London in History (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 1,161

  • 1933-07-20 In London, 500,000 march against anti-Semitism
  • 1933-08-23 First televised boxing match — 6-round exhibition at Broadcasting House in London between middleweights Archie Sexton and Lauri Raiteri; aired by BBC-TV
  • 1934-03-17 England beats Scotland, 6-3 at Twickenham, London to win the Home Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown
  • 1934-08-04 II British Empire Games open at London's White City Stadium
  • 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

Theater Premiere

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

Music History

1936-01-09 Noël Coward's stage drama "Astonished Heart" premieres in London

  • 1936-05-12 Ralph Vaughan Williams' opera "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

Theater Premiere

1936-11-06 Terence Rattigan's play "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

Royal Coronation

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

  • 1937-06-30 The world's first emergency call telephone service is launched in London using the number 999

Historic Publication

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

  • 1938-02-17 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)
  • 1938-03-16 Noël Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London
  • 1938-03-19 Scotland beats England, 21-16 at Twickenham, London to win the Home Nations Rugby Championship, Triple Crown and Calcutta Cup

Music History

1938-07-21 Paul Hindemith and Leonide Massine's ballet Nobilissima Visione premieres in London

  • 1938-09-20 Emlyn Williams' "Corn is Green," premieres in London

Music History

1940-01-30 Benjamin Britten's "Lesson Illuminations" premieres in London

  • 1940-05-05 Norwegian government-in-exile forms in London

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

'Hitler Will Have to Break Us or Lose the War'

1940-09-07 Beginning of the Blitz as the German Luftwaffe bomb London for the 1st of 57 consecutive nights losing 41 bombers as the Nazis prepare to invade Britain

  • 1940-09-16 Luftwaffe attacks central London
  • 1940-10-14 Balham tube station in London is bombed by the German Luftwaffe during the Blitz, killing 64-66 people
  • 1940-10-15 -16] Heavy German air raid on London, 400 killed
  • 1940-10-15 London's Waterloo Station bombed by German luftwaffe
  • 1941-07-02 Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit" premieres in London
  • 1941-09-23 General de Gaulle forms government in exile in London
  • 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

Music Premiere

1942-06-22 European broadcast première of Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony in London conducted by Sir Henry J. Wood and the London Philharmonic Orchestra

  • 1942-06-25 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill travels from US to London
  • 1942-07-10 Netherlands government in exile (London) recognizes Soviet Union
  • 1942-08-23 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill flies back to London from Cairo, Egypt
  • 1942-12-17 Allies in London sentence German war criminals
  • 1943-03-03 Bethnal Green Tube disaster: 173 die in a stampede sheltering in an air raid, UK's greatest loss of civilian life in WWII (details censored till January 20 1945)
  • 1943-04-27 Soviet Union breaks contact with Polish government exiled in London
  • 1943-04-29 Noël Coward's comic play "Present Laughter" premieres in London
  • 1943-04-30 Noël Coward's play "This Happy Breed" premieres in London
  • 1943-06-01 Germany shoots down a civilian flight from Lisbon to London, 13 passengers, included actor Leslie Howard, and 4 crew die

Historic Event

1943-09-10 Lieutenant-General Omar Bradley arrives in Prestwick/London

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

1944-06-04 French General Charles de Gaulle arrives in London

  • 1944-06-12 1st V-1 rocket assault on London
  • 1944-06-17 Resistance fighter and 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

Nuremberg Trials

1945-08-08 US, USSR, Britain and France sign Treaty of London which sets down procedures for the Nuremberg war trials of Nazi leaders

Historic Event

1945-09-19 Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) sentenced to death in London

  • 1946-01-10 UN General Assembly meets for 1st time in London

Music History

1946-04-24 One-act ballet "Symphonic Variations" choreographed by Frederick Ashton with music by César Franck danced by Sandler's Wells Ballet debuts at Covent Garden, 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 Noël Coward's musical "Pacific 1860" premieres in London
  • 1947-04-26 "Bless the Bride" musical opens in London
  • 1948-06-21 HMT Empire Windrush with the first 800 emigrants from the West Indies to the UK arrives at Port of Tilbury near London
  • 1948-07-28 London's Metropolitan Police Flying Squad foils a bullion robbery in the "Battle of London Airport".
  • 1948-07-29 King George VI opens the XIV Summer Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium in London
  • 1948-07-30 Czech distance running legend Emil Zátopek wins the 10,000m at the London Olympics in 29:59.6, an Olympic record
  • 1948-07-31 American swimmer Wally Ris wins the coveted 100m freestyle gold medal at the London Olympics beating teammate Alan Ford by 0.4 seconds
  • 1948-07-31 American sprinter Harrison Dillard runs an Olympic record 10.3s to beat countryman Barney Ewell for the 100m gold medal at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-02 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins the 100m in 11.9 at the London Olympics; 1st of unprecedented 3 individual track & field gold medals
  • 1948-08-02 Danish swimmer Greta Anderson (1:06.3) touches out American Ann Curtis by 0.2 in the women's 100m freestyle at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-02 Italians Adolfo Consolini and Giuseppe Tosi go 1-2 in the men's discus final at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-03 An American clean sweep of the medals in the men's 3m springboard diving at the London Olympics with Bruce Harlan winning gold, Miller Anderson silver and Sammy Lee bronze
  • 1948-08-03 American divers Vicki Draves, Zoe Ann Olsen and Patsy Elsener go 1-2-3 in a US clean sweep of the medals in the women's 3m springboard at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-03 The US 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of Wally Ris, Jimmy McLane, Wally Wolf and Bill Smith swim a world record 8:46.0 to win gold at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-03 An American 1-2 in the men's 200m at the London Olympics with Mel Patton (21.1) beating teammate Barney Ewell

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 1,983

  • 1897-07-18 E. A. D. [Ernest Arthur Douglas] Eldridge, British racing driver, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1935)

Enid Blyton

1897-08-11 Enid Blyton, English children's writer, fifth most popular author in the world (Famous Five, Secret Seven, The Adventure), born in London, England (d. 1968)

  • 1897-09-26 Arthur Rhys-Davids, English flying ace (WW I), born in Forest Hill, London (d. 1917)
  • 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; The Music Man), born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • 1898-01-23 Freda Utley, British scholar & author, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1978)
  • 1898-03-30 Joyce Carey, British actress (Brief Encounter, The Cedar Tree), born in Kensington, London (d. 1993)

Gertrude Lawrence

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

  • 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], English-Australian novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice), born in London, England (d. 1960)
  • 1899-01-23 Glen Kidston, British aviator & racing driver, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1931)
  • 1899-04-22 Martyn Green, British actor (Gilbert & Sullivan, Iceman Cometh), born in London, England (d. 1975)
  • 1899-05-06 Billy Cotton, British bandleader and entertainer, born in Smith Square, London (d. 1969)
  • 1899-08-07 Renie Riano, British-American vaudeville and screen actress (Jiggs and Maggie films; 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 & actress (Bitter Sweet, Merry Widow), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1900-08-31 Roland Culver, English actor (Thunderball, Encore), born in London, England (d. 1984)
  • 1900-10-08 Geoffrey Jellicoe, English landscape architect (Shute House), 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)

John Van Druten

1901-06-01 John Van Druten, English playwright (I Remember Mama, I am a Camera), born in London (d. 1957)

  • 1901-06-26 William Busch, British composer, born in London (d. 1945)
  • 1901-07-01 Sylvia Mary Paget Chancellor, English philanthropist (Prisoners' Wives Service), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 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)
  • 1901-10-15 Robert Bromston Thesiger Daniell, English soldier, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1901-11-17 Joyce Wethered, British golfer (English Ladies' champion 1920–24), born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • 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)
  • 1902-01-05 Dorothea "Stella" Gibbons, English author (Cold Comfort Farm), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1989)
  • 1902-02-06 Louis Nizer, Jewish-American lawyer (defended blacklisted stars in '50s, Catspaw), born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1994)
  • 1902-04-08 Josef Krips, Austrian conductor (London Symphony, 1950-54; Buffalo Philharmonic, 1954-63; San Francisco Symphony, 1964-70), born in Vienna, Austria (d. !974)
  • 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, Canadian-American orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1977)
  • 1902-08-13 Alan Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury, British business executive, born in London (d. 1998)
  • 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)
  • 1903-01-05 Leighton Lucas, English composer & conductor, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1982)
  • 1903-01-06 Francis L. Sullivan, British actor (Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, Missing Rembrandt), born in London, England (d. 1956)
  • 1903-01-20 Sybil Marion Rosenfeld, English theatre historian, born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 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)

Bob Hope

1903-05-29 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], English-born American actor, comedian and entertainer, born in London (d. 2003)

  • 1903-06-08 Ronald Shiner, British actor (Dry Rot, Carry on Admiral, Keep it Clean, Aunt Clara), born in London, England (d. 1966)
  • 1903-06-29 Alan Blumlein, English electronics engineer, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1942)
  • 1903-07-13 Kenneth Clark, English art historian (Civilisation), born in London, England (d. 1983)
  • 1903-07-16 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian saxophonist, singer, and songwriter (Royal Canadians - "Coquette"; "Seems Like Old Times"), born in London, Ontario (d. 1971)
  • 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 Waugh, English author (Brideshead Revisited, Scoop), born in London, England (d. 1966)
  • 1903-12-12 Enid Balint-Edmonds, British psychoanalyst, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1904-01-13 Richard Addinsell, composer (Taming of Shrew), born in London, England
  • 1904-02-07 Alison Leggatt, British character actress (Day of Triffids, Cows), born in Kensington, London (d. 1990)
  • 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)

John 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, English actress (Ghost Train, Tom Jones), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • 1904-07-11 Daphne Fielding (née Vivian), British socialite and writer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1997)
  • 1904-07-26 Jack Westrup, English composer, born in London (d. 1975)
  • 1904-09-24 Owen Saunders, English mathematician and mechanical engineer, born in Streatham, London (d. 1993)
  • 1904-09-30 Frank Lawton, British actor (Devil Doll, Invisible Ray), born in London, England (d. 1969)
  • 1904-09-30 Ralph Forbes [Taylor], British screen and stage actor (Romeo and Juliet; Piccadilly Jim; Daniel Boone), born in Wandsworth, London, England (d. 1951)
  • 1904-10-15 Julian Hodge, British financier and multi-millionaire (Hodge Group), born in Camberwell, London (d. 2004)
  • 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, British conductor and composer (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)
  • 1905-06-22 Walter Leigh, British composer, born in Wimbledon, London, England (d. 1942)
  • 1905-06-26 Jack Longland, British director of education (Derbyshire), born in London (d. 1993)
  • 1905-07-19 Boyd Neel, English conductor (Story of an Orchestra), born in Blackheath, London (d. 1981)
  • 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, English composer (King Pest), born in Fulham, London (d. 1951)
  • 1905-12-14 Sydney Lipton, British dance band leader, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1905-12-31 Jule Styne [Julius Stein], British-American Academy and Tony Award-winning songwriter ("Three Coins In The Fountain"; "Time After Time"), and Broadway composer (Funny Girl; Hallelujah, Baby!; Gypsy), born in London, England (d. 1994)

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