London in History (Part 7)

Historical Events

Events 601 - 700 of 963

  • 1958-01-01 BOAC Britannia flies London to NY in a record 7h57m
  • 1958-03-19 Britain's first planetarium opens at Madame Tussaud's, London
  • 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

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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

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1958-10-14 Brendan Behan's "Hostage" premieres in London

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • 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 Brian London in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

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

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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

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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
  • 1967-03-01 Queen Elizabeth Hall in London's South Bank Centre opens
  • 1967-03-31 1st time Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar (London)
  • 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
  • 1968-08-15 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

CommunicationOpening of Euston Station

1968-10-14 Opening of the rebuilt Euston railway station in London, England

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 The Kray brothers, Ronald and Reginald, London East End gang bosses, 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
  • 1969-07-05 Rolling Stones play a free concert in London's Hyde Park
  • 1969-12-15 Plastic Ono Band, play their only concert at London's Lyceum Ballroom
  • 1969-12-18 "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", 6th James Bond Film starring George Lazenby and Diana Rigg, premieres in London
  • 1970-01-22 1st commercial Boeing 747 flight, Pan American World Airways flies from New York City to London in 6½ hours
  • 1970-06-03 Ray Davies of Kinks travels round trip NY-London to change 1 word in "Lola," (Coca-Cola to Cherry Cola) because of BBC commercial reference ban
  • 1970-08-03 Christopher Hampton's "Philanthropist" premieres in London
  • 1970-08-05 Robert Morley's "How the Other Half Loves" premieres in London
  • 1970-12-02 Michael Tippett's opera "The Knot Garden" premieres in London
  • 1971-05-16 Benjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych, London
  • 1971-06-02 15th European Cup: Ajax beats Panathinaikos 2-0 at London
  • 1971-07-05 Simon Gray's "Butley" premieres in London
  • 1971-10-31 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) explode a bomb at the Post Office Tower in London
  • 1971-11-09 David Storey's "Changing Room" premieres in London

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 601 - 700 of 1,116

  • 1931-06-05 John Dellow, commisioner (London Metropolitan Police)
  • 1931-09-24 Anthony Newley, English actor and singer-songwriter (Dr Doolitte, Goldfinger theme), born in London (d. 1999)

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1932-02-27 Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress (Father of the Bride, Butterfield 8, Cleopatra), born in London, England (d. 2011)

  • 1932-03-11 Valerie French, actress (Jubal), born in London, England
  • 1932-04-03 Janet Bately, Prof of English Language (King's College London)
  • 1932-05-24 Arnold Wesker, British playwright (Bratkartoffeln Inbegriffen), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1932-07-16 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1932-08-06 Howard Hodgkin, British abstract painter, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1932-08-27 Antonia Fraser, British author and biographer (Mary Queen of Scots), born in London, England

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1933-03-14 Michael Caine [Maurice J Micklewhite], English actor (Alfie), born in London, England

  • 1933-03-23 Geoffrey Leigh, CEO (Allied London Properties)
  • 1933-05-23 Joan Henrietta Collins, actress (Alexis-Dynasty, Bitch), born in London, England
  • 1933-06-26 Claudio Abbado, composer/conductor (London Symph-1982), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1933-07-09 Oliver Sacks, English Neurologist and author (Awakenings), born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1933-08-21 Barry Norman, British film critic (Film Greats), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1933-09-16 Jim Gilbert, British artist and criminal, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1933-10-09 Peter Mansfield, British Physician whose discoveries led to MRI (2003 Nobel Prize), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1933-10-10 Daniel Massey, actress (Vault of Horror), born in London, England
  • 1933-10-24 Ronald "Ronnie" Kray and Reginald "Reggie" Kray, English gangsters (the Kray twins), born in London, England
  • 1934-01-29 Noel Harrison, singer/actor (Mark-Girl from UNCLE), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1934-03-23 Bryan Bass, headmaster (City of London School)
  • 1934-04-03 Jane Goodall, ethologist (studied African chimps), born in London, England
  • 1934-04-07 Victor Feldman, jazz musician (drums and piano), born in London UK (d. 1987)
  • 1934-06-01 Sylvia Syms, English actress (Asylum, Moonraker, Shirley Valentine), born in London, England
  • 1934-06-16 Eileen Atkins, actress (Equus, Devil Within Her), born in London, England
  • 1934-07-01 Jean Marsh, actress (Dark Places, Eagle has Landed), born in London, England
  • 1934-07-08 Marty Feldman, comedian (Young Frankenstein), born in London, England
  • 1934-08-16 John Standing, British actor (Edward-Lime Street), born in London, England
  • 1934-09-26 Raphael Samuel, British Marxist historian, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1934-10-30 Hamilton Camp, actor (Andrew-He & She, Meatballs 2), born in London, England
  • 1934-11-01 Hugh Bidwell, mayor (London)
  • 1934-12-18 John Bingham, Lord Lucan, British peer suspected of murdering his nanny who disappeared, born in London (presumed dead)
  • 1934-12-30 Nicolas Coster, British actor (Our Private World, Ryan's Four), born in London
  • 1935-03-27 Julian Glover, actor (QED, Heat & Dust, Mandela), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1935-04-19 Dudley Moore, English actor and comedian (10, Arthur, Bedazzled), born in London (d. 2002)

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • 1935-06-03 Raoul Franklin, chancellor (City University London)
  • 1935-07-20 Ted Rogers, comedian (Aladdin, Cinderella), born in London, England
  • 1935-08-19 Alan Baker, British Mathematician and winner of the Fields Medal (1970) for his work on transcendental number theory, born in London, England
  • 1935-09-28 Heather Sears, actress (Room at the Top), born in London, England
  • 1935-10-23 Jimmy Dale, Canadian orchestra leader (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • 1935-10-30 Michael Winner, English film producer and director (Big Sleep, Death Wish), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1935-11-13 George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, born in The East End, Co. London
  • 1935-11-27 Verity Lambert, English film and TV producer (1st producer of Doctor Who, The Naked Civil Servant), born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1936-01-29 Patrick Caulfield, British painter and printmaker, born in London (d. 2005)
  • 1936-04-24 Jill Ireland, actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino), born in London, England
  • 1936-10-25 Sir Martin Gilbert, British historian (Winston Churchill biography), born in London, England
  • 1936-12-17 Tommy Steele [Thomas Hicks], English pop singer, 1st British Rock and Roll star, born in London
  • 1937-01-30 Vanessa Redgrave, British actress (Blow-Up, Julia, Orient Express), born in London, England
  • 1937-02-16 Paul Bailey, English novelist and biographer, born in London
  • 1937-04-13 Edward Fox, English actor (The Day of the Jackal, Gandhi), born in Chelsea, London
  • 1937-08-05 Alan Howard, theatre and film actor (Royal Shakespeare Company), born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1937-08-18 William George Rushton, actor, author and cartoonist (TW3), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1937-08-22 Max Hebditch, director (Museum of London)
  • 1937-10-04 Jackie Collins, British-American author (The Stud, Lucky), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1937-10-20 Emma Tennant, English writer (Pemberley: Or, Pride and Prejudice Continued), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1938-02-13 Oliver Reed, actor (Big Sleep), born in London, England
  • 1938-03-06 Pauline Boty, English artist, born in London (d. 1966)
  • 1938-03-18 Kenny Lynch, British entertainer, born in London
  • 1938-04-22 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), born in London
  • 1938-05-12 Susan Hampshire, actress (Vanity Fair, Living Free), born in London, England
  • 1938-07-22 Terence Stamp, English actor (The Collector, Billy Budd), born in London, England
  • 1938-08-12 Anthony Joliffe, mayor of London
  • 1938-09-27 Alexander Graham, Lord Mayor of London
  • 1938-10-22 Derek Jacobi, actor (Lanner-Strauss Family, Dead Again), born in London, England
  • 1939-01-09 Susannah York, English actress (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Superman), born in London, England
  • 1939-02-02 Rachel English, author (My 1st 500), born in London, England
  • 1939-02-24 George Bain, principal (London Business School)
  • 1939-03-05 Samantha Eggar, actress (Collector, Dr Doolittle) [or May 3], born in London, England
  • 1939-03-15 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Facts of Life & other fiction), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1939-04-05 David Winters, choreographer (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • 1939-04-12 Alan Ayckbourn, playwright, born in London, England
  • 1939-04-15 Marty Wilde, English singer-songwriter and father of rocker Kim Wilde, born in London, England
  • 1939-04-16 Dusty Springfield, [Mary O'Brien], vocalist (Growing Pains), born in London, England
  • 1939-05-19 James Fox, actor (The Servant), born in London, England
  • 1939-07-06 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1939-07-16 Corin Redgrave, Brtish actor (Excalibur, A Man For All Seasons), born in London (d. 2010)
  • 1939-07-18 Brian Auger, fusion keyboardist (Befour, Genesis), born in London, England
  • 1939-07-28 Clem Cattini, rock drummer (Tornados London)
  • 1939-07-31 Roger Prideaux, English cricketer (England batsman in 3 Tests 1968-69), born in Chelsea, London
  • 1939-08-16 Carol Shelley, actress (Gwendolyn Pidgeon-Odd Couple), born in London, England
  • 1939-08-18 Robert Horton, British businessman, born in London (d. 2011)
  • 1939-08-28 Clem Cattini, English rock drummer (the Tornados), born in London
  • 1939-12-23 Johnny Kidd, [Frederick Heath], rocker (Johnny Kidd & Pirates), born in London, England
  • 1940-02-02 Alan Caddy, English musician (The Tornados), born in London (d. 2000)
  • 1940-02-09 Brian Bennett, rock drummer (Shadows), born in London, England
  • 1940-02-22 Julian Chagrin, mime/actor (Golddiggers), born in London, England
  • 1940-04-01 Annie Nightingale, English broadcaster, 1st BBC Radio 1 female presenter, born in London
  • 1940-04-04 Bijan, Iran, mens apparel designer (Beverly Hills, American London), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940-05-10 Bill Cash, British politician (C, born in London
  • 1940-09-03 Pauline Collins, actress (Shirley Valentine), born in London, England
  • 1940-10-13 Chris Farlowe [John Henry Deighton], English singer (Out of Times), born in London
  • 1941-01-26 Henry Jaglom, actor (Eating, Lucky Ducks, Always), born in London, England
  • 1941-02-25 David Puttnam, film producer/CEO (Columbia Pictures), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1941-06-02 Charlie Watts, drummer (Rolling Stones), born in London, England

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • 1941-08-29 Robin Leach, TV host (Life Styles of Rich & Famous), born in London, England
  • 1941-10-07 Martin Murray, rocker (Honeycombs), born in London, England
  • 1941-10-12 Michael Mansfield, English barrister, born in London
  • 1941-10-19 Simon Ward, actor (4 Musketeers, 4 Feathers), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • 1941-10-22 Charles Keating, English actor (Carl Hutchins-Another World), born in London, England, (d. 2014)
  • 1941-11-21 Juliet Mills, actress (Nanny & the Professor, QB VII), born in London, England

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Famous Deaths