London in History (Part 9)

Historical Events

Events 801 - 900 of 984

  • 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
  • 1982-07-09 Michael Fagan breaks into Buckingham Palace and enters the Queen's bedroom in Buckingham Palace, 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982-11-16 Tom Stoppard's "Real Thing" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Playwright
Tom Stoppard
  • 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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)
  • 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
  • 1993-04-13 Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" premieres in London
  • 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 Final: Oliver Bierhoff scores his second goal in extra time as Germany beat 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

KnightedKnighthood

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 South African President 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 801 - 900 of 1,418

  • 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

Person of interestMichael Caine

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, Italian composer and conductor (London Symph-1982), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 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
  • 1933-10-25 Roy Swetman, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper late 50's), born in Westminster, London
  • 1934-01-06 Sylvia Syms, English actress (Asylum, Moonraker, Shirley Valentine), 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, British ethologist (studied African chimps), born in London, England
  • 1934-04-07 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, born in London (d. 1987)
  • 1934-05-03 Henry Cooper, English heavyweight boxer (famous defeat to Muhammad Ali 1966), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 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)
  • 1934-10-27 David Barclay, British hotel magnate and multi-millionaire, born in Hammersmith, London
  • 1934-10-27 Frederick Barclay, British hotel magnate and multi-millionaire, born in Hammersmith, London
  • 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
  • 1935-01-11 Melvyn Hayes [Melvyn Hyams], English actor (Gunner "Gloria Beaumont in 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum'), born in London, England
  • 1935-01-28 David John Lodge, British writer and literary critic (Soul & Bodies), born in London, England
  • 1935-03-27 Julian Glover, English actor (QED, Heat & Dust, Mandela), born in Hampstead, London

Person of interestDudley Moore

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
  • 1935-05-11 Christopher "Kit" Lamber, British record producer and manager of The Who, born in Knightsbridge, London (d. 1981)
  • 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, English actress (Breakout, Assassination, Chino), born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • 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
  • 1937-05-13 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, born in Kilburn, London (d. 2018)
  • 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, American choreographer and director (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in London, England
  • 1939-04-12 Alan Ayckbourn, English playwright and director, 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
  • 1939-04-23 Bill Hagerty, British editor (People), born in Ilford, London
  • 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 and CEO (BP), born in London, England (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 Chelsea, 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, Iranian mens apparel designer (Bijan), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2011)
  • 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
  • 1940-10-27 Anthea Joseph, music producer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 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 interestCharlie Watts

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

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • 1941-08-21 Howard Lew Lewis, English comedian and actor (Maid Marian and Her Merry Men and Brush Strokes), born in London (d. 2018)
  • 1941-08-29 Robin Leach, TV host (Life Styles of Rich & Famous), born in London, England

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