Sheffield in History

Historical Events

  • 1849-07-20 Start of 1st Lancashire-Yorkshire clash at Hyde Park, Sheffield
  • 1857-10-24 World's first soccer club, Sheffield F C, founded in Yorkshire, England
  • 1860-12-26 First ever inter-club football match between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England
  • 1864-03-11 The Great Sheffield Flood: the largest man-made disaster ever to befall England kills over 250 people in Sheffield
  • 1902-07-05 All-rounder Monty Noble takes 6 for 52 as Australia wins the one and only cricket Test played at Sheffield's Bramall Lane, England
  • 1913-08-13 Invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley, Sheffield, England
  • 1922-12-19 Theresa Vaughn, 24, confesses in court in Sheffield, England, to being married 61 times over 5 years in 50 cities in three countries
  • 1930-05-10 Clarrie Grimmett takes 10 for 37 v Yorkshire at Sheffield
  • 1989-04-15 96 crushed to death at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield England
  • 2016-05-02 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby beats Ding Junhui of China 18-14, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
  • 2017-05-01 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby defends title beating John Higgins 18-15, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
  • 2018-05-07 World Snooker Championship: Welshman Mark Williams wins beating John Higgins 18-16 in Sheffield and, as promised, does his press conference in the nude

Famous Birthdays

  • 1815-05-19 John Gross Barnard, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Sheffield, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1820-08-30 George Frederick Root, American songwriter (The Battle Cry of Freedom), born in Sheffield, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1878-04-26 Ethel Griffies, British actress (Billy Liar, The Birds, We Live Again), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England (d. 1975)
  • 1903-11-11 Thomas Edward Allibone, Sheffield South Yorkshire, English Physicist (Manhattan Project, high-voltage particle acceleration)
  • 1904-10-16 Reginald Dixon, Sheffield, Britain, theatre organist, (d. 1985)
  • 1906-08-02 Albert Goodwin, English historian, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1995)
  • 1909-04-23 Thomas Padmore, British senior civil servant, born in Sheffield, England (d. 1996)
  • 1909-12-04 Jimmy Jewel [James Jewel Marsh], British comedic actor (The Avengers, Thicker Than Water), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1995)
  • 1912-05-11 Doodles Weaver [Winstead Sheffield Weaver], American comedian (Spike Jones & City Slickers, The Zodiac Killer), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1983)
  • 1913-05-28 Gordon Wolstenholme, British physician (Ciba Foundation), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2004)
  • 1921-03-29 Hugh Neill, British businessman and Army officer, Lord-Lieutenant (South Yorkshire), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • 1928-07-12 Sir Alastair Burnet [James William Alexander Burnet], British journalist and broadcaster (News at Ten), Born in Sheffield, England (d. 2012)
  • 1932-07-12 Harold William Woolhouse, British botanist, born in Sheffield (d. 1996)
  • 1934-03-02 Bernard Rands, composer (Wildtrack), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1934-04-02 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1997)
  • 1936-08-24 A. S. Byatt, English novelist (The Virgin in the Garden), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1937-04-23 Victoria Glendinning, British author (Edith Sitwell A Unicorn Among Lions), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1940-05-16 Gareth Roberts, chancellor (Sheffield University)
  • 1940-10-17 Peter Stringfellow, British nightclub owner (Stringfellows), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2018)

Person of interestMichael Palin

1943-05-05 Michael Palin, English comedian (Monty Python, Fish Called Wanda), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin

Person of interestJoe Cocker

1944-05-20 Joe Cocker, English rock vocalist (With a Little Help from My Friends), born in Sheffield England, (d. 2014)

Rocker Joe Cocker
Rocker
Joe Cocker
  • 1950-07-27 Michael Vaughn, English rocker (Paper Lace), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • 1951-04-22 Paul Carrack, rock vocalist (Squeeze/Ace-How Long), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1955-10-02 Philip Oakey, English rock vocalist (Human Leauge-Only Human), born in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England
  • 1956-06-30 [Philip] Adrian Wright, British composer and keyboard player (Human League-Only Human), born in Wakefield, England
  • 1956-08-30 Jayne Irving, English TV hostess (Live at 3), born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire
  • 1958-05-16 Glenn Gregory, English rock vocalist (Heaven 17), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1959-04-17 Stephen Singleton, Sheffield, rocker (ABC)
  • 1959-08-01 Joe Elliott, English heavy metal vocalist (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • 1959-12-04 Paul McGrath, Irish footballer (Aston Villa, Sheffield United), born in Ealing, England
  • 1960-02-16 Peter "Pete" Willis, British musician and songwriter (Def Leppard), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1961-04-01 Mark White, British rock guitarist, singer-songwriter and record producer (ABC-All of My Heart), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1961-07-01 Malcolm Elliott, British road cyclist (Tour of Britain 1988), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1962-09-18 Joanne Catherall, rock vocalist (Human League), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1963-03-22 Suzanne Sulley, Sheffield S Yorks, rocker (Human Leauge-Human)
  • 1963-05-03 Jamie Reeves, British coal miner, strongman and professional wrestler (1989 World's Strongest Man), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
  • 1965-12-30 David Baker, UK cyclist, born in Sheffield, England
  • 1969-10-15 Dominic West, British actor (The Wire), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1985-07-05 Nick O'Malley, British indie rock musician (Arctic Monkeys), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1986-01-06 Alex Turner, English musician (Arctic Monkeys), born in High Green, Sheffield

Famous Deaths

  • 1897-01-30 John Cottam, cricket (Test for Aust 1897, no Sheffield matches), dies
  • 1983-01-17 Doodles Weaver [Winstead Sheffield Weaver], American comedian (Spike Jones & City Slickers, The Zodiac Killer), commits suicide by shooting himself at 70