montague, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust), born in London, England
  • 1927-12-26 Denis Quilley, actor (Masada), born in London, England

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1928-01-17 Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist/CEO (Vidal Sasson), born in London, England (d. 2012)

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Hairdresser
Vidal Sassoon
  • 1928-02-22 Bruce Forsyth, comedian/TV host (Generation Game), born in London, England
  • 1928-02-29 Joss Ackland, actor (Queenie, To Kill a Priest), born in London, England
  • 1928-03-11 Peter Roger Hunt, director (Dr No), born in London, England
  • 1928-03-30 John Heddle Nash, English operatic singer, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1928-04-05 Michael Bryant, actor (Sakharov, Girly), born in London, England
  • 1928-04-05 Peter Moore, Principal (London Business School)
  • 1928-04-08 Eric Porter, actor (Antony & Cleopatra, 39 Steps), born in London, England
  • 1928-05-16 Reginald Askew, dean (King's College London)
  • 1928-07-16 Anita Brookner, English novelist (Hotel du Lac) and art historian, born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1928-07-17 Jean Muir, British fashion designer and dressmaker, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1928-08-15 Nicolas Roeg, English cinematographer and director (Aria, Eureka), born in London, England
  • 1928-08-21 Gillian Sheen, British fencer and foil champion (Olympic gold 1956), born in Willesden, London
  • 1928-09-14 Sir Angus Ogilvy, husband of English princess Alexandra, born in London, England
  • 1928-09-17 Roddy McDowall, actor (Planet of Apes, Lord Love a Duck), born in London, England
  • 1928-11-20 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), born in Corris, Gwynedd (d. 2016)
  • 1929-01-31 Jean Simmons, actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls), born in London, England
  • 1929-02-15 Graham Hill, auto racer (1962, 68 international racing champ), born in London, England
  • 1929-03-04 Bernard Haitink, Amsterdam Neth, conductor (London Phil Orch 1969-78)
  • 1929-03-16 Edwin London, composer
  • 1929-04-06 Andre Previn, conductor (London Symphony)/pianist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1929-05-18 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (C) (1964-1987), born in London
  • 1929-06-18 James Bishop, editor (London News Publications)
  • 1929-07-31 Lynne Reid Banks, British author (The Indian in the Cupboard), born in London
  • 1929-09-17 Stirling Moss, race car driver, born in London, England
  • 1929-12-12 John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Look Back in Anger, Luther), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1930-02-16 Frederick "Fred" Cuming, British painter, born in London
  • 1930-03-07 Anthony Armstrong-Jones [Lord Snowdon], British photographer and husband of Princess Margaret, born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1930-03-28 George Bruce, British portrait painter, born in London
  • 1930-04-08 Dorothy Tutin, actress (Importance of Being Ernest, Cromwell), born in London, England
  • 1930-04-12 Bryan Magee, British Philosopher, politician and broadcaster (Modern British Philosophy), born in London
  • 1930-04-28 Christopher Headington, English composer, musicologist and pianist, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1930-05-31 William Taylor, British Chairman of Convocation (London University)
  • 1930-06-08 Dana Wynter, actress (Airport, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), born in London, England
  • 1930-06-21 Peter Marshall, police commissioner (London)
  • 1930-07-20 Sally Ann Howes, actress (Dead of Night), born in London, England
  • 1930-08-01 Lionel Bart [Begleiter], British pop music composer and writer (Oliver!), born in London, England
  • 1930-08-04 John Gorman, printer and socialist historian, born in Stratford, East London (d. 1996)
  • 1930-08-21 Margaret Rose Countess of Snowdon, Sister of Queen Elizabeth II , born in London, England
  • 1930-09-29 Peter Miller, CEO (Lloyd's of London)
  • 1930-10-10 Harold Pinter, playwright (Homecoming, Servant), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • 1930-10-21 Doreen Cannon, teacher of acting (London)
  • 1930-11-04 Kate Reid, actress (Heaven Help US), born in London, England
  • 1930-12-11 Leonard Friedman, British-Lithuanian violinist (Scottish Baroque Ensemble), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1931-01-27 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1931-01-27 Ronald "Buster" Edwards, British Great Train Robber turned flower-seller, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1931-02-15 [Patricia] Claire Bloom, actress (Charly, Look Back in Anger), born in London, England
  • 1931-03-05 Barry Tuckwell, Australian horn player (London Symph Orch 1955-68), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1931-03-06 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1931-03-17 Eunice Gayson, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love), born in London, England
  • 1931-04-05 Denis Lawton, director (London University Institute of Educ)
  • 1931-04-17 John Chalstrey, alderman/Lord Mayor (London)
  • 1931-04-24 Bridget Riley, British painter (op-art), born in Norwood London, England

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