London in History (Part 7)

Historical Events

Events 601 - 700 of 984

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1958-01-01 BOAC Britannia flies London to NY in a record 7h57m

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958-03-19 Britain's first planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's, London

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud
  • 1958-04-04 The CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London
  • 1958-05-19 Premiere of Harold Pinter's play "Birthday Party" in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958-06-09 HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport, (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom.

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1958-06-27 Harry Burrell flies KC-135 record (5:27:42.8) NY to London
  • 1958-07-17 Peter Shaffer's "Five Finger Exercise" premieres in London
  • 1958-09-09 Race riots in Notting Hill Gate, London
  • 1958-10-02 Musical show "Valmouth" 1st produced in London
  • 1958-10-14 Brendan Behan's "Hostage" premieres in London
  • 1959-01-29 'The Great Smog' hits London, many die of chest and lung-related illnesses
  • 1959-04-23 1st heliport in Britain opens in London

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1959-05-01 Floyd Patterson KOs Englishman Brian London in 11, in his 4th World Heavyweight Boxing title defence

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1959-05-28 Johnson & Bart's musical "Lock up your daughters" premieres in London
  • 1960-03-18 5th Eurovision Song Contest: Jacqueline Boyer for France wins singing "Tom Pillibi" in London
  • 1960-07-01 Robert Bolt's "A Man For All Seasons" premieres in London
  • 1960-09-27 Europe's 1st "moving pavement" (travelator), opens at Bank station on the London Underground
  • 1960-10-18 In Britain, News Chronicle & Daily Mail merge and London Evening Star merges with Evening News
  • 1961-03-06 1st London minicabs introduced
  • 1961-05-10 "Beyond the Fringe" premieres in London

Film release premierFilm Premier

1961-12-13 "The Young Ones" directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Cliff Richard, Robert Morley and Carole Gray premieres in London

  • 1962-03-27 Ann Jellicoe's play "Knack" premieres in London
  • 1962-04-02 The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London.
  • 1962-04-27 Arnold Wesker's "Chips with Everything" premieres in London
  • 1962-05-08 London trolley buses (electrically powered buses using overhead supply) go out of service
  • 1962-07-12 Rolling Stones 1st performance (Marquee Club, London)

Film release premierFilm Premier

1962-10-05 "Dr. No", 1st James Bond film based on the novel by Ian Fleming and starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, premieres in London

  • 1963-03-21 David Hendon & Douglas Cross' musical premieres in London
  • 1963-03-23 8th Eurovision Song Contest: Grethe and Jorgen Ingmann for Denmark win singing "Dansevise" in London
  • 1963-05-22 8th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 2-1 at London
  • 1963-06-24 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
  • 1963-10-10 "From Russia With Love" 2nd James Bond film based on a novel by Ian Fleming, starring Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi, premieres in London
  • 1963-10-17 The Beatles record "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at EMI Studios in London
  • 1963-10-31 Ed Sullivan witnesses Beatles & their fans at London Airport

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963-11-04 John Lennon utters his infamous line at a Royal Variety Performance "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And for the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewelry…" in London

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1964-02-08 Peter Shaffer's "Royal Hunt of the Sun" premieres in London
  • 1964-04-05 1st driverless trains run on London Underground
  • 1964-05-06 Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr Sloan" premieres in London
  • 1964-07-06 Beatles' film "Hard Day's Night" premieres in London
  • 1964-09-09 John Osborne's "Inadmissable Evidence" premieres in London

  • 1964-12-17 "Goldfinger", 3rd James Bond film, starring Sean Connery and Honor Blackman premieres in London
  • 1965-01-07 Twin brothers are in held in custody in London charged with abduction and murder

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965-01-30 State funeral of Winston Churchill at St Paul's Cathedral in London. Then world's largest ever state funeral.

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1965-04-19 T.A.M.I. Show premieres in London
  • 1965-05-19 West Ham United of England win 5th European Cup Winner's Cup against 1860 München of West Germany 2-0 in London
  • 1965-10-08 Post Office Tower opens in London, tallest building in England
  • 1965-12-15 D Heneker & J Taylor's musical "Charlie Girl" premieres in London
  • 1966-01-19 Tippett's cantate "Vision of St Augustine" premieres in London
  • 1966-03-16 Man From Uncle star David McCallum receives huge welcome in London

Music concertMusic Concert

1966-06-01 George Harrison is impressed by Ravi Shankar's concert in London

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • 1966-07-30 FIFA World Cup: England beats West Germany 4-2 for football's 8th World Cup in London

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1966-08-06 Muhammad Ali KOs Brian London in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966-10-25 Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first UK gig as a private showcase at The Scotch of St. James in London

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1966-11-09 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition at Indica Gallery in London

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono

Music concertMusic Concert

1967-05-12 1st quadraphonic concert by Pink Floyd at the Games for May concert in London

Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
  • 1967-05-18 Silver hits record $1.60 an ounce in London
  • 1967-06-12 "You Only Live Twice", 5th James Bond film starring Sean Connery, screenplay by Roald Dahl, premieres in London
  • 1967-06-27 The world's first ATM is installed in Enfield, London
  • 1967-08-02 The second Blackwall Tunnel opens in Greenwich, London
  • 1967-08-05 Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) & Radio London close down
  • 1967-10-11 Yoko Plus Me art exhibit opens in London (the me is John Lennon)
  • 1967-10-29 London criminal Jack McVitie is murdered by the Kray twins, leading to their eventual imprisonment and downfall.
  • 1967-11-08 Silver hits record $1.951 an ounce in London
  • 1967-12-07 The Beatles' clothing store "Apple Boutique" opens at 94 Baker Street, London
  • 1968-03-21 Hill, Hawkins & Coghill's musical premieres in London
  • 1968-04-06 13th Eurovision Song Contest: Massiel for Spain wins singing "La, la, la" in London
  • 1968-04-18 London Bridge is sold to US oil company (to be erected in Arizona)
  • 1968-04-18 Peter Luke's "Hadrian VII" premieres in London
  • 1968-05-02 Gold reaches then record high ($39.35 per ounce) in London
  • 1968-05-23 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London
  • 1968-05-29 12th European Cup: Manchester United beats Benfica 4-1 at London
  • 1968-07-04 Arthur Kopit's "Indians" premieres in London
  • 1968-07-17 The Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London
  • 1968-07-31 The Beatles close Apple Boutique in London, giving clothes away for free
  • 1968-08-15 Pirate Radio Free London begins transmitting
  • 1968-09-26 "Oliver!" directed by Carol Reed and starring Mark Lester and Ron Moody premieres in London (Best Picture 1969)
  • 1968-09-27 "Hair" opens in London
  • 1968-10-02 1st London performance of "Promises, Promises" presented

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1968-10-30 Jack Lynch, Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), meets with Harold Wilson, then British Prime Minister, in London, calling for the ending of partition as a means to resolve the unrest in Northern Ireland

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969-01-09 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill travels to London to meet Home Secretary James Callaghan and brief him on the growing violence in Northern Ireland

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • 1969-01-24 Students protest the erection of steel gates around the London School of Economics
  • 1969-01-30 The Beatles perform their last live gig, a 42 minute concert on the roof of Apple Corps HQ in London

Film release premierFilm Premier

1969-02-24 "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" film based on novel by Muriel Spark directed by Ronald Neame, starring Maggie Smith (Academy Award Best Actress) premieres in London

Actress Maggie Smith
Actress
Maggie Smith
Author Muriel Spark
Author
Muriel Spark
  • 1969-03-04 London East End gang bosses twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray are found guilty of murder. Both will die in captivity.
  • 1969-03-05 Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw" premieres in London
  • 1969-04-21 The Ministry of Defence in London announces that British troops would be used in Northern Ireland to guard key public installations following a series of bombings

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 601 - 700 of 1,418

  • 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)
  • 1920-09-17 Dinah Sheridan, British actress (Genevieve, The Railway Children, Don't Wait Up), born in Hampstead, London (d. 2012)
  • 1920-11-27 Buster Merryfield, British actor (Only Fools and Horses), born in London, England (d. 1999)
  • 1920-12-30 Michael Allinson, London England (George Washington)
  • 1921-01-11 Kathleen Byron, British actress (Abdication, Profile, Saving Private Ryan), born in London, England (d. 2009)
  • 1921-01-15 Frank Thornton, British actor (Are You Being Served?, Last of the Summer Wine), born in Dulwich, London (d. 2013)
  • 1921-01-28 Alfred Marks, British actor and comedian (Desert Mice, Scream & Scream Again), born in Holborn, London (d. 1996)
  • 1921-02-05 John M Pritchard, conductor, born in London, England
  • 1921-03-04 Joan Greenwood, British actress and director (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Amorous Mr Prawn), born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • 1921-03-28 Dirk Bogarde [Derek van den Bogaerde] British writer and actor (Death in Venice, Servant), born in London, England (d. 1999)
  • 1921-04-12 Alfred Mabbs, British archivist (Public Records Office), born in London (d. 2009)
  • 1921-04-16 Peter Ustinov, British actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), born in London, England (d. 2004)
  • 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 [Joan Summerfield], British actress (Caravan, Bond Street), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1921-06-27 Muriel Pavlow, British actress (Murder, She Said, Reach for the Sky), born in Lewisham, South East London
  • 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)
  • 1921-09-11 Edwin Richfield, British actor (Interpol Calling, The Avengers), born in London England (d. 1990)
  • 1921-09-24 Leonard Lopes-Salzedo, British composer, born in London, England
  • 1921-12-08 Terence Morgan, British actor (Sir Francis Drake, Curse of the Mummy's Tomb), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1921-12-30 Michael Hollings, British Catholic priest/crusader, born in Camberley, London (d. 1997)
  • 1922-01-13 John Hewer, English actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials, born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1922-02-06 Patrick Macnee, British actor (The Avengers, Magnum, P.I., Sherlock Holmes), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1922-03-27 Margaret Stacey, English sociologist who helped shape the distinctively British genre of empirical sociology, born in London (d. 2004)
  • 1922-04-16 Kingsley Amis, English novelist (Lucky Jim, James Bond Dossier), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1922-04-23 Diarmuid Downs, British automotive engineer, born in London (d. 2014)
  • 1922-04-27 Daphne Anderson, British actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1922-05-06 Alan Ross, editor (London Magazine)
  • 1922-05-08 Brian Kellett, CEO (Port of London Authority)
  • 1922-05-09 Sheila Burrell, British actress (Black Orchid, Paranoiac, Laughter in Dark), born in Blackheath, London (d. 2011)

Person of interestChristopher Lee

1922-05-27 Sir 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, British actress (Hard Times, Girly, Murder is Announced), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1922-10-16 Max Bygraves [Walter William Bygraves], British actor (Charley Moon, Spare the Rod, Tom Brown's School Days), born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • 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, British actor (Nanny, Adventure for 2, Naked Heart), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1923-01-17 Carol Raye [Kathleen Corkery], British-born Australian actress (Number 96, Blankety Blanks), born in London, England
  • 1923-02-07 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, born in London (d. 2011)
  • 1923-04-03 John Smith, English large landowner and financier, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1923-04-17 Norman Potter, English cabinetmaker, designer and writer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1923-04-29 Maxine Audley, British actress (Peeping Tom, Ricochet, House of Cards), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1923-05-20 Samuel "Sam" Selvon, Trinidad-born writer (The Lonely Londoners), born in San Fernando (d. 1996)
  • 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, British actor, producer and socialite (Mrs Miniver, Thin Man), born in London, England (d. 1984)
  • 1923-10-13 Cyril Shaps, British actor, producer and voice artist (The Pianist), born in Highbury, London (d. 2003)
  • 1923-11-15 Peter Hammond, British actor and director (The Buccaneers, King of the Castle), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1923-12-04 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1923-12-13 Frankie Fraser, English gangster who spent 42 years in jail, born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • 1924-01-08 Ron Moody [Ronald Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1924-02-14 Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, born in Westminster, London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1924-03-28 Frederick "Freddie" Bartholomew, British child actor (Anna Karenina, David Copperfield, Captains Courageous), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1924-04-02 Denis Rooke, British engineer and CEO (British Gas), born in New Cross, London (d. 2008)
  • 1924-04-04 Chris Prater, English screenprinter, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1924-05-01 Dennis Main-Wilson, British TV and radio producer (Marty, Till Death Us Do Part), born in Dulwich, London (d. 1997)
  • 1924-07-28 Peter James Frederick Green, CEO (LLoyd's of London)
  • 1924-09-24 Sheila MacRae, British-born 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
  • 1925-04-03 Tony Benn, British politcian, Minister of Technology and President of the Stop the War Coalition, born in Marylebone, London (d. 2014)
  • 1925-04-12 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer, born in Hendon, London (d. 2008)
  • 1925-04-22 George Cole, English actor (Minder, Vampire Lovers), born in London, England (d.2015)
  • 1925-05-02 John Neville, English theatre and film actor, born in Willesden, London (d. 2011)
  • 1925-05-27 Vere Harmsworth, 3rd Viscount Rothermere, English press magnate (The Mail on Sunday), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1925-06-19 Charlie Drake [Charles Springall], English comedian (Plank, Rhubarb Rhubarb, Splish Splash), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • 1925-06-23 Miriam Karlin, British actress (The Rag Trade), born in Hampstead, London (d. 2011)
  • 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

Person of interestAngela Lansbury

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

  • 1925-11-09 Sir Alistair Horne, British historian and journalist (A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 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
  • 1926-02-22 Kenneth Williams, British actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On films), born in King's Cross, London (d. 1988)
  • 1926-03-13 F. H. McClintock, British criminologist, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1926-03-27 Louis Blom-Cooper, barrister specialising in public and administrative law and co-editor of The Judicial House of Lords 1876–2009, born in London
  • 1926-04-02 Michael Rizzello, sculpter and coin designer, born in London (d. 2004)
  • 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)

Person of interestElizabeth II

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
  • 1926-04-28 Francis Burt, British composer, born in London (d. 2012)

Person of interestDavid Attenborough

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 [John Bartholomew], British comedian (Morecambe & Wise, Picadilly Palace), born in Morecambe, Lancashire (d. 1984)
  • 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 Jane Hylton [Audrey Gwendolene Clark], British actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot, Daybreak), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • 1926-07-18 Richard Pasco, British actor (Gorgon, Arch of Triumph), born in Barnes, London (d. 2014)
  • 1926-07-20 Patricia "Pat" Cutts, British actress (Coronation Street), born in London, England (d. 1974)

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