English History (Part 21)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 2001 - 2,100 of 4,676

  • 1920-03-11 D J Enright, England, poet/novelist (Some Men are Brothers)
  • 1920-03-16 John Addison, English composer (Tom Jones-Acad Award), born in Surrey England (d. 1998)
  • 1920-03-25 Patrick Troughton, English actor (second Doctor in Doctor Who), born in Mill Hill (d. 1987)
  • 1920-03-31 Deborah "Debs" Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire and the Chatsworth estate, one of the Mitford sisters, born in Gloucestershire (d. 2014)
  • 1920-04-05 Arthur Hailey, English novelist (Hotel, Airport), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England (d. 2004)
  • 1920-04-09 Alexander Moulton, English engineer and bicycle designer (folding bicycle), born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England (d. 2012)
  • 1920-05-09 Richard Adams, English author (Watership Down), born in Newbury (d. 2016)
  • 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)
  • 1920-06-09 June Braybrooke [Isobel English], English writer (Every Eye), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1920-06-12 Peter Jones, British actor (Chariots of Fire, From a Bird's Eye View), born in Wem, Shropshire, England (d. 2000)
  • 1920-06-18 Ian Carmichael, British actor (Private's Progress, I'm All Right Jack), born in Hull, England (d. 2010)
  • 1920-07-13 Bill Towers, English footballer (d. 2000)

Person of interestRosalind Franklin

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

Chemist and Molecular Biologist Rosalind Franklin
Chemist and Molecular Biologist
Rosalind Franklin
  • 1920-08-03 P. D. James [Phyllis Dorothy], Baroness James of Holland Park, English crime writer (Cover Her Face), born in Oxford, England (d. 2014)
  • 1920-08-11 Derry Jeffares, Honorary Prof of English Studies (Stirling U)
  • 1920-09-09 Michael Aldridge, British actor (Last of the Summer Wine, Murder in Cathedral), born in Glastonbury, England (d. 19994)
  • 1920-09-29 Peter D. Mitchell, English chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1920-11-01 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black, BBC), born in Lambourn, England (d. 2011)
  • 1920-11-06 Sir John Smith, English soccer executive (Chairman Liverpool F.C. 1973-90), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1995)
  • 1920-11-28 Cecilia Colledge, British figure skater (Olympic silver 1936), born in London (d. 2008)
  • 1920-12-04 Michael Bates, English actor (Clockwork Orange, Patton), born in Jhansi, British India (d.1978)
  • 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)
  • 1921-01-18 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer (European Heavyweight Champion), born in Doncaster (d. 1997)
  • 1921-02-01 Peter Sallis, British actor (Wallace and Gromit, Last of the Summer Wine), born in Twickenham, England (d. 2017)
  • 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)
  • 1921-03-30 Countess of Sutherland, English great land owner/multi-millionaire
  • 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)
  • 1921-04-19 Glyn England, British electrical engineer and CEO (CEGB, Windcluster Ltd), born in Llantrisant, Cardiff, South Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1921-05-06 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, born in London (d. 1999)
  • 1921-05-17 Dennis Brain, french-hornist (Serenade), born in London, England
  • 1921-05-29 George Terry, British chief constable (Sussex England) (d. 1995)
  • 1921-06-16 Lord Perry of Walton, SDP/vice chancellor (Open University England)
  • 1921-06-21 Jean Kent [Joan Summerfield], British actress (Caravan, Bond Street), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1921-07-14 Leon Garfield, English children's author (d. 1996)
  • 1921-08-03 Alec Wyton, English-born American composer, born in London (d. 2007)
  • 1921-08-24 Sam Tingle, Zimbabwean racing driver, born in Manchester, England (d. 2008)
  • 1921-09-03 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor, born in Surbiton, London (d. 1971)
  • 1921-09-24 Leonard Lopes-Salzedo, British composer, born in London, England
  • 1921-10-02 Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2000)
  • 1921-10-07 John Arthur Giles Gere, English art historian (Pre-Raphaelite painter)
  • 1921-10-21 Malcolm Arnold, Northampton England, composer (Bridge over River Kwai)
  • 1921-12-08 Terence Morgan, British actor (Sir Francis Drake, Curse of the Mummy's Tomb), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1922-01-03 Bill Travers [William Inge Lindon-Travers], British actor, director, officer and animal rights activist (Born Free, Gorgo), born in Sunderland, England (d. 1994)
  • 1922-01-11 Neville Duke, English test pilot
  • 1922-01-11 Ernle Bradford, English historian and writer (d. 1986)
  • 1922-01-19 Ken Hughes, director (Casino Royale), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1922-01-20 James Hanson, English industrialist, born in Huddersfield, United Kingdom (d. 2004)

Person of interestPaul Scofield

1922-01-21 Paul Scofield, English actor (A Man for All Seasons, Train), born in Hurst, England (d. 2008)

  • 1922-01-26 Michael Bentine, England, author/comedian (Reluctant Jester)
  • 1922-02-07 Josephine "Hattie" Jacques, British comedy actress (Carry on films, Hancock's Half Hour), born in Kent, England (d. 1980)
  • 1922-02-26 Margaret Leighton, British actress (The Go-Between, The Night of the Iguana), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1976)
  • 1922-04-05 Tom Finney, English football player (Preston North End), born in Preston, Lancashire (d. 2014)
  • 1922-04-13 John Braine, English novelist (Life at the Top), born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1986)
  • 1922-04-16 Kingsley Amis, English novelist (Lucky Jim, James Bond Dossier), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1922-04-27 Daphne Anderson, British actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice), born in London, England (d. 2013)
  • 1922-05-03 Len Shackleton, English former footballer, born in Bradford, England (d. 2000)

Person of interestChristopher Lee

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

  • 1922-05-27 Sidney AK Keyes, English poet (Iron Laurel)
  • 1922-05-31 Denholm Elliott, actor (Alfie, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1922-06-14 Arthur Jacobs, English musicologist (Penguin Dictionary of Music), born in Manchester (d. 1996)
  • 1922-06-15 John Veale, English composer, born in Bromley, Kent (d. 2006)
  • 1922-08-09 Philip Larkin, English poet and writer (North Ship, Jill), born in Radford, Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1985)
  • 1922-09-12 Wentworth Beaumont, 3rd Viscount Allendale, British peer, Royal Air Force officer and race horse breeder
  • 1922-09-15 Bob Anderson, English Olympic Fencer, renowned film fight choreographer (Star Wars, Lord of the Rings) (d.2012)
  • 1922-09-17 Ursula Howells, British actress (Hard Times, Girly, Murder is Announced), born in London, England (d. 2005)
  • 1922-09-18 Ray Steadman-Allen, English composer, born in Salvation Army 'Mother's Hospital', Clapton, England (d. 2014)
  • 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)
  • 1922-12-06 John Brunt, English soldier and Victoria Cross holder, born in Priest Weston, Shropshire, England (d. 1944)
  • 1922-12-26 Richard Mayes, British actor (Doctor Who, Emmerdale), born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England (d. 2006)
  • 1923-01-13 Jack Watling, British actor (Nanny, Adventure for 2, Naked Heart), born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1923-02-07 George Lascelles, English Earl of Harewood, Director of the Royal Opera House, born in London (d. 2011)
  • 1923-03-04 Patrick Moore, England, astronomer/writer (A-Z of Astronomy), (d. 2012)
  • 1923-04-03 John Smith, English landowner, financier and Philanthropist (National Trust, Landmark Trust), born in London (d. 1994)
  • 1923-04-21 John Mortimer, English barrister and writer
  • 1923-04-22 Avis Bunnage, British actress (Rising Damp, Coronation Street), born in Ardwick, Manchester, England (d. 1990)
  • 1923-04-29 Maxine Audley, British actress (Peeping Tom, Ricochet, House of Cards), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • 1923-05-04 Eric Sykes, English writer, actor and director (Goon Show, Sykes and A...), born in Oldham (d. 2012)
  • 1923-05-11 Gordon White, British business tycoon and co-founder of corporate raider Hanson Group, born in Hull, England (d. 1995)
  • 1923-05-12 Lord Laing, English biscuit manufacturer/pilot/multi-millionaire
  • 1923-05-15 John Lanchbery, English composer (d. 2003)
  • 1923-06-03 Michael Jaffe, director (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge England)
  • 1923-07-07 Richard Lumley, English insurance magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1923-07-17 John Cooper, English race car designer (d. 2000)
  • 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
  • 1923-08-23 Edgar F. Codd, English-American computer scientist, born in Fortuneswell, Dorset, England (d. 2003)

Person of interestRichard Attenborough

1923-08-29 Richard Attenborough, English actor and director (Gandhi, Jurassic Park, Young Winston), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2014)

Director and Actor Richard Attenborough
Director and Actor
Richard Attenborough
  • 1923-08-31 Larry Grayson, British comedian (Generation Game), born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1923-09-07 Peter Lawford, British actor, producer and socialite (Mrs Miniver, Thin Man), born in London, England (d. 1984)
  • 1923-09-11 Alan Badel, British actor (Shogun, Salome, Bill Brand), born in Manchester, England (d. 1982)
  • 1923-09-18 Peter Smithson, English architect, born in Stockton-on-Tees, England (d. 2003)
  • 1923-10-02 Jack Dellal, English immovables-goedbezitter/multi-millionaire, (d. 2012)
  • 1923-10-09 Donald Sinden, English actor (Doctor at Large, Mogambo, Simba), born in St Budeaux, Plymouth, (d. 2014)
  • 1923-10-10 Nicholas Parsons, British presenter and actor described as "the ultimate quiz show host", born in Grantham, England (d. 2020)
  • 1923-10-13 Cyril Shaps, British actor, producer and voice artist (The Pianist), born in Highbury, London (d. 2003)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 2001 - 2,100 of 2,346


Person of interestBob Hope

2003-07-27 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], English-born American actor, comedian and entertainer, dies at 100

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • 2003-08-09 Ray Harford, English footballer and manager (b. 1945)
  • 2003-08-11 Diana Mitford, English biographer, famous beauty, wife of Oswald Mosley and one of the Mitford sisters, dies at 93
  • 2003-08-18 Tony Jackson, English bass player (The Searchers), dies at 63
  • 2003-08-21 Kathy Wilkes, English philosopher and aid worker (b. 1946)
  • 2003-08-29 Patrick Procktor, English artist (b. 1936)
  • 2003-09-09 Thomas Allibone, English physicist (Manhattan Project, high-voltage particle acceleration), dies at 99
  • 2003-09-15 Jack Brymer, English clarinetist (b. 1915)
  • 2003-09-26 Robert Palmer, English singer-songwriter (Power Station), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 2003-10-05 Denis Quilley, British actor (Anything Goes, The Lady's Not For Burning, Masada), dies from liver cancer at 75
  • 2003-10-11 Franklyn Perring, English botanist (co-author of Atlas of the British Flora, 1962), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2003-10-14 Patrick Dalzel-Job, English soldier and inspiration for James Bond (b. 1913)
  • 2003-10-23 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician (b. 1944)
  • 2003-11-08 Bob Grant [Robert St Clair Grant], British actor, comedian and writer (on the Buses), dies at 71
  • 2003-11-09 Gordon Onslow Ford, English painter (b. 1912)
  • 2003-11-19 Greg Ridley, English musician (Humble Pie), dies at 56
  • 2003-11-28 Ted Bates, English former footballer, dies at 85
  • 2003-12-03 David Hemmings, English actor (b. 1941)
  • 2003-12-18 Susan Travers, English-French Foreign Legion soldier, dies at 94
  • 2003-12-19 Peter Carter-Ruck, English lawyer (b. 1914)
  • 2003-12-19 Lester "Les" Tremayne, British radio, film and television actor (Angry Red Planet, War of the Worlds), dies of heart failure at 90
  • 2003-12-27 Alan Bates, English actor (b. 1934)
  • 2003-12-29 Dinsdale Landen, British actor (The Mask of Janus), dies at 71
  • 2003-12-29 Bob Monkhouse, English comedian and game show host (b. 1928)
  • 2004-01-04 Joan Aiken, English writer of children's books (The Whispering Mountain), dies at 79
  • 2004-01-04 Jeff Nuttall, English writer (b. 1933)
  • 2004-01-04 Brian Gibson (director), English film director (b. 1944)
  • 2004-03-15 John Pople, English chemist (Nobel Prize 1998), dies at 78
  • 2004-03-30 Alistair Cooke, British-American TV host (Masterpiece Theatre), dies at 95
  • 2004-04-19 John Maynard Smith, English biologist (b. 1920)
  • 2004-05-15 Clint Warwick [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63
  • 2004-06-28 Anthony Buckeridge, English author (Jennings), dies at 92
  • 2004-07-01 Peter Barnes, English writer (b. 1931)
  • 2004-07-04 Frank Robinson (Xylophone Man), an eccentric street entertainer in Nottingham, England (b. 1932)

Person of interestFrancis Crick

2004-07-28 Francis Crick, English molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (1962), dies of colon cancer at 88

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
  • 2004-08-07 Colin Bibby, English ornithologist (b. 1948)
  • 2004-08-12 Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, English electrical engineer and inventor, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • 2004-08-31 Carl Wayne, English singer and actor (The Move), dies at 61
  • 2004-09-20 Brian Clough, English footballer and football manager, dies of cancer at 69
  • 2004-10-25 John Peel, English DJ and Broadcaster dies of a heart attack aged 65
  • 2004-10-29 Peter Twinn, English mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 2004-11-06 Fred Dibnah, English steeplejack and television personality, dies at 66
  • 2004-11-08 Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)
  • 2004-11-13 John Balance, English musician (Coil, Psychic TV), dies from a fall from a two-storey balcony at his home at 42
  • 2004-11-20 Jenny Ross, English musician (Section 25) (b. 1962)
  • 2004-12-02 Kevin Coyne, English musician, dies at 60
  • 2004-12-13 David Wheeler, English computer scientist (b. 1927)
  • 2004-12-16 Peter Coker, English painter, dies at 78
  • 2004-12-17 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, dies at 70
  • 2004-12-19 Herbert C. Brown, English-born American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • 2005-01-01 Hugh Davies, English composer, dies at 61
  • 2005-01-04 Humphrey Carpenter, English author (b. 1946)
  • 2005-01-14 Conroy Maddox, English painter (b. 1912)
  • 2005-01-24 Chalkie White, English rugby union coach (b. 1929)
  • 2005-01-28 Jim Capaldi, English singer and songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong), dies at 60
  • 2005-02-20 Tom Willmore, English geometer, dies at 85
  • 2005-02-25 Peter Benenson, Britsh founder of Amnesty International, dies at 83
  • 2005-04-23 Sir John Mills, British actor (Ryan's Daughter, Big Sleep, King Rat, War & Peace), dies from a chest infection at 97
  • 2005-05-12 Martin Lings, English Islamic scholar (b. 1909)
  • 2005-06-13 Jonathan Adams, English actor (b. 1931)
  • 2005-06-27 Domino Harvey, English-born bounty hunter (b. 1969)
  • 2005-06-30 Christopher Fry, English playwright (The Lady's Not for Burning), dies at 97
  • 2005-07-10 A. J. Quinnell [Philip Nicholson], English writer (Man on Fire), dies at 65
  • 2005-07-11 Gretchen Franklin, English actress (b. 1911)

Person of interestCicely Saunders

2005-07-14 Cicely Saunders, English Nurse, physician and writer who founded the first modern hospice, dies of cancer at 87

Nurse and Social Worker Cicely Saunders
Nurse and Social Worker
Cicely Saunders
  • 2005-07-24 Richard Doll, English epidemiologist (pioneer in research linking smoking to health problems), dies at 92
  • 2005-07-30 Anthony Walker, English hate crime murder victim (b. 1987)
  • 2005-08-11 James Booth [David Geeves], British actor and screenwriter (Zulu, Keeping Mum), dies at 77
  • 2005-08-16 William Corlett, English children's writer(b. 1938)
  • 2005-09-09 John Wayne Glover, English-born Australian serial killer, commits suicide in prison at 72
  • 2005-09-23 Roger Brierley, English actor (b. 1935)
  • 2005-10-03 Ronnie Barker, English comedian (The Two Ronnies, Porridge), dies at 76
  • 2005-10-14 Jody Dobrowski, English murder victim (b. 1981)
  • 2005-10-18 Johnny Haynes, English soccer forward (56 caps; Fulham 594 games), dies of a brain haemorrhage at 71
  • 2005-10-31 Mary Wimbush, British actress (Oh! What a Lovely War, The Archers), dies at 81
  • 2005-11-01 Skitch Henderson, English-born bandleader (b. 1918)
  • 2005-11-05 John Fowles, English writer (b. 1926)
  • 2005-11-07 Harry Thompson, English-born comedian and novelist (b. 1960)
  • 2005-11-16 Donald Watson, English founder of the Vegan Society (b. 1910)
  • 2005-11-25 Richard Burns, English WRC champion, dies of a brain tumour at 34
  • 2005-12-16 Kenneth Bulmer, English author (b. 1921)
  • 2005-12-19 Keith Duckworth, English mechanical engineer (Cosworth; b. 1933)
  • 2005-12-25 Derek Bailey, English guitar virtuoso (b. 1930)
  • 2006-01-14 Mark Philo, English footballer (b. 1984)
  • 2006-01-28 Henry McGee, British actor and comedian (No, That's Me Over Here!, The Benny Hill Show), dies at 77
  • 2006-02-08 Elton Dean, English musician (Soft Machine) (b. 1945)
  • 2006-02-25 Charlie Wayman, English footballer (b. 1922)
  • 2006-03-01 Peter Osgood, English soccer striker (4 caps; Chelsea, Southampton), dies from a heart attack at 59
  • 2006-03-24 Lynne Perrie, English actress (b. 1931)
  • 2006-04-24 Brian Labone, English footballer (b. 1940)
  • 2006-05-19 Freddie Garrity, English lead singer from the band Freddie and the Dreamers (b. 1940)
  • 2006-06-02 Keith Smith, English professional rugby player (b. 1952)
  • 2006-06-28 Peter Rawlinson, Baron Rawlinson of Ewell, English barrister, politician and author (b. 1919)

Person of interestSyd Barrett

2006-07-07 Syd Barrett, English guitarist and early vocalist of the band Pink Floyd, dies of pancreatic cancer at 60

Rocker Syd Barrett
Rocker
Syd Barrett
  • 2006-07-11 John Spencer, English snooker player (b. 1935)
  • 2006-08-13 Tony Jay, British-American actor, voice artist, and singer (Frollo- The Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 73
  • 2006-09-08 Hilda Bernstein, English-born South African author, artist, and activist (b. 1915)
  • 2006-09-09 Matt Gadsby, English footballer (b. 1979)
  • 2006-09-21 Raymond "Boz" Burrell, British rock musician (King Crimson, Bad Company), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 2006-09-23 Sir Malcolm Arnold, English composer and professional trumpeter (b. 1921)