London in History (Part 8)

Historical Events

Events 701 - 800 of 963

  • 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

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 41 killed in London Underground, as train speeds past final stop
  • 1975-02-28 A major tube train crash at Moorgate station, London kills 43 people.
  • 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

Music concertMusic Concert

1977-05-12 1st quadrophonic concert by Pink Floyd 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
  • 1977-06-18 Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten & Paul Cook, beaten & 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 & 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
  • 1980-08-19 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
  • 1981-08-18 Football running back, Herschel Walker, of U of Georgia, takes out a Lloyd's of London insurance policy for $1 million
  • 1981-10-01 J Chodorov/N Panama's "Talent for Murder" premieres in London
  • 1982-02-23 Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" premieres in London
  • 1982-06-19 The body of God's Banker, Roberto Calvi is found hanging beneath Blackfriars Bridge in London
  • 1982-07-20 T Macauly & D Vosburghs musical "Windy City," premieres in London
  • 1982-07-20 Hyde Park and Regent's Park bombings: 11 British soldiers and 7 military horses killed in Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb attacks during military ceremonies in London
  • 1982-09-01 Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls" premieres in London
  • 1982-11-16 Tom Stoppard's "Real Thing" premieres in London
  • 1983-02-08 prize stallion and Derby winner Shergar kidnapped in Ireland; never found Lloyds of London pays $10.6 million insurance
  • 1983-03-09 Caryl Churchill's "Fen" premieres in London
  • 1983-03-30 Ray Cooney's "Run for your Wives" premieres in London
  • 1983-06-06 "Octopussy", 13th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams and Louis Jourdan premieres in London
  • 1983-08-06 Minnesota Vikings beat St Louis Cards 28-10 in London, England (NFL expo)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 701 - 800 of 1,116

  • 1942-02-06 John London, American songwriter and bassist (Michael Nesmith band), born in Brazos County, Texas
  • 1942-03-15 Hughie Flint, rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London, England
  • 1942-06-19 Neil Chalmers, director (National History Museum, London)
  • 1942-07-27 Barbara Ferris, actress (Nice Girl Like Me), born in London, England
  • 1942-09-27 Alvin Stardust, English singer, born in Muswell Hill, North London, (d. 2014)
  • 1942-12-15 Dave Clark, rock drummer (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in London, England
  • 1943-02-16 Anthony Dowell, ballet dancer (Royal Ballet), born in London, England
  • 1943-03-02 Tony Meehan [Daniel Meehan], English rocker (Drifters, Vipers), born in London, England
  • 1943-03-08 Lynn Redgrave, British American actress (Gregory Girl), born in London, England (d. 2010)
  • 1943-04-08 James Herbert, horror writer (The Rats), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1943-04-16 Dave Peverett, English rocker (Foghat, Savoy Brown), born in London, England
  • 1943-06-08 Colin Baker, English actor (Sixth Doctor in Doctor Who, Swallows & Amazons), born in London
  • 1943-06-25 Bill Moggridge [William], designer (1st laptop computer), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • 1943-06-29 Roger Ruskin Spear, saxophonist (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band), born in London, England
  • 1943-08-01 Denis Payton, rock musician (Dave Clark Five - Glad All Over), born in London, England
  • 1943-08-02 Rose Tremain, British novelist/playwright (Restoration), born in London, England
  • 1943-08-04 David Carr, rock keyboardist (The Fortunes), born in Leyton, London (d. 2011)
  • 1943-08-06 Michael Anderson Jr, actor (Clay-The Monroes), born in London, England
  • 1943-12-06 Mike Smith, rocker/pianist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in London, England
  • 1943-12-28 Charles "Chas" Hodges, English musician (Chas & Dave), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1944-01-09 Jimmy Page, rock guitarist (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven), born in London, England

Rock Star Jimmy Page
Rock Star
Jimmy Page
  • 1944-01-19 Laurie London, English singer
  • 1944-02-02 Andrew Davis, Ashbridge, England, conductor (New Phil Orch-London)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1944-02-13 Jerry Springer, talk show host (Jerry Springer Show), born in London, England

Talk Show Host Jerry Springer
Talk Show Host
Jerry Springer
  • 1944-03-01 John Napier, set designer (Royal Shakesphere Company), born in London, England
  • 1944-04-07 Carol Grimes, British singer (Delivery), born in London, England
  • 1944-05-14 Francesca Annis, actress (Madame Bovary, Dune), born in London, England
  • 1944-05-18 Albert Hammond, rocker (It Never Rains In Southern California ), born in London
  • 1944-05-30 Lenny Davidson, rocker (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over), born in London, England
  • 1944-06-11 Alan Horworth, British politician (L), first Conservative to change to Labour party, born in London
  • 1944-06-21 Jon Hiseman, English drummer, born in London
  • 1944-06-21 Ray Davies, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Kinks), born in London
  • 1944-06-22 Peter Asher, singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love), born in London, England
  • 1944-07-22 Rick Davies, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Supertramp), born in London, England
  • 1944-08-08 John Renbourn, English folk musician (Pentangle), born in London
  • 1944-08-20 John Povey, English musician, born in London
  • 1944-10-09 John Entwistle, rock guitarist/vocalist (Who-Baba O'Riley), born in London, England
  • 1944-11-16 Joanna Pettit, actress (Knots Landing, Cry of the Innocent), born in London, England
  • 1944-12-06 Jonathan King, English singer-songwriter (Everyone's Gone to the Moon) and record producer, born in London

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1945-01-10 Rod Stewart, British singer (Maggie Mae, Do You Think I'm Sexy), born in London, England

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • 1945-03-09 Robin Trower, guitarist (Procol Harum-Whiter Shade of Pale), born in London, England
  • 1945-04-20 Jimmy Winston, organist (Samll Facres-Itchycoo Park), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1945-05-19 Peter Townshend, English rock guitarist, vocalist and composer (The Who-Tommy), born in London, England

  • 1945-06-17 Ken Livingstone, English politician (Mayor of London 2000-08), born in London
  • 1945-06-19 Peter Bardens, English musician (Camel), born in London (d. 2002)
  • 1945-06-28 Dave Knights, rock bassist (Procol Harum-Conquistador), born in London, England
  • 1945-07-18 Danny McCullock, rocker (Animals), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1945-07-26 Helen Mirren [Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironoff], English actress (The Queen, The Madness of King George), born in London, England

Actress Helen Mirren
Actress
Helen Mirren
  • 1945-11-11 Chris Dreja, rocker (Yardbirds), born in London, England
  • 1945-11-12 Valerie Leon, actress (Blood from Mummy's Tomb), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1946-01-03 John Paul Jones [John Baldwin], English rock bassist and songwriter (Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven), born in London

Musician John Paul Jones
Musician
John Paul Jones
  • 1946-01-22 Malcolm McLaren, British band manager (the Sex Pistols), born in London (d. 2010)
  • 1946-02-03 Stan Webb, English blues musician (Chicken Shack), born in London

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1946-02-21 Alan Rickman, English actor (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Die Hard, Harry Potter), born in Hammersmith, London (d. 2016)

  • 1946-03-05 Murray Head, British singer (One Night in Bangkok), born in London
  • 1946-03-07 Matthew Fisher, rock keyboardist (Procol Harum), born in London, England
  • 1946-03-22 Laraine Ashton, fashion models' agent (London)
  • 1946-04-01 Ronnie "Plonk" Lane, rock bassist (Small Faces-Hey Girl), born in London, England
  • 1946-04-18 Hayley Mills, actress (Parent Trap, Pollyanna), born in London, England
  • 1946-06-25 Ian McDonald, rock guitarist (Foreigner, King Crimson), born in London, England
  • 1946-06-26 Clive Francis, actor (Masada), born in London, England
  • 1946-07-23 Andy MacKay, rock sax/oboe (Roxy Music-Dance Away), born in London, England
  • 1946-08-15 Tony Robinson, English actor, comedian and author, born in Homerton, London

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1946-08-23 Keith Moon, English rock drummer (Who-I'm A Boy), born in London, England (d. 1978)

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • 1946-09-09 Pete Gavin, English rocker (Heads Hands & Feet), born in London
  • 1946-09-19 John Coghlan, rock drummer (Status Quo), born in London, England
  • 1946-09-28 Helen Shapiro, Bethnal Green London, rock vocalist
  • 1946-10-17 Vicki Hodge, actress (Confessions of a Sex Maniac), born in London, England
  • 1946-10-29 Peter Green, [Peter Greenbaum], rocker (Fleetwood Mac), born in London, England
  • 1946-11-23 Diana Quick, actress (Brideshead, Big Sleep, Odd Job), born in London, England
  • 1946-12-14 Jane Birkin, actress (Mrs Don Juan, Dark Places, Dust), born in London, England
  • 1947-01-06 Sandy Denny, country singer (Fairport Convention-If You Gotta Go), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1947-01-08 David Bowie [Jones], English singer-songwriter (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust), born in London, England (d. 2016)

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • 1947-02-03 Dave Davies, rock vocalist/guitarist (Kinks-Lola), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1947-03-24 Alan Sugar, English multi-millionaire/computer manufacturer (Amstrad), born in Hackney, London

Computer Entrepreneur Alan Sugar
Computer Entrepreneur
Alan Sugar
  • 1947-04-01 Robin Scott, English singer (M), born in London
  • 1947-04-08 Steve Howe, rock guitarist (Asia, Yes-Roundabout), born in London, England
  • 1947-04-22 Barry Guy, English composer and double bass player, born in London
  • 1947-05-06 Dennis Cowan, rocker (Bonzo Dog Band), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1947-06-24 Mick Fleetwood, rock drummer (Fleetwood Mac-Go Your Own Way), born in London, England

Musician Mick Fleetwood
Musician
Mick Fleetwood
  • 1947-06-24 Clarissa Dickson Wright, English celebrity chef (Two Fat Ladies), born in London (d. 2014)
  • 1947-07-08 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), born in London (d. 2016)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1947-07-17 Camilla Parker Bowles (Duchess of Cornwall), wife of Prince Charles, born in London, England

Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles
Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla Parker Bowles
  • 1947-07-19 Brian May, rock guitarist (Queen-We are the Champions), born in London, England
  • 1947-07-23 David Essex, [Cook], rock vocalist/actor (That'll be the Day), born in London, England
  • 1947-09-19 Tanith Lee, British sci-fi author (Don't Bite the Sun), born in London
  • 1947-09-26 Graham Faulkner, actor (Brother Sun Sister Moon), born in London, England
  • 1947-09-30 Marc Bolan, rock vocalist (T-Rex-Bang a Gong), born in London, England
  • 1947-10-01 Rob Davis, English musician and songwriter (Groovejet (If This Ain't Love), born in London
  • 1947-12-16 Ben Cross, English actor (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek), born in London, England
  • 1948-01-12 Anthony Andrews, actor (Under the Volcano), born in London, England
  • 1948-02-24 Dennis "Minder" Waterman, actor (Fair Exchange), born in London, England
  • 1948-03-04 Chris Squire, rock bassist (Yes-Fish Out of Water), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1948-03-17 Pat Lloyd, rocker (The Equals), born in London

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1948-03-22 Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer (Phantom of the Opera, Cats), born in London, England

  • 1948-04-12 Jeremy Beadle, English television presenter (Beadle's About), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • 1948-05-13 Jeffrey Evans, Lord Mayor of London (2015-16), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1948-05-31 Mike Edwards [Swami Deva Pramada ], musician (ELO), born in London (d. 2010)
  • 1948-06-11 Lynsey de Paul, British singer and actress (Sugar Me), born in London, England (d. 2014)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1948-07-21 Cat Stevens [Steven Demetre Georgiou; Yusaf Islam], rock vocalist (Peace Train), born in London, England

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths