London in History (Part 9)

Historical Events

Events 801 - 900 of 1,061


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975-11-06 First performance of the Sex Pistols at St Martins College, London

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976-04-05 Tom Stoppard's "Dirty Linen" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Playwright
Tom Stoppard
  • 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
  • 1978-08-05 The first all-seater stadium is opened in Aberdeen, Scotland; Aberdeen & London club Tottenham Hotspurs play a friendly to inaugurate the Pittodrie Stadium
  • 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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 poetry by T. S. Eliot) directed by Trevor Nunn first premieres in the West End, 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
  • 1982-07-09 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
  • 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 First NFL exhibition game in Europe; Minnesota Vikings beat St Louis Cardinals 28-10 at London's Wembley Stadium
  • 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
  • 1984-09-01 Middlesex beats Kent off the last ball of the Nat West Trophy cricket final in London; John Emburey hits Kent seamer Richard Ellison to square leg for 4 for the winning runs
  • 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
  • 1986-08-03 First NFL 'American Bowl' exhibition game at London's Wembley Stadium, Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6
  • 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, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman
  • 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
  • 1987-08-09 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 801 - 900 of 1,595

  • 1927-08-01 Franklyn Perring, English botanist (co-author of Atlas of the British Flora, 1962), born in London (d. 2003)
  • 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)
  • 1927-09-07 Eric Hill, British children's books author and illustrator (Where's Spot), born in Holloway, London (d. 2014)
  • 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)
  • 1928-06-07 David Malcolm Lewis, English historian, expert in Greek Epigraphy, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1928-06-12 Michael Wishart, British figurative painter, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 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)
  • 1928-07-19 John Bratby, English painter and writer (Breakdown), born in Wimbledon, London (d. 1992)
  • 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, British businessman and husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent, born in London, England (d. 2004)
  • 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 Gerald Harper, British broadcaster and actor (Tunes of Glory, Extra Day), born in London, England
  • 1929-02-15 Graham Hill, auto racer (1962, 68 international racing champ), born in London, England
  • 1929-02-21 James Beck, British actor (Dad's Army), born in Islington, London (d. 1973)
  • 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
  • 1929-05-14 Henry McGee, British actor and comedian (No, That's Me Over Here!, The Benny Hill Show), born in South Kensington, London (d. 2006)
  • 1929-05-18 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (C) (1964-1987), born in London
  • 1929-06-12 Brigid Brophy, British novelist (Hackenfeller's Ape) and campaigner, born in Ealing, London (d. 1995)
  • 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)
  • 1929-07-23 Andrew Rutherford, Scottish scholar and Vice-Chancellor of the University of London (1994-97), born in Helmsdale, Sutherland, Scotland (d. 1998)
  • 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, British actress (Importance of Being Ernest, Cromwell), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 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
  • 1930-04-26 Derek Waring [Barton-Chapple], British actor (Z-Cars, Barnacle Bill, Arthur-Heart of the Country), born in Mill Hill, London (d. 2007)
  • 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)
  • 1930-06-08 Michael Codron, British theatrical producer, born in London
  • 1930-06-21 Peter Marshall, police commissioner (London)
  • 1930-07-20 Sally Ann Howes, British singer and actress (Truly Scrumptious-Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Brigadoon), born in London, England
  • 1930-07-25 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), born in London
  • 1930-07-27 Shirley Williams, British politician (Social Democratic Party), born in London
  • 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
  • 1930-08-28 Windsor Davies, British actor (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), born in London, England
  • 1930-09-29 Peter Miller, CEO (Lloyd's of London)
  • 1930-10-10 Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Homecoming, Servant), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • 1930-10-21 Doreen Cannon, teacher of acting (London)
  • 1930-11-04 Kate Reid, British actress (The Andromeda Strain, Heaven Help US), born in London, England (d. 1993)
  • 1930-11-14 Michael Robbins, British actor and comedian (On the Buses, The Great Muppet Caper), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 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, British 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)
  • 1931-06-07 Virginia McKenna, British actress (Born Free, Chosen, Lions are Free, Simba), born in Marylebone, London
  • 1931-06-07 Malcolm Morley, English-American painter, born in London (d. 2018)
  • 1931-07-16 Lady Caroline Blackwood, British journalist and writer (The Last of the Duchess), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1931-08-01 Monty Losowsky, British physician and medical educator, born in London
  • 1931-09-24 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer-songwriter (Doctor Dolittle; Goldfinger theme; Willy Wonka score), born in London, England (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)

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