English History (Part 17)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1601 - 1,700 of 4,621

  • 1904-11-08 Cedric Belfrage, English writer and journalist (co-founder of National Guardian), born in Marylebone, London (d. 1990)
  • 1904-11-28 Nancy Mitford, English author (Love in a Cold Climate), one of the Mitford sisters, born in London (d. 1973)
  • 1905-01-02 Michael Kemp Tippett, British conductor and composer (A Child of Our Time), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1905-01-11 John Henry Jacques, Northumberland, England, co-operative retailer
  • 1905-01-15 Torin Thatcher, British actor (Houdini, Isranbul, Lady Godiva), born in Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1981)
  • 1905-02-04 Hylda Baker, English comedy actress, born in Farnworth, Lancashire, England (d. 1986)
  • 1905-02-18 Queenie Leonard, British actress, born in London, England (d. 2002)
  • 1905-02-24 Eric Boyland, English biochemist (Cancer research), born in Manchester (d. 2002)
  • 1905-03-09 Peter C. Quennell, English biographer and critic (Byron in Italy), born in Bickley, Kent (d. 1993)
  • 1905-03-09 Rex Warner, English poet and writer (Wild Goose Chase), born in Birmingham (d. 1986)
  • 1905-03-10 Richard Haydn, British actor (The Sound of Music, Alice in Wonderland), born in Camberwell, London, England (d. 1985)

Robert Donat

1905-03-18 Robert Donat, English actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Citadel), born in Manchester, England (d. 1958)

  • 1905-03-30 Albert Pierrepoint, last and longest serving British executioner (est. 433-608 executed), born in Clayton, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1992)
  • 1905-05-31 Florence Desmond, English actress and comedian, born in Islington, London (d. 1993)
  • 1905-06-01 Robert Newton, British actor (Treasure Island, Henry V, Around the World in 80 Days), born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, England (d. 1956)
  • 1905-06-05 John Abbott, British actor (The Jungle Book, Gigi, Smogasboard), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1905-07-12 Prince John of the United Kingdom, youngest son of English King George V, born in York Cottage, Sandringham (d. 1919)
  • 1905-07-19 Boyd Neel, English conductor (Story of an Orchestra), born in Blackheath, London (d. 1981)
  • 1905-08-04 Michael Scott Montague Fordham, English child psychiatrist and Jungian analyst, born in Kensington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1905-08-09 Leo Genn, British lawyer and actor (Mourning Becomes Electra, Moby-Dick, Affair in Monte Carlo), born in London, England (d. 1978)
  • 1905-08-23 Leonard Constant Lambert, English composer (King Pest), born in Fulham, London (d. 1951)
  • 1905-09-30 Michael Powell, English director, screenwriter, producer (Red Shoes), born in Bekesbourne, England (d. 1990)
  • 1905-10-15 Charles P. Snow, English novelist (Death Under Sail, Strangers and Brothers) and physical chemist, born in Leicester, England (d. 1980)
  • 1905-12-01 Ida Carroll, English musician and administrator, (d. 1995)
  • 1905-12-11 Robert Henriques, English writer (100 Hours to Suez) (d. 1967)
  • 1905-12-21 Anthony Powell, English novelist (Infants of Spring), born in Westminster, United Kingdom (d. 2000)
  • 1905-12-31 Jule Styne [Julius Stein], British-American Academy and Tony Award-winning songwriter ("Three Coins In The Fountain"; "Time After Time"), and Broadway composer (Funny Girl; Hallelujah, Baby!; Gypsy), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1906-01-06 Benedict Vilakazi, South African Zulu poet & educator (Zulu-English Dictionary), born in KwaDukuza, Natal (d. 1947)
  • 1906-01-16 Diana Wynyard, British actress (Cavalcade), born in London, England (d. 1964)
  • 1906-01-19 Lillian Harvey [Pape], British actress (Invitation to the Waltz; Congress Dance), born in London, England (d. 1968)
  • 1906-01-22 Joe Gladwin, British actor (Nearest and Dearest, No Hard Feelings), born in Salford, Lancashire, England (d. 1987)
  • 1906-02-26 Madeleine Carroll, British actress (39 Steps, Secret Agent), born in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England (d. 1987)
  • 1906-02-27 H Algernon F "Algy" Rumbold, English diplomat (South Africa/Tibet)
  • 1906-03-03 Donald Novis, British-American singer and actor (Monte Carlo; The Singing Plumber), born in Hastings, East Sussex, England (d. 1966)
  • 1906-03-16 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist ("Take my wife ... please"), born in London, England (d. 1998)

A. J. P. Taylor

1906-03-25 A.J.P Taylor [Alan John Percival], English historian (The Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848–1918, Origins of the Second World War), born in Southport, England (d. 1990)

  • 1906-03-29 E. Power Biggs, English organist and composer (CBS), born in Westcliff-on-Sea, England (d. 1977)
  • 1906-04-03 Kathleen Tillotson, Emeritus Professor of English (Bedford College), born in Berwick-upon-Tweed (d. 2001)
  • 1906-04-05 Guy Clutton-Brock, English social worker (declared as national hero in Zimbabwe), born in Northwood, Middlesex (d. 1995)
  • 1906-04-10 Kathleen Major, British historian and principal (St Hilda's College, England), born in Lincolnshire (d. 2001)
  • 1906-05-04 Esmond Knight, British actor (Hamlet, Sleeping Murder), born in East Sheen, England (d. 1987)

T. H. White

1906-05-29 T. H. White, English novelist (England Have My Bones) and author of the King Arthur novels,, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1964)

  • 1906-06-22 Richard Fanshawe, English equestrian 3 day eventing (Olympic bronze 1936)
  • 1906-06-27 Catherine Cookson, English novelist (Bannaman Legacy), born in Jarrow, Durham, England (d. 1998)
  • 1906-06-28 Nancy Mayhew Youngman, English painter and educationalist, born in Maidstone, England (d. 1995)
  • 1906-08-01 William Hayter, British diplomat and Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1953-57), born in Oxford, England (d. 1995)
  • 1906-08-18 Andre Van Gyseghem, English actor (Search for the Nile), born in Eltham, Kent, England (d. 1979)
  • 1906-08-28 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), born in London (d. 1984)
  • 1906-09-11 Roye England, creator and founder President of the Pendon Museum of Miniature Landscape and Transport, born in Perth, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1906-09-21 Derrick De Marney, British actor (The Girl Was Young, Inheritance), born in London, England (d. 1978)
  • 1906-09-27 William Empson, English poet and critic (Milton's God), born in Hawdon, Yorkshire, England (d. 1984)
  • 1906-10-09 John Dalrymple, 13th earl of Stair, Lord-Lieutenant of Wigtownshire (1961-83)
  • 1906-10-14 Benita Hume, British actress (Tarzan Escapes, High Treason, Halls of Ivy), born in London, England (d. 1967)
  • 1906-11-13 Hermione Baddeley, British actress (Camp Runamuck, Maude, Good Life), born in Broseley, England (d. 1986)
  • 1906-11-30 Marina, princess of Greece/Denmark/husband of English prince George
  • 1906-12-14 Guy Middleton, British actor (Oh! What a Lovely War, Laughter in Paradise), born in Hove, East Sussex, England (d. 1973)
  • 1906-12-30 Carol Reed, English motion picture director (3rd Man, Oliver!), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • 1907-01-22 Dixie Dean, English soccer striker (16 caps; Everton), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England (d. 1980)
  • 1907-01-28 Henry Cotton, British golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948), born in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, England (d. 1987)
  • 1907-03-11 Jessie Matthews, British actress (Gangway, First a Girl), born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1907-03-12 Arthur Hewlett, British actor (The Pied Piper), born in Southampton, England (d. 1997)
  • 1907-03-18 Betty Compton [Violet Halling Compton], British actress (Too Many Millions), born in Isle of Wight, England (d. 1944)
  • 1907-04-03 Isaac Deutscher, Polish-English historian (Stalin/Trotsky biography), born in Chrzanów, Poland (d. 1967)
  • 1907-04-11 Ivor Spencer-Thomas, English farmer, entrepreneur and inventor, born in Llanymynech, Powys (d. 2001)
  • 1907-04-14 Phyllis Konstam, British actress (Murder, Skin Game), born in London, England (d. 1976)
  • 1907-04-15 Gerald Abrahams, English author (Teach Yourself Chess), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1980)
  • 1907-04-19 Alan Wheatley, British actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), born in Tolworth, Surrey, England (d. 1991)
  • 1907-05-05 Kenneth Muir, English scholar, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1907-05-12 Leslie Charteris, Chinese English American detective writer (Simon Templar character in The Saint), born in Singapore (d. 1993)
  • 1907-05-13 Daphne du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Parasites), born in London, England (d. 1989)
  • 1907-05-18 Clifford Curzon, British classical pianist (Royal Academy of Music MacFarren Gold Medal), born in London, England

Laurence Olivier

1907-05-22 Laurence Olivier, English actor (Rebecca, Hamlet, Jazz Singer), born in Dorking, Surrey (d. 1989)

  • 1907-06-01 Sir Frank Whittle, English RAF engineer air officer and inventor of the turbojet engine, born in Coventry, England (d. 1996)
  • 1907-06-04 Patience Strong [Winifred Emma May], English poet and journalist, born in Catford, London (d. 1990)
  • 1907-06-27 Valerie Cossart, British actress (Hartmans), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1907-07-23 Elspeth Huxley, English author (The Flame Trees of Thika and The Mottled Lizard), born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1907-08-18 Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, Executive (BBC), born in Sheppey, Kent, England (d. 1996)
  • 1907-08-22 Cyril Astley Clarke, British physician and geneticist, born in Leicester, England (d. 2000)
  • 1907-08-25 Desmond Flower, English publisher, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1907-09-26 Ralph Michael, British actor (Quest, Doctor in the House), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1907-09-29 Michael Shepley, British actor (Squibs, Dick & the Duchess), born in Plymouth, Devon, England (d. 1961)
  • 1907-10-01 Barbara Morrison, English actress (Project Moonbase), born in Weston-Super-Mare (d. 1992)
  • 1907-10-31 Helen Lessore, English artist, born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1907-11-10 John Moore, English author (Portrait of Elmbury, Brensham Village and The Blue Field), born in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1967)
  • 1907-11-22 Bernard Naylor, English Canadian composer, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1986)
  • 1907-12-10 Rumer Godden, English author (Thursday's Children), born in Eastbourne, Sussex, England (d. 1998)
  • 1907-12-12 Roy Douglas, English composer and arranger (Tomorrow We Live-At Dawn We Die), born in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent (d. 2015)
  • 1907-12-18 Christopher Fry, English playwright (Ring Around the Moon), born in Bristol, England (d. 2005)
  • 1907-12-22 Peggy Ashcroft [Dame Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft], British actress (Dear Brutus, Happy Days), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 1991)
  • 1908-01-08 William Hartnell, English actor (first Doctor in Doctor Who, Jackpot), born in London (d. 1975)
  • 1908-01-10 Bernard Lee, British actor (M in James Bond movies, Fallen Idol, Dr No), born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1908-01-25 Lord Iliffe, English publisher (Coventry Evening Telegraph/Autocar), born in Coventry, United Kingdom (d. 1960)
  • 1908-01-26 Jill Esmond, English actress, born in London, England (d. 1990)
  • 1908-01-30 Richard Hearne, British actor (Tons of Trouble, The Time of His Life), born in Norwich, England (d. 1979)
  • 1908-02-22 Sir John Mills, British actor (Ryan's Daughter, Big Sleep, King Rat, War & Peace), born in North Elmham, Norfolk, England (d. 2005)
  • 1908-03-01 Terence De Marney, British actor (Lorna Doone; Doctor Who; The Immortal Gentleman), born in London, England (d. 1971)

Rex Harrison

1908-03-05 Rex Harrison, English actor (My Fair Lady, Dr Doolittle), born in Huyton, England (d. 1990)

  • 1908-03-20 Michael Redgrave, British actor (Browning Version, Goodbye Mr Chips, Lady Vanishes), born in Bristol, England (d. 1985)
  • 1908-03-25 Bridget D'Oyly Carte, British theater & hotel director, born in London, England (d. 1985)

David Lean

1908-03-25 David Lean, English director (Doctor Zhivago, Ryan's Daughter), born in Croydon, England


Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1601 - 1,700 of 2,332

  • 1976-02-22 Michael Polany, Hungarians/English chemist/sociologist, dies at 84
  • 1976-04-25 Carol Reed, English film director (Agony & Ecstasy, Oliver!), dies at 69
  • 1976-10-14 Edith Evans, English actress (Tom Jones, Scrooge, Chalk Garden), dies at 88
  • 1977-03-10 E. Power Biggs, British classical organist and composer (CBS; Bach), dies at 70
  • 1977-06-03 Archibald Vivian Hill, English physiologist (1922 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine - discovery of production of heat in muscle), dies at 90
  • 1977-06-25 Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guides, dies at 88
  • 1977-08-13 Henry Williamson, English author (Tarka the Otter), dies at 81
  • 1977-09-13 Leopold Stokowski, British conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra; Disney's Fantasia), dies of a heart attack at 95
  • 1977-10-15 Ralph Truman, British actor (Henry V, Treasure Island, Web of Evidence), dies at 77
  • 1977-11-14 Richard Addinsell, English composer (Alice in Wonderland), dies at 73
  • 1978-01-11 Michael Bates, English actor (Clockwork Orange, Salt & Pepper), dies at 57
  • 1978-01-18 Walter H. Thompson, English Scotland Yard detective, bodyguard of Winston Churchill, dies of cancer at 77
  • 1978-02-04 Bergen Evans, American professor of English ($64,000 Question), dies at 73
  • 1978-04-03 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), dies at 74
  • 1978-05-28 Arthur Brough, English actor (b. 1905)
  • 1978-07-10 Joe Davis, English snooker player (World Champion 1927-40, 1946), dies at 77
  • 1978-10-22 John Riley, English poet (murdered) (b. 1937)

Sid Vicious

1979-02-02 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], English musician and bassist (Sex Pistols), dies of a heroin overdose at 21

  • 1979-02-28 Jane Hylton [Audrey Gwendolene Clark], British actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot, Daybreak), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1979-03-23 Ted Anderson, English footballer (b. 1911)
  • 1979-07-16 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (b. 1912)
  • 1979-07-28 Charles Shadwell, English conductor and bandleader (b. 1898)
  • 1979-10-13 Rebecca Clarke, British-American violist and classical composer (Morpheus), dies at 93
  • 1980-01-11 Barbara Pym, English novelist (b. 1913)
  • 1980-01-25 Queenie Watts [Mary Spenton], British singer and actress (Up the Junction, Holiday on the Buses), dies at 56
  • 1980-02-17 Graham Sutherland, English artist (official WWII war artist), dies at 76
  • 1980-03-01 Dixie Dean, English soccer striker (16 caps; Everton), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • 1980-05-18 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • 1980-06-18 Terence Fisher, English film director (Hammer Films), dies at 76

Peter Sellers

1980-07-24 Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (The Goon Show, Pink Panther), dies at 54

  • 1980-08-23 Norman Shelley, English radio actor (Churchill's Speech), dies at 77

John Bonham

1980-09-25 John Bonham, English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin), dies from asphyxiation after heavy alcohol intake at 32

  • 1980-10-27 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • 1980-11-16 Imogen Hassall, English actress (Countess of Cleavage-Carry on Loving), suicide at 37
  • 1981-01-16 Bernard Lee, British actor (M in James Bond movies, Fallen Idol, Dr No), dies at 73
  • 1981-02-26 Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (co-founding the Inland Waterways Association), dies at 66
  • 1981-03-26 Cyril Dean Darlington, English biologist and geneticist who discovered the mechanics of chromosomal crossover and its role in inheritance and evolution, dies at 77
  • 1981-05-23 Rayner Heppenstall, English novelist (The Blaze of Noon), dies at 70
  • 1981-09-03 Alec Waugh, English novelist (Island in the Sun), died after suffering a stroke at 83
  • 1981-09-15 Harold Bennett, English actor (b. 1899)
  • 1981-11-02 Kenneth Oakley, English Anthropologist, Palaeontologist, and Geologist whose method for the relative dating of fossils using fluorine content was instrumental in exposing the Piltdown Man hoax, dies at 70
  • 1981-12-13 Cornelius Cardew, British composer (Scratch Orchestra), dies in a hit and run accident at 45
  • 1982-02-06 Ben Nicholson, English painter & sculptor (Circle), dies at 87
  • 1982-03-09 Richard A Butler, England, min of Finance, dies at 79
  • 1982-04-25 Celia Johnson, English actress (Brief Encounter, Happy Breed), dies at 73
  • 1982-07-29 Richard Gale, English general and airborne commander (Normandy), dies at 86
  • 1982-08-02 Cathleen Nesbitt, English actress (Separate Tables), dies at 93
  • 1982-09-01 Clifford M Curzon, British classical pianist, dies at 75
  • 1982-09-10 Max Winders, Belgian architect (WWII), responsible for bringing the Belgian gold stock, dies at 100
  • 1982-10-08 Philip Noel-Baker, British politician and disarmament advocate (Nobel 1959), dies at 92
  • 1982-11-13 Dorothy [Little-]Round, England, tennis star (Never on Sunday), dies
  • 1982-12-16 Colin Chapman, English engineer and automobile manufacturer, founder of Lotus Cars, dies at 54
  • 1983-01-28 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], British rock singer ("When Will You Say I Love You"; "Halfway To Paradise") and actor (That'll Be The Day), dies of heart failure at 42
  • 1983-03-08 William T Walton, English composer (Belhazzar's feast), dies at 80
  • 1983-03-15 Rebecca West, English writer (b. 1892)
  • 1983-03-18 Kenneth E. Boulding, English economist (b. 1910)
  • 1983-03-31 Stephen Murray, English actor (Guilty, Silent Dust, Master Spy), dies at 70
  • 1983-05-21 Kenneth Clark, English art historian (Civilisation), dies at 79

Betty Nuthall

1983-11-08 Betty Nuthall, English tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1930), dies of a coronary arrest at 72

  • 1983-11-19 Tom Evans, English rock musician (Badfinger), commits suicide at 36
  • 1984-02-03 Ravindra Mhatre, Indian diplomat, murdered at 48 by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • 1984-02-29 Roland Culver, English actor (Thunderball), dies of heart problems at 83
  • 1984-03-07 Paul Rotha, English director (b. 1907)
  • 1984-03-12 Arnold Ridley, English playwright and actor, dies at 88
  • 1984-03-30 Peter Yarrall, strongest Englishman (weighed 826 lb (374.7 kg), dies
  • 1984-04-20 Mabel Mercer, British jazz and cabaret singer whose style and phrasing influenced Frank Sinatra ("Fly Me to the Moon"), dies at 84
  • 1984-05-19 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), dies at 77
  • 1984-06-05 Frederick Stratten Russell, English marine biologist (plankton life history and long-term changes in marine ecosystems), dies at 86
  • 1984-08-14 John Boynton Priestley, English, stagewriter (Magicians), dies at 89
  • 1984-10-14 Martin Ryle, English radio astronomer, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics (b. 1918)

Paul Dirac

1984-10-20 Paul Dirac, English physicist (quantum electrodynamics, Nobel 1933), dies at 82

  • 1984-12-08 Razzle [Nicholas Dingley], British drummer (Hanoi Rocks), dies at 24
  • 1984-12-15 Lennard Pearce, British actor (Only Fools and Horses....), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 1985-01-04 Brian Gwynne Horrocks, English Army Lt-General, author (A Full Life; Corps Commander), and film consultant (A Bridge Too Far), dies at 89
  • 1985-02-06 James Hadley Chase, English writer (b. 1906)
  • 1985-02-07 Matt Monro [Terence Parsons], English pop singer ("Softly As I Leave You"), dies from liver cancer at 54
  • 1985-02-27 Ray Ellington [Henry Pitts Brown], British jazz drummer, singer and bandleader (The Goon Show), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1985-02-28 David Byron [Garrick], British vocalist and songwriter (Uriah Heep), dies of alcohol-related complications at 38
  • 1985-04-05 Arthur Negus, English antiques expert and broadcaster (Antiques Roadshow), dies at 82
  • 1985-06-01 Richard Greene, English composer and actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 67
  • 1985-08-30 Taylor Caldwell [Janet Miriam Holland Taylor Caldwell], Anglo-American novelist (Dynasty of Death, Dear and Glorious Physician), dies at 84
  • 1985-12-02 Philip Larkin, English poet and writer (North Ship, Jill), dies at 63
  • 1985-12-07 Robert Graves, English writer and poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
  • 1986-01-04 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Lions & Shadows), dies at 81
  • 1986-04-03 Peter Pears, English tenor (Death in Venice), dies at 75
  • 1986-05-01 Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)
  • 1986-05-20 Bernard Naylor, English-Canadian organist, conductor, and composer, dies at 78
  • 1986-06-03 Anna Neagle, English actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell), dies at 81
  • 1986-08-31 Henry Moore, English artist and sculptor (known for Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae), dies at 88
  • 1986-09-17 Patricia "Pat" Phoenix, British actress (Coronation Street, L Shaped Room), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • 1986-10-05 James H. Wilkinson, English mathematician (b. 1919)
  • 1987-01-10 Sir David Robinson, English philanthropist and entrepreneur (b. 1904)
  • 1987-01-11 Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911)
  • 1987-01-19 Gerald Brenan, English writer, dies at 92
  • 1987-02-27 Joan Greenwood, British actress and director (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Amorous Mr Prawn), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1987-03-13 Gerald Moore, English pianist (Am I Too Loud), dies at 87
  • 1987-03-28 Patrick Troughton, English actor (second Doctor in Doctor Who), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1987-08-24 Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (b. 1936)