London in History (Part 8)

Historical Events

Events 701 - 800 of 984

  • 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
  • 1972-01-04 Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London.
  • 1972-01-13 An army commander stages a bloodless coup in Ghan, while the prime minister is in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972-02-02 Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Playwright
Tom Stoppard
  • 1972-06-06 Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London
  • 1972-07-07 Secret Talks Between IRA and British Government: Gerry Adams is part of a delegation to London for talks with the British Government
  • 1972-08-02 Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London
  • 1972-09-19 A parcel bomb sent to Israeli Embassy in London kills one diplomat.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972-11-24 Taoiseach Jack Lynch met with British Prime Minister Edward Heath in London to give Irish approval to Attlee's paper that said new arrangements should be 'acceptable to and accepted by the Republic of Ireland'

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • 1973-01-07 British Darts Organisation founded in North London
  • 1973-02-23 Gold goes up $10 overnight to record $95 an ounce in London
  • 1973-03-08 The Provisional Irish Republican Army undertakes its first operation in Great Britain, planting four car bombs in London; 10 members of PIRA are arrested at Heathrow Airport while trying to leave the country

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973-03-17 Queen Elizabeth II opens new London Bridge

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1973-03-26 Susan Shaw is first woman in 171 years in London's Stock exchange
  • 1973-04-26 "2 Gentlemen of Verona" musical opens in London
  • 1973-05-14 Gold hits record $102.50 an ounce in London
  • 1973-06-19 "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" stage production opens in London
  • 1973-06-26 London production of musical "Grease" premieres
  • 1973-07-04 Alan Ayckbourne's "Absurd Person Singular," premieres in London
  • 1973-07-26 Peter Shaffers "Equus" premieres in London
  • 1973-08-15 David Storey's "Cromwell" premieres in London
  • 1974-01-03 Gold hits record $121.25 an ounce in London
  • 1974-01-08 Gold hits record $126.50 an ounce in London
  • 1974-01-21 Gold hits record $161.31, silver hits record $3.97 an ounce in London
  • 1974-02-10 Silver futures hit record $4.81½ an ounce in London
  • 1974-02-21 Silver hits record $5.96½ an ounce in London
  • 1974-03-04 David Hares' "Knuckle" premieres in London
  • 1974-03-21 Attempt made to kidnap Princess Anne in London's Pall Mall
  • 1974-05-06 Stolen "Guitar Player" painting by Jan Vermeer found in London
  • 1974-05-26 During a David Cassidy concert in London a 14-year old is trampled
  • 1974-06-17 The Provisional Irish Republican Army bombs the Houses of Parliament in London, injuring 11 people and causing extensive damage
  • 1974-09-01 The SR-71 Blackbird sets (and holds) the record for flying from New York to London: 1 hour 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds.
  • 1974-11-08 Britiish peer the Earl of Lucan disappears and is never seen again after his nanny is found murdered in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974-11-29 Coco the Clown [Nicolai Poliakoff] special memorial service held at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England

Famous Clown Coco the Clown
Famous Clown
Coco the Clown

Film release premierFilm Premier

1974-12-19 "The Man with the Golden Gun", 9th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Britt Ekland and Christopher Lee, premieres in London

  • 1975-02-28 A major London tube train crash at Moorgate station kills 43 people and injures a further 74.
  • 1975-03-26 "Tommy" premieres in London
  • 1975-04-23 Harold Pinter's play "No Man's Land" premieres in London
  • 1975-06-02 First recorded snowfall in London in June

  • 1975-07-23 Alan Ayckbourn's "Absent Friends" premieres in London
  • 1975-07-30 Simon Gray's "Otherwise Engaged" premieres in London
  • 1975-09-28 The Spaghetti House siege, in which nine people were taken as hostages, takes place in London.
  • 1975-12-06 Balcombe Street Siege: for 6 days, four Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers hold two hostages at an apartment in London, England
  • 1976-01-29 Bombs set off in London's West End by the IRA; 1 person is injured
  • 1976-04-05 Tom Stoppard's "Dirty Linen" premieres in London
  • 1976-05-31 The Who set the record for the loudest concert of all time, 120 decibels at 50 metres, at The Valley in Charlton
  • 1977-05-07 22nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marie Myriam for France wins singing "L'oiseau et l'enfant" in London
  • 1977-06-18 Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten & Paul Cook, beaten and robbed by London pub

Film release premierFilm Premier

1977-07-07 "The Spy Who Loved Me", 10th James Bond film starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, premieres in London

  • 1977-07-18 Hugh Leonard's "Da" premieres in London
  • 1977-09-26 Sir Freddie Laker begins cut-rate "Skytrain" service, London to NY
  • 1977-11-17 Bernard Pomerance's "Elephant Man" premieres in London
  • 1977-11-21 First flight of Concorde (London to New York)
  • 1978-01-01 News editor Donald Woods finally arrives in London after escaping the apartheid regime in South Africa
  • 1978-03-31 Wings release "London Town" album
  • 1978-04-14 David Hare's "Plenty" premieres in London
  • 1978-05-10 22nd European Cup: Liverpool beats Club Brugge 1-0 at London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978-06-09 Johannes Gutenberg's Bible, the first book produced using the printing press, (1 of 21 complete versions) sells for $2.4 million, London

  • 1978-06-11 Christa Tybus of London sets record of 24½ hrs of hula-hoop

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1978-06-21 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Evita" premieres in London

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Lyricist
Tim Rice
  • 1978-08-20 Gunmen open fire on an Israeli El Al Airline bus in London
  • 1978-10-03 Gold hits record $223.50 an ounce in London
  • 1978-11-08 Tom Stoppard's "Night & Day" premieres in London
  • 1978-11-15 Harold Pinter's play "Betrayal" premieres in London
  • 1979-03-29 Caryl Churchill's "Cloud Nine" premieres in London
  • 1979-04-17 Brian Clark's "Whose Life is it Anyway?" premieres in London
  • 1979-04-23 Fighting in London between the Anti-Nazi League and the Metropolitan Police Special Patrol Group results in the death of protester Blair Peach.
  • 1979-05-02 "Quadrophenia" premieres in London
  • 1979-05-03 Martin Sherman's "Bent" premieres in London
  • 1979-06-26 "Moonraker", 11th James Bond film starring Roger Moore, premieres in London
  • 1979-07-18 Gold hits record $303.85 an ounce in London
  • 1979-09-05 Earl of Mountbatten's Ceremonial Funeral held in Westminster Abbey
  • 1979-10-18 "Beatlemania" opens in London
  • 1979-11-02 Peter Shaffer's musical "Amadeus" premieres in London
  • 1980-01-15 Pam Gems' "Piaf!" premieres in London
  • 1980-04-30 Ronald Harwood's "The Dresser" premieres in London
  • 1980-04-30 Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London
  • 1980-05-05 Siege at Iranian Embassy in London ends as the SAS and police storm the building
  • 1980-07-10 Alexandra Palace in London burnt down for a second time
  • 1980-08-19 Willy Russell's play "Educating Rita" premieres in London starring Julie Walters
  • 1980-09-27 Marvin Hagler defeats Alan Minter to claim boxing's world Middleweight championship in London. They have to be escorted away by police after a riot forms.
  • 1981-04-03 Race riots in London's Brixton area, England
  • 1981-04-11 Race riot in London area of Brixton
  • 1981-05-11 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats" (based on T. S. Eliot) premieres in London
  • 1981-06-24 "For Your Eyes Only", 12th James Bond, starring Roger Moore and 1st drected by John Glen premieres in London
  • 1981-07-01 Nell Dunn's "Steaming" premieres in London
  • 1981-07-14 Kevin Wade's "Key Exchange," premieres in London
  • 1981-07-30 Simon Gray's "Quartermaine's Terms" premieres in London

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 701 - 800 of 1,418

  • 1926-07-21 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), born in London, England (d. 1980)
  • 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)
  • 1926-08-27 Patricia "Pat" Coombs, British comedienne and actress (Carry On Again Doctor, Cranford), born in Camberwell, London (d. 2002)
  • 1926-09-06 Arthur William Oldham, English composer, born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1926-09-17 Reginald Marsh, British actor (Sicilians, It Happened Here), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1926-09-26 Julie London, American singer and actress (Nurse McCall-Emergency), born in Santa Rosa, California (d. 2000)
  • 1926-11-05 John Berger, English art critic and author (Ways of Seeing), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1926-11-06 Brian Abel-Smith, British economist and expert adviser, born in Kensington Court Gardens, London (d. 1996)
  • 1926-12-10 Harry Fowler, British actor (Great: Isambard Kingdom Brunel), born in Lambeth, London (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)
  • 1927-04-17 Christopher Whelen, British composer and conductor, born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • 1927-04-26 Dame Anne McLaren, British biologist and leading researcher on human in vitro fertilisation (IVF), born in London, England (d. 2007)
  • 1927-06-04 Geoffrey Palmer, British actor (A Fish Called Wanda, The Madness of King George, Butterflies, Smacks & Thistle), born in London, England
  • 1927-06-18 Paul Eddington, British actor (Devil Rides Out, Devil's Bride), born in Paddington, London (d. 1995)
  • 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 Orchestra), born in London, England
  • 1927-08-20 Yootha Joyce, British actress (Man About the House, George and Mildred), born in Wandsworth, London (d. 1980)
  • 1927-09-10 Gwendoline "Gwen" Watford, British actress (Present Laughter, Cleopatra, Taste the Blood of Dracula), born in London, England (d. 1994)

Person of interestRoger Moore

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

  • 1927-10-16 Lee Montague, British actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust), born in London, England
  • 1927-12-26 Denis Quilley, British actor (Anything Goes, The Lady's Not For Burning, Masada), born in London, England (d. 2003)

Person of interestVidal Sassoon

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, British actor (Queenie, To Kill a Priest), born in London, England
  • 1928-03-11 Peter Roger Hunt, director (Dr No), born in London, England
  • 1928-03-26 Carole Carr [Carless], British singer and actress (Down Among the Z Men), born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • 1928-03-30 John Heddle Nash, English operatic singer, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1928-04-03 Jennifer Paterson, English chef and TV personality (Two Fat Ladies), born in Kensington, London (d. 1999)
  • 1928-04-04 Monty Norman, English singer and film composer (James Bond Theme), born in London
  • 1928-04-05 Michael Bryant, British actor (Sakharov, Girly), born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1928-04-05 Peter Moore, British academic (Professor of Statistics at London Business School) (d. 2010)
  • 1928-04-08 Eric Porter, British actor (Antony & Cleopatra, 39 Steps), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1928-04-23 Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • 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, British actor (Planet of Apes, Cleopatra, Lord Love a Duck), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1928-11-15 John Orchard, British actor (Capone, M*A*S*H), born in Kennington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1928-11-20 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), born in Corris, Gwynedd (d. 2016)
  • 1928-11-26 John Barton, British theatre director and co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1929-01-31 Jean Simmons, British actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls),born in London, England (d. 2010)
  • 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)
  • 1929-06-20 Ronald Hines, British actor (Not in Front of the Children, Pack of Lies), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • 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
  • 1929-10-25 Peter Loader, English cricketer (England quick in 13 Tests 1954-59, later WA), born in Wallington, London
  • 1929-12-12 John Osborne, English playwright (Entertainer, Look Back in Anger, Luther), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1930-02-03 Gillian Ayres, British abstract painter and printmaker, born in Barnes, London (d. 2018)
  • 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
  • 1930-04-06 David Sexton, English football manager, born in Islington, London (d. 2012)
  • 1930-04-08 Dorothy Tutin, actress (Importance of Being Ernest, Cromwell), born in London, England
  • 1930-04-11 Clive Exton, British scriptwriter and playwright, born in Islington, London
  • 1930-04-12 Bryan Magee, British philosopher, politician and broadcaster (Modern British Philosophy), born in London
  • 1930-04-12 Patrick Edmund Pery, 6th Earl of Limerick, Irish peer and public servant, 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, German-English actress (Airport, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2011)
  • 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, British actress and 1st Bond Girl (Sylvia Trench- "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love"), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1931-03-29 Evelyn de Rothschild, English banker and multi-millionaire, born in Westminster, London
  • 1931-04-04 Denis Frank Owen, British ecologist and natural historian, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 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
  • 1931-04-25 David Shepherd, British painter (paintings of steam locomotives), born in Hendon, London (d. 2017)
  • 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)
  • 1931-11-14 Terence Marsh, British production designer (Oliver!, Dr. Zhivago, Spaceballs), born in London, England (d. 2018)

Person of interestElizabeth Taylor

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)
  • 1932-06-06 Ivan Chermayeff, British-born American graphic designer, born in London, England (d. 2017)

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