London in History (Part 9)

Historical Events

Events 801 - 900 of 963

  • 1983-09-21 David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" premieres in London
  • 1983-09-22 Everly Brothers reunite after 10 years (Royal Albert Hall, London))
  • 1983-10-26 Hugh Whitemore's "Pack of Lies" premieres in London
  • 1983-12-17 The Provisional IRA bombs Harrods department store in London, killing six people and injuring 90
  • 1984-04-04 Michael Frayn's "Benefactors" premieres in London
  • 1984-04-17 During Libyan Embassy demonstration in London, British police officer Yvonne Fletcher shot dead
  • 1984-05-08 Thames Barrier to stop flooding in London officially completed

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984-05-17 Prince Charles calls proposed addition to the National Gallery, London, a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend," sparking controversy on the role of the Royal Family and course of modern architecture.

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • 1984-08-30 Sotheby's in London begins 2 day auction of rock memorabilla
  • 1984-09-25 1st London performance of musical "Stepping Out" presented
  • 1984-10-31 Howard Goodall & Melvyn Bragg's musical "Hired Man" premieres in London
  • 1985-04-03 Vic Elliot pockets 15,780 pool balls in 24 hours in London
  • 1985-04-21 Ingrid Kristiansen wins London Marathon in a record 2:21:06
  • 1985-07-13 "Live Aid" concerts held at both Wembley Stadium (London) and John F. Kennedy Stadium (Philadelphia) raises over $70 million for African famine relief
  • 1985-07-16 Bill to abolish Greater London Council receives royal assent
  • 1985-09-28 Riots in Brixton, London, rompted by police shooting of Dorothy Groce by police
  • 1985-10-06 PC Keith Blakelock is murdered as riots erupt in the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham, north London.
  • 1985-10-08 Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzner's "Les Miserables" premieres in London
  • 1985-12-04 "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London
  • 1986-03-06 Ken Ludwig's "Lend me a Tenor" premieres in London
  • 1986-09-03 Alan Ayckbourn's "Woman in Mind" premieres in London
  • 1986-10-05 London Sunday Times reports Israel is stocking nuclear arms
  • 1986-10-09 "Phantom of the Opera" premieres in London
  • 1986-10-21 Hugh Whitemore's "Breaking the Code" premieres in London
  • 1986-10-27 British government deregulates financial markets in a "Big Bang", enhancing London's status as a financial capital while increasing income inequality
  • 1987-04-16 British Conservative MP Harvey Proctor appears at Bow Street Magistrates' Court in London charged with gross indecency
  • 1987-06-27 "The Living Daylights", 15th James Bond film, 1st film to star Timothy Dalton premieres in London
  • 1987-08-03 Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • 1987-08-09 LA Rams beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • 1987-10-16 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England
  • 1987-10-27 Peter Shaffer's "Lettice & Lovage" premieres in London
  • 1987-11-18 31 people die in a fire at King's Cross, London's busiest tube station
  • 1988-06-10 Greatest number of participants (31,678) on a bicycle tour (London)
  • 1988-06-11 Freedomfest - Mandela addresses Wembley Stadium London
  • 1988-07-31 Miami Dolphins beat SF 49ers 27-21 in London
  • 1988-09-01 Timberlake Westenbaker's "Our Country's Good" premieres in London
  • 1988-09-15 Museum of Moving Image in London opens
  • 1988-10-16 "Smile Jamaica" concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London
  • 1988-12-12 3 trains collide in London, 40 die
  • 1988-12-20 Animal rights terrorists fire-bomb Harrod's department store, London
  • 1989-06-13 "Licence to Kill", 16th James Bond film, last directed by John Glen and starring Timothy Dalton premieres in London
  • 1989-08-20 Dredger "Bow Belle" collides with pleasure boat "Marchioness" on the River Thames in central London; the "Marchioness" sinks in 30 seconds, drowning 51
  • 1989-09-20 Musical "Miss Saigon," premieres in London
  • 1989-09-25 Ronald Harwood's "Another Time" premieres in London
  • 1989-10-12 Musical "Buddy" with Paul Hipp premieres in London
  • 1989-10-23 William Nicholson's "Shadowlands" premieres in London
  • 1990-01-28 "Independent on Sunday" begins publishing in London
  • 1990-02-08 David Hares "Racing Demon" premieres in London
  • 1990-02-14 Alan Ayckbourn's "Man of the Moment," premieres in London
  • 1990-03-31 Riots began in London over the new poll tax laws
  • 1990-10-21 The first Apple Day, is held in Covent Garden, London.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990-12-14 Louis Jordan's revue "Five Guys Named Moe" premieres in London

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan
  • 1991-02-27 Ben Elton's "Silly Cow" premieres in London
  • 1991-03-23 1st World League of American Football games, London beats Frankfurt 24-11, Sacramento beats Raleigh-Dur 9-3 & Mont beats Birmingham 20-5
  • 1991-03-26 Marc Camoletti's "Don't Dress for Dinner" premieres in London
  • 1991-04-15 East-Europe Bank forms in London
  • 1991-04-16 M Leander & E Seago's musical "Matador" premieres in London
  • 1991-06-09 WLAF 1st world bowl London Monarchs defeat Barcelona Dragons 21-0
  • 1991-11-02 2nd Rugby World Cup: Australia beats England 12-6 in London
  • 1992-04-11 Irish Republican Army bombs London financial district, killing 3

Music concertMusic Concert

1992-04-20 All star concert in memory of Freddie Mercury held at Wembley Stadium, London

Singer-Songwriter Freddie Mercury
Singer-Songwriter
Freddie Mercury
  • 1992-05-20 36th European Cup: Barcelona beats Sampdoria 1-0 at London
  • 1992-08-29 Largest wrestling crowd outside US (75,000) at Wembley Stadium, London
  • 1992-10-26 London Ambulance Service thrown into chaos after implementation problems with a new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system
  • 1993-04-01 Alan Bennett's play "The Madness of George III" premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993-04-13 Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Playwright
Tom Stoppard
  • 1993-04-24 The IRA explodes a 1000kg car bomb in Bishopsgate, London, killing a news photographer and injuring 44 others
  • 1993-05-12 Parma of Italy win 33rd European Cup Winner's Cup against Royal Antwerp of Belgium 3-1 in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993-07-12 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Sunset Promenade" opens in London

  • 1993-07-16 S van Ruysdael's "Winter Landscape" sold for £705,500 in London
  • 1994-03-09 IRA launch 1st of 3 mortar attacks on London's Heathrow Airport
  • 1994-05-14 FA Cup Final: Manchester United defeat Chelsea 4-0 at Wembley Stadium, London
  • 1994-12-01 Rober Schumanns 2nd Symphony premieres in London
  • 1995-02-26 London finance house Barings collapses after huge losses in Singapore by rogue trader Nick Leeson
  • 1996-01-29 6,138th performance of "Cats" is held in London, surpassing record of Broadway's longest-running musical, "A Chorus Line"
  • 1996-02-09 The Irish Republican Army declares the end of its 18 month ceasefire shortly followed by a large bomb in London's Canary Wharf.
  • 1996-02-10 A bomb explodes in Docklands area of London, ending the 17-month ceasefire; James McArdle is eventually found guilty and jailed for 25 years
  • 1996-06-30 UEFA European Championship: Germany defeat Czech Republic 2-1 in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997-03-06 Picasso's painting Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery, and is recovered a week later.

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • 1997-04-30 "London Assurance" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 72 performances
  • 1997-06-29 "London Assurance" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 72 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997-09-06 Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales held at Westminster Abbey in London

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer

Film release premierFilm Premier

1997-12-09 "Tomorrow Never Dies", 18th James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh, premieres in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998-02-24 Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998-07-12 Pres. Nelson Mandela accompanies Queen Elizabeth II on a coach drive through the streets of London

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

MurderMurder of Interest

1998-10-16 Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a Spanish warrant requesting his extradition on murder charges

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • 1999-07-01 The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day powers are transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.
  • 1999-10-05 The Ladbroke Grove rail crash in west London kills 31 people.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000-03-30 Richard Branson is knighted by Charles, Prince of Wales for "services to entrepreneurship" at Buckingham Palace, London

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • 2000-05-04 Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London
  • 2000-10-17 Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack
  • 2001-03-04 IRA explode a bomb in front of the BBC Television Centre in London, injuring 11 people
  • 2001-07-20 The London Stock Exchange goes public.
  • 2001-08-03 The Real IRA detonate a car bomb in Ealing, London, injuring 7 people

Film release premierFilm Premier

2001-12-10 "The Fellowship of the Ring" Lord of the Rings film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen premieres in London

Film Director Peter Jackson
Film Director
Peter Jackson
Actor Elijah Wood
Actor
Elijah Wood
Actor Ian McKellen
Actor
Ian McKellen
  • 2002-02-27 Ryanair Flight 296 catches fire in London Stansted Airport. Subsequent investigations criticize Ryanair's handling of the evacuation.
  • 2002-05-11 Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003-01-13 Rock musician Pete Townshend of The Who was arrested in London on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children. He was later cleared.

  • 2003-02-17 The London Congestion Charge scheme begins.
  • 2003-08-28 An electricity blackout cuts off power to around 500,000 people living in south east England and brings 60% of London's underground rail network to a halt.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 801 - 900 of 1,116

  • 1948-08-12 Graham Zellick, principal (Queen Mary & Westfield College London)
  • 1948-08-22 Rob Buckman, British broadcaster and actor (Pink Medicine Show), born in London
  • 1948-09-16 Kenney Jones, English rock drummer/vocalist (Small Faces, The Who), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1948-11-14 Prince Charles [Charles Philip Arthur George], Prince of Wales/Duke of Cornwall, born in London

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • 1948-12-20 Alan Parsons, audio engineer, music producer (The Dark Side of the Moon, Let it Be), born in London, England
  • 1949-02-19 Eddie Hardin, English rock pianist and singer (Spencer Davis Group), born in London, England
  • 1949-05-04 Graham Swift, British author (Waterland, Last Orders), born in London
  • 1949-05-18 Rick Wakeman, English, rock keyboardist (Yes), born in London
  • 1949-05-29 Francis Rossi, guitarist (Status Quo-Picture of a Matchstick Man), born in London, England
  • 1949-06-15 Simon Callow, actor (Good Father), born in London, England
  • 1949-07-17 Mick Tucker, rock drummer (Sweet Harlesden), born in London, England
  • 1949-07-28 Simon Kirke, rock drummer (Bad Company), born in London, England
  • 1949-07-28 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), born in London (d. 1980)
  • 1949-08-25 Martin Amis, English novelist (London Fields), born in Swansea, Wales
  • 1949-09-12 Tony Stevens, English rocker (Foghat, Savoy Brown), born in London
  • 1949-11-06 Nigel Havers, English actor (Don't Wait Up), born in London
  • 1950-02-23 Steve Priest, rock bassist (Sweet Hayes), born in London, England
  • 1950-05-13 Danny Kirwan, rocker (Fleetwood Mac), born in London, England
  • 1950-05-17 Alan Johnson, British politician (Home Secretary 2009-10), born in London
  • 1950-06-17 Susan Damante, American actress (The Adventure of Wilderness Family), born in Palo Alto, California

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1950-07-18 Richard Branson, British music entrepreneur (Virgin Group), born in London, England

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson
  • 1950-07-26 Susan George, actress (Straw Dogs, Mandingo), born in London, England
  • 1950-08-18 Dennis Elliott, rock drummer (Foreigner), born in London, England
  • 1950-08-30 Antony Gormley, British sculptor (Angel of the North), born in London, England
  • 1950-09-14 Paul Kossoff, rock guitarist (Free), born in London, England
  • 1950-09-30 Victoria Tennant, London England (All of Me, Chiefs, Winds of War)
  • 1950-10-18 Sheila White, actress (I Claudius), born in London, England
  • 1950-10-31 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2016)
  • 1950-12-30 Dave Stewart, English keyboardist (Hatfield and the North, National Health), born in London, England
  • 1951-03-16 Kate Nelligan, actress (Bethune, Eye of the Needle), born in London, Ontario
  • 1951-04-13 Peter Davison, English actor (fifth Doctor in Doctor Who, All Creatures Great and Small), born in London
  • 1951-06-16 John Salthouse, English actor (Abigail's Party), born in London
  • 1951-10-16 Daniel Gerroll, actor (Big Business), born in London, England
  • 1951-11-21 Nick Gilder, English singer (Hot Child in the City), born in London
  • 1951-11-23 David Rappaport, 3'11" actor (Wizard, Time Bandits), born in London, England
  • 1951-12-23 Anthony Phillips, English musician (founding member of Genesis), born in London
  • 1952-03-26 David Amess, British politician (C), born in London
  • 1952-07-03 Andy Fraser, rock bassist (Free London), born in London, England
  • 1952-10-04 Nina Carter, vocalist (Blonde on Blonde), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1952-10-09 Sharon Osbourne, English/American music manager, TV personality (X-Factor, America's Got Talent) and wife of Ozzy Osbourne, born in London

Music Manager/TV Personality Sharon Osbourne
Music Manager/TV Personality
Sharon Osbourne
  • 1952-10-26 Andrew Motion, English poet (British Poet Laureate 1999-2009), born in London
  • 1953-05-24 Alfred Molina, actor (Enchanted April, Prick up your Ears), born in London, England
  • 1953-06-16 Ian Mosley, Paddington London, drummer (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1953-07-23 Graham Gooch, English cricketer, captain of England, opening batsman and prolific run scorer, born in London

Cricketer Graham Gooch
Cricketer
Graham Gooch
  • 1953-09-27 Diane Abbott, British politician (L) 1st black woman elected to UK parliament, born in London
  • 1954-01-06 Anthony Minghella, director and screenwriter (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1954-03-03 Chris Hughes, English record producer and rock drummer (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • 1954-03-17 Lesley-Anne Down, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker), born in London, England
  • 1954-03-17 Wally Stocker, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You), born in London, England
  • 1954-04-24 Captain Sensible, [Ray Burns], English rock bassist (Women & Captains 1st), born in London
  • 1954-06-05 Michael "Nicko" McBrain, English heavy metal drummer (Iron Maiden-Powerslave), born in London, England
  • 1954-08-25 Elvis Costello [Declan Patrick McManus], English rock vocalist (Allison), born in Paddington, London
  • 1954-11-03 Adam Ant, [Stuart Goddard], English punk rocker (If I Strip For You), born in London, England
  • 1954-11-04 Chris Difford, British guitarist/vocalist (Squeeze), born in Greenwich, London
  • 1954-11-09 Dennis Stratton, rock guitarist (Iron Maiden), born in London, England
  • 1955-02-09 Charles Shaughnessy, actor (Shane-Days of our Lives, Nanny), born in London, England
  • 1955-03-29 Marina Sirtis, English actress (Troi-Star Trek: The Next Generation), born in London, England
  • 1955-05-06 John Hutton, British politician and cabinet minister (L), born in London
  • 1955-06-08 Griffin Dunne, actor (American Werewolf in London, Who's That Girl)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1955-06-08 Tim Berners-Lee, English inventor (World Wide Web), born in London, England

Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee
Computer scientist
Tim Berners-Lee
  • 1955-06-26 Mick Jones, rock vocalist/guitarist (Clash-Havana 3 AM), born in London, England
  • 1955-07-18 Teresa Ann Savoy, actress (Caligula), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1955-09-03 Steve Jones, rock guitarist (Sex Pistols), born in London, England

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
  • 1956-02-11 H.R. [Paul D. Hudson], British-American singer (Bad Brains), born in London, England
  • 1956-07-20 Paul Cook, English rock drummer (Sex Pistols), born in London
  • 1956-09-14 Joe Penny, actor (Gangster Wars, Riptide, Jake & the Fatman), born in London, England
  • 1956-09-29 Sebastian Coe, British 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980, 84), born in London, England
  • 1956-12-23 Dave Murray, English heavy metal guitarist and songwriter (Iron Maiden), born in London, England
  • 1957-01-09 Phil Lewis, English rock vocalist (LA Guns-It's Over Now), born in London, England
  • 1957-03-08 Clive Burr, East Ham, London, drummer (Iron Maiden 1979-82), (d. 2013)
  • 1957-03-12 Steve Harris, hard rock bassist (Iron Maiden-Gypsy's Kiss), born in London, England
  • 1957-04-07 Simon Climie, English singer-songwriter and producer (Climie Fisher - Love Changes), born in London

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1957-04-29 Daniel Day-Lewis, English actor (Last of the Mohicans, Gangs of New York), born in London

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1957-05-10 Sid Vicious, [John Simon Ritchie], bassist (Sex Pistols), born in London, England

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • 1957-05-19 Sophia Crawford, actress (Power Rangers), born in London, England
  • 1957-05-27 Duncan Goodhew, English 100m breast stroke swimmer (Oly-Gold-1980), born in London, England
  • 1957-08-22 Steve Davis, English professional snooker player, born in Plumstead, London
  • 1957-08-24 Stephen Fry, English comedian and actor (Blackadder, QI), born in London
  • 1957-08-31 Glenn Tilbrook, rock vocalist/guitarist (Squeeze-Tempted), born in London, England
  • 1957-11-04 Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister (2013-15), born in London, England
  • 1957-12-08 Phil Collen, English heavy-metal guitarist (Def Leppard - Love Bites), born in London, England
  • 1958-01-24 Jools Holland, British musician and TV presenter, born in Blackheath, London
  • 1958-01-25 Gary Brian Tibbs, rock bassist (Adam & The Ants, Roxy Music), born in London, England
  • 1958-06-20 Kelly Johnson [Bernadette], Edmonton, London, guitarist (Girlschool), (d. 2007)
  • 1958-07-30 Daley Thompson, Decathalete (Olympic gold 1980, 1984), born in London, England
  • 1958-08-22 Vernon Reid, English-born American musician (Living Colour), born in London
  • 1958-09-06 Buster Bloodvessel [Douglas Trendle], English singer (Bad Manners), born in London
  • 1958-09-19 Lita Ford, vocalist (Kiss Me Deadly, Runaways), born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1959-04-15 Emma Thompson, British actress (Henry V, Howards End, Oscar 1992), born in London, England

Actress Emma Thompson
Actress
Emma Thompson
  • 1959-04-27 Marco Pirroni, rock guitarist (Adam & The Ants), born in London, England
  • 1959-05-03 Ben Elton, Catford, London, English actor and comedian (Blackadder Back & Forth, Friday Night Live)
  • 1959-05-17 Paul Di'anno, rocker (Iron Maiden Chingford, London V Early Vocalist
  • 1959-05-25 Cathryn Harrison, actress (Old Woman in Black Moon), born in London, England
  • 1959-05-26 Brian Peaker, rower (Olympics-96), born in London, Ontario
  • 1959-06-06 Amanda Pays, actress (Max Headroom, Off Limits), born in London, England
  • 1959-07-06 John Keeble, rock drummer (Spandau Ballet-True), born in London, England
  • 1959-07-27 David East, English cricketer, born in London
  • 1959-08-04 Laurence Anholt, British children's author, born in London, England

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1959-10-07 Simon Cowell, English recording executive and television producer (X-Factor, American Idol), born in London

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
  • 1959-10-15 Sarah Magaret Fergusson, [Fergie], Duchess of York, born in London, England

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