London in History (Part 9)

Historical Events

Events 801 - 900 of 1,162

  • 1972-09-19 A parcel bomb sent to Israeli Embassy in London kills one diplomat.

Historic Event

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'

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Show" stage production first opens in London written by Richard O'Brian and directed by Jim Sharman and starring Tim Curry
  • 1973-06-26 London production of musical "Grease" premieres
  • 1973-07-04 Alan Ayckbourne's "Absurd Person Singular," premieres in London

Music Premiere

1973-07-26 Peter Shaffer's musical "Equus" premieres in London

  • 1973-07-31 England cricket batsman Frank Hayes scores unbeaten 106 in Test debut in 1st Test v West Indies at The Oval, London; tourists win by 158 runs
  • 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 at London's White City, a 14-year old is trampled, and dies four days later
  • 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.

The Great Lord Lucan Mystery

1974-11-08 British peer the Earl of Lucan disappears and is never seen again after his nanny is found murdered in London

Historic Event

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

Film Premiere

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.

Film Premiere

1975-03-26 Ken Russell's film "Tommy", based on the rock opera by The Who, premieres in London; Roger Daltrey and Ann-Margret star, Tina Turner and Elton John are featured

Theater Premiere

1975-04-23 Harold Pinter's play "No Man's Land" premieres in London

  • 1975-06-02 First recorded snowfall in London in June
  • 1975-06-21 Cricket World Cup, Lord's, London: Player of the Match Clive Lloyd scores 102 as West Indies beats Australia by 17 runs; first major limited overs One Day International (ODI) tournament
  • 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.

Music Premiere

1975-11-06 First performance by punk band The Sex Pistols at St Martins College, 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

Theater Premiere

1976-04-05 Tom Stoppard's play "Dirty Linen and New-Found-Land" premieres in London

  • 1977-05-07 22nd Eurovision Song Contest: Marie Myriam for France wins singing "L'oiseau et l'enfant" in London

Music History

1977-06-18 Sex Pistols johnny rotten & Paul Cook, beaten by a group of rabble-rousers outside of a London pub

Film Premiere

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 play "Plenty" premieres in London
  • 1978-05-10 22nd European Cup: Liverpool beats Club Brugge 1-0 at London

Historic Event

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 Premiere

1978-06-21 Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Evita", starring Elaine Page, premieres at the Prince Edward Theatre, London

  • 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 play "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
  • 1979-06-23 Cricket World Cup, Lord's, London: Man of the match Vivian Richards scores 138 no as defending champions the West Indies beat England by 92 runs; Joel Garner 5/38
  • 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
  • 1979-10-18 "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 play "The Dresser" premieres in London with Freddie Jones and Tom Courtenay
  • 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.
  • 1981-03-21 France beats England 16-12 at Twickenham, London for it's 7th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 3rd Grand Slam title
  • 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 play "The Real Thing" premieres in London starring Felicity Kendal and Roger Rees
  • 1983-02-08 Prize stallion and Derby winner Shergar kidnapped in Ireland, never to be found causing Lloyd's of London to payout $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
  • 1983-06-25 Cricket World Cup, Lord's, London: India upsets West Indies by 43 runs to win first title; Mohinder Amarnath 3/12 off 7 overs, Player of the Match
  • 1983-08-06 First NFL exhibition game in Europe; Minnesota Vikings beat St Louis Cardinals 28-10 at London's Wembley Stadium

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 801 - 900 of 1,985

  • 1919-06-06 Lord Carrington [Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington], British conservative politician, former British Foreign Secretary (1979-82) and NATO Secretary General (1984-8), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2018)
  • 1919-07-07 Jon Pertwee, English actor and entertainer (third Doctor in Doctor Who, Worzel Gummidge), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1919-07-26 Kenneth Snowman, British jeweller and antiquarian, born in Hampstead, London (d. 2002)
  • 1919-07-31 Norman Del Mar, British conductor and writer (Conducting Brahms), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1919-08-02 John Pinkerton, English computer scientist who designed the first business computer in England, the LEO computer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1919-08-13 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist, and composer ("Lullaby of Birdland"), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1919-09-13 Mary Midgley, British-American philosopher (Animals and Why They Matter), born in London
  • 1919-10-15 Edwin Charles Tubb, British sci-fi writer (Earth is Heaven, Earthfall), born in London (d. 2010)
  • 1919-10-15 Howard Smith, British diplomat and Director General of MI5, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1919-11-24 David Kossoff, British actor and anti-drug campaigner (The Young Lovers, The Larkins), born in Hackney, London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1919-12-05 Victor Collin Matthews, British businessman, born in Islington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1919-12-23 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1919-12-25 Noele Gordon, British actress (Crossroads), born in East Ham, London (d. 1985)
  • 1920-01-04 Rosalie Crutchley, British actress (Armchair Theatre: Black Limelight, Four Weddings and a Funeral), born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • 1920-01-06 John Maynard Smith, English biologist, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2004)
  • 1920-01-08 Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes, Octopussy, El Cid), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1920-01-09 Clive Dunn, British actor (Dad's Army, The Avengers), born in Brixton, London (d. 2012)
  • 1920-02-04 Derek Worlock, English Roman Catholic Archbishop Liverpool, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1920-02-23 John St Aubyn, 4th Baron St Levan, English peer (St Michael's Mount), born in London (d. 2013)
  • 1920-03-06 Lewis Gilbert, British director, producer and screenwriter (You Only Live Twice, Sink the Bismarck!), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1920-03-23 Geoffrey Bush, British organist, pianist, composer, and educator, born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1920-05-10 Bert Weedon, English guitar player ("Play in a Day" books), born in London (d. 2012)
  • 1920-05-21 Anthony Steel, British actor and singer (Malta Story, The Wooden Horse), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1920-05-30 George London, bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)

Rosalind Franklin

1920-07-25 Rosalind Franklin, English chemist and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, born in London (d. 1958) [1]

  • 1920-08-01 Jeffrey Segal, British actor and playwright (Dad's Army, Traitors), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1920-08-05 Selma Diamond, Canadian-American comedy writer (Your Show Of Shows), and actress (Night Court, 1984-85 - "Selma"), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1985)
  • 1920-08-13 Charlie Galbraith, English jazz trombonist, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1920-08-21 Christopher R. Milne, son of Alan A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh), born in Chelsea, London (d. 1996)
  • 1920-09-05 Peter Racine Fricker, British composer, born in London (d. 1990)
  • 1920-09-17 Dinah Sheridan, British actress (Genevieve, The Railway Children, Don't Wait Up), born in Hampstead, London (d. 2012)
  • 1920-11-27 Buster Merryfield, British actor (Only Fools and Horses), born in London, England (d. 1999)
  • 1920-12-30 Michael Allinson, London England (George Washington)
  • 1921-01-11 Kathleen Byron, British actress (Abdication, Profile, Saving Private Ryan), born in London, England (d. 2009)
  • 1921-01-15 Frank Thornton, British actor (Are You Being Served?, Last of the Summer Wine), born in Dulwich, London (d. 2013)
  • 1921-01-28 Alfred Marks, British actor and comedian (Desert Mice, Scream & Scream Again), born in Holborn, London (d. 1996)
  • 1921-02-05 John M Pritchard, conductor, born in London, England
  • 1921-03-04 Joan Greenwood, British actress and director (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Amorous Mr Prawn), born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • 1921-03-28 Dirk Bogarde [Derek van den Bogaerde] British writer and actor (Death in Venice, Servant), born in London, England (d. 1999)
  • 1921-04-12 Alfred Mabbs, British archivist (Public Records Office), born in London (d. 2009)
  • 1921-04-16 Peter Ustinov, British actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), born in London, England (d. 2004)
  • 1921-04-26 Margaret Gowing, English historian (Independence and Deterrence: Britain and Atomic Energy), born in Kensington, London (d. 1998)
  • 1921-05-06 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1921-05-08 Graham Leonard, Bishop of London, most senior Anglican to convert to Catholicism since the reformation (d. 2010)
  • 1921-05-17 Dennis Brain, British classical horn player (Serenade), born in London, England (d. 1957)
  • 1921-06-11 Michael Meyer, English novelist and translator, born in London (d. 2000)
  • 1921-06-19 Allan Davis, London mayor (1985-86), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1921-06-21 Jean Kent [Joan Summerfield], British actress (Caravan, Bond Street), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1921-06-25 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer, founder of National Ballet of Canada, born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1921-06-27 Muriel Pavlow, British actress (Murder, She Said, Reach for the Sky), born in Lewisham, London (d. 2019)
  • 1921-07-25 John Christopherson, English artist and collector, born in Blackheath, London (d. 1996)
  • 1921-07-31 Peter Benenson, British founder of Amnesty International, born in London (d. 2005)
  • 1921-08-03 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1921-09-03 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor, born in Surbiton, London (d. 1971)
  • 1921-09-11 Edwin Richfield, British actor (Interpol Calling, The Avengers), born in London England (d. 1990)
  • 1921-09-24 Leonard Salzedo, British orchestral, ballet, and film composer (The Witch Boy; Requiem Sine Voxibus, Hammer Films), born in London, England (d. 2000)
  • 1921-12-08 Terence Morgan, British actor (Sir Francis Drake, Curse of the Mummy's Tomb), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1921-12-30 Michael Hollings, British Catholic priest/crusader, born in Camberley, London (d. 1997)
  • 1922-01-13 John Hewer, English actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials, born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1922-02-06 Patrick Macnee, British actor (The Avengers, Magnum, P.I., Sherlock Holmes), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1922-02-06 Denis Norden, British television personality, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 2018)
  • 1922-03-27 Margaret Stacey, English sociologist who helped shape the distinctively British genre of empirical sociology, born in London (d. 2004)
  • 1922-04-16 Kingsley Amis, English novelist (Lucky Jim, James Bond Dossier), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1922-04-23 Diarmuid Downs, British automotive engineer, born in London (d. 2014)
  • 1922-04-27 Daphne Anderson, British actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1922-05-06 Alan Ross, British poet and editor (London Magazine), born in Calcutta, India (d. 2001)
  • 1922-05-09 Sheila Burrell, British actress (Black Orchid, Paranoiac, Laughter in Dark), born in Blackheath, London (d. 2011)

Christopher Lee

1922-05-27 Sir Christopher Lee, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), born in London, England (d. 2015)

  • 1922-05-31 Denholm Elliott, English actor (Alfie, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1922-09-17 Naomi Datta, British geneticist and bacteriologist (pioneer in investigating the development of resistance to antibiotics by bacteria), born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1922-09-17 Ursula Howells, British actress (Hard Times, Girly, Murder is Announced), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1922-09-20 David Nicolson, British businessman and politician (Chairman of BTR Industries-1969), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1922-09-24 David Lane, British Conservative politician and CEO (Commission for Racial Equality), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1922-10-16 Max Bygraves [Walter William Bygraves], British actor (Charley Moon, Spare the Rod, Tom Brown's School Days), born in London (d. 2012)
  • 1922-12-16 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1923-01-13 Jack Watling, British actor (Nanny, Adventure for 2, Naked Heart), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1923-01-17 Carol Raye [Kathleen Corkery], British-born Australian actress (Number 96, Blankety Blanks), born in London, England
  • 1923-02-07 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, born in London (d. 2011)
  • 1923-02-22 Norman "Hurricane" Smith, British sound engineer (The Beatles, 1962-65), producer (Pink Floyd; The Pretty Things), and musician ("Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?"; "Don't Let It Die"),, born in Edmonton, London (d. 2008)
  • 1923-04-03 John Smith, English landowner, financier and Philanthropist (National Trust, Landmark Trust), born in London (d. 2007) [1]
  • 1923-04-17 Norman Potter, English cabinetmaker, designer and writer, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1923-04-29 Maxine Audley, British actress (Peeping Tom, Ricochet, House of Cards), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1923-05-05 Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (deeply engaged with issues that were central to the visual arts), born in London (d. 2003)
  • 1923-05-20 Samuel "Sam" Selvon, Trinidad-born writer (The Lonely Londoners), born in San Fernando (d. 1994)
  • 1923-06-25 Nicholas Mosley, British novelist, biographer and son of Oswald Mosley, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1923-06-29 Ronnie Ronalde [Ronald Charles Waldron], British entertainer and world-famous whistler, born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1923-07-18 Michael Medwin, British actor and producer (Four in a Jeep, Scrooge, Checkpoint), born in London, England
  • 1923-08-06 Jack Parnell, orchestra leader (Englebert Humperdick Show), born in London, England
  • 1923-09-07 Peter Lawford, British actor, producer and socialite (Mrs Miniver, Thin Man), born in London, England (d. 1984)
  • 1923-10-13 Cyril Shaps, British actor, producer and voice artist (The Pianist), born in Highbury, London (d. 2003)
  • 1923-11-15 Peter Hammond, British actor and director (The Buccaneers, King of the Castle), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • 1923-12-04 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1923-12-13 Frankie Fraser, English gangster who spent 42 years in jail, born in London, England (d. 2014)
  • 1924-01-08 Ron Moody [Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1924-02-14 Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, born in Westminster, London, England (d. 2017)
  • 1924-03-28 Frederick "Freddie" Bartholomew, British child actor (Anna Karenina, David Copperfield, Captains Courageous), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1924-04-02 Denis Rooke, British engineer and CEO (British Gas), born in New Cross, London (d. 2008)
  • 1924-04-04 Chris Prater, English screenprinter, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1924-04-15 John Grigg, 2nd Baron Altrincham, British writer and historian, born in Westminster, London (d. 2001)
  • 1924-04-16 John Harvey-Jones, English businessman and chairman of ICI (1982-87), born in Hackney, London (d. 2008)

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